Monday, December 28, 2015

Spread ♥ with Hershey's Kisses Deluxe #SayItWithABigKiss

9 out of 10 people like chocolate, the 10th person always lies. What's not to like? Rich and velvety smooth chocolate so delicate, that it gently melts and tickles your tongue. Then, it infiltrates your senses and sends out a happy buzz to last throughout the day. That, my friend, is why chocolates are awesome! So, this December, why not give the gift of chocolate and make someone's day? :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

New Toho Food Center #BinondoFoodTripSeries

Upon arrival, you'll notice that the restaurant interiors have definitely seen its better days. The kitchen however, is a different story...spacious, clean and obviously maintained with the utmost care. The moment we sat down, a seasoned waitstaff attended to us faster than the speed of light. I exaggerate, of course! Though needless to say, this century old restaurant has piqued my interest.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Happy Hour at Katsu Japanese Grill, Bonifacio Global City

I rarely drink. Why? Well, gin based drinks make me itchy, tequila destroys me, and almost any other liquor tastes waaaaaay too strong. I know, I'm not much fun to be with at parties! However, when handed an innocent and perky looking glass of classic  mojito coupled with a promise that I'll like it, I was intrigued.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

5 Budget Friendly Eats for the Frugal Foodie

This living payday to payday thing is getting utterly ridiculous, are you with me on this? It's another long weekend, folks... and I'm not headed anywhere because of "priorities" *lol*. So, if you're like me who is trying to make both ends meet until the month end, then stick around to know where you may dine and enjoy the rest of your weekend without making your wallet cry.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lunch at Cafè Mary Grace, Rockwell Business Center Pasig

Inviting. Cozy. Those are just some of the exact words that can perfectly describe the warm interiors of the place. Cafe Mary Grace has been around, and for the life me, I just can't recall how come it took me so long to finally try it out. Better late than never, right?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Get 50% Discount on DADS World Buffet's 38th Anniversary!

Buffets and I, we go a long way back. Our love affair started off late, but through unwavering passion, our story has been nothing short of spectacular and has been growing stronger ever since. Sure, there are one too many buffet restaurants today, but only one holds the key to my heart. DADS. Which is why it brings me so much glee to inform you of their one-day, half off promo!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

7 Culinary Treats That Will Tickle Your Taste Buds Fancy #EastwoodFoodArtistry

Eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art. As a traditional artist and self-taught cook, I know how important killer presentation and plating skills are. In order to please your guests, your food doesn't just need to taste great, it has to be visually stimulating as well. Nobody understands this better than Eastwood City's finest chefs, as they whipped up and served a degustation dinner that blew me away.

Friday, July 24, 2015

DONUT Miss These New Treats from J.Co Philippines!

I was having such a lousy and stressful day a few weeks ago,  but the universe made it up to me when midway through a lengthy work related phone call, I was handed a package from my favorite donut company. I guess J.Co really knows the depths of my sugar loving heart!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Easy Peasy Laksa La Mian with Shrimp #PrimaTasteSeries

While I can't entirely say that I love rainy days, there's just something so relaxing about this so called 'bed weather' that I often find myself cravi ng for anything hot, rich and comforting.  And nothing spells more comforting than a bowl of laksa.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Creamy Vegetable Chowder with Bacon Recipe

I'm so used to the high prices of perishables in my local grocery, that I went a little overboard and hoarded all the vegetables my arms and eco bag could carry in my recent detour to Baguio. Ooops!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Food Tripping in Sagada, Mountain Province

One thing I love about traveling is being able to immerse myself with a wholly different culture than the one I've grown accustomed to, plus discovering immensely delicious local delicacies is a big, big plus! So, last week, after months of planning, my officemates and I headed to Sagada to celebrate our long weekend and no, this is not a #hugot post.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Nonya Sambal Crab with Thai-Style Fried Black Rice #PrimaTasteSeries

One of the pleasures in cooking, is that you are always learning something new. You can have a thousand adventures and misadventures, right in the comfort of your own kitchen. So, armed with my goodies from Prima Taste, I took a leap of faith and tried something new.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Merba's Dark Chococate & Hazelnut Cookies ♥

If you remember my impromptu S&R trip a few months ago, then you'd probably be able to connect the dots as to how I've gotten my grubby hands on this precious gem.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Singapore Chilli Crab La Mian #PrimaTasteSeries

I received a bundle of goodies a few weeks ago from Prima Taste Singapore, and I couldn't have been more stoked at having the opportunity to cook my heart out and experiment again in the kitchen. Truth be told, I tend to stick to Hainanese chicken and good old laksa that I have minimal to zero knowledge about other Singaporean based dishes. Then I picked up the Chilli Crab Noodle packet, and I've never been the same since.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rogue's 2015 Appetite Issue is a Certified Gastronomic Read!

