Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan

We have recently discovered (through hubby’s friend and officemate) a quaint dining place at Greenhills Shopping Center that you can go to if you’re craving for Pinoy comfort food and/or Filipino dishes with a twist or even an all-day breakfast. It’s called Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino. Our early family dinner there more than a week ago consisted of Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, Chicken Inasal Sisig and Honey Fried Chicken.

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Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, Php300.00

Crispy Pinakbet with Crunchy Pork Belly, sounds interesting, right? It has all the ingredients of pinakbet (veggies, meat and sauce with shrimp paste) but prepared and served differently. All the ingredients, pork belly included, are breaded and fried to crunchy perfection with the pinakbet sauce placed separately on a small metal pot. To enjoy the crispiness of the veggies and meat, we had a bite of either the veggie or pork belly (or both) for each spoonful of steamed rice drizzled with pinakbet sauce. It was delightful at the beginning but the oil in both veggies and meat made it a little bit cloying (nakakaumay) in the end. It was an experience worth trying, though.

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Chicken Inasal Sisig, Php275.00

Can’t decide between Chicken Inasal and Sisig? Then give Casa Reyes’s Chicken Inasal Sisig a try. It’s soft and chewy, instead of crunchy. It’s also made not spicy perhaps to retain the inasal flavor of the chicken which is what’s unique about this sisig dish.

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Honey Fried Chicken, Php255.00

Our son ordered the slightly sweet Honey Fried Chicken that’s a combination of crispy (outside) and soft and juicy (inside). It’s an all-day breakfast meal served with garlic fried rice sunny-side up egg and atchara (pickled papaya). He liked it, but he wasn’t able to finish everything on his plate because he said his tummy was already full.

If you noticed, dishes at Casa Reyes are served on wooden plates lined with banana leaves, and rice is served in small metal pots. I love those details! On our next visit, we’d love to try their Buko Chopsuey, Aligue Rice and Arrozcaldo-Goto.

Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino
Ground Floor, Connecticut Carpark Arcade
Greenhills Shopping Center
Greenhills, San Juan City

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Kenny Rogers’ Unfried Fried Chicken Is OMG!

I was excited – well, intrigued, actually — to attend the launch of Kenny Rogers’ OMG Unfried Fried Chicken in their Katipunan branch last Saturday simply because it was the first time I actually heard of the phrase “Unfried Fried Chicken.” How can fried chicken be unfried? Well, that’s for us to discover and for Kenny Rogers Roasters to reveal.

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We Filipinos love chicken, fried chicken, to be more specific. The crispy skin that crumbles and crunches with every bite and the juicy, wonderfully tender meat are simply irresistible! Pair it with a spoonful of soft, fluffy steamed rice and what you have is the perfect meal to perk up your day.

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The lovely and vibrant host Ms. Rizza Diaz

But we also know for a fact that anything fried is not really healthy. While fried chicken is undeniably delicious, this comfort food that’s deep-fried in oil should be eaten in moderation because eating a lot of it is not good for our body.

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Ms. Mackis Tuazon, Marketing Manager of Kenny Rogers Roasters Philippines

According to the Harvard University School of Public Health, those who eat a lot of foods fried in oil are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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Ms. Lyka Caparas and Mr. Romar Padua, Marketing Officers of Kenny Rogers Roasters Philippines

Kenny Rogers Roasters now has a solution to this dilemma. With their newest product offering, we can now enjoy the delectable fried chicken without the guilt. OMG, really? Yes, it’s possible with Kenny Rogers’ OMG Unfried Fried Chicken!

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OMG Unfried Fried Chicken Plate

Kenny Rogers Roasters’ OMG Unfried Fried Chicken is an outrageously mouthwatering, guiltless treat for those who just can’t give up fried chicken. This next-level fried chicken is crispier, juicier, more delicious, and best of all, it’s not deep-fried.

