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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Zomato's First Quiz Night at 121 Bonifacio Stopover


Here's a secret: I'm a huge nerd. I love reading books and I spend an insurmountable amount of time reading through Wikipedia of whatever comes to mind. That is why I was extremely ecstatic to be invited to the first ever Quiz Night by Zomato.


The first ever Zomato Quiz Night was held at 121 Restaurant at Bonifacio Stopover. Unknown to many, 121 Restaurant is the first restobar that organized quiz nights. This concept has since been replicated by other spots around the metro.

My fellow Zomato foodies and I were divided into teams and were served drinks and dishes by 121 Restaurant while playing. The game has 8 rounds, with certain advantages that we can use every few rounds like steal and double points. The topic for the evening's game is all about FOOD!

On the first few rounds, we shared a bowl of 121 Scandal (Php 199 per glass, Php 799 per bowl) and Lumpiang Shanghai (Php 199 for solo, Php 759 for barkada size).

121 Scandal
Lumpiang Shanghai
The 121 Scandal is a mix of rum, Sprite, mint, lemon and lime. It is a smooth cocktail drink you can enjoy throughout the evening. I love the bite-sized Lumpiang Shanghai served with a simple sweet and sour sauce. It's a perfect pair to 121 Scandal.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A ‘Furiously’ Fun Summer with McDonald’s Angry Birds Desserts!


Are you an Angry Birds fan? Get ready because the incredibly popular video game franchise is coming to life in McDonald's!

Starting April 25, customers can have a unique summer experience as McDonald’s unleashes the new Angry Bird Desserts. With the upcoming Angry Birds Movie just around the corner, McDonald’s is giving customers the chance to enjoy new, limited-time offers that are inspired by major characters in the Angry Birds franchise. 

Red's Cotton Candy McFlurry

Three furiously fun treats are up for grabs to satisfy one’s sweet cravings and keep cool during the bright and sunny season. 

For those who love McFlurry, enjoy these two new flavors this summer. Go cuckoo with Red’s Cotton Candy McFlurry — creamy vanilla soft serve ice cream drizzled with Cotton Candy flavored syrup and sprinkled with crunchy wafer bits. The classic McFlurry with Oreo gets another spin with Piggies’ Oreo Matcha McFlurry — a delightfully fun vanilla soft serve sprinkled with crushed Oreo and mixed with creamy Matcha Green Tea-flavored bits.  

Piggies' Oreo Matcha McFlurry

To make this season more delightful, McDonald's is also introducing the new Mini McFlurry which customers can get exclusively in Dessert Centers. This is available in three variants, namely McFlurry with Oreo, and the two new Angry Birds McFlurry flavors. 

Bomb's Black Sesame McDip

Fans of the McDip are also in for a new treat in the form of Bomb’s Black Sesame McDip. With its velvety Black Sesame-flavored coating on luscious vanilla soft serve, customers will keep coming back for more. 

McDonald’s Angry Birds Desserts are available for a limited time only in all McDonald's stores and Dessert Centers nationwide.
Lovin’ the new desserts? Share your furiously fun Angry Birds Desserts moments on McDonald’s Facebook page, or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram. 

This is a Press Release

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Italian and Spanish Fare at Toni & Sergio in Venice Canal Mall


From the people who brought us Parmigiano is a new restaurant that serves not only authentic Italian food, but also Spanish favorites: meet Toni & Sergio. 



Toni & Sergio is named after two Italian brothers Toni and Sergio Iapino. Toni owns a few restaurants and pubs in Italy while Sergio is a well-known TV director in Italy, Spain and Argentina. This restaurant is inspired by the brothers' passion for Italian and Spanish cuisine. 

We were served both Italian and Spanish dishes to try. 

For starters, we had T&S Chicken Wings (Php 285) along with Italian Sodas - I got Green Apple (Php 150) while my friend chose Blueberry Pomegranate (Php 150).

T&S Chicken Wings
Blueberry Pomegranate and Green Apple Italian Sodas

Monday, April 25, 2016

StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park Eats!




