Saturday, October 16, 2021

Drive South and Savor the New Romana Inspired Menu of The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms

As quarantine restrictions are gradually eased, hit the road and experience the rustic Italian Menu of The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms...


The roads to your favorite destinations beckon once again as the economy slowly and cautiously opens up after a prolonged quarantine due to the pandemic. Down south, one of the country's pioneering and premier dining destinations welcomes diners back after more than a year with a sumptuous Romana-inspired menu using the freshest and finest ingredients harvested straight from their farms. Step inside The Dining Room or why not enjoy the outdoors and indulge in a festive Italian feast al fresco surrounded by lush and verdant greens at Gourmet Farms?

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

ECQ Eats: Comforting Cuisine Delivered by Mando's Wing Shack

Wings, ribs, quesadillas and chimichanga, that's a winning play list of comforting dishes for a satisfying meal at home, don't you think? 


Mando's Wing Shack shares its flavorful take on simple, uncomplicated cuisine drawing inspiration on classic comfort food, Tex-Mex, Mexican and Southwestern notes for a sumptuous feast delivered to your doorstep. Still deciding what to serve at home this weekend? Settle the matter in an instant and hit up Mando's Wing Shack for a fuss-free delivery and value...

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Instant Heat: Ramyun Good, Feel Good with Nongshim Gourmet Spicy Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

 It's time to feel good with some soothing and comforting heat... 


A bowl of noodles always hits the spot, any day or anytime of the week. And when you need some quality Me-Time Moment after a long day of virtual meetings at home, the Ramyun Good, Feel Good experience from Nongshim Shin Ramyun should get you back on track up from the slump in no time. With its flavorful broth, noodles and spice to perk you up, a hearty bowl is all you need to enjoy a whole lot of good vibes.

Monday, October 11, 2021

ECQ Eats: Discover Thousands Of Tasty Offerings Conveniently Delivered to Your Home by FrozenMNL

Think of it as the largest fully-stocked freezer in the metro. And your front page for food discoveries...


When you're running out of ideas in preparing family meals at home for the long days of the new normal, rest easy. FrozenMNL, your virtual online grocery for frozen food discoveries conveniently delivers all your cravings straight to your doorstep with just a few clicks and taps on your mobile device.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Timeless Classics from Homemade Treasures

A culinary treasure in its own right, Homemade Treasures preserves a family's culinary tradition with their line of indulgent offerings...


Tracing the origins of the much-loved ensaimada takes you back to the 17th century in Mallorca but a shared history with Spain as a result of the colonial experience has made the buttery pastry a part of our own rich culinary heritage. Variations of the popular and ubiquitous pastry can be found throughout the country but if you're looking for one of the best, all you need to do is head north of the metro for some of the finest ensaimada at Homemade Treasures. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

From East to West: Chef Tom Hines Brings the World's Finest Ingredients to Your Plate at Kobe Jones

Chef Tom Hines takes your palate to both east and west with the freshest and finest ingredients at his newest dining concept in Makati...


The day's freshest sustainable catch, premium Wagyu mb5 and mb7 Ribeye and handcrafted cocktails combine for a memorable dining experience at Makati's newest dining destination. Located along Valero Street in Makati's Salcedo Village, Kobe Jones takes the best of both east and west in an elegant setting under the helm of noted chef, Tom Hines. Step inside for a elegant and tasty peek at Kobe Jones...

Friday, October 8, 2021

What's New at The Mercato United Kitchen? Have a Tasty Peek...

All nineteen kitchens and counting are fired up for familiar favorites as well as tasty new finds...


The popularity and relevance of the cloud kitchen concept continues to gain momentum in a changing culinary landscape marked by emerging new consumer habits due to the quarantine experience. One cloud kitchen is all fired up serving a variety of sumptuous offerings from a growing base of merchants. A recent visit to The Mercato United Kitchen at Circuit Makati becomes a reunion of sorts for familiar favorites, as well as an opportunity to discover tempting new finds. Here's a quick peek at what's cookin' at The Mercato United Kitchen...

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Alamat Filipino GastroPub: Chef Ramon Antonio Spins Flavorful New Stories in Makati's Poblacion

A familiar dive in Makati's Poblacion gets illuminated with a new light for flavorful and memorable stories...


