Wednesday, August 14, 2019


It has always been my goal to give my family the "healthy eating" option. Admittedly, I don't cook, so I make the extra effort to prepare healthy salads. I also started to immerse myself in urban gardening. It makes me so happy to prepare salads with ingredients coming from my garden. 


For me, it is about making sure where the ingredients come from. Eating what we grow in the garden is the most ideal. But because we live in Metro Manila, and the weather can get rough or harsh for my veggies, the next best option is to buy supplies from local farmers from Centris Weekend Market. 

But when I got a chance to visit Healthy Meals Ph., I learned another angle to healthy eating.  Managing Director Rad Pelayo explained, that healthy eating means "it is a lifestyle". It is not about diet fad. Or losing weight in a week's time. Eating healthy should be sustainable with the promise that what you are eating is tasty and healthy. It is about weight management, finding the ideal weight for an individual and how to sustain it.


Healthy eating is NOT about food that is "taste-less". We often have the misconception that healthy food is bland. It shouldn't be.

A lot of people equates healthy eating with expensive meals. Again, it shouldn't be.


I got to experience delicious food at Healthy Meals Ph. I tried two dishes, the Baked Chicken Hardinera (Php190) and Beef Salpicao (Php245).  Both were tasty, far from being bland. I enjoyed my Baked Chicken Hardinera with brown rice, and the Beef Salpicao was perfect with salad. It satisfied my hunger, but I did not feel full.  

Baked KareKare - (Php245)
Baked Fish and Tofu - (Php175)
Chicken Cucumber Boat - (Php190)

I also got curious with their delivery option. As I have stated before, my body problem is how to gain weight. So I asked Rad, if they offer a weight gain program. He said, that high calorie food is best for those who want to "bulk up" and live an active lifestyle. It is ideal for me also, because the high protein low carb will help me gain weight.

There are many High Protein Low Carbs choices according to calorie count, and I am eyeing the HP2000 cal at Php2900.  The price includes 3 meals + 1-2 snacks per day for 5 days. Which I think is a good price. 

Part of the store's advocacy of making Filipinos embrace the healthy lifestyle, they also sell local products that you will truly love. 


Kapeng Barako with Balicucha (hardened sugar syrup from the
Ilocos region that is similar to the tira-tira which I enjoyed as a kid)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


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Tuesday, July 30, 2019


What makes weekends very special for our family. We get to cook comfort dishes that demand more time to prepare. But the result, bonding with the family over well loved dishes. After all the eating and talking, an hour or so after lunch, family members tend to feel sleepy. As if, there is a need to lie down. And after blogging four years into blogging, I now describe this feeling as FOOD COMA. That feeling of drowsiness due to food satisfaction.

But I learned a new term, mind you an Italian word to describe this feeling precisely >> ABBIOCCO!


Mrs.Wise together with the #BackPackSquad was recently invited to have a taste of Filipino dishes at Abbiocco Alternative Filipino. We decided to sample on a variety of dishes, that would show you how diverse we are as a family as far as food choice is concerned.

My son is a certified pork lover and loves BBQ. He ordered the PINOY BBQ BABY BACK RIBS.  This fall-off-the-bone baby back is simple irresistible. Just the right amount of smokiness-sweetness in it. It does not empower the true flavor of the meat.  The secret: it was marinated in local lime, soy sauce and honey.  Served with garlic mashed potato, whole kennel corn and buttered vegetables. Verdict: it was so awesome, my son ordered for extra rice!

My daughter had BRAISED OX TONGUE WITH MUSHROOMS. She loves anything and everything with mushrooms. Unlike the usual Lengua that use heavy/creamy mushroom sauce that tends to be overwhelming at times, this Ilonggo dish is more stew-y, similar to the conistency of Pinoy Bistek. Verdict: the addition of green olives is perfect for this dish. 

I admit I love seafood. Would love to sample on Abbiocco's Guinataang Alimasag sa Aligue but it was not available at that time. So decided on my two favorites: shrimp and tanigue. Ordered KINILAW NA TANIGUE SA CALAMANSI. The use of calamansi blends well with the fresh tanigue.  I also had FRIED SHRIMPS IN SALTED EGG SAUCE. The mango salsa that came with it, was refreshingly delish. 


In our family, it is the hubby who is the hardest to please when it comes to food. Why? Because he is the family's resident chef :)  He has this hobby of constantly researching on how to make authentic dishes from scratch. He makes the extra effort in sourcing out ingredients just to perfect his home cooked meals. 

So when I asked what he wants to order, he said, he had his eye on the  6 HOURS OVEN BRAISED LAMB SHANK.  Does that mean 6 hours of waiting time, I joked! 

Not 6 hours, but his order came last. But when it arrived, whoa!!!  It was beautiful!!!  It was served with Abbiocco rice and side vegetables and it was love up to the last bite. We were so curious, we partake of his dinner  :)  And the whole family agreed, it was delicious. That 6 hours of slow cooking did wonders to the very tender lamb meat. Verdict: he liked it so much he would recommend it for first time visitors of Abbiocco and he will still order it when he comes back.  

Abbiocco Alternative Filipino is built from the vision of honoring authentic local flavors masterfully conveyed through contemporary elements and techniques. 

MONTIEL'S HEALTHY PIZZA:  mad with Pinoy tomatoes, mozzarella fior di latte,
fresh basil, salt and extra virgin oil


  • Big servings
  • timeless Filipino dishes with a twist
  • incorporated Italian, Spanish and Western selections in their menu
  • nice and relaxing ambience
  • outstanding service
As a place where Filipinos may find utmost satisfaction, Abbiocco Alternative Filipino is set to establish new family traditions, elevate celebrations, and ultimately, surpass trends. It underscores the importance of creating a space where friends and families may nurture their love for food while creating memories that will last lifetimes. I can imagine celebrating milestones in my family here in Abbiocco.

G/F Metro Stonerich Building 
#3 Scout Rallos St. corner Mother Ignacia Brgy. Laging Handa Quezon 
Tel no. 989-2350. 
Mondays to Sundays 11 am until 11 pm 
until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.