My cousin and I recently went to the most popular food markets in the metro: StrEat, located in one of the main foodie destinations in Manila: Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. 

StrEat Maginhawa Food Park has both food trucks and food stalls to satisfy your cravings with just about anything. 

Good thing we arrived early because the place gets packed really quickly, especially at night. Here are the few things we had during our visit to StrEat:

1. Great Burgers


This cute little red truck caught my attention, so I ordered their Original Burger (Php 160), topped with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. 

Original Burger

The patty is thick and juicy, and though the toppings were not as premium, it was well-presented and good enough for the price. 

2. Schmidt's Hotdogs


I have always loved Schmidt's Hotdogs and I was so happy to see their food truck at StrEat. I got my favorite, the Wagamama (Php 130).

Wagamama

Saturday, April 23, 2016

24/7 Filipino Comfort Food at Maria's


One quiet weekend, my foodie friends and I went to Maria's for lunch.

Maria's caters to everyone: families come here during the day while office workers come here at night. 



Aside from convenience stores and fast food chains, there isn't a lot of 24/7 restaurants in Ortigas Business District so when I saw Maria's open in the my neighborhood, I was excited to try it.

For appetizers, we ordered Salted Egg Ensalada (Php 130) and Crispy Beef Lumpia (Php 190).

Salted Egg Ensalada
Crispy Beef Lumpia

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Buffalo Swing Cafe in Pasig City



Since I moved to Ortigas, it has been more convenient for me to dine at restaurants around my area. However, the search for amazing hole-in-the-wall restaurants is an interest that is always with me, wherever I am. 

One weekend, I had lunch with my friends at Buffalo Swing Cafe, a small restaurant located along Dr. Sixto Avenue in Pasig. 



Buffalo Swing Cafe started as the homebase of one of the most popular buffalo wings resto in the metro, Red Buffalo Wings & Pizza (located in Eastwood and Gilmore). The spot was renamed to Buffalo Swing to separate itself to Red Buffalo's concept. 

Buffalo Swing Cafe shares space with Ingrid's Sweet Haven, a patisserie and baking supplies shop 

We have tried a few of their chicken wings and other dishes that they offer.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Calle Preciousa Seafood Dampa Palutuan




I have fond memories of eating at a dampa. Though I seldom eat there, I remember having to choose the fresh seafood to eat and requesting the chef to have it cook the way I like it. For the unfamiliar, Dampa is what people commonly call restaurants with a seafood market and a kitchen where you can request how you want your seafood to be cooked: grilled, fried, with sauces, baked, etc. 

I was excited to try this newly-opened dampa located in the middle of Pasig City named Calle Preciousa




Calle Preciousa is not exactly new to the dampa business, as it used to be named Sophia's Villa Seafood Dampa Palutuan and formerly located along Capt. Javier in Oranbo Pasig City. A change in location inspired them to change to name to complement the Vigan-inspired interiors of the place. 




You may opt to dine in the open air indoor area or in one of the nipa huts in the garden. We were comfortably seated in one of the nipa huts for our dinner. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Soak Up in 7 Days of All-Out Summer Excitement with the Best-Value ASUS ZenFone Go Smartphones


Get ready to make an even bigger splash anytime, anywhere you go this season, with these two hot shot variants of ASUS’ budget-friendly smartphone: the new ZenFone Go 4.5 and the ZenFone Go 5!


This scorching season, whether it is roughing it up for an outdoor adventure, or simply having a relaxing time at home, ASUS Philippines gives your more than enough reasons to enjoy the summer season without the worry of overspending and cutting down on the fun, with its two summer-ready ZenFone Go variants: starting with the existing ZenFone Go 5 (ZC500TG), and it latest smartphone offering, the new ZenFone Go 4.5 (ZB452KG)!

“With the new ZenFone Go 4.5 and the existing crowd-favorite ZenFone Go 5, this new line-up of the ASUS ZenFone Go smartphones really invites users to take a break from their daily regular grind, change to their flip-flops, and ignite the wanderlust they have always had from within,” explains ASUS Philippines Smartphone Product Manager Lenny Lin. 

