The Pomento Sisters on Pomkin Bakes and Life During the Pandemic

Who would have thought 2020 would be like this? With a worldwide pandemic on our hands, we are all forced to quarantine ourselves and work from home. While some of us watch all the series on Netflix (definitely not me), some people decided to put up a new business. One great example is the Pomento Sisters.


It was one night during the ECQ when Jhayzel, Jhaznay, Jayriel, and Jumbell decided to start a business to help pay the bills at home. A lot of ideas were tossed around but they eventually decided the cookie business since Jayriel likes to bake. Alas, Pomkin Bakes was born and their first flavor was Ube since it was a thing at that time

Aldous ate the World sat down with the Pomento Sisters for a quick chat about their cookie business and a lot of other sweet stuff. Yes, it was a group chat. They are from Laguna and I'm from QC and none of us were willing to meet halfway. They also thought I was too hot for Zoom (One of those statements is a lie) Also, you can feel how nervous I was!

AATW: Thank you for joining me today, ladies. How are you doing during these tough times?

Jhayzel: Hey Aldous! Quarantine is crazy! But all is good naman.


AATW: Pomkin Bakes is such a brilliant concept but may I ask what is each of your background before getting into this?

Jhayzel: Jumbell and I used to work for Ayala Land but we resigned now, Jhaznay stayed in ALP and Jayriel is currenty a student. 

AATW: Looking at all your yummy cookies, I can't help but wonder which is your favorite flavor and why?

Jumbell: Red Velvet is my favorite flavor ever since, and its flavor being in cookies made me love cookies even more. I like the sweetness, texture, and cream cheese inside. 

Jhayzel: Honey Butter is two of my favorite flavors in one and it is both sweet and salty.

Jhaznay: For me, chocolate chip it is as it never gets old.

Jayriel: I don't think I have a favorite cookie as it depends on what I'm craving for that day.

 


AATW: Wow, you just all made me crave your cookies yet again. So what's keeping you all busy aside from your brilliant business?

Jhayzel: Some of us are busy dying hair, changing colors, cutting hair, and having bangs haha I don't know if I can call it busy but I take my time to get a good workout at least twice a week.

Jumbell: I model on the side and Jhaznay still works from home for Ayala Land Premier.

Jayriel: I watch TV series and see what's up on online dating sites.




AATW: Wow, I don't know anything about that. Is that where you swipe right if you like em and swipe left if you don't?

*cricket sounds*

AATW: My next questions is definitely your phone numbers.

Jhayzel, Jumbell, Jhaznay, Jayriel have left the room.

AATW: Wow, it's MIRC chat all over again.


Pomkin Bakes Menu

 





 

Boost Immune System by Drinking Cosmic Juice from Eve's Garden

While in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, the best thing we can do is to avoid getting sick. One way to do that would be to boost our immune system by exercising regularly and eating/drinking the right food and drinks.


Enter the Cosmic Juice..


From Eve's Garden, it is the best drink right now that will boost your immune system. It contains natural ingredients that were primarily chosen to give your body a significant boost. There are a lot of benefits other than strengthening the immune system including lowers cholesterol levels, fights diabetes, heals wounds, cures fever, and speeds up the metabolism.

 
 

The Cosmic Juice contains a lot of fresh healthy ingredients including fresh fruits, coconut sugar, sili leaves, spinach, saging na saba, saluyot, and malunggay. It is also available in beginner, and regular packages. 

 
 

 

It would be advisable to shake well first before drinking. Also, it would be best to consume immediately. Contact 09167996924 to order.

Cruelty-Free Vegan Options at Happymilk

It is so heartbreaking to realize how cows are treated each day. Baby calves are separated from their mothers after they get raped just for their milks. How any human can accomplish such a dastardly act is beyond me. I love flavored milk though so it is a good thing I came across Happymilk with their vegan options.

 

 

You have the option of almond and soya as your milk then mix it up with their four flavors of mango, passionfruit, strawberry, and blueberry. The first drink I got was mango almond and it is a pretty nice combination. The mango bits were a bit tasty too. My advise would be to put lots of ice on this drink.

 


 

I also got Almond Strawberry and both bottles cost P175 which is not bad considering its size. The more you order this type of milk, the more you support baby calves getting the opportunity to be with their mothers. Remember to consume this drink immediately or store it in the freezer then consume within 3 days. Send a message to their Instagram to order.

