Beat 'No Shape December' With Cravings Fresh Picks

Not sure if there is anyone who missed me but hello there guys! 

Just in case you're wondering what happened when my blog became stagnant for a couple of weeks, well, let's say that there have been lots of activities and I wasn't able to squeeze in much for blogging! I was caught in between organizing our company's Christmas Party, making chocolate truffles for a big client, creating our office newsletter, and taking careful measures when it comes to my daily commute (December is notorious for a lot of thefts so while we are only a few days left before Christmas; so please be more careful with your phones and gadgets).

Another thing I am squeezing in actually is my tummy, because I admit to have already had lots of food even before 'No Shape, No Shame December' took a hit. Although these past few sleepless nights was a teeny bit helpful because it affected my appetite which (I felt) made me lose weight, I cannot say that I am convinced. So when some people tell me, "Nines, pumapayat ka na" (you're getting thin), I answer them them..."Puyat lang ako" (I just lack sleep).

So instead of continuously abusing our ability to eat more lechon, drink more beer and be merry, we should realize that sometimes our bodies will need something healthy for proper replenishment and detoxification. If only we can find a buffet with all the veggies you can eat in a number of ways.

Oh, and there is! As Cravings brings back their FRESH PICKS Weekend Buffet at their Katipunan, Shangri-la Mall and Molito Alabang branches.   

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Cravings has been known for its unlimited Soup and Salad buffet, but with Fresh Picks, you're getting more, because they also included a Mongolian buffet, unlimited juice and a choice of one grilled item for only P550.

But before that, I started my morning at Cravings with their cafe latte which is made with Di Bella Coffee Beans. I ain't a certified coffee lover, but this one is mellow and smooth with a mild bitter finish that's just soothing to the nerves.

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And Cravings is the only establishment that offers the Di Bella Coffee brand. You can also buy them in packs so if you want to try this one, you may visit their branches.

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In the meantime, feast on this splendid spread of salad items, most of which are coming straight from the owner's farm. It's truly one of the most affordable farm to table concepts that I know of.

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The soup selection that I encountered is composed of Cream of Potato and Egg Drop Soup.

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You can serve it with a good choice of crispy toppings like croutons or fried potato skins, even fried noodles.

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They also have bread available, which you can serve with these interesting plate of spreads. There's Liver Pate, Herbed Butter and house made Fruit Jam.

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I just love the set-up here. It's vibrant and full of life!

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One of the unique selections at Cravings Fresh Picks are these fried bean sprouts. They are like healthier alternatives to croutons. And they're packed with fiber too!

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Dressings are made exclusively by their chefs from choice ingredients. No bottled products and preservatives here. 

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As for the Mongolian Buffet, you can choose from  different colored capsicums, spices and noodles. All ready for the taking. There are chefs ready to cook them for you on the side of this spread.

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Feel free to choose from Hoisin, Sweet Chili and Teriayki sauces. I tried both the Hoisin and Teriyaki plus a few red chillies and Garlic.

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Choice for the grilled items include rice, with options such as Shrimp with Pesto;
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Chicken Kebab Skewers;
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Hamburger Patties;
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and Grilled Cream Dory.
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And because I had enough space for all these healthy food; I was instantly full after eating everything on the photo below. I had some bread, Cream of Potato Soup, a hefty serving of salad, mongolian veggies and the Grilled Shrimp.

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As for the cakes, Cravings never fail to offer the yummiest, most dense cakes in Manila. I'm really a fan of their cakes even when I was working in Eastwood and they (used to) have a branch at the Eastwood Mall.

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These mini Chocolate Caramel and White Chocolate Cakes are actually available only when you avail of their Unlimited Circles Card to get all the cakes and coffee that you can consume, which is a separate card aside from their usual Cravings Loyalty Card called My Crave Card. You can ask for this when you visit their stores.

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You can also try their scrumptious White Chocolate Caramel Cake if the traditional chocolate is not something you fancy.

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Opt for a healthier (ows) option such as this Carrot Cake. Really good!

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And here is another cup of my premium Di Bella Coffee, which is now in the form of a Cappuccino. Cuteness overload!

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Cravings Fresh Picks is available during weekends in Katipunan, Shangri-la and Molito Alabang branches. Check out more information about Cravings, including the latest updates and promos on
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Cravings Official Facebook Page
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P.S. Photos are a downsized so apologies for the quality. 

*This post was written by the writer's own thoughts and opinions about Cravings.

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