Grocery List for Young Urban Professionals | Feat. S&R Members’ Treat Sale Items

Grocery shopping after all is a task for survival acuity.

O- Olive products (Olive oil for cooking, tinned olives for sandwiches and pastas)

P- Protein Bars

Q- Quick to prepare mixes ( pancake, pizza, canned soups)

R- Razors

S- Sauces and spreads (spices, condiments, dips, dressings)

Below is the complete A-Z grocery list with photos. Scroll down.

You work hard on weekdays. You unwind at one of the city’s entertainment hubs on weekends. A typical “Yuppie” – a young urban professional. Also, you shop your own grocery needs as you listed, as you budgeted, as you scheduled.

Grocery shopping is an “#adulting” agendum. Who is not doing his own grocery shopping as an adult by the way? Your mastery of it reflects how skillful you are in terms of budgeting your fund for food from payday to payday while partaking healthy meals to fuel you in every workday. It is safe to say that a well-experienced grocery shopper is financially and physiologically healthy. You do not agree if you are not. Tell me. Are you?

MY GROCERY SHOPPING LIST

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Top in the list always when shopping at S&R, the packed IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) Broccoli. Good for up to 45 days supply of Vitamin C, Fiber and Protein. Yes, frozen is as good as fresh. Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/01/are-frozen-fruit-and-vegetables-as-good-for-you-as-fresh

The day after every payday is my ideal grocery shopping day. My grocery list on the other hand has a 60% regular and 40% casual choices.

  • coffee
  • sliced bread (I get excited making my own sandwich for work.)
  • Protein: broccoli, peanuts, eggs, meat
  • carrots, tomatoes, packed sliced fruits
  • Rice and oatmeal with milk
  • canned tuna, canned corned beef, instant pancit canton
  • Condiments/ Sandwich spread: vinegar, garlic, basil, umami seasoning
  • detergent, exfoliating and bactericidal soaps, hair conditioner
  • gargling solution and whitening toothpaste
  • wet wipes, rubbing alcohol (My work requires a lot of hand shakes and loads of talking.)

The 40% is influenced by first, the kind of spread I want in my work sandwich for the next two weeks. Second, the recipes I saw on social media food pages that I want to try or health articles I read weeks before. Lastly, the cravings for Mr Chips or moist chocolate cake or Spam. I set aside PhP 2,000 every two weeks for food.

if you have the opportunity to get something of better quality (imported or local) at more affordable bar codes (S&R member), why not punch it in?!

My list is fun and flexible. I make health-conscious food choices by considering the simple Go-Grow-Glow taxonomy. My grooming list is basic. My sandwich spread recipes are ever changing. There are items in the list which need to be re-supplied every shop. There are also those which can be bought in larger package to hoard. Larger packs help you save both budget and shopping energy.

How I stock supplies and save budget through the S&R Members’ Treat Sale

The S&R Members’ Treat Sale is a grocery sale to look forward twice a year. It happens every March and September (Set a reminder on your smartphone, Yuppie!). This is when quality imported grocery items are priced at 50% less.

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What a deal! Eight boxes of Hershey’s Chocolate Soya Milk for PhP 299.

What makes me choose to grocery shop at S&R is beyond the product connotation of “imported”, “stateside”, “pang-mayaman/ pang-dato”. I support local products too (Sukang Pinakurat, Lucky Me Pancit Canton and Holiday Corned Beef join the conversation). Food Regulatory Agencies from other countries though, have stringent and thoughtful criteria on retaining nutrients from their food products. The advanced technology of their food industry is a supplementary factor too.  These make the products more ideal for hoarding. Buy it at large portions. Stock it for a month extended supply than usual. The taste is obviously unique too. A two-month taste break from the usual flavors makes your gastronomic routine more appetizing. Finally, if you have the opportunity to get something of better quality (imported or local) at more affordable bar codes (S&R member), why not punch it in?!

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S&R holds the Members’ Treat Sale every March and September where members enjoy massive savings on imported items. It has 17 branches in the Philippines as of September 2019.

S&R (Sol and Robert Price) is a membership-shopping club modeled after the warehouse shopping chains introduced in the United States. Most of the imported products offered are in club packs which include fresh produce and fruits, Australian/New Zealand beef, Western grocery brands from cereals to snacks, chocolates, wines and spirits. It also offers consumer electronics and appliances, along with health and beauty products. It is currently the biggest reseller of imported quality products at very competitive prices in the Philippines. (https://www.coscocapital.com/segment.do?category_id=7346)

The list below is comprised with food choices deemed as basic, healthy and easy to prepare for an always on the go Yuppie. It also has essential products for grooming as well as electives for Summer (S&R Members’ Treat Sale – March) and Christmas/ Year-End (S&R Members’ Treat Sale – September).

