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
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
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”→
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