What the Baby Barangay ordered at Souv by Cyma

Souv! by Cyma is a new concept restaurant by Chef Robby Goco that offers a fresh and modern take on Greek cuisine. I have always been a fan of Cyma (and Greek food, for that matter) so I had high expectations for this lunch. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. If anything, it was able to exceed all my expectations–the food here is amazing!

The Baby Barangay (that’s me, Bianca, Cat, Nicole and Patty) went in at 2:30pm and the place was packed (always a good sign in a restaurant). We were definitely in for a treat, because Chef Robby personally took care of us and sent out the best dishes on the menu. Now, for those of you wondering what ‘souv’ means, it actually comes from the word: souvlaki/souvla/souva, which is a Greek dish made up of meat on a skewer. And since the resto has a modern Greek concept that focuses on spit fired meat, well, it was the perfect name!

Because of Cyma’s success, Chef Robby decided to integrate his top 12 favorite dishes in Cyma with Souv! which is why the resto still has the flavors we are so familiar with. But also expect more. Souv!’s menu revolves around the three souvlaki meats usually found in the rotisserie: chicken, pork and lamb. Which means the meats are incredibly flavorful and tender, and has a smoky delicious taste.

For lunch, you can choose their roastings which you can have in a wrap, salad, or bowl, served with your choice of side dishes. The best part is you can customize your meal based on your preference and diet (whether you are vegan, paleo, gluten-free or keto). And for appetizers, you can start with a range of mezzes from dips, to their spinach and clam fondue. For salads you can sample their Kinoa Salata, and for paleo and gluten-free options, they have the super Souv! salad. For big plates to share, they have a meat platter of their roastings, Greek Paella, Angus Beef Short Rib, Grilled Whole Fish with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Emulsion.

Their dishes are perfectly paired with modern day Greek libations and everyday wines. And get this, they also have organic and vegan-friendly red wines if you request for it.

Sticky Chicken Wings P495. Fried chicken wings, honey, oregano, lemon, pickled onions, harissa yogurt.

 Clams & Spinach Fonduta P530. Served with grilled bread.

Plenty of kwentos and laughs with my girls.

Strapatsada P280. Greek scrambled eggs, cherry tomato comfit, feta, Greek oregano, grilled bread.

Salata Kinoa (small) P480 / (large) P680. Lollo verde, quinoa, arugula, pine nuts, sultanas, shaved kefalotiri, dijon herb dressing, grated walnuts.

Cranberry Grains Salad (small) P490 / (large) P690. Puy lentils, bulgur, parsley, cilantro, red onion, capers, cranberries, cumin, honey yogurt dressing.

    Chef Robby Goco carefully explained each dish he served us.

Cheese Saganaki P480. Fried kefalotiri with peppered fig, jam and honey sesame. Served with grilled bread.

Cyma Roka Salata (small) P350 / (large) P530. Arugula, romaine, sundries tomato, candied walnuts, parmagiano reggiano, Greek vinaigrette. Add grilled octopus (small) P110 / (large) P200.


Happy, full and completely satisfied faces.

Pork Wrap served with Oregano & Feta Fries P520. Minted tzatziki, cherry tomatoes, pickled red onions, pickled cucumber, sprouts, feta.

Hummus P290. Chickpeas, tahini, evoo.

We were super full but could not stop eating!

Grilled Sous Vide Octopus P295. Laddlemono, smokey paprika, Greek oregano, parsley salad.

Meat Platter: All Three (Chicken, Pork and Lamb) P950. Good for two. Comes with garlic yogurt sauce, pita, juicy potatoes, pickles and Greek coleslaw.

Seafood Yiouvetsi P850. Squid, shrimp, clams and mussels, orzo, crustacean-saffron broth.

We will definitely be back soon! The Baby Barangay had so much fun sampling Souv!’s dishes.

               For dessert, we had Greek yogurt!!! It comes in Wildflower Honey, Crumbled Baklava, Carrot Jam, EVOO with flakey sea salt and Orange Saffron.

Souv! by Cyma is located at Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

For reservations, call or text +63949 481 9621

My super easy keto-friendly chicken recipe

Since my entire family switched to a ketogenic diet (no carb, no sugar diet), our freezer is always fully stocked with beef, pork, fish, seafood, and of course, chicken. Chicken is a staple in our weekly menu, and lately I’ve actually been experimenting with different ingredients to create my own recipes (proud moment here–I never thought this day would happen).

I have to say though, life has become so much simpler now that we’ve eliminated a lot of unhealthy ingredients from our diet. We now stick to fresh ingredients, and stay away from anything processed and canned. So we always have plenty of vegetables to go with our meats, and we’ve even started growing our own veggies and herbs (let me know if you need dill and lemongrass, our plants are huge and we need to harvest them regularly).

When it comes to our meat, I try to be mindful to buy free range, and make doubly sure it is free from antibiotics, hormones and steroids. I cannot begin to tell you how dangerous our food has become (ill do another blog post on this), and the last thing I want is to feed my family with anything that has been injected with chemicals and hormones.

