Category: Food

Usana Nutrimeal

Usana Nutrimeal Review: My 5-Day Diet Plan

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Last Wednesday, I decided to make positive changes to my diet. At my boyfriend’s recommendation, I started the RESET Program with Usana Nutrimeal, and I’m glad I did. It was the beginning of a rewarding journey.

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February Challenge: Color

When I was little, I read somewhere that the more colorful the food, the healthier it is. I think that holds true for hot pots as well: the more colorful it gets, the yummier it is haha. I’ve always been a fan of hot pots and what we call in the Philippines sabaw (“soup”) dishes, especially when I get to put all the things I love in the pot: mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, lettuce, onions, shrimp, squid, lentils and more mushrooms.

seafood hotpot

This was my lunch when I went to Alishan National Forest Recreation Area 阿里山國家風景區 in Chiayi County 嘉義縣, Taiwan 中華民國. I have no idea what we ordered (was it seafood hot pot?), but it was delicious and filling.

This post is my entry to a blog challenge at work.

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken

Review: Hot Star Large Fried Chicken – Philippines

Last week, I had the chance to visit Hot Star Large Fried Chicken in Eastwood with my boyfriend. Joelle Ami, Marketing Assistant at Hot Star, invited us back in December to sample more items from their local menu. I’ve only ever tried their chicken fillet, which is my absolute favorite, so this opportunity was something I didn’t want to miss.
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ManilennialEats at SM City Manila

#ManilennialEats: 12 Delicious Finds at SM City Manila

If you’re looking for somewhere to have a good time with your family and friends this week, head on to SM City Manila! Whether you want to treat your family to a sumptuous dinner or take a break from your hectic schedule with your comfort food, you’ll find the best in casual dining here.

Last month, we joined a blogger’s food crawl with other food and lifestyle bloggers from across the metro. Here are 12 of SM City Manila’s best restaurants that we tried which you should absolutely visit today.

Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things

Home to the awesome Garlic Parmesan Wings, Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things has everything you wanted in chicken wings and more. If you’re up for a challenge, ask for a serving of their hottest flavors and get featured in their Wall of Fame if you finish it in one sitting!

8 Street Bites

Perfect for college students hanging out before their next class, 8 Street Bites is the best option for big groups on a budget. We highly recommend their Freeway Nachos and their Country Fried Chicken.

Ramen Cool

Ramen Cool

Whether you’re a long-time fan of ramen or just plain starving for good noodles, this restaurant will not disappoint. Get your ramen fix without hurting your wallet with their famous RCool ramen.

Texas Maki
Source: Tokyo Joe Facebook Page

Tokyo Joe

If you have a craving for Japanese food but don’t want to spend much, Tokyo Joe is the perfect choice for you. Order their yummy Super California Maki and their Gyudon Rice, and you’ll be thankful that you did.


Mad For Pizza

For dishes that taste as good as they look, go to Mad for Pizza. Not only do they have delicious offerings that give you the best bang for your buck, they also have a charming ’80s-inspired ambiance that is definitely worthy of being featured on your Instagram profile. Their Danggit Pasta and Salmon Belly a la Pobre are a must-try.


Fans of the popular food chain Razon’s from Pampanga have a new reason to celebrate. From the same people behind Razon’s, Teresita’s offers all your favorite Filipino dishes such as Kare-Kare, Caldereta, and Palabok at affordable prices. Perfect for a quick lunch out when you’re having a stressful day at work.

Choobi Choobi

If you just love fresh seafood, we recommend Choobi Choobi. Just thinking about their signature dish, Stan’s Version 2.0 Black Pepper Shrimp, makes my heart melt. They source their shrimp from Cebu, so it’s guaranteed fresh. You should also try Choobi Bay, which is a shrimp, crab, and corn bucket, which is perfect with their Snowpea sprouts.

Hot Star Fried Chicken
Source: SM City Manila Facebook Page

Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken

I love everything about Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken! Although their chicken is slightly sweeter than the ones I’ve tried in New Taipei, it’s still deliciously mouthwatering. Watch out for my review of their other dishes next week!

Seafood Penne

Big Daddy’s

Head to Big Daddy’s for affordable treats with reasonable serving sizes. They have most ingredients for a satisfying dining experience: good service, good prices, and awesome menu items. Their creamy seafood penne is a personal favorite, but if you want something meatier, you can order their burger, steak, or the Angus Beef Tapa.

