Taste by Grace Home Manila

I’ve been wanting to try Taste by Grace Home Manila, and lucky for me, my friend Ross generously shared her Arte Fino loot when we visited her house:)

First we tried baking these 70% Ecuadorian dark chocolate chip cookies in Ross’ toaster oven.  They turned out really good…

…but a bit too expensive for me at over P1.200++ if I remember correctly.  If you are sosyal like Ross, this shouldn’t stop you –  she’s re-ordered these cookies already!

We also tried these dips.

The Quattro Formaggio spread was my absolute favorite.  So good and so worth it!  Please get me this if you don’t know what to give me for Christmas.  I think this is around P600+.

Check out Grace Home Manila and The Spoiled Mummy on Instagram or text/viber 0906-3618374 for orders and inquiries.

Chef Margarita Fores for L’Innovation de Nespresso

Nespresso is now in the Philippines!  John and I were invited to one of their launch dinners at Hey Handsome, where we were surprised to be greeted not by Chef Nicco Santos, but by Margarita Fores (she hid behind the TV monitor as guests started coming in so as not to spoil her surprise — just one clue as to how down to earth she is despite being Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016.). Continue reading “Chef Margarita Fores for L’Innovation de Nespresso”


There are a gazillion posts burning a hole in my Drafts folder and I promised myself I’d start publishing them one by one.  I wanted to start with Vien, my cousin Mark’s restaurant in NYC.  Named after Mark’s mom, my beloved Aunty Vivian, Vien serves fast, healthy, Asian fare.

Photo credit: VienNYC.com

Vien lets you build your own bowl (or takeout box) by choosing your base (rice, noodles, quinoa, or salad) and your main (grilled beef, pulled pork, lemongrass chicken, turmeric tofu, or roasted vegetables) + your garnishes, sauces, and sides.  It’s basically the kind of food I would love to have for lunch everyday, if I lived in New York!  So good!

Photo credit: VienNYC.com

Learn more about Vien here, or visit them at 220 Varick Street.



Yogi Brunch

I discovered Yogi Brunch through my cousin Michele, who shared discovered it at one of the Rockwell bazaars.  They make all sorts of dips and sauces, as well as bottled tinapa and other goodies.  My favorite is their Chana Hummus made with Indian black bean garbanzos — fantastic with everything from sandwiches, crisps, crudités, quinoa, wraps, rainbow bowls, and almost anything you can think of.  It can be hard to place an order as I think the owner does this more as a hobby than real livelihood, but try and try and you shall be rewarded.  I usually order a few jars at a time as there is a P100 delivery fee.

For orders and inquiries, check out @Yogibrunch on Instagram.

Falafel Yo!

Falafel Yo! is a small shop at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas, and John and I recently got to try it before catching a movie.  I had the Falafel with salads and sumac (P149), while John tried the Falafel Beast with beef (P179).  Both were really good, and affordable too!  I wouldn’t recommend them as movie food as the handhelds are a little too messy to eat in the dark.  Best to sit at one of the tables or benches outside and eat them before going in the cinema.

FALAFEL YO! 3/F Greenbelt 3 Cinema, Ayala Center, Makati

Rang’s Potluck Platters

I’m always on the lookout for good food platters I can order for potlucks or whenever we want to have something slightly fancier for dinner at home. One new purveyor I can confidently recommend would be one of my bestest friends, Rachelle Tan, who is such an amazing cook that I always prefer meeting up at her place for lunch instead of going out to eat.

Her new food business is called Rang’s (her nickname) and I recently ordered their Crab Fat Spaghettini with Garlic Prawns for John’s birthday. This pasta is so, so good, without the umay factor that I was half expecting! Check out @rangs_ph on Instagram, and here’s her full menu:

Callos 1 kg, P980
Binagoongang Pork Belly with Eggplant Chimichurri, good for 8-10 pax, P1,800
Crab Fat Spaghettini with Garlic Prawns, good for 8-10 pax, PHP 2,200
Lengua with mushroom sauce, good for 8-10, Php 2,400
Roasted Garlic Herb Chicken, good for 6-8 pax, PHP 1,900
Kare Kare, good for 8-10 pax, PHP 2,400
Vongole, good for 8-10 pax, Php 2,200
Pesto salmon with buttered corn, good for 6-8 pax, Php 1,600
Baked salmon with buttered corn, good for 6-8, Php 1,600

Start Strong with Motts

Thanks for sending us this crate of goodies, Mott’s Philippines! My kids love having ice cold Mott’s apple juice first thing in the morning, it’s a delicious and refreshing addition to their usual breakfast.

Photo via Motts Philippines

Mott’s is made with 100% apple juice concentrate + vitamin C, with no attificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, and is the No. 1 apple juice brand in the U.S. You can find Mott’s family-sized bottles and single serve cans in the juice aisle of your favourite supermarket.

For more information, visit MOTT’S PHILIPPINES FACEBOOK PAGE.

Bliss Bowls: Eat Like You Love Yourself

Last January, my partners and I launched our passion project — Bliss Bowls,  Manila’s first smoothie bowl bar. Continue reading “Bliss Bowls: Eat Like You Love Yourself”

How To Roast Vegetables

Roast vegetables are a staple in our household.  I like to serve them as a side dish for dinner, and if there are any leftovers, I make myself a roast vegetable wrap or sandwich for lunch the next day.

Continue reading “How To Roast Vegetables”

BYOB with Lock & Lock Lunch Bags


Some people geek out over cars or gadgets, but for me, it’s food containers!  I use Lock & Lock airtight containers to organize our pantry staples, and also for keeping our leftovers in the fridge.  I can never really have enough!  So when Lock & Lock asked if I’d like to try one of their lunch bags Continue reading “BYOB with Lock & Lock Lunch Bags”

Create Your Own Bento Box with Heinz x Bento by Kat

I recently attended my first ever bento workshop and learned how to put together a totally kawaii Kelly Ketchup bento box for my kids!  Continue reading “Create Your Own Bento Box with Heinz x Bento by Kat”

World Street Food Congress: Survivial Tips

So yesterday, I braved the crowds at World Street Food Congress 2016 (WSFC), and here’s what happened. Continue reading “World Street Food Congress: Survivial Tips”

Manam BGC

Manam is now open in BGC, and it’s pretty much the ideal place to take all your balikbayan friends and guests from out of town. Continue reading “Manam BGC”