UNLESS you have the good fortune of living with an incredible cook, canned goods and your own set of recipes can get old and quickly while we’re all under quarantine. Here’s a list of some of your favorite restaurants offering its menu for takeout and delivery (including fast food favorites selling ready-to-cook frozen items!) so you can get a taste of what life was before, and hope for the best for the future (but also keep you satisfied).

Nabe Japanese Izakaya and Hot Pot — You can still assemble a Japanese hot pot at home, thanks to Nabe. Place orders through their Facebook page, facebook.com/nabeizakayahotpot, and pick them up at Nabe -— Fisher Parkway. One can pay via Bank Transfer (BDO and Metrobank), or GCash. Items include fish balls, tofu, bean curd, fries, beef, pork, chicken, and seafood.

Mary Grace — Titas unite, for the ensaymadas are available again. Orders are made fresh by batch, with the first batch dropping on Saturday, April 18 (payments are expected to be fully paid by April 16, noon). One can order via their website, marygracecafe.com/marygracecafe.com/. All orders are available only for pickup, and one can make arrangements for pickup with Grab Delivery or Lalamove at their Parañaque facility. Available items include ensaymadas, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, and chocolate cake.

Nic’s — Take your pick from a menu with Steak Frites, Salmon, or Angus Beef salpicao, or baby back ribs, or view the full menu at facebook.com/nicsph/. They’re available for delivery via GrabFood (servicing the Makati area), or through Landers. One may also call 0999-993-3231 or (02) 7744-6427.

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen — You can order foil-packed favorites such as meatballs, beef stew, soups, pasta, and even sauce through facebook.com/mamalous/. They have free delivery for areas up to 4km from the servicing branch, but one can also have the items picked up via Grab, Angaks, or Lalamove. Servicing branches include Las Piñas, Ayala Malls the 30th, UP Town Center, Ayala Malls Solenad, and Evia Lifestyle Center.

Golden Baboy Unlimited Korean Samgyupsal — Just in case you’re craving for some Korean-style grilled pork, Golden Baboy now delivers through GrabFood and Lalamove. The complete menu is available through their Facebook page, facebook.com/goldenbaboyph/, but one can also pick up orders at the Maginhawa branch, with the phone number (02) 8294-7743.

Little India — Vegetarians rejoice! Little India’s Teachers Village branch now offers delivery and takeout for their vegan and vegetarian favorites. The full menu is available at facebook.com/LittleIndiaPH/. To order, call (02) 7238-3243, or 0932-407-3659. For deliveries, one may use the Grab delivery app or through Lalamove purchase.

Pepito’s Oven — We loved their sausages and pulled pork, and the Cubao X favorite is now offering those for delivery (hint: get the frozen pulled pork, and the beef and herb sausages). A complete menu can be found on facebook.com/pepitosoven/, and one can call 0917-846-2566 or 0925-301-1386 for inquiries and orders.

Food-To-Go by Albergus — Wedding caterers Albergus is offering up its menu for pickups. To check the menu, go to their Facebook page, facebook.com/ftgbyalbergus/. You can then order via their website, ftgbyalbergus.com, and one pays via PayMongo or bank transfer. You can pick up your orders at their Capitol Hills branch, but Albergus also works with a delivery driver who can deliver within Quezon City and Pasig.

Golden Empire Chinese Cuisine — The Banawe Chinese restaurant is offering up dimsum, appetizers, congee, soups, noodles, and even more luxurious items such as Peking Duck and live crabs for delivery. To view the full menu, check their Facebook page at facebook.com/GoldenEmpireChineseCuisineBanaweQC. For orders and inquiries, call (02) 8241-2405, or (02) 7901-2163.

Max’s — Well, everybody else’s fried chicken is always better than your own, unless you’re a really good cook. Filipino favorite Max’s is open for deliveries, but you’ll have to check through maxsgroupdelivers.com/openstores for stores open near you. One can order through GrabFood, Food Panda, or call the store directly. You can also visit the website delivery.maxschicken.com.

The Moment Group — The restaurant group behind beloved brands such as Manam, Ooma, and Mecha Uma is also offering some of their bestselling menu items, either ready-to-heat or ready-to-cook. These include Crispy House Sisig, Sugar-glazed Corned Beef, and Watermelon Sinigang. Check the menu on their Facebook page (facebook.com/TheMomentGroup/) and call 0945-146-4184 or 0919-084-5719, and set up pick-up via either Grab Express or Lalamove, or, if the option is available, one may personally pick up their order. Payments may be made via bank transfer or GCash.

McDonald’s — McDonald’s is offering its marinated chicken packs (spicy option available) and chicken nuggets until supplies last. These are available through their takeout and drive-thru facilities. You can check participating and open branches at mcdonalds.com.ph/press-center/mcdonalds-restaurant-update (restaurants open for delivery are available on this list too).

Jollibee — If you’re missing some Filipino fast food goodness, Jollibee is offering ready-to-cook versions of its treats for pickup. These include fries, spicy marinated chicken, beef tapa, and a cult favorite, the Tuna Pie. To check where you can pick these up, visit the store directory at stores.jfc.com.ph/jollibee.html. Furthermore, Chickenjoy packs are also available at some supermarkets — they come marinated, but not breaded, so you’ll need a powder mix or some flour and an egg to get the crispy goodness you miss.

Chowking — Chowking, under the Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) umbrella, is also offering ready-to-cook options, including dimsum and meat products. To check where you can pick these up, visit the store directory at stores.jfc.com.ph/chowking.html.

Mang Inasal — Another member of the JFC group, the chicken restaurant is offering ready-to-cook menu items. To check where you can pick these up, visit the store directory at stores.jfc.com.ph/manginasal.html. — Joseph L. Garcia