Pandesal with a Tim Hortons® Twist

Pandesal, the Philippines’ sweet and fluffy favorite breakfast staple made its way to Tim Hortons to celebrate the country’s Independence Day.

They called their limited edition breakfast sandwich “TIMDESAL” it became available last June 11 2019 and will continue to make us crave for more until the end of August 2019.

Everyone will surely enjoy the Smokey Bacon with cheese and garlic ravioli served with chipotle sauce in panini-pressed pandesal.

Stephanie Guerrero, the marketing director for Tim Hortons Philippines said, “As our way of recognizing the significance of Independence Day, we at Tim Hortons wish to offer this breakfast favorite, reminiscent of its Filipino homey taste”.

You can taste the delicious Timdesal for only P75. But what is hot Timdesal without Tim Hortons’ signature Iced Coffee, right?

A quick trivia – The Declaration of Philippine Independence from Spanish rule was declared by General Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898 at Kawit, Cavite. Pandesal, or “bread of salt,” which was introduced in the 16th century, is relatively sweet, and is unofficially the Philippine national bread.

For more information and updates about Tim Hortons Philippines’ new products and offerings you may visit www.timhortons.ph or follow them on facebook @TimHortonsPhilippines and instagram @timhortonsph

About TIM HORTONS®

TIM HORTONS® is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. Tim Hortons has more than 4,800 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States, and around the world. To learn more about the Tim Hortons brand, please visit the Tim Hortons® brand website at http://www.timhortons.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Not An Ordinary Coffee Float: You’ll crave for more

I know most of you, coffee lovers have tried iced coffee and coffee float. You may think this discovery is just the same as what you’ve tasted, well here’s why you’re wrong;

I have written an article here about Philippines’ First Affogato Dessert Bar, if you haven’t read it yet, click here to know more about it or just watch this short clip.

Anyway, Philippines’ first Affogato Dessert Bar, Affojeans has an ongoing promo – Buy 1 Take 1 Cold Brew Coffee Float. As a coffee addict, I’ve always looked forward on tasting their Coffee Float. I got the chance to try it when me and my family bought school materials for my son. I can’t say no to my craving when it’s already there beside the National Bookstore (SM North Edsa).

I ordered a classic flavor, Affo Cold Brew Float and the take 1 was my hubby’s request, the New York (N.Y.) Cheesecake Float. Both in Jeans size. Let me tell you, I am amazed about how they called their cup sizes – Shorts (16 oz) and Jeans (22 oz) – it’s witty, right?

I wasn’t really sure about my order but I wanted to taste a classic drink and I honestly did not regret my choice.

Affo Cold Brew Float contains Brewed espresso, milk, a couple of ice cubes and a scoop of vanilla gelatto. I liked how strong the espresso was. The gelatto and milk added the right amount of sweetness. There was no other texture other than the gelatto’s smooth almost melted texture. This drink is something I’d want to drink at home while working or relaxing.

Their NY Cheesecake flavor is great too. I just wish I can taste more cheesecake flavor because I really love cheesecake. But maybe it’s just me because my husband loved it. He said his drink is better than mine. But I think both are great drinks and I can’t choose what’s better.
This NY Cheesecake drink is something I’d like to have while hanging out with my friends or when seeing a movie. It felt like 22oz isn’t enough for me.

I am looking forward to tasting the other flavors. Not just the Cold Brews but the other affogato desserts as well.

If you’re wondering how much the Cold Brews are here’s the deets:

I highly suggest you try it. Unlike other coffee float, you can really tell there’s a coffee and it has a bit of a surprise kick in it.

A Must Visit Flavorful Dessert Station

Are you a sweet-tooth and up for a unique mouthwatering escapade? But wait, do you like coffee? What about ice cream, do you like ’em? Who doesn’t, right? Well, if you like both or just want to try something new, passing by this dessert station will be a great idea.

Affojeans is the Philippines’ first affogato dessert station located at the Upper Ground Floor of SM North Edsa, in the middle of National Book Store and SM Department Store.

Affojeans is founded by two young (on their 20s) women. As per Ms. Megz Zapanta, co-founder, affogato exists in some elite and prestige coffee shops in the Philippines but they’ve observed that affogato does not sell that much.

Curious women researched about how affogato is made and everything behind its contents. After compiling all of their researches they tried making their own simple affogato and realized it could work. They then tried creating affogato and mixed it with different flavors. After finding a reliable ice cream supplier and coffee supplier they started to add more twists on each flavors and started Affojeans.

