Take it to the Blindfold Test: Kenny Rogers Roasters Garlic Butter Roast

We were all in blindfolds at the event wondering what the lady with the sultry voice was instructing us to do.  Then it has come to the big reveal, it’s AROMATIC and I can smell the infused garlic – It’s THE GARLIC BUTTER ROAST!

Well I kinda had the idea since the launch the commercial of SOSBOLZ, Solenn Heausaff and Nico Bolzico – The good-looking and hilarious couple. These two are couple goals not only that they are LIFE GOALS and FITSPIRATIONS but it’s the kind of relationship they have (ofcourse they love each other) but who doesn’t watch Nico’s wifezilla instagram stories and Solenn is just cool about it. Solenn laughs at Nico all the time to the point where tears are coming out – that’s the kind of genuine relationship every girl looks for in a guy.

Going back to the Garlic Butter Roast, during the event it was served COLD maybe because it was prepped prior to the event but I personally feel if it was served like just got out of the oven it would taste great. Plus I love the potatoes served at the around the chicken. Who doesn’t love chicken and potatoes. The GBR is a healthy option because its ROASTED not fried with the homestyle goodness of garlic and butter. TASTE SO GOOD! 

It is already available in the menu! I have friends who ordered the GBR and its one of their faves on the KRR menu. So the latest offering WHOLE P550, HALF P295, QUARTER P160. For combo meal SOLO B BUTTER ROAST comes with a platter contains rice, mac n cheese, muffin, sauce, veggies and ofcourse the chicken (quarter) P250.00. The Garlic Butter Roast GROUP MEAL comes with the WHOLE CHICKEN, 4 side dishes, bowl of rice, coke and 4 muffins P820.00.

So head over the nearest Kenny Rogers Roasters near you and order or you can order online http://www.kennys.com.ph

Food Panda: Your Food Delivery App for all Season

The best kind of days is just being a -HOMEBUDDY. Especially bedweather days – you just want to wrap in your warm blanket and rest in the comfort of your home after the stressful metro manila commute & a day from work.

Home cooked meals are still closest to our hearts & tummies but sometimes we tend to look for something MORE! In Manila, time is always limited, food preps need an ample amount of time.

Speaking of limited time, if we have to bring food to a gathering and you just have no time – you can deliver to that certain location via FOOD PANDA too!

Good thing there is the FOOD PANDA app!

How to use this innovative food delivery app?
•Download the app – available in App store & Play Store or head over to https://www.foodpanda.ph/
•Register with your personal information

Once that’s done,
1. Enter your LOCATION


•It can be your location or the location to be delivered
2. Choose a Restaurant with the options given

•The app has 1000+ partners / restaurants to choose from
•The app is Manila and Cebu base
3. Click the MENU
4. Tap and ADD to basket


•You may choose 5 or more, most restaurants charge P59 for delivery charge
5. Once your done, click CHECK OUT


6. Note your DELIVERY ADDRESS


7. Payment method


* depending on the restaurant
* Options: Cash on delivery or online payment
8. CONFIRMATION


•Click PLACE ORDER and wait for your order
* Make sure you got all your information right.
* The app has a default waiting time 60 minutes after the restaurant has confirmed receipt
* Any concerns, talk to a customer representative via LIVE CHAT FUNCTION both in app and desktop site.

On-The-Go Freshness with Coco Fresh Tea & Juice

Happy 20th International Anniversary! #COCOTEAPH still keeping it fresh and using the freshest ingredients that are in season fit for the Filipino Palate.

In line to that you may score BUY ONE at a REGULAR PRICE Pearl Milk tea and get 1 for PHP 20 with every purchase of the same drink! on MAY 20, 2017

Photo by: Abbi Binwag

The 20th international anniversary was at the SM North Edsa Main branch and the launch of 4 endorsers, DJ Nikko Ramos, SM Youth Kaila Estrada and Richard Juan and Blogger Camille Co. Sharing their faves – Panda Milktea for Richard, Salty Cream Strawberry Tea for Kaila, Passion Fruit Tea Burst for Camille and 3 buddies for Nikko Ramos.

