Revisiting Plana’s Pantry – now with group meals for sharing

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It’s been a while since I visited Plana’s Pantry, and missed their homey feel of the place and the wide assortment of dishes for everyone. Their instagram-worthy facade is indeed a must, and their location that is tucked away from the city proper makes it a must-go place for dates and group convos with family, friends and loved ones.

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I went to visit their place again sometime in November, and this time they are offering group meals for small and large gatherings! Now that is another reason for me to visit this quaint place to dine in.

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Take a peek on what’s included on their together meals:

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Tomato Basil Shrimp Pasta – Al dente, savory, tangy. Their cheese bread is a must, best eaten when hot to savor the gooey cheese inside the bread.

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Bacon Carbonara – The perfect balance of the carbonara sauce topped with bacon bits fits the bill. and also, don’t forget the cheese bread!

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Hickory BBQ ribs – one of their best sellers, best served with pesto rice which is included in their set menu, one of the best i’ve tried!

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Chicken teriyaki – it has the right balance of sweetness that is also perfect with their pesto rice.

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Lengua – I admit I’m not a fan of the dish but this from Plana’s is something I recommend!

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Their group meal also includes corn and carrots, their muy delicioso pesto rice and their refreshing iced tea.

Their group meals are available all year round! Check out the prices for their Together meals:

  • 4-5 pax – P1130
  • 8-10 pax – 2950
  • 14-15 pax – 4525
  • 18-20 pax – 6535

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Plana’s Pantry also sells cookies and cakes in their Quezon City branch, you can choose from the following: Gooey Choco Caramel, Carrot Cake, Midnight Chocolate (P950 each), and Winnie’s Chocolate Cookie (picture above) (P65/pc)

Visit Plana’s Pantry in their Mandaluyong and Quezon City branch to avail on their wonderful meals! <3

* all pictures were taken in Plana’s Pantry Mandaluyong branch.

Plana’s Pantry – Mandaluyong branch

RL Building, 50 Domingo M. Guevara, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila

Plana’s Pantry – Quezon City branch

Hi-Top Supermarket Building, 1650 Quezon Avenue, Corner Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City

 

Boodle Fight fest at Apag Marangle! (pr)

Makati City, Phillipines- From its bold and savory dishes to its one of a kind dishes such as Camaru or crickets, Kapampangan Food is a cuisine all Filipinos know for sure.

Located at the metro’s business district – Makati city, Apag Marangle offers the best Kapampangan food and great deals good for the whole family.

As part of their new offering Apag Marangle is offering an array of boodle fight meals that is perfect for your budget and taste buds. And prices would start at 1,100 pesos. They have four offerings which are:

ASIKAN (Bukid) (1,100 php)
Ensaladang Paco (Fiddle head fern salad with salted eggs and special apag marangle dressing)
Sale Manuk (Chicken and lemon grass soup with corn)
Ningnang Liemp (Broiled pork belly)
Pritung Tilapia(Fried Tilapia)
Plain Rice
Nasing Marangle (Apag Marangle’s version of paella)

DAYAT MALAT (Dagat) (1,700php)
Ensaladang Manggang Bubot(Green Mango Salad)
Sigang Paro King Sampalok(Shrimp cooked in fresh tamarind juice)
Pritong Bangus (Fried Milkfish)
Minantikilyang Ema(Buttered Crab)
Ningnang Pusit (Broiled squid stuffed with herbs, tomato and onions)
Tabang Talangka Rice (Crab paste rice)
Plain Rice

MANANGU (Biyahero) (1,600 php)
Ensaladang Ampalaya (Bitter Melon Salad)
Balatung (Mongo beans soup with peeled shrimps)
Pelutungan Manuk (Fried Chicken)
Pepalasing Paro (Drunken Shrimps)
Sisig
Nasing Marangle(Apag Marangle’s version of paella)
Plain Rice

KABALENAN (Bayan) (1,500php)
Chicharong Bulaklak
Suam Mais (Corn soup in clay pot)
Humba (Pork belly braised in yellow bean paste)
Kare-Kare (Filipino stew of beef oxtail and tripe on a creamy peanut sauce)
Chicken Barbeque
Plain Rice
Garlic Rice

Apag Marangle and Kapampangan cuisine go hand in hand in bringing Pampanga near to every Filipino. Visit Apag Marangle at Parksquare Makati and have a taste of fresh and authentic Kapampangan food today.

Tempura Japanese Grill – oishi desu ne!

It’s a good thing that my new office is just minutes away from #Leboyf’s office, and to some places where we can hang out and dine in during lunch time and after office hours. One of them is the Tempura Japanese Grill, best known for their bestselling tempura and many more.

