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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Moving




The past year has been challenging yet amazing for me. It was a series of ups and downs that had challenged my emotional strength and at times, my sanity. 

As a blogger, I was given wonderful opportunities to feature trusted brands, and I even got a chance to fly to Cebu to experience Sinulog for the first time! I turned down a majority of event invites the past year as I needed to allot more time to other things. 

I took digital marketing more seriously by taking up certificate courses. I also became the digital PR and social media manager for a restaurant, where I got to practice what I have learned from the courses I took and my experiences as a food blogger.

I got my US visa approved and flew to the US twice: in New York and DC and in California. I will share my California visit to you soon.

I have learned some things this past year.

The past year, I have learned to take better care of my health. I'm almost 30 so I need to be more careful with what I eat and exercise regularly. I began taking yoga but found it expensive so I switched to doing zumba and cardio. 

The past year, I have learned to hold on to the things that are valuable and let go of what is not, that I need to stand by my own beliefs and care less about what other people think. 

The past year, I have learned to reach for more and learn more. 

In a few days, I will be moving to the US to study for a graduate degree and be with the most important person in my life. I'm experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions (as cliche as it may sound) as I leave the places that I usually go to and the things I usually do and move on to the next chapter in my life. 

I wish all of you the best in this coming year and let us hope for better times for all of us.

Happy New Year everyone!




Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mighty Quinn's: New York BBQ Joint Opens in Manila!



By the group who brought us Yabu: The House of Katsu and Ippudo Philippines, Standard Group is now bringing us an authentic American Barbeque experience with Mighty Quinn's. 


Started in East Village in Manhattan in December 2012 by Hugh Mangum, the "Barbeque King of New York", Mighty Quinn's offers slow-smoked barbeques from techniques with his roots, Texas and North Carolina, giving a unique 'New York-style' barbeque. 


The bestseller, the Beef Brisket, takes around 18 to 22 hours of smoking. Hugh Mangum believes that it's all about sourcing the best quality ingredients and cooking it slowly and adding just the right amount of salt and spice makes a really good barbeque. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

PayMaya teams up with Foodpanda for an Exclusive Promo


Paymaya has partnered with Foodpanda for an exclusive treat for foodies!

Until December 31, 2016, foodies all over Metro Manila and Cebu will be given a 20% discount for a minimum purchase of Php 500.00 when you order meals at the Foodpanda website or app and use PayMaya as payment option. You will also get a 10% discount on every succeeding orders made until the end of the promo.


To avail the 20% discount on the first order, simply use the voucher code PAYPANDA20 plus the first six digits of your PayMaya account number. For the succeeding orders, use the voucher code PAYPANDA plus the first six digits of your PayMaya account number, in order to avail the 10% discount.

PayMaya is a prepaid wallet that enables users to pay, and purchase the things they love online--even without a credit card. In just three minutes upon download, users are given a 16-digit virtual card number which they can use to shop online, pay for Uber, book flights, buy games,  concert tickets, and subscriptions, and now, order food to be delivered right to their doorstep. PayMaya is accredited by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as well as international card security bodies such as the PCI DSS so users are ensured of a safe and secured payment option with PayMaya.


“Our group’s mission has always centered on enabling the Filipinos to avail of the anytime, anywhere experience. We are delighted to team up with foodpanda and offer exactly this to #NowNation -- a convenient and affordable way to satisfy their cravings, whenever, wherever.” Sharon Kayanan, Marketing and Brand Head for PayMaya Philippines.

“We are one with PayMaya Philippines in their mission to provide consumers a service that is secure, hassle-free, and affordable. With this partnership, we are confident that more Filipinos will be able  to enjoy the convenience foodpanda offers to its customers.” Rommel Bulaquina, PR & Partnerships Lead, foodpanda Philippines. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Taste of Vietnam at Annam Noodle Bar


It's almost Christmas, and the cold weather is here again. What better way to relax amid the holiday stress and the traffic is to have a hot bowl of Pho and more delicious Vietnamese food. 




My friend and I went to Eastwood a few days ago to dine at the recently opened Annam Noodle Bar by NamNam Singapore. NamNam Noodle Bar in Singaporewas founded by Chef Nam, a Vietnamese chef who has lived and worked in different parts of the world but has kept to his Vietnamese roots. 

Annam Noodle Bar is proud to declare that the dishes they serve have no MSG, quick serve style to cater to people who are always on the go. 

For starters, we had the Crispy Imperial Rolls (Php 200) and samples of Fresh Southern Rolls (Php 170) and Vegetarian Southern Rolls (Php 170).

Crispy Imperial Rolls
Fresh Southern Roll and Vegetarian Southern Roll



The Crispy Imperial Rolls, with a mix of shrimp and pork fillings was absolutely delicious. I love the straightforward flavors combined with the crispiness of the wrapper and the slightly spicy dip that comes with it. 

The Fresh Southern Rolls has prawn, pork, fresh herbs and peanut sauce. We liked both rolls, and really loved the thick peanut sauce as dips. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Delicious Authentic Thai at Thaipan



Thai food is one of my beloved cuisines. I fell so deeply in love with the country and the food that I have traveled to Thailand twice for the past three years. I have learned to cook the most popular Thai dishes, however, I still love eating out and exploring Thai restaurants in the metro. 

I have first visited this resto a few years ago and was really impressed, and I am glad to be invited this time to try more dishes. 

Mieng Kham

We started with Mieng Kham (Php 185), a traditional Thai appetizer with ingredients representing each flavor of Thai cuisine. We also had Pomelo Salad (Php 330), with chicken, shrimp and garlic flakes tossed in spicy dressing. 

Pomelo Salad

For soups, we had the Tom Yum Kung (Php 395) and Tom Khaa Kai (Php 298).

Tom Yum Kung
Tom Khaa Kai

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dapitan55: The One-Stop Place for You and Your Car




These days, we do our best to save time and effort hence we try do a lot of things simultaneously, or do something productive as we wait.

While having your car washed, repaired, or improved, why not enjoy some good food, have a relaxing massage, or play some board games while drinking coffee? You can do all of that and more at Dapitan55



Dapitan55 is the newly-opened lifestyle complex in Banawe area where you can eat, relax, and play while waiting for your car service. My friends and I got to spend a whole day and visited some shops in this hip complex. 

For you:

1. Garage Cafe



Our first stop is Garage Cafe, the car-inspired Chinese restaurant inside the complex. 

The place serves dishes good for solo diners and for sharing. 

For our lunch, we were served Hot & Sour Soup (Php 150), Asado (Php 230), and Roast Liempo (Php 230).

Hot & Sour Soup
Asado
Roasted Liempo

Monday, November 28, 2016

Kumori Signature Matcha Cheese Tarts!




If you got addicted to Kumori bestsellers like the Hanjuku Cheese, Toyohashi Pudding, Krone, and Cottage Cheese, you will surely love the newest item in their menu: the Signature MATCHA Cheese Tarts.

The perfect marriage of cheese and matcha in one tart, these matcha cheese tarts can be enjoyed three ways: warm, cool and frozen. The flavors of matcha and cheese were nicely blended that you'd want to eat more. 


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