Agimat Filipino GastroPub shines once more in the vibrant neighborhood of Poblacion unveiling a colorful new chapter weaving comforting and familiar Filipino flavors with a contemporary spin. True to its name, new urban folklores and myths expressed in creative dishes will soon add exciting new layers to the eclectic and Bohemian neighborhood. Step inside for a sneak peek of Alamat Filipino GastroPub's new menu... 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

ECQ Eats: In a Pinch? Leave It To Pinch.MNL to Deliver a Festive Family Feast to Your Doorstep

Celebrating significant family milestones at home in this new normal can be just as special, if you leave it to Pinch.MNL to deliver a memorable feast straight to your doorstep for a fuss-free experience...


As dining out remains restricted with limited capacity, intimate feasts at home are now the norm rather than exception in a challenging new normal. But that doesn't mean skipping special celebrations. Gather round the table, your lavish feast from Pinch.MNL has arrived...

Monday, October 4, 2021

#GuiltlessGoodness Comes to Robinsons Magnolia with Koomi Natural Drinking Yogurt

Refreshingly healthy, yogurt always comes top-of-mind on the healthy food list. Koomi Natural Drinking Yogurt redefines your #GuiltlessGoodness experience with their indulgent yogurt creations at Robinsons Magnolia...


From yogurt-based beverages to yogurt cakes, Koomi Natural Drinking Yogurt showcases the versatility of the dairy product with a variety of healthy and refreshing options to sip and bite. Now with 42 stores and counting, Koomi Natural Drinking Yogurt is more than ready for the gradual re-opening of the metro with the easing of quarantine restrictions.  

Sunday, October 3, 2021

#HealthyMadeHappy: Add A Vibrant Splash of Color to Healthy Dining with Zig Healthy Made Happy

The correlation between healthy food and happiness is no secret. When you choose to be healthy, you choose to be happy. It's as simple as that. The metro's newest dining concept offers its own take on healthy food, made happy... 


Zig Healthy Made Happy makes its mark on the local culinary landscape with the opening of its newest branch in Robinsons Magnolia with more on the way in the pipeline. Zig brings its specialty Salad Bowls and Wraps, Sushi Bowls, Salad Pizza and refreshing beverages as a healthier option to your dining experience for dine-in, take-out or delivery. Ready to inject some happiness to your diet? Then, read on...

Saturday, October 2, 2021

ECQ Eats: The Crab Lay, A Sumptuous Feast of Succulent Crabs at The Red Crab Alimango House

As quarantine restrictions gradually ease up in the metro, random yet much anticipated thoughts of what and where to eat pops up. A sumptuous flatlay of succulent crabs comes to mind to settle the matter. And for over twenty-three years, there's been one name that always comes top-of-mind...


Large and plump mud crabs prepared in several creative ways have always been the trademark of the iconic seafood restaurant since 1998. The Red Crab Alimango House at Greenbelt 3, one of its many branches in the metro is once again open to welcome customers with dine-in now allowed on a limited capacity with health and safety protocols in place. That special crab feast you've always loved and dreamed of during the quarantine awaits at The Red Crab Alimango House, served fresh from the kitchen.  

Thursday, September 30, 2021

ECQ Eats: Get Ready To Roll with Hanamaruken Ramen TriNoma's New Sushi Line

 Hanamaruken Ramen TriNoma is rolling out some exciting offerings...


California Aburi, Salmon Belly Aburi Sushi, Kakuni Aburi Sushi and Spicy Tuna Mentaiko Aburi Sushi, each one delivering fresh and bold flavors. Now included as Hanamaruken Ramen TriNoma's newest selection of exclusives, the savory Sushi Line adds even more tasty options for dine-in, pick-up and delivery through tasteless.ph, GrabFood, FoodPanda and Pick A Roo. Let's roll and take a closer look, shall we?

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

ECQ Eats: All Squared Up with the New Detroit Style Pizza from Corner Pizza

Crisp and chewy with a crunchy crust and double the cheese loaded with edge-to-edge toppings, here's a treat to get you squared up for an exciting new pizza experience...


The much loved pizza is enjoyed the world over with different regions and cities showcasing their own distinctive culinary style. Kenny Rogers Roasters brings the classic Detroit Pizza to the metro with their newest concept, Corner Pizza. A unique pizza style, the distinctive rectangular or square shape isn't the only feature that sets it apart from the rest. There's a whole lot more, from the crust to the toppings. It's high time for a new pizza experience, and there's no better time to dare to be square with the new Detroit Pizza by Corner Pizza.   

Monday, September 27, 2021

ECQ Eats: Experience a #TasteOfRendang by House of Rendang Delivered to Your Doorstep from the Cloud Kitchen of Kraver's Canteen

In a changing culinary landscape swept by a lingering pandemic, it's hard to imagine that you can still experience authenticity conveniently delivered to your doorstep. Finding legit Indonesian cuisine in the metro was always a challenge. Not anymore...


