Oreo Thins French Vanilla and Tiramisu boxes

Oreo Thins - I'm Missing the Creme

When I saw tall, slender boxes of Oreo Thins for the first time, my lips involuntarily curled up. I was excited. Vanilla Delight and Tiramisu. How delicious! I imagined it’s going to be like After Eight Mint, where its cookie-to-creme ratio…
Sweet Lips Gossips Dolcetto & Syrah bottle

Gossips Dolcetto & Syrah - Reminiscent of Baguio's Strawberry Jam

Bearing the luscious mark of Sweet Lips, Gossips Dolcetto & Syrah throws sweet wine lovers a come-hither look that’s hard to ignore. A light, fizzy red, this wine is a palate pleaser. It reminds me of Baguio’s strawberry jam. Sweet and…
Nestea Milk Tea Wintermelon and Hokkaido-Style Sachets

Nestea Milk Tea - Boba is the only thing missing!

Can you still remember when milk tea broke through Bacolod’s food scene? I can say it was a craze. Everyone around me was going out of there way to have a sip of the new cold beverage in town. Never mind that back then you can count the number…
chicken cartoon beside a cruet with an orange liquid

Chicken Oil Recipe - Skin, Atsuete, Garlic, Recado, and Salt

I mean no offense to the popular Mang Inasal but when it comes to our own Bacolod specialty, I’ll swear by the inasal and chicken oil offered at my favorite inasalans. Sorry Mang Inasal, but we, Bacolodnons, have set the bar high, and there’s…
Mr. Kokio Food Stand Lopues East Bacolod

Mr. Kokio Korean Chicken - A Newfound Cheap Thrill

Do you know that happy feeling you get when you’re eating food that’s outrageously delicious for its price? It doesn’t happen often but when it does, you’re already planning your next visit before you even down the last morsel. And as…
Wowa's Churros at SM Bacolod Food Court

Wowa's Churros - My Favorite Churreria

I have a new favorite at SM Bacolod, and it’s not the big clothes and accessories store that just opened. In fact, it’s the opposite of big and instead of to-die-for girly stuff, it’s selling hot ridged sticks of deep-fried dough.Wowa’s…
McDonalds Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken Regular Rice Meal

Mcdo Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken

It seems like McDonald's trying to match the scintillating temperature in the Philippines right now. Instead of chillers that will tone the heat down, they’ve introduce the New Spicy Buffalo-Style Chicken McDo.Coated in a bright red-orange…
homemade matcha spread

(Green Tea) Matcha Milk Spread Recipe

I know someone who can whip up one hell of a matcha spread. She’s the nice lady behind Sweet Jars by Lala. When it comes to making and selling matcha spread, she’s a total pro.Unfortunately, she’s based in Luzon, and even though transacting…
Tavernello Lambrusco Emilia with empty wine glass

Tavernello Lambrusco Emilia Amabile Rosso Wine Review

I learned a handful of knowledge from Tavernello Lambrusco Emilia.For starters, seing the word Lambrusco doesn't automatically make it a sweet wine.I have no idea where I got my assumption, but before I picked this wine up I thought…

Fortunella Premium Sweet Red Wine Review

Wines are seldom labelled Dry or Sweet outright. Most of the time it's the grape variety that's prominently stamped across the label — cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, and many more. So, for a sweet wine hunter like me, I was thrilled when…
Bottle of yellow tail pink moscato and a wine glass

Yellow Tail Pink Moscato Wine Review

Yellow Tail Pink Moscato is a sure hit with sweet wine lovers. It's fragrant, fruity, and fizzy. The back label says expect the taste of strawberries, musk, and fairy floss (aka cotton candy for us, US-english users), and it delivers all that.It…
potato corner brown paper bag mega size caramel barbecue

New Potato Corner Caramel Fries - Meant for Matching!

If you're the type who enjoys eating maple-syrup-smothered pancakes with ham, bacon, or sausages, you'll dig Potato Corner's New Caramel Flavored Fries. Paired with the classic flavors — Cheese, Barbecue, and Sour Cream — it will give you…
5 djfferent flavors of theo and philo chocolates

5 Theo & Philo Chocolates with Truly Filipino Flavors

Do you love adobo? I do. I can eat it for three days straight and I wouldn’t mind a bit. Sour, salty, and spiced with bay leaves and peppercorns, it takes a while before I can get enough of it. Whether doled on top of steaming white rice or…

McDo's 1st Burger Steak Meal - The Mushroom Pepper Steak

When it comes to competition, it's no secret that the Big Fat Bee and the Giant Clown have been one-upping each other for the longest time. From burgers to fried chicken, fries to sundaes, pocket pies to thirst-quenching coolers, their menus…
JJC Sticker Label - Malunggay Revel Bars