For as long as we need to earn for our life goals everyday, we also have to eat in every meal. Thus, we also need to shop more budget- and health-consciously,

MY S&R MEMBERS’ TREAT SALE GROCERY LIST

A- Assorted nuts. In general, nuts are good sources of fat, fiber and protein (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-healthy-nuts#section1)

B- Bread, biscuits

C- Coffee, Cold brews, Canned Tuna, Sardines

 

D- Detergents (Laundry and Dish washing and all-around cleaning solutions), Fabric Conditioner

E- Exfoliating Soap, Beauty bars, Shower gels

F -Frozen veggies and berries. Yes, frozen is as good as fresh (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/01/are-frozen-fruit-and-vegetables-as-good-for-you-as-fresh).

 

TIP: Get the items first. While the line at the check out counter is long, check the expiration date of the items.

G- Grains and Seeds

H – Healthy drinks (green tea, fruit juices, milk)

I – Ice Cream. Those flavors with nuts.

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J- Junk Chips, Nachos

L- Liquor (for gift, stock for celebrations, for your minibar)

M – Masks (facial masks and wet wipes)

N- Noodles (From Japanese to Korean!)

 

O- Olive products (Olive oil for cooking, tinned olives for sandwiches and pastas). Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/olives)

P- Protein Bars

TIP: Try something new. Wide selection of items are waiting for you.

Q- Quick to prepare mixes ( pancake, pizza, canned soups)

R- Razors

S- Sauces and spreads (spices, condiments, dips, dressings)

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I get excited making my own sandwich for work. B for Bread. S for Spread!

T- Tomato ketchup. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes)

U- Undershirts (S&R has a section for clothing too. I buy bundles of white V-neck undershirts once a year. Durable shirts for daily use so far.)

V- Vitamins and supplements

W- Whitening Toothpaste

X- Xtras (For March: Save on shopping for your Summer essentials. For September: Shop and save on gift items as well as Christmas decorations)

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Y- Yogurt and Yakult. Yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-yogurt).

Z- Zen scents (Fumes that help you meditate and relax like spray, diffusers, candles)


HOW TO BE A MEMBER

GOLD MEMBER:

  1. Fill-out the information asked in the Gold Membership Application Form. The form is available at the Membership Counter inside any S&R Club Warehouse.
  2. Present any one (1) of the following valid Identification cards with photo for each card holder: Passport, Driver’s License, SSS/ GSIS Digitized ID, PRC License, Voter’s ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, NBI Clearance. Any individual, 18 years old and above can be a Primary Member. Any immediate family member of a Primary Gold Cardholder, 18 years old and above with valid ID showing the same residence address as the Primary Cardholder, can be a Secondary Member.
  3. Settle the 700 PhP Gold Membership Fee valid at all S&R locations  for one (1) year. Extension card for 400 PhP is optional for the Secondary Member.
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Gold Membership Enrollment Fee: 700 PhP.

BUSINESS MEMBER

  1. An Owner or Manager of a licensed business qualifies as a Business Member. Fill-out the information asked in the Business Membership Application Form. The form is available at the Membership Counter inside any S&R Club Warehouse.
  2. Present any one (1) of the following valid Identification cards with photo for each card holder: Passport, Driver’s License, SSS/ GSIS Digitized ID, PRC License, Voter’s ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, NBI Clearance.
  3. Submit one (1) of the following supporting documents: FOR SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP: Certificate of Registration of Business Name with DTI, Current Year Mayor’s Permit or VAT Registration Number. FOR PARTNERSHIP AND CORPORATION: SEC Certification of Registration, Current Year Mayor’s Permit, VAT Registration Number or Letter from the Head of the organization authorizing representatives. FOR A DIRECTOR OR MANAGER OF A COOPERATIVE OR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: SEC/ CDA Certification of Registration, BIR TAX Exempt Status or Letter from the Head of the organization authorizing representatives.
  4. Settle the 900 PhP Business Membership Fee valid at all S&R locations for one (1) year. One (1) add-on card is FREE to yhe Primary Cardholder’s spouse, domestic partner, or any immediate family member over the age of 18 and living in the same household. Primary Member may add up to three (3) add-on cards at 400 PhP each.

