Eat Beyond Nourishment: Eats For Joy!

Kraft Foods Philippines (KFP) is driving the purpose of eating food beyond nourishment and pleasure through “Eats For Joy!”

East for Joy Launch @ Chili's: Hpsts Marc Nelson & Miriam Quiambao

East for Joy Launch @ Chili’s: Hpsts Marc Nelson & Miriam Quiambao

In partnership with World Vision, KFP, which is now part of Mondelez International, is bringing joy to you as well as others in need. “Eats for Joy!” is a program with partner restaurants wherein for every purchase of a participating dish with Oreo grinds and KFP cheese, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to World Vision on your behalf.

“This is a worthy cause. We’re thankful for the partnership with KFP through “Eats for Joy,” shares World Vision Interim National Director, Filomena Portales.

Eats For Joy!

Launched earlier this month, “Eats for Joy” partnered with top restaurants including Chili’s, J.CO Donuts, Amber Golden Plate, Magic Melt and Lots-a-Pizza. Until December 2013, these partner restaurants will be serving special dishes made with KFP’s Oreo cookies and cheese products.

Here are some of the special dishes which you can order from the partner restaurants:

  • Chili’s
    • High and Mighty Pie
    • Oreo Chocolate Sundae
  • Mondelez Philippines

    Mondelez International

    Amber Golden Plate

    • Pichi-Pichi with Cheese and Spaghetti
  • Lots-a-Pizza
    • Any Pizzas such as Great Manhattan
  • J.CO Donuts
    • Oreology donut
  • Magic Melt
    • Ensaymada

“KFP aims not only to be a supplier or customer. We aim to be a valuable business partner and ally in growth,” explains KFP Sales and Strategy Director Ashish Pisharodi. “We created the “Eats for Joy” program with our partners so that we have a common platform not only to promote our delicious brands and their restaurants, but more importantly, so that we can all create delicious moments of joy together.”

Mondelez Officials and World Vision

Mondelez Officials and World Vision

Kraft Foods Philippines to Mondelēz Philippines

Later this year, Kraft Foods Philippines is changing its name to Mondelēz Philippines as part of its brand global alignment. But moreover, KFP is also celebrating its fifth decade which is also being celebrated in part with “Eats for Joy” by giving back to the community.

“That’s 50 years of delicious moments enjoyed by Filipinos through our brands. For making us a part of your moments of joy, we want to give back to our community. We hope you enjoy the dishes we have prepared through “Eats for Joy” and be a part of creating joy through our partner, World Vision. Whenever you taste a dish from participating restaurants, you get to help those in need through the Foundation,” shares KFP Category Sales Assistant Manager Regina Calpo.

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Join Kraft's Eats For Joy!

Join Kraft’s Eats For Joy!

Beyond Nourishment

“Eats for Joy” goes beyond filling your hungry tummy – but others’ as well. So what are you waiting for? Choose from among Chili’s, J.CO Donuts, Amber Magic Plate, Magic Melt, Lots-a-Pizza, Figaro, Magoo’s Pizza, 3M Pizza, Aristocrat Bakeshop, Café France, Plato Wraps and 41 other partner establishments in Luzon, Metro Manila and the Visayas and enjoy their Oreo and cheesy dishes!

California Cheese Overload with Chef Robert Jorin

I would like to share a ‘cheesy‘ experience last month. Literally, there was an overload of cheese at the California Butter and Cheese Training Seminar with Chef Robert Jorin (CMB) from the Culinary Institute of America‘s Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate Program.

Monterey Jack and Jalapeno Jack

Monterey Jack and Jalapeno Jack

In line of promoting California Milk Advisory Board‘s marks “Real California Cheese” and “Real Califonia Milk,” we had a crash-course in butter and cheese appreciation at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Makati together with other lifestyle and food-related media personnel.

Chef Robert Jorin (CMB) of Culinary Institute of America

Chef Robert Jorin (CMB) of Culinary Institute of America

Explained one by one, we had mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Jalapeno Jack, sour cream, mascarpone, ricotta cheese, and unsalted butter, among others.

Following the ingredients in their bare form are its by-products sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, buttermilk, manufacturing cream, homogenized milk and the sinfully-sweet milk caramel dulce leche. I realized that I never knew how Dulce de leche are made, until that day, and how simple but delicately complicated it can be. 🙂

Unsalted Butter

Unsalted Butter

Participating California brands include Mozzarella Fresca, Crystal unsalted butter, California Farms, Berkeley Farms, and California Sunshine. All “Real California Milk” certified.

Of course, we had to try out some creations by Chef Robert Jorin whom he himself prepared. These include Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Raspberry mirror glaze, Pepper Jack & Olive Rolls, Cream Scones with Cheddar Cheese & Green Onions, Mascarpone Chocolate Swirl Cheese cake and Cheese cake with sour cream topping and strawberry on top.

