Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Now if you don't believe in overnight success, this homebaker will prove you otherwise! Khriz got in touch with me through the All Over Marikina Facebook page, and asked me to sample her products. One bite, and I was swept away!

Guess what, a few days later, she was booked for a morning show and has not stopped baking bulk orders since then! What an inspiration KHRIZ CRINKLES is!

"My name is Khrizel Molina and our brand name is Khriz Crinkles. I started baking only last July 2014. I retired from my work last May 2014 to give time for my child. I worked at Cathay Pacific Airways as Sales Executive for more than a decade.

"Since I have new priorities, so I needed to retire for my family. Our family loves to cook. We normally cook for our friends and family. One day I tried baking my favprite crinkles and it was a success! Then I studied several recipes for chocolate and red velvet until I perfected it. I tried selling it to my friends and family, and received good feedback."

"Unang Hirit featured us last September 2014. This really helped us specially with our target market, the Mariqueños. Before, I used to sell 30 tubs a week, now I am selling 100 plus tubs a week! Thanks Unang Hirit! Flavors available are plain Khriz Crinkles, Creamed Khriz Crinkles, Cookies and Cream, Khrofee (mocha flavored crinkles), and Nutee (Peanut Butter creamed crinkles)."

"Future plans? We have been receiving a lot of requests to put up shops in QC And Marikina area. Hopefully we can at least have one. We will be releasing several flavors soon like our Hazelnut Khriz Crinkles, Rock Salt and Cheese and Choco and Mint!"

Tel. No.: 09174585429
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 120 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Sunday, November 16, 2014


Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to spread the holiday cheer than by sharing with you talented homebakers from our city! When you buy from them, think about how you will both have a better Christmas. You have helped a small entrepreneur, and you have delicious treats for your family and loved ones as well! I am kickstarting this series with SWEETS BY KALI. Kandice sent me a message through the All Over Marikina page about her creations. They were all yummy! Take a look at the photos below, and don't forget to like Sweets by Kali on Facebook, too!

Name / Nickname: Kandice Lei Santos (my relatives and childhood friends call me 'Precious')
Brand name: SWEETS BY KALI

Oreo Stuffed Cookies
Specialties / recommended products

"Chewy oatmeal bars, my mom's recipe that's passed on to me. My banana choco chip muffin is also a click to most of my consumers, and also the Red velvet crinkles with cream cheese which is sweet, soft and so chocolatey."

 Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

Red Velvet Crinkles with Cream Cheese Filling

Do you have a day job aside from baking? Can you share a bit?
"I am a registered nurse here in the Philippines but after a year of practice, I flew to another country to study and work for almost 4 years. I came back last year, 2013. I didn't work since then but instead I helped my mom at home and took care of my cousin's kids. Until I started Sweets by Kali."

How long have you been baking goodies? What started the idea of being a homebaker?
"It all started with my mom's hobby of cooking and baking. And I always observe and look on what's she's doing in the kitchen. So she started teaching me, I think that was during my grade school days. Every time she bakes something, I always help her and that's how I also practice baking.

When I was away in another country, most of my Filipino friends and family friends craved for Filipino sweets. So I started thinking on baking and selling Filipino sweets to earn extra money, such as Leche flan, Brazo de Mercedes, puto, pichi-pichi, cassava cake, banana cake and special coconut macaroons, which were my bestsellers then."

 Chewy Oatmeal Bars

Brownie Fudge Bars

"After a year of not working, since I came back, my friend asked me if I can bake something like brownies and cookies for her friend's tea shop. So I didn't think twice as I really like to bake and to earn money at the same time. That was 16th of May this year, when 'sweetsbykali' was born. I am supplying them fudge brownies and chewy oatmeal bars once a week. I post pictures on fb about my sweets and had quick response from my friends and my sister's friends. As of now I have 5 resellers who sell my sweets in their offices and hopefully more to come! I also accept package orders for souvenirs and giveaways in weddings, birthdays and any event. The price of the package depends on the kind of sweet they like. The prices of my goodies are very affordable they only range from 100-150 pesos per tub. They are perfect for Christmas gifts that are suitable for your tight budget!"

