The World’s Largest Milkshake Bar Company is now in the Philippines!

Shakeaway is the world’s largest milkshake bar company and the original re-inventor of the milkshake since 1993, born in the UK with over 50 stores worldwide. They have invented a phenomenon that is growing throughout the world with an amazing menu of over 180 different fantastic ingredients such as M&Ms, Kitkat,  banana, fresh strawberries, fresh pineapple, Oreo cookies, Skittles, Wonka nerds, chocolate muffin, Nutella, tiramisu and luxury chocolate Lindt, to create millions of wonderful Milkshake combinations right before your eyes. 

“No one makes a milkshake taste the way we do, you really could live forever and never have the same milkshake twice – true!”

The milkshake flavors are split into various categories ranging from fruity to chocolatey, cakey to biscuity, sweet-y to soda, and everything else in-between. All milkshakes can be made using ice cream or 100% fat-free frozen yogurt. They can even be made hot! Each milkshake is a bespoke creation handmade by trained staff from the customer’s choice of more than 180 ingredients!
Alongside their world famous milkshakes, Shakeaway has also re-invented frozen yogurts, smoothies, all-natural shaved ice, and low-fat fries. You can see the menu here.

I was lucky to be invited to the opening of their flagship branch last November 25, 2016 at the U.P. Town Center, Quezon City. Guests were able to try few of their best sellers like Red Velvet Cake, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Chip Cookie and much more. To my surprise, my 2-year-old son was able to finish the Red Velvet Cake himself. Take note, he’s a picky eater!

CEO Peter Dickson, Kim Chan-Tanganco, Jenilee Chan, Zerline Ortiz-Luis with hosts of the launch 

Shakeaway is located at Ground Floor, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Quezon City.

IG: @shakeawayph

Banapple [Pies and Cheesecakes] in Katipunan QC

Everyday I passed by Katipunan road going to work, I saw a lot of restaurants which I’ve been meaning to try and that includes Banapple. The main store is under renovation so the other branch right across the road which I assumed their bakery is currently serving main dishes until the construction is finished. [Update: The construction is finished and now serving]

Banapple started baking pies & cheesecakes years ago, initially for friends and family, and referred food establishments. shortly, banapple expanded its client base to include well known food establishments and restaurants, all being served from a home-based kitchen located in quezon city. the brand ‘banapple’ (banana + apple) was established, a contraction on the main ingredients of the banoffee pie and the apple caramel crumble pie, two of banapple’s early hits. banapple shortly thereafter transferred its main kitchen to a bigger and more accessible location along katipunan avenue in quezon city. banapple operates a cake showroom cum cafe at the facade of this kitchen.
Banapple pies & cheesecakes is a novel find in the metropolis. in addition to pies, cakes and cheesecakes, banapple serves yummy home-cooked style hot meals like the well-loved chicken parmigiano, lasagna roll-ups and hickory-smoked country ribs as well as sandwiches, pastas, and great pancakes. banapple has become a pleasant landmark, and commuters stop for a quick take out to and from work and school. bakers and waitstaff are friendly and offer fast and personalized service. great for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks, anyone can enjoy yummy meals and excellent desserts alongside good coffee any time of the day 🙂 Source

So last Saturday, my family and I finally had the chance and went there for a late lunch. The place is too small, though I couldn’t complain since that particular branch only caters bread and pastries prior to the renovation. The seats were all occupied by the time we arrived so we have to wait for vacant seats while hubby ordered our food at the counter.

Super Ceaser Salad P160
An all time favorite salad of mixed greens with bacon bits and parmesan made more scrumptious with pecan pralines

Hickory Smoked Barbecued Country Ribs P220

Extra tender country ribs grilled in hickory smoke, glazed with our homemade hickory barbecue sauce, served with corn relish

This is what I ordered. The taste was not that remarkable as I find their barbecue sauce just like an ordinary one from the grocery store. Meanwhile, the ribs were soft and tender which best paired with corn relish to neutralize the sweetness of the barbecue sauce.

Chicken Parmigiano P215

Tender fillets of chicken breast encrusted in a parmesan crumb mixture top with rich stewed tomato meat sauce and melted mozzarella; served with glazed butter carrots

When I asked hubby his verdict, he simply said: “Tastes just like chizza”. Chizza is the newest variety of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). It is basically a chicken fillet on topped with pizza sauce and toppings. Surprisingly, he liked it.  

And here’s the exciting part. Wohooo!

Banoffee Pie P115
Okay, this is the reason why I’ve been meaning to try this restaurant. It’s because of their famous banoffee pie! Isn’t it enticing? *drools*

I rate this 8 out of 10. I love how the ingredients balanced the sweetness whereas you won’t get fed off the taste. I also love the fresh banana comes with it. On the other hand, I think they went overboard on the whipped cream. As you can see, it almost has the same thickness as the thin crust and the banana layering. Too much of whipped cream looks unhealthy for my liking.
Overall, we were satisfied in what we ordered and had a wonderful time during our stay. We will definitely try their pasta dishes on our next visit. 

206 Katipunan Avenue, Blue Ridge, Quezon City
Contact No. (02) 438 2675

*Originally posted at Mommy Rockin’ In Style last Sept 2015

Tokyo Tonteki Philippines [The Pursuit of the Perfect Pork Loin Steak]

We headed for a late lunch after we successfully booked One Cafe and Events for Cloud’s 1st birthday that will be held on January 2016.
I was craving for ramen so we stopped by at UP Town Center to look for a Japanese restaurant and to our dismay, we couldn’t find one (unbeknownst to us, there is Ramen Nagi inside!) and went to Tokyo Tonteki instead.

Ripe Mango Shake in Tokyo Tonteki

I was impressed on how they strategically planned the small space given. It appears wider due to its lighting setup. I also enjoyed staring at the black and white graffiti that brings the restaurant to a fun and quirky ambiance.

Kani Salad, P170

Best Kani Salad I’ve tasted so far as I find their mayo unique in a way that bests compliments with mango bits, cucumber, and stripped Kani sticks. 

Chopped Tonteki Set 250g (385php)

Thick, tender & juicy pork loin steak cooked using Tokyo Tonteki’s unique low temperature cooking technique & simmered in our signature sauces. Tokyo Tonteki Sauce or Ginger Sauce topped with toasted garlic chips. 

Every set meals come with unlimited Japanese rice, shredded cabbage, and pork miso soup.

Tonburg Steak Set with Tonteki Sauce 300g (375php)

100% premium ground pork meat patty with diced onions cooking using Tokyo Tonteki’s unqiue low temperature cooking technique doused with our signature sauces. Tokyo Tonteki Sauce or Savory Sweet Onion Steak Sauce.

This meal is mouthwatering in the picture and in actual taste. It’s even more tasteful once you eat this with their Japanese rice.

1. Nice ambiance
2. Great customer service 
3. Reasonable price for their meals
4. Unlimited rice, cabbage, pork miso soup

Cons: NONE

Tokyo Tonteki Philippines
Ground Floor, UP Town Center Katipunan Ave, 1105 Quezon City
Level 2, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City, Greenbelt
Phone No. 02 7448652

This was originally posted at Mommy Rockin’ In Style last Aug 2015