Thursday, July 20, 2017

Korean Food Festival at Marriott Cafe, Manila Marriott Hotel

When it comes to hotel buffet restaurants, Marriott Cafe continues to stay at the top of our list ever since we first dined there back in 2010. Since then, we've frequent Marriott Cafe to celebrate various milestones or whenever the craving for good buffet food hits. Even when we relocated to Singapore, I remembered dining at Marriott Cafe for our 5th Wedding Anniversary.

I guess, one reason that makes us want to keep going back to Marriott Cafe is the good variety of dishes available all the time. Also, they always keep a conscious effort to keep on changing their menu making it so exciting to dine there every single time. Take this July for instance, it's all about greeting Annyeong-haseyo as they're currently running a delicious Korean Food Festival from the 11th of July up until the 31st. 

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Be ready to satisfy your oppa-tite (hehe sorry I can't help it!) as they even flew in 4 Korean guests chefs so you can be assured that all the dishes offered are as authentic as it can be. Before we went to check out the buffet, we got to take a peek inside Marriott Cafe's kitchen and boy was I so surprised to see the size of it! It was HUGE and very very clean. We were treated to a short cooking demonstration by the 4 guests chefs allowing us to even better appreciate the dishes that we will soon be enjoying outside. 

Here are some of the dishes that you have to watch out for: 

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Haemul Pajeon : Seafood and Vegetable Pancake 
I remembered having this also at Marriott Cafe two years ago and I must say that this version was definitely much better and tastier than the last. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the old version but the upgraded one was totally out of this world delicious! Served with their sesame-vinegar dipping sauce, I was so happy to visit the Pajeon station first and have this as my starter. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hey Handsome at Bonifacio Global City

I never thought I'd be missing Singaporean food this soon. Definitely not after close to two months of temporarily bidding goodbye to the Lion City. Well, apparently all it took was one bite of something so familiar to let all those wondering memories come rushing in. Talk about a "Ratatouille" moment.

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We were invited by our dear friend C to check out his newest restaurant called Hey Handsome. Such a cheeky name for quite a classy restaurant that's located at the heart of Bonifacio Global City but as with everything in the restaurant, the name comes with a story. Apparently, the name "Hey Handsome" was inspired by the what most hawkers would randomly call out to customers or perhaps in this case, what they've been calling the chef when he was in Singapore. I suddenly remembered this cleaning auntie that we used to have in the office who would refer to most of my male colleagues as "handsome boy", "ey boy boy" and the like. Nonetheless, I think the name gave the restaurant a really cool personality as it's totally not your typical Southeast Asian restaurant.

The menu was simple and pretty straight-forward. I'm glad that I didn't have to go through pages and pages of dishes but instead it highlights the best of the best that the restaurant specializes in. None of the dishes are the kind that you'd find in any of the Singaporean/Malaysian/Indonesian food stalls as Chef Nicco made it a point to add his own twist to it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

#FrannyCooks : Baked Pesto Chicken by Magnolia Chicken

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Finally, all our boxes from Singapore are now here in Manila and it means we have our precious kitchen utensils, pots and pans back with us as well as a lot more items that used to fill up our home in the Lion City. I'm so glad that most of our items except for one bottle of tomato sauce that burst in transit and our plastic dish rack which got brutally cracked all survived the sea travel.

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As we're finally at the tail end of unpacking out things, Paul and I are also back at the kitchen this time with a bigger audience -- my family. If you noticed, I've been cooking a lot of seafood and pasta dishes for the past years and aside from the fact that I am a huge seafood and pasta fan, these are also the two types of ingredients I am most comfortable with. I know though that in order to expand my cooking knowledge, I have to be brave enough to do more. With that, here's my first chicken dish as I recently received a couple of plump-looking frozen whole chickens from Magnolia Chicken.

Of course, I shall not conquer this kitchen feat alone. I got my very own knight in a shining armor to help me. Together, we created our very own Baked Pesto Chicken which the family loved! We used one whole chicken and actually thought we'd have so much to cover two meals but both baking dishes were wiped clean at the end of the meal. Hooray!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Choice: Stand up. Speak up. Be Heard.

Fact : Taste is subjective.

I've mentioned this multiple times before that what may be amazingly delicious for me may just be a-okay for you or vice versa. Nonetheless, I've always been so thankful that no matter what, you still value my thoughts on food and have been such sweet and kind readers to me for the past decade.

