Chimara Feel Good Kitchen: The Healthy Buddy

How are you feeling today? Sarap sa feeling na may nagtatanong kung kamusta ka no? :”> anyway are you stressed? I am. Skin-tired? Me. Brain-drained? Yes, yes, yes! If you want to stop feeling any of the above, then let’s turn to our healthy buddy!

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Sara says veggies can be fun and yum!

Chimara Kitchen (pronounced “kay-ma-ra”) is a health-oriented restaurant which has been serving good-for-you dishes since 2004. For a time, way back in college, I was all hyped up to lose my baby fat. *Plays flashbacks of night jogging and cardio afternoons*  Then Chimara opened at U.P. Town Center, an easy 5-minute walk from my dorm. It became my go-to meal spot for a while because choosing a nutritious meal from their menu was a no-brainer. Anything had a dose of body and mind benefits. I felt like anything they had was a guilt-free choice, but in moderation of course.

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Pepper Maple Chicken Wrap (P220) and Tuna Wasabi Aioli (P220)

After a few months, I unfortunately returned to my unhealthy-college-dorm-food-lifestyle as acads consumed me. Fast forward to today, I found out they have a branch at Greenbelt 3! Never really noticed it before as I only had my eyes on Red Mango whenever at the G3 cinema. Turns out that it’s their first ever branch, the #OG. My sister and I spent lunch with the Chimara team and Ria over a sa-wrap meal 😉 Continue reading

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#SibsTry: Gelato Sushi and a Magical Dessert at Gelatofix

Don’t get grossed out! Gelato Sushi is just 100% gelato shaped into sushi – sans vinegar and raw fish. This food hybrid was created by Master Chef Novelli and handcrafted at an Italian dessert lifestyle cafe in BGC, Gelatofix. As a person who’s game to try food that makes me either go heart-eyes-emoji or face-with-raised-eyebrow-emoji, I was all for it!

If you’re curious, join me and my sister in an Italian affair as we spoil ourselves with my favorite food that never fails to please… most of the time. Sibstry Vlog no. 5:

Craving for bomb ass gelato on a rainy afternoon (hey, any weather is ice cream weather), we dropped by the almost rustic cafe after learning about their world famous dessert. Turns out they had #MoreThanJustGelato. Tasty looking Italian-inspired comfort food piled up on tables of couples and young adults working on their laptops. But today Sara and I were only onto getting a frozen fix.

Gelato Fix13Can’t resist trying at least one flavor from this luscious and decadent display

We didn’t stop there! We read “Magic boxx” on the menu and just had to. A tower of thick toast cubes, pistachio cream & sauce, honey, mixed fruits, gianduia chocolate sauce, and (guess what) gelato, landed on our table and we went “aggggghhhh how do we start to eat this beautiful mess!!!!” Continue reading

Just Indulge with Seattle’s Best Coffee’s Just Desserts Line

Seattle's Best Just Desserts Mocha and Javakula8New Javakulas (L-R): Triple Chocolate, Campfire S’mores, and Hazelnut Cheesecake

I practice self-love by treating myself to my favorite food, which are most of the time a slice of dessert and good iced drinks. After rendering OT several days a week, I think I deserve a cheat day… or three!

Seattle’s Best Coffee is ready to reward us hustlers with their “SBC Just Desserts” line featuring three entirely new beverages to warm ourselves up or to celebrate a productive day! Any reason is valid  to indulge in these treats, available in hot mocha or ice-blended Javakula. Submitted your presentation on time? Treat yourself!

Seattle's Best Just Desserts Mocha and Javakula2Chocolate powder to make it pretty~

At the launch, we were all eyes during the live demo of how these new drinks were crafted. Dispensing the cheesecake whipped cream needs some serious shaking and muscles! Then we wrapped our souls (and stomach) with all the delicious goodness only the best desserts can bring.

