Thursday, February 25, 2021

Just In Time For Breakfast: The Bicol Express Longganisa

The long wait is over and the Bicol Express is here to stay–as a longganisa!

That’s exactly what the Bicol Express Longganisa–developed by the same team behind the now-famous Laing Longganisa (after gaining social media momentum and a massive outing as one of the top ten products during the 2019 Ultimate Taste Test by Our Awesome Planet)–is all about.

Bicol Express and its roots

Like many other Filipino dishes, the Bicol Express has several iterations. What remains constant however is its use of pork, balao/balaw or local salted baby shrimps, coconut milk, chili and aromatics.

In some areas of Bicol, versions of it may incorporate vegetables such as string beans, winged beans and bell pepper.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Meet unMEAT, the 100% plant-based meat

Here’s the newest meat alternative that looks, tastes and is priced like real meat

It’s a generally accepted notion that eating healthy means skipping great-tasting food.  

Not anymore. Now it’s completely possible to enjoy the best of both worlds as Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF), one of the largest branded food companies in the Philippines, unveils its newest brand: unMEAT, a 100% plant-based meat, made tasty from simple ingredients. 

“One of the biggest concerns about plant-based foods is that they are not delicious or as pleasing to the palate as real meat,” notes Nikki Dizon, a Senior Executive at CNPF. “But our Nutrition Science team took that as a challenge, and completely delivered by coming up with a meat alternative that unbelievably and undeniably looks, feels, and tastes like meat. Moreover, they made unMEAT using simple ingredients and extracted the nutrients from real food rather than synthetic compounds so it’s healthier and more affordable”

Meatier and saucier: Chowking’s best-selling Siopao just got better!


The siopao has established itself as a true merienda staple among Filipinos. Not only are these fluffy steamed buns stuffed with sweet and savory meat, they are also easy on the pocket and can be conveniently eaten using one hand.  And while there are many different versions of the classic siopao, Filipinos know that what truly makes a good siopao is the meaty filling. 

This is why Chowking, the country’s leading Chinese fast-food chain, has given its best-selling Chunky Asado Siopao an even meatier and saucier upgrade. Known for making Chinese cuisine more accessible and affordable to the regular Filipino, Chowking has made the premium taste of authentic Chinese steamed buns easily within their customers’ reach. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Nuwa Manila and Nuwa Spa recognized anew with Five Stars in 2021 Forbes Travel Guide Awards


Nüwa at City of Dreams Manila once again achieves two Five Stars in the 2021 Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) Awards for the hotel and its spa. The awards follow close on the heels of Nüwa being named one of the first hotels in the world to achieve the Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide certification, a comprehensive facility verification for compliance with expert-validated best practices on health and safety protocols.

“These 2021 award winners are a testament to the resiliency of the hospitality industry,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “During an unprecedented time, these top properties adapted to numerous adversities all while maintaining high service levels and ensuring the health security of their guests and staff.”  He added, “We hope that these excellent properties will inspire travelers for when they are ready to venture out on their next trip.” 

The properties in the 2021 list were inspected prior to the pandemic and when regional restrictions allowed for the safe return of guests.

All Heart, All Together: Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila receives Fifth Five-Star Hotel Award from Forbes Travel Guide


One of the country’s leading hotels retains the prestigious accolade; Ratings showcased on

Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, today announced its 2021 Star Awards. Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila, one of the country’s leading hotels received its fifth consecutive Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, and is showcased with other honorees on

Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila continues to uphold values that reflect those of its namesake global traveller, entrepreneur and community leader. During the pandemic, the Hotel found itself in extraordinary territory with the impact of global health concerns directly affecting travel and tourism. The Hotel team adapted quickly to the changing business environment by embracing agile collaboration practices, and strengthening its focus on health and safety.

The Hotel, through its management company Wharf Hotels, was part of the initial group of hospitality institutions to implement the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels biosecurity protocols, and was the first in Asia to receive the Clean and Ready program certification from the world’s sanitation and hygiene leader Diversey™.

Bringing the family closer with love and good food!

Our family specialties delivered to your homes

It has been almost a year since the pandemic, and so much has changed in how we have lived our everyday lives.  But even with the many changes and challenges life may bring, our love for food remains the same.  

