Max's Tinapay Natin Year 2 Launch (July 20, 2017)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Now on its 2nd year!!! If you have a flair for breadmaking, then be sure to join Max's Tinapay Natin, in cooperation with Pilmico flour! 

Breads play an integral role in Filipino living. Pan de sal of course comes to mind as a Filipino breakfast staple. And then we have a lot of breads like ensaymada which we may not have invented  per se, but it's its own Filipino twist and it has its own place in our hearts. Max's aims to enrich the cultural appreciation for the place of bread in Filipino households, as well as to uphold Filipino traditions and values.  

Tinapay Natin basically is a recipe ideation and execution contest. Entrants are to create recipes for Filipino regional breads (or breads that reflect Filipino traditions in one's community), and a traditiona bread with a modern twist. Entrants not only create the recipes, as they should be able to prepare, ferment, bake, and display their breads within 4 hours. Of course, champions (since this competition will be in teams) will take home a cash prize, but the biggest reward is to have their recipes brought to life and sold in Max's Corner Bakery stores!!! 

Landers Super Crazy Sale (June 14-18, 2017)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hear ye! Hear ye! From now till Sunday, it's Landers' Super Crazy Sale!!! 

Mom and I went to Landers yesterday so we can snag discounts on meat and frozen foods. In general we've been so busy lately, so I've been eyeing to buy chicken nuggets, dumplings, and other frozen foods that are easy to prepare. 

I thought I'd share some photos of the energy in the air at the sale. It was crowded, but thankfully they got rid of the surprise sales, so it's a lot more peaceful and orderly compared to what most would remember of past super sales. If I may say, there were plenty of guards and ushers making sure that lines are orderly, mobile, and that shoppers in line to pay were not a nuisance to shoppers still walking around. 

Baked Cheese Tart

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bake Cheese Tarts have somehow become the default pasalubong from Hong Kong. They're expensive, hard to get, and delicious. I know cheese tarts here in Manila have also attracted long lines, but those lines basically were just inspired by the lines that Baked Cheese Tart caused. 

Located in Sogo mall, I remember vividly that in the starting days of this store, there was even a line to the line! Yes, there is a line to fall in line! There is a pre line area in a forlorn corridor in the grocery section, and only when the actual line in front of the Baked Cheese Tart store has shortened a bit will store staff allow people from the corridor line to move to the store line. So yes, there is a line to fall in line. Craaaay. 

#MondaysMadeBetter with Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Monday, June 5, 2017

Yes, I know, Mondays are horrible. I am so happy that UP doesn't hold classes on Mondays because Mondays are the most abominable thing of all. 

CBTL gets that, too, that's why they decided to make Mondays less horrible by having a discounted ice blended beverage every Monday at just Php100! Be sure to always follow their social media accounts because they choose a different flavor to highlight every week. The week I went, their Mango Ice Blended was discounted that day to Php100. 

Date With Mama At Nono's (May 10, 2017)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Thank you so much again, Nono's!!! 

Mom and I were sooo pampered when they treated us to a Mother's Day date early this month! 

Nono's is now a UPTC favorite we'll always look forward to because of all the homestyle favorites they serve. Chef Baba's vision for this restaurant is to be the sanctuary of all our childhood favorites, reminiscent of the goodness of home. I guess the right word to describe the place is "kanlungan" when it comes to the concept of the food. I felt that the foods brought this feeling of safety and security, because of all the homey feels to them. 

This concept was also conceived by Chef Baba somehow as a tribute to her dad whom she fondly calls Nono. 

Food News: Time to Show Your Pinoy Dishes with a Twist through the ‘Funlasang Pinoy’ Culinary Cook-off

Monday, May 29, 2017

24 May 2017, Philippines – As a staple in dining tables, Filipino dishes rarely get their much-deserved appreciation from Filipino diners themselves. However, in other countries such as the United States, London, Canada, and Germany, our well-loved classics are gaining popularity. As such, Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) Philippines challenges chefs and cooks across the country to make classic Pinoy dishes more exciting by putting flavorful twists that will bring these dishes to the spotlight.

