Sunday, July 28, 2013

 As a foodie, trying something new is in the go.  Well, I am lucky that P supports my food adventures as he also loves to eat and always on the go to try anything and something new when it comes to food. Recently, we’ve tried the boneless Korean chicken near his place – Holdak Chicken – which is located at G/F Mezza Residences, Sta. Mesa, Manila City. Its location is right beside Starbucks Coffee and the very 1st Holdak Chicken branch in the Philippines.

Holdak is a fast casual restaurant that specializes in authentic Korean fried chicken. The succulent boneless chicken fried and mix with Holdak’s special sauces emphasizes its original Korean flavors with a twist which I found way better than the other Korean chicken fast-food chain.

You may ask, what does Holdak mean? Holdak comes from the Korean phrase Holdak ban hada which means “to fall deeply and madly in love with someone or something,” while the work Dak in Hangul (Korean language) means “Chicken.” So the name “Holdak Chicken” play on words that means “to deeply fall in love with chicken.” And I assure you that once you taste it you madly fall in love with their sumptuous chicken and go gaga over it. It’s an addiction, afterwards!

Let me introduce to you the four addicting variants that are made with high quality chicken thigh fillets to ensure flavorful and juicy chicken in every bite with its unique flavor.

The original Korean style fried chicken recipe sauce with a unique Holdak taste with a perfect combination of sweet, sour and salty flavors gives your tongue as well as your empty tummy a heavenly satisfaction.

Spicy Yang-Nyam
This is the same with Yang-Nyam but with an added kick of spice. And when I say spice, it is really meant for spice lovers and I bet extra rice is not enough!

Topped with freshly sliced spring onions, this sauce is the culmination of the different Korean flavors flawlessly infused together to bring a zesty Asian flavors that is uniquely Holdak. How to eat this? A slice of Holdak Fried Chicken topped with spring onions so you can taste the uniqueness of the sauce and one-of-a-kind flavor. This one is my second favorite.

Jack Daniels
My favorite! Do I have to explain further why? Ha-ha. As we all know Jack Daniels is my favorite drink and having this onto food is such a rewarding treat. Holdak’s best seller! Jack Daniels is topped with caramelized onions to complement its light and sweet taste; this is the Holdak’s version of the world famous sauce adjusted to fit the Filipino appetite. This variant is a MUST TRY!

Aside from their extraordinary flavored authentic boneless Korean chicken, Holdak also serves side dishes that will complement their four special sauces. Some of those are the curry fries, pajeon, the one-of-a-kind and only Holdak has it – Cheese Ramen, this ramen is to die for! Actually, I don’t categorize it as a side dish ‘coz cheese ramen alone is already feels like I’m on the cloud 9 and of course they also have salad with a very flavorful dressing.

 Cheese Ramen


If you want to try something new and eat an authentic Korean chicken, then Holdak Chicken is a must try. I just hope that they open new branch accessible to all, perhaps in Makati Central Business District or somewhere in the north. Holdak Chicken does not only flavorful in the outside just like the other Korean chicken available in the market wherein if you remove the oily chicken skin, the chicken meat has already no taste. Holdak is much ahead when it comes to taste because what you tasted outside is also the same even if you remove the outer part. I must say that they really marinated their chickens so well.

By the way in terms of service and interior design, Holdak Chicken also has it. The staffs are so friendly and always wear their beautiful smile and assist you on everything. The ambiance is clean, the interior is inspired by Myeongdong, one of the most commercial districts in Korea where people go to eat, drink and play. A bit smaller though. Meanwhile, the store is full during lunchtime because its patrons are the students of nearby schools and universities, so expect that there would be long line. To know more about Holdak Chicken, kindly like and follow them on the following accounts - Facebook & Instagram.

Holdak Chicken
Ground Floor Mezza Residences
Aurora Blvd. corner Araneta Avenue
1113 Quezon City, Philippines

Opens Mondays to Sundays, 9am to 11pm
Budget: P150 - P200 per person

Have a blessed Sunday, Tomorrow is a new beginning, so better start your week right!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Since I am into diet and living the life of wellness, I have been addicted to hot tea. I love the soothing effect of it plus it really helps me a lot in terms of constipation since it is my No. 1 problem. I would say that, once you are into it, it is inevitable. With that said, P and I are always on the haunt of different varieties of tea. His cousin once sent me some tea leaves which he got from Batangas City on which I used to drink every morning (my shift is from 5am-2pm) during office days. I have a teapot (actually, my office-mate's teapot) at the office for doing some relaxing and comforting hot tea that serves as my water while at work.

