Monday, October 15, 2018

Raintree and Restaurants Against Hunger

Malnourished children, hungry citizens of war, kids with stunted growth, poor drinking water access, roadblocks to living a decent child life...

These are words that break my heart every time, I read or hear about them. I can't bear it, to see my own kids or I, myself, even in that situation, when it is hope that you only cling on to, even if you don't know if you will have something to eat in the coming days or would those days be worth living.

Sometimes, as much as you'd want to help, things get in the way - being busy with our family, work or you can't just find time to extend the proper help needed, or maybe we just have way many excuses to be good Samaritans.

New Premium Filipino Dishes at Romulo Cafe

Palates were satisfied beyond expectation as Romulo Café unveiled its finest Filipino dishes on October 10, Wednesday, at 148 Jupiter St. corner Comet St., Bel-Air, Makati City.

Following the success of the Happy Hour event held last year, Romulo Café once again set the dining tables on fire to introduce by far the best of what they were keeping in their culinary closet.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Launch of Kain Na! at Ayala Mall, Legazpi

Food for me had always been a comfort and an adventure.  Where ever I go, or travel, my list would include what food to eat, where to get the best local food and what to bring home (or to buy as pasalubong) to extend the experience at home. It also is true in how I blog about my exploits, hence my blog name.  

Many share the same love, I believe, and I'm happy to work with them and be able to share what Filipino food is about, our food culture is so diverse it likens itself to the number of islands our country has.

Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018 Awarded Pinoy Chefs with Bronze

At the recently concluded Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018, three Pinoy chefs, namely Chef Elmar Ruelo of Wangfu and Chef Joel Aroy of King Chef and Chef John Flores of Grand Convention Centre Cebu won bronze awards.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

One Central Hotel: Downtown Cebu City's Premiere Affordable Luxury Hotel

Economic growth had spurred in Cebu City which seemed to fuel  the need for more accommodations for businessmen and tourists who can't seem to get enough the city's historic community.  To celebrate Cebu's history, One Central Hotel was established and envisioned to be downtown Cebu City's premiere business hotel.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

You've Got to Love the Mild Cheesy Version of Cheez Whiz

Cheese spreads have always been a staple in most Filipino households, whether it be for a quick bite during breakfast or for fun snack times as baon to school or to play. For many moms, cheese spreads are the best go-to since kids love biting into that goeey, rich texture that the best cheese spreads in the market provide.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Tank up and Go on a Spree This October at Resorts World Manila

October had been set all over the world for Oktoberfest celebrations, and Resorts World Manila (RWM) made sure to be a part of it as the give the popular Bavarian occasion a Filipino touch with its first ever Beers and Thrills Festival.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

La Scala Museum Cafe

With 16 rooms to accommodate their guests at the BnB, La Scala Museum Cafe proved to be more than a breakfast place.

It's a place full of character, memories, and love.

Not too many know about this cafe disguised as a museum or is it the other way around.  Either ways, once you enter, you'll be instantly sucked into a world of intriguing yet remarkable past. More than this, what sets this cafe (together with the hotel) from the others is how it was built upon - "the simple joys of life," as how the owner's children would want it to be represented.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea, BGC

One thing I missed trying out in Taiwan when we went there last year was to have milk teas!


I do know for a fact that the milk teas that first started out here in Manila was inspired from the owners visit to Taiwan.  The next thing we know everyday, a new milk tea place would pop up in one corner or a mall or even in our streets.

So when I heard of this specific brand that unbeknownst to us have just landed in Manila.  They probably have more than 3 branches to date or more as it became  a go to replacement for coffee.  When I went to Juifen, Taiwan, I was able to embrace their tea culture and Oolong black tea have been very famous to Taiwanese.  

Likewise, in Manila, the love for tea and milk teas have grown to an ecstatic heights, and welcome Yi Fang is never odd.

I love the store front of Yi Fang as if we were actually in Taiwan, add to that the Chinese who were also lined up before us.

Milk tea drinkers like me and my daughter just couldn't help but give in to this trend, so we drove to BGC before going to church and seeing just a couple of people lined up on a Sunday, made me jump up from the car and made way to the streets were Yi Fang is, my husband on the other hand, the driver had to go around to wait for us as parking is far from the area and why would we park for a short time of waiting for our first Yi Fang drinks.

Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea without the pearls

However, I found this mix a bit too sweet for me, even if I had it with only half of the sugar.  I can't find any signature notes to compare to other milk teas around.

Their pearl and other sinkers get to sold out easily too.