Kraver's Canteen, the country's fastest growing cloud kitchen, recently launched House of Rendang co-created with Albert Kurniawan showcasing an authentic taste of Indonesia's rich culinary heritage. Beef Rendang, Ayam Bakar and Sate Ayam prepared the traditional way, that's just some of the specialty dishes from House of Rendang. It's a flavorful addition to Kraver's Canteen's growing portfolio of brands and dining concepts from local entrepreneurs and chefs (for more on Kraver's Canteen, see my previous post, #BakBAKAnNa: Get It On with the Let's Get Litson by Kraver's Kanteen). 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

ECQ Eats: Inventive Spins with The Croissaymada by The Croissant Lady and Empanaditas from The Empanada Lady

Flaky and buttery croissants in a variety of creative and inspired expressions, The Croissant Lady takes viennoiserie to a whole new level with her traditional and inventive offerings...


The Croissant Lady ups her baking game with the introduction of new and unique croissant variants to tease your palate. From classic viennoiserie with its light, flaky and buttery texture to novel creations, The Croissant Lady expands her growing menu offerings with the Croissaymada along with the rustic and homestyle specialty Empanaditas from her new line, The Empanada Lady. With a convenient online ordering system in place via https://my.forms.app/croissantladyph/croissantladyph-order-form, The Croissant Lady and The Empanada Lady are more than ready for the new normal. Ready to try some fresh baked treats at home? 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

ECQ Eats: Get Schmeared. The Pork Project Introduces The Schmear Trio with Balut Pate, Chorizo Crema and Dulong Olive Oil

A good and proper schmear on a bagel, toast or cracker always sets the tone even before that first bite. Here's three tasty options from The Pork Project for that perfect schmear...


The Pork Project by Chef Redd Agustin continues to expand its growing menu of sumptuous offerings with the recent introduction of The Schmear Trio, unique and inventive spreads bottled in handy jars. The savory trio includes Chorizo Crema, Balut Patĕ and Dulong Olive Oil, each one bringing its own distinct set of flavors and textures with a local twist to the palate. Bring out the baguette and crackers, time to take The Schmear Trio for a test drive.

Monday, September 20, 2021

ECQ Eats: A One Pot Dish of Comforting Flavors with Kinamatisang Baboy

A pot of gold? Not quite. Then again, maybe. Simple, hearty and comforting, a bowl of familiar flavors may well be worth its weight in gold... 


Staying home and dining at home allowed us to rediscover old recipes taking us all back to simpler, less complicated times. I still my remember my aunt's pot of pork belly soup simmered with tomatoes and vegetables, and it still hits all the right spots. In this lingering quarantine, a taste of the familiar goes a long way to get us through another day in a difficult new normal. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

ECQ Eats: Indulgence at Home with the Creamy Mac And Cheese by Chef Mike Santos of PINCH.mnl

You know it's true, and you've experienced it time and again during the long days of quarantine. There's just nothing a good bowl of comforting mac and cheese can't fix to make your day better. Chef Mike Santos proves it with his indulgent Creamy Mac and Cheese...


The simple yet sumptuous macaroni draped in layers of cheese always tops our list of favorites, and our love and appreciation for this familiar staple grew even stronger during the quarantine. But this familiar classic gets a lavish upgrade. Chef Mike Santos weaves an indulgent spin to comforting dishes available for pick-up and delivery with all-time favorites like the Creamy Mac and Cheese, just one of many savory options at PINCH.mnl. Hungry? Read on...

Friday, September 17, 2021

ECQ Eats: Good Vibes at Quezon City's Newest Dining Destination, Supersam Burgers, Chicken, Shakes

As the entire metro slowly and cautiously opens up with the easing of quarantine restrictions, dining out returns on a controlled and limited capacity with mandatory health and safety protocols in place. After more than a year in a lingering pandemic, we all just can't wait to dine out again at our favorite establishments. But it's also a good time to discover exciting new finds...   


Good food, no matter how simple, often triggers memories taking you back to a place or time. In a prolonged quarantine due to the global pandemic, we all yearned for the hearty and sumptuous flavors of familiar dishes to warm both the palate and body. Quezon City's newest dining establishment takes you back with their comforting and uncomplicated flavors in a spacious and casual setting for good vibes all around. Supersam Burgers, Chicken, Shakes shares its own take on classic comfort food with their wide and extensive repertoire of dishes from beverages to appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads and pasta to savory mains, all-day breakfasts and desserts. Rediscover dining out once more in a new normal with the wholesome flavors of Supersam Burgers, Chicken, Shakes now open to satisfy your cravings...   

