Discover El Neo Garahe Food Park along Commonwealth Ave

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They say a family that eats together stays together and they wouldn’t be wrong. Families sitting down to a meal nowadays are becoming a rare event. With busy schedules and permanently glued gadgets to our hands family time is becoming less and less precious. That’s why the arrival of the food park is such a great way to increase bonding time. Our different tastes and the ambiance of eating outside makes it a fun way to spend that precious time together.

The kids and I recently went to El Neo Garahe Food Park along Commonwealth Ave and ridiculously close to our place. Having just recently opened it was a pleasant surprise to see that almost all the stalls are occupied with the rest opening soon. The relaxed and inviting atmosphere made the evening more cozy for my family.

The unique design of the park focusing on drums and painted tires says “Come, sit and relax.” The chairs and tables alone are already Instagram worthy!

The food park is rather spacious and has more than adequate seating even having some dining areas atop some of the establishments. It’s well lighted and plays music to a comfortable level where a good conversation can be had.

In the center of the food park is a bar where you can get both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

We settled in and got drinks from Feliz Coffee and Sweets. As we pondered what to order from the neighboring The Braw Barn we leisurely took sips of our pretty drinks. Yes, pretty drinks. Check out what we ordered below.

Winter Wonderland Ice Scramble (Php100)

The ice scramble is back and perfect for the summer. 

Strawberry and Cream Frappe (Php120)

Kianna loves anything strawberries and she enjoyed this frappe.

Cappucino (Php85)

Bastian went for a hot drink despite the heat and liked the smoothness of their cappucino.

As you can see The Braw Barn got its name from the words Burgers Ribs And Wings which means fine and great. Their house specialties include a variety of burger combinations, fall off the bone ribs and flavorful wings. Now that’s saying alot because most of the time I don’t like wings because I’ve found them to be too strong in spice. We ordered the honey glazed and lemon pepper wings and it was just right for me. It was more than enough for the kids as it was gone in a matter of minutes.

Brawkada Treat for 4 (Php690)

They have Brawkada treats for groups of 2 and 4 people.

Ribs

The ribs are tender and the combination of spices were evenly blended.

Honey Glazed & Lemon Pepper with Mayo Garlic Dip

Both were equally yummy and the garlic mayo was the perfect dip in my opinion.

Sliders and Chips

I’ve always been attracted to sliders. Yes, attracted. I love miniature versions of burgers especially these colorful ones. Jael enjoyed the chips and he finished most of it.

Chocolate Mousse

Perfectly designed and almost too cute to eat! Every bite is a smooth bite of just the right amount of sweetness.

Churros Cup Rocky Road (Php120)

The problem with churros is it can be too oily when not properly made. The topping of ice cream, marshmallows, nuts and chocolate syrup complete this perfectly cooked churros cup.

Smores (Php60)

For the price this is a steal! It’s a healthy plate of perfectly toasted marshmallows teeming with melted chocolate right underneath!

Banana Whipped and Drizzles (Php110)

Crepes are so much fun to eat. Anything with whipped cream and chocolate syrup always does it for me.

Our dining experience was so enjoyable because aside from the delicious food we spent time together catching up. Jael ran around the entire yard and ordinarily I would have been embarrassed but it truly is a family friendly food park.

The Braw Barn and Feliz Coffee and Sweets impressed me so much so that we’re looking forward to returning and trying out the rest of the food stalls.

You have your choice of pizza, rice meals, sides, dimsum and even Japanese. El Neo Garahe Food Park is open daily from 4pm to 12am. They have parking good for about 4 cars and the rest can park along the street.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

El Neo Garahe Food Park: FB & IG: @elneogarahefoodpark
The Braw Barn: FB & IG: @thebrawbarn
Feliz Coffee and Sweets: FB & IG: @felizcoffeeandsweets

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A New and Exciting Mamon Treat Your Kids Can’t Resist!

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Red Ribbon introduces another exciting and indulgent mamon treat, the White Choco Almond Mamon. Our favorite bakeshop has added another treat for us moms to bring home to our families. We’re always thinking of “pasalubong” for the kids and this is a perfect choice.

Red Ribbon’s While Choco Almond Mamon perfectly blends soft, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth white chiffon, creamy white chocolate and crunchy almond bits for a combination that is both heavenly and indulgent.  It’s a sweet treat that kids and grown ups cannot resist!