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8 pcs. OMG Unfried Fried Chicken Bucket, Php465.00

Here are the reasons why you should try the new OMG Unfried Fried Chicken:
1. It has less oil because it’s not fried. The OMG Unfried Fried Chicken, unlike most fried chicken products in the market, is not deep-fried, but rather, cooked through circulating hot air. The result: crispy skin, juicier meat with the chicken’s natural oil, and no excess oil used in the cooking process. It’s pure fried chicken goodness minus the health-endangering oil and deep-frying!
2. It’s delicious but guilt-free. Now we (healthbuffs or not) can all enjoy our favorite fried chicken without feeling guilty. It’s pure flavor with every protein-packed bite, but with less oil and zero guilt!
3. It’s perfect for pairing with amazingly healthy sides. This healthy unfried fried chicken goes well with any of Kenny Rogers’ healthy, freshly cooked sides, like coleslaw, steamed vegetables and corn and carrots, among many others. Get 2 pcs. of OMG Unfried Fried Chicken with 2 regular side dishes, white rice, and a muffin for only Php215.00. That’s one healthy, balanced meal for you!
4. It’s good for sharing. Why not share the deliciously healthy love with the entire family, office, or barkada? The OMG Unfried Fried Chicken comes in a Group Meal with eight perfectly unfried fried chicken pieces, four muffins, four rice, four regular sides, gravy, and the customers’ choice of drink for only P730.00. You can also get pure OMG Unfried Fried Chicken goodness (8 pieces) for only P465.00.

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Let the eating begin!

The product launch was hosted by the beautiful and vibrant PBA courtside reporter and events host Ms. Rizza Diaz. Before the actual launch, the guests participated in the tongue-twister game for which they won Php1,000 Kenny Rogers’ GCs each.

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We also took part in a group game where each team was asked to prepare their own Kenny Rogers’ Unfried Fried Chicken plate. Php1,500 GCs were given to each of the member of the winning team.

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Visit Kenny Rogers Roasters’ FB page, Instagram and website to know more about this new and exciting product offering.

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Recognition Day Celebration at Tuan Tuan, Greenhills

Our son’s hard work in Grade 4 paid off. During their Recognition Day in school last June 24, he received 9 medals: a bronze medal for Top 3 General Excellence, 5 academic subject medals and 3 special subject medals. His grandparents on my side of the family were there to see him receive his medals on stage, and both my younger sister and younger brother celebrated this special occasion with us at Tuan Tuan in Greenhills. While waiting for my brother to arrive, we ordered two Signature Crispy Snow Buns (Barbecued Pork and Minced Duck, Php128.00 for 3 pieces), but alas, I forgot to take a picture of these. Lol!

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The celebrant with the fambam!

We ordered the following a la carte dishes: US Premium Beef Rib Curry, Deep-fried Baby Squid with Aioli Sauce, Cantonese Seafood Pan-fried Noodles and Honey Garlic Spareribs.

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US Premium Beef Rib Curry, Php498.00

This US Premium Beef Rib Curry was not spicy because, if I remember right, we requested adjustment in its spiciness so that everyone could try it. The beef was tender, but the curry sauce was a bit bland.

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Deep-fried Baby Squid with Aioli Sauce, Php280.00

I love munching on this Deep-fried Baby Squid with Aioli Sauce. It was crispy on the outside but soft and delightful on the inside.

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Cantonese Seafood Pan-fried Noodles, Php298.00

The generous serving of fresh shrimps and squid combined with the rightly seasoned fried noodles made this Cantonese Seafood Pan-fried Noodles a favorite item on our table.

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Honey Garlic Spareribs, Php298.00

This sweet and garlicky Honey Garlic Spareribs was okay but nothing extraordinary. I also know that we ordered a chicken dish when my brother arrived, but I forgot what it was, and I also didn’t take a picture of it.

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Of course, we had to take a lot of photos to remember this special occasion.

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Three’s a family. Cheers!

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And that’s his uncle, my younger brother, who arrived late because he got caught up in traffic.

I guess more than the food and the celebration, it’s the family togetherness that really matters here. My parents and younger sister came all the way from Dasmariñas, Cavite to give my son moral support. My younger brother braved the heavy traffic in Edsa to personally congratulate his nephew. I know my son was really happy to see all of these familiar faces who cheered for him. Congratulations, son, and keep up the good work!

Tuan Tuan
Greenhills Promenade
Greenhills, San Juan City

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