Tzu Chi Philippines Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Tzu Chi, a Taiwanese international NGO, is celebrating its 25th year in the Philippines. They are recognized for their disaster relief operations. With more than 10 million members all over the world, they are known as one of the largest international non-governmental organizations. 

For their 25th anniversary, Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines had the following activities:

Taiwanese Food Market

I had Mushroom Omelette, Sotanghon, Takoyummy, Gyoza, Kikiam, and a lot more. I haven't been to Taiwan but I have to say all these Taiwanese street food was excellent. There was not a single thing that disappointed me.

Ocular of the Eye Center facilities, Dental Clinic and Livelihood Center

We got a look inside Tzu Chi facilities where they hold medical missions regularly to give free medical operations and surgeries to patients who have cataracts and other illness that needs surgical assistance.

 Ms. Alya Honasan's "A Mission of Love" Book Launch

To know more about Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines, follow:

Follow hashtag #TzuChiPHat25 for the 25th Anniversary celebration of Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines.

Interested Volunteers or donors may contact (632) 8732-00001

Prima Crema's Tiramisu with Chocolate Ganache

Prima Crema recently launched their first product - Tiramisu with Chocolate Ganache. I have to be honest. I love Tiramisu so when I received it, I hurried to finish my dinner so I can get to the dessert. 

Wow! That was the first word right out of my mouth when I got to try Prima Crema's Tiramisu. It is not too sweet but it hits all the right spots in terms of taste. Believe it or not, the 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 can is worth only P550. It is perfect for potluck gatherings as it can feed 5 to 7 people. Like they say, never forget the dessert.

For those interested to know the ingredients, the sponge cake is made of broas and dipped in kape barako with a hint of rum. I hardly noticed the rum though which is probably a good thing. My favorite part is the layers of vanilla-laced cream cheese chantilly highlighted by whipped salted chocolate ganache layer. Without a doubt, it is goodness in every bite. This dessert is best paired with your favorite cup of coffee.

For orders, contact 09175307678. Orders will be sent via Lalamove which will be shouldered by the buyer. Like Prima Crema on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.

Get a Chance to Win UnliSamgyeopsal and UnliShabu-Shabu for 3 pax at Samgyeopsal 1978

Some hungry hounds prefer unlimited shabu-shabu while some prefer samgyeopsal. Enter Samgyeopsal 1978, a restaurant that combines unlimited shabu-shabu and samgyeopsal along with some mouth-watering dishes too for just P599. 

For only P599 per person, you can enjoy unlimited Samgyeopsal and Shabu-Shabu. Now, that's pretty affordable. 

The side dishes include fried rice, gyudon, tofu, marbled potato, and fried noodles. All of them were great. Just be sure to not get too many carbs because you may give up too early. 

Don't forget the usual Korean side dishes we have all grown to love.

Here are the choices for the shabu-shabu. Better make your visit worth it by putting a lot on your plate. Make sure to finish them all though.

As you can see, cheese and egg sauces are also available to be dipped on for the meat. The chicken, beef and pork meats are available in a variety of seasonings and all of them are a must-try.

The shabu-shabu containing the various seafood and vegetables you chose is cooked right in front of you so you know it's fresh.

Believe it or not, this garlic fried chicken is included in the P599 promo price. It just makes the deal even better because it's yummmmmy.

Samgeyopsal 1978
Valenzuela, Metro Manila

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Soul Potato - The Home of Supreme American Comfort Food

We're sure glad we found this great restaurant offering delicious comfort food. When I say delicious, it doesn't get any better than this. Thank heavens they opened up a new branch in Robinson's Magnolia food court. There are times when parking is hard at their original home in Devour food park.

Watch the cheese in the Cripsy Chicken Cheese Melt (P190) melt before your very eyes. When that happens, your tummy will growl basically asking you what are you waiting for and why you haven't devoured it yet. When you finally do, you would have wished you got more.

The Country Fried Pork with Mushroom Gravy (P190) is huge. I can't stress how big their servings are. That's definitely a big plus for the customers. There is always the option to substitute the rice with mashed potato. The healthy conscience in me wanted the mashed potato. As expected, I ended up ordring extra rice. You can't avoid that in a situation like this.

I can feel the Shepherd's Pie is the dish that the restaurant is named after. There are times when I would prefer the rice for the meals and order this huge mashed potato with cheese and ground beef. Whenever I dine at Soul Potato, it is pretty much a given that I'm ordering this dish.

Just looking at this picture of the Hickory BBQ Pork Steak (P210) makes me wish I was eating it again. It is cooked to perfection and I would not want to have it any other way.

It is never easy to smoke meat but Soul Potato shows they are an expert and it shows in their Smoked BBQ Ribs with Mashed Potato. The ribs is pretty tender and yummy and I have eaten a lot of ribs from various restaurants.

Their Tomahawk Chops with Chimichurri (P240) is juicy and flavorful. Seriously, you're missing 3/4 of your life if you haven't tried this magnificent dish. My compliments to their amazing chef.

Their menu has all your favorite American dishes. Their Robinsons Magnolia branch even has chicken wing flavors that will make Frankie's cry.

Contributed by Lea Rafio

One Grand Pancit Party at LA Buddies Kitchen & Grill

I heard of LA Buddies because of their Pancit Panalo dish. As someone who loves pancit more than life itself, I was very curious as to why they would call it that. When I got there, I found out they also serve other wonderful food besides the pancit.

Upon looking at the menu, they serve fusion Asian food even though most of the items are Filipino food. I'm not complaining since I love local treats.