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Ready for Round 2: Bord Bia and European Pork & Beef PH Launches Second Edition of the East Meets West Culinary Competition

At the height of the quarantine experience last year, Bord Bia and the European Pork & Beef PH held its first ever competition using premium world-class quality Irish pork and beef resulting in some of the most inventive and creative dishes reflecting the diversity and promise of the metro's young culinary talents. This year, it's back for a second round...


...with even bigger prizes for the winners. The Irish Food Board, Bord Bia and European Pork & Beef PH formally launched the second edition of the East Meets West Culinary Competition last September 1 injecting excitement to the local culinary scene amidst the lingering pandemic. The world's finest pork and beef take centerstage once more alongside some of the brightest young culinary talents for the much anticipated culinary event of the year. Ready to show off your best pork and beef dishes? 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

ECQ Eats: Kenny Rogers Roasters Goes Beyond Deliciously Healthy with Plant-Based Options from Beyond Meat

Access to healthy alternatives isn't easy, more so in a challenging new normal. The choice of eating healthy gets a boost with the new and flavorful plant-based options from Kenny Rogers Roasters...


Healthy food with rich and vibrant flavors? Absolutely. And that's not all. Low in cholesterol, saturated fats and free of antibiotics and hormones from animal-based counterparts, the newest plant-based offering is a refreshing and beyond deliciously healthy option from one of the leading global fast food chains. Starting September 14, discover healthy yet bold savory flavors as Kenny Rogers Roasters and Beyond Meat introduce their Beyond Deliciously Healthy line-up in all branches nationwide for an exciting and unique flavor experience with the Kenny's Beyond Burger and Kenny's Mashed Potato.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

ECQ Eats: Relive Your Memorable Experiences At Home As The Peninsula Manila Celebrates 45 Years of Special #PenMoments

Since 1976, the iconic hotel along Ayala Avenue has been home to countless memorable experiences weaving special #PenMoments in our lives. Now you can relive these experiences for a nostalgic step back in time long before the new normal...


The Peninsula Manila reaches a significant milestone as it celebrates 45 memorable years of unforgettable #PenMoments. And there's just no better way to celebrate than with the exquisite and much loved cuisine from the kitchens of the grand dame in the country's premier commercial and business district. Like a long running and masterful artistic performance, The Peninsula Manila celebrates with renewed optimism in a challenging new normal as it looks back at 45 years of unforgettable moments while boldly looking forward to the next chapter in its illustrious history. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

ECQ Eats: Celebrate a Mid Autumn Feast At Home Delivered by King Chef

Dining out remains restricted in the metro with the current MECQ quarantine status, but that doesn't mean missing out on a festive Mid-Autumn feast at home. How? Easy. Just leave it to King Chef to deliver their sumptuous set menu offerings to your doorstep... 


The global pandemic continues to change and transform our daily routine, placing everything on hold with restrictions on mobility enforced throughout the metro. Dining at home, along with the rise of the food delivery culture and increased online usage are now part of the quarantine experience defining a challenging new normal. Traditional celebrations take a back seat as new cases continue to rise. Staying home meant dining at home. And celebrating at home. Enjoy a lavish Mid-Autumn feast in the safety and comfort of home delivered by King Chef...

Sunday, September 12, 2021

ECQ Eats: Spice Up Your Dishes at Home with the Specialty Crisp Chili Garlic by Crisp PH

Tired of the usual fare at home in the MECQ? Here's a simple, quick and easy fix straight out of a jar. Transform and elevate ordinary dishes at home with a jar of crunchy and spicy goodness of the specialty Chili Garlic from Crisp PH... 


Just a spoonful or two changes the flavors and textures almost immediately as a comfortingly familiar homestyle dish becomes refreshingly new and special. Crisp PH adds the crunch and soothing heat to everyday dishes at home with their bestselling Chili Garlic in glass jars, a unique find and home pantry essential in this new normal. Dumplings, arroz caldo and tapsilog at home becomes much better with a spoonful, straight from the jar.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

ECQ Eats: Scout's Honor Craft Cookie Shop Launches Expanded New Menu for Delivery in the New Normal

I've tried some of the best cookies and desserts at Scout's Honor Craft Cookie Shop, and it remains high on my list for indulgent treats. But there's more cooking in the kitchen at Scout's Honor these days, including an all new expanded menu of savory offerings conveniently delivered to your doorstep...