PANDA MILKTEA

For those who haven’t tried their drinks yet! I would definitely recommend their signature PANDA MILKTEA, (best seller) 3 BUBBLES, TARO MILK TEA AND PASSION FRUIT. I am looking forward to try the rest of the menu.

Pricelist, definitely affordable – Regular sizes from PHP 80-90 & Large PHP 90-100. Variety of drinks to choose from, Fruit tea, Cream & latte, chocolate, slush, tasty milk tea, fresh tea and juice.

Matcha tea latte
Passion Fruit Green Tea
3 buddies
Taro Miltea

 

For toppings-  pearl & coconut jelly PHP 15,Grass jelly/ pudding/aloe/white pearl PHP 20 and Salty Cream PHP 20

PRESS RELEASE:

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice: 20 Years of Keeping it Fresh

Fancy savoring the freshest local fruits in season with your choice of tea? How about the classic milk tea made more fun and tasty with a mix of big and small pearls? These and more are just some of the most creative ways that Filipinos have been enjoying their tea drinks, thanks to CoCo Tea’s dedication to freshness and unique flavors.

This year, CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice marks a milestone as the global brand celebrates its 20th anniversary. Since its inception in Taipei in 1997, the brand’s commitment of using only the freshest ingredients has solidified its position as the leading on-the-go fresh beverage provider in the world.

Here in the Philippines, CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice marks its fourth year of operation since 2013 and has since become the global brand’s top performing market in Southeast Asia in terms of number of branches, expansion efforts and sales.

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Philippines owes this to their commitment of keeping true to the brand’s philosophy of “Keeping it Fresh.”

Serving On-the-Go Freshness for the Filipino Taste

By using only fruits that are in season, Filipinos are assured that every drink is fresh and retains the fruits’ optimal flavor. CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in other countries followed suit by using only fruits in season for their delicious, fresh beverages.

Larry Evans Tan, General Manager of CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice said they tap local farmers to ensure quality and freshness. “For our Strawberry Au Lait and Salty Cream Strawberry Tea, we source our strawberries from Baguio.”

Apart from being inspired by their customers’ favorites to explore new flavors, Tan also mentioned CoCo Tea’s continued goal to elevate the usual on-the-go concept. “As one of the earliest territories to offer premium stores, we strive not only to provide the best tasting drinks but also the best experience. We create stores that are designed to cater to the specific market of the location.”

Tan said there are plans to add more branches as well as create new menu offerings tailor-fit for the Filipino palate. The new menu, he said, will allow customers to experience more unique flavors featuring local fruits from the Philippines.

 

 

Celebrating Fresh Flavors

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice will celebrate their 20th Global Anniversary in the Philippines on May 10 at their SM North EDSA branch where they will be offering unique fruit flavors but will be also inviting guests to curate their curate their own unique cup of on-the-go freshness.

Joining in on the refreshing occasion are some celebrity and blogger guests, who are also set to share their CoCo Tea favorites: Panda Milk Tea for Richard Juan, Salty Cream Strawberry Tea for Kaila Estrada, Passion Fruit Tea Burst for Camille Co, and 3 Buddies Milk Tea for Nikko Ramos.

For fans of Coco Fresh Tea & Juice’s Pearl Milk Teas, here’s a delicious anniversary treat.  Buy 1 of your regular size Pearl Milk Tea and get the 2nd Pearl Milk Tea of the same size for only P20. This promo is available for May 20 on all branches excluding SMX Manila branch.

 

Yummy Bodies Ng Century: Gerald Anderson, Paulo Avelino and Mateo Guidicelli

Dear Manila why have you been so hot lately, but not as hot as Gerald, Anderson, Paulo Avelino and Mateo Guidicelli as the latest endorsers of Century Tuna!

These 3 guys are not only eye candies but we should look at them as advocates of a healthy & active lifestyle. (Just look at them). Their workouts seen on their instagram pages plus eating a well balanced diet with Century Tuna. Yes they are ripped girls because they stick religiously to their workouts and diet. Like Paulo Avelino he shared he is into Fish & veggies lately that;s why he is lean. 

