As the Philippines inches towards its fourth month of quarantine coming in mid-July, more and more issues that divide, rather than unite, Filipinos continue to bubble up to the surface. The thought of finding a solution to all the consequences that the COVID-19 crisis has imposed upon the country is a stressful one indeed, but if there's anything that can make these trying times a feel a little bit brighter and better, Filipinos will agree on one thing—that good food can do just the trick.
There is no Filipino who can claim that a good meal, tasty merienda, or a satisfied craving can't lift their spirits, and so, during these times when yummy pick-me-ups are just what's needed, we give you a round-up of all the new food businesses to watch out for!
Making these new food ventures even more interesting is how Filipino celebs and popular personalities are behind them. Born out of wanting to explore new hobbies, diversify their business portfolio, or simply to take advantage of their free time or help those in need, each of them are worth checking out.
See who and what we've discovered so far in the gallery below!
Angrydobo—a combination of angry and adobo, and a name whose story has heartwarming beginnings in a (resolved) argument that Judy Ann and her husband, Ryan Agoncillo, had many, many years ago. The cooking diva has since turned her "angry adobo" recipe into the backbone of her Angrydobo business that's ready to deliver to the homes of those looking for comforting flavors. Angrydobo isn't new, but quarantine challenged Chef J to come up with new offerings, like the Mad Love 1980 Supercombos or (this one is legend) a Champsicle, 72% Davao dark chocolate champorado wrapped in crunchy dark chocolate, sprinkled with tuyo powder. It's unbelievable.
Complete delivery details are on @officialangrydobo
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Albie Casiño's Papa Bagnet
What kind of bagnet-eater are you? Are you the kind to save the crunchy outer layer of skin for last (yum), or do you prefer to devour equal portions of tender, juicy meat and crispy, savory skin along with a spoonful of fluffy rice? Either way, Albie Casiño's new food venture is here to satisfy. Papa Bagnet's tagline couldn't have been more appealing to the bagnet-deprived Filipinos patiently sitting quarantine out. It reads, "The Papa You've Been Waiting For."
Papa Bagnet also offers food bundles and a few tasty side dishes like sausages, salted egg, and Vigan longganisa. All details are up on @papabagnet.
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Laura Lehmann's homemade meals
Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann's fans mostly know her as a TV and events host, but when the cameras stop rolling, she's actually a low-key yet awesome kitchen maven! Quarantine has given her a lot of time on her hands to sharpen her skills (and her kitchen knives for more delicious new experiments), and we're happy to see her create more and more yummy things for herself, her fiancé, basketball player Von Pessumal, and her neighbors. Some of the things she's made so far include garlicky adobo flakes, salmon katsu, shrimp sinigang, fried chicken and chicken poppers, mozzarella-loaded lasagna, tinola, and beef nilaga. We're hoping that we get to try her homemade goodies soon, should she choose to make them available to the public!
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Sarah Lahbati's Cravesimply.ph
Seriously, though, are you seeing what we're seeing? How do you say no to that? Sarah Lahbati definitely knows how to tempt us with a second, or even third slice of Cravesimply.ph's specialty—lasagna! It's made a little more luxe by an extra generous layer of melty Swiss cheese, and if that weren't enough, it's also served with orders of OG Biko brimming with sticky sweet goodness, coconut milk-pumped Bicol express, and ever dependable Bolognese pasta that the kids will love. All prices and delivery instructions are up on @cravesimply.ph.
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Lourd Ramos' Kusina ni Lourd
Surprise! Hairstylist Lourd Ramos isn't only in-demand by a clientele in need of beauty makeovers. He's also sought after by the hungry, a need best fulfilled by his new venture born out of quarantine life: Kusina ni Lourd. As the name suggests, Lourd has been cooking up storms in his own home kitchen, sharing many of his favorite dishes (and really, there are so many) with those wanting a taste of Filipino flavors, regional delicacies, and classic crowd favorites. He's whipped up anything and everything from ginataang kuhol (a snail delicacy!), shrimp with black truffle pasta, chicken curry, bilo-bilo, the constantly sold-out dinuguan, patatim, salmon head sinigang, pinangat, kare-kare, laing, steak, and even pizza! That list doesn't even cover everything that Lourd can cook and has been selling for the past weeks. His market is limited, however, but with the growing popularity of his cooking, who knows? He might just make Kusina ni Lourd an official business and we can all get a taste of his cooking.
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Patrick and Nikka Garcia's Heat and Eat by the Garcia Fam
The Garcias have always been a tight-knit family who know the value of dining together. More than ever, Filipino families need a reason to stick together these days, and what better way to do that than with family-friendly meal options? Their newly launched food business has a menu that's especially helpful for families with busy members; maybe mom and dad are multi-tasking with homeschooling the kids and working from home, more likely, which means they'll love these precooked dishes that only need to be reheated. Patrick actually cooks these meals, which are his family's personal favorites! The menu includes chicken yakitori, lechon paksiw, pork picadillo, bistek, and BBQ chicken. Head over to @heatandeatbygarciafam to find out how to get your hands on these yummy meals.
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Maxine Medina's steaks for all
Attention, meat lovers! We spotted USDA sirloin, ribeye, and Wagyu burger patties for ordering, and they're sold by none other than Maxine Medina. You'll find the instructions for how to order her meaty selection on @shopxmaxinemedina.