The good news is that Magnolia Chicken provides the freshest meats for our families–they are raised in stress-free environments, contains Omega 3 and are free from hormones and steroids! It is surely a brand I trust, and I am not alone in this–it has been proclaimed the #PambansangManok!

So okay, back to my easy peasy recipe. Here it is:

You will need:

1 whole Magnolia Chicken

Lemongrass

1 whole white onion (chopped)

1 whole Lemon (squeezed)

1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce (or according to taste)

1 teaspoon Turmeric

1/2 teaspoon Fish sauce (sugar-free)

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 cup Butter

Vegetables of choice (chopped carrots, baby potatoes, bell pepper)

What to do:

Marinate chicken with salt and pepper, fish sauce, Tabasco, lemon juice, turmeric and butter, making sure you spread the ingredients inside and outside the chicken. Then stuff the chicken with lemongrass and white onions. To make the chicken meat tasty, add butter underneath the skin of the chicken and massage it all together.

Put the marinated chicken on a baking dish and add vegetables. I didn’t put the veggies this time (I usually do), and bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 400 degree C oven.

Ta-daaaaah! Here’s the chicken after roasting it for 30-45 minutes (better to check it once in awhile to see how it looks). An easy, tasty meal for the whole family. Serve with veggies to make it keto-friendly!

I love that you can get Magnolia Chicken in two variants: the classic Whole Chicken and Free-Range! ❤

Dont forget to follow Magnolia Chicken #PambansangManok on IG: @Magnoliacsph // Twitter: @Magnoliacsph // Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MagnoliaChickenStationPhilippines/!

 

My go-to delivery service for home cooked meals

To all you busy working mommas out there, this is for you! I wanted to share with you my secret weapon for easy cooking and meal planning. Allow me to introduce QUISINERA by Quisina, a business I support and love. ❤

So, Quisina is short for ‘quick in the kusina‘, and the homegrown brand provides real home-cooked food with minimal planning, prepping and clean-up while ensuring their food is healthy and delicious. I’ve ordered a couple of times from them already, and so far, they have never failed me. Their food is always fresh, tasty and made with choice ingredients. It is a home cooked meal delivered to your doorstep, which is really ideal for every home.

Now, Quisina recently launched their advocacy line, QUISINERA. And the story behind it is: everyday people who have exceptional dishes are given a platform to share their craft and build their lives. What happens is, Quisina funds the cooking, ensures the quality of the ingredients (to maintain the integrity of the brand), develops the branding, and handles the marketing of the products. Then after the sales, the profit is shared with the kusineras. I couldn’t help but feel happy about this line (we need more businesses like this in our country), and I immediately ordered to be able to support it and taste these yummy dishes for myself.

I was not wrong to give it a try. Their dishes are absolutely amazing! Actually, their number is on my refrigerator so my home can easily call them when we need extra food in a jiffy. I call them when we have out-of-town trips, parties at home, or I simply do not want to cook a meal from scratch.

Currently, the brand is working with house helpers and other low-income individuals. More than the profit they share to the Quisineras they partner with, they give greater importance to reviving the can-do feeling that a lot of them have lost because of the hardships in life they experienced. Quisina wants to remind them that they, through their cooking skills, have the abilities to rise above the challenges with Quisinera as their platform.

Quisinera by Quisina only started this March, but from what I was told the response has been overwhelmingly positive. They hope to reach more people to share the food these wonderful people make and be able to help them in the process. You’ll be able to see the stories of the people who made the recipes on the packaging of the dishes you order. I love that they’ve kept this connection so that we get to know the people who made the delicious dishes we enjoy.

    

For orders, call QUISINA PH at +63917 814 4342 or email quisinaph@gmail.com. 

What to order at Agos by Chef Tatung

I just had to share my newest culinary discovery: AGOS by Chef Tatung. I featured this Filipino-Spanish restaurant in my lifestyle-travel show, Trending With Kelly and wow, I never ate so well. The restaurant has a wonderful selection of dishes that are sure to impress and satisfy every craving. I especially loved the Pollo Con Chocolate, which Chef Tatung showed us how to make in the video. Click PLAY to see what I ate at Agos, and scroll down to know the dishes we ordered. ❤

Lumpiang Sariwa (P190). Sautéed vegetables wrapped in tender pandan, uwe and egg crepes served chilled with sweet peanut-garlic sauce.

Chicken Sisig Lettuce Wraps (P330). A healthy alternative to sisig. A DIY chicken sisig lettuce taco set with crispy taro strings and mango sauce.

Binagoongang Pork Belly (P360). Deep fried pork belly, bathed with tomato-bagoong sauce. This is served over eggplant mash.

Paella Fiesta Filipina (P580). Something that has become our own. This paella is cooked with a festive mix of seafood, chicken, smoked chorizo and vegetables and given its beautiful color with achuete oil.

 Pollo con salsa Tsokolate (P290). A rediscovered recipe from the turn of the century Philippine kitchens. Chicken braised in dark chocolate sauce. Definitely worth trying.