With the past year and so many food trends from sushi bakes to ube cheese pandesal to food trays and the like, Pinoy's love for food has definitely grown mature, but even with these new food trends, we still go back to where our taste buds take us, something familiar and something so good.  That's where Mekeni has made its mark.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Escape to your 'Dream Destination Up North' at Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort

Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort is all set to welcome today’s ‘stay-cationers’ to a rich tropical sanctuary just minutes away from the Metro. Following stringent health and safety protocols, the hotel is now open to guests of all ages.

The latest addition to Hilton’s fast-expanding global collection, Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort features  sprawling views of lush greeneries and is only a short drive from the Clark International Airport, Clark Sun Valley Golf & Country Club, D’ Heights Casino and the famed Puning Hot Spring, among other entertainment and leisure destinations. 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

All your favorite dishes with Grab's second cloud kitchen in Sampaloc Manila

Kimchi Jjigae from Happilee

Want to enjoy more of your Grabfood choices in one delivery?  Then GrabKitchen is the way to go!

A year after the launch of their maiden GrabKitchen branch in the Philippines, bringing together your favorite brands to provide more choices to you!  So how can GrabKitchen benefit you and your favorite brands. 

GrabKitchen offers a wider food variety from eight partnering merchants to foodies in Manila, through GrabKitchen, customers can order from different restaurants and pay one delivery fee, and with it's cloud kitchen set-up,  GrabKitchen provides merchant-partners a cost efficient opportunity to expand their business!

Friday, February 12, 2021

All-New Ruby Chocolate - An exciting flavor to love with Red Ribbon’s Valentine Black Forest


Love leads us to the delightful discovery of new traits and qualities that make us fall even more in love every day. While 2020 brought with it its own set of challenges to all our relationships- family, friends, and significant others, it also allowed us to rediscover the many things that we love and continue to love about them. With Valentine’s Day being just around the corner, for many people, this creates the perfect chance to express their love in the most special ways to those that matter the most. 

Red Ribbon has always been a part of many people’s Valentine celebrations with its beautifully crafted cake for the occasion — the heart-shaped Red Ribbon Valentine Black Forest! This year, Red Ribbon amps it up as it weaves in the All-New Ruby Chocolate in its specially baked creation to give this year’s Valentine’s Day an exciting new flavor.

Hendrick's Gin Celebrates Love and Romance with The Perfect Pair This Valentine's Day

Every 14th of February marks the day when romance blooms in full glory everywhere we look. While the past year saw most of us spending more time than we would like apart, this Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to spend some much-needed time with your beloved. Whether you’re coupled up or all about that self-love this Valentine’s Day - Hendrick’s has something for you!

A Candlelight Dinner with Hendrick’s Gin

Staying-in this Valentine’s Day? Hendrick’s has got you covered with a flirty pairing of candles and cocktails for an unusual candlelight dinner at home.  Simply purchase a 700ml bottle of Hendrick’s Gin from 8th February 2021 onwards at participating outlets**, to receive a handcrafted cucumber and rose candle in an intricate Hendrick’s teacup. Setting the mood has never been this easy, mix up some liquid love with two rose-themed Hendrick’s Gin libations - Kissed by a Rose and Rose Tinted Glasses*, cook or order in some takeout and bask in the glorious scent of cucumber and rose -  perfect for your romantic night in!

Grand Lunar New Year 2021 celebrations at RWM


Find your luck and fall in love this February at Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) Grand Lunar New Year 2021 celebrations.

Regale in good fortune and romance with RWM for this year’s Spring Festival. RWM’s Grand Lunar New Year 2021 festivities mark the beginning of Spring with Lunar New Year feasts and witness blossoming true love with special Valentine’s Day treats.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Complete the Birthday Fun at home with Red Ribbon’s Rainbow Dedication Cake & Birthday Planner in Messenger


A Red Ribbon cake has long been part of many birthday celebrations – a true party staple, making these moments extra special and oh-so-memorable for all.  And with this enviable distinction, Red Ribbon continues to find ways to make celebrations truly fun, cherished, and unforgettable by introducing new product creations and service innovations that are sure to bring delight and convenience, more so during these trying times. 