JJC's Malunggay Revel Bars - Jireh's Homemade Sweet Tooth Pleaser

Sweet, chewy and fudgy. When these three adjectives are strung together it could only mean one thing. A scrumptious goodie is coming. These are the perfect words to describe JJC's Malunggay Revel Bars. It has three layers: two slabs of oatmeal…
Jollibee's Chili Cheese Jolly Hotdog

Jollibee's Chili Cheese Jolly Hotdog - Good, Could be Better

It was only last July when Jollibee introduced a twist on one of their classics: the Sweet-Spicy BBQ Burger Steak. Instead of gravy and mushroom slices, the beef patty or patties bathe in a smokey sweet chili sauce and topped with corn kernels.Now,…
6 bottles of Guilly's Garlic in Oil stacked to form a pyramid

Garlic Overload with Guilly's Garlic in Oil

Garlic is one of the few ingredients in the world that don't have a substitute.  If your recipe calls for it and you don't have a single clove on hand, cooking would have to wait. You know your dish won't be as good without it.Although…
2 bottles of matcha milk spread

Matcha Milk Spread by @SweetJarsbyLala

According to Julia Child, the woman who single-handedly introduced French cuisine to Americans, "A party without cake is really just a meeting."I was in one a few weeks back. A literal meeting. There was no cake, just 5 people sitting,…

Furkids Grooming & Cafe: Bacolod's First Dog Cafe

If there's one thing I look forward to after a long, energy-sapping, spirits-crushing day, it's Chuckie, my 6 year-young, borderline obese, hairy Shih-tzu/Pekingese mix breed. Seeing him perk up the moment he realizes I'm home lifts my heart…
Sweet-Spicy BBQ burger steak with rice on a plate

Jollibee's Sweet-Spicy BBQ Burger Steak - The Flavor Pops!

I've never been a fan of Jollibee's Burger Steak. The first time I tried it, many years ago when I was still in college, I though it was a huge cop-out, a lazy excuse for a new product.The patty? That's not new. We get that every time…
bottles of locally ph juice drink on a flowery silk background

Locally PH Juice - Proudly Our Own!

I don't know if it was fate, but I saw Locally PH's sponsored Instagram post while I was still at the final stages of getting over my disappointment in  Del Monte's Pineapple Pomelo and Pineapple Lychee.A lone bottle of You've Dandalandan…
1 liter carton packages of Del Monte Pineapple Lychee and Pineapple Pomelo

Del Monte Pineapple Lychee & Pineapple Pomelo - Good That It's Only Limited Edition

Lately, my immune system has been taking one hit after the other: cold, fever, dry cough, pesky mouth sores, and even an unusual case of zits on my chin. To cope with it, I've been amping up my Vitamin C intake by taking a supplement and…
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Chicken House Bacolod - Good Inasal, Great Spareribs

I'm a pure-blooded Bacolodnon and if you'll ask me where the best chicken inasal in the city is I would always answer Manokan Country. Nena's Beth and Aida's are my personal favorites.But, I'm not saying that you can't find good — more…
2 Jollibee Halo Halo Sundaes and 2 Adobo Burgers

Jollibee Adobo Flakes Burger & Halo-Halo Sundae - Reminds Us that Jollibee is Our Own

June 12 is coming up and another year marks our freedom from Spaniards.Do you know that?I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't. Our "Araw ng Kalayaan", let's admit, isn't as celebrated as it used to be. I can't remember the last time…
3 Kitkat Green Te Cones

Kitkat Green Tea Ice Cream - Wonderfully Subtle

If there's one thing I could say to Nestle right now, it would be, "Thank you."Thank you for officially introducing Kitkat Green Tea to the Philippines.Thank you for shining the spotlight on green tea itself.Thank you for proving…
magnun infinity individually wrapped ice cream

Magnum Infinity - Intense Dark Chocolate Experience

Eating ice cream is not a smart move when  a persistent dry cough keeps you awake at night. I haven't slept straight these past few nights due to an invisible hairy caterpillar lodged in my throat. I'm well into my third pack of Strepsils…
paa insal rice green plate

Bacolod Inasal - What to Order, How to Eat

No tourist should leave Bacolod without having a taste of our famous chicken inasal. If you're travelling to our city, the home of Masskara Festival, you should make it a top priority. Whether you head to Manokan Country or drop by "classier"…
entrace aida's manokan restaurant big chicken statue
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Aida's Manokan - A Popular Choice for Chicken Inasal

Aida's is a resounding name when it comes to Bacolod inasal. Don't be surprised if it's the recommendation you get when you ask a Bacolodnon to point you to the best "inasal na manok" in the city. One of the favorites in the city Aida's…
pecho pak and paa chicken inasal