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What I like about this place is the ambiance, its service and their FOOD! Their tempura is light, flavorful and fresh, despite being smothered with batter before frying. Their tempura is best paired with japanese soy sauce (and wasabi, if you guys prefer that) and a piping bowl of Japanese rice. Just don’t forget to say “itadakimasu!” before your first bite!

King size Tempura is king sized, the biggest that I’ve seen
with blogger friends. Credits to Martin of The indecent Truth for this picture.
with blogger friends. Credits to Martin of The indecent Truth for this picture.

we were all busy talking about AlDub and technical definitions about Scrum and agile process (OHAI Kenny!) when we were served with their refreshing desserts. Did we scream for Ice cream? you bet!

Their matcha ice cream is so machalap #PunIntended
Coffee jelly ice cream
Praline mousse ganache
domo arigatou for the california maki nom nom nom!

I’d say that if you’re craving for tempura, then this is a place to go!

Visit Tempura Japanese grill at the following branches:

Alabang Town Center/ SM Mall of Asia/ U.N. Ave./ Ayala Convergy’s Building/ Tomas Morato/ Shopwise Cubao/ Greenhills Shopping Center/ Trinoma/ SM Southmall/ Robinsons Place – Manila

Love Desserts – sweet tooth haven for dessert lovers

Yes, keep calm…*heavily breathing*

it is not a secret that I am NOT a fan of sweets, not because it’ll cause me to gain a few pounds, but this will trigger my migraine attacks (true story). anything that is too sweet to my taste will give me a bed rest for a day or two, and I don’t want this to happen. T_T

Love Desserts

But hey, not all desserts are sweet, and that’s why i’m glad that they had too much to offer here at Love Desserts in Banawe, Quezon City, a buffet restaurant that is perfect for those who love sweets and many more.

The place is located near the Z Square in Banawe/Del Monte, just beside Bruno’s barber shop. I advise you guys to NOT LOOK at the Google maps to locate this place, or else… (I’ve been there, and badtrip lang si Google Maps, grr!)

Well anyway, it is a surprise that the place is indeed a haven for dessert lovers, that the place is all jam-packed at the time it was opened, that my only complaint is for them to have a bigger space to accomodate more people who came here for their delectable delights.

As I said, they had too much to offer here, from their creamy cakes, souffles, cream puffs, brownies and many more. Forgive me if I’ll be spamming you with pictures of their sweet treats you guys! :)

Prelude to foodgasm. Yes Ms. Hepburn, you’re absolutely correct!
strawberry shortcake, cake rolls, cheesecakes, cream puffs, fudge brownies, etc. Hello calories, I’ll deal with you soon!
cheesecakes, cupcakes, fruit salad, singkamas, watermelon (yay for fruits!), cakes, cake rolls…kaya pa?
coz one picture is not enough to cover the entire row of cakes :P
I scream for ice cream!
my kind of treats! iced gems, marshmallows, candy sprinklers, champola (I forgot the exact name so brand nalang :P), cookies. To be added in your own custom sherbet or crepe.
Fruity fillings for your own custom crepe. Love this I swear!
There are also shakes for everyone to enjoy! Here’s my chocolate shake!
Unlimited refills of iced tea and nai cha, and you can create your own halo halo!
cake roll
mini sweet treats!
Cream puff
Red velvet cupcake
more smores!
yummy!
Brownies!
Have your own crepe, custom made for you <3

despite being a non-sweet lover, I simply can’t resist not having a slice of their cake, and here’s what I had:

Masarap ang shortcake nila! not too overpowering and not too sweet. it has a balance of fruitiness and sweetness na hindi nakakaumay. I’m almost finished it before I remembered to take pics, their fruit salad is also commendable, it has a perfect balance too. I’ve finished their panna cotta, calamansi sherbet ice cream and their mini cheesecake before I took this pic, sayang hindi nakaabot (natapon sa tiyan ko hindi ko na maretrieve :P)
my anti-umay remedies: tacos, singkamas, bagoong and empanada. They also have lugaw but ubos na. Empanada is served hot and fresh, filling is uber soft and yummy. Their tacos is a great ice breaker to all the sweet treats, same goes with their bagoong na buti nalang hindi malansa. (penge manggang hilaw pls!)
After our custom crepe, here’s my another dose of anti-umay treats: marshmallows, gummy treats, watermelon, banana, blueberry, strawberry, mangoes, candy sprinklers and nips. A balance of sweetness and fruitiness makes my tummy happy, and happy is an understatement. :)

I’m more of a fan of fruits for dessert, that’s why I hoard for their anti-umay treats (yay for fruit salad!) and I also commend this place for having cakes that are not too sweet for my palate (+1 for me!) and everything is IG-friendly (follow me!) for everything is oh-so pleasing to the eyes.