In a culinary competition dubbed as ‘Funlasang Pinoy’, Filipino chefs and cooks are invited to showcase their creativity by innovating the classic recipes of pansit, sinigang, kaldereta, tapa, and sisig with a different and creative twist they could think of. The competition runs until July 15, 2017.

“Our local cuisine is an amazing treasure that we Filipinos are proud of. However, as the dining scene gets more crowded with a variety of choices and evolving palate of diners for good food, there’s obviously a need to make our classic Pinoy dishes more current and interesting,” said James Benedict Carreon, Managing Director of UFS Philippines. “This is why we have launched this competition—to encourage more culinary experts to unleash their ingenuity in the kitchen and create fun and interesting Filipino dishes with a twist that will surely reignite and pique their diners’ interest for Filipino food.”

The Competition

To join the competition, cooks and chefs in the Philippines should come up with their recipes showing their own creative takes on the classic pansit, sinigang, kaldereta, tapa, and sisig dishes. The challenge? Think of a delicious twist and go as far as they can from the original dish to create exciting new recipes using Knorr® products and Lady’s Choice® Real Mayonnaise.

These recipes and their corresponding dish shots should be submitted to until July 15, 2017. All entries will be judged according to the following criteria: creativity of the twist, food presentation, and the use of Unilever Food Solutions products included in the competition.

The top 10 finalists to be announced on July 30 will be able to present their chosen recipes in a live cook-off in front of esteemed experts from the Philippine culinary industry and diners during the first ‘Funlasang Pinoy Twist Fest’ slated to happen in August 2017. Their recipes will also be featured in the official Funlasang Pinoy Cookbook to be published soon after.

In addition to this, the first-ever Funlasang Pinoy Twist Fest champion, who will have the most unique and delicious recipe among all dishes, will receive an additional P100,000 cash prize and exclusive publicity features.

The Bigger Cause

Aside from launching this competition for the Filipino chefs and cooks, UFS also hopes to use this as an avenue to create a bigger impact in the Philippine culinary scene.

“By initiating this endeavor, we hope to put the limelight back to Filipino cuisine and re-ignite the love of our fellowmen for our own local dishes. Through the talents of our genius culinary experts, and with the help of the right products, Pinoy dishes can be more fun, interesting, and keep up with the competitive landscape of the food industry,” added Carreon.

To know more about the UFS Funlasang Pinoy competition, visit

Nono's Menu

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Just thought I'd publish in this one post the menu of Nono's! Because I do have another post where I will focus on the food hehehe..

Food News: Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto and the journey to Nono’s

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto has built a loyal following over the years, following the success of the desserts at Classic Confections. With her “classic with a twist” philosophy in the kitchen, she takes the simple, classic, and familiar, makes them with the best ingredients, and then adds her personal creative twist.

But before she became a popular patissier, Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto was a kid with a flavorful childhood.

While most youngsters her age got their hands dirty from playing in the streets, young Baba made the kitchen her playground—a place where her hands rolled in flour and her clothes were stained with colorful frosting. Here, she found her true calling.

She owes her fondness of cooking to their family cook, Warlita. Baba recalls spending afternoons with Warlita baking cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. Baba’s mom, Sylvia, encouraged Baba by  enrolling her in summer baking programs that honed her skills at such a tender age.  After college, Baba decided to delve into the culinary arts seriously, so she studied at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California.

Following her return to the Philippines and her success in the local pastry scene, Chef Baba felt that she was ready to move a step forward. But this time, she’s doing it by looking back.

Nono’s and the recipes from the good old days
With meals worth craving for, amidst inviting, pastel interiors that have the warmth of family diners, Nono’s is definitely the go-to place of people who constantly seek the tasty comfort that comes from the dishes of their young and carefree days. 

Located at the U.P Town Center, Nono’s was named after Chef Baba’s father and offers dishes that hark back to her childhood.