Kuro Ramen
Source: Ramen Kuroda Facebook Page

Ramen Kuroda

Nobody needs convincing when it comes to ramen houses. We all love ramen, don’t we? For less than P250, you can enjoy your favorite ramen dishes here at Ramen Kuroda. Choose from their Shiro Chashumen, the umami-filled spicy Aka Ramen, or their bestseller, Kuro Ramen.

Red Table

Despite the popularity of Korean cuisine in the local scene, only a handful of restaurants have appealed to me. Indeed, not all samgyeopsal are considered equal, and Red Table will prove just that to you. Reward yourself with a hearty meal here today.

Wicked Waffle

Wicked Waffle

Who doesn’t love second breakfasts? Even if you’re not a hobbit, you’ll want to get your hands on Wicked Waffle’s delightful desserts even when you’re already full. Taste a piece of heaven with their Chunkee Monkey.

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the barn by tipsy pig

A Different Dining Experience at The Barn by Tipsy Pig

If you’re from the north and you love to eat like me, you must have braved the EDSA traffic at least once just to get a good meal in Pasig or Taguig. Fortunately, there are always new places to try in Quezon City. For those who enjoy unique gastronomic experiences, you’ll love the newest restaurant on this side of town – The Barn by Tipsy Pig. 


At The Barn, we find the basic elements of Tipsy Pig Gastropub that customers have come to love: their signature bestsellers, their unique cocktails and flavored beers, and even the decor and interior design. With its modern yet edgy interiors and long wooden tables, it’s a perfect spot for a drink with co-workers or a hearty meal with the family.

The Barn Menu

Executive chef Rainier Barbers said that there’s nothing fancy about their new Western-Asian themed dishes: they simply want to share food that hits home. Mr. Barbers and his partner want their customers to discover the food they’ve enjoyed in their travels, but served with a local twist that will tickle our palate.

potato shrimp balls

We had Potato Shrimp Balls (PHP 280) for our starter, which is a simple dish with local shrimp and parsley, and laced with aligue mayonnaise. That may not sound like an unhealthy combination, but the mayo sure complemented the chewy goodness of the potato balls.

the barn salad

Next, we had The Barn (PHP 290), a gourmet salad prepared with mixed greens, arugula, slices of egg, candied walnut, Bleu cheese, and bacon vinaigrette. I’m a huge fan of Bleu cheese, so naturally, this blew me away.

farmhouse pizza

The Farmhouse Pizza (PHP 420) is a thin-crust pizza with Prosciutto, tomato confit, arugula, and mozzarella topped with balsamic glaze. It’s crunchy and light, which is how I like my pizza.

Crab mac n cheese

Next, we had everybody’s favorite, the Crab Mac n Cheese (PHP 395), a velvety smooth combination of crab meat macaroni, cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, and chives. It was too much for my taste, although I liked how the strong flavor of the cheese was paired with the crabmeat’s muted sweetness.

The Butter Garlic Chicken (PHP 650) tastes like a regular dish prepared by my mom. Served with  a special sauce made with clarified butter, garlic chips, soy garlic, and chives, the chicken was a bit dry and underwhelming. It reminds me of home cooking: unhealthy (probably) but enjoyable.

brown butter tanigue

The star of the night was the Brown Butter Tanigue (PHP 395) , which is basically pan-seared Spanish mackerel served with brown butter and squash sauce, topped with alfalfa sprouts and chives. I can’t get enough of the creamy sauce.

bulalo shank

For our main fare, we had the Beef Shank (PHP 495), which puts a twist to the traditional Bulalo that we love. Served on a hot plate with French beans, bok choy, and corn cob, this dish is made with tenderized Bulalo shank and smothered with gravy. It’s not as greasy as other Bulalo dishes I’ve had, probably because there wasn’t too much marrow in the gravy. Maybe that’s why it’s Mr. Barbers’ favorite.

The Barn by Tipsy Pig Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Overall, I loved the different dining experience offered by The Barn. Serving many of my favorite dishes, this will certainly be one of my go-to places for good comfort food.

The Barn by Tipsy Pig is located on the ground floor of UP Town Center. For reservations, call (02) 513-7946 or (+63) 926-017-5296. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.