Wait, What is affogato anyway?
Affogato is a mix of only 2 ingredients, ice cream and espresso. It is a famous Italian dessert. Affogato is an Italian word meaning “drowned”, borrowed from the word affogare which means “to drown”. So, it’s basically gelato affogato or affogato di gelato which refers to an “ice cream covered in a liquid”. It is meant to be enjoyed by eating using a dessert spoon, although you can drink it too when melted.

In Affojeans, they “drown” the ice cream in fresh hot espresso. It’s surprisingly good.

Affojeans’ version of affogato 

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Photo grabbed from Affojeans’ Facebook Page

Affojeans has seven flavors; Caramello (Caramel & Nuts), Tiramisu (Chocolate & Cheesecake), Cinna-bun (Cold Cinnamon Bun), Classic Affogato, with their 3 best sellers – Matchagato (Matcha Affogato), Black Panda (Mocha & Oreos), and my personal favorite – Avococo (Avocado & Coconut).

I got the chance to try all of their best sellers.

(from left to right) Avococo, Black Panda & Matchagato

Matchagato

Based on the name itself Matchagato, it is a Matcha Affogato. To be honest, I’m not really into matcha, but this one is different. I like the taste of their Matchagato, it’s flavorful and you won’t get fed up with the taste.

Black Panda


I am a guilty lover of cookies & cream, and this is a wonderful combination of coffee and oreo cookies & cream. It’s not just that, the cream is mocha flavor, imagine the strong taste of this dessert. Even though it has a strong flavor, you’ll be surprised with the sweetness that the cookies give you, and that’s the twist that you’ll love in Black Panda.

Avococo

This one is my favorite among all the flavors that I tried. It is a mix of Avocado and Coconut. you can even see coconut flakes on top of it, and that’s what I love the most. Even without the espresso, I can finish a cup or two, then maybe I’ll just drink the espresso. LOL

I genuinely love avocado and this one is a win. I just love it so much, I wanted more but I already had 3 affogatos I didn’t think I can eat more after that. But I’ll definitely have more if I can, everyday. LOL

Watch my video blog about Affojeans below

This is actually my first time tasting this kind of dessert. The twists in each flavor is shockingly amazing! You’ll want to taste all of their desserts, and that’s what I’m going to do to inform you of what each flavor tastes like. Better if you follow me on Instagram because I post reviews there.

Affojeans revealed their new collection of Cold Brew Float. Their cold brew float comes in 3 delightful flavors; Affo Cold Brew, New York Cheesecake and Cherry Blossom.

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Photo grabbed from Affojeans’ Facebook Page

Take advantage of their Buy 1 Take 1 promo before the month of May ends. Visit them at SM North Edsa, exactly located at UGF Main building, in the middle of National Bookstore and SM Department Store.

Surprise your Mom via ‘Send A Shakey’s’

The day has come to celebrate the love and sacrifices of all the mothers out there and appreciate how they dealt with motherhood.

Everyone has their own super wo-Mom, the one who carried us in her womb for 9 months, gave birth to us, played with us, lectured us and raised us to be a good person.

Every second Sunday of May, people around the world express their gratitude to our super wo-Mom whose love we can’t compare  and whose strength is totally undeniable.

How do you plan on surprising your Mom this year? With the traditional flowers and cakes, perhaps?

Why don’t you surprise Mom a little bit different this time? Whether you’re at home or living and working abroad, shock her with her Shakey’s favorites through Send-A-Shakey’s this Mother’s Day? To start planning your surprise, all you have to do is visit Shakey’s website, click Send-A-Shakey’s, choose your orders and then checkout conveniently and pay online. You can also include messages of love under Special lnstructions.Shakeys (2)

 

You can send that surprise now or order in advance for Mother’s Day through Send-A-Shakey’s.Just indicate delivery date, time and your Mom’s delivery address. This will save you time and effort from the hassle of last minute arrangements. That’s convenience in just a few clicks!

So ready to shake up the surprise for your super wo-Mom? Visit www.shakeyspizza.ph now and plan an unexpected, easy and convenient way of honoring your Mom through Send-A-Shakey’s!

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Legendary John Lloyd Cruz’s Tasty Comeback

One of the Pinoy’s ultimate crush, John Lloyd Cruz has been hiatus from showbusiness since 2017, but still not completely invisible to the public eye; for photos and videos of him circulates on all the media platforms.

