Starbucks to open 100 stores in 4 years in PH

Way to go Starbucks Philippines! Hope you can bring back my favorite Salted Caramel Mocha beverage! 🙂

Starbucks just opened its 200th store in the Philippines on Thursday, but the coffee giant’s CEO and chairman Howard Schultz is already looking forward to opening a hundred more stores in the country in the next four years.

In an exclusive interview with ANC’s Karen Davila, Schultz said he visited Manila for a second time to thank the company’s partners who have made the coffee chain such a success in the Philippines.

“People ask me, ‘why are you going to the Philippines? It’s such a small market.’  I’m coming here because I want to say thank you to our people who are doing such an amazing job. We never thought we’d have 200 stores in this market.  And here we are. Now we just announced we’ll open a hundred more in the next four years,” he said.

Starbucks, through local partner Rustan Coffee Corp., opened its first store in the Philippines at 6750 Ayala Avenue in December 1997. At that time, it was only the third market outside of the United States where Starbucks opened.

During his one-day visit on Thursday, Schultz visited a handful of Starbucks stores, including the branch at The Grove by Rockwell which won a key design award.

Schultz, who met Starbucks’ partners during his visit, was effusive in his praise for the Filipinos working for his company, saying they were “the best.”

“We have Starbucks now in 62 countries [but] the culture, the values, the passion of the Filipinos who are wearing the green apron at Starbucks are absolutely the best we’ve ever seen,” he said.

The Starbucks chief noted there is a “genuine” and “heartfelt” feeling he sees in Filipinos, which is a perfect fit with the company.

“It’s not contrived. You can’t teach it. It’s an embodiment of a spirit that is unbelievable, and putting that in a Starbucks store, when the brand, the relationship we have with the customers, is the formula for success,” he said.

With more than 18,000 stores in 62 countries, there’s no doubt Starbucks is an iconic global brand.

Asked about plans for further global expansion, Schultz said, “We’re committed to growing, innovating and doing things that perhaps has not been done before. And I love that.”

For more of Karen Davila’s exclusive interview with Starbucks CEO and chairman Howard Schultz, watch Headstart on ANC at 8 a.m. Tuesday (April 9).



Food Review: Karate Kid Japanese Fastfood

It was past dinner time and I was so tired from walking around Makati so I finally rested at the nearest foodcourt inside Landmark. My friend told me to try out Karate Kid because they serve delicious Japanese dishes. True enough, the menu looks good with all the enticing pictures of burgers and pastas, really made me even more hungry!

Since I’ve been missing Takoyaki so much (my favorite food stall Maru Maru sadly closed down at Trinoma Mall last year), I ordered 4 pcs of their Special Takoyaki with katsuboshi (fish flakes), thinking maybe they can become a suitable replacement for my huge takoyaki cravings.


However, I got disappointed at my first bite. I don’t like it at all. My idea of Takoyaki is that they are octopus balls, not cabbage or vegetable balls. I don’t know if there are really no octopus bits inside or if they’re just too small that they drowned completely inside cabbages and carrots. They taste more like coleslaw, and it’s way too different from what I ate at Takoyaki Museum in Odaiba, Japan. I think Samurai’s (old time favorite!) and Octoboy’s are so much better.

I also ordered Ebi Katsu Burger Combo Meal (crunchy breaded shrimp patty). I’ve been wanting to taste this since forever, because I haven’t got the chance to try when I was still in Tokyo.


I like the way the shrimp patties were made, they have real whole shrimps inside and they are so tasty. It’s not like in other fastfood chains where they taste like just plain breadcrumbs. But I think it was a bit salty that I could even taste the MSG in it. Another thing is that the burger buns are too sloppy and red iced tea is too sweet.

The verdict? Well to be honest, it’s a FAIL for me…

But they still got a lot of other dishes, I would love to try them the next time I visit the place. Their pastas and teppanyakis look really nice in pictures. Hopefully it won’t be a fail the second time around.


Food Review: Duo Steakhouse and Wine Bar

It was our 4th monthsary as married couple and we’re supposed to have dinner at Edsa Shangri-la’s HEAT. However, due to demands of overtime work, I left Makati office at around 8pm and traffic was really really bad. So we decided to eat some place else. I was initially craving for some pasta and italian cuisine but when we passed by Serendra, these cravings suddenly turned to juicy, delicious steak so we ended up dining at Duo Steakhouse and Wine Bar, oh I missed this place! The ambiance is so good.. food is tasty.. reasonable priced.. and the exemplary service is major plus!


