Hand-baked goodness and a healthy alternative snack is readily available on the go. I have long been a patron of Plato Wraps. This plato-shaped bread with a variety of choice for filling is one of my go to snacks when I see one. My staple orders would be the Yummy Tuna, Beef Gyro and Chunky Chicken on on pesto wrap. Other choices are Very Veggie, Wrap and Roll Dog as well as Ham and Cheese. After 16 years in the business, the family-owned venture adds a couple more flavors: the Peri-peri Latino Wrap and Crabby Rappu.
The first time I tasted the signature Gringo flame-grilled dishes, the Original Chicken, Southern Spice and Baby Back Ribs, I knew their distinct char-broiled goodness would become a local favorite. Together with their sauces, Lemon Herb and Hot and Spicy, and the sumptuous sidings, Gringo offers great value for their Mexican-Latin cuisine offering. From their first branch at SM North Edsa, they have since expanded to the Fort, Makati and now the newly opened branch at The Atrium, SM Megamall. The recent soft opening gave happyfoodies a chance to sample the other goodies in their menu.
Korean chicken founds its place into the Filipino palette. With a few Korean franchises imported to our shores and its growing branches, it just shows how Filipinos enjoy these Korean flavors. An exciting local venture opens in the fast developing neighborhood of Orambo, Pasig. Oppa Chicken Portico brings its unique variety of Korean Chicken flavors. And this time hoping to export the brand internationally from Manila. Happyfoodies had a preview of their Korean Chicken variants they are set to serve once they open their doors this November 28, 2016.
Adding a dash of lively colors in the once Typhoon Yolanda stricken city of Tacloban is Chew Love. I chuck a soft laugh when I heard my tricycle driver say “Ang cute pala dito ah! (This place looks cute ah!)” when he finally found the place. Borne out from the ashes of the devastation of Tacloban, entrepreneur, Coke Young-Go, found opportunity from the rubble. Chew love is a product of pouring in her creative interest from fashion, food and photography. It’s hard not to miss this restaurant with its lovely European/Country inspired theme that’s a sure head turner.
And he threw the knives and utensils into the air, juggling and tapping the pointy steels in a rhythmic pattern on the iron grill. I watch, cringing and hoping he won’t make a mistake. It lasted only for a few seconds but it was enough to capture our attention and awe. It’s the chef’s way of saying, the show is about to start at Akira: The Art of Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant. We’re on the front seat, or rather, by the side table fronting the grill in anticipation of the art of teppanyaki in the making.
We were having a bipolar weather that day. Occasional sun then a splash of rain as we walk towards the Greenfield District at crossing Mandaluyong from Shangri-la Mall. Gone are the market-place vibe and busy transport terminals replaced with a newly revived atmosphere and look with chic and hip restaurants along its spacious manicured lawns. Among the interesting restaurants there is Ramen Bar with it’s steam-bath like theme interiors but serving instead hot steamy ramen that passers by would think twice walking past the restaurant. Happyfoodies with guest foodie Jen have a taste of the new and improved broth from Ramen Bar and other its other tasty offerings.
It’s always a delight to find good restaurants outside of the metro. Mrs Baker’s in Nueva Vizcaya is worthy a stop when traversing the roads to Tuguegarao or Banaue. This two-storey establishment with warm and homey interiors is owned by Chef Jehan Damasco who have competed on internationally pastry competitions. Established in 2010, Chef Jehan had cooked up a sumptuous menu of local favorites and international flavors that not only Nuvo Vizcayanos rave about but those fortunate visitors enough to have stumbled upon this gem of a resto. We went here twice when we were in Nueva Vizcaya and here’s to share some of our favorite dishes.
Fast-paced city living has also changed people’s eating habits. For those who are always on the go, snacking seems to be a practical choice to balance nourishment with other daily tasks. BonChon thinks snacking should not only satisfy in-between meal cravings but also be affordable with the quality of taste and quantity of serving good enough to stave hunger pangs. BonChon Snack Ons offers quick fix meals, snack- sized munchies from their all time favorite meals. Happyfoodies got to sample these Bonchon Snack-Ons and checked out what we liked.