Tapas, pizza and free drinks at Restaurant Verbena Tagaytay

Make your visit to Tagaytay extra festive this October at Restaurant Verbena in Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay. Enjoy tapas by the terrace and get 2 free glasses of their house-made Sangria when you order any of their tapas for only PHP 495 nett. Choose from Potatoes & Chorizo, Octopus in Vinegar, and Jalapeno & Corn Croquettas as a scrumptious partner to your drink as you bask in Taal’s beauty. 

You can never go wrong with the classic combination of pizza and local beer. Have your choice of Four-cheese, Taco Tostada, or Margherita Country Pizza that comes with 2 bottles of local beer for only PHP 700 nett. Fun fact: the tomatoes used in Restaurant Verbena’s pizza sauce are sourced from Tagaytay farms, so your pizza’s freshness is a guarantee.

Restaurant Verbena’s Tapas by the Terrace and Pizza & Beer promo is available until October 31, 2018.


Restaurant Verbena is the multi-awarded gourmet gem of Discovery Country Suites, serving the culinary creations of Head Chef Jay Jay Sycip. Set in the cozy elegance of this lakeside retreat, Verbena pairs the rich, stimulating flavors of contemporary fusion cuisine with the comforting ingredients of farm-fresh country food. The menu is complemented by a prestigious wine list of renowned international labels. Verbena's hearty country breakfasts are a highlight of every stay at Discovery Country Suites, as are the sophisticated selections of wine and cheese served at sundown. Stay up to date & follow us:

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Mita's Kitchen Now Open

One of the simplest pleasures in life is enjoying good food together with family and friends. While entertaining at home is much desired, not everyone has the time and energy to prepare food that is both captivating to sight and taste while making sure that the house is guest-ready. The next best option of course is to find a restaurant that provides a cozy feel both in its physical set-up and food that tastes distinctively home-cooked. It is therefore such a joy to know that Mita's Kitchen is now open. 

Located at The Junction At Carmeltown, Wisdom Avenue, Carmelray Industrial Park I, Calamba City, Mita's Kitchen is the owners' dream restaurant and is practically an extension of their home in terms of the love and care they put into food preparation and presentation. Aside from recipes passed on for generations, it also offers recipes specially developed for them by the Professional Academy for Culinary Education.

Mita's Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

With plated meals featuring all-time favorites including fried chicken, daing na bangus, hubad na longganisa...

...and savory beef tapa.

You can also choose to order as a group and sample the Pork Estofado...

...Pancit Habhab

and Pinaupong Manok

If you prefer something that is lighter but equally satisfying, your best bets would be the Authentic Molo Soup...

...Fresh Lumpiang Ubod

...Taisanmada with Hot Choco

and Choco Banana Cupcake with Coffee.

These baked goodies can be ordered by box just in case you would like to bring home pasalubongs for your loved ones at home. 

You can even enjoy premium beers.

Reservations for parties and seminars are accepted.

Meet the people behind Mita's Kitchen headed by owners Ian and Thet Martinez. For inquiries, call 0917-825-5460.

Meet us at Mita's Kitchen!


Jollibee Fun Store Toys Lets Kids Get a Feel of Working at Jollibee

Kids get a feel of working at Jollibee with collectible toy set

Kids can have more playtime fun with their friends as they imagine preparing, serving and delivering their favorite langhap-sarap meals with the Jollibee Fun Store toys, now available with every Jolly Kiddie Meal.

The Jollibee Fun Store toys feature Jollibee and his Friends, Hetty, Popo, Twirlie, and Yum as they cook Jolly Crispy Fries, flip Yumburgers, serve Jolly Spaghetti, use the cash register, and deliver meals to give kids and their playmates a feel of working at a Jollibee store.

After designing Jollibee’s bike with stickers, simply press the button on the launcher to send him on his next delivery. At the noodles counter, a little push on Hetty will make her twist left and right as she serves the sweet-sarap spaghetti meal on a tray.

At the fries and burger counters, kids can help Popo cook by moving his hand and fryer with the pull of a lever on his back while Yum can lift patties with a press of a button on his back. At the ice cream counter, kids can imagine Twirlie getting orders and payments from customers as she presses the cash register with a push of the lever on her back. 

