Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ole! : Buen Comer Poquellas at Teacher's Village, Quezon City

As the famous saying goes: "Love knows no distance." Similarly, our love for food allowed us to travel far and wide just to satisfy our craving. My in laws have been planning to try Buen Comer located at Teacher's Village in Quezon City for the longest time. This was after hearing raves after raves from cousins who told us that everything on the menu is really delicious and we just have to try it ourselves. Finally, on our first weekend back in Manila, MIL suggested that we head over there for dinner. Of course, Paul and I were totally up for that and so off we went to Quezon City.

Thankfully, it took us less than an hour to get there and we easily located the restaurant which actually can be found in a very small inside street called Mahabagin. For those who are familiar with Quezon City, I'm pretty sure you won't have a hard time heading here.

The menu was pretty extensive with a total of 17 items to choose from. As there were 6 of us dining that day, we decided to just order an assortment of items to share.

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We started our meal with this towering plate of Nacho Potato Crisp (Php. 108). Think of it like a nacho tower only instead of tortilla chips, we got thinly sliced potato chips instead. I loved it! It's very addicting too. Personally, I think the garlic cream sauce was the magical addition as it really gave it so much flavor. Furthermore, it's topped with minced meat, cheese sauce, shredded lettuce and a couple of spicy jalapeno slices.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Onboard Singapore Airlines: SQ916 Business Class

After 4 fun years in the Lion City with countless flights between Singapore and Manila, I can't believe that this routine of ours has came to an end. For the last time, Paul and I headed to Changi Airport on the morning of the 31st of May as we bid a temporary goodbye to our 2nd home, which I fondly call, the Lion City. We'll definitely be back for sure but this time as tourists and perhaps with two little ones in tow but for the time being, it was time to head back HOME. A few years back, Paul and I agreed that when the time comes for us to bid Singapura goodbye, we just have to do it in style. By that, we meant flying Business Class onboard Singapore Airlines.

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I got to admit that the thought of finally flying Business really got me so excited. Somehow, this lessened the bittersweet feeling that we both were feeling about saying good bye to our life in Singapore. Aside from that fact that the seats were extra spacious making it so comfortable for pregnant ladies like me, I just love the special service and of course, the beautifully plated food too.
Checking in was a breeze! Each business class passenger is allowed up to 40kg of checked-in luggage plus 2 7kg carry-on bags. This was just perfect as we had to bring so much things home. I just can't believe at the number of items that we've accumulated through all these years. Can you believe that Paul and I arrived in Singapore back in 2013 with only 90kg worth of items? Today, we flew home with all these luggages in addition to the 5 huge balikbayan boxes that we sent home. My golly! The ground staff was so friendly and helpful seeing that I was pregnant and she readily helped Paul carry all our luggages to the conveyor belt.

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Together with our Business Class boarding pass comes the access to the Silver Kris Lounge. Readers of this blog probably know by now how much Paul and I love hanging out at the lounge while waiting for our time to board. We have been frequenting the SATS Premier Lounge as well as the dnata Lounge in Terminal 1. It was our first time to visit the very exclusive and premium Silver Kris Lounge and boy, was I so excited!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hearth and Heat at The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra

Fire up the grill!

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For the past weekends since April, buffet diners of The Carvery have been enjoying a very indulgent meat buffet where the meat are carefully roasted over the restaurant's brand new Argentinian Grill. What makes this different from all other barbecue pits or grills is that it has an adjustable platform allowing the chef to control the heat depending on the type of meat being grilled. He can raise the platform higher for those that shouldn't be in close contact with the fire and lower for those that should have a smokier flavor. It also evenly cooks the meat as all are laid down on the platform and are cooked in one go. As you all know, the secret to getting that perfect barbecued meat lies on the wood being used to cook. Chef Robert Chan specifically made sure that he uses a mix of firewood -- Hickory and Mesquite to bring out a distinct flavor that we later got to enjoy in our cuts of meat.

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For our preview dinner, we got to try a good selection of roast meats and an equally impressive spread of sides. Let me start with the Hickory Pulled Pork with Fried Bun. My friend V has been raving about this saying that this has been everyone's favorite so far. I personally am not too wild over pork but one bite and I immediately knew what she loves it. The shredded pork literally melted in my mouth and I love the addition of slaw inside the fried bun. It's served in bite-sized portions so I can imagine one having more than 4 buns in one sitting.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Staycation Files: Back at F1 Hotel Manila, Taguig City

There's really something about staycations that I love so much. Some would tell me that they don't see the point of staying that night at a hotel especially when you have a home in the same metro. Yes, that's true but sometimes it's just good and healthy to take a break from your regular routine to unwind and simply do..nothing.

So, a week after our return to Manila, Paul and I joined our blogger friends for a fun weekend staycation at F1 Hotel Manila. We're no strangers to this hotel as we had the privilege to stay here 2 years ago. This time, we're back with our friends from the KTG and after our LuzViMinda lunch, we all headed up to our respective rooms to rest up until dinner time.

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Checking in was a breeze as we were directed to the Premier Lounge. It's located also at the same level as the hotel's check-in lobby only you get a dedicated staff to assist you and while waiting you can even help yourself to some of the snacks and drinks available.