California Butter and Cheese Training Seminar

California Butter and Cheese Training Seminar

I had to refrain from eating any food or dish with any form of cheese for two days after this event. (lol)! It was a great and educational experience nonetheless.

Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping and Mascarpone Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping and Mascarpone Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Tiramisu on Glass w/ cream on top

Tiramisu on Glass w/ cream on top

Hats-off to the California Milk Advisory Board and cheese & milk expert Chef Robert Jorin of the Culinary Institute of America. Check their recipes at For more information, you may contact Ms. Reji Retugal-Onal at 534-8534 or email

Gluttony Fest at Gino’s Eats and Beats in Makati

I gave in to Spanky’s prodding for some comfort food at a newly opened foodie spot in Jupiter street in Makati Gino’s Eats and Beats – and pulled along 5 more friends.

Gino’s is conveniently located a stone’s throw away from Fiamma and immediately beside The Distillery. The place is not that big but cozy and has a modern feel. It was no surprise that the interiors of this concept restaurant was designed by Team Manila.

Mushroom & Artichoke Spread

Mushroom & Artichoke Spread

And so we grabbed the green and stylish menu and placed some orders. 15 minutes later, the dishes started to come one by one. I think we ordered a little too much, even for a group of 7. It’s good we were still awaiting for a couple of more friends – Jane and her Bubba. 🙂

The resto-bar-type restaurant has a TV monitor which showcased the menu food photos. This certainly was a big factor in our ordering pattern. 🙂

Gino's Dumplings

Gino's Dumplings

But looks can be tricky, the taste buds should decide.

First on the spotlight is the Greatest Cheese Quesadillas (P305 – Top Photo). Beef Quesadillas are one of my favorite pica-picas, adding loads of cheese on top just gives it more umph!

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

This was followed by more appetizers namely Mushroom and Artichoke Spread (P160), Gino’s Dumplings (P195), a pair of Eggs Benedict (P185), and Grilled Sausage with Cheese Sauce (P220). This one’s on cheese overload, nomnomnom!

Then here comes a fiesta of platters initiated by the Fried Platter (P430) with more cheesy combinations of cheese logs, baby squid poppers, and Risotto mashed potato balls served with roasted bell pepper sauce and aioli.

Grilled Sausage with Cheese Ssauce

Grilled Sausage with Cheese Ssauce

Fried Platter

Fried Platter: Cheese Logs, Baby Squid Poppers, Risotto Mashed Potato Balls served with roasted bell pepper sauce and aioli

Grilled Sticks Platter

Grilled Sticks Platter: 12 sticks of Pork Asian BBQ, Chicken Barbeque in peanut sauce, Pork Pinoy BBQ, and Curry Pork BBQ

The Grilled Sticks Platter (P430) followed consisting of 12 sticks of Pork Asian BBQ, Chicken Barbeque in peanut sauce, Pork Pinoy BBQ, and Curry Pork BBQ

The spicy-lovers dared for a Wings Platter (P405) with 9 pcs of Buffalo wings, Hoisin Honeys and Honey Mustard and carrot sticks.I’m not too sure if it should be spicy…because it’s not. 🙂

Wings Platter

Wings Platter: 9 pcs of Buffalo wings, Hoisin Honeys and Honey Mustard and Carrot Sticks

By this time, we were feeling loaded but temptation keeps coming in.

A luscious-looking burger comes into the scene called Greatest Longganisa Burger (P185). It’s actually named Greatest Longga Burger. Sans 100% pure beef, a longganisa burger is almost always better because the Filipino longgnisa is juicier in nature than regular beef. It’s as juicy and flavorful as it is oily and sinful; again with cheese on top. Woah!

Greatest Longga Burger

Greatest Longga Burger

Jane and Chris finally arrives to the rescue. They didn’t have to order anything as the Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce (P245), the scrumptious Grilled Shrimp Scampi (P270), Angus Belly Salpicao (P270), and Stir Fried Pork and Tofu (P220) also came after them. 🙂

Grilled Chicken with Mushroom SauceAngus Belly SalpicaoStir Fried Pork and Tofu

Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce, Angus Belly Salpicao, and Stir Fried Pork and Tofu

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

I had to surrender to the last three dishes and passed on Marsala Pork Chop (P210), Greatest Adobo Flakes (P185), and Beef Garlic Tender Tips.

Marsala Pork ChopGreatest Adobo FlakesBeef Garlic Tender Tips

Marsala Pork Chop, Greatest Adobo Flakes, and Beef Garlic Tender Tips

Nonetheless for NomNom, there’s always room for desserts! 🙂

Gino’s Desserts: Greatest Panna Cotta (P150), Greatest French Toast (P150), Greatest Mango Jubilee(P150), and Gino’s Greatest Vanilla Sundae(P125).

They were all good, creamy, sweet, and sinfully delicious!

