#Philippines, Food

10 Best Home-Based Food in Manila (that Are Better than Restaurants)!

Manila’s home-based food scene is getting better and here are the ones better than restaurants:


Ginataang Kuhol, anyone? Cleaning kuhol (snail) is never an easy task. So when we got reconnected with @auntiemays we immediately ordered her ginataang kuhol! No questions asked! Just buy! ₱390 a tub of 1000ml. Need lots of rice because the sauce needs it! And you need it too!


Auntie May’s bestseller is their Angus Beef Salpicao cooked with minced garlic aplenty and special seasoning.  An original recipe by Auntie May’s family made from Certified Angus Beef. They serve it with rice and also sell it in frozen packs with 3 individual sachets with a “how to cook guide”. It an easy prepare meal you can cook straight from the freezer. The salpicao was a pleasure to eat as well because the meat was tender and juicy. (₱390 -3 single serve)

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, Food

Sichu Malatang : Finally, a Legit Hot Pot in Manila!

Sichu Malatang brings authentic, Sichuan-style street food hotpot to Manila and it’s absolutely worth all the hype!  We loved the authentic flavors and we were surprised to hear that all sauces and soup bases are made in house.  And while I can’t say with certainty that Sichu is the best hotpot in Manila it sure as hell deserves to be in the top 5. (fight me! 😝)




What makes Sichu worth it (in my humblest of opinions) is that for the freshness and quality of ingredients they use,  the price is very affordable, and the fact that they have streamlined the process into what owner Jeff Li calls ”Fastfood hotpot” makes it convenient for people on the go. Add on top, the fact that they have put in great efforts into making it easy for takeout orders and delivery under quarantine, Sichu has made dinning on a delicious restaurant-style meal, simple for you to prepare and enjoy in your own home.


Double Dragon Plaza 1302 Pasay City, Philippines
Phone: +63 935 868-4584
Facebook: Sichu Malatang
Instagram: @sichu.malatang


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#Hotels, #Philippines, Staycation

10 Hotel Staycation Deals in the Next Normal in Manila

Cancelled travel plans? With travel restrictions and spike in COVID-19 cases across the world, hotels are gearing up to with staycations deals with massive discounts ranging from 20%-45% and extra perks.

Here’s a list of hotels offering staycation deals in Manila via Klook.

Discovery Primea

This is the best Filipino 5-Star Hotel experience in Manila because of the signature Filipino service, the best hotel-concept restaurants and the most awesome weekend experience with the family.

Here is our guide on how to love every minute of your Discovery Primea experience.

Read more: DISCOVERY PRIMEA Experience: Guide to Lovin’ Every Minute of it!

PROMO LINK: Discovery Primea (Overnight Stay) with Breakfast & Php 1000 Food Credits

  • 1-night stay in a comfortable Business Flat for 2 person(s)
  • Inclusive of breakfast for 2 and Php 1000 worth of Food Credits
  • This luxury hotel in Makati is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, a selection of refined and globally sophisticated hotels and resorts around the globe
  • Klook exclusive: Best pricing guaranteed and as a Klook customer, you’ll get 15% discount on Tapenade and In-room Dining
  • Valid daily until December 15, 2021, this stay is perfect for you and your loved one to celebrate a special occasion or just spend a day for that pampering you deserve

1 Aug 2020-15 Dec 2021

Blackout Dates:
24 Dec 2020-26 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2020-1 Jan 2021
1 Apr 2021-3 Apr 2021

Additional Information:
Parking is available at the hotel. Contact the hotel to reserve a spot.

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#Restaurants, Food

Bake Series: Sushi Bake, Nacho Bake, BibimBake…

Dalgona coffee, ube pandesal and now the newest quarantine food trend are these scrumptious and addicting baked dishes! From sushi bakes, nacho bake, bibimbake and even tako(yaki)bake, we’ve tried them all!

The deconstructed dishes are unlike how you originally eat your favorite fares! It’s typically cooked in a pan either baked or aburi style, then wrapped and eaten with nori (seaweed), chips, or lettuce. With all the bake dishes popping up, we’ve just been curious and had to check them out.

Here’s a list of baked goodies that we’ve tried…

Kurimi Sushi Bakes

Kurimi means creamy and indeed, @kurimisushibakes was spot on! Their house-blended kurimi sauce and another layer of cheese sauce makes their spicy UNI kani, spicy SALMON kani and kani mango sushi bakes unique in the market aside from their different flavors.

