Thursday, April 13, 2017

PICKIEST EATER VLOG: A WEEKEND AT SHANGRI-LA THE FORT


       During the last two weeks of March, I had worked Thirteen days straight (luckily I have no complaints because I love my job), and was looking for a little weekend relaxation. Thankfully, our friends at Shangri-la offered my family and I a weekend getaway that I could not pass up. They offered me the opportunity of experiencing a stay at the famed Shangri-la Residences at The Fort, and use of the facilities, such as Adventure Zone, The Spa at Kerry Sports, and dining at some of their restaurants.  

       I don't know anyone in their right mind that would say no to that! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BEEFY'S NEW YORK GRILL: A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE AT LAGUNA!


   I rarely find myself down South, which I know is sad because there are tons of places to discover from BF Homes, all the way down to Tagaytay.. Further even! However a restaurant in Laguna opened late last year, which piqued my curiousity. A quick glance at Beefy's New York Grill Facebook page showed insane looking burgers and dawgs, that was more than enough to get my taste buds excited!

    So one fine Sunday, some of my foodie friends and I hopped on to Food in the Bag's car and made our (surprisingly) smooth trek to Solenad 3 in Nuvali, Laguna!  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

GARDENIA POCKET SANDWICHES: THE IDEAL SNACK FOR ALL AGES!


I’m going to let you in on a little trivia about me. Gardenia sliced bread is the only sliced bread that I buy in the supermarket. And that goes for their Hamburger Buns and Hotdog buns as well. I’m a lover of bread, so I’ve tried most of the brands that are available in the supermarket, and for me, nothing comes close to that of Gardenia. 

              My daughter Rain inherited my love for bread, so it’s not uncommon for her to wake me up early in the morning to say, “Daddy, I’m hungry”. As tired as I am, the needs of my child come first, so I have to do a zombie walk down to the kitchen, and sloppily make a peanut butter sandwich for her. Of course, whenever Rina sees the mess I made in her kitchen, you can say that she is always less than pleased. 

        Thankfully, the geniuses behind Gardenia came up with a product that makes lives easier for parents.. The Gardenia Pocket Sandwich! 


Saturday, March 18, 2017

THE TOKYO TOKYO WAGYU BURGER REVOLUTION IS ON!


Tokyo Tokyo is once again leading the East meets West movement , as the country’s number one Japanese Fast Food chain unveiled to it’s loyal customers its Wagyu Burger Revolution!

 In case you weren’t aware, I am a huge fan of Burgers. I’m always on the look out for a great burger, and when I heard that Tokyo Tokyo was embarking on a Wagyu Burger campaign, I was absolutely ecstatic. Tokyo Tokyo’s kitchen has proven time and time again to be very innovative without losing the sense of the classic dishes, and that’s exactly what it did with their new line of Burgers!

Friday, March 17, 2017

QUICK BITES AT THE GROVE: BACKYARD KITCHEN + BREW

Forgot to take a pic with Chef Ed, so I'm posting a pic of me and his "Representative" instead 😂

            I first got a taste of Chef Ed Bugia's Backyard Kitchen and Brew when it opened its first branch at UP Town Center a couple of years back. I was immediately blown away with Chef Ed's creative take on comfort dishes, that doesn't stray too far away from the classic, but takes your taste buds to realms you've never been to before. 

        Of course, since then, Backyard has exploded into a legitimate restaurant chain, with four branches scattered across Metro Manila, include one not too far away from my place.. The Grove By Rockwell! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

10 QUESTIONS WITH MARTIN YAN



          How often do you get the opportunity to ask a legend questions that you've always wanted to ask? I'm no Chef, but I am a lover of food, and when I was asked if I would be interested in sending questions to Chef Martin Yan of the Asian Food Channel TV Show "Yan Can Cook", I jumped on the chance! 

       Though it wouldn't be a face to face interview, I was still deeply honored to be given the opportunity to have a global icon take time to answer some questions that I had specifically prepared for them.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

QUICK BITES AT THE GROVE: SUNRISE BUCKETS

With the lovely lady behind DiscoverMNL!
           
         One of the first restaurants that sprouted in The Grove, was Sunrise Buckets. It's quite uncanny that even before the towering residential complexes of the area rose, Sunrise Buckets was already there, and continues to be one of the area's most popular establishments. 

         But then again, once you get a taste of their delicious food and get your fill of the fun atmosphere, it becomes a no brainer. Whther it's with your friends of family, Sunrise Buckets is one of the best places in the metro to hang out at! 
    

Monday, March 6, 2017

QUICK BITE AT THE GROVE: OM INDIAN KITCHEN


           Once you get talking to him, it's easy to forget that DJ, Host, and TV Personality Sam Y.G. is of Indian descent. He speaks Tagalog better than I do, and his sense of humor is unmistakably Pinoy. Having lived in our country for so long, even Sam himself will attest that he feel right at home here in the Philippines. However, once he begins talking about the cuisine from his homeland, you can see Sam beam with pride, especially when he tells you the stories of how his mother would prepare the food for the family.

