January 16, 2020

Made Local from Local: Low(Cal) Cafe - Ayala Malls Manila Bay

I love so many things in my life and coffee is definitely one of them. A good cup of coffee can make even the earliest of mornings and longest of days a little more bearable. It’s our ever-reliable companion for long stressful days or nights. It’s also there for quiet weekend mornings or when we want to catch up with friends or family. It’s the liquid gold that fuels our body and soul.

I've visited a lot of coffee shops since I started my love affair with coffee back in college. Most times I go for the mainstream ones. But there are those that are not forerunners that I really liked and always go back to. I love discovering new places to get my caffeine fix and a lot of times the not so popular ones really stand out to me.

January 14, 2020

Avocadoria: Here to Fulfill Your Avocado Dreams

One of the seasonal fruits that I look forward to every summer is the avocado. I love it when my mumma or anyone in the family makes a dessert out of it. The best combination of avocado that I love to eat is when it’s with condensed milk and powdered it, making the mashed avocado super creamy and sweet. Before, there’s a limited amount of desserts that you can make out of an avocado, I can only think of that one I mentioned plus avocado ice cream and that’s it.

Nowadays, avocado is even being prepped as part of other savory dishes, like guacamole and avocado toast. The latter, which honestly, I don’t think I can eat. As a salsa, it’s tolerable for me. Avocado perhaps for me will always be a dessert fruit. No matter what people say or what savory dishes people invent out of them.

January 13, 2020

Yakikai Japanese Grill & Buffet: Newest Eat-All-You-Can in QC

Just when you thought all the never-ending consuming of food already stopped after the holidays and y’all now are ready to start your #BalikAlindog goals; well, don’t get mad at me, as I’m weak as you are too, but let me tell you about this newly opened buffet restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City: Yaki Kai Japanese Grill and Buffet! This new restaurant is located at the heart of Quezon’s City’s food hub specifically at Sct. Lazcano St. Tomas Morato  and is another concept brand of the people behind the, also, unlimited restaurant, Hodai!

Yaki Kai is a combination of two Japanese words: yaki meaning grilled and kai meaning gathering. At Yaki Kai you’ll be able to enjoy Japanese and Korean dishes including samgyupsal to your heart’s content. It’s a two-storey house-turned-resto can accommodate up to 150 people! They have parking too and can accommodate I think until 10 cars, but street parking is also allowed in this area.

January 12, 2020

A Bite of Hunan BGC x Jufran

Growing up, I was never fond of eating spicy food. As much as I could I would avoid them because I have very low tolerance for it. I also hate the numbing feeling that lingers on my mouth which in turn makes me drink more water, I get full easily and don’t get to enjoy the food I’m eating. But as I grow older, I’ve tried spicy food once in a while and I progressed to liking them that there was even a time I would always eat spicy Caldereta, dynamites (chili filled with cheese) and even a spicy Sinigang because I started to enjoy the kick. Although there are just dishes that are too spicy for me, but I am a brave girl, so I still try to eat some.

When I went to A Bite of Hunan for the Jufran Sauces Event, for some reason, it totally slipped my mind that what they are offering are mostly spicy food. I was like duh, Jen, “Hunan”… plus this was in partnership with Jufran and they were promoting their new line of sauces which were mostly spicy. But I am a big girl, I can do this! I just need more water or watermelon juice to help die down the sting of all the chilies and all the peppers!

January 9, 2020

Spice Up Your Life with Jufran (Plus a #TaraySaSarap GIVEAWAY!)

I'm someone who's big with condiments because I like my food to be always tasty and have layers of flavors in it. Growing up, our kitchen has even a dedicated cabinet with myriads of condiments for our us to use whenever we feel like it. I don't think I have a particular condiment or bottled sauce that I didn't like. I'm not like my brother who doesn’t like vinegar or ketchup. I think he's kinda missing out since a lot of food really tastes well with vinegar and/or ketchup, right?!

Anyhoo, just last December I got first dibs on Jufran's new and some improved line of sauces which we got to try with several dishes from Bite of Hunan (that in another blog post). Check them out:

January 8, 2020

Personalized Gifts for Your Loved Ones!

A personalized gift does not mean it should contain the person’s name on that gift. Personalized gift is something that is well thought out, something that will say so much about the one who will receive the gift or something that represents the receiver. Moreover, it also tells that the one who is giving the gift values that relationship because he/she pays attention to the things that you value, the things that you love or the things that you are passionate about.

For me personalized gifts are always better. By that, I mean it is extra creative, extra sweet, and extra cool by giving them away personalized gifts. It's the perfect solution when you are so over braving crowded malls, and heavy traffic just to get something for that significant other.

January 7, 2020

Everything You Need To Know About LDL-Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol? It is very important to be aware of the amount of cholesterol in our bloodstream. But, before we start worrying about it, we need to know more about cholesterol and its role in our health. Cholesterol is a fatty substance and is often known as lipids. Insoluble in water, lipids cannot be transported in the blood on their own. To be transported, cholesterol binds to certain proteins and is carried in the blood. The combination of the protein and fats is known as lipoproteins.

While cholesterol is essential for the human body, high levels are associated with the risk of cardiovascular diseases. This is more so in the case of cholesterol that is carried by low-density lipoprotein or LDL. Known as LDL-C, its measurements are used to evaluate the risk of any future cardiovascular problems.

January 3, 2020

Holy Wow! Holy Cow Sizzler's Meat All You Can for Only 399!

I don’t know if it’s only us Filipinos who love eat-all-you-can restaurants. Are we stingy or are we just the kind of people who want so much value for our hard earned money. Whatever the reason is, all I know that is true is that we love to eat, like a hundred percent!

With the proliferation of unlimited Korean barbeque chains, Filipinos nowadays wouldn’t settle for anything that doesn’t give them the bang for their buck. But like myself, I often get the feeling of over satiation with all these Korean samgyup that that I crave for something else once in a while. So if you’re feeling the same way that I do, you might want to try a different eat-all-you-can offering.

January 1, 2020

5 Benefits of Running a Coffee Shop in 2020

Finding the right business to dedicate your time, money and energy to might not be the easiest thing in the world, but it’s not the hardest either. It’s all about understanding what you do and don’t like doing, and then figuring out how to turn your passion into a career. For all those coffee lovers all over the world, opening a coffee shop or a café might be the business idea they could have, so if this is something you’d like to do as well, here’s why you should definitely open a coffee shop in 2020.

You’ll always drink the best coffee
This might not seem like the most important thing ever, but if you’re a true coffee enthusiast, it pretty much is! Insisting on only the best coffee in your area won’t just make your place popular and lucrative, but it will give you a chance to keep drinking amazing coffee every day of the week.

December 31, 2019

Varra Restobar - San Juan's New It Place

I can’t remember a time when I would consider going to San Juan for a night out with friends. Shopping, yes, because of Greenhills shopping center. But many of us don’t realize that even before BGC or other gastronomic destination ever existed, San Juan has been a stable area for food finds and I'm not only talking about restos in Greenhills but also neighboring vicinity like Wilson St., Annapolis St., P. Guevarra St. and Little Baguio.

I recently discovered a newly opened restaurant along P. Guevarra that will be surefire hit to Boomers, Gen Xs, Millennials, Gen Zs alike: Varra Restobar. Although it is a restobar, their menu can cater also for families as they both offer familiar and contemporary local and international dishes. It's perfect for millennials and the way younger generation because they also offer an array of libations.

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