TIPS

Eat first, Take you vitamins. It will be a long day. A food cart, with your favorite S&R pizza, burger, salad and drinks roams around the grocery though.

Stick to the budget. Calculate. Compare. Shop with someone and share the price of the buy 1 take 1 items.

Expect it to be crowded. Members can bring 3 more adults and unlimited kids. The queues are well organized though, from the parking outside to the check out counters.

Get the items first. While the line at the check out counter is long, check the expiration date of the items.

Buy the regular/ basic food choices for 2-3 months supply. The S&R Members’ Treat Sales has the best offers for your hoarding goals!

This is also an opportune sale to try something new. Wide selection of items are waiting for you.

While the line is long, go back to those which are empty during your first round. It may got refilled.

Do not bring kids but think of them. Lots of sweets and toys on sale.

Separate a budget for gifts.

Owning the choices of food in your plate is a fortifying task as a person who is now finally in charge of thy self. That you are an adult. You are now earning on your own, eating on your own. Autonomous. Responsible.

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Every September, shop and save on corporate gift items as well as Christmas decorations.

Grocery shopping is as fun as it is fortifying too. Imagine! You are not that toddler anymore who needs to do a sales pitch (and say please) to mommy just to “add to cart” that chocolate or junk food on your hand. Freedom is fun (But be smart too).

Grocery shopping after all is a task for survival acuity. It is rewarding throughout your aging work-life “timeline” when you get better and better at doing it. For as long as we need to earn for our life goals everyday, we also have to eat in every meal. Thus, we also need to shop more budget- and health-consciously, every after our turn at the check-out counter. As per scheduled.

Get a Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut to Celebrate World Doughnut Day, June 7

ALSO RANKED MY FAVORITE KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS HERE. Happy WDD!

Celebrate World Doughnut Day 2019 this June 7 with a FREE Chocolate Glaze doughnut from Krispy Kreme.

Krispy Kreme Factory Stores:

DAVAO: SM Ecoland | CAGAYAN DE ORO: Limketkai | CEBU: IT Park | BACOLOD: SM | LAS PINAS: Evia Lifestyle Center | SAN JUAN: Greenhills | TAGUIG: Bonifacio High Street

Visit any of the factory stores of Krispy Kreme listed above from 6AM to 8AM and from 11Am to 1PM only. Enjoy a giveaway Chocolate Glaze doughnut FOR EVERY TRANSACTION. Take a photo and upload it on your social media account with hashtags: #KKWorldDoughnutDay, #ChocolateGlaze, #WorldDoughnutDay and #EveryOneIsAnOriginal. Tag @krispykremeph too!

RANKED : MY FAVORITE KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS

These five Krispy Kreme doughnuts are ranked based on (1) how romantic it blends with my hot coffee and (2) how not so overwhelming the sweetness while still being a doughnut (you know what I mean).

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BACON AND CHEESE RING-FILLED and BRÛLÉE CHEESE RING-FILLED | These are pizza-doughnuts for me. I love to nibble the cheesy taste in every bite of these before sipping my usual creamy coffee. 

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ORIGINAL GLAZED | The Classic! Always be the first and legal wife of my hot black coffee. Nuff said.

CHOCO PEANUT BUTTER RING FILLED | It looks too sweet but the sprinkled sea salt and roasted hazelnut tastefully neutralized the sweetness on this morsel. With lots of proteins too 💪🏼.

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CHOCOLATE GLAZE | This is chocolately naive, and that is just perfect for me. I can eat only one each of the other 4 (in the rank) but I will always consume 2 of this. Every time!

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DARK CHOCOLATE GLITZ with Davao’s award-winning Malagos Chocolate (below is Blueberry Bliss Glaze) | The subtle bitter taste amidst the sweetness is truly a unique doughnut experience in every bite. I love this with a creamier coffee.

Doughnuts will always be the best office morsel for me. Always be the submissive palatable better half of a warm caffeine, whether or not it is a winning day at work. It is just always a winning day when you’re getting a doughnut for snack. That is indeed my sole reason why I celebrate World Doughnut Day!

Happy World Doughnut Day, Closers!

About Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. With a flagship store in Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee in the country since 2006. Today, Krispy Kreme has outlets in more than 70 different locations nationwide. To get more information and updates about the brand and its products, you may become a Friend of Krispy Kreme by visiting www.krispykreme.com.phor through our social media accounts.