Scout's Honor Craft Cookie Shop responds to the changing times with an expanded menu available for delivery from tasty starters to savory mains, beverages and desserts. From the packaging to the comforting flavors of the new offerings, Scout's Honor makes dining at home special in this new normal. Now with branches in Ayala Malls Vertis North, SM North Edsa and Santolan Town Plaza, Scout's Honor is ready to serve and deliver your next meal with a Scout's promise for a memorable dining experience at home.

Monday, September 6, 2021

ECQ Eats: Weekends At Home in the New Normal Made Better with the Pilsner Urquell Draught At Home 4L Growler

There's nothing new with staying home for the weekend, and it's now part of the new normal due to the lingering pandemic. But you can make weekends at home better with the Pilsner Urquell Draught At Home 4L Growler...


The world's first and original pilsner is just what you need for weekends at home in the prolonged quarantine with round after round of refreshing pale lager from their Pilsner Urquell Draught At Home 4 Liter Growler. The classic flavors, golden color and clarity of the specialty pale lager has become the global standard with nine out of ten beers produced in the world based on the original Pilsner Urquell. And now you can enjoy it at home with a massive glass jug of Pilsner Urquell Draught At Home 4 Liter Growler conveniently delivered by Don Revy Philippines.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Taking Culinary Education a Step Further in the New Normal with the USDA American Lamb Virtual Challenge by CCA Manila

The sweeping and transformative impact of the quarantine experience continues to change our daily routine resulting in unique challenges. This includes culinary education, when face-to-face instruction remains restricted due to the rising cases in a lingering pandemic. CCA Manila, the pioneer culinary school in the country takes the lead once more with innovative solutions for the new normal... 


The seamless weave of industry, education and innovation come together in a relevant and meaningful expression of CCA Manila's vision of fulfilling culinary dreams by providing excellent culinary education and social, leadership values among CCA's communities. As the enduring institution celebrates it's milestone 25th anniversary this year, CCA Manila continues its pioneering spirit with the implementation of unique and creative ways of teaching in a difficult new normal. In collaboration with the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF), CCA Manila recently conducted the USDA American Lamb Virtual Challenge using premium USDA Lamb Riblets as part of its thrust on continuous learning even in these trying times. Here's an insider behind the scenes look at the unique virtual competition...

Thursday, September 2, 2021

ECQ Eats: Detroit Style Pizza? That's Easy As Pie, Piece of Cake. By EAPPOC Pizza.

Motown, the Big Three and the Pistons, Motor City has enriched our lives in more ways than ever imagined. That includes a slice of Detroit Style Pizza. And now you can experience a taste of the classic Detroit creation, reimagined and conveniently delivered to your doorstep. All revved up? Start your engines then...


The distinct rectangular shape and crisp edges, it's easy to spot Detroit Style Pizza. And it's even easier to enjoy it in the safety and comfort of home in the prolonged quarantine. Thanks to Easy as Pie, Piece of Cake or simply EAPPOC Pizza, you can have a taste of Motor City delivered straight to your doorstep with just a few clicks on your mobile device. That's easy as pie. And piece of cake...

Monday, August 30, 2021

ECQ Eats: Hot Eats with the New Hot Trays Party Platters by Hanako PH

Good food is meant to be shared. And when one bowl just isn't enough, enjoy more of your favorite Japanese dishes with the lavish new Hot Trays by Hanako PH conveniently delivered to your doorstep.


Going for a second serving? No worries. Hanako PH launches their sumptuous new line of Party Platters, the Hot Trays for intimate family feasts at home in this new normal. From starters to mains, Hanako PH loads generous portions with their new Hot Trays to satisfy the whole family and then some. Each Hot Tray by Hanako is good for four to six, so go ahead and grab a second serving...

Sunday, August 29, 2021

ECQ Eats: Easy Curry with McCormick Curry Recipe Mix

The pandemic placed everything on hold in a difficult new normal. But it also gave us more time to appreciate and value what really matters. Including more time in the home kitchen...


Staying home and dining at home is the norm in a prolonged quarantine, and preparing easy yet sumptuous meals are now part of the daily routine. The wide selection of products from McCormick Philippines lets you expand your flavor experience and make complex dishes in a snap. Like comforting Chicken Curry in just a few quick steps, perfect for rainy afternoons at home in the long days of quarantine...

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

ECQ Eats: Shopping for Provisions and Tasty Finds For Dim Sum Cravings and More at DEC's...

For years, the enduring Chinese deli along Wilson Street in San Juan has been the ever reliable go-to source for authentic homestyle dim sum and other specialty products. In a challenging new normal, it remains as dependable as ever, geared up for the changing times...