“We, at Red Ribbon, are always finding ways to give our customers new treats that they will enjoy and love. The new mamon variant promises a new exciting experience,” said Ned Bandojo, head of marketing of Red Ribbon. “The right combination of white chocolate and almonds make this a treat that will turn even the simplest moments into a sweeter and more memorable experience,”

The new White Choco Almond Mamon joins Red Ribbon’s other mamon flavors like the Butter Mamon, Cheesy Mamon, Caramel Mamon, Creamy Mamon, Mocha Mamon, Cookies and Cream Mamon, and Ube Mamon. Like the other much-loved mamons, the White Choco Almond Mamon is sure to make a perfect pasalubong and pambaon treat.

Customers can now enjoy the new mamon for only Php24/piece. However, if they buy the five-piece bundle pack, they can get it for only Php99.00, saving up to Php21.00! The White Choco Almond Mamon is available in all Red Ribbon stores nationwide.

As one of the fastest growing bakeshop chains in the country, Red Ribbon is dedicated to making everyday moments more special by bringing new, exciting, and delicious cakes, breads, and pastries.

To know more about Red Ribbon’s many delights, visit www.redribbonbakeshop.com.ph.

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JOLLY University Year 4 Grand Cook-Off and Congress

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Kianna recently expressed an interest taking up Hotel and Restaurant Management which veers away from her first interested interest, medicine. It made an invite to be a judge at the Jolly University Year 4 Grand Cook-Off and Congress featuring finalists from 23 different schools across North and South Luzon and Metro Manila even more interesting.
With the theme “It’s More JOLLY in the Philippines”, Jolly University Year 4 featured some of the country’s top industry practitioners and leaders: Leo de Leon of Allegro Beverage, JC Libiran Author of Byahe ni Juan, Marilyn Perion of UCPB, Liza Morales of CCA Manila,  Karla Reyes of La Petite Fromagerie, Nana Ozaeta of Food Magazine, Bryan Kong of Crazy Katsu, Chershire Que (nutritionist), Vberni Regalado of Philippine Star, Jose Mari Oquiñena of Gawad Kalinga, Angelica Atanacio of Anghelica’s Desserts, Kian Kazemi of Persian Grill, Rebecca Lee of wheninmanila.com, and  Ms. Earth 2015 Angelia Ong.
After grueling weeks of training and preparation, all aspiring student-contenders in the country’s long-running campus-based culinary search, finally showed off their skills at the cook-off at the Le Pavilion Tent in Pasay City.  120 elite finalists prepared their best and most creative JOLLY-inspired dishes to clinch the coveted titles in the following four divisions: Individual Category (featuring Luzon Cuisines made easy, healthy and baon-ready); Team Main Dish Category (Visayas Cuisines Made Easy, Healthy and Jolly); Team Pasta Category (Mindanao Cuisines made Pastariffic) and Team Mocktail Category (Capture the Jolly Vibe of the Philippines in a Sip).
It was my first time to judge a cook-ff and it was both a fun and filling experience. I was assigned to the Pasta category where 10 dishes were prepared all having a local flavor to the theme “Mindanao Cuisines”. Participants were from University of Santo Tomas, La Consolacion College, Far Eastern University, Siena College, Rogationist College, Anihan Technical School, De La Salle University Dasmarinas, and Dr Yanga’s College.
The winning dish! Curacha Fettucini Alavar by La Consolacion College Manila.
Other entries from the Pasta category:
Here’s the full list of Jolly University 4 Congress winners:
Pasta (team): La Consolacion Batangas;
Mocktails (team): Lyceum Subic Bay;
Main Dish (group): La Consolacion Manila;
Main Dish (individual):
2nd runner up La Consolacion College Manila,
1st runner up Manila Tytana Colleges,
Grand winner University of Sto. Tomas.
Audience Choice: La Consolacion Manila
This year’s Jolly University grand winners walked away with Php50,000 worth of cash and prizes, trophies, culinary training workshop under CCA Manila, and an internship program under Fly Ace Corporation where they will receive comprehensive, job-ready skills development training from the industry’s best practitioners.
The JOLLY University Year 4 Congress is made possible with the support of event sponsors CCA Manila, Allegro, Coldstone, Glad, Fujidenzo, Masflex, PLDT HOME Fibr, Robinsons, Technogas, UCPB and Whirlpool and media partners Appetite Magazine, Breakfast Magazine, Cook Magazine, Food Magazine, Chinatown TV, Malaya Business Insight, The Manila Bulletin, Mommy Bloggers Philippines, Philippine Star and wheninmanila.com.
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