Yi Fang Signature Fruit Tea

What I love about this drink are the fruits that are mixed in the tea.  This one is the fruity tea infused with three or more kinds of fruits, I love the passion fruit so I just got to try it.

The teas were quite affordable concerning they claim authenticity.  They have a lot of choices and will make sure to try the other variants next time.

When buying prepare to wait for 15 minute upon your order is placed.  Bring an umbrella as you'll be qeueing along the pavement and it gets  hot or you know just in case it rains.  Bring your patience badge too!

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea

Address:  Ground Floor, Wumaco Building, 
                Bonifacio High Street, 7th Avenue Corner Lane P,
                Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Win a Trip for Two to France at the Marketplace by Rustan's World of Wine Fair

It's time to uncork and unwind!

Marketplace by Rustan’s is curating the best in wine under one roof at the World of Wine Fair from September 28 to 30 at the Shangri-La Plaza Grand Atrium. Featuring premium wines sourced directly from estates and sold at exclusive rates, the event boasts selections from 8 different wine-making countries, including Italy, France, USA, Chile, Argentina, and more. Shoppers will also have the special opportunity to learn more about wine culture from 15 of the most respected international winemakers and wine experts in the business.

Soban K-Town's Mega Meat BBQ Set

Do you want to know how comforting a meal is at Soban K-Town Grill?  Or let me rephrase that, do you know how comforting it is to have a fun yet economical trendy Korean BBQ meal with the gang at Soban K-Town Grill?

Allow me to enlighten you then.

Monday, September 24, 2018


I've promised myself to be good to my self, to live a healthy lifestyle, to give up on stressful factors of life and to surrender all to my God. 


I still succumb to poison.


Lydia's Lechon Rolls Out Soon-to-be Family Fave Dishes

I could  still remember how the brown crystal-like skin of  pig crackled when hit by a butcher knife.  Would I fear either the browned pig with steam coming out of  the meat or the huge ugly guy murdering the pig?  That was my first encounter with lechon, and I still could remember how we strolled on the gutter of some streets in Baclaran with people offering us this piece of meat to try with an odd head of a brown pig with an apple crunched in its mouth.  But this I couldn't also forget, how we ended up in a karinderia with lechon paraded on the side of this joint.  I still don't know how to read properly at that time, but the place stuck in my memory bank forever, as it was my first time to eat a lechon.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Duty Free Philippines and TESDA Relaunched Kabuhayan Shopping Program for OFW/Balikbayan

Being an OFW daughter, I've grown accustomed to Duty Free-bought pasalubong and I've often disregarded the benefits of Duty Free or tax-free stores and have thought of it as like regular shopping stores, but with imported products and Balikbayans' are only qualified to shop.

My father have been working abroad since my youngest brother had been born, I could hardly do the math but it probably would be more than 30 years. My mom left for Italy since I was 12 and up until now, eventhough she is not working there anymore, she's still living there.  I could still remember how excited we would be if some relatives would come home from outside the country and would invite us to shop with them at Duty Free.

Woven Voyages: 8th LIKHANG HABI TEXTILE FAIR 2018

What does it mean when you buy something made locally? 

According to the author of the book Going Local, Michael H. Shuman, "when you buy local, it means you are nurturing locally owned businesses, which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Goto Believe, Stepping Up the Lugaw Game

I first knew about Goto Believe when I watched Pop Talk a couple of months ago.  After seeing how they managed to put more fun in their typical Goto, I asked my foodie partner slash IG husband to look for it and try them.  Goto, as comparable to Lugaw and Arroz Caldo, is a rice porridge (also known as congee) cooked with ox tripe.  It has that distinguishing meaty taste with a hint of beefy and garlicky flavor and may tend to be heavy on cholesterol, so, there, I warned you.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SM Hypermart's #AwesomeStreeFoodFest Is Back and It's the Biggest By Far

SM Hypermarket has brought back the biggest street food festival event for the third straight year, and of course, how can I resist the magnifique event.  It's a  grand showcase of the Philippines’ best brands, favorite street food, and hottest celebrities, the SM Street Food Festival is the perfect place for anyone looking for good food, great promos, and awesome experiences with friends, family, and the stars.

At this event, I found (and brought home my family's favorite food products, and newly-discovered food innovations.  Brought home food good for two days, for the three meals including snacks.  If I had a fridge with me, I'd bring home a lot! LOL!

Monday, September 17, 2018

On National Heroes Day, LG Honors the Injured Liberators of Marawi with a Donation to the AFP Health Service Command

On its 30th anniversary, LG donates air conditioners, washers, TVs and a refrigerator to benefit Marawi soldier casualties and other injured soldiers at the Victoriano Luna Medical Center.