Times may have changed in this new normal, but there are a few things that endure like everyone's favorite Chinese deli in San Juan. Diao Eng Chay, popularly known as DEC'S, remains as popular as ever with its wide array of specialty offerings for those dim sum cravings. And more. Familiar, comforting and sumptuous easy-to-prepare dishes at home becomes the norm in this new normal, and you'll find it all at DEC'S. Here are some tasty finds at DEC's that's perfect for stocking up at home in the long days of quarantine... 

Monday, August 23, 2021

ECQ Eats: Celebrate Local, Celebrate Chocolate with Hail Chocolate Artisanal Gelato

Another proudly homegrown brand showcases local ingredients with indulgent tubs of creamy gelato available for convenient pick-up or delivery in the metro. It's time to celebrate local. And celebrate chocolate...


Hail Chocolate celebrates the bountiful harvests of local cacao farmers with a wide selection of indulgent gelato offerings available online for delivery. Sourcing cacao beans direct from farming communities in Batangas, Benguet and Davao, Hail Chocolate allocates a percentage of sales to support cacao farmers in celebration of the local cacao bean. From the lush cacao fields to a decadent tub of Hail Chocolate, you too can be part of the sustained cycle with every purchase. It's always a good time to celebrate local, more so in this new normal. And there's no better time to celebrate local chocolate than with your own tub of Hail Chocolate...

Thursday, August 19, 2021

ECQ Eats: Up, Down, Sideways with the Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Flour Pot Manila

Baked top side down and served bottom side up, the enduring Pineapple Upside Down Cake makes a dramatic comeback fresh from the ovens of Flour Pot Manila to your table... 


It's back. Chef Rhea Castro Sycip and Flour Pot Manila takes your palate back on a nostalgic journey with their decadent specialty Pineapple Upside Down Cake, updated and refreshed with contemporary modern touches. The novel procedure of baking your cake top side down popular decades back is recreated with an elegant flair you can expect from Chef Rhea and Flour Pot Manila (for more on Flour Pot Manila, see my post, Indulgence Comes Humming Your Way with the Hummingbird Cake by Flour Pot Manila from two years ago). Ready for a slice?

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Stories in a Cup: Capiz Coffee Roasters Shares The Stories of Local Coffee Farmers With Each Soothing Cup of Hand Crafted Native Coffee

Each coffee bean weaves its own flavorful story, retold in a freshly brewed cup. One man's dream slowly transforms the usual narrative of coffee down south while sharing the colorful stories of local coffee farmers...   


Capiz Coffee Roasters redirects the spotlight to local coffee farmers with its wide variety of single origin coffee offerings masterfully roasted at their very own farm. Sammy Sotelo, the founder of Capiz Coffee Roasters, knows his coffee and he's also on a mission. By building relationships with the local farming community based on fair trade, Capiz Coffee Roasters cultivates positivity while preserving the stories of local coffee farmers with each bag of artisan beans. Ready for a cup of positivity? Then, read on...

Thursday, August 12, 2021

ECQ Eats: A Game Winning Knockout for Home Dining in the ECQ with the New Mongolian Knockout Bowls by Champion Hotpot

The long and often cloudy days of quarantine in the third bout of the metro-wide ECQ and the lingering threat of the new Delta variant casts even more uncertainty in a seemingly never-ending new normal. Familiar routines are replaced by multiple health and safety protocols, including staying home to curb the spread of the virus. Champion Hotpot gives you one good reason to stay home with their newest offering, and it's a knockout... 


Inventive new offerings make dining at home a welcome option even in a challenging new normal. Brighten up your home dining table and eat like a champ in the ECQ with the sumptuous Mongolian Knockout Bowls and Trays customized to your preference from Champion Hotpot. Simply choose your base, sauce, protein, vegetables and toppings for your very own creation for pick-up or delivery with just a few taps on your mobile device. Easy? You bet.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

ECQ Eats: Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen Elevates The Bento Experience

The traditional Japanese Bento is reimagined by a passionate home-based food business with several luxurious variants using the freshest ingredients for a home dining experience like no other. Take a peek at the latest creations from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen... 


Exquisite Japanese cuisine made with the finest premium ingredients, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen continues to raise the bar for home-based food businesses with her own lavish take on the traditional Japanese Bento. As we go through the third round of the metro-wide ECQ to curb the spread of the Delta variant, running the usual list of food delivery options becomes a much anticipated event in the long days of quarantine. But Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen lets you experience pure indulgence packed in a bento, available for pick-up or conveniently delivered to your doorstep (for more on Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen, see my posts, A Tasty Peek at the New Premium Japanese Offerings by Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen on her specialty Japanese dishes, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen Raises The Bar for Home-Based Food Businesses with Restaurant Quality Dishes detailing the use of premium quality ingredients and Turning Japanese with Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen... on my first taste of her Japanese specialties).