Nono’s is a personal journey into my childhood and home. As I began to dream of a restaurant and what type of food I would want to create, I was deeply drawn to—and inspired by—my favorite home-cooked childhood meals and snacks. To me, those meals are my comfort food and were the inspiration jumping point to establishing Nono’s. Comfort food is simple. It is heartwarming. It is nourishing. It is home --Nono’s  is home.” Chef Baba shares.
For Chef Baba, nothing brings her back to the fond memories of family celebrations like the Spaghetti Bolognese. Made using Warlita’s tried and tested recipe, it has a meaty goodness that’s called for during special occasions, or for when you’re just craving something good and hearty.

Nono’s also stays true to the classics with its Mac & Cheese that Chef Baba refers to as one of the dishes she first learned to cook as a child. It’s rich, creamy, and has a cheesy kick that reminds you of after-school merienda.

And while on the nostalgia train, one can’t help but savor the flashbacks of juvenile happiness as you bite into the crispiness and savor the tender goodness of Nono’s Homestyle Fried Chicken. According to Chef Baba, her team took least 20 trials just to perfect their Fried Chicken recipe–it’s definitely a must-try!

Comfort Food Done Right

Following a personal philosophy of classics with a twist is another specialty at Nono’s. Baba enjoys taking the simple, classic, and familiar, making them with the best ingredients, and then adding her personal creative twist.

Innovating on familiar flavors also works with Nono’s just as well as it did with Classic Confections. Chef Baba shares while they serve food that are familiar to the Filipino palate, they usually replace a common ingredient with a more premium choice.

For instance, Pork Belly Balsamic Adobo is a new take on the staple Filipino dish. Instead of using the regular vinegar, the pork was slow-cooked in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar for an hour, giving the meat a sweeter and less acidic character.

Missing those classic gooey cheese sticks? Nono’s takes them to different level with their Truffle Cheese Wontons. This  starter uses parmesan and mozzarella, and further elevates their flavors with drizzles of honey and earthy truffle oil.

Their French Onion Soup is crowned with a beautifully cheesy mess of gruyere, parmesan, and melted mozzarella artfully overflowing on the edges of the bowl. As you dig through molten cheese, the crunch of onions greets your spoon, while warm beef broth beckons you to dunk your sourdough bread.

The Sweet finish

Any meal this hearty deserves a sweet finish. Aside from serving a great selection of comfort food, Nono’s is also home to a wide variety of cakes and pastries. 

There is Chef Baba’s well-acclaimed Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion, which was hailed by critics as one of Manila’s finest. You'll also find classic desserts such as Red Velvet Cake, Meline’s Chocolate Cake, and Honey Crunch Cake. But if you prefer something fruity, your palate will be just fine with the familiar flavor of Lemon Torte, Banana Cream Pie, Calamansi Bars, and Sylvia’s Strawberry Shortcake.

Nono’s also serves Cookie Skillet a la mode. Here, you have a choice between chocolate chip or brownie cookie that is freshly baked and topped with Vanilla iced cream, salted caramel, and chocolate fudge sauce.

The restaurant also sells whole cakes, freshly baked breads, and cookies for customers to enjoy at home.

Food News: Kuya Tonipet's TIKIMystery Ep. 2

Monday, May 15, 2017

Episode 2 na! If last time it was Lechon Sinigang, it's Meatball Caldereta this time! And we learn from Ched Fernando Aracama why Pinoy fusion cuisine is all the rage nowadays. Find out more in Kuya Tonipet's new video!

Food News: Kuya Tonipet's TIKIMystery Ep. 1

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hmmmm what's cooking?! Kuya Tonipet, a popular foodie, has a TIKIMystery challenge! What might be it about? Hmmmm... 

Kuya Tonipet has discovered that Pinoy dishes can be more exciting especially those cooked with a twist. He has launched a 3-part video series that challenges Pinoys to a TIKIMystery Challenge where they find out the twists in different classic Pinoy dishes. This video is part 1! 

Food News: Bien Bien Chi Meal Subscription

Sunday, March 5, 2017

If you are in San Juan and in nearby areas, do not fear of hunger as Bien Bien Chi's family subscription is here! Pay only Php380 for each "tiap tsay" subscription day to get two dishes of viands good for 3-4 persons. No MSG, just great food!