The spicy 🌶 sushi bakes were a hit for the adults because of the uni 😋 and salmon while the kani mango for the boys (they love mangoes!). Happy with the ratio of the toppings vs the rice too!
It was advised to consume asap but we did not need to be reminded because it was as if a storm has passed! But really, it’s better to consume while it is warm and freshly assembled on the nori sheets. Yum and tasty in every bite!
Order half-and-half for you to taste their other flavors! They will surely accommodate your request.
Also to note that, uni, salmon and mangoes (which are add-ons) are always fresh as they don’t stock up so better to reserve in advance.

3 sizes are available:
Sampler (1pax)- P250
Solo (1-2pax)- P350
Sampler tray (3-5pax)- 650

Add-on pricing: Salmon and uni are both +50, 70, 100 for sampler, solo, sampler tray, respectively. Mango is 20, 30 and 50.

Instagram: kurimisushibakes

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#Philippines, #Travel

PAL’s Mid-Year Special Seat Sale Promo! (Updated) #PALMidYearSale

Philippine Airlines announces its Mid-Year Seat Sale with P388 base fare for domestic destinations and USD99 for international destinations, passengers can book starting on July 13, 2020 covering the travel period of August 1, 2020 up to May 31, 2021.

Flying home to reunite with your loved ones or going on essential business travel? Following the national government’s move to relax COVID-19 lockdown measures in Metro Manila and other areas, non-essential trips and tourism abroad are now allowed but with strict measures in light of the pandemic.

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8 Best Ube Desserts in Manila!

We are still not tired with ube!

You’ll love these delectable treats that come in beautiful hues of purple. Here’s a list of ube desserts that we tried and worth having delivered….

I N U T A K is back.
@homecookingbykristina use fresh coconut cream from their Batangas farm for a satisfying inutak, a Taguig delicacy.

Sticky rice (galapong), coconut cream and sugar make up this kakanin (native delicacy) dessert. Imagine, a very creamy and smooth, ube-flavored bibingka with gooey and sticky consistency. A scoop of plain vanilla ice cream would be a great partner, don’t you think?

Home Cooking By Kristina
Instagram: @homecookingbykristina
Facebook: homecookingbykristina


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Hamilton Musical Review (Disney+ Movie vs. Theatre Version)

Awesome to watch the Hamilton Musical on Disney Plus performed by the original cast led by Lin-Manuel Miranda as the author and lead actor to celebrate the American Independence Day weekend.

Hamilton is a theatre hip hop musical about the story of the United States Founding Fathers particularly Alexander Hamilton. We watched Hamilton at the West End in London last 2018.

Here’s what we think about what we like about the theatre movie version vs. the live theatre production.

First Things First

This is one of our memorable dates with Rache watching the sold-out West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London last March 2018.  We almost missed this but luck was on our side, someone returned 2 tickets and we immediately grabbed that opportunity even if it was out of our budget.  I did not want to let this pass while we were in London.

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10 Best Home-Based Desserts You Should Try Next!

Who needs a sugar boost? During this pandemic, many of us including myself have a guilty pleasure of turning to sweets for comfort in stressful times.

Here’s a list of the best home-based dessert we tried and tested last month from chocolates, brownies, doughnuts, ice cream to cakes that’s sure to sweeten a little bit of our time in quarantine.

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10X Your Digital Marketing! (Now Open for Registrations)

The game has changed over the lockdown and we are now faced with a digital-first world. We’ve been evangelizing this for years in Manila but now the time has come. The winner in this digital marketing game is not the one with the best brand or the one who has the most money for marketing, but the one who can adapt to the changing dynamics of the post-Corona virus world.

If you are just new to this marketing craft, the past digital marketing success does not matter because everything was reset and we are all back to zero. Don’t use strategies and tactics that worked in the past.  Lean forward to what would work with the changing behaviors and lifestyle habits of the audience you serve.

It’s hard to do it alone or even ask another person who don’t know anything about digital marketing. What if you can leap frog with new ideas and strategies to 10X the organic effectivity of your marketing? What if you can work with mentors, forever-newbie learners, and experts to navigate and quickly adapt to what happens next?

Introducing…. 10X your Digital Marketing Program by Anton Diaz.

Sign-up here: 10XyourDigitalMarketing Pilot Program

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15 Best Home Delivery Meal Kits in Manila!

Nothing beats a meal straight from the kitchen! Why not create the same gastronomic experience at home with our tried and tested DIY meals kits prepared by our favorite restaurants that delivers all of the ingredients, plus instructions which you can make yourself.

There’s ramen, kebabs, steak, Mongolian bowls, and even gourmet cooking in here…

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