For this, there’s the Red Ribbon Rainbow Dedication Cake—a chocolate rainbow cake that’s surprisingly colorful and chocolatey, an ideal birthday treat for kids with its rainbow layers, candy sprinkles, colorful lollipops, and chocolate filling with rosette toppings. 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Popeyes’ Heart Biscuits

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a hearty and comforting meal with the ones special to you and Valentine's Day just wouldn't be the same without the enjoyment of delicious and delightful food. 

Lucky for you, Popeyes is ready to add an extra touch of sweetness to your Valentine’s Day celebration. Along with its mouthwatering Popeyes Fried Chicken and other Cajun-inspired menu offerings, Popeyes is bringing back one of its well-loved Valentine’s Day treats.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Love Like the French this Valentine's Day at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila demonstrates how to love like the French in true gastronomic fashion this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12-14, 2021, featuring a bespoke bayside dinner, elevated signature specialties, and a relaxing al fresco food truck fair. 

Sofitel pulls out all the stops with Love by Design, a bespoke dinner set amidst lush greenery, under the blanket of stars, and with an unparalleled view of the picturesque Manila Bay. The ambience is made even more romantic with an exclusive canopy for two, a four-course dinner featuring scallop crudo, dry-aged beef tenderloin on the grill with foie gras sauce, goat cheese cake with gianduja crémeux, and a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne. A violinist serenades the couple with amorous melodies while the evening is capped off with a bouquet of red roses and artisanal pralines. Love by Design is available on February 13-14, 2021 with rate set at P25,000 nett for two persons. Three days advanced reservation is required.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Make it a Valentine Season to Remember at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

The most romantic season of the year merits proper preparations. At the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, guests may look forward to celebrating love in all its forms with special offers in its restaurants. Advance reservations may be made online through its official social media pages as well as via (632) 7720 7777. 

Guests seeking to commemorate the special occasion with a breath-taking view can choose to make it a Valentine’s date to remember with a limited time His and Hers Surf and Turf set menu at either the Connect Lounge or VU’s. For Connect Lounge, this set menu is available for lunch and dinner service from 12 to 15 February 2021 for the all-inclusive rate of PHP 6288 for two guests. 

Endearing Valentine's Indulgence at City of Dreams Manila

Set to captivate hearts this Valentine’s weekend, City of Dreams Manila showcases sweet delights at Café Society; thoughtfully curated menus at its signature restaurants, and swoon-worthy staycation deal at its Forbes Travel Guide-recognized hotels.

Nobu Manila 

The perfect romantic date night on Valentine’s Day is offered at Nobu Manila, where couples can opt to dine al fresco in the restaurant’s floating water cabanas charmingly surrounded by a lush garden. Nobu Manila’s five-course Valentine’s Omakase showcasing Nobu’s world-renowned Japanese-Peruvian fusion artistry highlights the amorous dinner affair. 

The set menu thoughtfully comes with a complimentary glass of champagne and consists of: Nobu Canapé Selection of oyster with dried miso, oyster in phyllo with sesame aioli, yellowtail with Maui salsa, and spicy tuna with crispy rice; a trio of Nobu Sushi Cups composed of a seasonal selection of toro, uni and Wagyu; Sea Bass Tempura with Inaniwa noodles and uni corn sauce; Sous Vide Australian Tenderloin with truffle butter crust and balsamic reduction; and for dessert, Strawberry yogurt jello treat with fresh strawberries, strawberry sauce and chocolate tuile. The Valentine Omakase is at P10, 000 nett for two persons.

All You Need is Love and The Peninsula Manila on Valentine's Day

The perfect Valentine’s Day awaits at The Peninsula Manila where couples will be spoiled with an array of romantic dining, staycation, and gift ideas to choose from

Love is celebrated 365 days a year, but The Peninsula Manila wants the fire to burn extra bright on Valentine’s Day this 2021 as it sets the mood for couples to express l’amour while indulging in romantic delights that range from intimate dinners in The Peninsula Manila’s much-loved restaurants, listening to The Peninsula Strings play heart-tugging melodies at The Lobby, spending Valentine’s Weekend in beautiful guestrooms, enjoying a delicious four-course takeaway dinner from The Peninsula Boutique at home, or showering that special someone with blooms by premier florist Robert Blancaflor for The Flower Shop. 

