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Chef Gene Suarez Shares Cooking Secrets and Family Dishes

It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. As the holiday season kicks in, the demand for our holiday favorites are now going up and with this in mind, King Sue, one of the brands that we Filipinos grew up and loved is here to make our holiday season more special. As I grew up, I can still remember my aunt who happens to sell them when I was young and having them on the table during the holidays.

From their wide selection of Hams and Sausages, you can never go wrong with King Sue. No wonder why the internationally renowned Chef Gene Gonzalez trusts the same brand.

Chef Gene, who opened Cafe Ysabel at 23 and is now president of the pioneering Center for Asian Culinary Studies, pays tribute to King SUe products which have been a staple fare on the dining table as well as his kitchen. "King Sue has been there at home ever since," shares the author of "Cocina Sulipeña" and many other cookbooks.



Last September 4, 2019, at his flagship ancestral home, turned rest…

Kwentong Jollibee “Garapon” celebrates grandparents’ selflessness

Grandparents often play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren. With a love that equals that of parents, they strive to give their apos (grandchildren) everything they can offer despite their frail health or limited resources.

This Grandparents’ Day, Jollibee celebrates the selflessness and unconditional love of lolos and lolas for their apos in “Garapon”, the newest video installment in the award-winning Kwentong Jollibee series.

Directed by Sheron Dayoc, “Garapon” narrates the story of how a grandmother sets aside any amount she can just to give her grandson something that would make him happy.

“For Filipinos, grandparents are the treasures of the family. While they may sometimes appear as strict, they give us exceptional love and guidance in such a way parents simply can’t. This is something that the younger generations can learn to appreciate from their lolos and lolas,” said Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and Jollibee Philippines Marketin…

Rediscover your favorites at SM City Manila Foodcourt

I had the opportunity to visit SM City Manila just recently and it has improved a lot from the time that I visited it a few years back. One of the things that I missed about this mall is its Food Court, very nostalgic.

SM City Manila, From the day it opened way back April 12, 2000, Natividad Almeda-Lopez corner A. Villegas and San Marcelino Streets, Ermita Manila just beside Manila City Hall became the mall where locals from Manila and students from near universities and colleges found their new place to hang out with family and friends.

Known for its accessibility for several public transportations and just beside Manila City Hall, it has been a known mall  for Manillennials and Millenials who prefer convenience in shopping and a place where they can make appointments with government offices like Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Land Transportation Office (LTO), MARINA for Seafarers and the like. It was a one-stop-shop where you can enjoy shopping, ease-of-access and of course d…

Jollibee’s Joly Space Adventure toys

This August, Jollikids can make fun galactic journeys to the farthest reaches of the universe as they play and prepare for blast off with their colorful spacecrafts from Jollibee’s latest set of Jolly Kiddie Meal toys, the Jolly Space Adventure!

With the newest set of connectible toys from the country’s leading fast-food chain, aspiring space explorers can imagine taking off for outer space to form their own galactic team with Jollibee and Friends riding their own spaceships.

Jollikids can patrol the ever-expanding universe with Jollibee as they move his spacecraft forward to watch the blasters move back and forth. They can also attach Hetty’s rocket and help her move onwards to see her glider launch its projectile!

Jollikids can zoom away from black holes by moving Popo’s spaceship forward to activate his spinning rocket. They can also help Yum see in the pitch-black darkness of space by moving his spacecraft forward to turn its lights on, and help Twirlie collect floating space roc…

Mang Inasal honors Session Groceries’ Iloisa Romaraog-Diga

Amid sensational stories that often hog media headlines, it is always reaffirming to know about Filipinos who go the extra mile to champion the welfare of others. Aiming to honor the noteworthy contribution of Filipinos whose passion and commitment go beyond the call of duty, Mang Inasal therefore conceived the yearly Gawad PiliPinoy.

Now on its fourth year, the Gawad PiliPinoy is an annual recognition given by Mang Inasal to selfless, local modern-day heroes who use their skills and competence to push advocacies that create a positive impact on communities.

“The Gawad PiliPinoy was actually inspired by the Chicken Inasal, the top-selling branded grilled chicken of Mang Inasal, that has been known for its 2-in-1 sa Laki, Nuot sa Ihaw Sarap. Gawad PiliPinoy awardees are Filipinos who passionately pursue advocacies on top of their respective day jobs or careers, and whose genuine concern for others have driven them to go out of their way to create meaningful impact on the lives of thei…

Baa Baa Thai Tea offers delicious blends and affordable milkteas

Everyone is going crazy over milk tea, the distinct taste, and aroma that makes you want to take a sip until the last drop. No wonder why a lot of us are always on the look for the best milk tea in town.