The Best Tiramisu from The Least Likely Place

I just had the best tiramisu ever and you will never guess where. It is not Conti's. Nope, not even Purple Oven. Not Red Ribbon or Goldilocks either. It is from.....




*drum roll*




Crosta Pizzeria!!!

 

 
 
 
You read that right! Crosta just released their first non-pizza dish on the menu and it is this yummy Tiramisu dessert. Now, I love Crosta even more as their version is loaded with Mascarpone. It is not that sweet but it will more than satisfy your cravings.
 


 

The container is good enough for two dessert lovers like myself. It is fairly priced at only P270 and it will leave you wanting more just like their pizzas. Be sure to reserve your slot here as this yummy dish is only available on weekends. 

 

Why Getting Good Good's Drinks is a Constant for Me

We've seen so many milk tea places pop up lately including some that have REALLY bad names. QualiTEA? Better think of something better, buddy. Recently, I became such a regular customer of Good Good that I have lost count of the number of times I bought thinks there. Why? What's not to like here?



They have comfy interiors. Their tea is even freshly brewed and they use fresh fruits. Yes, when you try their fruit tea and compare it to others (not mentioning any names) that use powdered fruits, you will know the difference right away.


 Mango Smoothie (P180)

They recently released their smoothies and each of them is a masterpiece. They don't shy away from the ingredients and the taste is tremendous. I tried the Mango Smoothie and my only wish is that it could have been bigger since it is available in only one size.


Sunset Tea (P160)

I have ordered the Sunset Tea more than any drink on the menu and I am still addicted to it. The fresh fruits they put in this drink is Orange, Grapefruit, and a whole lot more. It is loaded with a lot of vitamins and nutrients so I am sure health freaks would love it.


Triple B (P140)

There are a lot of pearls in the Triple B if that is what you prefer in a milk tea. It is brown sugar milk tea with cream cheese and pearls. What a wonderful combination!



 Apple Four Seasons (P140)

This is another drink that i always order. Fresh apple over four seasons is always a great combination.


Yakult Green Tea (P130)

They say anything with Yakult is good. I can't believe I've said the word "good" so many times in this article. Now I know why they call their place Good Good. Yakult Green Tea is another one of their drinks that is part of such a stellar list that I would often find myself clueless as to what to order. There are just too many choices.



Good Good
49-C Scout Tobias, Quezon City

Enjoy Sweet & Savory Treats from Mnl.Oven


Mnl.Oven is the brainchild of sisters Cheska and Alee. The two are also professional dancers which gave me such a great idea. I decided to pick up my orders from them and challenge them to an impromptu dance off. Thinking they won't be prepared, I decided to put on my dancing boots and do this:


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As expected, that did not end well for me. Therefore, I did the next best thing and that's enjoy the food I got from them. They started out selling cookies and now they added a lot of other irresistible yummy (insert more similar adjectives) food to their menu. Here is what I tried:
 


 Crunchy Salmon Bake (P385)

We are now officially in the Sushi Bake era and Mnl.Oven is the latest to join in on the craze. This version has fresh salmon bits and a bit crunchy which is always good news to me. What can I say? Two thumbs up!


Carrot Cake with Cheese and Walnuts (P450)

I decided to get their cake for my mother's birthday. My mother says it looks good. When we tried it, it tastes even better. I highly recommend it. I just wish they have a bigger size.


Brown Butter Choco Chip Pecan (P175)

With the pandemic, almost everyone has turned into bakers. I see a lot of bakers offering the same old cookie flavors like Choco Chip. That flavor's alright but I wanted something different. Mnl.Oven's unique cookie flavors entice me though. 

One of them is this awesome Brown Butter Choco Chip Pecan. Pairing nuts with chocolate chip is always nice and this one ticks all the boxes like a Covid-19 survey. Mnl.Oven is one SME I decided to order from again and that does not happen often. That says I lot about what I think of their food. In fact, I can't wait to order food from them again in the future.





Mnl.Oven
Contact 09175317371 for Orders

Viaje Plus = Delicious & Highly Affordable

When I saw the menu of Viaje Plus, I recognized the usual favorites we would see at high-end restaurants. The only big difference was that the prices were way low and the quality was not compromised.





