Meanwhile, last night P (with his family) and I had dinner at Bannaple, Connecticut St, Greenhills, San Juan City branch and we’ve got to try the Cinnamon Tea. This is something that I would love to have over and over again. I’d love the overwhelming smell of cinnamon and really does wonder on my appetite. It was satisfying and soothing. Probably, this is my new favorite variants of hot tea to date.

In line with this, since it is my new love, I also search what are the healthy benefits of it and listed below some of those ‘coz I might convince you to switch your cola on to this satisfying and enjoyable cinnamon tea.

Lower your cholesterol - and protect your heart health - with cinnamon tea.
Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
Cinnamon is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Cinnamon is filled with potent antioxidants
Cinnamon improves circulation
Reduce swelling and the aches and pains of arthritis and rheumatism.
Cinnamon tea's reputation as a weight-loss tea is growing.
Ward off a chill with cinnamon tea.

Now, I am into the hunt of Cinnamon Tea. Tomorrow will be a supermarket day but if you happen to know where I can buy some, kindly let me know by commenting below, it would be a great help on my side. Thanks!

Have a great weekend! Stay safe and dry. Be fit and fab!



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Friends and I love to hangout in Greenbelt after office hours to chill and have a food trip in an hour or two, well, before we go home. It's been a part of our weekly routine. And with that routine, J.Co has been a part of it. If you follow me on instagram (@aylin_tdp), I bet, you would have seen my post about me and my friends having a great time at J.Co, Greenbelt 3, Makati City. To break the record, Friend J and I, finished the 1 dozen (the above photo) in just a matter of less than an hour. This was last Thursday. Ha-ha.

Meanwhile, J.Co at Greenbelt 3 branch is also a great place to stay since they do have free WiFi wherein every week it changes its password. To give you a hint password comes from their donuts name - green tease, oreology & why nut were some of them. (^_^) 
Sharing the J.Co Doughnut way! And my favorite flavors are:

Why Nut
Avocado Dicaprio
Creme La Fame



Saturday, July 20, 2013

Howdy Guys and Gals! I hope that all is well and having a deLITEful day as of this writing. At this age, being fit and fab is in the go! With that, Magnolia Chicken Station Lite has a deLITEful attraction in SM Supermarkets to promote awareness in terms of being pretty well, fit and looks fabulous more than ever through their wellness talks and activities that I’m lucky to be part of.

Most of us eat a lot, and when I say a lot it means that we just eat everything that life has to offer without reading the labels and didn’t bother to know the nutrient content of it which I admit I’m guilty of. And last week, during the wellness seminar event held at the Actvity Center of SM Mall of Asia, hosted by Ms. Angel Aquino, speaker Llena Tan-Arcenas RND. MSN, RN, In-House Nutiritionist, San Miguel Pure Foods, talked about proper eating and how to obtain the shape we wanted without compromising other nutrients and vitamins needed by our body by having balance, moderate and proper diet.

One of the things I’ve learned during that talk is the dos and don’ts of food preparation and the 2 tips listed below are some of those.
1. Select cuts of red meat and pork labeled “loin” and “round,” as they usually have least fats.
2. Use breasts instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs) and remove the skin in poultry.

In line with this, Magnolia Chicken Station, an innovative retail concept introduced in 2004, is Magnolia Chicken’s branded retail showcase located in the fresh sections of SM Supermarkets. The “big idea” was to bring the consumers’ buying habits honed in wet markets into the cleaner, more sanitized supermarket environment. The stations allowed the consumers the freedom to buy fresh chicken either in bulk, by the piece or by 100 grams, and to choose specific cuts such as fillets, deboned whole chicken, ground chicken, and other dish-specific chicken cuts (adobo, tinola, recado, menudo, etc.) for themselves. In addition, its Cook-easy line-up, special, marinated cuts in a variety of flavors such as Chicken Teriyaki, Inasal, Korean BBQ, Breaded Chicken Fingers, and Savory Fried Chicken, to name a few, are also popular choices among consumers. 

