WHAM! Burgers and Sausages Hits The Spot!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Looks like someone's got a new look at the WHAM! Burgers and Sausages store in SM North Edsa's The Block which we visited a few days ago. Yes, they went head way to look a bit more modern, mid scale and a bit rustic. They went away and lost the old comic book theme they carried throughout the years and went with a more matured looking store.

The interior was a mix of black and white, a little shabby chic without the white ceramic homey elements. For me, it was a fresher look and a bit colder since there were metal counters too.

Mr. Tony Yap owner of Wham! says "We've been in the industry for almost a decade and our customers have always seen and associated us with comics which is a more "fastfood or kiddie" concept and we find nothing wrong with that. But now along with the trend with the new players now, we are targeting more mature audience because the fans of our joint are already grown up. Now, we have included imported and local brands of beer to our menu and revamped the menu and presentation of our dishes for the different market segment we're trying to target. As you can see, we only used earth tones and neutral colors in our store to go with the new theme. But still we will cater to every single one in the family because as we know Filipino's go out in groups especially in the malls. 

Aside from the taste, we also went ahead and updated the bread. Through careful study we decided to introduce the brioche bread. This one is a little special though because we have used multigrain brioche bread which makes the bun a little sweeter nuttier and way better than the Kaiser bun that we used to serve on our burgers. The Filipinos now are more discerning and more demanding, our taste has improved a lot over the years that's why we're making our burgers better. The brioche has a little more following and it looks appealing too according to our customers. I believe that we have offered a great improvement on our products."

The KAPOW! Burger, a beef laden burger with a spicy kick! The jalapenos was love!

The new Multigrain Brioche Bun, made a little sweeter, nuttier and way better on this Wham! Burger!

I initially thought I was actually getting a smaller burger but they said that it's got the same kind (right amount/ratio of lean meat and fat), still 1/3 pound 100% beef patty measured one by one by hand but it's just a different kind of bread. The Kaiser buns used to be so big that it actually overlapped and made the burger looked bigger even though it's the same and now, it's just the right size. The patties will never never ever change. It's a thing that their loyal customers wanted and they listened to them. Isn't that smart?


Now people think they didn't have sausages before in their menu but they actually do. It just didn't share the spotlight of other items because they served the ordinary ones that you can get off of other restaurants too. Now, they've included specialty sausages like these ones which are imported.

 Take for example this thing they call U-Turn. It's 100% Swiss and it is my favorite on their menu. Sink in to your teeth and you'll feel the juiciness ooze out of the meat and you can taste the smokiness of it as it's real deal charcoal grilled. They even showed us their grill where they cook this. Delish! 

They've got Wieners, Schublig with Cheese, Beer Sausage, Kielbasa on the new menu!

They now emphasized sausages too on their menu. It's even getting more orders now because they're giving a free hand in customizing combos that comes with it. Aside from the usual sides of onions and mayo, you can choose what other things you want to go with your sausages. The fries would make you feel full for sure and you can swap it with others. Of course everything goes well with beer!

Bavaria Premium Beer from Holland
They've sourced imported Bavaria from Holland and made it available for everybody that would love to feast in their stores so if you fancy the lovely imported sausages, you've got the best beverage that would also come with it bar none. If you are up to it, take a trip up north at SM's The Block and visit their store on the 4th floor. Don't ever forget to order the U-Turn which everyone loves because it's the good things that I want to to experience more. Get your hands on these burgers, sausages and bottles as soon as you hit the stores. Pretty soon, you'll see all the WHAM! Burgers and Sausages stores look like this one, so if you want to experience it early... you know where to catch them because IT HITS THE SPOT!


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Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali Endorses BUM

Two of the most fastest rising stars of GMA just got hitched. Hitched in a manner that they'll be so happy to be a part of one of the most recognized brands in street wear, BUM. They have extensively been searching for good looking and inspiring teens to carry their name and true enough, they did. The latest of which is two of the lead actors in high rating program "Niňo" seen on GMA. Teen cutie Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali were so happy when they first heard the news... and then finally this day came when they officially announced they will be part of the BUM family. We were there when they signed the contracts!

The event was witnessed by GMA Executives and BUM's head honchos at Annabelle's Restaurant in Tomas Morato.

Bianca Umali wore something sporty from BUM's new line and she was so comfortable in it. She thought that BUM would be to dark or emo but surprised that she probably have clothes like these in her closet and plans to actually mix and match it with what she's got on her wardrobe. The everyday look is important for Bianca because she's always out being seen in the public and she knows she'll be scrutinized with what she's wearing. Now she's proud to be in the ranks of other BUM brand ambassadors that are already successful in their own chosen paths. She couldn't wait to shoot with the new clothes from BUM and says she's definitely looking forward to it. She wants to be different, she also knows you can't sacrifice quality and comfort whilst still staying affordable since teens are the usual suspects wearing clothes from BUM.

Miguel Tanfelix isn't much rugged, but without a doubt BUM has some pieces that has already evolved into more army-esque classy ones that you can wear on casual occasions. He was extremely happy about the endorsement and says BUM fits him because he's exactly the person who would wear shirts and other clothing from the brand without even thinking about it. If you see what he has on his closet, you'll probably see something similar to what he's wearing in this occasion. He also likes the colors and believes he'll enjoy experimenting with his outfits in and out of his shows. He also is excited to shoot campaigns with BUM and also work with artists from different stations. He knows that BUM transcends networks and to be lined up with the likes of the ambassadors of the brand, it's an honor for him he says. Plus, he says the shirts are very comfortable and well designed. Now that he's signed up with them, you'll probably see him soon on billboards and print ads which he's extremely excited for.

I promise to try and see if we can also cover their shoot once the season starts because I've heard they are planning a really great concept come holiday season. Teens, I envy you because you get some nice clothes like these. BUM, you've got two very promising artists on your hands and they are also some of the most humble teens I've ever come across interviewing. I'm sure they'll be as successful as the ones who already have represented BUM in the past and look forward to the fashion shows they're planning to whip up in the next few months, mall tours, meet and greets included! Congratulations Miguel and Bianca!


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Perfect For Rainy Days: Woo Galbi

Monday, July 28, 2014

Have you guys tried WOO GALBI? If not, then you are missing a lot. On the 6th Floor of Shangrila Edsa Mall's East Wing - particularly on the right side, they've got a huge prolly 100 seat restaurant that can accommodate you for brunch, lunch, dinner or if you just want to have a quick bite. The ambiance would be perfect for business or pleasure, or even if you just want to hang around with friends and family. As for us, we went there because it was raining profusely in Manila. This is a place that serves Korean, so we were looking for something authentic but still comforting. We've got to have that.

Ojing-O Ramyeon

They call this the Ojing-O Ramyeon. If my hunch is correct, they used a kimchi laden broth on this one hence it's a little spicy. It's nothing that wouldn't be tolerable, actually I find it real smooth and you can smell the chili and squid essence in every slurp. It's also got fresh Korean noodles and served with egg. Don't mind people when eating Ramyeon because it is encouraged to actually do that "slurping" action. It's like giving the chef a pat on the back because you're enjoying the dish.

Jeyuk Ramyeon

They also got Jeyuk Ramyeon which is the Pork version of it. Equally good in my opinion but if you are a little allergic to seafood like I am, I'd take this one. I still tasted the same broth. Oh and yes, they have this in a promo from 2-5PM Monday to Saturday. For only 250 pesos, you can have hot and delicious Woo Galbi Ramyeon... but make sure no sharing or leftovers (see the fine print!). This also can't be in conjunction with government issued discounts. Anyway, it's worth it!