AGOS is located at the North Wing of Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City.

For reservations, call (02) 889 1462.

My latest snack discovery for the fambam

Okay, so since becoming a mom my life now basically revolves around my little family, especially my baby Tristan. I guess it is normal for any new mom–there is just so much to learn about motherhood that your life can pretty much be consumed by it. Proof is my blog and Instagram, as most of my posts are about my baby and mom life haha. Sometimes I wonder when it will get easier, but it doesn’t. I am just given a different set of obstacles just when I get slightly better at something. It is all wonderful though, and so worth all the hard work.

So, one thing I am trying to be good at right now is preparing good, healthy snacks for my family. Now that my little munchkin is almost two, he eats practically everything we do. That’s why my husband Carlos and I have made a conscious effort to eat right because we’re setting an example for our little boy. It has to be a good balance of taste and nutrition, because lets be honest here–food has to be tasty and delicious. We can talk about eating healthy all-day, but if the food isn’t yummy, then it wont be eaten (especially by a toddler).

I’ve been all about finding that balance lately, and though it has been quite a challenge, I’ve come to find that it isn’t impossible. There are great options out there that are yummy, healthy and convenient to prepare. One snack worth mentioning is Gardenia’s Pocket Sandwich. It has become quite the favorite in our household because it is super tasty and easy to pack/eat.

It is different from your regular loaf of Gardenia bread (a staple in our house) because it is made with two slices of soft and luscious white bread. It has no edges and is perfectly crimped and sealed to lock in the goodness–you can choose from a yummy chocolate or a peanut butter spread. What I love about it that it offers my family a convenient snack (especially since we’re always on the go) and it is not messy to eat.

More importantly, these sandwiches are high in iron, folate, vitamin B1 and is a source of vitamin A.  As you know, iron and folate contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin; vitamin B1 helps release energy from proteins, fats and carbohydrates; and vitamin A is essential for the function of the eyes. This makes it a quick and easy snack, especially when you don’t have the time to cook or prepare (working moms, I feel ya). And it is individually packaged so you can easily put it in your kiddo’s lunch boxes for their snack break! The best part: it is only P15, and is available in all leading supermarkets!

Why Inagiku may be the best Japanese resto in Makati

If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese experience without having to travel all the way to Japan, well, INAGIKU at Makati Shangri-la Hotel might just be for you. The Baby Barangay was recently invited to dine here, and wow–it is hard to put into words just how good the food is here. Each dish that was served was fresh, delightful, tasty without overpowering, and just amazingly good. The gang and I enjoyed our dinner here, which had us raving about our meal for weeks to come.

Now, I have to say, I absolutely love Japanese food. I really try to seek the best restaurants in the metro because I constantly crave for it and when I want it, I want the best. Through the years, I’ve learned to distinguish the fresh and authentic from the not-so, and the bottomline is: this restaurant serves delicious Japanese food. From what I was told, the ingredients are flown all the way from Japan, which explains why it tastes amazingly authentic. It literally felt like the best of Japan was served to us that evening, and it tasted incredible.

So, okay, we each ordered our own dish, but ended up putting everything in the middle so we can try everything. That was the best idea, ever, because wow, the flavors were just bursting in our mouths, and we got to taste as many dishes as we could that evening. Let me share what we ordered:

Tokujo Sushi (assorted premium sushi) – P2,600. This was super fresh, and each sushi tasted amazingly sweet. 2-3 persons can actually share this. It is pretty big.

Maguro Sashimi (fresh big eye tuna) – P560. My measure of a good Japanese restaurant is based on how fresh their sashimi is. I have to say, this was absolutely amazing. It was melt-in-your-mouth good!

Tekka Maki (6 slices) – P250. My favorite. I always order this when I dine in a Japanese restaurant. These were extraordinarily good.

    Shake (salmon) Sashimi – P390. This was Carlos’s order. This was also very fresh and sweet.

Agedashi Tofu (deep fried bean curd with tempura sauce) – P390. A must-order when at Inagiku! This was so flavorful–crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside–we ordered two of these. So good!

 Gindara Shiogama Yaki (grilled silver cod in salt block) – P1,570. The presentation of this was just amazing. We eagerly awaited the big reveal of the fish, which was so delicate and tender. Amazing flavors!

 Tokujo Chirashi Sushi (assorted premium seafood topped on sushi rice) – P3,200. This was Raoul’s order and it was huge! Props to him though, because he finished everything. It was that good.

Usuyaki Steak (thinly sliced beef with mushroom and garlic) – P3,140. This was so soft and tasty! The mushroom and garlic went perfectly well with the steak. I love that they are presented in a roll–perfect with fried rice!

Honjitsu No Dessert (dessert of the day) – P440. Of course, we ended the wonderful dinner with dessert! What an extraordinary experience.

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INAGIKU Japanese Restaurant is located at Makati Shangri-la Hotel

To book a table, call (63 2) 814 2580.
Operating Hours

Lunch
11.30am – 2.30pm

Dinner
6.00pm – 10.30pm

Dress Code

Smart Casual