Bacolod Chicken Inasal – Most Popular Specialty

Pecho is breast.Pecho-pak is breast and wing.Paa is thigh and leg.That’s the Chicken Inasal language!But of course, we Bacolodnons know it too well. After all, chicken inasal is what our city is known for—moist, tender, marinade-seeped…
CDO premium hotdog jumbo package

CDO Premium Hotdogs - Worth the Switch

What makes a good hotdog? For me, it should be firm. It should be succulent. Most importantly, it should be perfectly tasty, no trace of weirdness whatsoever. If a hotdog ticks all three qualities, then it's a "good" hotdog for me.CDO,…
mcflurry mcdo matcha oreo with spoon

McDonald's Matcha Oreo McFlurry - The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie is set to hit Philippine theaters on May 16, but McDonald's is already handing out Angry-Birds-inspired "furiously fun treats".There's Red's Cotton Candy McFlurry and — the one that made my eyes bright and wide…
matcha green latte with floral milk design

Matcha Latte in Bacolod? They Have It!

Coffee is not only the drink that can give you a buzz. Matcha can do the trick as well, maybe even better. To tea-crazed customers who'd love to drink tea that has body, milk, and a strong punch of flavor, here are the cafes and tea stands I…
4 matcha covered Kitkat wafers

Kitkat Green Tea - Introducing Matcha to More People in the Phils

Kitkat Green Tea, or should I say Kitkat Matcha, is delightful. It's the same slim, crunchy wafers we've loved but this time matcha dissolved into creamy white chocolate takes the place of chocolate. Instead of looking dark and brown, Kitkat…
pancit canton Lucky Me curly noodles O shape

Lucky Me Pancit Canton Makeover - OMG! O-mazing! O-some!

Have you seen the new Lucky Me Pancit Canton commercial? The Megastar Sharon Cuneta is crying O-MG, O-some, and O-mazing on the new and improved noodles. She seems so thrilled and happy that the old favorite has  "levelled-up and gotten…
instant lomi lucky me bowl

Lucky Me Lomi, Not for Summer but Perfect for Rainy Weather

One of the perks of usually working from home is having the freedom to turn the TV on, occasionally glance at it, and use it as background noise. It also gives me the opportunity to watch out for new food product ads I can BUY, try, and…
fake chicken oil bottle

Faux Chicken Oil, Try this Hack at Home

Aside from mouthwatering chicken inasal and talaba, there's one other thing that excites me whenever I'm at Manokan Country. Can you guess what that is?It's yellow but sometimes it's orange. It sits on every table, right next to the sinamak…
chicken inasal restaurant bacolod people buying
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Malaspina Inasalan - Away from Manokan Country, But Home to Authentic Bacolod Chicken

Without a doubt, Manokan Country is the true home of our Bacolod chicken inasal. It's so famous it overshadows the name of the street it's at. Does anyone know the name of that street without checking Google Maps? Maybe some do but surely…
sachets nescafe coco mocha berry mocha

Coco Mocha & Berry Mocha - New Nescafe Flavors

When it comes to instant coffee in the Philippines, Nescafe leads the pack. Relentless in releasing new products, it keeps Filipinos, especially coffee lovers, buzzed and on their toes for what's new, what's chilling, and what's brewing.…
Manokan Country Bacolod roof signage

Fate of Bacolod Manokan Country Remains to be Seen

I did something I've never done before. For the first time, I paused and took my time to breathe in the sight of our Manokan Country. How I love this hawker-ridden, fluorescent-lit strip that offers the main gastronomic pride of our city: Bacolod…
sachets Nesfruta Guyabano tall glass with ice

New! Nesfruta Guyabano Juice Drink

Have you seen the new Nesfruta TVC?Instead of Mommy Cheska it's Daddy Doug with the ever-adorable little Kendra who's singing the new jingle. Daddy Doug happily chirps "Yes, yes, yes" and "No, no, no" in response to Kendra's melodious…
B'lue Water Based Drink Calamansi Lychee Orange

B'lue Flavored Vitamin Water - Go for Orange & Calamansi but Say No to Lychee

I’ve never been a fan of flavored water. If I want to drink water, I’ll have it plain, clear and odourless. Nothing gets better than that. Water is liquid gold as it is.I’ve seen bottles of B’lue vitamin water at supermarkets…
coffee Kopiko 78 C bottle

Kopiko 78 C Latte - Too Strong, Too Bold, Too Sweet

I can’t help but compare Kopiko 78 degrees with Nescafe Smoovlatte. First, they’re both lattes. Second, they look almost identical — bottle, colors, design. The only outright difference I could find at first is the price.Nescafe…
classic Cocio philippines

