Last Saturday, my friends and I went to the launching of the two new products of Manang’s Chicken, the Velvet Sundae and The Ultimate Crispy Chicken Sandwich. This was an exclusive launch and I’m really honored to be invited at this event. By the way, this was my first ever bloggers’ event to attend to and I was really excited. It was held at their newly opened branch at Tomas Morato. Check the location at the end of this post.
The guests were greeted with a red carpet and I thought to myself that this would really be one special event. After registering for the event, I was given a press kit which contains info about Manang’s, their branches, food menu items, the two products that will be launched, stock photos, and gift certificates (which I will give away so watch out for that!).
Manang’s Chip & Dips (Garlic Mayo and Cream Cheeze)
While waiting for the event to start, each table was served with Manang’s Chips and Dips together with the two dips, Garlic Mayo and Creamy Cheeze. Whenever I order from Manang’s, I never fail to get the chips. You can really see that these are made from real potatoes and it’s not that greasy. It’s a really good snack.
Junior Jock Jeelo Green of Magic 89.9
Ms. Jill Gerodias-Borja, President and CEO of Manang’s Chicken
The program started around 2 PM hosted by Magic 89.9 Junior Jock Jeelo Green. Ms. Jill Gerodias-Borja first talked about how Manang’s Chicken started, who is Manang, the timeline of Manang’s, the food menu items, and their plans for the future.
Guests and bloggers (The Food Scout spotted. She’s the one in the blue stripes)
Ms. Jill introducing us to Manang (she’s the one in the picture)
After the intro about Manang’s, the “opening act” was served. The bigger and better version of the Crispy Chicken sandwich, The Ultimate Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
Sandwiched between a kaiser bun with sesame seeds is a whopping piece of crispy boneless chicken thigh with Manang’s sauce (a choice of Original, Mild Spicy, or Extra Spicy) and fresh coleslaw. It’s really an ultimate sandwich! The chicken fillet is almost two inches in height! It’s like their version of KFC’s Zinger but better. If you’re in the mood to eat rice and just want to have a snack, get this one. You won’t regret it. Prices are P109 for solo and P135 for a meal with regular chips and drink.
Click Read More for the intermission and the main event.
Did you know that there used to be Carl’s Jr at Taft? It was located at the Burgundy Tower where the current Cello’s Doughnuts is standing. Many establishments have come and go around Taft but Cello’s is still standing today after it opened back in 2005. Though I think the place needs renovations because that time I went there, I think their aircon is leaking inside the store and flattened boxes were laid down because of the leak.
When you watch anime and there’s an eating scene, you will here the characters say, “Itadakimasu!" which means "Let’s eat!" in Japanese. (If you want to know how to pronounce it, go here. That link is quite fun too!) Anyway, I’ve been eating a lot of Japanese food since I found out about Jap-OK!
Here are some of the food I recently tried from Jap-OK!
Crabstick Mango Salad (P75)
The Crabstick or Kani Mango Salad is good enough for two people. It’s really refreshing specially on this hot weather were having.
4 pcs Gyoza (P55)
There’s actually nothing special about this Gyoza. It was just okay.
Dati tatlong plato lang ang nakain ko sa Cabalen, pero sa post na ‘to ay apat na! Yey! Nagkayayaan lang kami ng mga barkada ko at game naman kaming lahat. Sa may MOA branch kami napadpad. Oras na rin ng tanghalian yun kaya maraming tao na rin. Hindi naman kami gaanong naghintay ng matagal bago nakapasok at nakakain. Fight kaagad pag-upo!
After the 11th Philippine Food Expo, a little bit f street photography, sunset chasing and a lot of walking, my friends and I went to the Moonleaf HP Village Square to have some refreshments. I’ve been wanting to go there for a long time and when it opened, I even won their contest but I wasn’t able to claim my free drink. I got lazy to go get it. haha!
I ordered the Wintermelon Milk Tea which I heard was good. And it was. I finished it so fast because I was really tired. I also forgot to take a picture of it. That’s how exhausted I am.
The place was really quiet and at that time, there were only a couple of people inside and outside the place. I think the white seats are not made for long seating but I think there were couches at the corners. I can’t really remember. I have to visit here again when I’m not tired. haha!
Another long overdue post. Last February 25, my friends and I went to the 11th Philippine Food Expo 2012.
