Monday, January 26, 2015

MSG Night c/o Tim Ho Wan

Despite the long wait that is a prerequisite at Tim Ho Wan, I have to say that every waiting time I did is worth it. Every. Single. Time. Their pork buns alone are enough to make me go back and line up whenever I am at the Fashion Hall.

Check out our quick dinner spread at THW.

My mom definitely knows when to break the no-salt-in-meals trend at home. We came home feeling super dizzy from the sudden insurgence of salt in our blood stream. I love it though! Too bad there weren't Steamed Egg Cakes that night. Pfft.

Love-laced Baked Buns with BBQ Pork <3

Rice with Chicken, Sausage and Mushroom

Spinach Dumplings with Shrimp

Tim Ho Wan
G/F SM Megamall Fashion Hall
Photo of menu taken by moi :)

Saturday Lunch at TGI Friday's, Glorietta 3!

Las Saturday was super packed and fun for Jonjie and myself. We were set to meet his college buddies for dinner at 7 PM in BGC and a mini lunch date with my 4 closest girl friends at 12:30. The reason for my girly gathering? To finally meet our dear friend's American beau! We approve!

We were supposed to eat at Cibo and relish the 1997 prices, but changes had to be made and so we all met at TGI Friday's which was very Westernly for our equally Westernly guest.

Check out our lunch spread! Kudos to the staff for the fast service!

Yummy Cheese Burger Sliders with Fat Fries

Hot Italian Sausage and Chicken Penne Pasta

Jack Daniel's Ribs and Shrimp

White and Red Wine 
a staple at the Wine Appreciation Club's Grand EB

And we got these for dessert - Mud Pie and New York Cheesecake. It was split only between the 2 couples! Hihi! Desserts are really hard to share. 

Mud Pie with Almond Shavings on the side

New York Cheesecake
Why does it have to be Php 300+ though? :( Yummy!

After lunch, Jonjie and I watched American Sniper. Yes, it's a great movie, but it is a super consuming movie. Very heavy, stressful considering that it was based on a true story. Bradley Cooper's huge guns are soooo... nice. 

We then headed off to BGC to meet with his friends from college. It was truly a day of reunions and good food. A perfect weekend!

Thanks friends for the friendship! Chos!


Saturday Lunch featuring my legs!

TGI Fridays
3/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Ave cor Pasay Rd
Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 752-7685
Near Gold's Gym

Friday, January 23, 2015

Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters Now in Ortigas!

Yes, co-Ortigas professionals! Toby's Estate finally heard our cries!


Toby's Estate is located at the ground floor of The Robinsons Cyberscape Beta along Ruby Street! It's near Greenhills Christian Fellowship!

I really dig their space.


Bucky's galore!

Lovely lamps!

Cheers to more iced lattes and flat whites!


Their paper cup blends perfectly well with my desk elements. Not!

Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters
G/F Cyberspace Beta
Topaz and Ruby Road
Ortigas Center, Pasig

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rita's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard in the Philippines!

At the ground floor of V-Mall Greenhills that is! It's located outside the meal near Watsons and Crystal Jade.

As if the weather could not be any colder over the long weekend, my boyfriend and I decided what a great idea it is to step out of the house instead of cuddling under my sheets and watch the Papal coverage on TV.

They have a cute store! I like the logo!



Since we booked a movie screening of Taken 3 at 3:30 and we were loitering around Greenhills since 11 in the morning that day, we decided to kill time here at Rita's.


While their frozen custards are their best sellers, we zeroed in on our no-fuss favorite - Oreo Milkshake! Thankfully at Php 160, we loved it!

It was truly a chilly day!

Rita's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard
G/F V-Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center
Greenhills, San Juan City

Recovery Food at the UP Town Center

Back when I was still working within the BGC area, I would always ride with my sister in the morning and one of her rituals before dropping me off at my building is to get her tall iced tea via the Starbucks drive-thru booth. Beside it is a 24/7 restaurant, which I later came to know as Recovery Food.

My friends raved about it especially their Tapa de Morning, which they consistently found a treat to have after theirs tugs tugs sessions at night on weekends. Instead of getting some post-clubbing grub at McDonalds, they've always swarmed in there at Recovery Food. And my Instagram feed in the process.


And so it was a great surprise to learn over the long weekend that Recovery Food is finally within reach of Quezon City residents - myself included! I don't know exactly when they set up camp at the UP Town Center, but whatevs. I'm glad they're finally here! 

They have a cool ceiling!


I tried the famous Tapa de Morning with brown rice. Brown rice is okay apparently! Their teeny side of dried mango (not sure, but it tasted like dried mango) salad was yummy!


My sister got a sandwich meal (not sure what flavor!), which we could have made ourselves from our kitchen. 


Though pricey, I love that Recovery Food is a stone's throw away from where I live. I can have my Tapa de Morning often.

Recovery Food
UP Town Center
Munchpunch menu link

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Sister, the Bride

The whole of December went by so quickly. In fact, it felt like this ENTIRE year just flew by the window. With the wedding of the year finally over, I can really say that nothing really focuses anyone's attention than a deadline, and in this case, a deadline of singlehood that is my sister's wedding.

