Jollibee now owns 100% of American hamburger chain Smashburger

The jolly bee is officially taking over Smashburger. The Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC) announced today that it has raised its stake in the United States-based company from 85 percent to 100 percent, officially giving it full ownership of the fast-casual restaurant chain, ABS-CBN News reported. According to the same report, JFC’s subsidiary Bee Good! Inc acquired ...

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Food deal alert: Serenitea is offering a free upgrade to one-liter cup size on select drinks

Food deal alert: Serenitea is offering a free upgrade to one-liter cup size on select drinks

Do we really need any more reason to drown ourselves in milk tea? Apparently, yes! Tea shop Serenitea is turning 10 and to mark the occasion, it is once again offering...

We tried Selftea, the Manila milk tea stand that prints drinks with customers’ selfies on top

We tried Selftea, the Manila milk tea stand that prints drinks with customers’ selfies on top

Having a milk tea in hand has been second nature to Manileños whenever out and about on a hot day. We can’t help ourselves — it’s yummy, refreshing, and dare we...

Manila Creamery joins the mango sundae craze, launches ‘Mango Float Parfait’

Manila Creamery joins the mango sundae craze, launches ‘Mango Float Parfait’

Manila has gone gaga over the mango float. Inspired by the classic icebox cake made of graham crackers, all-purpose cream, and mangoes — a staple at Filipino parties...

Pinkbird: A built-for-Instagram millennial pink palace, but also, sadly — an underwhelming Korean restaurant

Pinkbird: A built-for-Instagram millennial pink palace, but also, sadly — an underwhelming Korean restaurant

Manileños have been keeping up with the Korean culture fever, eating their way through the frenzy thanks to tons of relatively affordable K-BBQ restos that have been popping up...

McDonald’s has a new range of chocolate sundaes, available until Feb next year

McDonald’s has a new range of chocolate sundaes, available until Feb next year

Craving for something sweet? Yesterday, McDonald’s started offering chocolate soft-serve ice creams — and they look pretty darn good. They’re limited edition...

Sweet news: Macao Imperial Tea is offering a free upsize every Monday this December

Sweet news: Macao Imperial Tea is offering a free upsize every Monday this December

Oh, Macao Imperial. Like we really need more calories coursing through our veins during the Christmas season, when our social calendars suddenly become rife with reunions,...

Filipino netizens are going nuts over the new Choc Nut spread; Here’s where to find it

Filipino netizens are going nuts over the new Choc Nut spread; Here’s where to find it

Prepare to gain a pound or two, Manileños. A well-known Filipino childhood treat is currently making a comeback in the country’s hearts (and stomachs), thanks to a new...

The Coconuts Taste Test: Here’s the lowdown on Christmas hams worthy of your noche buena feast

The Coconuts Taste Test: Here’s the lowdown on Christmas hams worthy of your noche buena feast

One of the best things about a Filipino Christmas is the noche buena tradition, an opportunity for the whole family to gorge on delicious food on the midnight of Dec. 25. Local...

Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown

Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown

Walking around Manila, you don’t get a sense of the city’s rich and layered history from the street level. Destruction from World War II and the severe lack of...


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