Category Archives: Food Trip

Bounty Fresh Chicken Top Torikatsu

A few weeks ago I received some goodies from Bounty Fresh. At first, I thought Top Torikatsu was a new restaurant so I was surprised to get these packs of chicken.

Bounty Fresh Chicken Top Torikatsu | Classic and Cheese & Chives

I was delighted to know that it’s Bounty Fresh as we buy chicken from the brand every week. Husband and I trust Bounty Fresh when it comes to chicken for obvious reasons– it’s Asia’s Best. If we buy from another brand, the chicken don’t usually stay fresh longer.

My husband received the package. Before that day, there was some kind of problem as the delivery guy had gone to our house thrice already but nobody would answer according to the marketing person who sent the Top Torikatsu packs. (I’m guessing tulog pa kami….)

The next day, I tried to cook one pack. I’m not good at frying so I had to carefully cook the chicken.

Fresh and firm chicken
One of those few times that we eat fried food…
I told you I’m not good at frying….
I think I overcooked them….
For the little boy…

Guess who loved the Top Torikatsu chicken for lunch? 🙂


Bounty Fresh Top Torikatsu Facebook | Top Torikatsu on YouTube

Bounty Fresh Top Torikatsu products are available at leading supermarkets. One pack contains six pieces (450 grams). Retail price is P179.

Thank you Bounty Fresh!

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Rockwell

TWG manilaHusband and I got to try the newly opened TWG in Rockwell earlier this April. I’ve been wanting to bring him there since we became tea drinkers but Greenbelt is so far. Kidding! It’s just that whenever I am at the Ayala area, I get lost easily. That’s ironic since it’s just a few blocks from my hometown. Anyway…

It was one of those Saturday nights that Josh and I could go on a date so we met up in Power Plant (our favorite mall!). We didn’t watch a film because the movies showing then were “downloadable”. By that I mean not worth-our-money-lets-wait-for-the-torrent kind. :p

After the usual dinner-True-Value-National-window-shop round, we settled on TWG. He was clueless about this place but he saw that the Power Plant Archeology Wing was now crowded by this pretty tea salon with colorful macarons and tea boxes on display, he gave in.

TWG philippines

Classy but not intimidating. The first problem I saw was that they were under staffed. Nobody was ready to welcome us and find us a seat. I had to ask. That’s fine with me as I’m trying to be nice. I guess it was a test for me. LOL! And it was the opening weekend so…fine (but they could have prepared more!)

We were given a table next to a momma and her sleeping baby placed inside a bulky Quinny stroller. (Talagang kailangan kong i-describe?) We were given the menu and was shocked to see the prices. P195 for a cup of tea?! Okay fine. Husband ordered Jasmine tea. I wanted the Napoleon Ice Cream but it wasn’t available yet so I asked for anything cold. The waiter suggested the South African tea. And then I ordered only three flavors of macarons:  Moroccan Mint Tea, Green Matcha, and Earl Grey Fortune and Chocolate. We were there for dessert for no need to order that Wagyu Burger (slurp!).

twg tea salon power plant mall

The two of us were both sleepy that evening so we were bored waiting for our order. But when the teas and macarons arrived, nagising kami bigla. We were surprised the tea Josh ordered was actually a golden teapot which could give us four cups. I thought a cup costs P195 hindi pala. So yeah, I think the price is sulit naman.

Make 3 wishes!
Make 3 wishes!

As for the macarons, they were pretty good at P55 each. Pricey for a small piece but it’s macaron!

twg macarons

I haven’t tried Bizu Patisserie macarons or macarons by Andreas Vienna Pastry Art so I can’t compare but they taste good.My first macaron I tasted in Bangkok last year failed–parang local merengue lang. :p

Did we like the experience? Yeah!
Babalik pa ba kami? Yes, but not anytime soon.
Babalik ba ako mag-isa? Pwede as an alternative to Starbucks or Coffee Bean when in Rockwell.

I want this yellow canister badly.
I want this yellow canister badly.

As for the tea they offer, I will buy a small can next time. They’re pricey. We’ll finish our Jin Ling and Peets Jasmine Fancy from husband’s aunt first. 🙂


TWG Tea Official Page | TWG Official Website | TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Philippines

Other TWG Branches in Manila, Philippines:

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
Greenbelt 5, 1-049, Level 1
Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center,
Makati City
Tel: +632 720 8665, +632 720 8667

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
Resorts World Manila, Ground Floor – Block 1,
Shop 17B, Newport City,
100 Andrews Avenue, Newport Cybertourism Zone, Pasay City, Tel: +632 551 0696, +632 551 0925

Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 11:00am to 12:00am
Friday to Sunday, 11:00am to 1:00am

Noah’s 3rd Birthday | A LEGO Jollibee Kiddie Party

Special thanks to ClaudRod for making this Noah Lego Logo

We decided earlier that we would be having a small party at home for Noah this year. A small party meant our immediate families, a few relatives, and some friends. But when I finished the guestlist, the number totaled to 70. That’s still a lot for a small party. I planned on inviting them to our house by batch: families for lunch, relatives for merienda, and friends for dinner. That sounded not too practical as I knew I’d end up very tired and would be spending more. Then, I thought of getting a hotel suite and just inviting them over. That didn’t seem convenient to everyone but would be cheaper for us.

And then I remembered how Noah enjoyed the Jollibee mascot at his cousin Jam’s 1st Birthday Party. It was the first time that I really witnessed him have fun at a birthday party. Actually, that weekend he enjoyed three birthday parties that made me decide to finally schedule a kiddie party at Jollibee. So we did.