True to tradition, the good people behind Rogue magazine has dropped another cherry on top of their annual Appetite issues. Nowadays, with all the available information easily accessible from local to international food blogs and websites, you'd think you've read and know all there is about food related news, and everything just seems like a piece of old and recycled bit, but you just might be wrong. I knew I was.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Team Lunch Out at Red Cloud GastroPub

All work and no play can make anyone go grumpy and crazy in a matter of days. That's why with some devious planning and prodding, the team and I braved the heat and had a somewhat impromptu lunch out.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Eating My Way Around Salcedo Saturday Market

I've been a resident of Makati for a good 4 years already, but I still haven't explored that much! I love the idea of weekend markets, but my body seems to be unwilling and I always prefer to sleep in, who doesn't? I've been to Legazpi Sunday Market, but that was light years ago. So, armed with an alarm clock and 2 smart phones bombarded with alarms, I was sure as hell determined to wake up early on a weekend.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup #HealthyEats

I've been bitten by the cooking bug lately, partly because dining out is costly but more so because I'm struggling with to keep my weight at an appropriate level. Well, what was I supposed to expect really? All that stress eating, add my sleeplessness and factor in my lack of physical activity and you have got a recipe for disaster! So, I've resorted to eating sweet potato to limit my rice and junk food intake. Sweet potato is good, but sometimes the good old boiling method gets a little too boring. So, I took it up a notch and made a hearty sweet potato soup and I swear, this soup's never boring.

Friday, April 3, 2015

No-Bake Mango Cheesecake with Oreo Crust

I'm no baker. The thought of cooking something new stresses me out like there's no tomorrow, that's why no-bake versions are a godsend! Now, all I had to do was fret and fuss about the filling. How hard can it be, right?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pizza Party at S&R, Shaw Boulevard

Blame it on getting older or just call me plain out weird, but grocery shopping has a therapeutic effect on me. S&R has always been a magical place for me, all the more because I haven't been! That is, until this week. *wink wink*

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tri-Mo Shawarma Co., Revisited

One Saturday night, I braved the traffic from South going North just to have another bite of this famous shawarma. What should have been an hour and a half travel time stretched into a painfully long 3-hour drive. By the time we arrived, it was late, we were tired, we were grumpy and very, very hungry. This better be worth it.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fridate at Tipsy Beans, Jupiter Makati

It's been almost a year since Yumi and I caught up with our former ACS/ Cognizant team mates, then the opportunity presented itself when the universe aligned all our work schedules just in time for Tipsy Bean's 2nd branch soft opening in the heart of Jupiter, Makati. You see, great timing is getting lucrative these days, so we grabbed the opportunity while it's still there.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sinigang na Sugpo sa Kamias

I'm drawn to anything sour, and have regular craving spells for hilaw na mangga with patis or Barrio Fiesta as dip! Before you jump to any conclusions, I am not expecting, ooookay? I just gravitate to all things sour, salty and spicy most of the time. One of my team members thoughtfully gifted me a big bag of kamias one day, and all I kept thinking was how I wouldn't be able to finish everything even if I snack on it morning, noon and night! Then, out of the blue, an idea took form.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Team Lunch Out at Pancake House

Food has always been a great avenue for people to get together, relish the moment as it is and form friendships of all shapes and sizes. My team had a tough choice between Banapple and Pancake House, but at the end of the day, the latter was the unanimous choice. We can always schedule a Banapple food trip some other time. *wink wink*

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Comfort Food 101: The Ultimate List to Brighten Up Your Day

Whether you are stressed at work, burned out at grad school, fuming because of your lover's spat or simply bitter because Valentine's day couples kept rubbing into your face that you will be forever alone, this post is made especially for you! Some people may call it stress eating, but screw them. Sometimes, it's just best for your sanity to throw all caution into the wind and indulge into that craving you've been suppressing since time immemorial.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

When in Ilocos: Street Food Galore!

No matter how much I try to educate my palate and dine in fancy schmansy restaurants, my taste buds will still always fall head over heels in love with anything street food. Believe it or not, I have simple pleasures too! So, the trapped kid inside me was ecstatic at the extensive food tripping my friends and I did while touring Ilocos.

Friday, January 30, 2015

When In Ilocos: Sumptuous Dinner At Roca Restaurant

After a day's worth of wandering and frolicking all over Ilocos, we finally checked into our hotel. Despite the lack of proper sleep and fatigue slowly creeping in, we had to have nourishment in order to gear up for the 2nd day's loaded itinerary. Well, that, or we were just finding an excuse to look for bagnet to compensate for it's absence in our lunch meal. You can take your pick hehe.

Monday, January 19, 2015

When in Ilocos: Hearty and Affordable Lunch at Rafael's

My friends and I strategically made the most out of the recent January long weekend, by going on an Ilocos region tour! The sights were nothing short of amazing, but I can't say the same for the long and tiresome drive going there. Luckily for us, our driver slash tour guide knows the right places where to grab hearty and certified delicious grub.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Healthy Office Lunches Made Possible by Salad Mamas!

As we bid #NoDietDecember adieu, the consequences of our binge eating and cheat "month" comes crawling up our hips and thighs. It's the ugly truth, and it shows when we walk and feel our legs jiggling together or when we smile and our face transforms into a perfect full moon. It's so easy to get carried away with the convenience of fast-food since it's too accessible, sometimes cheaper and requires less effort on our part. Unhealthy eating and sedentary lifestyle can make one ugly aftermath, I tell you. That's why I'm so glad that I've found a way to watch my diet yet still enjoy my meals with @SaladMamas.

Pre-Christmas Team Dinner at Italianni's

It's always good to have a back-up plan, that's what will save your ass in case you get yourself into knee-deep trouble. Okay, I feel like I'm talking about something grave here, when I'm really just talking about dinner plans! We were pressed for time, but the queue at Kettle (Plan A) was crazy, so we had to abort and deviate to Italianni's ( ad-hoc Plan B). 
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