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Nico Bolzico's Bolzico Beef
Nico Bolzico, a.k.a. Mr. Solenn Huessaff, isn't exactly a newbie in the food business, but his well-loved Bolzico Beef has definitely upped its game during Manila's 100+ days-long quarantine. They've made sure to restock on favorites as often as possible so as to keep "hangry" moods at bay. Head on over to @bolzicobeef to see what's available (beef tapa, beef salpicao, and Korean-style beef BBQ are all restocked!) and how to get them.
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Georgia Schulze-Del Rosario
We could all use a little sweetness after the turbulent first half of 2020. Thankfully, Georgia Schulze-Del Rosario has amazing baked delights that include cookies of every kind imaginable, sticky sweet chews, frosted cupcakes, warm breads that feel like hugs, and cakes that no one dare resist. Her business, aptly named Butter, has been up and running for quite some time now but has gained traction in the last few weeks thanks to those with a sweet tooth craving for, well, sweets! Their menu created especially for life under quarantine consists of 20 items and is a combination of cookies, loaves, and cupcakes. @Butter.ph has all the details!
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Marvin Agustin's Mr. Vin Munchies
It's been years since we've seen Marvin Agustin on the big screen, but that's only because he's chosen to shine even brighter in a different field—the food industry! Since successfully trading acting for entrepreneurship, Marvin gives everyone something new to drool over: his sweets-focused brand, Mr. Vin Munchies! He launched the business in April precisely to make days under quarantine a little sweeter, and thanks to his best sellers like his 48-hour cookie, B&W cake, tres leches, carrot cake, and classic chocolate cake, stay at home-ers have something to smile about. Best of all, @mr.vinmunchies has special instructions for orders from and deliveries to different places in the metro to make it easier for interested parties. They deliver to select provincial locations, too!
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Rhen Escaño's æ Coffee Cold Brew
The downside to all the conveniences from a work from home setup is definitely the temptation to take countless naps in between tasks! Dozing off at inopportune times is definitely a possibility, and the best way to fight off some midday (or should we say, some post-lunch) sleepiness is with coffee that packs a punch. Enter, æ coffee cold brew by actress Rhen Escaño! The new coffee brand serves handcrafted cold brew made from Sagada coffee beans. Launched just last month, æ Coffee Cold Brew could very well become your new favorite pick me up. Visit @aecoffee.ph to learn more.
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Chef Gino and China Cojuangco's special longganisa
It's not just "special" longganisa; it's duhat wood-smoked longganisa! Chef Gino and his wife, China Cojuangco, literally smoked the Pinoy favorite themselves just a couple of weeks ago and are now ready for orders for the unusual take on the ubiquitous food. Something tells us that breakfasts (or whatever meal you choose to enjoy your longganisa with) won't be the same after your first bite of this unusual culinary creation. @china_cojuangco has all the details you need!
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Jing Monis' Jing Monis Kitchen
Jing Monis is not a one-talent man. If there's anything we learned about the hairstylist who's a favorite among top-billed celebs, it's that his skills extend to the kitchen, too! Despite the beauty industry taking a step back during the COVID-19 crisis, Jing has kept his hands full with cooking up his signature dishes for everyone to enjoy. Choose from a selection that so far includes beef caldereta with gata, chicken and pork adobo with liver, tuna pesto, beef sopas, binagoongan, and a special camote bread and camote cheesecake that are both great for merienda or dessert. Best of all, Jing isn't only earning from his sales, but using the proceeds to fund meals that he cooks and gives to frontliners. Everything you need to know about is on @jingmonis_kitchen.
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Patty Yap's Pattylou's Kitchen
Many Filipinos have considered diversifying their business portfolios at one point or another, and for celebrity stylist Patty Yap, she couldn't have found a better time to do so! Though her bread and butter might be beautiful clothes and using them to create memorable looks for a star-studded clientele, these days, her new tools are mixers, ovens, rolling pins, and baking pans! That's because she recently tried her hand at making mouthwatering baked goods both sweet and savory, so for those interested to see what's available for ordering, go over to @pattylouskitchen today.
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Charisse Tinio's Cremosa PH
NicePrint Photo's founder Charisse Tinio is not the kind of woman to ever stop working, even when there's a pandemic. She didn't get to where she is today by resting on her laurels, and so, as she made the most of her and everyone else's stay-at-home situation, she came up with ensaymada brand, Cremosa PH! The Filipino fave that's enjoyed at any time of the day comes in two flavors, original and ube, and are available for ordering on @cremosa.ph.
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Louella Chan's Eleven Baker St.
Even Metro.Style Real Weddings bride Louella Chan has joined the food business bandwagon—and we're so glad that she did! She and her siblings came up with Eleven Baker St., and it specializes in delicious aburi sushi bakes. We've seen the trend pop up on our Instagram feeds, but what makes this one so special are the premium ingredients used. You won't find run of the mill crabstick and seaweed here, but rather truffle scallops and uni, instead! Find them on @elevenbakerstreet.
Although food seems to be the most popular choice of quarantine-born businesses for celebs and other personalities, there are those who took it a step further and explored other ventures.
Charisse Tinio, for instance, didn't stop with her yummy ensaymada business. She also set up Mrs. Herbs PH (@mrsherbsph) to spruce up life at home (gardening is chic these days!) while putting health and hygiene first by selling Speedster Car Care Cleaner and Spritz & Go leather shoe and bag cleaner.
La Belle Fete's Ycoy Sitchon, an expert at events planning and styling, has also found ways to circumvent restrictions brought about by quarantine. After all, the pandemic might have hit the breaks on the events industry, but with creativity and perseverance came a solution. La Belle Fete now organizes home-based parties and families, couples, parents, and other individuals can continue to celebrate special milestones, pretty setups included, while keeping safe.