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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Australian Grocer at Rustan’s Supermarket



Rustan’s Supermarket starts 2015 by profiling its high quality range of Australian food and beverage products in The Australian Grocer, an Australian festival which will run from January 9 to February 1. 



Australian products are subject to high quality standards and are ‘Clean, Green and Safe’. Australian food and beverage are ‘Clean’ because Australia has a pristine growing environment, which ensures only the freshest and best quality items are produced.  ‘Green’ because Australian companies use growing and production processes that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. ‘Safe’ because Australia’s food production processes have high levels of regulatory supervision and strict quality standards; there are food safety management and traceability systems  in place.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quick Review: Uncle Cheffy's



It's been a while since I first visited Uncle Cheffy's in SM Megamall. Formerly named Chef's Quarter, it was reasonable that they rebranded to their more popular restaurant name. In fact, since the rebranding, the entire menu and interiors haven't changed. 

A friend and I had dinner recently and shared a medium Seafood Lovers Brick-Oven Panizza (Php 220).


Seafood Lovers Panizza

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Lunchbox Diet Experiment


Days of holiday binge had me gaining a few pounds, so I decided that it was the best time to try this diet delivery service, Lunchbox Diet

Lunchbox Diet is a food delivery service that prepares low-calorie healthy meals and delivers them to your doorstep for 5 days a week. 



I'd be sharing my 8-day experience of Lunchbox Diet: 5 days 1200-calorie diet and 3 days 1800-calorie diet.

Ordering, Pricing and Payment

I confirmed my orders a week prior to the delivery dates by filling out their order form. Lunchbox Diet will send you a text message to confirm your order and will provide you the payment details. You can pay via BDO or BPI (I paid via BPI), then send them via email your proof of transaction. 

Prices for the 1200-calorie diet is Php 1700 and the 1800-calorie diet is Php 2300 (but I only paid Php 1380 for 3 days, because it was the week of the papal visit). Special requests are also accommodated and is subject to additional cost. 

The 1200-Calorie Diet


Day 1
Breakfast: Potato & Leek Egg Scramble with Brown Sugar Apple Sauce + Pandesal
Lunch: Roasted Vindaloo Vegetables + Grilled Chicken + Red Rice
Dinner: Beef and Carrot Cottage Pie + Red Rice*
Snack: Oatmeal Cookie + Cracker


Day 2
Breakfast: Daing na Bangus + Red Rice
Lunch: Rosemary Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Charred Red Onion + Summer Vegetables
Dinner: Baked Sole Fillet with Ginger Shiitake Glaze + Red Rice*
Snack: Cracker and Jalapeno Dip + Fruit

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cupcakes by Sonja




After a feast in Kimukatsu, my friends and I searched for a place for a nightcap. We ended up at Cupcakes by Sonja, also located at the Shangri-la Plaza East Wing.



I love the artsy touch on the interiors and on the chairs, even the plant pots are from used baking ingredients. 



Impressively, the staff was very welcoming though the shop was about to close. We were given ample time to think of what we're going to have.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Birthday Dinner at Tampopo




I celebrated my birthday weekend eating food that I enjoy eating the most: Japanese food. To end my birthday weekend, my friends and I had dinner at the newly-opened restaurant in Bonifacio High Street Central: Tampopo.

Tampopo is an international brand from Singapore, serving authentic Japanese ramen and katsu. 

We were supposed to have Deluxe Tampopo Black Pig Shabu Ramen, but unfortunately, Kyushu Ramen wasn't available when we visited. We settled with Sapporo Ramen instead. 

We ordered Deluxe Hakodate Ramen (Php 440) and Sapporo Negi Chili Miso Ramen (Php 440).

Deluxe Hakodate Ramen
Sapporo Negi Chili Miso Ramen

Monday, January 19, 2015

Alqueria Restaurante Y Chocolateria




I haven't seen my ramen ninja friend Dex for so long, and I was glad to be reunited with him for a quick lunch. We decided to try Alqueria this time. 

Alqueria, formerly known as Boqueria (the name change was a business decision, I think feng shui), is a Spanish concept restaurant by the SumoSam Group with modern takes on traditional favorites like tapas, paella and churros.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine, Revisited



I went back to Dekada more than a month ago to have dinner with college friends. Since I have tried their Family Fiesta Platter the last time I visited, we went ala carte this time. 

For veggies, we ordered Kempeitai or Gising Gising (Php 168).

Kempeitai

I requested for this dish because it's my favorite veggie dish. I wasn't disappointed with the amount of heat Dekada put in their Gising-Gising. I had to add more rice to tame the heat down. 

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