Love By the Bay at Diamond Hotel Manila

This Valentines, celebrate romance with tempting culinary choices, enchanting ambiance and the entire delightful experience at Diamond Hotel Philippines 

For you and your beloved’s delectation, a diverse selection of specially prepared dishes will be served at the Valentine Dinner Buffet of Corniche Restaurant from February 13 to 16 for Php 3,380 nett per person. 

Partake of a palate-pleasing Japanese feast from February 13 to 16 at Yurakuen Restaurant with an 8-course Valentine Set Menu priced at Php 2,980 nett per person available for Lunch or Dinner. 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

City of Dreams Manila Celebrates Chinese New Year with Auspicious Offerings

Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng Salad

City of Dreams Manila marks the arrival of the Year of the Metal Ox, the second animal of the Chinese zodiac, with festive menus that symbolize good fortune at its well-loved signature restaurants – Crystal Dragon and Nobu Manila. 

To complete a joyous holiday celebration with the family, a staycation at the integrated resort’s three luxury hotels is recommended to allow family members regardless of age, to partake of the auspicious meals. With the current practice of social distancing, families are also encouraged to book their tables in advance.

Modern Shanghai Celebrates Chinese New Year with New Dishes!


Kung Hei Fat Choy!   

A time of change and new beginnings. 

Modern Shanghai wishes everyone great merriment and prosperity as it celebrates Chinese New Year on February 12 with delectable dishes that have recently been added to its menu.

Bring the luck in this Chinese New Year with a Festive Feast from Lemon Grass

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a healthy and delicious serving of Grilled Fish Fillet in Lemon Butter sauce.

After arguably longest celebration of the Christmas season in the world, it’s time to shift our attention to the upcoming Chinese New Year! Chinese New Year has long been celebrated in the Philippines by the Chinese, Chinese-Filipinos, and even by full-blooded Filipinos themselves. As the country continues to battle a pandemic, we can still celebrate safely at the comforts of our home with the help of Lemon Grass’ variety of food offerings. 

Lemon Grass Food Services Inc., a catering, canteen, and fine dining business specializing in gourmet Filipino and intercontinental food1, upholds the spirit of sharing food and telling stories on the dinner table through its festive menu, livening up the celebration of a new year of fortune in the Chinese calendar.  

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Peninsula Manila Celebrates The Year Of The Ox With Limited-Edition Lucky Chocolate Trees

Mandarin oranges, peanut candy, and glutinous rice cakes have historically been the biggest foods contending for space on the snack platters of the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, until now that is.

Say hello to The Peninsula Manila’s limited-edition line of Lunar Chinese New Year edible fine chocolate trees.

The Peninsula Manila, long recognized for its lavish hampers, teas, cakes, and chocolates, has rolled out a limited-edition line of edible chocolate trees this year to welcome the Year of the Ox. They will be available at The Peninsula Boutique from February 1 to 15.

New World Makati Welcomes The Year of the Metal Ox with Auspicious Experiences


New World Makati Hotel begins the Lunar New Year with premium dining experiences at the property’s renowned Chinese restaurant, Jasmine – with options for set menus, all-you-can-eat dim sum, as well as an a la carte selection to savor at home. Signature handcrafted nian gao (tikoy) in koi fish and round shapes are also available, as well as a Chinese New Year all-you-can-eat menu featuring Western and regional fare at Café 1228. The God of Fortune mascot will likewise be seen roaming the lobby and restaurants distributing red packets or “ang pao” with exclusive discounts and offers for dine-in and walk-in guests. All menus from Jasmine and Café 1228 will be available from 12 to 14 February 2021.

Double Happiness at Novotel Manila Araneta City


This February, double the celebration and double the happiness at Novotel Manila Araneta City as Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day make us all excited to celebrate love with our special someone and welcome good fortune with high hopes. Double the love and double the luck this 2021 with special offers from Food Exchange Manila, The 6th Pool Bar and Lounge, and the hotel’s dining delivery service, Take Me Out by Novotel Manila.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Celebrate The Year of the Ox at Diamond Hotel Manila

Welcome the Year of the Metal Ox at Diamond Hotel Philippines to invite prosperity and luck in a festive Chinese New Year celebration.