In the spirit of National Heroes Day, LG Electronics reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to providing assistance to the community with a donation-in-kind to the Victoriano Luna Medical Center (VLMC), a government hospital that provides sanctuary and support to injured soldiers, including those who suffered casualties in the Marawi siege.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Taco Shack, A New Place in Tagaytay for Good Tacos and More

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I drove all the way to Tagaytay just to have a little "us time," away from all parenting despondency.  It was the start of the long weekend with a Monday holiday so as expected, there was the horrendous traffic.  With a long weekend on the rise, people seemed to run to Tagaytay for a quick getaway from Manila. 

And well, we were two of those who exactly did it.

We stayed in Kasa Luntian for one night without any plans at all. We left home at 2 Pm and and got there at 5 Pm.  With check in a breeze, we decided to go out and have dinner outside.  To our surprise, it was hard to get seats to the restaurants we visited and parking was worst.  

You may check out these links below, for must-try Tagaytay restaurants and cafes:

Charito by Bag of Beans

Adding to the list of our favorites is Taco Shack, which is fairly new to us, or maybe we have not visited Tagaytay for quite some time mow.

We decided to dine here as it was easy to locate, just a stone throw away from the rotunda.  It was the only restaurant that had no cars lined up in the parking just in front of the resto, so we just crossed our fingers that the food here is good enough.  From the outside, Taco Shack looks nothing special.  Just another Tex-Mex joint trying to put off a good impression.  What was off to me was the huge menu board placed unpleasantly above the order window.

I mean, they could do way better, like putting to use better photos and nicely printed fonts, it however helped us to order.  Let me also add to that, the menu was cheaply made.

Talking about the menu, it's a mix of Tex-Mex, Filipino and Asian dishes.

Ordered the Sizzling Sisig (photo above) over the Lengua for the husband and had Mexican Beef Taco.

Was so excited about this beautiful bowl of Mexican Beef Nacho.

I was impressed by the serving size as equated to it's super affordable price of P 72.00.  I mean, how can you go wrong with the perfectly cooked crispy nacho bowl, nesting huge servings of Mexican Chili with loads of lettuce and tortilla chips all blanketed with a velvety melted mild cheese.

I love the flavor of the chili, btw, fancy enough for my palate and serving can be good for two persons.

Another gorgeous item on their menu is their Pizzadilla, a portmanteau of pizza and quesadilla.  It's thin enough to be the thinnest pizza with a punch.  I mean, i't heavy on the stomach and full of cheesy and buttery flavor, with a hint of garlic. Perfect for beer (I guess) or wine!

You have to eat it hot as it's a bit chewy when gotten cold.

I mean, I'd  go for this any day over chips! 

If asked if  I'd still go back here, I'd say YES!

The service is ok, the food didn't take that long to serve, fall short on ambiance though. Would love to try some other stuff and their Shabu-Shabu.  I heard this place also has a commanding view of the famous Taal Lake and Volcano over at the rooftop.  

Address: 2 Unit E
                Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., 
                Tagaytay City

Taco Shack Asian Taqueria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Kasa Luntian, A Tagaytay Respite

These days, the pleasure of family time is one of the most treasured aspects of my life. Unfortunately, for many, even those with close family bonds,  such intimate moments are becoming fewer and farther in between.  With two adult kids, two teens, I can't seem to plan out perfectly a vacation to bond with all of them without ruining each one's vibe.  I'm sure, if your a mom who have teens or adult kids might be able to relate.

Last summer vacation, I realized that I had a lot of blogging projects and I wasn't able to plan my kids' vacation well for them.  So, to compliment that I depended on Deal Grocer's budget friendly vacation promos, and to be more honest, I was actually lured by the website and it's been a while since we had to stay in Tagaytay.

Dine in Ultimate Sophistication as Newport Mall Launches PH’s 1st Truffle Festival at Resorts World Manila

During my visit to Milan and some towns in the Tuscany region, I made sure to stuff myself with all the truffle dishes I could get my hands with, and I also took home loads truffle infused butter and oil. In fact, I bought Italian foods more than any other things.

Read my Italian exploration at the link below.

Gastronomybyjoy in Italy

In keeping up with my new-found love for truffle, I'm sharing with you this news where you too can enjoy truffle without even buying an plane ticket to Italy.  Enjoy truffle heaven at Resorts World Manila.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

AGREA Hosts Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Agriculture Forum (LEAF) 2018

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings,” as said by Masanobu Fukuoka, a wise Japanese farmer and philosopher, who believed in and advocated natural farming and re-vegetation.

