(SPOT.ph) With pandemic alert levels going down, chances are you've gone back to going out more frequently in the past weeks. Still, it's hard to discount the significance of food delivery apps in keeping us well-fed on most days—we're still essentially in a pandemic after all, and you can't deny the ease and convenience of sating those hankerings with a few taps on your phone. Now you've probably got your go-to stores and orders you consider your all-time reliable fave, but it's well worth going out of your comfort zone and trying other vendors and stores that might not necessarily be as popular as big-time chains and restos, but nevertheless deserve all the love. Consider checking out the small businesses GrabFood is highlighting under their Indie Eats campaign—which include everything from decadent birria taco purveyors to bottled cold brew coffee shops and more.
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The Indie Eats campaign is all about shining the spotlight on small food businesses and purveyors—which you can now order from as easily as you would from your fave big fast-food joint thanks to Grab. There's something for everyone, too. If it's a hearty and heavyweight platter of tacos you seek, go for the signature versions of El Cocina—among which is the juicy Pork Birria Taco (starts at P150/piece) with a tender pulled pork filling; and its cheese-stuffed cousin, the Quesabirria (starts at P190/piece).
Prefer the straightforward goodness of a thick, juicy burger? Don't miss Open Kitchen by Two Bakers—best known for their cookies but also make meaty must-tries like the Classic Double Cheeseburger (P270). We'll let the photos do the talking. For a real indulgent meal, pair it with fruity booze like the Passionfruit Flavored Beer (P199) from Happy Hour! Flavored Beers.
Looking for a lighter bite that won't weight you down? You can get salads, wraps, and vibrant grain bowls from stores like Mean Greens and Bowlsome, both of which you can buy from through the store Habit Food Group Mix. Their Falafel Bowl (P180) with nutty pieces of falafel makes for a great lunch option on just about any day, while their savory-sweet Honey Soy Salad (P160)—with grilled chicken, veg, and a honey soy vinaigrette—will show you just how satisfying well-made salads can be.
Itching to travel? You can at least get the sense of going global by way of flavor. You'll find stores that take inspiration from all around the world. Go for a fiery, umami bite of Korean fried chicken with the spicy-sweet DakGungjung Sweet&Spicy (starts at P299) of Gogodak Korean Chicken (it's got grilled pineapple!), or the Kubos Chicken (P321.30) a.k.a. pita wrap with chicken plus other Middle Eastern gems of Malachi's Delights.
Dessert, anyone? Hit up Daiesumi Digital Cafe for their fluffy, fruity Blueberry Japanese Pancake (P180/two pieces) and other Japanese flapjacks—best paired with drinks like their Matcha Latte (P160). You can also pick up a bottle of two of cold brew coffee from BRU Premium Coffee; their Cold Bru Sampler (P240) lets you have a little of everything as it's got mini bottles of their signature brews.
Ready to see (and taste) what these purveyors have got? You can easily find them and order via GrabFood. You can also access the Indie Eats brands in your area by visiting the Food section of your Grab app and tapping on the "Indie Eats" button, or simply keeping your eye for vendors with the "Indie Eats" badge as you scroll through the app.
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