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What do Chefs Sandy Daza, Boy Logro and Rosebud Benitez have in common?

What do Chefs Sandy Daza, Boy Logro and Rosebud Benitez have in common?

Leave it to chefs to know what’s really good and delicious.

When it comes to Filipinos’ beloved halo-halo, Chefs Sandy Daza, Boy Logro and Rosebud Benitez can agree on one thing: they love Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo.

The three celebrated chefs had the special opportunity to taste the popular and well-loved Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo which is known for its creamy sarap goodness.

The verdict? Expert-approved.

The ‘secret’ is in the creamy milk made especially for Mang Inasal. It’s not too sweet and definitely not bland too. It has the right level of creaminess which deliciously brings together all the ingredients so each spoonful of halo-halo just hits the spot.

Watch this video to find out more about Chefs Sandy, Boy and Rosebud’s Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo experience.

Mang Inasal launches first ever National Halo-Halo Sarap Day

Mang Inasal launches first ever National Halo-Halo Sarap Day

I've been craving for halo halo couple of day ago. I found out that the country’s number one Pinoy branded eat out is making Filipino dessert history as it unveils the Philippines’ first ever National Halo-Halo Sarap Day on March 19.

“Filipinos love halo-halo,” Mang Inasal Brand Manager Paygee Anne Palmos said. “And this love is rooted in various reasons—from cultural to heartwarming personal stories and memories associated with family and loved ones. With our well-loved Pinoy Halo-Halo, we wanted to pioneer a celebration that everyone could easily relate to. And with the hot Philippine summer settling in, we decided to launch a nationwide celebration of our love for halo-halo.

On March 19, all Mang Inasal branches nationwide will offer the small Pinoy Halo-Halo (PHH) for only P25 for the entire day. The regular sized PHH will also be available at a discounted rate of just P45. Lucky customers in select branches will also get a special treat on National Halo-Halo Sarap Day.

Palmos added, “The shared love for halo-halo unites us as dessert-loving Filipinos. We are proud and excited to lead this celebration of simple joy that brings together friends, families, and loved ones.”

Why do you love halo-halo? Share your story using the #HaloHaloSarapDay. And don’t forget to follow Mang Inasal’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates on National Halo-Halo Sarap Day.

Staying fit with Healthy Options products

Staying fit with Healthy Options products

Being a foodie, I don't have any diet at all. Though I didn't ate some seafood because of my medical condition.

Few months ago, when we're looking for beetroot that he needed for his recipe. I opted to check out Healthy Options branch in SM Megamall. I was stunned over their wide range of organic products that fit your lifestyle.

Did you know that all-natural eggs that you may find at Healthy Options are healthy and scrumptious upgrade to your kitchen? According to Rydahl Bangkas, Healthy Options' Farm Business Manager, "Our free range hens are grown naturally in spacious farms when they can freely roam and carry out their chicken behaviors (pecking, necking, scratching, etc.)

"Quality food and living conditions are essential to producing quality eggs. Eggs are sourced from hens that live in a clean and spacious environment when they can freely forage for worms, insects, and plants. In turn, we get to enjoy tasty eggs that come from happy hens.". Bangkas added.

If you want a healthy lifestyle for your family, check out Healthy Options branches at Trinoma, SM City North Edsa, Robinson's Magnolia, Eastwood City, SM Megamall, Shangri-La Plaza, Glorietta 2, Greenbelt 5, Rustan's Makati, Powerplant Mall, SM City Manila, SM Aura Premier, Alabang Town Center, Festival Supermall, and Solenad 3 Nuvali.

Follow their social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates. You may visit their website for more details.

Indulge yourself with the new Jollibee Salted Caramel Choco Sundae

Indulge yourself with the new Jollibee Salted Caramel Choco Sundae

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.”

Present from Jollibee Philippines' marketing team to launch the new Jollibee Salted Caramel Choco Sundae are (L-R): Jollibee Philippines' Brand PR Manager Cat Trivino, Marketing Manager for Complementary Products Kay Segismundo, Brand PR Specialist Celina Tan (back), Brand Communications and Digital Director Arline Adeva, and Assistant Brand Manager for Complementary Products Shaun Si.

“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.”

*price may vary in different locations

Time to unwind at Tom N Toms Manila

Time to unwind at Tom N Toms Manila

Several weeks ago, I had a chance to visit UP Town Center before heading to my team meeting. Some of my blogger friends based in Cebu gave me a tip to try out Korean coffee shop Tom N Toms, if ever they will have a branch here in Manila.

Luckily, I saw a post few days back just before the grand opening of their first franchise branch here in Manila. I was intrigued over my guy's first impression of Tom N Toms during one of his trips in Bacolod last year.

In case you didn't know, Tom N Toms Coffee is an original Korean franchise coffee house established in 2001. Their first branch opened in 2001 in Seoul, South Korea in Apgujeong-dong District.

Currently, Tom N Toms does have 600 branches in 9 different countries worldwide. Their first branch in the Philippines is Bacolod City which opened in 2015.  Meanwhile, their first franchise in Cebu opened last September 8, 2016 and located at the Greenery, Mabolo.

