Pepper’s Round-Up: Here are Our Top 10 Posts for September 2013

January 2, 2019

Here’s a recap of our Top 10 most popular posts on Pepper for September 2013.

6 Snack Ideas That Should Already Exist (But Don’t)


All of us have had truly brilliant and inspired ideas to improve and perfect our favorites snacks. Unfortunately, 99.99% percent of these new and fresh concepts are lost. Mostly, it’s because we tend to stumble upon these little gems while we’re tired, drunk, and missing underwear. We try to recapture these ideas in the morning, once we’re sober and fully dressed, but it never works. Instead, we end up with half-formed ill-advised pitches (“What if we put the cheese on top of the sandwich? So that it both tastes and feels like reconstituted polyurethane?”) that no one likes and nobody remembers, not even our mothers.

In this list, I’ve compiled 6 sure hits that any enterprising food manufacturer is welcome to steal. All I ask is that when they inevitably get Jessy Mendiola to star in the commercial for my idea, I at least get to sit-in during the shoot.

The 7 Laws of Coffee Shop Camping (from a Habitual Repeat Offender)


Picture entering your favorite coffee shop on a rainy Saturday afternoon. You order afresh cup of black coffee (or your Venti sweetened, salted, blended, low-fat, no foam, six pump mocha with soy instead of milk non-coffee/non-tea thing—it’s okay, we won’t judge) with a dog-eared copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower in hand. You present your privilege card, say thanks but no thanks to the overly perky barista trying to sell you a Sara Bareilles CD, and look around for an empty table for you to use. Unfortunately, there isn’t any. Instead, you see every inch of available table space occupied by people hunched over shiny laptops, reams of photocopied notes, and brick-thick law and med books.

No, you did not walk into a library by mistake. No, we cannot study/work at home instead. Yes, we really do need the dedicated book stands with the tiny spotlights to read.

As a law student, I quickly learned that studying at coffee shops provided numerous advantages. To the dismay and irritation of most normal coffee shop customers, we students congregate in such places because they really are more productive when we do so. However, since your local Starbucks is a public setting, we do have to make an effort to get along with the other people there. Before you go strutting off to your local coffee shop with all your work in tow, here are some rules to make the experience more pleasant for both students and professionals alike (and friends who just want to hang out).

David vs. Goliath: A Face-Off Between Katipunan Craft Ales and San Miguel Beer


Meet Katipunan Craft Ales. Formed by a group of friends who are passionate about beer, the brewery is trying to ferment a revolution to challenge our perceptions on what beer should be.

Even though they’ve only been commercially brewing for a couple of years, they have found much goodwill and success among the drinking circles of Manila, as well as the rest of the country. They make a few different brews, but it is their flagship product that best embodies their brewing philosophy: ale that represents the revolutionary spirit of the Filipino.

Today we pit this rebel against a symbol of our Spanish conquerors, San Miguel Beer. Will it be a worthy face-off? Find out in this article.

Cheesecakes by Guy Feature


As part of, I’m ashamed to admit that I once attempted to make a cheesecake using a turbo broiler. (What? I was curious! I made cookies in a turbo broiler once and they turned out just fine.) The result was an awful mess of undercooked eggs with a sunken center.

After that abject baking failure, I gained a deeper respect and appreciation for cheesecake experts like Gregory Guy. You’ve seen him work wonders here in before. Today, we’re showcasing Greg’s specialty cheesecakes, many of which have been featured in numerous publications in Metro Manila. Greg graduated from Ateneo with a degree in Management Economics, and from there, he decided to go to Le Cordon Bleu Paris to sharpen his culinary skills.

Tray’s Anatomy: McDonald’s Shake Shake Fries vs. Potato Corner



Since Jollibee isn’t even a real contender in the fries department in first place, the introduction of Shake Shake Fries requires McDonald’s to pick a fight with a true French fry heavyweight. Fortunately, Potato Corner is here to answer the bell. Let the battle of the flavored fries begin.

Green Pastures, Shangri-la Mall Review: From Farm to Table

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I was hard-pressed to find fault with the operation. Service was okay, with some of the waiters and waitresses still struggling to find their feet, but they all seemed to know a great deal about the menu, which means they were taught well. Maybe it was just my lucky day because Goco was in the kitchen himself, supervising every plate that came out, but the recipes themselves canstand alone. He doesn’t step too far outside the box to prevent alienating the more conservative diners, but he still experiments enough with the great produce to please the more adventurous types curious about the place. Someone told me that Green Pastures is the ‘best new opening of 2013.’ It could very well be.

L.E.S. Bagels Opens in McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio


Deep in the heart of Fort Bonifacio is the magical land called McKinley Hill. Here, amidst the high-rise BPO buildings and the coffee shops filled with people on Apple products, an upscale residential area has successfully developed. Unsurprisingly, a crop of new restaurants, pubs, diners, and delis have also sprouted up in the neighbourhood to cater to the community. L.E.S. Bagels is the newest addition to this cluster of food establishments.

L.E.S. Bagles quietly opened its doors to the public only last August. Searching for them on Google yields only five relevant results.The place is so new, you won’t even find it on Munchpunch yet.

Easy One-Minute Nestlé® Crunch® Hot Fudge Brownie Cake


We did a 5-Minute Salted Caramel Mug Cake before, but sometimes, we just need that special kind of comfort that only a moist, gooey, 100% chocolate cake can provide. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy to find at a moment’s notice (unless you steal the slice someone else left in the office pantry at your typical 9-5).

Chinese or Filipino?: The History Behind 7 of Our Favorite Binondo Eats


Chinese merchants brought over pottery and silk in exchange for agricultural products like rattan and beeswax. Some of the merchants eventually settled here, and whenever they craved for a taste of home, they whipped up their native dishes using local ingredients. A number of Chinese migrants married Filipino women as well, all of whom later learned to cook their husbands’ favorites. Over time, the wives began to improvise and impart regional twists onto traditional Chinese recipes. As the years passed, the difference between Chinese and Filipino cuisines became virtually blurred and indistinct.

The following are just a handful of the Middle Kingdom’s delicacies that we Filipinos have come to embrace as our own.

Ever Heard of McMooncakes?: 5 Not-So Ordinary Mooncakes from China


Aside from the usual lotus paste-based flavors, there have been a number of international food establishments such as Haagen-Dazs, Starbucks, and even McDonald’s that have been bold enough to take the moon cake experience to an even higher level. These aren’t your ordinary moon cakes, I’m telling you. Check them out.

See your favorite article? Any newsworthy food topic you’d want us to discuss next month? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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