Nachos (P165)

Nachos seems to be everyone's favorite snack. I must say this dish is best ordered while you're hanging out in one of their KTV rooms. Yep, they have two air-conditioned rooms that are P2500 each with P2000 consumable for a maximum of 3 hours. As many as 10 people can actually fit inside so I doubt there will be a time when someone isn't singing for 3 hours.

Crispy Isaw (P170)

It's amazing how they also have streetfood on the menu. I remember how I used to order Isaw when I was a kid. I love how cripsy this dish is. I recommend pairing this dish with an ice cold beer.

Binagoongan (P240)

Pork Binagoongan is one of my favorite Filipino dishes so I always have high expectations for it. After trying LA Buddies' version, I must say it is right up there with one of my favorites. It certainly contains a lot of bagoong and that's always a great thing. Me and other members of my blogger group even got into an argument as to who would be getting the last piece. It was that good!

Panalo Pancit (P215)

We finally got to the part I was waiting for and that is the Pancit Panalo. By the way, that is not a typo and you are really getting all of that at just P215. When I first looked at it, I thought it is worth a lot more than that. It even contains a LOT of meat, seafood and vegetables. Who wouldn't be disappointed with that? They also serve bigger sizes.

Papaitan (P195)

I highly recommend ordering this soup for the rainy weather. It has the right amount of sourness and meat portions to keep you satisfied in more ways than one.

White Chicken with 3 sauces (P300)

It is the Hainanese chicken we have all grown to love. It even comes with three sauces and all of them are good. My compliments to the chef for this one as it is very tasty. I highly recommend ordering this dish while enjoying their live bands. Yes, they have live bands playing there every Friday and Saturday.

Butterfly Tilapia (P260)

Living at Quezon City, this place is a bit far from me considering the traffic. Good thing, they also offer delivery via Lalamove. Therefore, you can enjoy all of their dishes including this huge fish at the comforts of your own home.

LA Buddies Kitchen & Grill
Riverside Driver, Pasig

One Week Left to Avail of Solaire's Specialty Mooncakes

Solaire Resort & Casino celebrates the autumn equinox and the fullness of the moon with an assortment of Homemade Mooncake offerings to please every palate. The traditional Baked Mooncakes come in a box of 2 and 4. Each set of four Baked Mooncakes will feature a unique music box packaging and has two variants: the regular box of 4, and a premium box of 4 which includes three special sauces. A little quirkier, Snow Skin Mooncakes come in a set of 5 placed in a miniature fridge.

The Baked Mooncakes come in 4 varieties to choose from. All feature double egg yolk centers complemented by an assortment of rich and flavorful pastes. The red bean paste mooncake is given a twist with dried orange skin, giving the classic a pop of citrus. On the other hand, the white lotus paste mooncake remains to be a luxury for its silky, and rich qualities. Another is the black sesame lotus paste kind which parades a nuttier and more earthy taste, while the ube paste version gives the classic a local touch that is both a familiar and an unexpected treat.

Snow Skin Mooncakes are a popular choice for those in search of unique and creative pairings. Ingredients from fruits, nuts, down to spirits were thoughtfully selected to create a collection of 5 uniquely complex tastes. The mango paste and dried mango snow skin mooncake exhibits the versatility of the popular Philippine fruit, while the raisin and Ang Pili nut lotus paste version exudes a balance between a buttery almond fullness and plummy notes. The custard paste and Palet Noir chocolate snow skin mooncake gives an appealing bittersweet bite, and the strawberry snow skin mooncake with lotus paste and rum hazelnut chocolate is a combination of flavors that render varying degrees of sweet, and a nutty effect. For a bit more zest, the champagne paste and dried apricot snow skin mooncake lends the senses a nectarine and tart excitement. 

These delectable homemade mooncakes will be available for purchase from August 2 until September 13, 2019 at Red Lantern, House of Zhou, Oasis Garden CafĂ©, Fresh, The Patisserie, and The Food Court’s Bakery. Box prices start at Php 2,300.00 for a Box of 2 Baked Mooncakes, Php 3,900.00 for a Box of 4 Baked Mooncakes, Php 5,300.00 for a Premium Box of 4 Baked Mooncakes with Red Lantern Special Sauces, and Php 3,600.00 for a set of 5 Snow Skin Mooncakes including a small chiller. There will also be Snow Skin Mooncake Making Classes during lunch hours at Red Lantern every Sunday from August 18 to September 8, and on September 13.

For inquiries and reservations please call 888-8888, or email

Chickapig - The Ultimate Comfort Food Go-to Place

Because of my new job, I always get stressed. After each working day, I need some comfort food to relax myself. It is a good thing I came across Chickapig. From the moment I tried their meaty dishes, I knew this was the place I would go to whenever I wanted some comfort food.

We started the night off with some cheesy nachos. I have to admit it does not get any cheesier than this. It is also extremely affordable so I recommend ordering this one when you are at 8 Seas Food Adventure drinking with some friends.

When you're mad at your boss or something, you would want to let your bad vibes out. That was what these spicy wings were for. I ordered for the spiciest wings available and it did not disappoint me one bit.

Their crispy bagnet with rice is what dreams are made of, literally. I forgot all my problems at work after trying this one out. Even if I wanted to limit myself to just one cup of rice per meal, I had to order an additional cup. Yep, it was that good.

Chickapig is located at 8 Seas Food Adventure, Timog Avenue. Like them at Facebook

Contributed by Francine Louise Daroy