Green Bar is currently my favorite all-vegan restaurants in Manila. They make the best cruelty-free sandwiches, wraps, bowls, nachos, and doughnuts that aren’t necessarily healthy but always hit the spot. So damn good. Now if only parking wasn’t such a problem.
GREEN BAR, 2/F West of Ayala, 252 Gil Puyat Ave., Makati, Metro Manila, Telephone (632) 885.7537
This is my favorite discovery from our NYC trip last year. Yes, last year pa, and I’ve never posted about it!
FREEZE by Pressed Juicery is an all-natural soft serve made with fruits, vegetables, and nuts (depending on the flavor). All flavors are dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free. I only got to try the vanilla and chocolate, as they were having trouble with the green soft serve both times we dropped by.
Vanilla Almond Freeze is made with almonds, dates, vanilla bean, and sea salt
Chocolate Almond Freeze is made with cacao, almonds, dates, vanilla bean and sea salt
I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved this soft serve. They’re ice cold and creamy and totally luxurious, and you get to choose your own toppings such as berries, nuts, or cacao drizzle. Both flavors we tried were so damn good, we were back for more the very next day. I had to ask them what kind of liquid they used to blend the freeze, as there has to be some liquid in it to achieve this consistency. The woman at the counter seemed a bit taken aback at the question and said, “Uh… water, I guess?”
In any case, Pressed Juicery’s Freeze is THE dessert of my dreams, and I can’t wait to go back to the U.S. just so I can have more .
My friends and I were in Taipei a few months ago, with no other agenda except to shop and eat. We headed straight for Mala Hotpot right after checking in to our hotel.
If you’ve never been to a hotpot restaurant in Taiwan, you will be astonished by the wide selection of soups, meats, seafood, noodles, fresh and handball meat, fish, and veggie balls, fresh vegetables, sides, sauces, and condiments. It’s hotpot heaven! Dessert is usually included, and at Mala, we got to choose from four chest freezers filled with Haagen Dazs and Movenpick ice cream.
Tip: ask your hotel concierge to call the restaurant for reservations, so you won’t have to wait as long as we did (2 hours!!).
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.
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!
Learn more about Vien here, or visit them at 220 Varick Street.
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! 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
A few years ago, I decided that instead of making monumental, hard-to-keep New Year’s resolutions, I would instead make easy-to-do and super simple ones that would still result in self- or life-improvement. One such resolution that I’ve made is to eat absolutely nothing sold at the airport or served on the plane, except for fresh fruit (exceptions may apply for long-haul flights). Continue reading “How to Eat Healthy in Airports”→