 

Coffee is for Closers | Would you judge a Macchiato by its smell?

The Tahitian vanilla component is not actually more of a taste bud experience but an “air in the mouth” sensation.

Starbucks Philippines offers back its Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato. Have you tried it? Here is how it is sizzled. Available in hot, iced and blended, It is an infusion of (1) velvety steamed milk (2) with aromatic, caramelly Tahitian vanilla syrup, topped with Starbucks Signature Espresso and finished with (3) vanilla bean specks and (4) vanilla drizzle in a classic double crosshatch pattern.

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I always want my coffee as hot. I love Starbucks’ mainstay caramel macchiato. Though it tends to be too sweet at times, I still enjoy asking for a free glass of water especially when I am on the last 1/4 of the portion. Considering that this new drink is a “caramelly” vanilla syrup made beverage with the intriguing “Tahitian” flair, I chose to try a new drink in its blended format for the first time. I preconceive it being way too sweet with the assumption that, the hot version might not be ideally sweet for me (as caramel macchiato being the sweetness reference) and that the ice in the blended version may at least try to neutralize the sweetness.

How it really tastes?

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Not really too sweet. Totally the opposite of what I have expected that it might be irritant to the (my) throat. It smells the expected subtle vanilla sweetness. The first palate experience on every first sip is dictated with a caramelly sensation. As you try to take time enjoying, the after taste is dominated with the Tahitian vanilla component which is not actually more of a taste bud experience but an “air in the mouth” sensation. I would never judge a Macchiato or any drink’s sweetness ever again plainly through its vanilla smell nor through knowing that it contains a vanilla. A revelation from this taste test is that vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla to be specific, has a sweetness which is not from the tongue. And that for me is delicious, delightful and healthy.

This is a new palate experience every Macchiato fan should try. I would try the hot version soon.

 

4 Fun Reasons to be Messy with Shrimps at Blue Posts

There is an only-of-its-kind shrimp diner in town serving exceptional bags of sauteed, sauced shrimp you love to get mess with. Devour. And bring with you the tabs. You or your friend might need it. Mess responsibly.

We always have that friend who is always thankful of over-the-counter antihistamine tabs. Why? Because Shrimp is Lifer! (according to one of those 4 friends on my mind) And no other seafood restaurant gratifies best those episodes of cephalic and gastronomic shrimp cravings but the Davao homegrown, Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps Branches:
Bajada, Davao City
Lanang Business Park, Davao City
SM Ecoland, Davao City
The Block-SM North Edsa, Metro Manila
SM Mall of Asia, Metro Manila
O Square Green Hills, Metro Manila
Seascape Village, Pasay City

 

 

There is that bite! One does not need to be a Michelin Chef to qualify a best textured shrimp. What I know is, one keeps on being messy with shrimps at Blue Posts when he knows how shrimp should be sauteed. There is always that one familiar satisfying bite which your teeth, tongue and jaw unanimously enjoy! When there is an adjective as “fork tender” (meat), let it be coined that there is a “teeth tender” shrimp. It is at Blue Posts.

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The Sambal sauce. I stop asking for the vinegar dip when they start offering this. I have always been a lover of Asian flavors. When I had my Singapore-Penang trip last 2016, I went home as a certified Sambal lover. That sweet, salty yet spicy sauce slather on an al dente bag of sauteed shrimps? Salivating! The Crew went to our table and ask. Refill Sir? (Ano po, Garlic Lemon Butter, Sambal or the Blue Posts Boiled?) You know the answer!

The nautical interiors . The ambiance engulfs you that every edible portion you will try as you dine with your bare hands, is all fresh and prepared thoughtfully. I smell the sea inside. Perhaps it is because of the fishing nets, paddles and life rings which your sensation associates to a dining table set just in front of the briny atmosphere of the sea shore waiting for the fresh catch. It feels composed inside. Not until the bag is finally open for partaking with that shrimp-infused redolence. Attack!

 

 

The costume. One of the crew approached me and offered to don my bib. I felt like a master. There is just this satisfaction boost when you feel like you are being served with things you know you can manage to do but someone offered it sincerely and you do not have a choice but to give in. I remember that as intense as I salivate whenever I think of the shrimps. When the food-grade wax paper is rolled out. When our gloves snugly fit inter-finger. The drama just makes the whole experience more gastronomically memorable! These actually appear to be more of ritual than function since me and my appetite know seemly that I would still choose to be messy despite all the donning. These are Instagram props!

