Friday, July 8, 2016

Korean Coffee Chain Zoo Coffee opens in Makati

Coffee drinking was a symbol of Western culture and status in Korea since the olden times. No wonder South Korea has often been referred to as a a nation of coffee drinkers! Korea had its own version of specialty coffee long before the commercial chains came in and these cafes became the place for dating couples and students as well.

Now, Filipinos get to taste the popular Korean Cafe brand. Zoo Coffee formally launched its first branch in Makati last Jlu 7, 2016. Just outside this branch, patrons are greeted at its entrance by a life-sized giraffe and a virtual zoo inside. Zoo Coffee was originally from Taeyoung F & B of Korea and to date has advanced to branch out in seven other countries aside from Korea namely: China, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and now the Philippines.

It boasts of a unique interior concept with landscaping, wall painting and life-sized stuffed toys of “Wild Republic”, a world renowned brand of animal shaped figures which use non-toxic materials and sustainable resources. Everything inside the Zoo Coffee cafe fits the zoo and jungle theme. With the stuffed zoo animal plushies around Zoo Coffee, it provides the perfect venue to do business or to relax and unwind with colleagues, family and friends of all ages.

Selfie-worthy are its interiors as well as its colorful gustatory delights. Zoo Coffee’s best offerings are their Dutch coffee, specialty coffee, non-caffeinated beverages, teas, drinks for the Korean palate (I’m Korean menu), smoothies with yogurt and grind fruit (combination of health and flavor), Frappe (sweetness enjoyed with the eyes), Waffle (kneaded with flour and eggs and matured at the store), Honey Bread (bread crisp outside and soft inside, baked with a lot of honey butter and made every morning at the store), sandwiches (with a lot of fresh ingredients in bland-flavored Panini), Brunch Sets and Pastas.

Certified for ISO 9001 by Korean Standards Association, their quality green beans selected from all beans of the world which are kept fresh through the import supply chain by Q-graders, ensure the best coffee taste. They are prepared with optimized mixing ratio to provide deep and rich coffee taste.

The key staff at the branch have been trained at the Zoo Coffee Academy. Here, they were trained in theory and practice by veteran European baristas and experienced hands-on training at directly-operated stores.

Zoo Coffee will open its second branch within the year in another urban center, Bonifacio Global City at the Fort.

To know more about Zoo Coffee, like Zoo Coffee Philippines on Facebook, follow zoocoffeeph on Instagram and zoocoffeeph on Twitter.

Zoo Coffee
Alphaland Makati Place
Ayala Extension corner Malugay Street
Makati City
Open daily from 7AM to 11:30PM

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cebu's Hukad sa Cowrie Grill opens in Manila

Cebu’s popular restaurant Hukad sa Golden Cowrie finally opened its pilot chain in Quezon City.   They invited the media  last June 28, 2016 media  to  try out their delicious food offerings.

Hukad sa Golden Cowrie has its origins in Lahug, Cebu. Its first outlet opened in 1982 and soon after, the brand Hukad was developed in 2008 as a handle for the mall-based branches of Golden Cowrie Grill. Today, it offers festive Filipino dishes from various Philippine regions in its 24 locations across the country. Eight of the 24 locations are company-owned, while the remaining 16 are franchised. Trinoma franchisee Howard Dee is instrumental in bringing Hukad to the Metro.

Hukad exudes a homey atmosphere  created by interior designer Hannah Lim of HL Designs.  Its ceiling  mirrors tree branches that playfully resembles a jigsaw puzzle. Suspended from it are iconic puso-shaped lamps inspired by   woven coconut leaves casings typically used Opeerving rice  in Cebu. The coco shells, crushed bamboo, and laminate details seen all around the restaurant showcase Cebuano craftsmanship and ingenuity.

 The Cebu-grown brand promises to provide a real feast experience for Manila crowd. Hukad’s menu of modern Filipino cuisine lists more than a hundred dishes including its best-selling Pork Belly Lechon Cebu plus its equally-famous Crispy Pata, which won People’s Choice for Best Crispy Pata in a recent  Sunstar Cebu newspaper survey.

The Pork Belly Lechon was really delicious. It has a thin crunchy skin that cracks easily as you bite into it. The well-seasoned meat is moist and savoury that you can do away with the sauce and enjoy it as is! The golden brown Crispy Pata really is something to rave about! Biting into meat cracklings was heavenly!

Other big hits are  Pork Sisig, Lechon Kawali, Pomelo Salad,  Grilled Pork Belly, Balut Sisig, Pancit Guisado, and Calamares.

Also popular are the Ngohiong, Bantayan Baked Scallops,  Seafood Pancit Habhab, Grilled Tuna Belly, Baby Prawns Sinigang, Escabecheng Tanigue and Sizzling Bangus.

Hukad has everyone covered with its interesting line of vegetarian dishes that features Bloodless Dinuguan made with tofu, Vegetarian Sisig and Adobong Talong.

Hukad sa Golden Cowrie Trinoma is currently running its “Sulit Meals at 149” promotion, from 2PM to 5PM daily. You might want to check out their Feast Bundles as well, starting at P1,399. These pre-set menus are good to share for a group of 4-5 persons.