Check out their March menu:

Saga Wagyu At New World Manila Bay (February 23, 2017)

Friday, March 3, 2017

I used to think I knew what beef is about until I tried authentic high grade wagyu! 

Wagyu, sadly, I think, is a term that is over abused. Almost every single restaurant will advertise having wagyu beef, when a lot of times, the beef probably isn't wagyu. Like the cow could be Japanese but did not grow up with the techniques and diet used on what would count as a wagyu cow. And actually, who are we kidding? Oftentimes we see the meat already cooked, if not mostly cooked, that we never really get to see if the marbling is as nice as we'd hope it'd be. 

I am privileged to have been invited to New World Manila Hotel to see the wonders of Saga Wagyu beef for myself and taste what really is authentic wagyu. I used to think I knew wagyu with my tries before, but I realized that all the other times I've tried this, I was probably fooled because I don't remember my past experiences being as profoundly life changing as this. 

Food News: New World Manila Bay Hotel Brings the World’s Best Beef

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Saga- beef cattle are raised using expert breeding techniques in the rich natural environs of Saga Perfecture. The calm climate, beautiful water and clean air form ideal conditions for cattle rearing. Raised through the careful management of local farmers, the processed meat is distinguished by a beautiful, fine-grained marbling known as tsuya-sashi, or glossy marbling. 

For the month of May, New World Manila Bay Hotel brings this glorious centerpiece that will surely define every meat lovers’ dining experience. To start off, plan a lunch buffet on a Saturday at Market Café, where the Japanese buffet section offers an enticing array of appetizers, sushi, and a build-your-own teppanyaki featuring saga beef with stir fry vegetables. For privacy, sophistication, and a deeper appreciation of saga beef, book a Steak and Sake dinner at The Fireplace on 6 May, Saturday. A sit-down dining affair featuring Saga beef is also complemented with sake from boutique producers across Japan led by guest Chef Shimoyama.

Japan is known for its premium meats, but with saga beef’s superior breeding technique that starts with a 9- month old calf, raised in a stress-free farm and fed only with saga- rice straw blended with grain- based feed, you certainly cannot go wrong with its high quality. Since Saga Perfecture is a world famous beef sensation that’s truly hard to find, why not make your move and place a booking today? After all, this is for a limited time only and the most delicious destination that is guaranteed to take you closer to Japan’s most iconic beef.

For reservations, call +63 2526888 or email About New World Manila Bay Hotel New World Manila Bay Hotel is a deluxe hotel located at the center of Manila business district with easy access to business and shopping areas, including Mall of Asia, the largest shopping mall in Metro Manila.The hotel is nearby historical attractions such as Intramuros and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The hotel features 376 guestrooms and suites, Residence Club executive floors, six dining options, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a spa.  Meeting and event space includes a ballroom and four meeting rooms.  The hotel is part of a complex that includes a 150,000-square-foot casino.

My New Finds At Landers

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sooo sorry for this late post! My mom and I went to Landers last December (or early January I don't even know anymore) to update our stocks at home. I thought I'd share some of the stuff which I think are interesting that I haven't featured the last time around, or items which I just discovered recently. So here goes! 

Landers' Christmas Gift To Me

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Thank you so much Landers for the Christmas gift! 

To those who may not be aware, my blog post over Landers' opening weekend went viral and is the best performing post in this blog of all time. In fact, the virality it achieved is a first for my whole blogging career spanning 4 blogs and more than 4 years. 

They really couldn't have sent this over since they already got their mileage (through the viral post which I did myself), and yet they did. I'm so thankful for their effort in sending a really exciting treat that after receiving this my mom and I went on another shopping spree at their store hahaha.

I am so sorry this post came out so late because I was so busy over the holiday season getting over backlogs. I have plenty of backlogs on the other blog so I was working round the clock, even during the holidays, to get things done. 

