Teddy’s Bigger Burgers lands in Manila!

As previously announced, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers from Hawaii has opened in Manila…in Greenbelt 3, to be exact. There were long lines for the free burgers and lots of Instagram photos. I was excited to meet the founders – Rich Stula (right) and Teddy’s himself, Ted Tsakiris – a big, muscular man..woohoo! :)

with Rich & Teddy

First impressions: the burgers are awesome! I think it’s in the quality of the beef – corn-fed chuck or something. You really get to appreciate the meat without all the frills and fancy toppings. Here was the 9 oz. Monster Double with onions and cheese as I saw in the posters. Oh my…food coma indeed!

Double monster burger

I appreciate Teddy’s because they offer a Lettuce Wrap option for their burgers, instead of just wheat or potato bun. Less sinful calories that way, LOL.I love their flavorful onion rings and super-thick milkshakes too!

Burger in lettuce wrap

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Purple Yam Malate at The Maya Kitchen on Aug. 30

purple yam invitation

Filipino author and restaurateur Amy Besa, who made a name for in New York with her family’s Cendrillion and Purple Yam restaurants, takes centerstage at the Maya Kitchen by mounting a cooking demo on Filipino food on Saturday, August 30.

It’s just Pinoy food all right but her cooking techniques are interesting and worth seeing. Scheduled for the demo are such dishes as Kulawong Talong (burnt coconut cream over grilled eggplant);Kinagang (buko, crabmeat, sliced scallions and lemongrass wrapped in banana leaf and steamed); Ukoy (deep fried fritter of shrimp, cabbage, carrots, snowpeas, leeks and bean sprouts); Beef Shortribs Adobo (beef short ribs braised in mango vinegar from Abra with fresh kakang gata or coconut cream added to sweeten and thicken the sauce); Steamed Organic Red Rice from Oriental Mindoro and Pinipig Cookie (the Philippine version of rice crispies baked into flavorful cookies).

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J.Co Donuts giveaway is on – 5 winners! #annalyn10years

This blog’s 10th year anniversary last July went by in a whirl. Now it’s August and the celebration continues. We’re glad and honored to have the phenomenal J.Co Donuts sponsoring this month’s giveaway as this brand is close to my heart. We were there when they opened their first store in Megamall in 2012 and now their stores all over the country have ballooned to 24 or so. That’s simply amazing!

(image courtesy of J.Co Donuts Philippines)

We want you to be able to share the happiness with your family and friends. This is why am giving away five (5) J.Co Donuts gift certificates worth P1000 each. This should be good enough to buy boxes of their divine donuts plus some more to spare for their other treats like the J.Cool, the J.Pops, coffees and blended drinks.

To join this giveaway, just spread the word and follow our mechanics via Rafflecopter. Winners will be randomly chosen (by Rafflecopter too) and should ideally be located in Metro Manila. Provincial winners must shoulder their own shipping for sending the GCs.

Full mechanics after the jump…

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#SamsungCookOff : superb dishes you can make at home!

The Samsung Cook Off was one fun and educational event I attended in the past week. This was the culminating activity of a recipe challenge I launched in this blog a weeks ago. My winner and two other winners of the Samsung Smart Oven from other blogs met at the GalaStars Culinary School in Pasig for the final countdown.

Here’s my contestant, editor Lorraine Lorenzo. I chose her recipe for Thai Chicken Nuggets in Red Curry Sauce because it looked delish and she used all natural ingredients, no shortcuts in making the dish.

with Lorraine

Lorraine’s also a mom and it’s worth noting that she adopted the recipe as an alternative for her school-age son who normally goes for fried chicken. This was yummy…the only thing missing was the rice…and some red hot chili peppers! :)

Thai chicken nuggets in curry sauce

The participants were given one hour max to prepare their dishes under the watchful eye of the board of judges led by Chef Ernest Reynoso Gala.

Samsung CookOff

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Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza in Salcedo Village Makati

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza so we decided to give the place a visit after dropping by the Salcedo Weekend Market. What a coincidence, Gino’s is located in a building I used to work in though I couldn’t seem to recognize any trace of the the old place now. Changes, changes….

For a 2pm late lunch, Gino’s was still quite packed. They need a bigger space.


The interiors are simple, easy on the eye, and stay true to the brick oven theme.


The menu at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza is relatively short, and as you can see in the board above, they only list the desserts. So I’ll mention what I tried as a meal ender because it was my first time to try this: the chocolate chicharon! (or pork rind dipped in choco). Not bad and definitely a must-try. I just wished there was more saltiness coming from the chicharon to add zing to the richness of the dip. And P.S. I hope this doesn’t become a food trend soon :)


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Teddy’s Bigger Burgers of Hawaii to open in Greenbelt 3!