With all the milk tea stores offering their various mixes, it now goes down who has the best-tasting and refreshing milk tea among them all, and this is the reason why Baa Baa Thai Tea is changing the game.



With its unique Thai blend on their milk tea, Baa Baa Thai tea is setting a new standard on how milk tea should be. With their new branch ready to serve in 65 Panay Ave Quezon City, you can never go wrong with their Baa Baa Thai Milk Tea, Creme Brulee with pearls and the must-try Thai specials and fruit teas.



With their delicious blends and affordable prices, there is no wonder that in 3 months they were able to expand five branches across Metro Manila. Chef Joe De Ramos, Baa Baa Thai Tea Ceo, and Chef mentioned that his goal was to bring the experience that he had with the Thai c…

Say Yass! to Two Greenwich Lasagna Supreme Regular Pans for the price of one

Pasta comes in different shapes and sizes but whatever it is no one can keep us away from loving it whether it be a red or white sauce, Italian, Filipino Style, Pesto or in any way you like it pasta will be a Filipino favorite.

Speaking of pasta, aside from our regular favorites, this pasta has been a favorite of a lot of Filipino, and this is Lasagna, a delightful pasta dish oozing with multiple layers of meat and sauce on every layer of pasta and cheese, giving every bite a wonderful experience.

But what makes lasagna so special? The Greenwich Lasagna Supreme, for instance, an all-time favorite of actress and Greenwich kabarkada Yassi Pressman, has four delicious elements that make it so hard to resist.



It's beefy. One of the secrets to a great lasagna is in the meat. Greenwich uses high-quality ground beef that is perfectly simmered, browned and delicately flavored with spices to release its juicy and beefy flavors. If cooked correctly like the way Greenwich does it, the beef fl…

Fresh and Affordable Seafood at SouthSide Grill Las Piñas

Recently, I have been craving for some seafood, particularly crabs, prawns, and mussels. This craving brought me to the newest seafood place in the south, The South Side Grill.

Located at Manila Doctors Village in Las Pinas City, very accessible and just near SM South Mall, The South Side Grill is a Resto-Bar that offers delicious and fresh seafood on their menu, I usually bring anti-histamine with me whenever I have to eat seafood since I tend to have an allergic reaction if the served any seafood that is not fresh, but I didn't need to worry about it since what they serve is really fresh.


Here are some of the food that I would say you must try:




🔹Singaporean Chili Shrimps
For all of you who loves a twist and spice on your food, this one is for you. Enjoy your shrimps on a spicy level that is still tolerable that will make you sweat while you munch.



🔹Inihaw Platter
Good for sharing with your barkada or family or if you are just in the mood to finish the entire platter of Inihaw


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Jollibee allows kids to build their own Ferris Wheel

Despite the rainy days, everyday school homeworks and weekend quizzes, kids still enjoy their playtime and let their creativity flows with Jollibee newest Jolly Kiddie Meal Toy set, Jollibee Wheel of Joy!

With the latest set of connectible toys from the country’s leading fast-food chain, kids will truly have another fun-filled experience as Jollibee and Friends take them on an exciting Ferris Wheel ride.

Jollikids can build the Jollibee Wheel of Joy by first assembling the pillars of their carnival attraction, placing Jollibee at the base, and turning the knob to see him move around. Next, they can assemble the Ferris Wheel’s cabs by using bars to connect the swing frames and fixing the swings of Hetty, Popo, Twirlie, and Yum to the bars.

As they connect the base and each of the colorful gondolas together, kids can make Jollibee’s friends spin by turning the knob – just like a real Ferris Wheel ride!

Let your Jollikids have fun building their own Jollibee Wheel of Joy with a fascinat…

Satisfy your Seafood Cravings for only Php 888

There's a lot of reason why people do love seafoods. Have you seen or watch YouTubers doing the Seafood Mukbang challenge? It was really appetizing to the eyes. Everytime I watch those kinds of videos, I ended up craving for some yummy seafoods boiled in some chilli sauce. 
Good news for all seafood lovers out there!   Cebu’s best seafood restaurant Isla Sugbu Seafood City is extending its special Paluto-All-You-Can rates of P888 and P797 in its Mckinley Hill and Cebu branches, respectively, so diners can enjoy all their favorite fresh seafood dishes, without limit, cooked to order! 
Diners in Metro Manila can avail of promo rates for as low as P848 per head from 11AM to 3PM on Mondays to Thursdays, and P888 per head from 11AM to 3PM on Fridays, weekends and holidays. On Mondays to Sundays, diners can avail the discounted P888 per head from 6PM to 11PM. These rates are VAT inclusive but are still subject to 3% Service Charge. The promo is until August 31, 2019. Regular rate is pr…

Adventure-filled playtime awaits kids with the new Jollibee Fun Camp toys

This June make your kids afternoon playtime more exciting and fun with the newest Jolly Kiddie Meal toy. While the Jollikids are enjoying their time building their own campsite it also help  develop their creavity with Jollibee and Friend - Jollibee Fun Camp toy.