The 11th Philippine Food Expo is a must-visit event for everyone, from the everyday Filipino consumer to international traders and importers of food products. Technical and business seminars, product demonstrations and special events will be conducted to ensure an atmosphere fitting to both the causal consumer and the serious trade visitor. (from here)
My expo buddies, Insel and Carlo
On-going cooking demo
Jack’s Lechon from Cebu
I bought lechon paksiw and it was just okay but still delicious.
I bought a bottle of the Bundaberg Sarsaparilla because I got attracted to the vintage packaging. Sometimes, I buy stuff because of their packaging. hehe.
Wine made from honey with real bees and honey comb on their booth. Check out the pics below. I was tempted to open the compartment. haha!
Behind the Cooking: Spicy Broccoli with Ham and a Fried Egg
February 21, 2012
I saw this recipe from Men’s Health Magazine (December 2011) and I thought it was worth a try. The original recipe used salami but I replaced it with ham since that was the ingredient available. So here’s the recipe:
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
1 tbsp olive oil plus more for eggs
2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp red-pepper flakes
3 pcs of ham sliced in squares
salt and pepper to taste
How to make it:
1. Cook the broccoli in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 3-4 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
I sliced the ham and garlic while heating up the non-stick pan with olive oil
2. After heating the olive oil in the pan, add the garlic and the red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for a minute.
This is a long overdue post. I finally tried Manila Q last February and I’ve been wanting to try out their famous Bagwang since I’m a fan of Bagnet. So I did.
Of course I ordered the Bagwang and I was feeling hungry that time so I ordered another viand which is the Fish Ham. The viand comes with plain rice or homemade pandesal. It also comes with egg and you have the option to have it sunny side up or scrambled.
Fish Ham - Boneless, skinless Cream Dory from Vietnam. Marinated with ham cure, binder and ManilaQ’s spice blend, 3-day curing process. Frozen for at least 12 hours before frying.*
Before heading back to Manila after the long weekend, we decided to try the newly opened RACKS Subic. I think it opened last March 30 just in time for the long weekend. When we got there around dinner time, it was jampacked. We have to wait for a few minutes before we got a table.
Nope. The title is not a typo. I just recently tried Rice: taft avenue again right after meeting with Teesh to get the free cookies. I just called for delivery since I was too lazy to go outside because of the hot weather. I tried their Cheese Beef Steak paired Beef Rice and Liempo with Bagoong Rice.
About a month ago, I joined the cookie giveway of Teesh and because she is really sweet and awesome, all of the people who joined got free cookies! Yey for us! haha! Follow her now if you want to see that awesomeness, her baking skills, review of beauty products (for the girls) and other stuff —> http://teesh-oh.tumblr.com/
Teesh with the cookies!
I met up with Teesh in front of Chatime to get the cookies. She was just across the building at the back of our building so it didn’t take long for us to meet. I wasn’t late this time. hehe. I noticed her quickly because of the neon green bag she was holding. La salle ang peg ng bag of cookies ni Teesh! haha!
Animo cookies? haha!
Inside were the cookies and the note above. For the Brad Pitt reference, go here. haha! To answer Teesh’s question, “Saan si Angelina?”, walang Angelina eh. :( I’m single and ready to mingle! Chos!
The chocolate chip cookies
I ate one of the cookies as soon as I got back and it was heavenly! The cookies have a buttery taste to it and it was the soft kind of cookie and I like my cookie that way. To quote my sister, “Parang Mrs. Fields lang!” and I agree. I’m not hard to please when it comes to food specially with the sweet stuff. It was really good! I think my sister and I finished it in two days. haha!
Thanks Teesh for the cookies!! The next time I bake cookies, I’ll make sure to set aside some for you and maybe I’ll give some to my awesome readers too! ;)
"Don’t judge a book by its cover" as the old saying goes and this applies to food as well. Don’t judge the food by its packaging! The Delimondo premium corned beef taught this to me.
My sister and I got curious with this brand of corned beef because we always see this when we’re grocery shopping at Subic. We got even more curious when we read it on the March issue of Yummy featuring it in a “doing-your-own-food business-article.”
“Delimondo is known for its premium corned beef that was popularized in the weekend markets of Salcedo Village and Ayala Alabang. A brainchild of Ms. Katrina Ponce-Enrile, Delimondo promises only to deliver the best and highest quality meats and products to the market.” (from here)