Cocio Classic - Oh So Sweet & Creamy

Sometimes, you can tell a product’s popularity based on the shelf space allocated to it at supermarkets. I was surprised that Cocio only had a few bottles worth of width the last time I made a trip to Robinson’s supermarket.But whyyyyy?…
Shakey's Firehouse Pizza Thin Crust Large

The New Shakey's Firehouse Pizza - It's a Hottie

Have you seen the commercial yet? It's so enticing you wish you can reach into the TV and grab a slice of the new Shakey's Firehouse pizza.Just the site of succulent sausage slices, smokey pepperoni, crisp red onion rings, thick melted…
Tiramissyou Cornetto cone ice cream clutched by a little girl

Cornetto Tiramissyou (Tiramisu) Ice Cream - Sulit ang Bente Mo!

That's my niece in the picture. Isn't she adorable? She's also one of the pickiest eaters I know.At two-and-a-half years old, she still seems to want nothing but milk. I've been with her countless times to know and experience first hand…
Magnum White Almond - vanilla ice cream covered in white chocolate and almonds

Magnum White Almond - Ticket to White Chocolate Heaven

Rejoice white chocolate lovers! Magnum White Almond is your ticket to white chocolate heaven.As soon as your teeth sinks into the thick white chocolate cover and the smooth, oh-so-creamy vanilla ice cream, you'll hear a symphony of cherubic…
jollibee peach mango sundae with yum and pineapple juice

Jollibee Peach Mango Sundae - Cold, Chunky & Frutilicious

Why just now Jollibee? Why just now?The New Peach Mango Sundae is 100% fantastic. If you're a fan of the Peach Mango Pie, a well-loved Jollibee classic, you'll adore this.Instead of hiding inside the delightful crusty and crispy pastry,…
cocio chocolate milk dark

Denmark's Cocio Chocolate Milk is Now in the Philippines

"Ay abi ko 28 pesos lg, tag 60 galeh!" (I thought it was only P28 but in fact its P60!)My mother prattled as she put her bags of groceries down. When my Dad and I asked her what it was about, she showed us a bottle of Cocio chocolate drink.I…
450 ml bottle lipton iced green tea

Lipton Iced Green Tea - Clear, Clean & Cool

I'm not a "pa-healthy" person. I eat chicken skin with relish. I get a kick out of spooning bone marrow into my mouth. I love capping meals with a slice of blueberry cheesecake. But green tea, a definite frontrunner in the "pa-healthy" category,…
aldub ko to mcdo chicken ala king

Aldub Ko To - McDo Chicken Fillet ala King

Aldub. Say this couple nickname and you'll get impish smiles of kilig or looks of intrigue. This unexpected onscreen loveteam is making waves. Their popularity is through the roof, rounding up a tremendous following that spans across "mga…
bottle of nescafe smoovlatte

Nescafe Smoovlatte: Velvety Ready-to-Drink Coffee

The last time I shopped for groceries I saw bottles of Nescafe Smoovlatte sitting beside stacks of Nescafe French Vanilla and White Mocha. I know the #KapeSarapInABox products are new but I wasn’t quite sure about the Smoovlatte. I don’t…
box of 3 Chowking Choco Pao

Chowking Choco Pao - Meh!

I never had the chance to sink my teeth into Chowking's Panda Pao when it was still available. Aside from looking so adorable, the chocolate-filled Panda Pao seemed very intriguing. Sweet siopao? Dessert siopao? I've never had or heard of…
Nescafe White Mocha Coffee Box

#KapeSarapInABox: Is it really, Nescafe?

I like coffee but I'm not crazy about it. I like it because it smells good and it's a legal, safe, fast-acting upper. It's a quick fix for extremely lazy mornings and pulling an all-nighter. But if I'll be a subject at a blind taste test between…
Quaker Good Start Banana Creme Vanilla Malt

Quaker Good Start Oat Dairy Drink

I have a friend who hates oatmeal. It reminds her of the times she was ill as a child. For her the taste is okay BUT the texture, detestable. She describes it as someone else's regurgitated mess. Now that she is her own person no one can make…
KFC Chizza chicken pizza

The Chizza: KFC's Chicken Pizza

The Chizza [cheet-sah] comes in a box. Just like what real pizza looks like when it’s delivered to your doorstep. Pretty smart move, KFC! It actually drives in the idea that you’ll be eating real pizza, not chicken trying to be pizza.When…
Nesfruta Melon-Mango-Orange Cooler

Nesfruta Melon-Mango-Orange Fruit Cooler

I love fruit coolers. They’re light, sweet and oh-so refreshing.Iced, chilled, or a slushy, it’s the perfect drink on a sultry day. It lifts your mood as it cools your body. The fruit slices and the occasional mint leaves make it even…