Holiday eating—and gifting—made easy
December is finally here and we're anticipating the countless Christmas parties and handaans over the holidays—and it's just getting started. Looking for last-minute gifts and ideas for your next feast? Look no further, we’ve got it all here for this month’s edition of Wonder Eats.
Ippudo Introduces the All New Torched Chashu
The world-famous ramen experience got an upgrade
Ippudo pays homage to traditional Japanese ramen by constantly reinventing their menu driven by tradition, passion for craft and innovation. The all new torched chashu is slow-cooked and marinated for 34 hours until fork-tender—steeped in broth processed for 15 hours—for melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Their signature bowls include the Shiromaru Special, Akamaru Special and Karaka Special, which feature Ippudo's classic pork-bone broth. Their Shiromaru Special is now topped with thick-cut slow-cooked pork belly, while the Akamaru Special and Karaka Special are topped with their torched chashu.
Be one of the first people to try the all new torched chashu by visiting Ippudo SM Megamall, Uptown Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Greenbelt 5, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Malls the 30th and Powerplant Mall.
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Have a Taste of Taiwan with I'Milky
Less is always more
Premium milk tea goodness is just around the corner with I'Milky. Adhering a healthier approach to the Filipino's beloved beverage, ingredients sourced from Taiwan are natural and devoid of artificial components. This is driven by the “less is more” approach to ensure the best drinking experience. The curated menu features delightful flavors such as Taro Milk Tea, Natural Brown Sugar Milk Tea and Strawberry Milk Tea. Fresh tea and soy-based options are also available, adding variety into the mix.
Visit I'Milky at TriNoma, Robinsons Place Manila and Ayala North Exchange.
Twenty Four Bakeshop Offers Fresh From the Oven Goodness
It’s holiday-gifting made easy
An alluring pink stall in One Bonifacio High Street Mall has piqued our interest over the past month. (We actually keep coming back—no joke.) Twenty Four Bakeshop is a passion project of home cook and founder AJ Francisco. Experience pure bliss down to the last crumb with their bestselling staples: Chocolate Chip, Triple Chocolate and Campfire S'mores—with a dash of sea salt on top (a personal favorite).
The must-try flavor of the month is the Chocolate Peppermint Crunch made with Dutch cocoa, Belgian dark and white chocolate topped off with peppermint candy, of course! The mouthwatering assortment is perfect for satisfying your mid-day cookie craving, as a thoughtful pasalubong or for fuss-free gifting. Their holiday boxes—Solo Box, Holiday Half Dozen and Party for 24—are available for in-store purchases, same-day deliveries and pre-orders.
Order their holiday boxes in stores or via email@example.com or visit them at 3/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall.
Share Holiday Memories with Naked Patisserie
Signature made-to-order cakes, grazing tables and party trays perfect for your holiday feast
Christian Mark Jacobs’ beautifully crafted signature cakes have made him one of the most sought-after cake suppliers for celebrity weddings—much so with his “naked ingredients.” For the holiday season, Naked Patisserie is offering a wide selection of new offerings perfect for your holiday feast. Indulge in the customizable Naked Spreads grazing tables, Southern Roots party trays, made-to-order cakes, gingerbread house and luxe gift sets.
Don’t know which to choose from the assortment of desserts? Why not try the Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake Truffles, a crowd favorite and a benchmark for great desserts. Have a holiday season worth remembering—evoking good memories and shared joys—with Naked Patisserie.
Know Naked Patisserie’s latest offerings and order online through nakedpatisserie.com or message them through Viber at (945) 468 5141 and/or (965) 139 6609.
Taiwan’s Famous JDL Dragon Milk Tea is Finally in Manila
The brand opened its very first branch in Robinsons Galleria
Manila has become an instant hotspot for milk tea lovers everywhere. Every corner is saturated with milk tea shops—proof that the Filipino palate loves anything sweet and decadent. With endless queues (s/o to our GrabFood delivery guys) here and there, there’s still room for a new contender; introducing Taiwan’s famous JDL Dragon Milk Tea.
Thinking of a way to cool off or even a fun holiday treat for the barkada? Prominently known for the ultimate brown sugar beverage, JLD stands for “Just Love Drink” because you’re in for a treat! For their signature drinks, they use special Okinawan brown sugar, which produces a robust caramel flavor when cooked. What sets them apart from other milk tea brands? Their method of cooking and combining their ingredients. The homegrown Taiwanese brand averages 5,500 sold cups each day. Try their signature Brown Sugar Bubble Thick Milk and thank us later!