She got married last Saturday, December 27, in a gorgeous gown, with the freshest make up on, in a gorgeous church surrounded by loving family and friends. Though I am happy, thrilled and truly excited for what's to come, I would be lying if I say that this marriage isn't making me a little sad since routines will be changing from here on out. But then again, these changes need to happen, and I won't stand in the way of those just because of my fleeting emotions.

I guess as much as I tried to hold back my tears, they just had to come out when it was my time to give my Maid of Honor speech. Nothing really tugs the tear ducts more than words that truly come from the heart. Just like at work, my speech came with a lot of versions and revisions. It just feels so weird that I zeroed in on a short version I made a few hours before she walked down the aisle! 

Gone are the days of wedding planning, butterflies in the stomach and troublesome, gas-inducing anxiety. Gone are the days when weekends are made for meeting suppliers, assisting for pre-nup photos and sisterly bonding as we know that these days won't come by as often. I'm saying hello to weekend bondings, baptisms and birthday parties!

Best wishes, Ate and Neils!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Quick Brunch at Hatch 22 Cafe and Bakery

If there's any mall in the metro that truly exudes the Christmas vibe, it has to be the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell. Plus, I like the crowd better here during the holidays; frantic, yes, but not to the point of jeje-ness. The classic holiday rush, but with style and grace.

Before going into the rush of holiday spending, we decided to have brunch first at Hatch 22 Cafe and Bakery, the Solenn Heusaff-made restaurant that's oozing with yummy and healthy eats. I was still feeling full from the cheeseburger I ate hours before we arrived in Makati and so I leeched off my mom and sister's lunch, which consisted of an order of The Rising Sun Salad and a Mediterranean Sampler.

The Rising Sun Salad

The Rising Sun consists of seared tuna, mixed lettuce, red cabbage, cucumber, wasabi nuts (I skipped those!), yellow radish, nori flakes and yummy sesame soy dressing. If they sell their dressings, I would buy this.

The Mediterranean Sampler

The Mediterranean Sampler came in a bit late, but who am I to complain, I wasn't hungry :)) The sampler consisted of crispy falafel, lamb koftas, tabouleh salad, onion and chickpea hummus. Yummy sampler, but it would have been better if the hummus wasn't that dry (more EVOO please) and the supply of bread was unlimited. Or was it?

And for dessert, we got a pack of Hatch 22's Pan de Month (which honestly does not compare AT ALL with the pan de reglas from good ol' neighborhood bakeries) and this cone of dirty ice cream! Traditions do always win!


Happy holidays!

Hatch 22 Cafe and Bakery
G/F Powerplant Mall
Rockwell, Makati Ctiy
7 AM to 10 PM

And so the fan girling begins.

I accidentally landed on this Real Living feature on THE Brandie Tan. So now I know what to get off the shelves of Fully Booked and NBS now that I know the kinds of books he reads. I guess copy-pasting everything should not be a crime here right? 

All credits to anikaniklove.blogspot.com :)

Brandie Tan
(Makati City, Philippines)

Occupation: Executive Creative Director at an advertising agency


Favorite toy as a child: G.I. Joe collection

Favorite toy now: Bobafett collection

Turn-ons: Things that look good. Ads that look good. And good looking people.

Turn-offs: Badly produced ads. Very cluttered ads - specially billboards on EDSA and print ads on magazines and newspapers.

What are 5 things that inspire you right now?
1. There's this twitter feed called Minimalist Living
2. This blog called jjjound.com
3. Getting to work with very talented creatives
4. Knowing that it's possible to do ads people will love and talk about
5. A blank sheet of paper

Who are your influences?
Tibor Kalman was a big influence on how I art direct and think. He called it Undesign.

Dave Ferrer, Manny del Rosario, and David Guerrero (original team at BBDO Guerrero) had a big influence on how I make ads.

Top 5 movies:
Star Wars episodes 4, 5, and 6 (Pwede bang top 3 movies lang?)
Oh, two more... Back to the Future 1 and 2.

Top 5 books:
1. Generation X by Gouglas Coupland
2. Nuromancer by William Gibson
3. Hey Whipple Squeeze This by Luke Sullivan
4. Tibor (The book about Tibor Kalman's life and work)
5. Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman and Chris Bachalo

Music you listen to: Air or whatever my friends give me a copy of and movie OSTs (at least naka-mix na)

5 Favorite websites:

When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time? Sleep. Ride around the city. Read. Catch up with friends. Run. Drink. Sleep.

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? I'd possibly be a waiter at a beach side cafe in the south of France. (Parang sagot sa "Who do you think you'd be in another life?")

If you can have any super power, what would it be? Teleporation. Bamph!

What is the biggest problem of the world right now? The biggest problem of the world right now is thinking about the problems of the world.

What do you think is the solution? Try not to think so much.

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far? "The less you own, the more you own."
Ironic that is blog is about things. I read the quote after you took photos of my place.

Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): If you're going to do anything, do it with style - An Autobot
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