Seattle's Best Just Desserts Javakula Triple ChocolateSeattle's Best Just Desserts Campfire S'moresI grabbed the tempting Triple Chocolate because too much chocolate doesn’t scare me! Topped with  oreo chocolate sauce and a fudge bar, this was motherfudging delicious! My sister went for the Campfire S’mores because there’s no way to say no to this favorite dessert. Continue reading

81 SeiHai Sushi Lounge: Rolling out soon at Timog, QC!

Wasaaa, bae? I learned a new word today!

“Omotenashi” is the Japanese concept of providing the best service without expecting any reward. This is probably why tipping in Japan is not practiced?  “Omote” means public face that is an image one would wish to present when outside the confines of his or her home, and “Nashi” means nothing. Together, it means that service is from the bottom of the heart – honest, no hiding, and no pretentions.

This kind of wholehearted hospitality (along with sticky onigiri, fluffy tamago, and sparkling bento boxes) is what I look for when dining in Japanese restos. If you want to experience Omotenashi, 81 SEIHAI Sushi Lounge, a new Fusion Japanese Sushi Lounge, will roll out in April and serve you much more than that. Here are some things I can’t wait to SAY HI to:

Their Version of Omotenashi

Hospitality is said to be taken a notch higher at 81 SEIHAI. In addition to the usual greetings like “irasshaimase” (welcome/ come in) or “ohayo gozaimasu” (Good morning), there are hospitality gestures unique to the restaurant making each customer feel at home.  This extends to how the fusion sushi dishes are prepared. Continue reading

7 Favorite Diner Dishes that are So Fast-Good!

Have you ever played “Diner Dash”? I remember looking for game cracks for hours on my computer so I could watch what happens in Flo’s story next, as my Big Fish Games free trial had just expired #11YearOldProbs.

My favorite parts were (1) decorating my diner and (2) watching the color-coded customers finish their plates of burgers, steak, fries and other appetizing comfort food. To fill hearts of impatient guests, diner dishes are the best to offer as they’re prepared quick and easy to serve food fast – good for those who are in a hurry, and apropos to label these kinds of meals as ‘fast-good’.  Below are 7 Favorite Diner Dishes that are So Fast-Good:

Silog Meals

First up is the Filipino fave -silog. Almost any viand goes well with a runny egg and cups of the garlic-heavy sinangag or fried rice. Daing? Dasilog. Maling? Masilog. Longganisa and tapa? With two eggs, please.

Ally's All-Day Breakfast silog meals

Crispy Calamari

Anything deep-fried can easily be found at a diner, just like the golden Crispy Calamari! Crispy Calamari is squid drenched in flour and peppered with lots of flavor. Paired best with lots of marinara sauce, this appetizer invigorates diners for a full meal ahead! Continue reading

Waffle Obsessed at Batter or Dough, SM North Edsa

Batter or dough SM North Edsa

We shouldn’t compare pancakes with waffles, its much more sculpted cousin (they’re the one with abs right?) because they’re both batter-based happiness cakes that everyone deserves. I’ll take them both any day tbh but today I’m craving for dessert waffles- extra crispy and a little bit chewy please.

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(Clockwise from upper-left) Cinnamon Sugar (P135), Batter or Dough Original (P95), Whipped Butter and Maple (P150), Nutella (P150)

Batter or Dough serves them golden brown and hot off the iron with cool and creamy drinks to go with! Read if they’re good or not on wheninmanila.com! *Drizzles more maple syrup while waiting for you to click*

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4th Floor, The Block SM North Edsa, Quezon City
Instagram | @batterordough

Sugar Cravings Solved at Puzzles Board Game Lounge

Me: *Eats deep fried oreos, milkshakes overloaded with ice cream, and more sugar
Also me: ugh why do I keep getting pimples

I curb my sugar cravings on weekdays. I sometimes fail at religiously staying away from it though with a few cookies now and then but swear, I try to say no. Weekends are my cheat days when I satisfy my desire for sweets! My almost week-long dessert-fasting came to an end with a Saturday visit to Puzzles Board Game Lounge BGC.