JL Cruz is one of the most fit actors in the Philippine cinema and a powerful endorser. he, once again proved that his fans are craving for his return. In a teaser video, which lasted only for a few seconds and only shows the back shot of Cruz’s, and posted in the Facebook page of the number one selling shawarma Turks a few weeks ago had been viewed 3.2M times, shared almost 800 times and gained a huge number of comments.

Without any knowledge in that teaser video, his fans assumed that it was the matinee idol who was featured in that video. Famous Filipina actress, Bea Alonzo on her Instagram also posted a screenshot of that teaser video, which garnered almost a million lovely reactions.

Just this Monday morning Turks finally revealed in the 1-minute and 17 seconds video of Cruz showing the actor walking through different destinations, which somehow depicts Cruz’s sojourn. The video is very simple, yet there’s drama the way it was created, and in a very subtle shot, he stopped and took a bite of a Turks pita donner.

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The rugged look of Cruz in the Turks video titled Ang Pagbabalik is way too far from his guy-next-door image and a lot of people in the industry are asking if this signals his return to the limelight. His fans are still wondering about the life he’s been living since his hiatus.

According to Turks president Gem, L. Zenarosa that during the course of his talks with Cruz, they never talked anything about his showbiz career or plans. He added that he got Mr. Cruz as the latest ambassador of Turks because of his great confidence working with Cruz.

“I am really grateful that John Lloyd trusts our company, he is a brilliant and very creative young man. Aside from acting we have discovered some of his remarkable talents,” Zenarosa stressed.

The ‘Ang Pagbabalik’ according to Zenarosa is actually about Turks Small Pita Doner, which will be available again in all its branches.

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“John Lloyd is the best endorser for this because like him, despite his absence in the showbusiness for a couple of years, the warmth and love of his fans for him never dwindles. With our Small Pita Doner we believe that our customers will be happy to know that it is back in our menu,” Zenarosa explained.

Just like Cruz who is seen to have a different image since he last appeared in the big screen, a clear indication that the actor is recreating himself and exploring different grounds, Turks is also doing the same thing to keep its customers excited whenever they visit a branch.

Some time after the release of Cruz’s endorsement video, Turks also released to the market its newest offering — Turks Rice Bowl, which is a complete meal. You can choose beef or chicken for your rice topping, and it is priced at P50. The Small Pita Donner on the other hand, is priced at P35.

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“To keep up with the demands of our customers, Turks continues to improve our menu and offerings to satisfy the discriminating taste of our loyal patrons,” Zenarosa stressed.

John Lloyd Cruz now joins the roster of endorsers of Turks such as Piolo and Inigo Pascual.

Watch the full video of Ang Pagbabalik visit:

You can also watch the video on Turks facebook page.

A taste of rich Thai flavor

I’ve always liked drinking tea whether it’s pure natural tea or mixed with milk and other edible stuff. Milk Tea is a popular beverage now and I’ve tried different brands of Milk Tea, most are Korean recipes and some are adopted from Taiwan. This is the first time I’ve tried Thailand’s version of Milk Tea.

In Thai milk tea they use strong brewed thai tea and mix it with evaporated milk and/or condensed milk, which makes it creamier and rich in flavor.

Tuk Tuk Thai Tea is the first brand to bring the authentic Thai tea recipe here in the Philippines. It’s not only the recipe, but also the technique in making a mouthwatering tea with the use of metal kettle and large filter tea bags that preserves the genuine taste of the Thai Tea.

Tuk Tuk Thai Tea’s best sellers are their original (from left to right) Tuk Tuk Thai Tea, Dark Chocolate, Thai Coffee and Green Tea.

Tuk Tuk Thai Tea is surprisingly affordable. Their product rate starts from P65 and you can buy the most expensive beverage they have for only P80.

Most of the milk tea lovers always look for sinkers such as pearls, nata or coffee jelly. They have sinkers available for P15.

Have a taste of the first original Thai Tea in the Philippines with your friends and family. You can find them at SM Valenzuela, SM Marilao and SM Sangandaan, Caloocan.

And watch out for their upcoming stalls at Fishermall, Quezon City and Waltermart Sta. Maria.

Follow them on facebook and instagram.

Remove pain naturally with Precious Herbal Pillow

On my last minute Christmas shopping I came accross Precious Herbal Pillow at SM North Annex. I saw their products and was curious about it. So I kept asking the sales lady about each products before buying it.