Assemble your kid’s Jollibee store crew with every purchase of a Jolly Kiddie Meal: Yum Burger Meal at P94, Jolly Spaghetti Meal at P99 or Chickenjoy Meal at P125, each with its own Jolly Joy Box.  

Hurry, complete the Jollibee Fun Store toy set, available until April 30. Head over to your nearest Jollibee branch and be sure to collect them all!

Canada’s Largest Filipino Community Excited with Jollibee Scarborough Opening

Filipinos and locals alike in Canada’s east coast had an exciting Easter treat as Jollibee opened its first store in the Greater Toronto Area in early April.

Filipinos spent the eve of the Jollibee Scarborough grand opening exchanging stories of how they miss their families and the taste of home.

On Saturday evening—hours before the grand opening—hundreds of Filipinos already camped-out in front of Jollibee Scarborough, located at 15 William Kitchen Road, eager to step inside the store to savor a taste of home.

The Jollibee Scarborough is the Filipino fast-food chain’s third store in Canada and the 40th store in North America.

Jollibee Scarborough is the Filipino fast-food chain’s third store in Canada and the 40th store in North America. Here, residents can savor the crispylicious and juicylicious Jolly Crispy Chicken (more popularly known as Chickenjoy here in the Philippines), the tastiest and meatiest Jollibee Spaghetti, Palabok Fiesta, and the golden-brown Peach Mango Pie, among other langhap-sarap treats.

Filipinos who waited through the night were surprised to see Jollibee welcoming them as Jollibee Scarborough finally opened its doors.

No less than Jollibee welcomed Filipinos to the store, including its very first customer, Paul, who looked forward to enjoying the Jolly Crispy Chicken for the first time in six years.

“For us, nothing brings greater joy than to bring people together over great-tasting food and happy moments. We are excited to bring to Scarborough the popular dishes that many now enjoy in different parts of the world,” said Jose Miñana, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) group president for North America. 

A Filipino gets a collectible Jollibee plush doll for being one of the first 100 customers.

Scarborough is home to an estimated 50,000 plus Filipinos and is one of the most popular destinations for new immigrants to reside.  The Greater Toronto Area, where Scarborough is located, is the most populous metropolitan area in Canada with around 200,000 Filipinos residents.  

“We look forward to bringing a familiar ‘taste of home’ to our countrymen in the Greater Toronto Area.  Many may not know that this area is home to the largest Filipino community in Canada!  And we won’t stop here – another location in Mississauga is in the pipeline for the year,” said Beth Dela Cruz, Jollibee North America vice president and general manager.

Other customers also received limited edition Jollibee collectible toys that celebrate and promote Filipino culture.

Jollibee Foods Corporation is currently the largest Asian food service company, operating in 16 markets, with over 3,800 stores globally, of which 1,272 are Jollibee brand stores. The company’s aggressive expansion plan in North America is part of its overarching goal to be among the top five restaurant brands globally.

Follow Jollibee Canada’s official Facebook page to get updates on the much-awaited opening of Jollibee in Toronto https://www.facebook.com/jollibeecan/

Forging Friendships Through Food

Funny how a mistranslation can lead to something unexpected like getting a Japanese biscuit. After my son jokingly asked visiting Japanese students about their love lives, they quickly whipped out this wafer biscuit with a wrapper showing images of Love Live! characters, a popular anime. My son may not have gotten the answer that he was expecting but that misunderstanding certainly paved the way for forging friendships.

Food is known to be a universal medium for socialization. As every person eats, striking a conversation about food is probably one of the safest way to go about it. More so, if the food is related to a certain culture.

Talking about food with new-found friends from another country allows you to get to know a little more about the other without being too intrusive. You also get the chance to share your take about your own culture. Eating together never fails to create that warm feeling of sharing the experience in an activity so simple yet universal.

My son usually participates in school activities pertaining to welcoming visiting Japanese students. After all the activities that include games and educational programs, such visit will always culminate with a satisfying meal. And so friendships are continually forged through food. 

