Thursday, August 29, 2019

Top 4 Restaurants to Try this September 2019

So here's a little debut. Last February 2019, God blessed me with someone very special. His name is Ben. Good things do come to those who wait. All I can say is he is by far more than what I prayed for. 

We have so many things in common, and one of which is we love to eat. If you've been following my social media accounts, then you'd know that I am one of the boys when it comes to Good Food. So whether you're single and searching or in a relationship, here are our top recommendations (in no particular order) of restaurants where you can satisfy your gastronomic feat.  

OSTERIA DANIELE 
9th avenue corner 26th street Ground Level, Tower 1, High Street Corporate Plaza, Taguig

Bucatini alla Carbonara
Al Dente noodles and strong bacon flavor is a standout

Capellini Neri
Perfectly cooked seafood just complements the marinara sauce and squid ink pasta



The cathedral-type windows, high ceilings, and Mediterranean-type lamps just gives you a classical feel. You can be a modern day Prince and Princess in this kind of setting.

LAMPARA
5883 Enriquez, Poblacion, Makati City

Rice Cups
Bite sizes bursting with a concoction of Filipino flavors

Tofu
Mahu lovers are in for a treat---Pork Floss, Bacon Crisp & Black Vinegar combo

Dinuckdukan
A crowd pleaser. One of our personal favorite.  This Duck Sisig is something else.

Duck Leg
Certainly a featured dish of Lampara. Duck was perfectly cooked. 
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside (falls off the bone actually)


Lampara is situated in the heart of Poblacion district--- second floor of an undistinguished apartment building (TIP: for first guests: call in advance to reserve and for location guidance as well).  The industrial interior paired with multi-colored furniture just enhances the dining experience.  This place is also walking distance to Agimat which can be a venue for your after-dinner drinks.   

CICCHETTI
8th Floor, MDI Corporate Center, 10th Avenue, 39th St, Taguig

For a more intimidate dinner date, a modern and romantically lit Cicchetti can be a good option. Drinks can also be enjoyed by the al fresco area with a view of BGC.

Bistecca Florentina
The dry-aged flavor stands out and the portion is generous enough vis-a-vis price.
We love our Steak to be done Medium

Porcini Spaghetti
Rich and Creamy truffle pasta that is at par with other Italian Restaurants

Carbonara
The star of the show, not because I'm a carbonara lover but because of its unique taste. 
The strong bacon flavor just adds a different twist to their version

M DINING
3/F, Alegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Ave, Makati City

This resto is the epitome of fine dining.  It's quite rare to find one with outstanding ambiance, food and a great wine selection (don’t forget to ask Sommelier Gigi Varua for the best wine pairing for the night).  

Lamb Chops, Pear Compote
One of the best lamb chops in the metro--Juicy, tender and perfectly seared.  
The lamb flavor just blends with the sweetness of the pear compote.

 Tagliolini, Vongole in Bianco
A good complement to a flavorful meat dish

And what's fine dining without a couple of glasses of wine



Hope you enjoyed this Food & Lifestyle Feature.  
Majority of this writeup actually include Ben's photos and inputs. 
We will be sharing more dining experiences soon.


Love,

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Stylish in Bayong

Back in the good old days, people just use bayongs aka woven bags whenever they go to public markets to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables. Now those trusty bayong bags have now become a fashion statement when it comes to living sustainably. 

Here are 3 approved ways on how to style your look with Bayong:

BLACK CLUTCH BAG
Perfect bag size for coffee dates. This black clutch makes your look chic and sophisticated. It will easily complement any ensemble you feel like wearing.


DOCUMENT BAYONG BAG
Highly recommended for women on the go. This document bayong bag is so sturdy and spacious that you can even store your laptop in it. If yo're feeling creative or just want to set a certain mood, why not style your woven bag with your favorite scarf or handle wraps like so.


And if you love to stroll around the mall, once in awhile, why not opt to do away from plastic and paper bags and store your shopping haul using this fashionable loot. Simple yet effective ways to support the environment. 


CLASSIC GINGHAM BAYONG
Time to hit the beach or the gym with this classic gingham bag. It oozes with style and gives you the right amount of space to store your essentials. You can also use this for your shopping errands if you must. That's how versatile it is.


The beauty with these bayong bags is it comes in different styles, colors and sizes. Simply perfect for your everyday needs. If you want to invest in your own stylish bayong bag or simply want to know more about it, visit https://bayongmanila.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/bayongmnlproducts/

Love,

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Friday, June 28, 2019

An Undiscovered Gem


Being a businesswoman is no easy feat. The amount of time and effort invested on a daily basis can take a toll on your physical, mental and emotional health. If you're like me who is feeling stressed out lately, then a quick escape is the best way to recharge and clear your mind off things. 

This weekend, why not take a well deserved breather. For a relaxed vibe, go for a look that is chic and casual. My personal recommendation are dresses in earth tones and interesting cuts. For eyecatching dresses, I recommend  this Women Summer Dress


The place I want to transport you in is Marcia Adams, Tagaytay. I fell in love the moment I stepped foot on this place. Call it an Oasis or a Secret Garden. It took around 3 hours to reach this place because we left for Tagaytay at peak hour, around 2pm, plus never knew inflation applies to traffic as well. Back then, traveling to Tagaytay was just around 1.5 hours; Well, the secret to smooth driving' is good music and good company. The escapade was definitely worth it. No regrets.