Meanwhile, Free Nutrition Consultation, Healthy Cooking Demo and Fun Games and Exciting Activities were also done to make the crowd alive and had fun while gaining knowledge about nutrition.

Simply put, the Magnolia Chicken Stations gave consumers a choice to buy chicken in the format and quantity they wanted. All Magnolia Chicken Station products are freshly-made in the outlets, ensuring customers that the products they purchase are guaranteed fresh, safe, and of premium quality - certified alagang Magnolia.

In response to the growing health and wellness movement in the country, Magnolia Chicken Station has recently launched Magnolia Chicken Station Lite (MCS LITE) - a healthier line of fresh chicken products. Magnolia Chicken Station Lite products come from leaner and “healthier” chicken parts or products. 

The current MCS Lite product line-up includes the high protein, less fat Magnolia Free Range Chicken, as well as lean, skinless breast cuts like breast fillet, chicken strips, chicken chunks, and lean ground chicken! The brand is also set to introduce a healthy cook-easy line, lean cuts lightly marinated in natural herb and fruit-based flavors that can be used for salads, pastas, and sandwiches.
Guaranteed hearty and nutritious, these lean chicken cuts and wholes will definitely make you feel great and give your fitness a boost! It’s now easier to be fit, fab, and deLITEful all the time with Magnolia Chicken Station LITE -- the healthy chicken line!

Magnolia Chicken Station Lite is exclusively available in major SM Supermarkets, SM Savemore, and SM Hypermarket outlets nationwide.

Happy Weekend!



Thursday, July 18, 2013

 The HAPPY Musketeers

Today is Thursday, a day where you can bring back goo old memories. Ha-ha. Photos above were taken last year (June 2012), during Z’s first visit here in Manila. P and I loves Happy Lemon’s best seller – Green Tea with Rock Salt and Cheese – so much. Thus, we recommend it to Z and she loves it, too! And when I say, love, it means that we need to have at least twice a week as a minimum dosage of it. It's an addiction to the highest level. By the way, if you don't want the taste of green tea, you can try the Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese.

If you’re looking for a thirst-quencher or to chill in a while with a twist taste then you have to try Happy Lemon drinks.

Have great day ahead! One more sleep and its #TGIF! Teehee.



Friday, July 12, 2013

Howdy Guys! If you have nothing to do today and want to spend Friday on much better way, then go on to the whole day experience of health and wellness brought to by Magnolia Chicken Station happening at the Activity Center of SM Mall of Asia that will starts at 10am, today!

Celebrate life with a healthy lifestyle! Eat LITE. Eat Healthy! #TGIF



Sunday, July 7, 2013

Right after the Creamy & Smooth Chocolate-y celebration of “Creamy Chocolate Fountain” of Cadbury Philippines in Activity Center, SM Megamall, I headed back to Makati to also celebrate another milestone. 
Moonleaf Tea Shop Celebrates its 1st Year Anniversary

Moonleaf, G/F The Columns, Ayala Ave., Makati City branch celebrates its 1st year Anniversary with a bang! A tea house in the heart of Makati Central Business District, Moonleaf celebrates the tea lifestyle with surprise treats for people like me, tea enthusiasts.

They also serves a wide variety of freshly-brewed tea flavors with a special innovative twist and during the celebration last Friday, Moonleaf offers special surprises which includes tea drinks, free add-ons such as tapioca pearls, nata and pudding, and an eco-friendly planners for free.

Moonleaf Tea Shop Celebrates its 1st Year Anniversary

Aside from that, Ebe Dancel of Sugarfree was also present to serenade the customers with his sweet voice and love songs that made us kilig. Dubbed as Moonleaf Beats, LM Cancio Ai Dela Cruz and Anyo were also there to entertain us with their soothing voice and exciting performances.
For over 30 branches nationwide, Moonleaf Tea Shop offers an authentic Taiwan tea for a healthy lifestyle that most of us wanted and look for!

Happy 1st Anniversary Moonleaf Tea Shop, The Columns, Makati branch and Congratulations!
More power and please continue serving best quality tea.

For promos and information, like Moonleaf Tea Shop on Facebook (click here).