Life News: Canon Updates Ink Efficient E-Series Line Up with Two New All-in-One Printers

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Manila, Philippines – Digital imaging giant, Canon, announced the newest additions to their line of Ink Efficient All-In-One printers—the PIXMA Ink Efficient E410 and E470. These are the latest printers equipped with low-cost, high yield ink cartridges to ensure affordable cost of operation.

“These new PIXMA Ink Efficient E470 and E410 bring to Filipinos the promise of cost-efficiency without compromising the quality of printed documents and convenience for its users,” said Benny Yu, Consumer Group Director of Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc. “We are happy to share these with our customers as we delight in bringing them the perfect devices that address their printing needs and improve their over-all experience.”

Cost Efficiency

The PIXMA Ink Efficient E410 and E470 can print up to 400 black and white documents, and up to 180 pages for colored documents. Unlike old generation printers, these printers are made more cost-efficient with its compatibility with low-cost color ink cartridges.

Wireless and Mobile Printing

Any home within a local wireless network can easily connect to the PIXMA E470 through its built-in Wi-Fi capabilities. Even without a wireless router, the PIXMA E470 is able to support direct wireless connection to mobile devices or laptop computers using its Access Point Mode.

The PIXMA E470 is also cloud-aware, offering true print-from-anywhere mobility when paired with the Google Cloud Print*1 service. Users can now connect to the printer via the Internet through supported applications such as Gmail or Google Drive, or from the Google Chrome web browser on PCs and laptops running on Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome operating systems.

Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY App

When paired with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, users of the PIXMA E470 can print and scan documents and photos using any mobile device running with an iOS or Android operating system with wireless connectivity.

From the app, users can monitor ink levels, adjust printer settings, and register their printers to new cloud services, while the remote copy function allows them to make a document copy even when they are not physically beside the printer.

Enhanced Operability and Productivity Features

The PIXMA E470 is designed for easy wireless setup and connection, switching easily between wireless infrastructure connection, and Access Point Mode connection.

Both the PIXMA E470 and E410 print at 8.0 images per minute (ipm) when printing black and white, and 4.0 ipm when printing in color. The printers also support intelligent power management in the Auto Power ON/OFF setting, allowing automated shut down during idle period and power up when a print job is received.  This setting can be configured easily using the printer driver, or using the PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app.

*1 Requires internet connection.
Works edited by using this application cannot be displayed, edited, or printed without this application.

Product Dimensions (WxDxH)
426 x 306 x 145mm (approx.)
Document ISO Print Speed
Approx. 8.0 ipm (B&W) / 4.0 ipm (color)
Key Features     

• High Yield Ink Cartridges
• Auto Power ON/OFF
• Supports wireless and mobile printing (*For E470 only*)

Life News: Canon EOS System Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Manila, Philippines, 18 January 2017 Canon Inc. will celebrate in March the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Company’s EOS System, which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories, beginning with interchangeable EF lenses.

Canon’s EOS System made its debut in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and EF lenses.1 An acronym of “Electro Optical System” while also carrying the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, the EOS series saw first light in 1987 as the world’s first fully electronic mount system, representing a new generation of AF SLR cameras.

With all the digital camera key devices—the CMOS sensor, image processor and interchangeable lenses—utilized by the EOS System developed in-house, a strong product lineup began to take shape as the basic performance of each product steadily increased. Playing to this strength, Canon released the first entry-level DSLR in September 2003, the EOS 300D (EOS Kiss Digital or EOS Digital Rebel in other regions), ushering in a new digital era.

With the EOS 300D highly praised for its compact, lightweight design, user-friendliness and competitive price, Canon seized an overwhelming portion of the interchangeable-lens camera market that year, taking the No.1 share, which it has held for 13 consecutive years through 2015. What’s more, thanks to long-term support from customers, in November 2015, cumulative production of EOS-series cameras reached 80 million units, and in August 2016, the total number of EF lenses produced surpassed the 120 million-unit mark.

