Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The more you sip, the more you earn.

Two NEW Starbucks cards are coming: the Lunar New Year Card to usher in the year of the wooden horse and the Valentine's Day Card to celebrate coffee love with someone you like.
On top of the new cool-looking Starbucks Cards, crazy treats are in line for the loyal Starbucks customers. 

1. Rewards with free add-ons
Starting January 9, 2014, you can redeem any Grande handcrafted beverage with up to two (2) free add-ons for every 12 Beverage Stars. Also, together with the one (1) free Grande handcrafted beverage upon registration to a Starbucks Account are two (2) free add-ons.

2. 2014 Starbucks Planner Coupon
The January planner coupon starts the year right with a treat for newly activated Starbucks Cards. Perfect for customers who’d want to own the new seasonal cards!

Customers who activate a NEW Starbucks Card with at least P1,000 during the promo period will receive an additional P100 load. This promo is applicable to activations of Starbucks Cards from January 1 to 31, 2014.

3. Load P500 Promo
From February 1 to 24, 2014, every P500 loaded onto a Starbucks Card will automatically receive one (1) Beverage Star (eg. If you load P1,500 into a Starbucks Card, you will receive 3 Beverage Stars.). This promo applies to newly activated cards and existing cards for reloading.

4. Valentine Cake Treat
Purchase any two (2) of the featured beverages (Asian Dolce Latte and Chestnut Macchiato) of any size with a Starbucks Card will receive one (1) free slice of cake from February 8 to 14, 2014.

The LIMITED seasonal Starbucks cards will be available starting January 12, 2014 up to February 24, 2014 or until supplies last! So what are you waiting for? Mark the promo dates on your calendars and enjoy! 

Start the Year Right with Starbucks!

First up, I want to greet everyone a Happy New Year! May everyone have a fun-filled year. Now on with the food, beverages and more exciting stuff... 

Starting January 9, Starbucks Philippines will introduce new core food items and snack boxes in the market. 
Dark Chocolate Macadamia Cookie - P65
A buttery, chewy cookie with generous portion of rich and decadent Belgian dark chocolate chunks and chopped macadamia nuts. Definitely a perfect combination with your favorite coffee.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie with Blueberries - P55
perfect snack for people on the go, this old fashioned oatmeal cookie comes with a sophisticated twist. It is a nutritious cookie packed with sweet-tart blueberries, roasted walnuts and oats.

Veggie Sticks with Blue Cheese Dressing - P110
An assortment of light and crispy celery, carrots, cucumber and jicama with sharp and tangy blue cheese dressing, surely a health treat in a cup!

Grilled Ham and Three Cheese on Italian Country Bread - P170 
A sinfully delicious gooey grilled cheese sandwich with three types of cheese (Emmenthal, Mozzarella and Cheddar melting cheese) and juicy sliced ham with subtly seasoned Italian herbed butter. This is something I would definitely buy on my regular visit to Starbucks.

Perfect Oatmeal - P85
Start the day right with the new warm and hearty steel-cut oatmeal with old-fashioned rolled oats. Starbucks' new oatmeal is 100% whole grain that can be ordered with your choice of brown sugar or agave syrup and dried fruit medley. It’s breakfast just the way you like it!

Couscous Salad, Smoked Tuna Spread with Bagel Chips - P150
A hearty yet healthy couscous salad with beans, corn, walnuts and feta cheese with zesty lemon dill dressing paired with smoky creamy tuna spread with bagel chips. 

Cold Pasta, Chorizo Cheese Spread with Crostini - P150
n appetizing snack box filled with gourmet chorizo spread with crostini and a flavorful cold Mediterranean pasta.

New York Cheesecake with Mocha, Caramel or Strawberry Topping - P120 per slice; P1,250 per whole
A classic cheesecake with rich, creamy and smooth base baked to a golden brown, on a simple graham crust with your choice of mocha, caramel or strawberry for your topping.

Classic Chocolate Cake - P110 per slice; P990 per whole
A perfect combination of buttery caramel fudge and silky smooth chocolate sandwiched between layers of dark chocolate cake and finished with chocolate ganache.
Starbucks delights espresso lovers with the return of the Starbucks Asian Dolce Latte and a new blended variation, the Asian Dolce Frappuccino Blended Beverage, plus a new espresso innovation, Chestnut Macchiato, which can be over ice. The rich flavors of roasted espresso mixed with creamy milk and sweet dolce sauce or chestnut drizzle sauce brings customers the perfect treat this season. 