This pillow is one of the products I purchased as a gift for my Hubby. They claimed that their pillows remove pain naturally.

It can be used for both hot and cold therapy.

It is suggested to be used as a hot therapy for muscle pains, stiffness, nervous tension, cramps, arthritis, influenza, colds, asthma, colic, blisters and stress/fatigue. What you have to do is to just heat it up on high 1 minute or 2. Never heat it up for more than 2 minutes. Don’t forget to place a cup of half full water beside it on the microve to avoid overheating it. You can use it as a hot compress for about 30-50 minutes.

You can also steam it, but before steaming it, make sure that you put it in a ziplock or any plastic that is well sealed and wrap a cloth on it. When heated, they said, the pillow produces a slight steaming action and permeates your skin more quickly than dry heat which results in immediate relief of aching joints and muscles.

If you put the pillow inside a well sealed plastic and let it stay for 2 hours or overnight in the freezer you can use it as a cold therapy for sprains, bumps and bruises, inflamed muscles, strains, migraine, headache, tootache, nose bleed, gout and sport injuries.

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I use it as a hot therapy for my mentrual cramps and I’m loving it. The smell is very calming and relaxing. It doesn’t burn, and it’s really effective.

What’s inside are all organic – cassia seeds, ginger, cinnamon, lemon grass, lavender and pepper mint.

They claimed that it improves blood circulation, helps relax tired muscles and relieves tension. They also said that it’s effective for gout, high blood pressure, itching, insomia, and rheumatism.

They have different types of herbal pillow to help you relieve the pain and it’s amazing! To know more about their products visit www.preciouspillow.com

The New Cadbury Dairy Milk Will Take Over The Country!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables Lands in the Philippines

Latest product from Mondelez Philippines enters growing parent-to-child segment

Mondelēz International has introduced a new and enjoyable entry product in its Southeast Asia Markets with the goal of becoming the best snacking Company in the world and create more moments of Happiness. Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables are created to provide consumers enhanced product experiences and bonding opportunities with their kids.

In Southeast Asia the Company has seen emerging trends which influence how consumers purchase and enjoy snacks, including shifts in income which lead consumers to seek enhanced product experiences.

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To address this growing consumer trend in the area, the Company has launched Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables in Malaysia and the Philippines. During its product launch in an exclusive event at The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Brand Manager for Chocolates of Mondelez Philippines, Arlene Amante, happily introduced the product as the Company’s first entry into the growing parent-to-child chocolate segment.

“Lickables combines the well-loved taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk in a unique spoonable format. To delight families, it comes with an exciting themed prize toy inside. The brand is proud to launch Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables in Southeast Asia with beloved Pokemon character toys too!” Amante explained.

Creating Moments of Joy Through Taste and Experience

In emerging economies like the Philippines and Malaysia, income shifts have challenged the traditional definition of a consumer. Mondelēz International has noted that growing middle-class consumers now demand for products and formats which fit their lives and growing families. They seek enhanced brand experiences which go beyond the first bite.

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As for Filipino families, Amante said, “Our insights have shown the trend in income shifts affecting the parent-to child segment. Parents’ lives have grown to be hectic. Because of this, their interests lie in spending time with their family, who still come first in their priorities.” She added, “To address these lifestyle needs, Mondelez Philippines will continue to expand into consumer white spaces or new categories, creating meaningful innovations to turn ordinary moments into joyful experiences, just like with Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables.”

As a new entry in the Market, Mondelez Philippines created excitement for Filipino families through teaser campaigns leveraging on social media and the internet, which are key touchpoints in consumers’ lives. Amante announced that in the coming months, the market will see and hear more from Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables in the channels and mediums they prefer like online, TV, billboards and radio.

“Through brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables, we invest in creating more moments of joy by bringing together the delicious taste experience and bonding spirit of being with a loved one,” Amante said.

With different Pokemon toy freebies that can be collected and a suggested retail price of P46.50 in the Philippines, Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables can now be availed at your favorite supermarkets and convenience stores.

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About Mondelez Philippines Inc.

Mondelez Philippines has been creating more moments of joy by providing consumers with delicious snack products since 1963. Its product portfolio includes: Tang powdered beverages, Eden cheese, mayonnaise, and sandwich spread, Cheez Whiz spread, Oreo cookies, Tiger energy biscuits, belVita breakfast biscuits, as well as Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates. The company employs about 450 people in the Philippines, with a manufacturing facility in Parañaque City.