Sunday, August 8, 2021

ECQ Eats: The Mercato United Kitchen Takes Flight With 19 Restaurants Under One Roof

Adapt. Pivot. Evolve. It's the recurring mantra in this new normal resulting in creative innovations in the food service sector to meet changing consumer habits. The cloud kitchen concept is one of those innovations making its impact on the local culinary scene...


The Mercato United Kitchen, an innovative cloud kitchen from the same group behind Mercato Centrale recently began its pick-up and delivery operations last August 6 just in time for the implementation of Metro Manila's Enhanced Community Quarantine status. With 19 restaurants and counting all under one roof, the Mercato United Kitchen is all fired up to satisfy your food delivery cravings in this third round of the metro-wide ECQ.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Doughnuts with a Kikk: The Kikko Man, Kikko Shoyu Bonito and Kikkonana by Poison Coffee & Doughnuts in Collaboration with Kikkoman

They've done Champorado, Garam Masala even Mangga't Suman on doughnuts. But clearly, they're not done yet...


Poison Coffee & Doughnuts, one of the metro's innovative dining concepts, introduces yet another out-of-the-box creation in a unique collaboration with Kikkoman. That's right, and you read it right. When one of the world's iconic soy sauce brands gets together with the creative team behind Poison Coffee & Doughnuts, you can expect some truly inspired doughnut expressions setting it apart from the usual offerings. Think of it as doughnuts with a kikk.   

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

#BakBAKAnNa: Get It On with the Let's Get Litson by Kraver's Canteen

Down from the clouds, this one's a worthy contender for the top spot in the raging Litson Baka wars from one of the country's newest players in the growing cloud kitchen sector...


Kraver's Canteen, an innovative cloud kitchen, shares their inventive take on Litson Baka with their very own and wittingly named Let's Get Litson. Marinated for 24 hours, smoked and slow-cooked for six hours, the Let's Get Litson by Kraver's Canteen is unbelievably fork-tender with that melt-in-your-mouth finish delivering a savory burst of beefy flavors. And it's just one of many specialty offerings from the cloud kitchens of Kraver's Canteen. Ready to get it on? 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Taiwan in the Metro: The King, Taiker, Chee-Z and Hot Chick at Monga Taiwanese Style Fried Chicken

Authentic Taiwanese style chicken chop in the metro? You bet. And you'll find it at Monga Taiwanese Style Fried Chicken...


Named after Taiwan's traditional and oldest district where the local food culture continues to thrive with influences from various cuisines, Monga Taiwanese Style Fried Chicken takes their best-selling specialties to the metro with four stores serving their iconic chicken chop and soothing milk teas. 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Rain or Shine, It's Always Hot Pot Weather at Tong Yang Grill & Shabu Shabu at SM Megamall

The constant rain these past few days always trigger a response, like a serious craving for comfort food. And when it pours, it's hot pot on my mind... 


Tong Yang Grill & Shabu Shabu at the Mega Atrium of SM Megamall is open once again, and just in time for those rainy day cravings too. A gently simmering pot of comforting broth, a table-top grill and a whole variety of tasty offerings from tender beef and pork, chicken, seafood, savory balls and dumplings of every kind and garden fresh vegetables presents a tempting option for the rainy days. Or any day, really. Time to get your hot pot game on because Tong Yang is back.  

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Black is Back: It's Black Truffle Season at Caruso Ristorante Italiano

 Caruso Ristorante Italiano brings out the Barolo for truffle season...


Caruso Ristorante Italiano celebrates the much-anticipated arrival of the prized Black Alba Truffle fresh from Italy prepared in lavish dishes for an indulgent and authentic taste of the old country at the heart of Makati. Available for a limited time only, early reservations are highly recommended. Widely regarded as "the diamond of the kitchen," the rare truffle offers a unique flavor experience that you can enjoy at Caruso Ristorante Italiano. That's while supplies last, of course.   

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

"Simply Classic Cuisine" by Chef Robert Lilja for Disciples Escoffier at Makati Garden Club

A memorable evening of fellowship, fine wine and classic cuisine at one of Makati's hidden gems relives the spirit of Auguste Escoffier in an elegant dinner...