These ZenFone Go variants come in six premium, sleek colors, and are perfect for those who are looking for a great-value smartphone that can ultimately keep up with their lifestyles, and make  sure that they get the most out of this season, anytime and anywhere they plan to go. 

“Summer is definitely the time of the year when a lot of Filipinos want to enjoy and have fun, and with this line-up of ASUS ZenFone Go offerings, users can expect an all-around, daily smartphone that they can use to match their unique lifestyles. To get everyone’s summer spirits up and at them, we have prepared a special campaign which we have dubbed as the “7 Days Of Summer with the Zenfone Go” that shows just exactly how each variant of the ZenFone Go will be the perfect centerpiece to have an even more incredible and stylish summer,” adds Lin.  So sit back, relax and have fun as we give you a quick tour on how you can enjoy your 7 Days Of Summer with the Zenfone Go.


Monday: Go forth and have an organized, fun-filled week ahead 

This summer, why not make it a point to have ‘manic Mondays’ become a thing of the past, and have a well-planned out schedule for the entire week? To be at the top of your game all week-long, we deem it best to get your hands on the ASUS ZenFone Go, each packed with a powerful processor that makes it an incredible smartphone for multi-tasking day-in and day-out. Go for the ZB452KG for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core Processor, or choose the ZC500TG if you are after a handy smartphone that packs a Quad Core Processor. Because at the end of the day, this much is true – while there are those who believe in having fun in spontaneity, nothing really beats a nifty, user friendly organizer and to-do list in your smartphone that helps you ease through your week’s plethora of activities.


Tuesday: Go out and about, and reconnect with your network of old pals 

With the summer season clearly in full-swing, there is absolutely no excuse anymore for you not to have a little get-together with friends. Just for today, temporarily say goodbye to those diet plans  for your beach body, and lose yourself in endless conversations and laughter over a hearty lunch. But of course, no reunion would be complete without the blow-by-blow updates on social media: switching among Snapchat for goofy videos, food flatlays in Instagram, and groupfies in Facebook. Bottom line is, for these occasions, no doubt that you would want to have the ZenFone Go with you, what its fast social connectivity, all thanks to its reliable Android Lollipop 5.1 OS. As an added bonus, you will be delighted to hear that the just-released ZB452KG makes use of the brand-new ASUS ZenUI, giving users a new launcher, more features, and improved security functions. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Make Summer Hotter with MySlim Slimming Capsules and Yerba Mate Drink!



Summer is officially here! 

It's time for beach trips, swimming parties and sun bathing. And because of that, a bikini-ready body is in order. Aside from diet and exercise, I recommend to you my most reliable partners in losing excess weight and control your cravings: MySlim Yerba Mate Drink and Slimming Capsules


MySlim Yerba Mate Drink is mainly made up of Yerba Mate, a plant commonly found in South American countries. Yerba is popular in the South America to suppress appetite and helps with the weight loss. Drinking Yerba also helps improve mood, increase energy and improve sleep. 

However, Yerba is known to be bitter, hence the added strawberry flavor and Palatinose to make it sweeter but still sugar-free. 



MySlim Yerba Mate Drink's active ingredients are 250mg Finomate EFLA 920, which helps in weight loss (appetite suppressant, reduces resorption of fat and increases fat burning) and activity (improves physical and mental performance and activates metabolic process). 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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You can plan almost your whole trip with Shopback and get savings too. For flights, you can get 1% cashback from Expedia and other individual airlines. For hotels and accommodations, you can get 4.0% cashback from Travelbook.ph, Php 600 cashback from Agoda.com, and many others!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kumori: Japan Baked Fresh Daily on Zomato Delivery...Soon!


Kumori Philippines is one of my favorite bakeries in the metro. I'm addicted to their Signature Hanjuku Cheese and I really love their Cottage Cheese and Toyohashi Pudding. 

