Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Adventure at Fairview Terraces

Our family had a fun day at Fairview Terraces...

Free entrance for 500 worth of purchase at any store. There were activities like shoot the egg, a magic show, photobooth, and free film. There was also a nice lootbag and bag painting :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter 2014 goodies

It was just a Palm Sunday when we noticed the display at Sinfully, Shangri-la. They already have pretty chocolate eggs and bunnies!

At the middle is my chosen Sinfully Easter egg - small sparkly milk chocolate @170P. 

Marks and Spencer also has some Easter goodies, but more expensive since they are almost all big sized. Nevertheless I still got a really small pack of Easter Bunny and Easter Egg @75P each 

The price list for Sinfully's other goodies are here; price list for Mark's and Spencer are at their FB page :)

(02) 7296626

(02) 7299783

both at the 2/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St, Legazpi Village, Makati

Monday, April 7, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It feels like it's been centuries since we last watched a film - yes, we were not even able to watch the recent The Hobbit and Hunger Games. So finally, we got the chance to watch Captain America's Sequel!

It was action packed and had surprising twists (hail Hydra!). I love the car scene wherein several SWATS were chasing Nick Fury ;)

Oh and yes, GSP was there

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bro-in-law's Post Grad Celeb at Sophie's Mom

The set-up of Sophie's mom was cute

Baked Chicken Parmigiana @ 215P

This was my order and it was the best in the batch. Hubby and bro-in-law both ordered the Lemon Herb Chicken @ 215P and it wasn't that tasty and definitely can be made at home

Eclair @ 70P

Eclair was hard and seems like it's no longer fresh

Red Velvet cupcake @ 70P

Best bet for their dessert is their red velvet cupcake

Red velvet cake @ 100+

Tasted like their cupcake, so it's also a winner

G/F Tuscany Estates, Upper McKinley Rd, McKinley Hill, Taguig
(02) 8564849

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Brasas - Latin American Street Food

It's our new found place to dine after mass at St Andrew's Makati. Our orders at Brasas were very good and our 1 year old baby liked the ambiance, she was actually dancing to the Latin beat!

Lomo Saltado (Peru) @ 330P
(Sauteed beef tenderloin strips, Tomatoes, Onions, Potatoes, served with Latin rice pilaf)

This was my order. The beef was tender and it had a huge serving. Well worth the price. 

I forgot to picture hubby's order of Latin lasagna. It was around 200P+ and he had fun eating the cheesy lasagna with a surprise sweet saba fried banana in it, much like the arroz ala cubana.

We ate at Ground Floor, SM Jazz Mall, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Makati (Num: 02-3305781)
The Podium (Num: 02-5705559)
SM Aura (Num: 02-8084976)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chewy Donuts

I am so addicted to Mister Donut's Pon de Ring! Sometimes we even drive all the way to Greenhills just for a taste :)

Cookie butter pon de ring - chewy donuts with speculoos cookie butter

Ground Floor, Shoppesville, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan City 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

French Crepe?!

First time I've ever heard of French crepe...

The menu read Nos crepes et paillassons: our pancakes. Discover the diversity of French pancakes: thin pancakes filled with your favorite ingredients ("crepes") or potato pancakes baked to perfection and topped with a delicious garniture ("paillassons") @ 250P

The pictured is Paillasson saumon fume or smoked salmon and soft cheese spread. I didn't read the menu that well (yes, I just took a picture), so the potato crepe came as a surprise. Kind of like a flattened glamorous hash brown :)) Nevertheless the paillasons on it was really yum and the side veggies fresh 

Cuisse de poulet rotie @310P - roasted chicken leg with herbs, served with salad, sauteed potatoes and shallots. This was the order of hubby, he said it was just 'fine'

Chocolate croissant @ 60+ had just the right amount of chocolate and the bread was still good despite it was already closing time - must have been better in the morning ;)

Ground Floor SM Aura, 26th Corner McKinley Parkway, BGC, Taguig
Phone: (02) 8085324

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Craving for Cheese Fondue?

