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June 03, 2021

What Makes Lola Nena's Triple Cheese Donuts Special?

What Makes Lola Nena's Triple Cheese Donuts Special?

Lola Nena's is a family-owned bakery first well known for its special Pichi-pichi. They opened their first kiosk in Tandang Sora around 2012, but decided to close down after a few months because of the challenges they faced. But just like love, the business seems sweeter the second time around because when they opened a store in a different location, which is in Quezon Avenue in Welcome Rotonda. And what do you know? They started to get good traction and attention from the customers.

They have 12 branches now, they are also now in Foodpanda and Grab, and since 2016, they have produced more products to offer to their customers. One of the most famous from their menu is the Triple Cheese Donuts.


This box contains 8 pieces of donuts filled with cheese and it costs 216PHP. This was bought in their Fairview branch.

I read a post before that she was disappointed because the doughnuts she received is kind of hard, not the usual soft texture. I immediately checked and thank god it's soft, too soft that I was careful in handling each donut when I was about to reheat it.

I did the searing method. Low heat. I forgot how long I did this but I made sure that it's hot so the cheese inside will surely melt.

Unfortunately, I seared it too early. We ate lunch before we tried these donuts I reheat so it's understandable that the cheese is not that melted anymore.

They call it Old-fashioned donuts because it was inspired from bicho-bicho, which they gave their own twist, thus, the Old-fashioned donuts became a part of their menu. But when their customers wanted "more cheese" as a feedback, Triple Cheese Donuts is born as a variety.

I love the soft and pillow-y texture of the donuts. The fact that I am also expecting cheese in every bite and I had cheese in every bite is satisfying. It's quite messy to eat because of the sugar but nevertheless, it really feels a bit nostalgic holding it, remembering the old days with similar looking pastries displayed in the bakeries.

I think that what makes these donuts special is that it looked plain, you know it has cheese (who doesn't like cheese?), and it tastes good. With the varieties of donuts swarming the market right now that are colorful, decorated, overloaded with different flavors, Lola Nena's Old-fashioned Triple Cheese Donuts is a breathe of fresh air.

The price range for me is reasonable. This is the type of food that I'll crave every once in a while, or something that I'll get when I can. And since they have more branches now plus GRAB and FOODPANDA, having these donuts will be easy.

Below are the list of their branches:

  • Aguirre Paranaque - #287 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque
  • Aurora Cubao - St. Anthony Bldg Aurora cor Oxford
  • Commonwealth- Village Mall, Fairview
  • Xavierville - 75 B Gonzales cor Xavierville Ave 
  • Quezon Ave - by welcome rotonda, Q Ave cor Kitanlad 
  • Novaliches - Goodwill Homes - 33 Katipunan Ave 
  • Espana - Espana cor Adelin and P Campa 
  • Greenhills Town Center - 50 Granada St., Brgy Valencia, QC 
  • Legarda LRT - Legarda cor Recto
  • Manggahan Pasig - Manggahan Village, Amang Rodrigues, Pasig (across The Orchard Towers) 
  • Scout Bayoran - 42 Scout Bayoran, Brgy South Triangle, QC
  • Mindanao Avenue - DMC Events Place #119 Mindanao Ave., Cor. Rd. 20, Project 8, QC
You may also reach them through their hotlines - 9am to 5pm only 

  • Landline 8 925 4623 - CALL
  • Globe 0915 795 2777 - CALL/VIBER MESSAGE
  • Smart 0918 679 6000 - CALL/VIBER MESSAGE

June 02, 2021

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang opens doors to diners.

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang opens doors to diners.

Are you excited to visit your favorite hotel restaurant again? Which food station will you be making a beeline for? Which favorite dish will you be asking for first? Well, we have good news for you!

The Manila Hotel’s famed Café Ilang-Ilang has once again opened its doors to valued clients. The hotel has been responding to queries about the outlet’s reopening. After reviewing the guidelines, as well as heightening health and hygiene protocols, the decision to open Café Ilang-Ilang is an answer to persistent inquiries from its loyal guests and those who have yet to experience it.




The food stations will once again be teeming with exciting dishes, and the aroma of your favorites will surely call out to you as you approach them. As the world-class chefs are busy behind glass enclosures, diners can go around the restaurant in their face masks and face shields to check various food stations. Because of existing guidelines for dining establishments, Café Ilang-Ilang has implemented the Order & Eat-All-You-Can System, where guests can point to what they want from the spread, and it will be plated for them.