Indeed, there is a lot of fish in the ocean of seafood restaurants. But, there is an only-of-its-kind shrimp diner in town serving exceptional bags of sauteed, sauced shrimp you love to get mess with. Devour. And bring with you the tabs. You or your friend might need it. Mess responsibly.


Blue Posts offers 911 Shrimp Fever. An unlimited shrimp for 2 at P911 only until December 8, 2017. Call for reservations now!

Coffee is for Closers | Starbucks Christmas drinks, leather planner to boost your Q4 Sales, 2018 targets

Maximize this season’s purchasing confidence with sweet twists of your prospect’s usual cup of coffee while letting them realize how lovely it is to be an owner of what you are pitching.

It is always exciting to close deals on the last quarter. Consumers, because of year-end bonuses, are bent on owning something they love. Maximize this purchasing confidence with sweet twists of your prospect’s usual cup of coffee while letting them realize how lovely it is to be an owner of what you are pitching. Set the meeting at their nearest Starbucks cafe and get your lay down owners the red cups they deserve.

RED CUPS FOR RED LEADS

The red cups are back and these are for the red leads. Sweet irresistible overtures blinking a yuletide vibe of whopping new accounts on your pipeline. Close on spot at Starbucks! These are for master Closers like you too!

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CHRISTMAS TREE PEPPERMINT DARK MOCHA
Decadent dark mocha topped with green tea whipped cream and finished with glittering sprinkles of green and red candies. VANILLA NOUGAT LATTÉ (below L)
Rich taste of custard-like, slightly floral French vanilla and nougat notes. TOFFEE NUT CRUNCH LATTÉ (below R)
Toffee nut syrup blended with velvety steamed milk and espresso shots. Topped with whipped cream and crunchy toffee nut crunch toppings. *All also available in Iced and Frappuccino® (Coffee-based and cream-based) format.

 

 

 

SAVORY AND SWEET COMPLEMENTS TO YOUR HOLIDAY DRINKS

May it be a slow cooked marinated turkey, herbed egg omelet, slow roasted Christmas ham or a Mexican flavored chicken breast fillet, Starbucks got your Yuletide feast covered. All best with your choice of any Starbucks beverage. A seventeen (17) layers of crêpe with Belgian chocolate cream filling cake is also a new favorite!

Roasted Turkey and Chicken with Bacon on Cranberry Bread
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(Below clockwise) CHICKEN FAJITA ROLL, 
HAM & EGG ON BRIOCHE BUN and
CHRISTMAS HAM, EGG WHITE AND EDAM CHEESE ON CROISSANT BUN 

 

 

Chocolate Crepe Cake
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Hit Your 2018 Sales Goals with Leather-encased Planner


Starbucks Philippines 2018 Planner_4Apart from the leather sleeves that exudes corporate appeal, inside are a stencil ruler to mark important dates and a cleverly-designed calendar that can be folded in a shape of a cup to keep you abreast on your sales performance. May it be naked or sleeved, indeed a motivating and organizing tool to set more sales appointments and scale up more lucrative deals for 2018. Available in “blue and green hues” reminiscent of the calm of the season or the “warm pigments orange” that is as festive as the Kape Vinta card it frames. Which color would you love to own?

TWO WAYS TO OWN IT FOR FREE:

  1. PhP 7,000 single receipt: Bulk purchase of food and other retail items (merchandise, whole bean and Starbucks VIA®, Teavana®) worth PhP 7,000 entitles the customer to one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner.
  2. 9 + 9 Stickers: Avail of a Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card from November 2, 2017 to January 8, 2018 for free at any Starbucks store. Collect eighteen (18) stickers, to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner. Nine (9) Holiday Featured Beverages and Nine (9) Any Starbucks Core Handcrafted Beverage of your choice EXCEPT bottled beverages .*Collect stickers from November 2, 2017 to January 8, 2018. Redeem your Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner until March 8, 2018, at any Philippine Starbucks stores.

 

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“Hot caramel macchiato in a mug please.”

This year’s Starbucks Christmas menu seemly rephrase this usual plea to my barista. Definitely be spending more of the days to Christmas at Starbucks, may it be a sales meeting or a usual “Coffee is for Closers” off-day. For this season, It would be,

“Hot toffee nut crunch latte in the red cup please. And roasted turkey and chicken with bacon on cranberry bread.”


Starbucks Christmas menu is available by November 2 until January 8, 2018 ONLY. To share in the experience, please visit in stores or online at www.starbucks.ph