Visit JDL Dragon Milk Tea at Level 2, Veranda in Robinsons Galleria.
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Christmas Came Early with M Bakery’s Special Treats
Discover the art of decorating cupcakes in their exclusive class
The iconic New York bakeshop releases their Christmas offerings with freshly-baked confections inspired by the tradition of gift-giving and sharing treats. To lift one’s holiday spirits, why not give the Ornament Box consisting of a dozen assorted vanilla and chocolate mini cupcakes, topped with vanilla buttercream and edible seasonal decorations a try? Winter cupcakes, Christmas cupcakes and Holiday Piped cupcakes are also available in stores. Other handmade desserts include Chocolate Crinkle cookies, Jammy Thumbprints and Sno-Balls, among others.
M Bakery is opening an exclusive two-hour cupcake icing class on December 21, with five to ten participants for each class. Discover different cupcake decorating techniques, including flat top icing, inscription making and piped flower designs.
Indulge your sweet cravings with M Bakery. Drop by the store at L/G One Bonifacio High Street Mall or call (2) 847 9829 or (917) 633 1718 to get your baked treats, join a class or place your advance orders.
5 Years of Eating Wide Awake With SaladStop!
Proceeds from their featured menu item and apparel go to WWF-Philippines
SaladStop!, since its inception in Singapore in ‘09, has always encouraged people to eat good, so they feel good. Their salads and wraps are made fresh with locally sourced ingredients that make eating healthy taste even better. Now that they’re five, Salad Stop strengthens its health and wellness advocacy by teaming up with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines. After all, our well-being includes the environment we’re in, too.
Do good and try SaladStop!’s featured menu item, Mo’ Green (crisp greens with pumpkin quinoa patty, cage-free egg, roasted peanuts, capsicum, cucumber, mandarin orange drizzled with green miso dressing), which is available until January 11, 2020. Every green bite means 10% of the profit goes to WWF-Philippines to help fund the organization’s environmental efforts. Don’t forget that when you bring your own bag, SaladStop! gives a P10 discount for a minimum of P250 on takeaway purchases.
Not a fan of greens but want to help? There’s also a limited edition t-shirt that will be available in all SaladStop! stores (except at Ayala Tower 1) sold at P595 for the benefit of Mother Earth. Ten percent of its sales will also be donated to WWF-Philippines.
SaladStop! is located at Central Square, Power Plant Mall, Greenhills, Glorietta 2, Ayala Tower One, Burgos Circle, Alabang Town Center, Salcedo Village, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, U.P. Town Center, Robinsons Cyberscape Gamma, Ayala Center Cebu, Oakridge Business Park Cebu and TriNoma.
The Way You Want It With George Town Super Steak
Steak exactly how you want it…because you cook it (for the most part)
Purists will tell you there is a certain way to cook—and even eat—steak, but we’re all about enjoying food the way you want to enjoy food. Fortunately, so is George Town Super Steak.
While cooked the way you order it with the restaurant’s Mibrasa oven, which uses charcoal to simultaneously grill and smoke the meat, you get a little hot plate to make sure your bite is cooked exactly the way you want it. So what if your friends prefer it a little bloody and you prefer a little more brown around your steak? Everyone ends up happy.
But while it’s right there in the name, George Town Super Steak does more than just steak. They definitely have their handle on seafood, pasta and—everyone’s favorite—alcoholic drinks. Spending happy hour overlooking BGC, sipping on wine and munching on some steak sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? #TreatYoSelf
George Town Super Steak is now open at 3/F One Bonifacio High Street.
BGC's Five Star Night
With Fireside, Jin Joo and Mimi & Bros.
Thinking of last-minute ideas for your barcada handaan? BGC is not only a prominent business district but a hotspot for first-class restaurants like Fireside, Jin Joo and Mimi & Bros. In partnership with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Chef Edward Bugia (Mimi & Bros), Chef Gigi Canlas (Fireside) and Chef JM Libron (Jin Joo) showcased their unique takes on U.S. beef and pork in their existing menus for a special Five Star Night. 25 Seeds and Café Fleur owner Chef Sau del Rosario was the ambassador of the night.
Deep breaths; the holiday weight gain is approaching (embrace it!).
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