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food + drinks by Sam Potenciano

Here’s What’s Inside Manila’s First Healthy Snack Subscription Box

Raw Bites delivers handpicked mystery snacks from across the globe straight to your doorstep.

Snack time can be real dangerous territory, especially when juggling office hours tends to lead to bottoming out and mindlessly reaching for whatever crunchy, salty thing will tide you over ‘til the end of the day. For Raw Bites co-founders Gail Go and Jane Dee, finding a convenient, accessible way to provide clean workday fuel to the Metro became their top priority.

“We really wanted to be an importer of healthy snacks in the Philippines, but we didn’t want to just put up some grocery store,” co-founder Gail Go says. “We landed on the idea of the subscription model because it felt like a new, hip, and relevant way to reach our target market.” Raw Bites was conceived in the same vein as other popular subscription services before it, like L.A.’s Loot Crate (the heavily podcast-promoted start-up that delivers pop culture collectibles to your doorstep) and London’s Birchbox (which curates monthly themed boxes of sample sized beauty products).Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 4.25.07 PMBy the 28th of each month, Raw Bites subscribers get to place orders for either a regular (up to 10 snacks) or premium box (up to 15) that then gets shipped to their doorstep by the first week of the following month. Inside is a surprise assortment of curated snacks from different health food brands from all over the world. “First of all, we try everything, so the only things that make it into the box are products that we personally love and believe in,” Go shares. “We make sure we hit certain categories every month as well—like bars, cereals, crackers, and drinks.”

“We also want to do something that’s more holistic, so inside you won’t just find snacks, but also recipes and vouchers for fitness trials and even apparel discounts,” Dee adds. “We wanted to create the complete package to complement your healthy snacking habits.”

A few of the treats that await subscribers once they receive this month’s globally-sourced box: Pic’s Peanut Butter Slug (New Zealand), Rude Health’s Beetroot bar (UK), Take Root’s Dark Chocolate Brownie Bliss Balls (Philippines), and Raw Cocoa’s Coffee Chocolate with Mulberry bar (Poland). Go and Dee are happy to report that they try to squeeze in one locally-made snack into each order.

The first thing I reach for when I open up my box? A packet of Jealous Sweets Grizzly Bears—vegan, gluten-free gummies made with cane sugar and raspberry, pineapple, and blackcurrant juice—a far cry from the bag of jalapeno chips from Mini-Stop that I’d normally settle on, but tbh, just as satisfying.

SUBSCRIBE FOR RAW BITES AT RAWBITES.COM.PH. ORDERS FOR THEIR JUNE BOX MUST BE PLACED BEFORE MAY 28. FOLLOW THEM ON INSTAGRAM AT @RAWBITESBOX.
Sam Potenciano
Sam Potenciano
Sam is the digital editor of L’Officiel Manila. Formerly the founding editor of The Neighborhood and the editor-in-chief of Candy magazine, she is also a columnist for The Philippine Star's Young Star section. Follow her on Instagram at @sampotenciano.
food + drinks by Alyssa Castillo

The Butchery is All You Need for Your Next Sausage Party

Healthy, delicious, and affordable—the three words you least expect to see together in one sentence.

A charming woman clad in white with her hair swept up in a halo braid greets us as we enter the black-framed French door of the deli. We think, she’s the butcher? The butcher is… a butcheress? You wouldn’t believe it either once you meet Jessica Gallegos. But that’s besides the point, because we’re here, ultimately, for the food.butcheery 3We’ll first start with a very short rant on healthy eating. Yes, healthy could mean bland. Healthy could mean time-consuming. And worse, healthy could mean expensive. These are probably just some of the reasons why most of us lean towards fast food, junk, and anything that relies on fat for flavor. As frugal as we are, we’re reluctant to avail of strict and expensive diet plans (that may or may not be tasteless) or casually stop by a salad bar for a bowl that eats up your budget for the week. It’s a real struggle, isn’t it? The manual labor of food preparation is no less difficult even with fast-track hacks, we’re still same-old lazy at the end of the day. It’s all but a dragging process to think about portion control, healthier options, and packaging–that before you know it, you’ve lost your appetite to your food prep. (Maybe that’s how skinny people stay skinny: They never feel hungry after all that hard work. Kidding.) So how can we ever win?IMG_3045To answer that big Q, we found ourselves in The Butchery. At the beginning, The Butchery had a slow start with only 7 flavors of organic handcrafted sausages. Baby steps, that’s all they offered at first to keep the quality in check. It was a lengthy ride to build a strong foundation, and despite earning a strong following on social media and a fanatic crowd in food bazaars, it’s only now (after 4 years) that it has set up shop as a start-up artisanal kitchen. Today, a simple yet pristine setting reflects The Butchery’s advocacy of adapting a healthy, clean-eating lifestyle that’s sustainable, effortless, and –thank God– budget-friendly.butchery 2Their organic sausages, which come from organic-fed animals, are lean and packed with their natural flavor instead of fat. The herbs and spices used to formulate the blends are guaranteed fresh from organic local farms and international organic suppliers. Additionally, they’re proud to say that they use zero preservatives, fillers, extenders, or any chemical ingredients for their meat products.IMG_3105And all because of their collective advocacy for healthy living and organic local farming, the makers behind The Butchery have grown to expand with their partners from provinces all over the Philippines. The Butchery has successfully crafted flavorful gourmet spreads, pasta sauces, and a whole variety of organic bottled products.IMG_3100Unassuming is an admirable quality of The Butchery simply because they don’t choose between people. From young to old, sick or healthy – anyone can appreciate the essence of enjoying food while maintaining good health through their products. Cancer patients, doctors, and even celebrities like John Lloyd Cruz and Angelica Panganiban (separately, ha) have dropped by to get a whiff of the commotion inside this humble space.butchery 1Their organic menu is the star of the space, and you can even try out their dishes for takeout or a quick dine-in meal. From the meat, down to the rice and condiments – everything’s homemade and organic. Visiting The Butchery is especially perfect for the days you decide to kill time or run errands – and completely neglect your commercial grocery store to stock up on some organic goods. (We highly recommend their chicken nuggets with their homemade barbecue sauce. Divine.) But, oh well, you can have any of their products home-delivered anyway – with no minimum orders, if we might add.IMG_3119Healthy, delicious, affordable – and effortless. Your overall well-being will thank you for making the switch.

Produced by Sam Potenciano and Alyssa Castillo
Photography by Ralph Mendoza

THE BUTCHERY IS LOCATED AT 1110 SCOUT TOBIAS ST, BRGY. LAGING HANDA, QUEZON CITY AND IT’S OPEN FROM TUESDAY TO SUNDAY FROM 10AM TO 8PM . YOU CAN PLACE YOUR ORDERS THROUGH THEBUTCHERYSAUSAGE@GMAIL.COM OR CALL/TEXT (+63 917) 7955005 ALL WEEK LONG FROM 9AM TO 5PM.
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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @alyssakcastillo.