Gino's Desserts

Gino's Desserts: Greatests - Panna Cotta, French Toast, & Mango Jubilee

Gino's Greatest Vanilla Sundae

Gino's Greatest Vanilla Sundae

While only Gino’s Dumplings need improvement for my taste, my top three highly recommend ones are the Greatest Cheese Quesadillas, Grilled Sausage with Cheese Sauce, Eggs-Benedict, and Greatest Longganisa Burger. Ok man, they’re four! – so what? 🙂

Interestingly, dinner service ‘eats‘ time is from 6 to 10pm as Gino’s turn into ‘beats‘ with house and hiphop music 10pm onwards. Moreover, you can cross order wines and liquores from The Distillery vis-a-vis order Gino’s from The Distillery. 🙂

By the way, Gino’s is also open for lunch with set meals at only P100 for the Makati office crowd. It opens Mondays-Fridays 11am3pm. They open again at 6pm for dinner onwards. And of course, a blogger’s best friend – free Wi-Fi! 🙂 Take note however, that their menu is still in the adoption phase and some dishes might change from the menu.

They’re located at Unit A, Ground Level, Valdelcon Building, 20 Jupiter Street, Makati. (632) 519 1272 / (63) 917 885 6969 .

Gino's Eats & Beats

Gino's Eats & Beats

I will end this article with something for you to think about: why do you think most of the menu items have the “Greatest” before ’em? 🙂

Just look at the pictures and tell me you will not try Gino’s Eats and Beats in Jupiter for at least once in your life. Tell me!

Double Surprise at Angel’s Pizza

I was recently invited by a friend to try out Angel’s Pizza Pasta in their Ortigas-Pasig branch at CityGolf Plaza , Julia Vargas Ortigas Center corner meralco Avenue beside Ortigas Home Depot.

It was a simple and homey pizza store with enough space for about 20 dine-in customers. My friend also mentioned that Angel’s Pizza * Pasta * Combo‘s owners were previous franchisers of the Domino’s Pizza we were familiar with a few years back.

They offer 11 variants of original hand-tossed pizza in Medium, Family and Big Family sizes with price range from P249 to P555.

We tried out a number of pizza from their menu including Tuna Pesto and the flagship Extra Feast; but two variants caught my attention well.

Angel's Double

Angel's Double

First was the Angel’s Double Cheesy Melt. Angel’s Double are double-decker thin crust pizzas with literally two kinds of pizza on top of the other for a standard Big Family size (P599 ).

Tthe Angel’s Double Cheesy Melt consists of Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese on top and a spread of pepperoni between the 2 thin crusts. This reminded me of what I sometimes do with my pizza – having two slices and making a sandwich out of them; although this time with two different flavors 🙂

Angel's Double Cheesy Melt

Angel's Double Cheesy Melt

As far as I know, this is the only pizza chain which offers this style of pizza preparation. The other two Angel’s Doubles flavors are BBQ and Cheesy Burger.  You could also order three extra sauces namely: sour cream, cheddar and tangy tomato.

Second to surprise me was the Angel’s Style hand-tossed pizza. It has the usual pizza toppings such as Mozzarella cheese and onion (mushroom too) but what sets it apart are the chicken chunks in barbecue sauce! Yummy! To put it plainly and direct to the point, NomNom recommends this for the pizza lovers with discriminating palates. 🙂 I so love it!

Angle's Style

Angel's Style

The Angel’s Style pizza is available in size choices of 14“, 12 Slices(₱555), 12“, 8 Slices(₱435), 9“, 6 Slices(₱315).

My imagination wishes for an Angel’s Doubles of Angel’s Style – that would be a truly doubly amazing combination!

Angel's Style with Chicken Barbecue

Angel's Style with Chicken Barbecue and Angel's Double

As of this writing, my fingers are itching to call their delivery hotline  922-22-22, but I know there’s none near me; yet. However, they have  branches in Makati, Kalayaan QC, Pasig, Sucat Paranaque, Fairview, Recto, Malate, UN Avenue, and Dagupan.

Most of their stores are for take-out only with a few dine-in stores  like the branch where I had my pizza in Ortigas (I also hope they can fix the air conditioning system immediately).

Angel's Pizza * Pasta * Combo

Angel's Pizza * Pasta * Combo

Angel’s Pizza Corp Stores PROMOS
Buy 1 Take 1 Promo
(DI – dine in;  TO– take out; DE – delivery)

Makati Store
10am-1pm DI TO DE
12mid to 3am DI TO only

Kalayaan Store
10am to 1pm DI TO DE

Fairview Store

All day dine-in/take-out only —Buy BF free BF
10am to 1pm DI TO DE

Pasig Store
10am-1pm DI TO DE
10pm-12mid DI TO DE

10am-1pm DI TO DE
10pm-12mid DI TO DE

10am to 1pm DI TO DE

All day B1T1-DI TO DE

SM Advantage Card, Prestige, BDO Rewards cardholders & Boardwalk members get 20% discount on every pizza purchase or get free Medium Pizza for every purchase of Big Family Pizza in Angel’s Pizza Pasta Combo.