I love their coffee, even though I'm still recovering from acid reflux. It breaks my cheat day! It's like falling in love for the first time. Drooled over their Pepperoni Pretzel which makes me crave for more. I also tried out one of the flavors of TomNCinno, Mocha Tomncinno.

For those who likes coffee and pastries, swing by Tom N Toms Coffee located at the Second Floor, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

I forgot to mention that starting Sunday, March 5, 2017 Tom N Toms Coffee will be open for 24 hours.

Follow their social media channels on Facebook and Instagram for latest updates.

Authentic coffee experience in a bottle with UCC Creamy Caffe Latte

Authentic coffee experience in a bottle with UCC Creamy Caffe Latte

 

Coffee lovers on the go never have to settle with a canned cup of joe made from instant coffee to fuel up their day.

Now, the real taste of freshly brewed coffee is found in a bottle. UCC “The Coffee Roaster” makes the authentic RTD bottled coffee accessible to busy coffee lovers with UCC Creamy Caffe Latte.

Would you like to have a cold beverage to perk you up? Try a cold coffee brew in a bottle and satisfy your tastebuds until the last drop. UCC Creamy Caffe Latte combines real coffee with the creamy taste of milk to bring an authentic coffee experience. Unlike other bottled or canned coffee drinks that use instant coffee and extract, UCC Creamy Caffe Latte is made from roasted and ground coffee beans to capture the flavor of a cup of brewed coffee.

“Everyone deserves to enjoy real coffee goodness even when they’re on the go. Get a relaxing and refreshing feeling with UCC Creamy Caffe Latte. Your favorite caffeine fix is now in a bottle, which means that you can have real coffee experience anywhere you want—whether you’re at work or during your leisure time,” says Shunta Koike, General Manager UCC Ueshima Coffee Philippines, Inc. “We ensure a perfect mix of coffee and milk to give a creamy taste in your drink.”

#LoveUCC: UCC “The Coffee Roaster” Made Closer to Coffee Lovers

Pop-up store and dispensing machine will be at Venice Grand Canal Mall to give out free UCC Caffe Latte from February 27 to March 12, 2017.  There will also be human billboards who will give out samples when you take a selfie and upload to your FB or IG.  You may check the mechanics at their official Facebook page.   UCC Creamy Caffe Latte is also available at leading supermarkets near you.

Connect with UCC in social media by using the hashtag #LoveUCC. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram @love.ucc.

Join the #LoveScotch movement

Join the #LoveScotch movement

Scotch brings to life centuries of craftsmanship and is now considered a universal drink, ever-present in the lives of those who honor their unique thirst for life.

On February 10, we celebrates International Scotch Day. Now on its second year, #LoveScotch is a global movement to celebrate the world's favorite whisky. I drank occasionally, but when I tried out Johnnie Walker Black Label, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, and The Singleton yesterday during the Master Class event organized by Diageo Philippines at Oto Bar...I was amazed on the flavors that makes me appreciate Scotch.

 

“We want to reinvigorate everybody’s love affair with Scotch,” Diageo Philippines’ General Manager Vanee Gosiengfiao said. “Drinking Scotch whisky is more than just having a drink – it is an experience that culminates the artisanship of the people that make it, the places in which it is made, and the generations it is made for. Trends come and go, but Scotch has been cool since forever and it is time to properly celebrate that.”

Diageo’s Master of Whisky, Ewan Gunn shared with us about interesting information about Scotch and taught us on nosing and tasting session for three Scotch whiskies. Also we tried out to mix apple juice and ginger ale with Johnnie Walker during the Make your own Perfect Serve session.

“People think there are a lot of rules when it comes to drinking Scotch,” said Gunn. “It’s time to break old Scotch notions cause if there’s one rule about Scotch – it’s that scotch has no rules.  Scotch can be enjoyed in many different ways, whenever, wherever.”

“It’s thrilling to see more and more Filipinos discovering their own love affair with Scotch, and in as many ways as this culture is as diverse. This Master Class is designed to deepen their passion with this amazing liquid and discover the best way to enjoy it for themselves,” added Gunn.

“The versatility of Scotch allows people to enjoy their drink any way they want it. Whether you drink it neat, on the rocks, in a mixed drink or cocktail - as long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters,” concluded Gunn.

As part of their journey through the world of Scotch, Diageo collaborated with Samsung Philippines for an immersive experience with Johnnie Walker with the help of the Samsung Gear VR Powered by Oculus. Guests were able to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into their Scotch whisky through virtual reality.

Everyone can join the movement and get involved by using #LoveScotch and #InternationalScotchDay. From Feb 8-Mar 15 2017, there are a lot of exciting #LoveScotch events and special offers happening around the metro – check out the JohnnieWalkerPH page on Facebook for more details.