Sweets by Kali's products:
-Chewy oatmeal chocochip bars (10pcs per tub)
-Red velvet crinkles with cream cheese (12-14 pcs per tub)
-Fudge brownies (10 pcs per tub)
-Oreo stuffed cookies (5 big cookies per tub)
-Banana chocochip muffin (6 muffins per tub)
-New: NUTELLA VELVET crinkles (12-14 pcs per tub)

Tel. No.: 09278137307
For pick up and meet up at Provident Village Main Entrance
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 100 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Friday, October 24, 2014


Marikina will never run out of interesting food places, quite notable is the foodie haven boom at Lilac Street! My friend KC Astroboy, blog author of Fly, Astroboy, Fly, recommended this cool dessert cafe at the other end of Lilac: the wonder that is COOKIE MUG!

You'll get immediately drawn to the place by the smell of baked goodies and freshly brewed coffee, and maybe the statue of Betty Boop that I wasn't able to take a picture of (booo). The most interesting product of the cafe was of course, the cookie mugs. Edible shot-glass shaped cookies into which you can pour milk, caramel, or chocolate milk. The best part of course is eating the cookie mug after you finish your drink. Enjoy the photos!

 Cupcakes are for celebrations indeed! 

 A platter of goodies! Yeyyyy!

 Oreo Cream Cheese Scoop with White Chocolate Melt (35 PhP) --- SUPER YUMMY!

 Cheese Cookie-Cake Shot (100 PhP) --- YUMMY AGAIN!

 Here is the most talked-about specialty of them all --- a cookie mug shot! I ordered one with milk.

 How can you not love cookies with milk, right? :-) Nom nom nom!

 I would love more of these please!! XOXO

 Drinks Menu #1

 Drinks Menu #2

 Complimentary Cupcake! Super chocolatey and really goooood!

Of course, I got to meet KC! Yehey!!! :-)

A perfect place to hang out with friends, discovered yet again! Try Cookie Mug today!

116 Lilac St., SSS Village
Concepcion Dos, Marikina City, Metro Manila
Tel. No.: (02) 218 0256
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 30 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOOD PANDA: Online Food Delivery Service in the Philippines!

While it seems that landline connections are becoming rare nowadays, it seems that some food establishments still conduct their delivery orders through this medium. Sadly, not all of us have landlines, and using our mobile phones to call a landline can cost a lot, specially if you still can't decide what to order, or if you have to stay on the line for a while to organize your order.

Food Panda, from the same group of online purchasing and service platforms such as Lazada, Zalora, Easy Taxi and Lamudi, has pioneered a centralized online food delivery service in the country. All you need to do is have an internet connection (which most of us do!), and download the app - available in the AppStore, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store.

Click on the FoodPanda icon on your phone and get ready for easy food ordering online! (That's my son as my wallpaper... kids grow up so fast, don't they?)

Click your current location, or type in your current city.

In my case, it's Malanday, Marikina City. FoodPanda will list all partner food establishments that can deliver to you. I, of course, immediately chose Tropical Hut because... do I need to explain why? It's an institution! :-D The other options, I will definitely try next time! ;-)

The menu is displayed, which you can easily browse, including the prices of the items.

Tap on the item to add it to your basket. The total is also automatically computed to help you keep the order within your budget... or convince you to splurge some more!

 Let me add a clubhouse...

As soon as you're done, go to your basket and check out. Indicate your delivery address (for security purposes, I did not take a shot of my exact address, haha). Then click Place Order.

Easy peasy. Your delivery time will be indicated on the Thank You message. In my case, it's 75 minutes. Now, please be a little patient with delivery. They have longer lead times for now, but I'm pretty sure the service will catch up as they ease into the food delivery scene. Expect a customer service representative to call you a few minutes after you place your order.

And finally... our order arrives! Dinner is served!

 My Tropical Hut Dinner

 My favoriiiiiiiite Quick Fried Beef!

 Palabok and Chicken

 The legendary Clubhouse Sandwich

Beef Steak

For more information, visit their website at http://www.foodpanda.ph/! Let me know how your online food delivery experience goes. I'm gonna try out their services again really soon ;-)

Online Food Delivery Service
Visit their website here.
Visit their Facebook page here.

Marikina, aking hirang.

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