In the face of climate change and rising populations, most would consider agriculture a “one-way ticket to poverty.” Yet with new technologies and curious mindsets, professionals from all disciplines are stepping up to the challenge of food security in the 21st century. In Asia and the U.S., farmers are increasingly using drones for crop monitoring. Meanwhile, city residents from Bangkok to New York have developed urban gardens. Viewing agriculture as a field with abundant possibilities on and off the farm, these emerging leaders are expressing loud and clear: the future of farming is now.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Recipe: Parmesan Cheese Muffin

For those who know me or have been reading my blog, you may know how I do things with some recipes.  Of course, I stick to some of them, but more likely than not, I'll be altering some of the ingredients.  Just like how I played with my mother's baking ingredients when I was just a kid.

So, allow me to add another experiment, which was successfully yummy, btw. 

How Pizza Grigliata Emerged Like Other Unicorn Brands?

What I really love about a food business, not just their food of course, is the story that makes up the brand, something that can connect to the consumers, thereby meeting their needs. I'll try my best to state some marketing facts in this article without being too deliberate, as I myself is still beguiled by the current state of our food industry, even as a business owner myself.

Learning From Unicorns

Let me ask you something, have you heard of unicorn branding?

I'm sure you know unicorns. They are beloved mythical creatures that look like a horse but dazzlingly adorned with a single horn on his head.  With my recent chat with one of the owners of Pizza Grigliata, Chef Emman Galvez, I've learned that the seeming fantasy creature is now a metaphor in the business world.  It stands as a reference to highly successful start-ups as coined by a US venture capital investor Aileen Lee. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sample FREE Premium Wines and Spirits at The Tasting Corner of SM Markets

For a limited time only, you can sample some of the most iconic premium wines and spirits in the world at the Tasting Corner in selected SM Markets.  This innovative new concept is the first of its kind, and a rare experiential opportunity for those who are curious about premium brands to sample these drinks in their “perfect serve”.

Amp Up Your Hotcake-making Skills with #MAYAHotcakeArt and WIN P 20,000 Maya Products

Whether it be breakfast, lunch or meryenda, hotcakes do not fail to bring sheer joy to the family.  Now that making hotcakes is as easy as  1-2-3 with Maya Hotcake Mix, even kids can make it and preparing them can be as much fun as eating them. With a little imagination and a few additional ingredients which you usually have at home, you can quickly transform your typical breakfast staple into art.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Encima Roofdeck Bar

It's not like Mexican or Mexican fusion is all that hard to find in Makati, but Poblacion always make sure you have different places to visit every day.   But my favorite by far is Encima Roofdeck Bar, located atop City Garden Hotel Makati.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Lime and Basil, A Hidden Thai Resto in Tagaytay

It's every gourmand's dream to taste the world one bite at a time, but sometimes it's stays at that , as a dream.

One thing great about social media is knowing the trend in food and finding out where to find them.  And the world seemed a little smaller and manageable. And you don't have to spend so much to taste and experience  the things in your bucket list, like going to Thailand to eat Thai food.

100 Years of Famous Dogs for the National Dog Day Commemoration

Our dogs are part of our family and they are part of our priorities as they just love us unconditionally, they comfort me and my kids and provide joy to us.  But like all the other member of the family, you are also responsible for them, in return for their loving service (of being a guard dogs) we are to take care of them .

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Take Two

Users can look forward to a super series of non-stop deals over 11 consecutive super themed days, and massive giveaways worth over ₱15 million to be won.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Recipe: Pamora Farm's Spring Chicken In Coconut Milk with Lemongrass

After attending a media event from Pamora Farms and The Peninsula Manila, I took home some Pamora Free Range Chicken products.  I usually just baked the spring chicken in the oven after marinating overnight.  This time, I got a little inventive and playful.

To make sure, we will all enjoy the dish I would cook, I checked some of my recipe books,
i did see some I'd like to cook but when I checked my kitchen, I don't have the ingredients, or thought I could save it for the future days.  So I asked Google.  

J-Rams Coffee Bistro Pastries

Birthdays are big deals for us, especially when it is March.  It's the season when we celebrate the whole month with a number of cakes and it had become the busiest month next to December.  We celebrate three birthdays on March, my SIL, my daughter Danielle and mine.