Café Ilang-Ilang serves international selections from Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Korean to everything in between; even Halal. You can get your grilled meats at the popular Churrasco station, or the beloved lechon at the Filipino station. You will surely be spoiled in this gourmand’s haven. See if you can resist the selection of desserts, or the local fave and Halo-Halo—the perfect treat to beat the heat!

A gastronomic feast also awaits guests with an amazing gift voucher deal, giving you more reasons to come and visit us. For just P3,000 nett (lunch) and P3,500 nett (dinner), diners can indulge in our vast array of culinary creations. These non-expiring dining vouchers for two are available for purchase until June 20, 2021. They can be redeemed anytime at Café Ilang-Ilang but prior reservation is recommended.

Café Ilang-Ilang still implements physical distancing and reduced capacity measures that are compliant with the IATF and DOT guidelines for restaurants, so you can be sure that #YouAreSafeHere when you come and visit.

The outlet opens for lunch at 11:30am, and dinner at 5:30pm with last call for orders at 8pm. For more information and reservations, please call 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912 or email to restaurantrsvn@themanilahotel.com. You may also book via https://www.manila-hotel.com.ph/dining/cafe-ilang-ilang/.


May 29, 2021

How I started sleeping longer again without overthinking.

How I started sleeping longer again without overthinking.

Something happened to me a few weeks ago. I wasn't sleeping, or if I do, I'd only sleep 1 to two hours a day, I don't have the urge to eat, I was just existing and I don't know what I should do. I was sad and lonely, I was overthinking things. I got it bad, and the worse of it is that I know exactly why it was happening. Someone from the past came back into my life, and no matter how hard I fought the idea of letting that person in, I have no control of my feelings. I used to be so sensible and I always think of the consequences I'll bear before doing action but I was in over my head.

I had to stop my panic attacks, overthinking and anxiety and the only way I think of is to just stop fighting my feelings and just gave in. So I did. And boy, I feel like something heavy inside me was lifted and I was doing and feeling better. I started doing the things I want to do with that person, and the more I go on, the more questions started to pop up. But I don't want to go back to what I was before, so I decided to just do whatever I want.

I decided to ask the questions I want to ask, say what I want to say, do whatever the hell I want not thinking of what the outcome will be.

If questions are answered and I didn't like them, I made peace with it. Do I think the answer is a lie? Yes. But do I have to do anything about it? No. Besides, I wasn't the one lying. I was being lied to, yes, but I am aware, and I don't need to keep on insisting that it was a lie while the person insists that it's not. I just let it happen.

It sounded toxic, but it's what kept me sleeping at night. I don't demand things. No good morning messages? No good night texts? Don't update me? Lying to me? Whatever. Do what you want. 

I stopped caring so much that I feel so free of unwanted emotions and feelings. I just care enough to go on.

I know this wasn't easy, and I was able to do it because I feel like I'm so done, and the only thing hanging in is my heart, which I know will also give up soon.

The art of stopping overthinking is to stop the what-ifs. So go ahead, ask that question, say what you want to say, let things happen without expecting or demanding. Make peace with how people treat you and just be done with it once you feel like it. Sleep longer at night.

May 25, 2021

The Manila Hotel's Lounge Reopens.

The Manila Hotel's Lounge Reopens.

As quarantine restrictions have been eased a bit in NCR+, The Manila Hotel is reopening its Lobby Lounge on May 24, 2021, after the temporary suspension of dining services due to the ECQ.

The reopening of The Lobby Lounge gives valued guests a perfect opportunity to enjoy its perks again: great food, meeting and endless conversation with both friends and business partners, excellent service, and free Wi-Fi internet connection.


More than a typical café set up, the Lobby Lounge is quiet, comfortable, and spacious, which also means that guests are kept at a distance from each other and enjoy a bit of privacy with high-backed seats. Cleaned and sanitized daily, the health and hygiene protocols put in place by The Manila Hotel includes fresh air dampers that circulate fresh outdoor air into the lobby, which is also sanitized by air micro filters.


The Lobby Lounge is also a grand heritage setting for a relaxing afternoon, with its white Doric columns, Philippine mahogany furniture with elegant chandeliers made of brass, crystal, and capiz seashells. More than our stellar interior, it serves hot meals like Sinigang na Salmon, Kare Kare, Crispy Pata, and other local delights. You can also enjoy the lavish “Merienda Especial” Filipino Afternoon Tea that includes native delicacies like Bibingka and Puto Bumbong paired with our specialty grade coffee beans, hot chocolate, or tea. Try the filling Manila Hotel club sandwich or assorted pastries. And escape the punishing weather outside when you relax in the cool interiors and enjoy fruit teas, or our Halo-Halo.