It's been a while since I've had cheese fondue - it was good that there was Old Swiss Inn in Makati.

Traditional wooden interiors

Woatlander Fondue is their traditional Swiss cheese fondue with bread cubes for dipping (@715P)

Fondue Bourguignonne was super yummy! It was prime beef tenderloin cubes to be dipped in hot oil (@1,050P)

dipping sauces and other stuff like onions and pickles

Toblerone Chocolate fondue for dessert was dark Toblerone chocolate and pure cream with fruits and bread for dipping (@430P)

G/F Olympia Towers, Makati Avenue cor Sto Timas St, Urdaneta, Makati (beside Peninsula Makati Ave)
(02) 8180098/ 8188251
Mon-Sun til 12MN

Monday, March 24, 2014

Unique Convenience at Family Mart

Since having been assigned to Ortigas I've been frequenting Family Mart every morning. It's a convenience store with lots of cool snacks like the Kitkat green tea and other Japanese stuff as well as Johnsonville sausages! Oh yeah, I'm addicted even to their simple coffee shake :))

Lotte's Let's Be Mocha Latte @ 22P and Johnsonville Cheese Sausage @ 59P

Open 24 hours

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Affordable Steak?

Hubby said there was an affordable steak at Glorietta - I was thinking, hmm, how much is affordable? 

Regular steak was 285P at Mad Marks. Just choose your steak sauce and sidings. Mine was garden grains and salad. Not a bad price, eh? And it was filling

The Half Baked Madagascar and Javan Hot Chocolate @ 68P each was a good ending 

Mad Mark's Creamery & Good Eats
2/F Glorietta 5, Ayala Center Makati
Phone No: (02) 9497591

Monday, March 17, 2014

Birthday at Clark - Holiday Inn, Cafe Mesa and Dino Island

We've been to Clark before for food trip before, but I was tempted to go back because of the Holiday Inn deal for my nth birthday :-D

Just took a picture of the toiletries at Holiday Inn because of the cute box organizer. Our room was comfy enough but had a creepy stain on the carpet. 

One of my plates at Rodizio Grill at Holiday Inn. The deal was not bad, there was salad, rice, dessert and other buffet food with our limitless grilled meat :)

Next day we went to church then looked for a place to eat nearby. 

Baby scanning the menu, hehe. 
Lunch was at Cafe Mesa. Food was good, specially the cakes, but it was a bit pricey

My creamy seafood order

For our 'Kiddie' trip we went to Dino Island
The place would have been great with a bit of improvement. Oh, and don't go in the afternoon, it was super hot.

Mimosa Leisure Estate, Mimosa Drive, Pampanga - Clark
Phone: 1800-1651-8888

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Monday to Sunday; 9AM -5PM
Phone: (045) 4993033, 0935-1281524, 0929-6127204

Cafe Mesa - Clarkfield
Building 2078, Cardinal Santos Avenue, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga
Phone: (045) 4990694

Thursday, March 13, 2014

National Breakfast Day

We were offered coupons awhile ago for National Breakfast day at MC Donalds. It was a bit unclear at first but the cashier explained to us that there's FREE MC MUFFIN with a discounted coffee and hash browns! :-D

Monday, March 10, 2014

Post Valentines - Intercon's Cafe Jeepney Buffet

It's been a while since my last post - work has been deadly! Full blast implementation for all SAP HCM modules plus motherly duties to my 1 yr baby when I get home. Good thing there's office lunch break, so I better blog fast :))

Valentines celebration was one day after February 14 at Intercontinantal Manila's Cafe Jeepney restaurant. Hubby gave me a pearl charm from Pandora and his DIY Ferrero flower bouquet exactly on Valentines while i surprised him and momsy with an Island Rose 3 long stemmed rose delivery at his office (which btw, I got with a 10% discount and free delivery because my officemate is a gold member for Island Rose ;)

Going back, here are some of what i had at the Jeepney. I got pretty sick after the buffet, I'm not sure if it was because I ate too much or I ate something bad...
US Angus Beef - Get it medium well or well done, I'm not sure if the rare meat is the reason why I threw up after the buffet :(

My main meal plate - Callos and Crab Cake were good

For Chinese food there were dim sum 

Pretty bread design on display!

