Friday, August 29, 2014

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe Now at Station 2, 2nd Floor of PADI's dive station!

I had a really great long weekend last week. Who would have thought that Jonjie and I would make it to Boracay? It's a shocking revelation considering how domesticated we are.

Time is precious for us as a couple. Living in separate cities and regions makes time spent together really special regardless if we're just hanging out at our house or grabbing late night burgers whenever he goes home to me. Aww!

The magic of Boracay will never fade. This is an understatement regardless of the bad press this beautiful place in Aklan gets. Although it rained every night when we were there, I don't regret it since we always woke up to super calm beach waters. 

Good morning, paradise!

What a beauty!

So for 4 days, it was all sun and sand for the both of us. It's nice to spend time away from the usual comforts of Metro Manila. We promised ourselves that we go to Boracay again before December, the month when each of our sisters will get married :) Please remind us to bring our running shoes the next time we hit Boracay. We had no idea that the coast is a great place for a morning jog before swimming.

And of course, what's Boracay without coffee and calamansi muffins from Real Coffee and Tea Cafe?

And did you know that from station 1, Real Coffee's now in station 2? They are at the 2nd floor of a PADI dive shop. Unlike their old location, Real Coffee offers amazing seaside views making it the best place to enjoy a cup of good brew and their famous calamansi muffins + other baked goods. That's why of the 4 days we were there, we visited the cafe thrice - brewed coffee, calamansi muffin and fudge brownie overload for me as he flipped through Rogue and car magazines. Thanks love for understanding my need for familiarity.

Also, what's Boracay without shakes from Jonah's? Aaaaaahhhh I can live here forever!

Green Pastures at Shangrila Mall's East Wing

I'd like to believe that I'm wrong with this, but I think little is known to the culinary brains behind Charlie's Grind & Grill, Cyma and more recently, Green Pastures at Shangrila Mall's East Wing. Chef Robby Goco is indeed a culinary genius.

For someone inspired to eat clean, Green Pastures is a real treat. 

It was a quick brunch for my sister and I. After doing some errands, we decided to try Green Pastures. On the onset, the place looks small and there's always a queue, but apparently they have more chairs at the back close to the stairs leading to the old mall. It's a bit warm, but better than waiting for a table inside to free up.

I was feeling a little fickle minded and wanted burgers that day so I got their burger sliders - 3 sample burgers in the following preparation - vegetarian, 80/20 and wagyu! The sliders came with a serving of fries.

Burger Sliders (vegetarian, 80/20 and wagyu)
Vegetarian [Organic chickpea, mushrooms, leeks, celery and eggplant with house made cheddar cheese on a potato bun]
80/20 [80% wagyu and 20% double smoked organic panchetta with house made stracciatella and buttered brioche]
Wagyu [Freshly ground Kitayama wagyu short rib, chuck and brisket with Malagos Roguefort blue cheese on grilled brioche]

I found the burgers a little dry, especially the vegetarian burger that came with the potato bun. I loved the Wagyu burger though as it was still a little red and juicy. The meat was very soft, thank you very much!

As for my sister, the ever conscious eater of the family, ordered an appetizer of Ricotta Cheese with unlimited toast and buttered cloves of garlic. I took some from her meal. Yummy!

House made ricotta + toast - cow's milk, with onion ham and roasted clove of garlic

Hopefully tomorrow in between errands, we can drop by Shang again for another dose of Green Pastures. Fingers crossed!

Green Pastures
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
4/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing, Shaw Blvd
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
(02) 654-3219

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Snack Attack

My hopes and plans of becoming a snack reviewer all came crumbling down when I realized the migraines I constantly have may be influenced by my saccharine intake. 

Coming into terms with my low tolerance for sugar is a learning process. Nevertheless, taking things in portions should help me from drowning in pain meds and the occassional vomitt. #TMI

What would I do without you?

Earth Kitchen at White Plains, Katipunan - Healthy, Local and Sustainable

I guess it's true that one will only learn the value of healthy food and healthy eating habits when one gets old, but hopefully not before it's too late to change ways. I've never been a fan of diets, but I've always believed in the beauty and the benefits of a good workout. However, I realized as I got older (huhuhu) that to give your body the best, you have to watch out what you put in your mouth. And with Earth Kitchen just around the corner (well, not really, but it's a drive-away from our house), getting healthy isn't so hard to keep up with.

Earth Kitchen is not just heaven for someone on a diet. Earth Kitchen is a product of the Got Heart Foundation, a group formed by young and wise entrepreneurs to help farmers and grassroot enterprises flourish their honest businesses and inspire better livelihood for the families. Nothing can be more heavenly and inspiring a story than that.

For a quick and healthy dinner before going home, my sister and I had the following dishes. Apparently, Earth Kitchen is part-owned by Hizon's Catering.

Watermelon Rocket Salad
arugula + edible flowers + kesong puti + the best balsamic vinaigrette I've tasted

Fettucinne Bolognese

Tomato and Arugula Pasta

The walls are almost adorned by artworks created by the ids of Cabuynan Elementary School in Tanauan, Leyte. Each artwork is Php 500 and will be received to rebuild the school.

Although a bit on the pricey side, healthy and organic food really do comes with a cost. And at least you are helping lives as you bite.

Earth Kitchen
White Plains
Katipunan Ave
White Plains, Quezon City
(02) 577-9138

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oh hi!

I miss blogging. With so many stories to tell and food adventures (failed and succesful ones!) to share, I need to really find time to write at a leisurely pace. But that is not to say that I am glorifying my busy state at work. I believe that everyone has a life outside of the office if only one accepts that as a necessity and if one sets time for the 'real' thing.

So what's new with me?

Well, I got a really short haircut a couple of months ago. Bangs was last year. Supra short hair is 2014. 

I'm 5 months into my job. Despite the stress calls, I have to say that I feel like I'm in a good place right now. 

I've been to different places the first half of the year and I'm leaving again this long weekend! 

I got a new passport! I just need to find time (again!) to get a Japan visa. 

What's new with you?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Meet Ham, Beans, Husky and Peach!

New puppies <3 I have 2 more months with them before I send them to their new homes.

Husky's so happy!

Friday, June 06, 2014

Hello Kitty Cafe at Hongdae (Hongik University)

When in Seoul particularly in Hongdae or Hongik University, please do stop by the Hello Kitty Cafe. It's a character of its own and even if I'm not a huge fan of Hello Kitty, I managed to squeeze it in our tight itinerary. It's so hard to pass the opportunity up.

The first time we went to Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongade, it was already closed. So we made the effort to drop by Hongik University again so we can have their lattes and waffles with the signature Hello Kitty shape. It feels like I'm a kid again.

Annyeong Kitty Kitty! It was nice meeting you :)

8/29/2014: SO YOU'RE NOT A CAT?!?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I Prefer...Prefere Ice Cream!

It's been a month since my trip to Korea and it still feels like it was just a week ago when I came back to the Philippines to face reality. While sorting through hundreds of photos, I was surprised that I got to take really quick ones of this brand of ice cream I immediately fell in love with when we were at Nami Island.

Hi, birthday boy in a week!

The brand of the ice cream is Prefere. And I miss it everyday. So glad to see the ice cream link - - and I wish I'll have the right money (and strings!) to bring it here in the Philippines.

Lovely blueberry and raspberry colors!

And from that day on, green tea ice cream will never be the same. Ever. Again.

I miss you!
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