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Hawaii’s number one burger, is the latest foreign food chain to enter the Philippines as it opens its maiden store at Level 3 of Greenbelt 3, Makati City (in front of Nanbantei of Tokyo) on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

I’ve been loving burgers lately and am excited with this development. We’ve been told that Teddy’s Bigger Burgers takes pride in its super thick milkshakes and signature made-to-order burger consisting of 100% cornfed ground chuck.Other must-tries are its buffalo wings,Teri Burger (with teriyaki sauce) and Bacado Burger (with cheese, bacon & avocado).

TBB Win 1 year

To attract customers during its August 23 opening day, Teddy’s is offering something irresistible -

The first five to fall in line will receive one year supply of burgers (one burger a week, for 52 weeks!)…

The 6th to 10th in line will get six months supply of burgers (one burger a week, for 26 weeks!)…

and 11th to 20th in line will receive three months supply of free burgers (one burger a week for 13 weeks!)

Among Nos. 21 to 80 in line, five lucky winners will be drawn via raffle to win a weekly supply of burgers for one month (one burger a week for 5 weeks!)

All right..pandemonium na to! :) That’s not all because

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Zark’s Burger happiness!

It is truly epic to eat a filling meal for 4 people, have chicken wings, have dessert and have your bill running to less than a thousand pesos. Isn’t that happiness? :)


But I guess this is what Zark’s Burgers is all about, and what makes them popular with the college and office crowd. We ate in Zark’s Burgers BF Homes which is in the 2nd floor of a nondescript building along President Avenue, but still full of people that Sunday.


Of course, most people would come here for the burger which I would describe as very decent and tasty for the price. Here is what our seatmate had… The Tombstone, a 500-peso, two-pound cheeseburger served with 300 grams of fries. The come-on: finish it in 10-minutes and you get a free t-shirt and a spot in the Wall of Fame


Thanks for the t-shirt offer, but I’d rather have their Honey Glazed Krispy Kreme Donut a la Mode (P100). It came with an extra order of candied bacon since I wanted to try that too. I truly felt that life’s Top 3 sinful things (donut + ice cream + bacon) conspired to tease my taste buds that night!

Donut + candied bacon

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Cantino in Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

I love Pasong Tamo Extension because it doesn’t remind me of the rest of the business jungle that’s Makati with its high-rises, traffic, buses, vehicles, crowds etc. It’s quiet in here, the buildings are preserved. It’s mostly filled with car dealerships, studios, ad & media agencies, and cozy little restaurants from where you can enjoy your food while relishing some privacy.

Cantino is one such secret spot. Can’t help but check out the place after some business found me at Ace Saatchi House that day. There are no signs anywhere pointing to this little canteen, you just have to negotiate a long alley.

Way to Cantino

The interiors immediately warmed up to me, and the menu written on the board is most attractive..


It’s quite strange that the place connects to the service center of European Motors Philippines Corporation (think about those luxury cars!) and this is the view you get from the second floor of the resto ..

View of the garage

Nothing special about the food served at Cantino but one thing I noticed, it’s quite cheap for this part of Makati with prices randing from P35 to P120. They offer good ol’ Filipino comfort food with a twist, although there seems to be a predominance of dishes from the North like Ilocos empanada and Isabela longanisa.

I ordered the Chori Pasta (P120) composed of crumbled Batak chorizo with kesong puti (white cottage cheese). It was my first time to pour Sukang Iloko (native vinegar) on pasta and it was suprisingly good!

Chori pasta

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Samsung Recipe Challenge extended to August 6!


Remember the Samsung Recipe Challenge I posted two weeks ago? The sending of all your entries should have been until this week, but due to the weather and certain unavoidable circumstances in our favor, the deadline has been extended to August 6…yay!

So to all cooking mamas out there, this is a last-minute shout-out to showcase your kitchen prowess by submitting to us your best, world-class, award-winning recipe. The prize at stake for our lucky blog reader is nothing to be scoffed at. It’s a brand-new Samsung Smart Oven which will greatly help your switch to healthy eating habits, and current market price is P14,000.

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Ichiran Ramen in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I loved Ichiran Ramen! I may have missed eating this in Japan but am glad I went out of my way to find this in HK, the land of roasted goose and dimsum. They now have two branches almost beside each other in Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay. It was quite hard to find, but just remember this landmark: a few streets at the back of Sogo Department Store :)


This whole order of their famed tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen with sliced pork and perfectly half-boiled egg cost HKD$101 (or P563) and darn, it fulfilled my noodle fantasies for the night.My verdict is that if Ichiran was in Manila, this would be the best ramen for me ;)

Ichiran HK

As expected, the broth was creamy and flavorful; the sliced pork was divine. A great part of the Ichiran experience is that the diner decides how he would like his ramen to turn out by filling up the order sheet.

One can tick off choices with regards to flavor strength (weak/medium/strong)…

richness (none/light/medium/rich/ultra rich)….

noodle texture (extra firm/firm/medium/soft/extra soft) …

and the garnishings that will go in the soup (garlic, green onion, mushrooms, etc).

The resto also recommends their Original Red Sauce and I wished I checked Double instead of Regular for that extra spicy kick!

Ichiran menu


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