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Anyway, as we haven't been around Manila that much and I am in dire need to re-acquaint myself with the foodie scene thus I would need your help. Now on its 3rd year, The Choice is an award system where it recognizes not a list of "the best of..." restaurants and establishments in the Metro but rather, it aims to give recognition to YOUR favorites.

I've made my vote and I can't wait to hear your thoughts too!

Voting period ends on Sunday, 23 July 2017 so please spare 10 minutes and let yourselves be heard. The winners will be announced on 5 August 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia during the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2017.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Celebrating National Fries Day with Potato Corner's Pizza Supreme


Today is National Fries Day and our favorite local potato brand has recently launched a new flavor to add to their already mouthwatering line-up! Last week, Paul and I caught Spider-Man : Homecoming on its 2nd day of showing at the new Venice Grand Canal cinema. It was our first movie date after coming home from the Lion City and boy, were we so excited! After all, it has been months since we last went out to watch a movie as we both got so hooked with Netflix.

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We got to Venice Grand Canal really early prior to our screening time and allowing us to roam around the mall. As we got to the cinema area, we were greeted by this familiar sign. It's Potato Corner! Apparently, some of the company-owned Potato Corner stalls have also partnered with Nacho Bimby which specializes in... nachos. Well, it makes a lot of sense to me. Fries and nachos, definitely the best cinema grub to have, don't you agree? I was so excited to have Potato Corner again as it has probably been 4 years since my last bucket of fries. How I wish they'd open a stall in Singapore too.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Red, White and Blue, lots of Burgers for YOU at Flavors, Holiday Inn Makati

The 4th of July marked the Independence Day of the United States of America and while they may be 8,222 miles away from the Philippines, I got to tell you that our American influence and heritage stays strong through all these years. For one thing, we have adapted the US English system, basketball is clearly our national sport and every Filipino just loves his or her burger, fries and hotdogs. So, it's no big surprise that we also do celebrate this fun occasion here in our island too.

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Personally, I love the 4th of July. This day just means allowing ourselves to enjoy all things American! I'll never forget the time when I was invited to visit the US Embassy here in Manila where we were treated to an amazing barbecue spread and we got to watch a beautiful fireworks display too. That was probably one of the best 4th of July celebrations I've had so far.

Over at Flavors in Holiday Inn Makati, they are currently running a gastronomic all-American feast every weekend of July. Think Southern style Louisiana Baby Back Ribs, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Tex-Mex Taco Bar and the main star of the show -- their very own Burger Bar!

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This was one of the things that got both Paul and I excited about our lunch here and we made sure to visit the Burger Bar before even trying the other dishes in the line-up. Here, you can create your very own burgers from the buns, the patties, the toppings and even the sides that you'd like to have with it. If you're feeling a bit lazy, the Chef can surely whip something up just for you.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Paul & Fran : Seven - Eleven - Ten

Here we are again celebrating another milestone in our lives. 7 years ago on this very same day, I officially (and legally) became Paul's wife. Funny thing was, the number seven seems to play a very important part in our lives.

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7 years of dating before we got married and now, 7 years of being husband and wife before we are about to start a new chapter in our lives where we will soon be welcoming our very own babies. A lot of things can happen in the span of a year.. what more in 7 years?

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In the past 7 years, we've migrated to a new country and together we've adjusted to a new independent life. We both fell, picked each other up and moved on hand in hand. We've seen friends come and go. We've celebrated successes and triumphs. I can go on and on to tell you how our 7 years went but that would just be way too long for a blog post.

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A lot of things have changed. Aside from Paul's shrinking waistline (I love you Hunnie! hehe) and my growing belly at the moment, we've both matured and became, what we hope, are better versions of ourselves. One thing stayed constant though, despite all these changes, it has always and forever been Paul & Fran.

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Paul has been my rock for the past 14 years. He has never ever left my side. I honestly can't imagine life without him and the mere thought of it scares me greatly. I've been so used to having friends and family call us "Paul and Fran" just the same way Romeo will always be tagged next to Juliet. That's just how life has been for us and I really like it to stay that way...forever.

As we embark in a new journey, the thought of entering motherhood can sometimes sound scary but somehow, I am comforted by the fact that we are doing all these together. I know for a fact that my twins are just so lucky to have Paul as their Daddy. He'll be an amazing dad the same way he has been an amazing husband to me.

So, putting all my fears and hesitations aside, I'm looking forward to more years of marital bliss and crazy parenthood experiences with Paul by my side.

Happy Anniversary to us, Hun! ILY!
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