Since its debut in 1987, the EOS System has consistently aimed to expand the boundaries of photographic expression, and with Canon’s optical technology at its core, the Company continues to refine its imaging technology and strengthen and expand the EOS System. In 2008, the Company released the EOS 5D Mark II, the world’s first digital SLR camera equipped with a Full HD video function, facilitating the widespread adoption of digital SLR cameras as a tool for capturing video, and in 2012, that video technology was transformed for the B-to-B sphere in the form of the Cinema EOS System, introduced to the world in Hollywood, California. Now, the EOS System, including the Cinema EOS System, comprises 24 models2 with a selection of 97 EF lens models. With this rich product lineup, the EOS System meets the various needs of different users.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology, combining still-image, video and network capabilities to expand and create an even stronger EOS System that meets the needs of increasingly diverse users to promote the spread of photo and video culture. What’s more, thanks to advances in imaging technology, Canon is opening up new expressive avenues, where texture, three-dimensionality and a sense of realism can be recreated in both still images and videos, to support appealing imaging experiences.

1 The EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, EF35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 and EF50mm f/1.8 were released alongside the EOS 650.
2 Includes digital cinema cameras, compact-system cameras and film cameras.


The world is at your feet and you want to share what you have, what you can do and how life is so exciting. Dont settle for snapshots and show off your world in all its glory -- with true to life colors all shared in real time with just a touch of a finger. So go ahead. Dream. Make your mark. #getMpowered.

This is the message behind #getMpowered, a campaign launched to champion how anyone can capture their life’s passion through photography with Canon, then share and express themselves to the world effortlessly. This is made possible with Canon’s line of EOS M mirrorless cameras. Everyone has something that empowers them. Whether it's a sport, a hobby, a passion or even another individual. By capturing these moments and sharing them with others, that feeling of empowerment is made even stronger. As a leader and pioneer in the imaging industry, Canon’s role is to help these users, whether they be a budding beginner or veteran professional, capture their passion through photography.

The EOS M series of cameras recently introduced its latest addition with the high-end EOS M5, which joined the EOS M3 and EOS M10, completing the lineup. Each of the cameras feature sleek, compact and lightweight bodies that are made possible only by its mirrorless nature. With its EOS heritage, both image quality and performance will impress both beginners, aspiring photographers, and the very best professionals in the field. All three cameras also feature WiFi and NFC, a necessity in a day and age where taking photos and sharing them online is expected to happen within minutes.

Within the EOS M line, the EOS M10 gives users a camera that is accessible, powerful but also fun. In addition to being the most affordable choice, the EOS M10 can be outfitted with several colorful jackets to complement your style. To showcase this element of the camera, Canon partnered with a wide range of young trendsetters that embodied the #getMpowered message. Janina Vela - the bubbly rising YouTube star, Jill Tan - food writer behind The Food Scout, Neil Dy - fashion model and athlete, and Patrick Martin - travel filmmaker and social entrepreneur. Each of them showcase an infectious passion for their craft, now amplified by the EOS M10.

The EOS M3 and M5 on the other hand cater to the most discerning photographers, from enthusiasts to professionals looking for more power in a portable package. The EOS M3 features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and Hybrid CMOS AF III, ensuring high quality images even in demanding, fast-paced situations. The top of the line EOS M5 borrows features usually reserved for high-end DSLRs, such as the recently introduced Dual Pixel CMOS AF (also available on the EOS 5D Mark IV) and the cutting-edge DIGIC 7 image processor. The EOS M5 is also the only camera in the M lineup with a built-in EVF, a high-resolution one of approximately 2.36 million dots at that. With this kind of power and performance, the EOS M3 and M5 has some of the countrys best photographers as advocates. Canon Crusaders of Light Jijo De Guzman, Jun De Leon, Sara Black and Jay Tablante have all expressed their approval of these camerashigh praise coming from individuals that have capturing the best visuals and moments as their profession.

With the ability to take photos that truly encapsulate what makes certain moments special, combined with the ease of sharing it with the rest of the world, the EOS M series of cameras are poised to be the perfect companion for beginners, professionals or anyone that wants to #getMpowered today.

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