The restaurant opened this year two months before the quarantine. When the pandemic happened, they donated packed meals to the frontliners. Now, they are serving affordable meals at a karinderia setting. 



Laing (P120)


Gising gising (P120)


Mongolian Wagyu Beef and Broccoli (P205)



Teriyaki Prawn (P129/stick)


Veggie Lumpia


Pork Barbeque (P30/per stick)


 Batangas Bulalo (P120 Solo/P295 Sharing)



Fried Boneless Bangus (P190)



Halo Halo


When any of their ulam makes you crave for rice, just add P15 for white rice. The best part about all the food above is that they are cooked right in front of you as they have an open kitchen. You certainly have no complaints as the only thing left to do is to enjoy the food.

Vegan Comfort Food at Green Bar

My journey to being a full-fledged vegan is getting there. I am no longer eating chicken, pork, and beef. I also eat mostly at vegan restaurants which is why I am always on the lookout for good ones in the metro. It does not even matter if it is a bit far from me. What matters is they serve good Vegan food and I found that in Green Bar.


 Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie (P205)

I loved the combination between the three fruits in this smoothie. This smoothie is extremely addicting and it is not like most smoothies that will leave you coughing. Instead, it will leave you wanting a lot more.


Chickun Wings (P349)

The dish I really wanted to try was at Green Bar was their Chickun Wings. When I first tried it, I really have to compliment the person who came up with the recipe. It really tastes like Frankie's but without any chickens harmed. I really find it unfair how most people treat some animals like chickens poorly and some animals like dogs nicely. Don't forget to dip it into the sauce and combine it with rice or pasta.


 Breakfast Burrito (P349)

This burrito is full of stuff that I want for breakfast including tofu, seitan sausage, and spinach. The mild salsa goes great with it too.


Vegan Donut (P75)

One of my baby steps in going Vegan is to #ditchdairy. We all know by now that cows are used like machines to produce milk which is not good by any means. It is great how Green Bar has vegan donuts and it is no surprise how it is always sold out. In fact, I was lucky enough to land the last one when I got there. I guess me and that donut were meant to be. I l loved it too.

Order Delectable Desserts from Tricia's Cupcakery

Ever since the start of the lockdown, a lot of people have resorted to having home-based businesses. It is not such a bad idea when you get to learn a new skill. One thing everyone would always want is dessert. As they say, you should always save room for dessert. 

With home businesses popping up left and right, everyone is suddenly becoming a baker. It's hard to order from someone you just met online though. Get your sweet cravings from someone like Tricia who has been baking wonderful desserts for 2 years.





Cinnamon Rolls (P300)

There are a lot of people who fear Cinnamon Rolls because they are too sweet. That is not the case with the Cinnamon Rolls from Tricia's Cupcakery. The sweetness is just right. For the best taste, heat it inside the microwave for 10 seconds. I guarantee you will forget your name with your first bite.





Assorted Mini Cupcakes (P250)

If you have a hard time deciding what flavor you are craving for, try one box of Tricia's assorted mini cupcakes as it has 4 flavors. The flavors are blueberry, strawberry, oreo, and mango. My favorite has got to be mango. For best taste, keep it chilled inside the fridge. 


To find out the rest of Tricia's Cupcakery sweets, follow them on Instagram. To order, text 09553420239.


The Best Pizzas in Poblacion at Crosta

Crosta has been long known to be the go-to place for pizza lovers in Poblacion. Despite being located at a food park, Crosta has gained a huge following. Their pizzas are so good that I ordered a couple for my birthday a few months ago. Here are the two pizzas that I had:


Cheesy AF (P320)

I'm always a sucker for cheese and this pizza has a lot of it. In fact, it has five known cheeses that combines to give me a smile to my face. It did not take long for this one to be my favorite.


Meatless Lovers (P550)

The meat from Beyond is the best type of vegetarian meat I have ever tasted. I'm glad Crosta is using their meat for their vegan pizzas. As for cheese, they are using cheese from In a Nutshell. I'm very happy to say that no animals were harmed with the making of this pizza. I love it and there is not much difference from the All Meat pizza except that this one is animal friendly. I love animals so I would definitely order this one pretty often.


There is no question I will be back in Crosta whenever I am craving for pizza. Believe it or not, they are not only one of my favorite pizza places in Makati. They are one of my favorite pizza places. Period.