Wicked Oreos
Oreo Afraid of the Dark? (P150)

The Puzzles Milkshake in Vanilla, Oreo, and Chocolate (P210)

Milo Godzilla
Milo Godzilla (P180)

Puzzles BGC Branch
Good food and good old board games

Puzzles did not only solve my sugar cravings but also served as an avenue for  us to be kids again. They offer about 350 tabletop games and indulgent comfort food. They’re launching a new menu this May so the prices may change. Read all about Puzzles on wheninmanila.com! *I won’t share my Oreo milkshake with you unless you click*

Puzzles Board Game Lounge

Ground Floor, Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
09176217944
Instagram , Twitter | @PuzzlesBG

 

 

5 Iconic Food Trip Stops in Binondo! (A Review)

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Chinese New Year, January 28, is fast approaching! The world’s oldest Chinatown would be teeming with families on a day trip, squads on a food trip, performers in red & gold, dragons, and more people who will celebrate the Fire Rooster Year.

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We wanted to experience the less crowded version of Binondo so Jolo, my brother, and I went on a Ramada Manila staycation and food trip early in January. All about our Ramada Manila experience on Wheninmanila.com. The vast choices of food available kept our tummies very happy during our stay. We wandered at night looking for the locals’ favorite restaurants for some takeout to eat back at our hotel.Here are our five must-try food trip stops in Binondo:

5. Five Spice Bistro

Five Spice Bistro at Ramada Manila kick-started our food trip. We had a lunch and breakfast buffet at this Asian-themed bistro. Arriving pretty late in the afternoon, the buffet spread was half-full. The food left was satisfactory. It wasn’t “wow omg ang sarap” levels but tasted fresh and homemade nonetheless.

Five Spice Bistro Continue reading

Nanbantei of Tokyo: Grilled Japanese Yakitori at Bonifacio Global City

This is a non-dessert related food post! Share for luck because it appears only during the 11th moon rise when planets align. Jk. I decided to start writing about restaurants that don’t specialize only in sugary stuff since I found myself constantly searching online for dinner choices. Even if I could have just cake for dinner, (Tried and tested ‘to) appetizers and mains make my tummy just as happy. 

nanbantei-of-tokyo-review-blog-8eThe honor (not really) of my first non-dessert restaurant feature goes to Nanbantei of Tokyo! It’s one of  my family’s favorite restaurant because of its authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices. On the same favorites list is Nihonbashitei at Pasay Road but that’s for another time.
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Nanbantei specializes in Yakitori which are grilled and skewered dishes. Basically, they’re Japanese street food. I love Filipino food, but Yakitori is 100 levels above isaw especially when eaten with Gohan (Japanese Rice). Sorry Mang Larrys Isawan…  They also serve other dishes and they have affordable platters for the whole family. (Check menu below) 4-5 sticks of yakitori + steaming gohan + unlimited cold/hot brew service tea is enough to make you full.

Now to show how their food looks like with the photo ability of an iPhone 6. Itadakimasu~

Kani Salad (P195) and Miso Shiru (P85)

The miso soup was hearty as it had chunks of tofu and seaweed. Same goes for the Kani Salad with lots of crab! Artificial crab nga lang. Continue reading

Divine Desserts at Pazar Food Park, Fairview

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Food parks are go-to places when you’re in the mood for a food adventure because there are a lot to choose from for your palette to be pleased! They’re spaces made for friends, conversation, and lots of food choices. Given its rising popularity in the North, Pazar Food Park entered the scene with its 10 home-grown food concepts, each with specialties that will make go “what?” to “wow” in a bite.

I’ve written about each of them on Wheninmanila.com *click for a feast*. It was by far the most food I had in years! We came in as 4 hungry foodies and left feeling (and maybe looking) like we doubled in size after tasting EVERYTHING.

Allie Halaman at Bo's (19) My foodie friends helped me out by eating :))

My favorites were desserts of course! We had our sweet ending with S’mores Dip from Flip & Dine, Oreo surprise waffle from Cuckoo Waffles,  Ice Scramble and Choco Loco from Planet Shake.

Ice Scramble with Ice Scream
Choco Loco Madness Shake

Pazar Food Park
Blk 43 Lot 14 Regalado Ave, Fairview 1121 Quezon City
Instagram | @pazarfoodpark