Monday, June 19, 2017

LuzViMinda 2017 at F1 Hotel Manila, Philippines

"Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan." (He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination) - Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Filipino National Hero
Today is the birthday of our country's national hero and if I must say, one of my personal favorite heroes in history too. I still remember reading the entire book on his life when I was in university much too quickly that I finished the entire book even before the semester began. It was such a joy learning about Rizal's life and his works. His death was pretty dramatic too. He was shot by firing squad at Bagumbayan (now known as Rizal Park / Luneta) at the young age of 35. That's exactly how old I am this year and for him, he has traveled the world, wrote a lot of captivating novels (I love Noli Me Tangere) and has tried his best to fight the government for the freedom of the Filipinos. Not a lot of 35 year old individuals can say that they've done that much nowadays. So, hats off to you Dr. Jose Rizal!

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In line with his birthday, June is also the month of our country's independence so F1 Hotel Manila prepared a mouthwatering line-up of delectable dishes from the three main islands of the Philippines -- Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao or was we call it, LuzViMinda. We have 7,107 islands and the entire nation is surrounded by huge bodies of water. That said, we have an abundance of seafood, local produce and some parts have amazing meat products too. I tell you, you'll never go hungry here in the Philippines.

As Paul and I have recently relocated back from the Lion City, this was a perfect welcome for us as we got to enjoy most of our favourite dishes plus a lot more from all over the country. Running until the end of June, F1 Hotel Manila tapped three distinguished chefs namely Chef Mikel Zaguirre, Chef Dennis Uy and Chef Kalel Chan to prepare an interesting repertoire of dishes to represent the different provincial specialties from their assigned island.

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Chef Mikel Zaguirre represented Luzon and aside from featuring popular heirloom dishes, he gave it a twist and gave it his own creative interpretation. Our favourite was the Adobong Short Ribs sa Gata. It was the bomb! Melt-in-your-mouth short ribs cooked with coconut milk, soy sauce and lots of garlic. This dish will make you want to have rice to go with it..lots of rice, in fact. This was definitely one of the best dishes in the buffet spread so make sure not to miss it.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Back Home in Manila : Festa Italiana at Cucina, Marco Polo Ortigas

I'm aliveeeeeeeee!!!

This is probably the fist time in 10 years that my blog has been this quiet but I got a couple of good excuses reasons why. First of all, Paul and I have been busy the past few months as we have decided to finally relocate back to Manila. Yes, you read that right. We're finally back home and we haven't been happier. Don't get me wrong, our life in Singapore was nothing but a dream come true but every good chapter should have an equally good ending and so we have decided to close that chapter just at the perfect time as we await to start a new one. Secondly, speaking of opening a new chapter. I'm so excited to share with you all that another dream of ours is about to unfold in the next few months, Paul and I will be welcoming our bundles of joy. That wasn't a grammatical error. We prayed so hard for almost a year and God answered our prayers by not only blessing us with one but with two beautiful babies whom we're both so excited to meet. Yes, we're expecting a pair of twins! It was surely worth the wait, don't you think? So there you go, this pretty much explains my inactive blog activity but since I'm back home, I promise to catch up and share with you all of our food discoveries not only in Manila but in Singapore as well. ♥ 

Let me start by telling you about one of the most recent dinners at Cucina at Marco Polo Ortigas. If you remember early this year, Paul and I got to visit Cucina where we enjoyed a wide variety of dishes from their mouthwatering paella to their Filipino and Asian dishes and of course, their great choice of desserts too. So, when we got an invite to have a taste of Cucina's latest promotion featuring the specialty of visiting chef Andrea Delzanno, we made sure not to miss it.

Chef Andrea Delzanno is from Marco Polo Hong Kong and he has lived in Hong Kong for a decade. He comes from the Northern part of Italy so you'll see a lot of seafood, creamy dishes in the line up coming from his hometown but Chef Andrea also told us that he has included a couple of dishes from the Southern part of Italy as well such as those that makes use of tangy marinara sauce and veggies.

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For starters, indulge in a delicious and refreshing masterpiece of Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese Salad. Otherwise known as a Caprese Salad, it's a very simple antipasti which everyone will surely love. Sadly, I sat out on this one as preggy women can't take soft cheeses so.. boo! My dining companions all enjoyed it though so I highly recommend that you don't miss this.

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There's also the Mixed Seafood Salad with Lemon Dressing is perfect for all seafood lovers out there. It's an assortment squid, shrimps and mussels tossed in a light and citrusy lemon dressing.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Intricate Japanese Dining at Kaiseki Yoshiyuki, Forum The Shopping Mall

Throughout our years of non-stop eating, it’s no secret how much Paul and I love Japanese cuisine. This is actually one reason why we decided to visit Japan last year as we just wanted more, more and more! One thing that I love about the Japanese way of cooking and preparation is how they make every single thing look so pretty. Regardless if it’s just a piece of rice cracker or it’s something more elaborate like a sashimi platter, there’s a lot of thought and creativity poured into each item making your dining experience truly memorable.

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A few months ago, Paul and I were invited to try Kaiseki Yoshiyuki, which is located adjacent to Horse’s Mouth at The Forum Mall. Heading there gave us this sense of mystery, as there wasn’t any big, flashy signage directing you to the restaurant. Instead, you’ll just see a modest sign beside a big black door. Open the door and you’ll be led inside the restaurant. The interiors of Kaiseki Yoshiyuki is so beautiful that I can't help but admire the wall decors down to the plating on the table. All seats face the counter allowing you to directly interact with Chef Yoshiyuki as you watch him prepare your dish.

Chef has prepared a complete 9-course Spring-themed dinner (S$328++) for us but since I currently have strict dietary requirements wherein I’m not allowed to take anything raw, he was so kind to prepare several alternative dishes just for me. I really appreciate this and love how personalized the service is.

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