The second Hukad sa Golden Cowrie will soon open at SM Mall of Asia by August this year. Do visit for updates or follow Hukad on Facebook.

Hukad sa Golden Cowrie
Level 1 Garden Area TriNoma Mall, Quezon City

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Taste of Greece at Gyro V

Gyro V is a Greek-inspired fast food concept that specializes in fusion kebab sandwich made from 100% pure beef and chicken fillet. It offers easy grab-and-go meals that are filling.

Gyro V's secret white sauce  and its distinct pocket bread puts it ahead of its competitors.   They offer quality food  from P 80, which gives the best value for money.

Cheese quesadillas is served straight up with no frills.

Gyro V recreates the gyros in Greece. and this pita is perfect for adventurous foodies like myself.  I  am used  to the tradtional soft Greek pitas without a pocket (once cooked  golden both sides, but I like the crunchy twist  that Gyro V bread offers.  A serving is filled with tzatziki, greens, cucumber and seasoned strips of chicken or beef.  I opted for beef gyro.

The beef gyro had the curry taste which combines well with  yogurt.  The cucumbers have a lot of moisture in them and it made the sauce  runny.  If you don't want to get your hands messy, ask the sause to be served on the side.

If you are a fan of French Fries, you can taste the same chicken or beef gyro   goodness with their  spectacular fries! They  use the same spices on a hefty serving! McDonald's fries will pale in comparison to these!

G/F The Block, SM City North EDSA, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City

Monday, July 4, 2016

Find your Dream Home at Valenza

Most people are looking for homes outside the congested city of Metro Manila with the modern conveniences of city life. At Valenza Sta Rosa, you will find your dream home that features stylish architecture, innovative design and modern amenities. ‪

Valenza‬is a 22-hectare premiere real estate hotspot in close proximity to Nuvali and Tagaytay. It is situated in Barangay Sto Domingo along Sta. Rosa - Tagaytay Road, approximately 7.2 km from SLEX.

It has three phases with a main gate serving as a common entrance and exit. Amenities include a tennis court, a basketball court, a multipurpose clubhouse, a swimming pool, children's playground and landscaped pocket gardens.

Phase 2 expansion is almost complete and Phase 3 that comprises the townhouses and mansions will still soon commence. The Liadro model house is a single detached unit with . an average lot cut of 155 sq. m. The said two-storey house is priced at 12M. The first floor has a   living room, dining area, kitchen, office, bathroom, plus the helper's quarters.

On the ground floor, there’s enough cooking and table space to make a “come dine with me” type of person happy.

Its Italian layout and theme would surely match anyone's interest like it did mine. The living and entertaining space is big enough for a family of 5. The master bedroom on the second floor is spacious and has its own bathroom. Furthermore, the landing on the second floor opens up to a special nook for reading or craft making plus it leads out to a balcony.

Valencia‪ is a first-class municipality is close to Laguna Technopark, schools, churches, malls and medical institutions. This residential area is near All Home Sta. Rosa, Rustan's Supermarket, South Supermarket, Shopwise Sta. Rosa, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Solenad 1, 2 & 3, Robinson's Supermarket, SNR and Starmall Prima.

For ease of mind during emergencies, Valenza is just a stone throw away from Southern Luzon Hospital and Medical Center, Sta Rosa Hospital and Medical Center, and Tagaytay Hospital and Medical Center.

It is just 15 minutes from Tagaytay for those looking for quick weekend getaways and short family trips.

Visit their website at or call 88-CROWN (27696) for more information . Like their facebook at to get updates.‬

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Back to School with CD-R King

The school year has started and like most students, my daughter is thrilled to go back to school with new stuff to add to her gear. It is every parent's dream is to fully provide for their treasured children. The necessities required by the academe is more often overwhelming. Thus Cd-R King perceives the need to provide for parents, students, and the school itself a channel where quality yet affordable supplies can be acquired.

Remember when CD-R King disrupted the nation by providing the most affordable blank media? Everyone shifted to the brand and most Filipinos are thankful to have an alternative as oppose to the more expensive ones in the market. Giving Filipinos a practical option has always been CR-R Kings vision. It has the widest affordable options for everyone.

CD-R King still carries your beloved blank media for as low as Php5.00.

USB flash drives as low as Php160

They also have the most basic back to school neccessitites such as Ballpens for as low as Php2.00 a piece and Mechanical pencils for as low as Php10.00.

You can also buy Bond papers and other paper needs such as Photo and transfer sheets.

As far as gadget technology are concerned, you can now extend battery life of one gadget to another thru Micro USB to Micro USB mobile charging cable.

Get more data space for your Iphone with PQI i-connect.

Micro SD for android for as low as Php150

Scientific calculators are also very affordable at Php90.00

Schools may also enjoy the affordability CD-R King has to offer.
Entry level projector for small classrooms can be acquired for as low as Php3,800

While bigger area projectors can be obtained for as low as Php9,900

Projector boards are offered for as low as Php2,280

Wireless Laser Presenter for as low as Php280.00

All these and more are available from your One-Stop media provider, CD-R King. Visit their more than 400 branches nationwide for any of your office, home and school needs.

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