 

Mateo is always on the go so having a lean tuna egg salad sandwich is easy to prepare and ofcourse a healthy option of wheat bread. For Gerald he sticks to his Filipino roots – RICE and Tuna Silog because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Paulo is all about comfort food since it is easy to prepare like his tuna pancit canton, like he said “Straight from the can”. These guys personally whip their own century tuna dish at home and savor it.

 These 3 are humbled to be part as the latest campaign of Century Tuna – all of them represent and fit the brand well. Century tuna is easy to open, easy to prepare with any meal and healthy source to supply the energy they need in a day! 

I got to ask their workout playlist, I was definitely waiting for Paulo Avelino answer because he definitely has a good taste in music. He answered MARSHMELLO and FLUME. Btw he posted his playlist on his instagram story. Gerald was funny, he said whatever her feels then he blurted out and got my attention Frank Sinatra – I was like FOR REAL? Mateo, same whatever he feels like doing on that day that keeps the drive going. 

Meeting the 3, honestly I was so shookt and I couldn’t even eat at the event because of butterfiles in my tummy – because I am fangirling over Paulo Avelino (If you are reading this this right now, I am so thankful and so sorry I was so speechless – usually I chitchat to a celebrities before taking a photo, but since everyone was grabbing here and there! I just got my chat to get a vid and photo -3 same photos HAHA!. Kalma, Krish!  Bucketlist checked! When I got the invite  from Century Tuna, I didn’t really expect anything. Just to see Paulo near is just enough. Thank God! 

Gerald and Mateo were so funny and throwing at each others faces. These two are so hardcore with their triathlon training and how disciplined they are. Gerald, if you do read this – you are such a sweet guy (If you guys saw IG stories) and Mateo wished I interacted with you but you were all blockbusters at the event. (You guys have no idea how rowdy it was). Mine I guess was by luck. 

A lot of friends who saw my instagram story, messaged me and asked me when they saw me “WHO HAS THE .BETTER BODY?” Just because they stripped in front of me and prepped a century tuna dish topless- that never came into my mind guys SRSLY haha 

 

 

 

 

Tex Mex – Fiery Style SouthWestern Grill

FSSWG not only has a cozy vibe to dine but serves the most flavorful Tex-Mex dishes I’ve tasted in Manila. Believe me when I say it, full of flavor and worth every penny (Price range AFFORDABLE & REASONABLE). From the interior, kind & accommodating staff – it’s worth a try.

Burgers and steak are their best sellers! The burgers intrigue me, they have buns that are in black(sesame), brown and orange (OATMEAL -dipped with flakes YUM!).The burger buns are NOT saggy and NOT oily BTW. Served in massive proportions plus the burger patty is legit and thick. Thin fries are served along with the burger – the burger itself is already a complete meal , makes your stomach full right away. Halfway eating the burger I was already full and tried to finish the fries. Complete set, would range PHP 180+ to less than PHP 250 (As I could remember).  Steaks are served in huge proportions and what you see on the menu, definitely what you get to be served. It may not be student budget friendly but we know how steak cost really –still affordable tho

After the main course, if your tummy can accommodate more space – try the CHURROS ( My fave!). The churros has the right amount of softness & crunchiness and has a kick of cinnamon at the end. The flavors all go together served with chocolate dipped and vanilla ice cream. It’s is NOT oily and NOT “nakakaumay” unlike other churros that are so heavy on the tummy and deep fried too much that sometimes so hard to chew. PHP 185 is so worth it!

Weekends are about having a drink with your buddies, they serve beer and alcoholic beverages (cosmo and posh drinks) .The Classic Paloma made from grapefruit – sweet with a kick. I recommend this to the ladies.

You can  follow @fierystyle on instagram and located at the GALLEON SM MOA (Facing the stage of Concert MOA Grounds – it’s the dome shape building)

TIP:  any upcoming concerts you can dine and reserve at FSWG because it is facing the Concert MOA ground’s stage (it may be a bit far but its cozy and you get to eat great food). The sounds can be heard from afar.

Yumbassadors Joshua Garcia & Julia Baretto #LanghapSarapYum

Jollibee, the Philippines’ top fast-food chain, welcomes two young and dynamic teen stars to its growing family. Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia, stars of a recent blockbuster teen romance film, are featured in Jollibee Yum Burger’s latest TV commercial that aired last March 5, 2017.

