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Cheap (and not so) Sightings

cheap food manila snacks treats

Some people aren’t really poor; they just go by other names like stingy, misers, self-serving, on a budget and my personal favorite, penny pinchers! We have to face the fact that not everybody has a lavish budget to soothe their gastronomic needs. There are other priorities in life, we get that.

Cleaning through my stuff, I realise I have my share of cheap sightings, worth taking photos (and keeping for a very long time). There are a few pricey grub, but they were all one-time meal,s so none were written about and just used up precious Android memory space.

 So here’s a collection of the cheap and not-too cheap foodstuff that managed a smile on my face and oh-so shallow pockets!

Here’s to penny pinching and more to come!

ice cream oreo dessert

Forget BLT and Reuben. Oreo + DQ = The Sandwich.

greenbelt frozen yogurt

Red Mango Green Tea Parfait has everything perfect in it, on it and is just it!

spaghetti factory food italian glorietta

When in a hurry, Spaghetti Factory can be a so-so lunchy.

tuna dill melt

Starbucks tuna dill melt is so lenten friendly, you can be a sinner for lusting over it.

J.Anne Gonzales Blondie Bar

Sonja’s Blondie Bar is far from dumb. It’s… black, white and to die for!
dessert chocolate cake

Cafe Mary Grace Chocolate Cake: Php100 with change and that awesome filling

bon chon chicken manila

Unbeatable BonChon Chicken Chops and Chap Chae Korean combo

sweet coffee starbucks

Starbucks Asian Dolce Latte: Sweet, sweet and just sweeeeeeet!

philippines taco bell

Ti Amo Taco Bell. Who doesn’t?

american food manila

Chili’s Appetizer Sampler: Best served with good lighting and endless chatting!

seafood pesto sandwich guy

The Sandwich Guy Seafood Pesto: You will regret being a slow eater.. like me!

jamba juice healthy snacks

Jamba Juice Steel Cut Oat:s: The reason why my fridge now has 3 kinds of oats

tea starbucks yummy

Hands down, the best reward in life is Starbucks Green Tea Frap, Grande without Whipped Cream for my forever misspelled name. Purrfect.

subway philippines tuna

Subway with Tuna and mustard is just the best anti-stress lunch, next to green tea frap.

S&R ice cream tillamook

Tillamook Mudslide makes me forget gelato and vegans exists. I love moo!!!

seafood ramen x centris

The only seafood ramen I can eat: Spicy Chikuwa Ramen. Red not because of #filter but because it’s a fiery pit of chili. Sit beside a firehouse. Be safe.

fruit shake manila

Last but not the least, Jamba Juice is love, lust and life in one. Acai Supercharger for sad days, Orange A-Peel for sick days and Banana Berry any day!

Now that I mention it, not everything is cheap or awesome discoveries. Heck, I just unloaded my memory on this post for random sightings.

Promise the next post will be more… educational and relevant. Yeah right.


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Bah Hum-mus!

Wild garden roasted garlic hummus

Making hummus from scratch from where I come from is strenuously inconceivable, if not virtually next to impossible. Calling for tahini (sesame paste) as a main ingredient makes it an arduous search, and I’d be closer to finding a leprechaun next to a pot of gold than actually gathering the necessary ingredients for hummus within a 10km radius of my neighborhood.

And so I greet the tourists, Welcome to Manila! If an unyielding craving for hummus begins to materialize after over exposure to our saucy delicacies, do not try to make one. I’ll save you the time, effort and lunacy.

Healthy Options offers a wide range of hummus products from the Wild Garden brand, from plain to roasted garlic. A bit on the pricey side, should you compare it vis-à-vis the Tostitos Dip or moving on to a more mainstream concoction, sour cream, the hummus jar costs about 2x more (or less).

Wild Garden Roasted Garlic Hummus Nutrition Facts

As for the caloric and junk content, this makes hummus supreme with only 35 calories for 2 tablespoons (that’s a lot already), 2g of fat (not the saturated type) and almost nil sugar. Composed mainly of chick peas, tahini and sea salt, the Wild Garden Hummus provides the best alternative to dips and sauces, and provides a good source of protein.

The greatest test for its flavorful upturn: my plain (awful to most) homemade spinach sandwich. Sans the cream cheese or egg, addition of hummus to my plain (or awful, let’s be honest) spinach sandwich elevated it to Greek Godliness.

Enough said. Even Zeus would like this stuff.


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