With Jollibee’s newest set of connectible toys, kids will surely enjoy building their own fun camp as each toy features a different, enjoyable activity! With Jollibee at the tire swing, little campers can delight in playtime adventure as they watch him glide by simply moving the lever. They can also join Hetty for an amusing lakeside fishing session by casting her rod with a push of a button. Popo, together with his guitar, can play campfire music for the kids, as they gently push him forward with every strum. Joining Twirlie by the bonfire, young campers can help her roast some marshmallows by pressing a button. Lastly, with Yum at the raft, kids can help him navigate the waters by attaching the paddles to help him row his …

Get your money’s worth with Mang Inasal’s 2-in-1 sa laki Chicken Inasal meal with unli-rice

One of our favorite fast food restaurant is Mang Inasal. We usually dine-in Every time we crave for Chicken Inasal. My daughter Chelsea can finish 2 servings of rice, that's why we make sure to order PM 2 which comes with unlimited rice.

We always want to get the best value for our money, especially when it comes to food. So nothing could be more Solb sa Busog than having our cravings satisfied with a hefty serving of Mang Inasal’s Chicken Inasal with Unli Rice for only Php117!

Mang Inasal is indeed every cost-conscious, hungry diners’ go-to restaurant – whether alone or with family, or barkada. Its main draw is the value-for-money, 2-in-1 sa laki, nuot-sa-ihaw sarap Chicken Inasal, often taken with unlimited rice.

Specially-marinated and grilled to perfection, the Mang Inasal Chicken Inasal is often best enjoyed kamayan-style (with bare hands), with the unlimited serving of rice doused with a mix of our personal favorite sawsawan of chicken oil, soy sauce, kalamansi or vinegar.

Seascape Village Independence Day Flash Sale: 1 KG of crabs for P21

Seascape Village is giving freedom-loving Filipinos the best reasons to celebrate Independence Day! From June 12 to 14, the dining complex which offers an authentic seafood market experience, will have a food flash sale where a kilo of local crabs will be sold for only P21!

80 coupons per day will be given away during the promo. The first 40 coupons will be distributed from 12NN to 4PM, and the second batch from 5PM to 8PM.

To qualify, like the SEASCAPE VILLAGE official Facebook page and share the Philippine Independence Day Promo post at least a day before claiming the coupon.

Coupons will only be given to dine-in customers who will pay the P21 fee and show proof that the promo post was shared in their Facebook account. Cooking and service charges are exclusive of the discounted rate, and only 1 voucher can be used for every group of 5 diners.

After claiming the coupon, dine-in customers will only pay 21 pesos for a kilo of live crabs! They can then have it cooked by any of the 8 pa…

Fun water adventures await kids with Jolly Water Play toys

This May, lots of fun-filled water adventures and new swimming buddies awaits JolliKids with the latest Jolly Kiddie Meal offering, the Jolly Water Play.

With the floating collectible toys from the country’s leading fast-food chain, kids will surely have a wonderful time swimming and playing in the backyard, pool, or beach as Jollibee and Friends show them a different water play experience.

Kids will enjoy roaming around with Jollibee on his Jet Ski and playfully squirt water with their playmates with a push of a button. They can also make Popo spin around in the water by pulling a ripcord in his orange swim ring.

JolliKids can also sail away to new adventures with Twirlie by attaching the main sail to her boat and blowing in it or they can watch and cheer scuba diver Yum as he jumps in the water from a floating platform. They can also play a fun water game by shooting rings with Hetty as she floats with her swim ring.

Collect all five toys with every purchase of a Yumburger (P80), Y…

Andok's #Hour Mama: Uninterrupted bonding time with Mother

Her patience is incomparable, she takes care of her families like there is no tomorrow, Our moms, their warm love that no one can replace. 
Can you still remember the last time that you spent quality time with your mom? You may have greeted her Happy Mother's day on Facebook or sent her a heart emoticon on your phone, but have you took time to make her feel how special she is? Like greeting her personally and spending the whole day with her?
Guilty? well you're not the only one, and this is the same reason why the company like Andok's initiated the Andok’s champions lasting memories this Mother’s Day with #HourMama campaign This question and our tendency to be overly connected to technology led to popular Litson Manok chain, Andok’s to take a back-to-basics observance of Mother’s Day. 



This year, Andok’s seeks to inspire families to disconnect from their mobile devices and create lasting memories with their mothers on their special day.
Dubbed as #HourMama, Andok’s campaign see…

foodpanda brings back the biggest food sale event: Hot ‘n Hungry!