Let Hershey's Chocolate Do the Talking

These chocolate bars got my attention really fast when I was at the supermarket with my wife. I can't help thinking how it has become so easy to express one's emotion especially in this love month of February. Seems like there is no need to slave through doing one letter to give to a loved one.

I suppose it is the sign of the times when everything seem to happen fast. These Hershey's chocolate bars can say it all for a boy wanting to profess his love to a girl or even as a reminder to love one's self. For all intents and purposes, these chocolate bars can do the talking.

Chocolates have long been associated with love or profession of love. Eating chocolate is said to result to feeling good or even the feeling of being in love. The truth about this claim is at best doubtful but one thing I'm sure of is that eating chocolates give me a comforting feeling, something that can be very elusive to many adults living in today's stressful world.

Celebrate Paskong Pilipino with Mang Inasal

A Paskong Pilipino salu-salo awaits families and friends at the noche buena table with Mang Inasal’s most-loved dishes.

Filipinos are passionate about the Christmas season – it is the best time for gift-giving, merry-making, and dining in the company of loved ones. One thing that Pinoys look forward to in celebrating Paskong Pilipino is the noche buena and media noche where households get together to indulge over a grand feast of traditional and well-loved Filipino dishes.

For most families, it is a wonderful opportunity to bond in the kitchen, with each member contributing their favorite dishes to the noche buena and media noche spread. But not all households have the luxury of time to prepare the meals. So they resort to the next best thing: either to dine out or to buy cooked food. Luckily, Mang Inasal offers families a delightful menu of great-tasting local comfort food to make their noche buena feast truly special.

Mang Inasal embraces the well-known Pinoy Christmas tradition as it offers customers a memorable dining experience this season.

Those who are rushing home from work on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve can still provide a dinner for the family by visiting Mang Inasal and taking home servings of its juicy Chicken Inasal meal. They can also grab an additional Palabok Party Pan filled with its flavorful sauce combined with seasonings of shrimp, egg slices, chicharon bits, pork chunks, and spring onions.

Organizers of small gatherings with relatives or school buddies, especially those with balikbayans who have missed Filipino food, can hold them in any Mang Inasal store for the kaing Pinoy experience. The nuot sa ihaw sarap of the grilled chicken inasal, eaten with their choice condiments and unlimited rice, will surely bring back fond memories.

People who need to work through Christmas or New Year holidays can delight in Mang Inasal fiesta meals to celebrate with their officemates. Take a break and enjoy an order of Fiesta Inasal Meal that is packed with one-piece chicken inasal with rice, one-piece lumpiang togue, and a hearty serving of delicious palabok to experience home-cooked meal even while staying in the office.

Celebrate Paskong Pilipino and dig into the creamy halo-halo at Mang Inasal.

Another Christmas tradition is watching movies in the local film festival that forms part of the itinerary of barkadas as they catch up with each other. Dissecting the film and sharing hugot moments are best done while enjoying Mang Inasal paborito meals and unlimited rice. Everyone can pick their choice of ulam from the tasty pork barbecue, sizzling pork or bangus sisig, and specially-marinated chicken inasal – pecho or paa. They can even indulge in a Christmas merienda with the cool, creamy Pinoy Halo-Halo and sweet leche flan.

With its savory food offerings that capture the distinct Filipino taste, Mang Inasal gives families an authentic eating experience, making the Paskong Pilipino salu-salo more memorable.

About Mang Inasal

Mang Inasal is the number one Pinoy barbecue brand that is known for its authentic fusion of traditional Pinoy cuisine with a fast-food concept.

Today, Mang Inasal leads the market with its strong portfolio of Chicken Inasal, Pork BBQ, Halo-Halo, and Palabok. Currently, the company has over 450 stores nationwide to cater to the growing love of Filipinos for the brand.

The brand has also received numerous awards including the Most Outstanding Quick Service Restaurant and Most Outstanding Chicken Inasal restaurant from the 2010 Dangal ng Bayan Awards, and the Outstanding Filipino Franchise Award from the 2015 Franchise Excellence Awards.