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Top Picks: The Culinary Collective

This issue’s Modern Parenting Top Picks features listicles of must-try restaurants, bakeries, baked goods, caterers, online specialty food purveyors, and kitchen essentials.

This story appeared in the Modern Parenting Mother’s Day and Father’s Day May 2024 issue.

Whether you’re looking for a unique place to eat, healthy groceries to buy, or something to help you out in the kitchen, these Top Picks by Modern Parenting are sure to help you in every step of the way.

Food Purveyors

1. Heyday

Heyday, the newest health haven in Glorietta 4, offers a carefully curated selection of global and local products — from vitamins and supplements to organic goodies and beauty essentials.

Co-founder Eric Poiret emphasizes Heyday’s commitment to empowering Filipinos toward healthier lives, providing eco-conscious options and allowing them to engage in an immersive shopping experience where one can touch, try, and taste before buying. Bring your own containers to minimize plastic waste, and enjoy exclusive discounts through HeyClub!

Visit Heyday today or shop online via Lazada and Shopee. Follow @heydayph_ on social media for updates.

2. Joel’s Place

Culinary innovation abounds at Joel’s Place, Makati’s premier grocerant (grocery + restaurant) that blends grocery shopping with dining out. Led by Donnie and Christopher Tantoco, it’s a hub for food enthusiasts who want to experience a modern gastronomic gallery. Here, fresh produce, gourmet delicacies, and artisanal products abound, from premium foie gras to Filipino treasures like Pako fern.

Indulge in ready-to-eat dishes like the Pulled Pork Cronada or Beef Yakiniku Skewers, or globally inspired delights like the Adlai Seafood Paella and the Mango Cream Bomb. Joel’s Place offers exceptional service and community events, making it more than just a store — it’s a culinary destination.

Joel’s Place is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and it’s located at the G/F The Proscenium Retail Row, Estrella St., Rockwell Center Makati. Watch out for its second location at Rustan’s Makati, Ayala Center.

Where to Dine

3. One World Deli

Discover global flavors at One World Deli, where diners can explore an international culinary adventure in one venue. Focusing on premium ingredients and ethical sourcing, One World Deli curates a diverse selection of products from international purveyors and local artisans. Embracing sustainability, One World Deli looks to partner with brands that share their values. After all, its mission is to bring customers’ food stories to life, offering guidance and delicious options for every palate.

Check out One World Deli at or through its socials (@oneworlddeli), Estrella St., Rockwell Center Makati. Watch out for its second location at Rustan’s Makati, Ayala Center.

4. Vault

Nestled within Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew at OSquare 2, Vault offers an exclusive speakeasy experience in Manila. Its vibrant ambiance draws in youthful energy, especially on the weekends when emerging DJs from the local music scene gather to play beats.

Beyond music, Vault hosts a variety of events, including Comedy Nights by Comedy Manila and Trivia and Games Nights by PopQuiz PH. Boasting an extensive selection of beverages curated by skilled mixologists, Vault promises unforgettable nights filled with expertly crafted cocktails and a vibrant social scene.

For more information about Vault, check out

5. Rob’s

If you’re looking for the ultimate surf and turf feast, Rob’s (Ribs, Oysters, & Bourbon Shack) is the place to go. Enjoy the best cuisine in the land and sea with a laid-back coastal vibe and a twist of spirits. The chic 40-seat space also exudes sophistication with a hint of jazz in the background.

Chef Robby Goco’s menu features BBQ trays, fresh oysters, and a variety of seafood delights, all paired with an extensive bourbon cocktail selection. Whether it’s a classic Mint Julep or ROB’s Hot BBQ Sour, you’re sure to find a drink that perfectly complements each delectable dish.

Open weekdays until midnight and weekends until 1 a.m. For reservations, call 0945 726 9984 or follow @ robs.ribsoystersbourbon on social media.

Kitchen Essentials

1. Instant Pot

Since its debut, the Instant Pot has become an American darling, with its ability to conjure healthy and tasty meals in a flash by blending pressure cooking, slow cooking, and more.

Created by tech-savvy Canadians with a passion for food, the Instant Pot was driven by a desire to ease kitchen chaos. Each innovation sets new standards and ways of preparing dishes, from the Lux 6-in-1 to the Duo 7-in-1.

2. Tefal Air Fryer

Air fryers are fast becoming essentials in the kitchen for healthy cooking. From frying chicken with less oil to baking cookies and reheating frozen food — without the fear of burning them — preparing meals for you or the family is made easier with a Tefal unit.

Plus, you’re given the comfort of reliability, so you can create fuss-free dishes with consistency. More importantly, its portable nature lets you take it anywhere you go.

3. Ooni

No need to order in for your favorite wood-fired pizzas — Ooni’s chic pizza ovens have made freshly cooked, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza attainable at home, changing the game for outdoor family picnics and pizza nights.

Pantry Essentials

1. Nutriasia (UFC Fun Chow)

There’s nothing quite like a good bowl of fried rice, particularly for us rice-loving Pinoys. Now, imagine being able to have a tasty bowl of that without having to worry about the ingredients. That’s what UFC Fun Chow offers — a chance to enjoy all the familiar goodness of fried rice without the hassle of cooking. Simply mix a packet in, and it’s ready to eat!

A definite lifesaver for those busy days when you want something quick but hearty.

Check out Fun Chow at any leading grocery store nationwide.


As a company that offers convenient, sustainable healthy food substitutions, 7 Grains is dedicated
to sourcing and creating top-quality alternatives to everyday foods.

Their focus lies on providing natural, minimally processed options without breaking the bank. They work closely with in-house food experts, and local and international organizations to ensure the safety and integrity of their products. After all, its certifications represent 7 Grains’ pledge to deliver nutritious options for the whole family.

A top pick for those looking for high-quality, affordable, and healthy choices that support your family’s well-being and sustainability goals.

For more details, follow them at @7GrainsPantry on Facebook and Instagram, or contact them at (02) 211- 0901, 0917-811-7080, or [email protected]. You may also visit them at Sta Lucia St. Bgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig, Metro Manila, PH.

3. Innosense

A line of healthy, organic, and anti-inflammatory food that is meant to reset a diet, detox, and sustain a nutrient-filled and chemical-free is the very reason why Dr. Kaycee Reyes founded Innosense. it is often a struggle to eat the best food when our pantry is filled with junk and unhealthy staples.

Innosense has frozen items such as free-range tapa, chicken broth, turkey patties, etc., which are all organic. They also have fresh beverages that are made daily, such as red juice made with beets, green juice made with kale, and yellow juice made with ginger and lemons. Innosense also carries pure organic wild honey and pancake mix.

Check out via Instagram to know more.

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