There were  70 guests and most of them were family, relatives, Joshua’s bandmates, my best friend’s family plus my mom’s friends at church. This was a “small” party so I wasn’t able to invite our churchmates and most of my friends. (Ang dami pa rin! Sorry, guys. Bawi kami sa 7th Birthday party. Planado na. Haha! Joke.) Continue reading Noah’s 3rd Birthday | A LEGO Jollibee Kiddie Party

Super Looloo is coming!

Sounds like a new superhero but it’s not. It’s the looloo I’ve been talking about for the past weeks. Remember that Kapitolyo Foodie Map Guide and SPAS 101 I shared? Those infographics were released by a local tech startup to introduce it’s very own mobile app.

looloo is going live on Tuesday, November 20. Apple has finally given the green light to launch the looloo on the App Store. No definite time has been given but expect it to be available in the evening here in the Philippines.

What is looloo?

It’s a friend-powered guidebook to Manila’s best places. At first, I thought it’s just for the foodies but looloo also covers salons, barbershops, hotel spas, nightlife spots, and other places of interest around the metro.

I’ve been beta-testing this app and it’s been fun to use. So you just tried a new resto? Review it. If you like it, recommend it to your friends. More often than not, people go to different establishments as recommended by family and friends. The people who know you best always know what you will like.

It’s launching tomorrow but you can still sign up HERE to win an iPhone 4S. 🙂

Sign up for pre-launch updates:

[Infographic] Cost of Starbucks 2013 Planner

Infographic on the Cost of Starbucks 2013 Planner Philippine Edition by myManila

And so the Starbucks 2013 Planner was launched. I know only one in my circle who has received his Starbucks journal. I gave in to the challenge and have three stickers so far. I don’t know when I’ll be able to add and complete the sticker album because I still find the Starbucks coffee expensive.

I also mentioned the Cost of the Starbucks 2012 Planner but I had no idea who made the infographic. Just recently though, Peter Tongco, the guy behind informed me that he made another infographic on The Cost of Starbucks 2013 Planner. I salute this guy for his work. (Told ya, I’m loving infographics right now.) Peter, an employee at Trend Micro in Libis and an amateur photographer, said that his post was so popular he decided to update it for this year’s Starbucks planner.

This year, only one option to get the Starbucks 2013 Planner Philippine Edition is offered:

Nine (9) Holiday Featured Beverages plus Eight (8) Starbucks Core Beverage of your choice (EXCEPT bottled drinks, fruit juices, and bottled water)

If you are to buy only the cheapest drinks (P85 for the Short Brewed Coffee and P140 for the Toffee Nut Latte), the 2013 Starbucks Planner will cost you P1,940. If you want all three, you’d be spending P5,820. (But why would you collect all three anyway?!)

This is pricey but I know regular Starbucks drinkers aren’t complaining. I have friends who expressed they like The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s 2013 Giving Journal more because it only requires 12 drinks. As for Seattle’s Best Coffee, I learned you need 17 drinks to get the planner although I haven’t seen what this cafe has to offer.

I’m already thinking of the calories. This promo is definitely not good for my 500-calorie per day diet. But then again my husband is willing to down all the brewed coffee. Hehe. 😀

Feel free to share or repost the Starbucks 2013 Planner Cost Infographic on your website or social media networks but PLEASE do not forget to give credit to its creator, Peter Tongco of myManila. Better yet, use the following code:

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Philippians 4:6-7


Starbucks 2013 Planner launched

Starbucks 2013 Planner Philippine Edition

FOLLOW UP POST: Starbucks 2013 Planner Philippine Edition

You know Christmas is just around the corner when people around you have started collecting stickers for their Limited Edition Starbucks Planner. It’s an annual tradition for the coffee addicts. I never understood why would people spend so much just to get that coveted planner when you can buy one from the bookstore. But since by husband became a coffee drinker last year, I thought I would try. I did collect last year and unlike others who could complete the sticker album in less than a week. It took me two months. That’s because we would only buy one or two every week. Last year, my husband consumed majority of the cups. Every Saturday, he would drink a cup for me. After the Starbucks Planner was claimed, I said I’d never do it again. Continue reading Starbucks 2013 Planner launched

Grill & BBQ Fest 2012: BAGA Manila’s 1st Anniversary

The Grill & BBQ Fest 2012 scheduled for last October 25 was postponed due to the weather condition. This now means I could still drop by A.Venue that Friday and check out what Filipino micro-entrepreneurs part of BAGA Manila have to offer.

WHAT: BAGA (Barbecuers and Grillers Association) Manila’s 1st Anniversary Celebration, “Grill & BBQ Fest 2012”
WHEN: November 16, 2012, Friday, 7PM
WHERE: A. Venue Open Parking Lot, Makati Ave., Makati City

Event Organizer: Barbecuers and Grillers Association | BAGA Manila’s Facebook Page

The thought of barbecues, pork belly, and kebabs is already painful to my husband. The only thing I know he’d enjoy at this event is chicken inasal. Ack, I hate gout. :/

[Food Trip] I Ate My Veggies

I only learned about Pipino Makati branch’s opening last Monday and I went two days after. I was at the area buying that guitar for my husband me when I decided to check out Pipino finally. The restaurant was just on the other side of Jupiter St. beside Tong Yang. If I’m not mistaken, that was Fort Med right in front of the building.

I used to live near so I felt a bit nostalgic. I entered the restaurant excited. Pipino was actually inside the Pino Resto Bar. Those two are different restaurants but from the same group.

There were only three tables inside the Pipino area. I’m assuming Pipino customers can also  use the Pino Resto Bar area. One waitress attended to me. I forgot her name but I found her pretty. 🙂

Pipino Restaurant Makati Interior

Continue reading [Food Trip] I Ate My Veggies