The Manila Hotel’s The Lobby Lounge is known for its exceptional facilities and warm service. It also gives its guests an assurance that “You are safe here” as we strictly adhere to stringent health and safety protocols.

The Lobby Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner from Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm. For more information, call 85270011.


May 12, 2021

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May 11, 2021

The Manila Hotel Café Ilang-Ilang is now offering halal-certified food for Takeout and Delivery!

The Manila Hotel Café Ilang-Ilang is now offering halal-certified food for Takeout and Delivery!

Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the fasting period of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast this May 12, 2021. It is celebrated through prayer, gifts, and lavish feast. While the country is predominantly Catholic, Islam is the second-largest religion in the country. No wonder, Filipinos have become fond of Halal foods.

Halal food is prepared following a set of Islamic dietary laws and regulations that determine what is permissible, lawful, and clean. Any dish can be halal, as long as the meat used is religiously slaughtered and no pork or alcohol is involved.

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang Ilang has a Halal kitchen certified by the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board. This kitchen dedicated to Halal food preparation serves Indian and Middle Eastern-inspired halal dishes will whet your appetite and pay homage to its traditional roots.

Designed for proper breaking of the fast, The Manila Hotel’s Ramadan Special Halal Home Buffet set comes with dried dates and juice, chickpeas hummus, Fatoush mixed salad, roti, and naan bread, vegetable biryani, tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh, vegetable samosa, and baklava. The set is just one of the three choices for the Halal Certified Home Buffet.



“Our Lamb Rogan Josh is a must-try. It’s imported from Australia and it has the spices and sharpness that will surely be enjoyed by everyone. We can also customize the food according to our customer’s request. Say you don’t like chili, we can make it milder. We can tweak a dish to please your palate while still being true to its authentic taste,” says Chef Kiran Singh, the hotel’s Halal-trained chef. 

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr by ordering any of The Manila Hotel’s Halal Home Buffet sets or dishes, available for Takeout and delivery. Visit https://www.manila-hotel.com.ph/takeout/ for the full menu, or call 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912.

 


May 05, 2021

Here are some Mother's Day gift ideas aside from flowers.

Here are some Mother's Day gift ideas aside from flowers.

This coming mother's day, giving your mother a bouquet of flowers is always a nice idea, but what if you can give her more, like, a thing she can actually use? Flowers is no doubt a perfect way to tell her that you love her, but for a more practical mindset, flowers can wither, but buying things that she can actually use makes more sense.

BeautyMNL is a go-to site for anything beauty, household and wellness-related. They have arrays of brands and products available which you can probably find something you know your mother would love to have or to use. Below are curated suggestions you can check!

Super Collagen Powder: Type 1 & 3 (7oz)

WHY IT'S A GOOD GIFT?

This Super Collagen Powder from Neocell is made up of potent supplements which are collagen peptides and Vitamin C that works well together in making sure that your hair, nail, joints, and skin will stay youthful. Taking collagen is the best way for our bodies to gain more because the natural collagen on our bodies produces slower as we age. Also, since this comes in powder form, you can easily drink it or mix it with other drinks.

Does this sound like a thing your mother would love to have?


Clean Linen Soy Candle (10oz)


Or any soy candle from Happy Island, honestly! 

WHY IT'S A GOOD GIFT?

Scented soy candles are one of the best ways to revitalize while also calming and soothing our nerves. They have different scents wherein you can choose which one your mom would probably like. This product can be used multiple times and this is locally made!


Floral Obsession Mix

WHY IT'S A GOOD GIFT?

This 3-in-1 pack of floral scent from Solinotes can be the ultimate mother's day gift because it already has 3 different scents. Your mother might like one, or might like all. Since they can also be sold separately, then if she loves at least 1 scent out of the three, you know what you can get her next time! Also, this is a useful gift that she can use when she is going out.


Hydration Light Facial Cream with SPF30 (30ml)


WHY IT'S A GOOD GIFT?

This product is for more hydrated and moisturized skin. It is a lightweight cream that protects the skin and helps in limiting water loss by keeping the layers of the skin hydrated. It is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. This is a good gift for your mom who is keen on keeping their skin healthy.


Which one is your top pick?