This is what I got.. Grilled Chilean seabass and US beef top blade served with marble potatoes and glazed vegetables.. yummm sounds good, but taste even better! Oooh I just love seabass so much!

Price: P810


My husband ordered one of their Duo Meat Specials, Bistek Style US Beef. The bistek sauce is perfect.. not too sour, not too salty.. But the beef is somehow hard to cut. Still good enough though and my husband loves it.

Price: 410


Check this place out:

DUO Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Serendra Piazza, Fort Mc Kinley Parkway,

Fort Bonifacio Global City Taguig City

Tel. Nos. 856-1200, 856-1300

Fax No. 909-5210

Mobile Nos. 0927-5030945

11 Health Benefits Of Lemon Water

Today I’m having really bad flu and sore throat, and normally, in times like this, I often go to local grocery to buy myself Oishi Smart-C+ lemon juice. For some reason, this product has been proven very effective for me because consuming 3 bottles each day in just 2-3 days would completely cure me. However this time, I couldn’t find it anywhere, perhaps some case of bad luck. So I tried to search for other alternatives… and found a cart full of REAL LEMONS! Why not? It probably is more sour-tasting and more tedious to squeeze, but natural lemon water has got more health benefits than the bottled ones. Here’s why:

There are many health benefits of lemon water. Lemon contains about 5 percent citric acid and is a rich source of vitamin C. Lemon also contains many vitamins like vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein and carbohydrates. There are so many food menu that use lemon as a conduit of flavor, ranging from cakes, dishes made ​​from chicken, a variety of drinks or even as an ornamental.

Lemons good for the stomach. Lemon can help relieve digestive problems when mixed with hot water, including nausea, heartburn and parasites. By drinking lemon juice regularly, your stomach is assisted, to remove dirt more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and cleaning agents. Intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. Even lemon juice also acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping the liver produce more bile.

Health benefits of lemon water:

1. Overcome Indigestion
Lemon also proved to overcome some digestive disorders such as bloating, abdominal cramps, gas, or a burning sensation (heartburn). Drinking lemon water regularly to prevent constipation and diarrhea. Additionally three or four squeezed lemon can help relieve menstrual pain. It’s better if lemon juice mixed in a glass of warm water.
2. Skin care
Lemon can be a natural antiseptic medicine, which served to cure problems related to skin. Daily consumption of lemon water can provide a great change in the appearance of your skin. Lemon has a function as an anti-aging, remove wrinkles and blackheads. Even if used in areas of burns can fade the scars.
3. Dental Care
Did you know that lemon water has an important function in dental care? Yes, if the fresh lemon juice placed on the tooth area, can help in getting rid of the pain. Squeeze lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. This method also prevents bad smell and other problems related to gums.
4. Heal throat infection
Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis caused by bacteria. To overcome sore throat, you can gargle with using half a cup of lemon juice.
5. Lose weight
Routine drinking lemon water opens the way to lose weight faster. Utilizing lemon juice mixed with warm water and honey, it can also help reduce weight.
6. Control high blood pressure
Lemon water works like magic potion, especially for people who have heart problems, because the high potassium content in it. A diet high in potassium is also believed to help control high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, helps relaxation of the mind, reduces mental stress and depression.
7. Help cure respiratory disorders
Lemon juice assists in curing respiratory problems, especially in people with asthma.
8. Treating rheumatic
Lemon has diuretic properties that can help treat rheumatism and arthritis, by removing bacteria and toxins from the body.
9. Relieves fever
Lemon juice can treat a person suffering from flu or fever, with increased sweat production.
10. Blood purifier
Diseases such as cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it has properties as a blood purifier.
11. Boost the immune system Lemon filled with vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C can increase the body’s defenses attack the flu virus and potassium can help the brain and nerve function, and blood pressure control.

Suggested Dosage In Taking of Lemon Water

 If you are in good health and body weight 70 kg or less, it is advisable to squeeze half a lemon and presenting it in a glass of water. Drink twice a day. However, if you weigh more than 70 kg, squeeze one whole lemon into a glass of water. For maximum benefit, drink twice a day.