Don't forget to try all of the new items when it hits the stores starting January 9, 2014. :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Starbucks Card: Turn Your Visits into Rewards!

Finally! Starbucks Philippines has officially announced the launch of its iconic Starbucks Card in all Starbucks locations throughout the Philippines. Basically, the Starbucks Card serves as a stored value and loyalty card that offers rewards when you purchase certain Starbucks product at over 210 Starbucks stores in the country.
Starting August 7, 2013, you can get your own Starbucks Card for free by loading the card initially at P300 and use it to earn a Star for ever purchase of any handcrafted beverages, whole bean coffee and Starbucks VIA Ready Brew. You can use the Stars to redeem:

1) Any Grande handcrafted beverages for 12 Beverage Stars.
2) Any 250g of whole bean coffee for every 10 Whole Bean Stars.
3) Any 12-pack Starbucks VIA Ready Brew for every 10 Starbucks VIA Stars.
Whats great about the Starbucks Card is that it is safer and more convenient than cash because, as previously stated, the card can be activated for a minimum of P300 and can be reloaded with money (cash, debit card or credit card) up to the maximum of P10,000 which allows the you to pay your Starbucks favorites without having your wallet on hand. You can protect the balance anytime your card is lost or stolen plus, more rewards also await you when you register through the website below.
The most awaited Starbucks Card will surely make your coffee experience much better! Turn your visits into rewards! For more information, visit

P.S. From August 7 to 9, 2013, when you initially load P1,500 to your Starbucks Card, you will get additional P300 load for FREE!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Starbucks New Featured Food Items

Mark your calendars on March 5, 2013  as Starbucks Coffee Philippines brings you exciting and delicious new featured food items and the most awaited Asian Dolce Latte to all their stores!
 Dark Chocolate Turtle Cake - P120/slice, P1350/whole
Amazing, moist and dense chocolate buttermilk sponge cake layered with gooey caramel pecan fudge on a “melt in your mouth” chocolate cookie pecan crust, covered with dark chocolate icing. Simply delicious!

 Chocolate Hazelnut Eclair - P85
Indulge yourself with this delicious decadent mouthful of crisp pastry oozing with creamy and velvety chocolate hazelnut cream custard. Perfect for afternoon tea or as an after dinner treat or anytime of the day actually.

Crab Stick Salad on French Bread Croissant - P120
Your usual buttery, flaky and perfectly crisp croissant by Starbucks but this time it is filled with a creamy crab stick salad, chopped crunchy celery and hard-boiled egg with hints of wasabi. Simple yet delicious.

Kung Pao Chicken Wrap - P155
All natural chicken breast cubes, fresh asparagus strips, carrots, tomatoes, ginger, onions and garlic sautéed in a sweet soy sauce then sprinkled with roasted chopped peanut and wrapped in pita bread.

Starbucks Coffee Philippines also introduces its new finger sandwiches!
Forest Ham and Monterey Jack Cheese on Brioche Loaf Bread - P110
It is the simplicity of this sandwich that makes it so elegant. Forest ham and Monterey Jack cheese on a soft sweet bread loaf. It is simple yet bursting with flavor. A great light snack for people on the go like me.

Salmon and Capers on Parmesan Bread - P110
A creamy salmon spread gets a little kick from tart chopped capers and lemon juice, mouth-watering chopped cucumber and sharp aged parmesan cheese. This is a delicious sandwich and healthy at the same time because it is also loaded with heart-healthy omega 3 fatty-acid.

Cheesy Egg and Bacon Salad on Simple Bread - P110
A classic egg salad made cheesier with a twist by adding bits of bacon and a hint of horseradish. This is a wonderful tasting egg salad sandwich that you will definitely be craving for!


Starbucks Coffee Perfection + Asian Dolce Latte

Starbucks launches the Starbucks Coffee Perfection 2013 to educate people that coffee is not just something served to you whatever comes out of the machine or press. It has its story starting from the growers, buyers, roasters up to the baristas and finally to your hand that is why Starbucks encourages you to make your drink however you want it, the way you would enjoy it!

Starbucks only serves a perfect cup of coffee and here are the things to look for in a perfect cup: smooth, rich, balanced, roasty and personal.