 The new TVC alludes to a classic 1980’s ad produced by the fast-food chain, which showed just how irresistible Jollibee’s langhap-sarap appeal is, even to foreigners. For decades, Jollibee stayed true to its langhap-sarap claim and ensured that the Yum Burger maintains its 100% beefy, langhap-sarap goodness.

 “We see incredible potential in Julia and Joshua, young millennials who believe in always seeking out the best in everything: in their respective careers, their daily decisions, and of course, their burgers,” said Jollibee AVP for Marketing Kent Mariano. “They embody a generation that won’t settle for anything less than the best and knows that for 100% beefy, langhap-sarap, there’s always the Yum Burger.”

 Coming home

 “I was just so happy,” the young actress shared. “Jollibee was a big part of my career when I was starting out, so this endorsement is like coming home.”

Julia first endorsed the Yum Burger in 2014, which she said was “one of the best choices I’ve made so far.”

Despite being part of a renowned showbiz clan, Julia shares many things in common with other young Filipinos her age growing up. She admits to being a batang-Jollibee, with the brand being around constantly for the most important moments of her life.

“I have so many memories with Jollibee and we always went there as a family,” she shared.

When asked why she loves the Yum Burger (her favorite is the Yum Cheeseburger), the young actress answered: “It’s uniquely delicious and Pinoy. Isang langhap mo pa lang, alam mong sarap agad ang matitikman mo.”

A project worth waiting for

Joshua Garcia, on the other hand, is relatively a newcomer to Philippine showbiz. He was first seen on a long-running TV reality show, where his candid personality and relatable life story resonated among millions of viewers

Like Julia, the 19-year-old actor was emotional upon finding out that he was chosen as an endorser for one of the country’s biggest, most-loved homegrown brands.

“I really prayed and waited for a project like this,” Joshua shared. “I cried when my handler confirmed that my Yum Burger endorsement is a go.”

The Batangas-born actor shared that he missed out on a Jollibee childhood. “I only experienced Jollibee when I started out in showbiz. It was a very memorable experience when I finally walked in a Jollibee store and bought myself a meal that I paid for with my own money.”

“I love the Yum Cheeseburger, too, because it has this kumpletong sarap,” he said. “And I love that it’s made with 100% beef. You can easily smell why it’s the best. Amoy pa lang, ang sarap na.”“We hope that Julia and Joshua will inspire Filipino millennials to continue their pursuit for the best,” concluded Mariano. “On Jollibee’s part, we will continue our efforts to ensure that the Yum Burger will always have that 100% beefy, langhap-sarap goodness, that young Pinoys all over the country love.”

Century Tuna Corned Tuna – mas pina-HOT 25 grams more!

With the launch of the mas pina HOT na 25 grams more century corned tuna – Introducing the latest celebrity endorser, LUIS MANZANO. It wasn’t just by luck but he defines the brand and lifestyle. With his funny & witty personality comes with his discipline to his lifestyle. He says he is glad to atleast get to go to the gym and workout 4x a week. As a graduate of Hospitality management, he can prep up a healthy meal including century tuna with it.

The Century corned tuna is not that spicy – if you ask. It’s really the enticing corned tuna we enjoyed but with a kick! 176 grams goodness that comes in ORIGINAL and CHILI flavor is only 70 calories with omega and DHA. A good pair with rice and if you are looking for an alternative have some SALAD.

 

Sweet & Salty Treat: Jollibee’s Salted Caramel Choco Sundae

As the heat gets hotter, it’s time to beat the heat and Jollibee’s knows how to capture our hearts and mostly our tummy at any season!

#UpYourSundae The latest addition to the JABEE menu! – Salted Caramel Choco Sundae, still the same signature creamy vanilla ice cream drenched in decadent salted caramel and chocolate. The perfect sweet and salty pair at an affordable price PHP 29.00 and also available as an add on to any Jollibee value meal for only PHP 20.00.

The country’s number one fast food chain levels up your soft serve dessert experience with the new Jollibee Salted Caramel Choco Sundae.