The awesome people of Kumori has recently sent me their newest breads that the boyfie and I both enjoyed:



We had loaves of Cranberry Yuzu (Php 78) and Ciabatta (Php 48), and we also had Apple Cheese Danish (Php 59) and Custard Butter Bun (Php 45).

We enjoyed Ciabatta with peanut butter and coco jam, while the fruity Cranberry Yuzu is best enjoyed by itself. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Parmigiano Starts Anew With Better Look and Better Dishes




It always excites me to discover places that serve authentic Italian food. Though the cuisine is popular, there are only a few restaurants that fill the void. One of those places that serve genuine Italian dishes is Parmigiano in Resorts World Manila. 



Parmigiano has been open for at least five years but has recently changed management. This change also involved an huge improvement with the interiors to a more casual look and major changes with the menu, under the management of Filipino-Italian Giulius Iapino. 

For starters, we had a bowl of Pumpkin Soup (Php 250 for single, Php 370 for sharing).

Pumpkin Soup

The Pumpkin Soup is mild, creamy and a bit sweet. It is something you'd love to have piping hot even in this hot weather. 

For pasta, we were served the Lasagna 5 Cheese (Php 590) and Spaghetti al Granchio (Php 490).

Lasagna 5 Cheese

Friday, April 8, 2016

Holiday Inn Sukhumvit in Bangkok


Our home base for our last few days in Thailand was Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22 in Bangkok. 



Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22 is strategically located along one of the major roads in Bangkok. It is located between BTS stations Asok (E4) and Phrong Phong (E5), and near Terminal21 and EmQuartier Malls. 

Coming straight from Don Mueang, we rode an uber to this hotel located in the middle of Bangkok. Our check-in took a while. To cut things short, we were upgraded to an Executive King Room. :)



Our room has a king size bed with firm and soft pillows, a small couch, flat screen television, a work table, and personal fridge. 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

All Powered Up At Megawatt in Gilmore Quezon City


It is not uncommon to visit restaurants encouraging customers to be more conscious with the use of electricity, like lessening the use of hand dryers, turning the light switches off when not in use and many more. However, it is only recently that I have visited a place that takes energy-saving to the next level by using solar panels for their resto. 

Introducing Megawatt in Gilmore Quezon City. 




Megawatt, the brainchild of the same people behind Red Baron Ribs & Steaks, offers mainly Tex Mex dishes along with a few Filipino favorites. 

Located on top of a carwash, Megawatt has an industrial theme to it, with sneakers, superheroes and sports watches on display. 

For Warm-Ups, we had the Nacho-Rizo (Php 158) and the Megawatt Platter (Php 289).

Nacho-Rizo
Megawatt Platter

I love that the Nacho-Rizo is extremely cheesy and the housemade nachos are really crunchy but what I really liked was the Megawatt Platter, with Crispy Fries, Chicken Pops, Mozzarella Tots and OHM-nion Rings. 

We also had their only pasta dish, and it's not an ordinary pasta that you usually eat, because it's Fried Lasagna (Php 178).

Fried Lasagna

The Fried Lasagna is crispy on the outside, but chewy and cheesy on the inside, and served with more sauce and cheese. You shouldn't miss this when you visit Megawatt. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Mandala Park Weekend Market Finds




I was invited last March 19 to the 6th Mandala Park Weekend Market. 

Mandala Park Weekend Market is a monthly market that promotes local culinary scene by showcasing well-crafted Filipino produce. An addition is the green open space where kids to do their fun activities safely. 


Here are some of the food brands I have tried and seen during my visit to the 6th Mandala Park Weekend Market. 

1. PuNta Mandala


A restaurant located in Mandala Park, PuNta Mandala serves a good variety of snacks at the weekend market. I sampled the 8-Spice Patatas Fritas (Php 125), a menu item served exclusively during the Mandala Park Weekend Market. 

8-Spice Patatas Fritas

I honestly didn't expect, but I was blown away with the flavors from the 8-Spice Patatas Fritas. It is sweet, tangy and salty at the same time. I love the dip too. I can't wait to try and visit their restaurant soon. 


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