Coffee, just like wine or any other drink, has different kinds or blends that can be paired with different food. Amazingly, because Starbucks is good at what it does and that is making coffee, they paired certain blends of coffee to meals prepared by Tapella.
Bruchetta on tomato salad on slice of baguette topped with goat cheese and herb (L), and Chorize spread on slice of baguette topped with machego cheese (R) were paired with Starbucks Tribute blend, a spicy and full-bodied blend with berry and dark cherry notes.
Cold tomato soup topped with vegetables, and Grilled mixed peppers tower of salad were paired with Starbucks' new drink, the Asian Dolce Latte that is made of sweet dolce sauce combined with freshly steamed milk, topped with velvety foam and marked with 2 shots of rich espresso!
To briefly explain the story behind the concept of the new drink, Starbucks wanted to associate a type of coffee with Asia like when you think of espresso, it is linked with Europe and the same for brewed coffee with America. From this, Starbucks came up with Asian Dolce Latte, a drink I think suits the palette of Asians specially in the Philippines because we generally like anything  that is sweet. But with the shots of espresso poured in the Asian Dolce Latte, the sweetness balances out. The drink also comes in an iced form. NOTE: BEST NOT STIRRED to experience the foaminess at the top, richness of the espresso in the middle and the creaminess of the milk at the bottom! 

Cod fish cooked the Vizcaina way and paella (TOP), and Moorish chicken drizzled with almond sauce on bed of coursous (BOTTOM) were paired with Colombia, a smooth balanced coffee with a nutty flavor.

The mix of the coffee with the food was so good that the coffee brought out the the flavors of the food more but not to the point that it over powers the coffee. It was an awesome experience to pair coffee with meals and not just desserts or pastries. 

The Asian Dolce Latte will be available at all Starbucks Philippines store on March 5, 2013 at a price of Tall - P115, Grande - P130, Venti - P140 (for hot) and Tall - P125, Grande - P140, Venti - P150 (on ice). I think I found my new drink! :)


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Burger Bar

Got to try the newly opened burger place at Greenbelt 2, Burger Bar, with my some of my college buddies. Though we waited for so long before we got seated, It was definitely worth the wait! Their service is good, the place looks great and their food is so delicious. I really loved the juiciness of their beef patty.
The Double Piggy - PHP345 + Rated GP (Skinny Fries and Soda/Iced Tea) - PHP85

The Bleu - PHP235 + Onion Rings - PHP80

The 4 Cheese Chuck - PHP245 + Rated GP (Skinny Fries and Soda/Iced Tea) - PHP85

The Double Cheeseburger - PHP285 + Rated GP (Skinny Fries and Soda/Iced Tea) - PHP85

The Arnold Palmer (mix of iced tea and lemonade)

Other than the burgers, their onion rings are to die for! Their drinks are also good! So basically everything at Burger Bar is a must try! :) The price range is around PHP250-400. If you want, you can choose to make your own burger to indulge with their You're the Boss side of the menu.

Note: The food looks few but you would definitely leave with a full stomach!


Sunday, January 13, 2013


Yoogane is simply the best Korean place I have ever tasted so far and it is not that pricey too! Yoogane is located at the ground floor of Il Terrazzo, the ultimate lifestyle hub of Quezon City. Just a little history about the restaurant, Yoogane, established since 1981, is a famous place at South Korea for its Dak Galbi (marinated diced chicken in chili pepper paste) and found its way here in the Philippines around mid of last year.
FREE appetizers 

 Yoogane's Marinated Chicken Galbi Fried Rice + Mozzarella Cheese - PHP245 + PHP80 BEFORE

Yoogane's Marinated Chicken Galbi Fried Rice + Mozzarella Cheese AFTER

Yoogane's Marinated Chicken Galbi + Ramen Noodles + Mozzarella Cheese - PHP285 + PHP70 + PHP80 BEFORE 

Yoogane's Marinated Chicken Galbi + Ramen Noodles + Mozzarella Cheese AFTER 

 Bulgogi (Thinly Sliced Marinated Beef) - PHP260

Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly Strips) - PHP270

 Galbi Gui (Grilled Premium Beef Short Ribs) - PHP370

 Mul Mandu (Steamed Pork and Vegetable Dumpling) - PHP160

I can't remember what this is but its Beef Stew


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