The dessert centrepiece made of all chocolate is also pretty awesome

Loaded on desserts!

Jeepney on display

There was just enough choices in their buffet offering - I did enjoy eating, but not the after effect. It got me pretty scared of eating in Cafe Jeepney again :(

G/F Intercontinental Hotel, Ayala Avenue, Makati City, 1226
Phone: (02) 793 7000
Open 6AM to 12MN

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Paranaque Series: Orange Whisk

We were supposed to go to BF for a date, but instead turned at Orange Whisk which was half way from our place to BF since it was too late already. The orange signage is pretty catching and the store's white atmosphere is welcoming.

Red Velvet 48P

For a store named as Orange Whisk one would think that their desserts are awesome. I was dismayed since the cupcake was not moist and just tasted like food coloring.

Chewy Bun 28P

They also offered us the chewy bun which according to them was a best seller. It is a small crumbly, and quite oily bread - which was ok as an appetizer if it was free.

Braised Lengua 528P

Their lengua tasted good and was enough for three people. The tongue was a bit hard though, but it will do.

35 B, Michael Rua St, Better Living Subdivision, Paranaque City
Contact: (02) 501 64 54
Restaurant Hours: 10am - 10pm

Monday, August 5, 2013

Paranaque Series: Cafe Zenses

We found another cake shop worthy of several visits at Better Living. This time it is inside SM Bicutan. Cafe Zenses offers good cakes and coffee. They also have meals, but it was just ok.

Goat Caldereta @ 180P

This meal is one of their bestsellers - it wasn't bad. The goat was soft and sauce was slightly spicy, which complements the meat well.

Bagnet @ 195P

The bagnet had several strips of small tasteless meat. Not worth the price.

Choco Lava @ 129P

As I've said previously, we liked their cakes. All cakes we ordered were good. The choco lava had just the right sweetness and as the name suggests, the middle had a liquid chocolate.

Turtle Pie @ 129P

The turtle pie could use a bit more nuts, but it was yummy enough with a nice bottom crust.

SM Bicutan, Dona Soledad, Paranaque City
Contact: (02) 822 0823
Restaurant Hours: Mall hours

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Paranaque Series: Farinas Ilocos Empanada

Our new go to place in Better Living whenever we want something to eat is this hole in the wall restaurant called Farinas. Their menu is simple - Ilocos Empanadas, Miki, and Bagnet. Our favorite are their big orange empanadas!

I took pictures of the preparation of the Ultimate Empanada which could be seen near the counter -
A rounded orange rice dough is put in the counter. Recipe of the rice dough can be found here.

The dough is flattened...

Until thin and with the right size

Shredded papaya is put in the middle of the flattened rice dough

Followed by bits of longganisa

And an egg

Crunchy bagnet is also sprinkled

After the fillings are in, they are deep fried, shaped accordingly, and folded ;)

The finished Ultimate Empanada at the right is 99P. Bagnet Pancit is 120P(?) good for 2.

Their crunchy empanada is worth going back for even if you will smell like one while purchasing :-X

 The pancit was fine - it was tasty but the toppings were just a few hard bagnet with few vegetables. They look like a lot in the picture but actually they were just scattered prettily and beneath it is a lot of noodles.

Orange signage is a perfect fit for their orange empanadas.

Dona Soledad, Better Living, Paranaque City (Almost fronting Paranaque Doctors)
Will be 24 hours soon according to their FB page