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What’s cooking: October food news, releases, and promos that can up your mood as you stay home

By Brooke Villanueva Published Oct 06, 2021 8:48 pm Updated Oct 27, 2021 11:51 am

As we continue to be cooped up inside our homes, having some things to look forward to, like delicious food, can help us get by. 

Cooking and eating have been known to trigger “happy hormones” that can give off positive feelings like joy and pleasure. This includes dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. “The enjoyment you get from eating something delicious can trigger the release of dopamine along with endorphins,” according to Healthline—a trusted health information website. “Sharing the meal with someone you love, and bonding over meal preparation, can boost oxytocin levels.”

If you’re in need of a happy hormone boost, let this compilation of food news, releases, and promos guide you this October. Feel free to come back to this list from time to time as we’ll be updating it with new discoveries all month long. 

Looking to jumpstart a healthy change in your life? You can start with the little things—like opting for olive oil, which has proven benefits for the health. Doña Elena offers that in different variants—pure, pomace, and extra virgin—that you can use to make healthy alternatives to your favorite meals like pasta, pizza, and so much more. 

After the release of its delicious Menudo Seco, Pantry Project MNL is set to wow again with its own take on another Filipino favorite: mechado. The food brand’s Estofado Tostada “is heavy on the Spanish flair, making each chunk of beef slow-cooked to tender perfection.” 

Twist, lick, and… fizz? Yes, you read that right. You can now do that with the new OREO Fizzy, which features the exciting taste of zingy, tangy orange with a bubbly surprise. It’s now available in different stores nationwide. 

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Samsam Chikin is really something else. It’s offering Korean fried chicken in five authentic flavors: Gochujang (bold, spicy, and red-hot), honey butter, soy garlic, Yangnyeom (tangy, sweet, and spicy), and honey soy. Available in different serving sizes priced at P300/P435/P570, you can get two flavors in one box. 

The Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut is here! For only a limited time, you can grab this unique flavor that has a luscious mix of cocoa, hazelnut, and sugar. 

Hey, South friends! You can now satisfy your cake cravings with Butternut MNL, which now has a branch at Alabang West Parade. Among the crowd favorites Brazo de Mercedes, Mocha Chiffon, Ube Chiffon, and Carrot Cake (P290-P350/P1,100-P2,200), what would you buy first? 

Looking to catch up with friends at an alfresco food spot? Bad Bird is now at Stall 14 of The Grid Food Market, where you can enjoy its well-loved umami fried chicken and torched corn. 

Hanamaruken has a new line that’s perfect for sushi lovers. Exclusively available at its Trinoma branch, it comes in four flavors namely California Aburi, Salmon Belly Aburi Sushi, Kakuni Aburi Sushi, and Spicy Tuna-Mentaiko Aburi Sushi. Each roll costs P320.

Got some time to cook for the family and bond over food? For your safety and convenience, SM Markets is now available in the App Store and Google Play Store via the ShopSM app. With its official launch comes a variety of surprises such as massive discounts and freebies—from Viu and iflix premium subscriptions to Grab vouchers, and so much more!

The long wait is over. Sebastian’s Ice Cream has finally come up with new flavors of chilly burgers. The star of the new line is the Brownie Batter (a chocolate version of its cookie dough variant), but the other offerings like Milk & Cookies, Berry White, Mango Salted Toffee, and Vanilla Classic are downright irresistible, too. Each is priced at P140. 

Can’t get enough of milk tea? Mark your love for this satisfying beverage with Gallontea’s subscription service. Among its benefits are free shipping for your first order, subscription modification, cash on delivery, huge discounts and freebies, as well as an additional discount for credit card users. 

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