        That warmth and care of Mrs. Gogna is the crux of what Om Indian Kitchen is all about. A family from India, bringing not just phenomenal Indian dishes to the Philippines, but with the love, happiness and good vibes that comes with it. 

      That's all part of the Om Indian Kitchen experience.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SAY YASS TO CHOCO MUCHO, WITH YASSI PRESSMAN!


            As odd as it sounds, I only truly "discovered" Choco Mucho last year, but since then I've been hooked. It was always one of those products that I would constantly see in the grocery but for some reason would simply overlook. 

       Now, with one of the country's paramount beauties as the face of Choco Mucho,  those days of being overlooked are being over. 

        Yassi Pressman is now the newest Angel of Choco Mucho! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

QUICK BITE AT THE GROVE: ASAKUSA HOME OF TEMPURA



           Have you noticed how much Filipinos love tempura? You go to a buffet, and what's the longest Queue? The Steak and carving section? I've got to admit, it's pretty long but manageable. Lechon? Yes, but I noticed when there's no more skin, the line significantly lessens.

        But the Tempura station.. Pinoys will WAIT for a platter of those bad boys, no matter how long it takes.  

       I can't blame them though, because I'm one of those guys that wait in line for a few pieces of deep fried deliciousness.. and the funny thing is, I don't even eat Prawns!  

     As I'm sure I've discussed before, my daughter Rain is the ultimate Tempura fanatic. Which is why I'm so excited to take her to my latest discovery that opened at The Grove by Rockwell..

        Asakusa: Home of Tempura!

Friday, February 10, 2017

QUICK BITE AT THE GROVE: PI BREAKFAST AND PIES


         Being a denizen of the City of Pasig, I'm always looking for places within the area where I can grab a bite. One of my go-to places is The Grove by Rockwell, which has one of my favorite Ramen places, Hanamaruken, and Sunrise Buckets. 

         For the longest time, these were the two restaurants that I would associate The Grove with, not realizing that over the past year, more and more restaurants have sprouted at their complex, making the place a virtual food lover's paradise. 

         I joined a few of my foodie friends for a day of exploring The Grove, and we started with one of my favorite restaurants, that opened a new branch there last year.. Pi: Breakfast and Pies!     

Monday, February 6, 2017

A NEW BEGINNING AT SUMMER PALACE


         Chinese Food is one of the things I rarely say no to. And as cliche as it sounds, Sweet and Sour Pork is one of my all time favorite dishes. And I discovered last year, that Summer Palace makes one of the best sweet and sour dishes in the land. Though they were undoubtedly in the upper echelon of Chinese restaurants in the Philippines, the look of the restaurant was admittedly rather dated, and was in dire need of sprucing up. 

        So late last year, after 22 years of operation, Summer Palace underwent a long overdue face lift, giving the famed restaurant a more modern look, without losing its original identity. 

      And the results were absolutely stunning. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

AIRASIA FLIES TO TAIPEI & 8 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU GET THERE!


             It's not every day you get asked to be a witness to a historic occasion, and when you do, it would be silly to pass up the opportunity. That is exactly what the little voice in my head said to me when I was asked at the last minute if I was available to be part of the contingent of Filipino bloggers and media to join Air Asia's inaugural flight from Manila to Taipei. 

       Rina and  I had always wanted to go to Taiwan for a food trip, but our schedules never really permitted it. When I got the call from Air Asia asking if I would be interested in joining them, and finding out that getting a Visa for Taiwan would take me roughly around 15 MINUTES (You can apply for an exemption if you have a Visa from countries such as the USA), I knew I couldn't pass up this chance. 

    So on a whim, it was off to Taipei I went.. and as it turns out, Taiwan would be one of the most beautiful countries I've ever visited in my life! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

ARLA POP UP AT SM AURA PREMIER: LET THE GOODNESS IN!


             It was only 2016 that I first heard the name "Arla", not realizing that its products, including that of it's sister companies, have been a part of my life for quite some time. My cousin posted on his facebook page, a picture of a delicious piece of toast, smeared in cream cheese with a jar of "Arla" in the background, and raved about how delicious it was. After that I was rather intrigued. During my next trip to the Supermarket, I chanced about a small Jar of Arla, and was pleasantly surprised with how affordable it was, and decided to try it for myself. 

         The following day, I had the Arla toast I had seen in my cousin's picture, and was not disappointed, making a Jar of Arla Cheesy Spread a staple in our grocery list. 

        Which is why I excited when I found out that Arla had set up a Pop Up Station at SM Aura Premier, showcasing some of their delicious products, prepared as delicious combo meals that imbibe the clean type of eating Arla adheres to, within a budget friendly range! 

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