Foodpanda, the on-demand food delivery service, brings back the biggest food discount event this summer for its fifth run. The much loved Hot ‘N Hungry campaign will run for a month, from April 5 to May 4, 219. 
Hot ‘n Hungry is the perfect way to satisfy cravings in this intense heat. The delicious deals are available to foodpanda customers in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao and on foodpanda’s newly opened areas: Bacoor, Cavite, Angeles, Pampanga and San Pedro, Laguna. With over 80 restaurant brands participating in the fifth edition of Hot ‘N Hungry, customers can expect a lot  of jaw-dropping offers, huge discounts and exclusive bundles in April. Customers can enjoy 100 deals from wide array of restaurant partners such as Tim Ho Wan, Gerry’s Grill, Mesa, Chilis and Yoshinoya, with up to 20% off.



The fifth edition of the food discount event is a prelude of what foodpanda users can expect on their fifth year anniversary next month, more deals and discounts. “Hot ‘n Hungry was a …

Meat-free meals perfect for Lenten Season

Enjoy sumptuous meat-less meals together with your family or friends this  Lenten season at Isla Sugbu Seafood City at Venice Grand Canal Mall in Taguig City.

At Isla Sugbu Seafood City, you can abstain from meat by opting for its unique offering called Paluto All-You-Can. Select from a wide array of fresh and live seafood and have it cooked the way you like it until you have your fill.



If you do not have any dish in mind, you can choose from its delectable selection of best-selling dishes such as Salted Egg Shrimp, Oysters topped with Garlic and Cheese, Fresh Crabs in Chili Sauce, Squid in Garlic Teriyaki Sauce and Steamed Parrot Fish. Whether you want something extravagant or just a simple, well-cooked dish, Seafood City is ready to serve appetizing meals for you and your family and friends.

You can enjoy Seafood City’s Paluto All-You-Can at the promo rate of P888 until May 31, 2019. Actual price per head is P1,300.



Isla Sugbu Seafood City, Cebu’s best seafood restaurant, is operat…

Mang Inasal successfully holds National Halo-Halo Sarap Day with Angel and Empoy

Mang Inasal, the leading Pinoy fast-food restaurant that serves the 2-in-1 sa Laki, Nuot sa Ihaw Sarap Chicken Inasal, successfully celebrated the third National Halo-Halo Sarap Day (NHHSD) with its customers who got to enjoy the creamiest Pinoy halo-halo at P20 off in all Mang Inasal stores nationwide.
Delighting customers with their surprise store visits were the “General’s Daughter” star Angel Locsin who went to the Mang Inasal Circuit Makati store and comedian Empoy Marquez who went to SM Fairview and SM Novaliches stores during the NHHSD.
Starring in the latest Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo TV commercial aired on the same day as the NHHSD, Angel told customers at the Circuit store that she is really a member of “Samahang Simot,” or those diners who really finish their halo-halo up to the last drop.

“Narito po kami ngayon ng Mang Inasal para magpasalamat sa inyong walang sawang pagsuporta sa Pinoy Halo-Halo. Alam naman po ninyo na talagang paborito ko ang Pinoy Halo-Halo dahil ito a…

Try Mang Inasal Bangus Sisig this Lent

If you are looking for ways to observe fasting and abstinence this Lenten Season, you may want to try this ‘hidden gem’ in the menu of Mang Inasal.

Try the Mang Inasal Bangus Sisig which a number of foodies claim to be really “Bangusarap!”

Savor this delightful dish of sizzling bangus chunks, seasoned with special spices, ideal this Lenten Season.

During Easter and for the rest of the year, you can still have your fix of Bangus Sisig, together with other Mang Inasal favorites like the Chicken Inasal, Halo-Halo, Pork Sisig, Palabok, Molo Soup and New Iced Gulaman. Visit any of the over 500 stores of Mang Inasal nationwide or place your orders at #733-1111.



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Food Crawl 2019:11 Affordable Restaurants in Mandaluyong City

Regardless if you are either visiting or are fortunate enough to live in the North, eating out is a treat because the best restaurants to eat in The Podium and SM Megamall will leave you feeling as though you would want to come back over and over again. The restaurants in Podium and SM Megamall reflect the community and the city itself, in that variety and cultural diversity can be readily found. From low end through to high end, the eagle-eyed local or visitors will find the perfect place to dine out. What's more, there is a good range of 'styles' as well, meaning casual, formal, cultural and occasional settings available to suit many different occasions.
So if you’re hungry and looking for one of the best restaurants in Ortigas, we have compiled the best restaurants you can choose from:





Ça Va Crêperie & Floral Atelier – it is located right by the Julia Vargas entrance of newly-expanded The Podium mall. This IG-worthy resto brings together crêpes, coffee, flowers, and…