As much as I would want to throw a party, I couldn't, my daughter doesn't like parties, and my husband does not like to spend!  LOL!  I used to cook for my kids but pastas, baked chicken and cakes have been passé.  And since Kdrama is in, so does K-cuisine, Korean food.  .

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Successful Second Edition of DOT's Philippine Harvest

More than 40 exhibitors are taking part in the second edition of the Philippine Harvest under the helm of Department of Tourism (DOT) from August 24 to 26 at the Central Square Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig to continue to promote the richness of the country’s farm and food tourism.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Why I've Decided to Count on Pamora 100 % Free-Range Over Commercial Ones

Our family's love for chicken is divine and profound that we don’t usually tolerate anything that comes in the way of our greatest guilty pleasure. Haha!  That said, I've been meaning to change to a healthier lifestyle hence I joined Green Peace' #LessIsMore campaign and sure enough, I can gladly throw off pork and beef eating.   But with chicken, it's a whole lot different story.  Come to think of it, if you check my disorganized   RECIPE PAGE, the savory recipes are composed mostly of chicken as main ingredient.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Saboten Express With the MommyBFFs

Saboten, purveyor of the world's favorite pork cutlet has gotten affordable. This is just the perfect news for North-based foodies as they have branched out in MegaFashion Food Hall, in SM Megamall.

When I heard the news, I made it a point to check it out.  As we all have known, Saboten is a world-class brand serving the Tokyo-famed pork Katsu, which have a branch in G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City and G/F Glorietta 5.

This time they have opened in favor or SM Megamall goers and made the brand more affordalicious! 

Nakiki-Millennial at #Momtribe Meet-up by Millennial Moms at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

It is crippling.
That Love.
Even when I wish to escape it because of crying.
The love now, it's everywhere.
I soak in it's light. And other times, it's still dark.
But I'm better with the darkness now than ever before.

Felt a thug on my heart while listening to the song, Say You Won't Let Go, a song by James Arthur about a guy's love. Hence, the poem.  It's not mine though, but I deeply felt the mother's ache seeing his son growing so fast, that even in her hardship, of mothering him, she still chooses to be in that situation.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

LG’s ThinQ System, for a Smarter and More Connected Home

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if your home ran on AI or artificial intelligence? This home would understand you. It would know to put on the news as soon as you wake up. It would cool your living room to your desired temperature at a certain time each night. It would put your washing machine on the "soiled clothes" setting because it knows, based on your calendar, that you’ve been to the gym.

Your home would be doing this, not because you had asked it to but because it had been learning from your behavioral patterns, understanding your needs and then automating your home based on your habits. Like an efficient assistant, it can predict what you want even before you ask for it.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Recipe: Healthy Carrot Loaf Makes a Great Lunchbox Snack or Dessert

I know like many other moms, you also strive to put healthier balance in your family's diet.  Many people are looking for ways to become healthier, and I'm your go to mommy recipe-trier, for those food who can answer to your cravings but won't make you cry guilty after.

I have had long years of trying this and that, and replacing this with that, and adding this and that, just to make a dish complete with the nutrients your kids need.  Or just like what you might be thinking of me, right now, I'm healthy-food junkie (or crazy).  Call me anything, but don't call me a bad mom.  I know, I know, my kids are just hating me every time I try out something, like adding malunggay to my cookies or brownies or using a different kind of flour.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Whiff of Modern Freshness and Simple Elegance

Ladies and gents, let me ask you, do you remember the shirt your first date wore? How about the brand of shoes? Would she be carrying a bag? Wore a piece of knock out accessory?

I bet you won't recall any of those!  Coz, try as I must, I too, couldn't remember what my first love wore, but one thing I couldn't forget, except for his face and being a gentleman, his scent, the perfume he wore.  Until now, whenever I get a whiff of that on my husband, I remember...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Restoring Balance in a Mom's Life at City Garden Hotel Makati

When a woman bears a child and brings his or her into this world, she will forget who she wanted to be.  Each time she raises one, their dreams become hers. Their hurts become hers. 

She loses some and yet gains some.

Last Saturday, I spent time alone with my husband, I felt so guilty for having him line up for parking in Megamall while I attend to some mommy blogger friends at the recently concluded Smart Parenting Convention 2018.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Papa Kim's Korean Bakery and Coffee at the Ayala the 30th

Two heads are better than one, don't you think?

Same goes in conceptualizing a food business. Such like Papa Kim's, owned by a Filipino and a Korean.
The concept of opening a Korean bakery came from nonetheless than the Korean partner which happens to own another Korean bakery brand in his country.  To make it authentic, a master baker from Korea was sought out to handcraft the milieu of breads.