The year of the diligent, honest and dependable Ox calls for a serving of magnificent feasts. Corniche restaurant will offer Chinese culinary treasures at the lunch and dinner buffet from February 10 to 12, 2021 for Php3,180 nett per person. 

The Mang Inasal Take-out and Delivery Blowout Valentine Edition: Runs from February 5 to 19, 2021


Share the love with family and those dearest to you this coming season of hearts as Mang Inasal offers the Valentine edition of its Take-out and Delivery Blowout deal—from February 5-19, 2021! 

Get a free one-piece Chicken Inasal Large for every takeout or delivery order of Chicken Inasal Family Size Large. Priced starting at Php355, the Family Size comes with four pieces of Chicken Inasal Large Paa or Pecho, original or spicy.  

The freebie will be the same variant as the type of Family Size purchased. 

Jollibee’s Crispy and Creamy Two-Na Sarap Tuna Pie is back in Original and Spicy!


Last year, Jollibee changed the game by introducing a brand-new variant of their beloved Tuna Pie—giving the popular Two-Na Sarap snack a new spicy twist. Filipinos absolutely loved the Spicy Tuna Pie flavor with an extra hot kick, while still being able to enjoy the classic Original variant.

This year, Jollibee wants its fans to enjoy that Two-Na Sarap snack once again by bringing back both the Original and Spicy Tuna Pie! Starting this February, Filipinos can start indulging in that flavorful creamy tuna filling packed inside a golden pie crust that’s fried to a perfect crisp at their nearest Jollibee stores.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Welcome the NEW Red Ribbon Rewards Card

During these times, the name of the game in the food business has been that of innovation and providing convenience and safety to customers, aside of course from continuously serving only quality products. This has meant the introduction and increased patronage of different delivery channels and platforms, the advent of contactless and cashless payment options, plus value- laden promotions that ultimately serve to foster customer loyalty and brand love.

Always with a pulse on their customers’ needs, and driven by the desire to provide them the best value at a time when every peso counts, Red Ribbon Bakeshop, the country’s well-loved bakeshop brand, is proud to introduce its NEW Red Ribbon Rewards Card!

Datu Puti gets the spotlight in new Guinness World Records™ Title

The Datu Puti Mukhasim Nation World Record Day was led by host Sam YG, SukAmbassadors Tita Krissy Achino, Eric “Eruption” Tai, and Maymay Entrata, and Ka-Datu Facilitators JC Tevez, Nikki Viola, Show Suzuki and Cara Eriguel.

Datu Puti just kicked off 2021 by making history in setting a new Guinness World Records™ title for the most people dipping food into vinegar online simultaneously. 

On January 24, the brand hosted a large-scale online meeting via Zoom, dubbed as the Datu Puti Mukhasim Nation World Record Day, where nearly 200 “Ka-Datus” joined the attempt to set a new Guinness World Records™ title. Hosted by Sam YG, the official title attempt was led by Datu Puti’s celebrity Sukambassadors Tita Krissy Achino, Eric “Eruption” Tai, and Maymay Entrata. 

Jollibee’s Champ and Ultimate Burger Steak are now available in more stores nationwide

Jollibee Champ

Jollibee fans have absolutely been loving the return of the Champ and the Ultimate Burger Steak to the menu in select stores since last October 2020. After all, who wouldn’t celebrate the comeback of their favorite meals to help ease these tough times?

Ultimate Burger Steak

But of course, it doesn’t stop there—more Filipinos have been clamoring for the Champ and the Ultimate Burger Steak to return to more Jollibee stores in their areas. The Philippines’ leading quick-service restaurant has heard those pleas, and they answered!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Liven up Feb. 3 with this 50% off offer via GrabFood at TGIFridays, Watami and Red Lobster!

Southern Platter at TGI Fridays

Turn hump days into hooray days! 

On Wednesday, February  3,  all TGI Fridays, Watami and Red Lobster branches nationwide are offering an amazing 50% discount across all items on the menus all-day-long! That means that your choices are incredibly wide!

Partial to American comfort food? Order your favorite burgers, ribs, pastas and more from  TGIFridays and enjoy another fun meal with your loved ones.

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