ENJOY JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL IN 5 DIFFERENT WAYS

1

Neat
30ml (a shot) of Johnnie Walker Black Label

2

On-the-rocks
30ml of Johnnie Walker Black Label with ice

3

Johnnie soda or ginger
30ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
120ml or top with clear soda or gingerale
ice

4
Johnnie Sour 
30 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
15ml sugar syrup ( equal parts sugar and water)
15ml lemon juice
Shaken and topped with ice

5

Johnnie Apple
30 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
120ml or top with apple juice
Apple slices optional

 

THE SCOTCH WHISKIES

 

Johnnie Walker Black Label

Also known as the “Iconic Blend,” Johnnie Walker Black Label is recognized as the benchmark for all other deluxe Scotch blends. Created using only whiskies aged for a minimum of 12 years from the four corners of Scotland.

Johnnie Walker Black Label is rich, complex and incredibly well-balanced, full of dark fruits, sweet vanilla and signature smokiness.

 

 

 

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, also known as the “Celebration Blend” is the perfect fit for indulgent celebrations. Known for its creamy smoothness, it opens with a luxurious burst of delicate nectar and gentle smokiness that develops into sweet fruits and deeper, velvety, honeyed tones before giving way to sublime, lingering whispers of smoke and oakiness in the finish.

 

 

 

The Singleton 12 Year Old

Coming from The Singleton’s Glen Ord family, this 12 YO single malt is a fruity, well-composed and manages to be both light and smooth without compromising any depth of flavor or fullness of palate. A single malt that everyone can enjoy, this blend brings pleasure from the first sip.
Fantastic meals to share at Plana’s Pantry

Fantastic meals to share at Plana’s Pantry

Last November, I had a chance to try out fantastic meals at Plana's Pantry. A great place to chillax with friends. I love the interiors upon entering their Mandaluyong branch.

Bring your squad and try their delicious meals such as Hickory BBQ Ribs, Carbonara, Lengua, and Chicken Teriyaki. If you're a sweet tooth, enjoy their Gooey Choco Caramel, Carrot Cake, Midnight Chocolate (P950 each), and Winnie's Chocolate Cookie (P65/pc)

 

If you're planning to have a party, check out their Together Meals. You will satisfy every single meals that they serve.

TOGETHER MEALS

4-5 pax - P1130
Hickory BBQ Ribs
Carbonara
Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta

Corn and Carrots
Pesto Rice
Carafe Iced Tea

8-10 pax - P2950
Hickory BBQ Ribs
Carbonara
Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta

Corn and Carrots
Pesto Rice
Carafe Iced Tea

14-15 Pax - P4525
Hickory BBQ Ribs
Lengua
Carbonara
Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta

Corn and Carrots
Pesto Rice
Carafe Iced Tea

18-20 Pax - P6535
Hickory BBQ Ribs
Lengua
Chicken Teriyaki
Carbonara
Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta

Corn and Carrots
Pesto Rice
Carafe Iced Tea

You may visit their branches at Hi-Top Supermarket Building, Quezon Avenue, Corner Sgt. Esguerra Avenue and also at Ground Floor, RC Building, 50 Domingo M. Guevara Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. Follow them on their Facebook page.

Delicious Jollibee Tuna Pie is back!

Delicious Jollibee Tuna Pie is back!

This is not a drill...

Jollibee Tuna Pie is backkkkk!!!

There are some fast food favorites that come and go from the menu boards since they’re available for a limited time only. Much like Jollibee’s Tuna Pie, its fans have been craving for the return of the country’s number one fast food chain’s cheesy, creamy tuna filling in a crispy, golden brown pie crust making it perfect for a delicious and irresistible treat!

Well say no more because it’s that time of the year again! Starting today, February 1, Jollibee is bringing the much-awaited Tuna Pie back!

A certified favorite of Pinoys since it launched in 2009, the Tuna Pie is the perfect snack to take on-the-go because of its generous filling of chunky tuna flakes, thick, peppery, and cheesy sauce with vegetables, encased in a crunchy, crispy golden pie crust that’s sure to leave Tuna Pie fanatics crave for more than just one.

The Lenten season is just around the corner and everyone can enjoy this savory snack once again for P45 solo. Care to share or have more than one? The undeniably craveable Tuna Pie is also available in a Trio Pack for P130! Jollibee also offers the Tuna Pie Value Meal which comes with either a regular drink at P55 or enjoy it paired with a regular Jolly Crispy Fries and a refreshing drink at P85.

Steakation time with McDonald’s Mushroom Pepper Steak

Steakation time with McDonald’s Mushroom Pepper Steak

Have you tried out the latest offering from McDonald's?

 

Last week, selected bloggers and members of media attended McDonald's first event of the year. Also, they introduced to us the new Mushroom Pepper Steak!

Upon tasting it, it has a juicy burger with mushroom cream sauce. It also topped off with sliced button mushrooms.

With the New Mushroom Pepper Steak, you can enjoy a STEAKation wherever they are, may it be in their home or office. Taste the 1-pc Mushroom Pepper Steak with a regular drink for only Php55. It also comes as a 2-pc meal with a regular drink for only Php89 or with a McFreeze starting at Php69 for a 1-pc meal and Php 99 for a 2-pc meal.

Dine in at any McDonald’s restaurant nationwide. You can also order the New Mushroom Pepper Steak via Drive-Thru or McDelivery (86-2-36, www.mcdelivery.com.ph, or the McDo PH app).