Have your unlimited fill of desserts for only 199 pesos!

Just Desserts is a great place for me and my friends (and of course my pamangkins) to hang outto enjoy their yummy delights, and the price is reasonable enough, considering that it’s a buffet restaurant. I can’t wait to be back soon! :)

Love Desserts Banawe branch

Love Desserts – Banawe branch
915 Banawe St. Cor. G. Roxas St. Quezon City
2390745

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Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 – One of the world’s biggest culinary affair to be held at SM (pr)

The Philippines and Spain share a deep and colorful history and what better way to celebrate these two cultures than through their vibrant and intertwined culinary traditions. This April, the world’s most anticipated epicurean event will celebrate the two countries ’300 years’ worth of shared connection through food in one global event where the world’s top chefs showcase culinary innovations and cutting-edge techniques, ingredients and recipes taking food and dining to the next level. If one wants to see the “future of food,” this is the place to be in.

(L-R): Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, Inc. (PACEOS) Chairperson Marisa Nallana; Mielle Esteban of Arum Estratigias Internacionalización; DOT director of market development and Madrid Fusion Manila project director Verna Covar-Buensuceso; SMX general manager Dexter Deyto and SM Supermalls SVP marketing Jonjon San Agustin.

SM as the official partner of Madrid Fusion Manila 2015

SM plays host to this historic affair and welcomes Madrid Fusion as it comes to Asia for the first time and puts Manila at the heart of culinary interest worldwide. Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 happening on April 24 to 26 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City highlights the Philippines as an haute cuisine destination in Asia. And a Welcome Night at the scenic SM By the Bay for the official delegates are sure to put everyone in a good mood during the first day of the congress on April 24 where this time, it’s all about the best of Philippine food, art, and culture.

“SM is proud to be the venue of the historic Madrid Fusion Manila. We believe that one of the Philippines’ best-kept secrets is our rich culinary heritage,” expressed Steven Tan, SM Supermalls senior vice-president. “We also want to bring the excitement of Madrid Fusion, particularly Spain’s strong influence in our food and culture, to our mall-goers by taking these culinary festivities to our malls.” To help create national awareness for this cultural milestone, the official Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 TV commercial is being aired in all SM Cinemas nationwide.

(L-R): SMX general manager Dexter Deyto; SM Mall of Asia AVP operations Perkin So; SM Mart Inc. SVP marketing communications group Millie Dizon; SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia; Chef Margarita Fores; DOT director of market development and Madrid Fusion Manila project director Verna Covar-Buensuceso; Mielle Esteban of Arum Estratigias Internacionalización and SM Supermalls SVP marketing Jonjon San Agustin.

Michelin-starred chefs to gather at SMX

Set to captivate Manila with their culinary virtuoso are Spain and Asia’s legendary chefs Andoni Luis Aduriz, Elena Arzak, Quique Dacosta, Ramón Freixa, Francis Paniego, Paco Roncero, Mario Sandoval, Paco Torreblanca, André Chiang, and Alvin Leung. Presenting the Philippines’ own diverse and imaginative epicurean traditions are chefs Fernando Aracama, Margarita Forés, J Gamboa, José Luis “Chele” Gonzalez, Pepe Lopez, Rob Pengson, Bruce Ricketts, Myrna Dizon, Claude Tayag, and Juan Carlos de Terry. Taking centerstage at the congress will be this exciting encounter between Spain’s legendary Michelin-starred chefs and the Philippines’ very own culinary stars. A trade exhibition will focus on the finest Spanish and Filipino products from Spanish wines and cheeses, to the Philippines’ world-class exports such as rice, cacao, coffee, mango, coconut, and liquors.

Gourmet weekend market

A feast of everything delectably Filipino-Spanish shall delight foodies at the Gourmet Weekend Market from April 24 to 26 at SM Mall of Asia. A premium selection of cheese, tapas, wine, ingredients, local finds and special bundles shall be made available in partnership with SM Markets (SM Supermarket and Hypermarket).

Spanish food specials

New food concepts that reflect culinary innovation and technique will be available only this April at select SM Mall of Asia restaurants where special dishes with Spanish influence or cooked with the finest local produce, ingredients and flavors are sure to bring out your inner foodie. Savory goodness awaits mall-goers of SM Aura Premier which shall host its own Spanish-themed fiesta with music, dancing, food and drinks on April 26 at the Sky Park lawn. While on April 24 to 26, irresistible dining deals await all food lovers at SM Megamall’s flagship and first-in-the-country dining destinations and the newly-opened Mega Food Hall.

For the complete schedule of events at SM malls, visit SM Supermalls on Facebook or @smsupermalls on Instagram. For more information on how to register for Madrid Fusion Manila 2015, visit www.madridfusionmanila.com.