Disciples Escoffier Philippines caps yet another year of camaraderie while supporting and promoting hospitality developments with a lavish dinner by Chef Robert Lilja at The Makati Garden Club in true Escoffier style. Following a successful dinner last month (for more on the previous Disciples Escoffier dinner, see my post, Chef Alain Raye Lights Up Poblacion with a Lavish Dinner for Disciples Escoffier at Dr. Wine Manila), Disciples Escoffier PH celebrates historic milestones with "Simply Classic Cuisine" created by one of Manila's very best chefs in an idyllic sanctuary at the heart of the bustling Makati CBD.  

Monday, July 19, 2021

Healthier Options and Tasty Nibbles by The #BrothQueen at Kim King's Kitchen

The long days of quarantine allowed many of us to take a closer look at our lifestyle choices and with personal health now a priority in a lingering pandemic, it's about time we did. Natural, organic and a more conscious approach to what we eat is a good starting point. And Kim King's Kitchen shows you the way...


Widely known as Asia's one and only organic bone #BrothQueen as well as a certified Gut Health Coach and Skin Nutrition Specialist with a PN1 certification from the UK, Kim King is the metro's leading fasting-focused lifestyle advocate with her customized meal plans featuring her specialty bone broths. The success of her bone broths led to Kim King's Kitchen, a complete online store showcasing a wide variety of healthy options from meal plans to platters like Roasted Chicken and Crusted Salmon, snacks and condiments, beverages, cakes and pastries, organic meat and even pet nutrition products. Also a personal coach, Kim King and Kim King's Kitchen are ready to help you make that first step to a healthier lifestyle. 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

#CozyDayswithFRNK: Experience The Art in Breakfast with the New Warm Drinks Series, Fuji Kukki and Overnight Oats by FRNK Milk Bar

You've heard it before, a healthy and nutritious breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day. Your first meal of the day, breakfast can make or break your day. FRNK Milk Bar sets it right with their new tasty and flavorful breakfast offerings...


FRNK Milk Bar presents The Art in Breakfast with their healthy and flavorful offerings for the month like the new plant-based Warm Drinks Series, Fuji Kukki and Overnight Oats. As the mad and hectic rush at the start of the week creeps back even in this new normal, take a pause and slow down and choose a healthy breakfast to start your day right. 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Just Ice It: A Soothing Cold Brew Trio by Caravan Black

The onset of the rainy season does little to lower the blistering heat, not even a dent. When the temperature rises and you need to cool down, just ice it. Caravan Black offers three soothing ways to beat the heat with their refreshing cold brews... 


Caravan Black unveils their latest selection of specialty cold brews, each one with its own distinct flavor and finish. That's three for the road with the Wilde White, Cold S & G and Cold Blonde to soothe your palate. Thirsty? Then, read on...

Friday, July 16, 2021

Breakfast Essentials: The Angus Beef Garlic Classic Style and Sundried Premium Beef Tapa by Tipsy Tapa

Everyone looks forward to a sumptuous weekend breakfast at home. The new normal may have blurred the lines somewhat but a good breakfast is still a much anticipated event. And when you have the Angus Beef Garlic Classic Style and Sundried Premium Beef Tapa from Tipsy Tapa, it's a feast that sets the tone for the rest of the day. 


Mention "comfort food" and everyone's favorite beef tapa pops up top-of-mind. The quarantine experience made us all rediscover the simple joys of enjoying a sumptuous breakfast at home as restrictions on mobility were enforced to curb the spread of the pandemic. The Angus Beef Garlic Classic Style and Sundried Premium Beef Tapa by Tipsy Tapa makes your breakfast or brunch or any meal at home even more special... 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Let the Good Times Roll with Liang Crispy Roll, Now Open at SM Aura...

Fresh, crisp and savory rolls fresh from the kitchen are ready to wrap up your appetite with vibrant flavors from the newest snack in town. Time to take your appetite on a flavorful ride and let the good times roll with Liang Crispy Roll...


Liang Crispy Roll brings its specialty savory rolls to the metro offering even more tasty options to shoppers at SM Aura. With over 12,000 branches around the world, Manila becomes the latest addition to a rapidly growing global network with its very first branch located at Level 4 of SM Aura. Read on for a tasty peek at the newest entry in the local food scene.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

All Boxed Up and Ready-To-Heat: The Pancit Luglug DIY Kit and Heat and Serve Beef Papaitan by The Pork Project

 Chef Redd Agustin is back with new offerings from The Pork Project...


Pancit Luglug in minutes? Now you can with the new Pancit Luglug D-I-Y Kit from The Pork Project by Chef Redd Agustin. Everything you need comes straight out of a box, just bring out the trusty pot to get started in the kitchen. Easy Beef Papaitan without the long hours in the home kitchen? No problem. Chef Redd Agustin makes it easy and uncomplicated without the fuss. Ready?
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