Indulge in Jollibee’s signature creamy vanilla ice cream smothered in decadent salted caramel and drizzled with luscious chocolate syrup, the Jollibee Salted Caramel Choco Sundae is Jollibee’s answer to customers’ customers’ cravings for more specialty or artisan cold dessert flavours at an affordable price.

Perfect for those sweet-tooth thrill-seekers who are always looking for something more than their usual sundae experience with more striking flavour combinations, the Jollibee Salted Caramel Choco sundae is the right balance of salty and sweet that could elevate any sundae experience.

 

“Over the past months, the team has been working on something that brings together two sweet and delectable flavors to elevate your Jollibee Sundae experience,” says Jollibee Philippines’ Assistant Brand Manager for Complementary Products Shaun Si. “Starting March 1, the new Salted Caramel Choco Sundae will be available across all Jollibee stores for dine-in, take out, and drive-thru transactions for only P29*! You can also add P20 to any of our Value Meals for a mini-serving of this delightful treat.”

“At Jollibee, we’re always excited to look for product innovations and flavours that our consumers’ palates clamor for,” said Francis E. Flores, Jollibee Philippines Head of Marketing and Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer. “What’s more is that, for the first time ever, Jollibee ventures towards the sweet, classic caramel favourite. But since it’s our mission to elevate our consumers’ dessert experience, we combined the exciting flavours of the decadent salted caramel—the level-up version of the classic caramel—and sweet chocolate to continue exciting our customers.”

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Shawarma Bros – The Different Kind of Shawarma Experience

Indeed, Well on the other side I personally prefer the TURKISH way but I’ve guess it worked on the Pinoy Palette- The Shawarma Bros’s Way. I’ve been hearing quite a buzz about the place. In all favors I never grew up eating  Shawarma rice (You could relate if you grew up in the Middle East) In the middle east Biryani was famous (yellow rice made from masala) but Shawarma rice I guess works here – its a Pinoy thing since Pinoys love rice. Shawarma rice is more of Egyptian, I guess ( I couldn’t find an answer on google and come out a definite answer about the origin) and more adaptable for the Pinoy palette.

Well Shawarma Bros flavors are enticing and a variety of sauces that go with the rice meals – THE BESTSELLER  comes in BEEF, LAMB & CHICKEN (which I personally recommend ) and the pita bread version is TOASTED and the HUMMUS would be my fave. Didn’t finish my pita bread so I got it for take out and reheated it the next day, still good quality (kudos to that).I was so happy their HUMMUS Is affordable at PHP 60.00 compared to the others would cost PHP 100.00 plus.

The vibe of shawarma bros ain’t the Mediterranean nor Arabian hope you’ll be expecting, its more like a friendly Foodpark style/NEW YORK style  but in a restaurant setting. They don’t have SHISHA just to be clear but they have beer BTW

The pricelist is affordable, the meals wouldn’t cost more than PHP 200 plus each, For the shawarma rice cheaper compared to HALAL GUYS and the servings is just right – if you are counting your calories.

I’ll be posting their pricelist here on the blog (CLICK PICTURE FOR FULL PREVIEW)

To sum up my review, its not what I expected personally and something I didn’t grew up with but sometimes different  can be good plus a modern touch to it and its all about the FOOD & FLAVORS for me. The Staff are very accommodating and very chill vibe to eat and dine with friends. I really like the picture wall – very IG worthy.

Dine at Shawarma bros at their branches they have in:

2F Bonifacio Stopover, 31st cot Rizal, BGC, Taguig

2F Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill Taguig

2F UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave. Quezon City

276 C. Raymundo Ave. Maybunga Pasig

Delivery thru 212-1212 or Zomato Online

Follow them on their social media pages on facebook and instagram (@shawarmabros)

Tim Hortons Philippines – What to Expect? (Menu, Pricelist etc..)

Host: Janeena Chan and Miss Universe Canada 2016, Siera Bearchell

Clearly what’s brewing and the most anticipated of all – The arrival of Tim Hortons here in Philippines. I’ve been fangirling  since they announced that it will be coming here in Manila first. Last February 24, 2017 at the UPTOWN PLACE MALL 36th Street, Corner 9th avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines was the preview to the press about Tims and the Philippine menu that they will offer. The launch also welcomed MISS UNIVERSE CANADA 2016 Siera Bearchell (I look up to her! #BodyPositive –She’s so kind and genuine) for the ribbon cutting along with other acclaimed guests and TH executives.

