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When You Don't Feel Like Cooking, There's Almost Gourmet!

I love good food. I love to eat, and I love to cook. I even love going to the supermarket and stocking up on things that I can use in the kitchen. Yeah, weird it may be, but I find grocery shopping therapeutic. Expensive therapy, actually.

There are times, though, when I simply do not have the time to cook. Sure, I work at home, and for all intents and purposes, I have control over my time. I can take a break when I need to, but that does not mean that there is always time to take breaks. Many days, I find myself scrambling for time. (Whether it's because of the work load or because of my time management skills - or lack of it - I will not dwell on right now.)

So what do I do during those moments that I do not feel like cooking or I don't have time to cook? Lucky girl that I am, I have Almost Gourmet to turn to. Almost Gourmet is a food delivery service owned by a friend of mine, Joyce. It all started out in the office where we used to work together. Her home cook, Dora, would make her lunches and everyone would be so envious of how good Joyce's food was. Pretty soon, enterprising Joyce was selling lunch packs at the office. Just as with practically every good thing in life, the word about Almost Gourmet began to spread. Of course, Joyce's marketing skills are also to be credited. ;)

Today, Almost Gourmet sells solo lunch packs in Metro Manila. Delivery is free for a minimum of PHP500 order, and you are sure to get your meal before noon. It's really the perfect solution for office workers who do not want to waste their lunch break walking to a restaurant and waiting for their order. It's also perfect for work-at-home people like me who do not want to "waste" time preparing food every single day.

What does Almost Gourmet have to offer? Lots, really, but here are some of my all-time favorites.

This is lengua (ox tongue), which is absolutely scrumptious. I am not exaggerating. Every time lengua is in the menu, you can be sure that I place an order.

This is chicken and potato salad, which I crave every now and then, but never have been able to make myself. I don't know what Dora puts in it, but I wouldn't mind having an extra pack in the freezer for whenever I get the craving.
Everyone loves lasagna, and Almost Gourmet does not disappoint with this dish. My only gripe - I wish there were more in one serving!
My other favorites are beef caldereta, callos, and kare kare. It's a pity I haven't been able to take pictures of these because, more often than not, I am hell bent on attacking the food that I remember to take pictures only after everything's gone.

Almost Gourmet also sells steaks and herbed parmesan chicken sticks, which are labeled "Frost Bites". These packaged goodies can stay in your freezer for weeks, and when you find yourself short on time, it's a simple thing to throw them onto the grill or frying pan.

Tip: Use butter for the steak when pan frying, or spray a little bit of olive oil on the grill. The steaks are pre-seasoned, so there is absolutely no need to prep the meat!

I also discovered, albeit kind of accidentally, that the steak is good for Bistek Tagalog! One day, I was craving for this dish, and there was no beef in the freezer. I did see a slab of Almost Gourmet steak, and I thought that maybe I could slice it up and try using it. The result? A slightly differently flavored version of Bistek Tagalog, but still lip smacking good!

Almost Gourmet also offers Party Trays, which are perfect for when you are entertaining and you just can't be bothered to cook. For this purpose, I suggest the Spicy Sardine Pasta and the Fish Sticks. The trays always get cleaned out when we serve them.

For more information - pricing, how to order, and more dishes (I might have gotten some of the names wrong!) - visit Almost Gourmet's web site.

You can also get in touch with Joyce directly at 0917.810.0110 or 964.4029.


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