The restaurant boasts a collection of dining areas which is reminiscent of different places in the world each with its own character and breathtaking views.  I didn't get the chance to ask the names of each room so I decided to give them my own.

Dining Area 1-Ivy At The Shore
This area reminds me of the ambiance of the famous restaurant Ivy At The Shore in Santa Monica, California




Dining Area 2-Winterfell
Coolest place in the compound with interiors reminiscent of the famous northern stronghold of the Stark Family in GOT



Dining Area 3-The Sanctuary
A garden that you can enjoy solo , in pairs or in groups


Dining Area 4-Tuscany
By far the most beautiful and intimate dining area;  The Tuscan setting is so homey and watching the sunset through the window was just as romantic and surreal.



For dinner, these are my top recommendations:

Certified Angus Steak with Truffle Butter- One of the Best Steaks I've ever eaten in my entire existence. The strong truffle flavor of the butter just compliments the succulent steak which is seared to perfection. Degree of Doneness: Medium. Trust me, worth every calorie.


Carbonara Special -White sauce over Red, any time; a certified carbonara lover here! This is Marcia Adam’s own unique twist to the Italian classic.  Also a must try!


Fish Souvlaki -Not really a big fan of kebabs but this certainly is an exception.  The fish was seasoned and cooked perfectly that it literally melted in my mouth.  The garlicky sauce and rice were just the perfect complement.


Grilled Orange with Vanilla Ice Cream / Strawberry Yoghurt Ice Cream with Berry Compote/ Panna Cotta with Lemon Sauce - Need I say more. They taste as good as they look. You get to choose your preferred dessert for every main course you order. Just lovely.


And oh, this is also a romantic place that you and your significant other can enjoy. You can either watch the sunset together or be serenaded with good music.


Thank you so much Marcia Adams!  This experience was the perfect “reset button” for my crazy schedule.  Definitely one of the best Saturdays ever. I will be back in the future, this time longer. (bps)  



Love,

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Fancy Meeting You


It's been a while since i wrote about food so I figured what's the point of dressing up if you can't go out looking good? If you know me well, I would always choose dining in a quality restaurant over bars and booze any time of day.  I'd prefer to end the night subtly with either coffee, wine or an irresistible dessert. For fancier nights, I'd choose a dress in a deep shade of orange or red like so. 


Just recently, I got the privilege to dine (for the first time) in Kazunori. To my surprise, it is a top notch modern Japanese Restaurant that has been operating for quite a while. Quality of Food and Service is very commendable. 

The restaurant prides itself by importing quality seafood straight from Japan on a daily basis. It also deviates from being a traditional Japanese restaurant by offering modern twists to classic favorites.  

So here's the dishes that filled my hungry tummy


Salmon Sashimi (very good quality!)

Unagi Sushi (proportion of the eel is so much bigger than the rice! Yum)

Ikura Sushi (salmon eggs) , Chutoro Sushi (semi-fatty tuna), and
 Imported Ika Sushi (has a firmer texture compared to local variety)

Gyutan (grilled beef tongue) which is a must try! Comes with two varieties of chili sauces

Buta Kushi Miso

Kazunori’s very own twist to Soba Noodles.  
You basically dip the soba noodles in a sweet and spicy broth filled with 
thinly sliced and marbled Japanese beef 
(similar to the Korean beef stew Galbi Jjim).  I like the twist!

And since I'm a “rice person”, an order of Katsudon!

Thank you so much for the exquisite dinner experience Kazunori! How I wish I had the appetite to order more. Kidding aside, this was dinner for two people who enjoy good food with great appetite. There are more modern dishes to try like Uni Cream Spaghettini, Mentaiko Pizza, Beef Curry among others which I'll be back for next time .  Looking forward to sharing with you another dining experience. (bps)

KAZUNORI
2301 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, G/F Mazda Makati Building, Makati



Love,

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Corporate Chic



Lately, people have been sharing their first impression about me. They say I am very intimidating. Well I guess it's true that you can't judge a book by its cover. At times, I may be dressed to the nines or I may have that aura of being unapproachable, but trust me, I'm the exact opposite. So I decided to incorporate a look that will demand respect in the workplace, yet still make you look extra stylish. As for the intimidating look, it is up to you whether you still want to play the part.


I'd say Geometric Patterns and Prints combined with a cool-toned colored dress would do the trick. Spice up your look with a belt or wear it as-is; all depends with your personality. For that extra oomph, I chose dangling pearls earring for a fresh vibe.


Can you imagine a few more weeks and we have officially reached half of 2019. Damn, that was intensely fast. Looking at the brightside, we still have 6 more months to make the most out of 2019. Le's all try to treat every challenge as an opportunity for growth and self-improvement. I know it's hard but with the right support system, we will get through it together. 


Love,

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