The OFFICIAL opening of the BGC branch will be on FEBRUARY 28, 2017 at 4PM (Announced on their Facebook and Instagram page @timhortonsphl ). It is reported that they will be opening 2 other branches in Ermita, Manila and Eastwood, Quezon City – SOON.

What to expect with TIM HORTONS PH ‘s Menu? Let’s start with the interior MODERN  MINIMALIST  brings that “sosyal/fancy” café vibe which I like (Philippines has raised the bar) compared to the ones in Canada which had a lot of red tones and a cozy family oriented place to dine ( Of course it’s the pioneer for 5 decades). In the Middle East, cozy café vibe and spacious – because Arabs love to dine at coffee places to unwind and meet up with their fellow Arabs.

PRICELIST? To my surprise it is CHEAPER compared to the other high end coffee shops her in the Philippines. It is AFFORDABLE AND REASONABLE.  ORIGINAL BREWED, SMALL – PHP 70, MEDIUM –PHP 80 and LARGE – PHP 95. Not bad right? *Be posting the menu – CLICK  PICTURES FOR PREVIEW*

HOT COFEE – Small size coffee drinks range from PHP 95-115, Medium ranges PHP 105-125 and LARGE PHP 115-140. Additional  PHP 20 for flavor shot: Vanilla, Hazelnut,Caramel and Chocolate, PHP 75 for espresso shot and PHP 20 Whipped cream.

 TH KNOWN FOR: To make it a Double-Double (Coffee + 2 cream + 2 sugar) – customize your coffee the way you like specifically. The French Vanilla and Latte (so good!)

 

*CLICK PICTURE FOR FULL PREVIEW*

ICED COFFEE and MORE…..

TH Known for ICED CAPP: Small PHP 115, Medium PHP 130 and LARGE PHP 145.

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TEA – They have in Honey Lemon, Peppermint Green and Chamomile : SMALL PHP 70, MEDIUM PHP 80 AND LARGE PHP 90. Freshly brewed ice tea (sweetened & unsweetened): SMALL PHP 70, MEDIUM PHP 80 and LARGER PHP 95.

LUNCH MEALS (SANDWICHES, WRAPS and PANINI) – To make it a combo, SMALL ICED COFFEE and CRISPY POTATO WEDGES (you can trade your wedges to soup or salad for PHP 50) – TH have a healthy variety for those who are health conscious.

*CLICK PICTURE FOR FULL PREVIEW*

FRESH BAKERY

Famous TIMBITS! Birthday cake, Chocolate glazed, Chocolate filled, Strawberry filled and old fashion glazed: Each PHP 10, 10 PK PHP 80, 20PK PHP 160 and 50PK PHP 350 – I remembered my good friend Bethany this was her welcome gift to me when I visited Canada last summer.

They have MUFFINS, CLASSIC COOKIES (so chewy! – love it), SIGNATURE FILLED COOKIES, BISCUITS, CROISSANTS AND ofcourse the breakfast for champions –THE BAGEL with cream cheese. I remembered we had a breakfast buffet in Canada, its all bread and the bagel is always present.

*CLICK PICTURE FOR FULL PREVIEW*

In terms of menu, The Philippines gets almost the same with the usual drinks (coffee &  iced shaved drinks) and sandwiches like in Canada and in the middle east. The desserts however its not as many varieties compared to Canada and Middle east but expect the good ones and best sellers here in the Philippines.  So far they don’t have the sour cream glazed which is my fave though (maybe soon?). Well they just started and maybe as time goes by the desserts menu will expand for sure.

WHAT DO I SUGGEST? My personal faves THE DOUBLE DOUBLE (mine in low fat milk and extra base), Iced coffee (with extra base), Frozen Lemonade and unfortunately they don’t have the sour cream glazed yet L You have to try their sandwiches, cookies and muffins to pair with your fave drink -CHEERS!