The Harlan Glasshouse

Be so good they can’t ignore you. ~ Steve Martin

For several times now, I have been seeing Harlan and Holden Glass house each time I passed by Power plant mall. I always wonder who conceptualized it since this brand initially offers lifestyle clothing only, and to discover they decided to venture into the F&B territory, buoyed me up to try it.

http://www.harlanholden.com/home/rockwell-glasshouse

And glancing at the interiors, I really find it enticing.

And so one Friday, before seeing a blocked screening of this highly-acclaimed movie, we decided to stop by.

They’re are real trees!

I chose to blog about The Harlan Glasshouse, even if I do not have much food to show because we were really happy to have given it a try, the experience was truly gratifying, and for all the three facets when I decide as to where to dine: taste of food, ambience and service. =) It is a two thumbs up on all three.

For quite some time now, I just want to photograph those chic golden cubiertos. =)
Salted caramel eclair

The pasta was undeniably al dente, I felt just the rightest crunch and its’ flavorful sauce is exactly as how we hope it to be. Jen got excited with the parmigiano shavings topped to it adequately.

If there’s an eclair, I will definitely get an eclair. Theirs is a bigger one, not the usual eclair that’s coated with chocolate, we got the salted caramel variant, although they have one coated with chocolate too. There’s a unique level of texture in it and worked really very well for a dessert. It is also not too sweet.

I’m guilty I had to request for a simple syrup for my freshly squeezed orange juice even if it is an accomplished thirst quencher on its’ own. My friend liked her specialty coffee too.

My college prof told me their Lapu-lapu fillet is worth a try. And I’ve been reading a lot of good feedbacks on their steaks and the famous corned beef rice bowl. So I already know what to get next time. =) Plan to go there during the not so busy hours, this way, you get to choose the better spots. =)

They are located at Rockwell Center R1-GH, Hidalgo Drive, Makati City, Philippines.

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TUs Restaurant

Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your souls. ~ Jaime Lyn Beatty ~

I spotted Tus from their Instagram account. If you’ve seen mine, I have more than 8,000 posts always having fun, dreaming, setting-goals and just being happy and inspired watching posts of my fellow Instagram junkies.

Tus is a Spanish word for “yours”. I didn’t realize that I’ve been passing by it for several times because aside from Alabang Town Center & Commerce Center , Westgate Center is like a rendezvous to me when I’m in Alabang.

I have been eyeing their half-baked cookie, and upon checking they have more attractive dishes to choose from.

I fell in love with their interiors too. The place exudes a very rustic charm and is very homey and comfy too. =)

We took great pleasure having these:

Jen and I shared those deep fried breaded mozzarella cheese sticks served with a slightly spicy marinara sauce. Jen had this crowd favorite: rib-eye steak topped with sauteed onions and melted Swiss cheese. It comes with three choices of side, Jen chose mashed potatoes. The two other choices: steamed rice and sauteed corn.

Diavolo: Hmm, from the name itself, I’m pretty sure it is spicy. So I asked the attendant if they can lessen the spiciness, and they said they can, except for the Pepperoni which is naturally a little bit spicy on its’ own which for the good part of it, I can manage. Aside from the Pepperoni, it has chili olive oil, red onions, black olives, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and homemade pizza dough. As described, this pot pie is cooked upside down on a clay pot and homemade dough is oven-baked to perfection. And I really love their dough! =)

I am so excited for the famous half-baked cookie. For some reason, it reminded me of the cookie shots at Aguirre street, however, it’s just sad that Cafe Alezon shut down already.

Like a finale, we truly enjoyed this house-made cookie dough half-baked in a cazuela. It comes with a scoop of ice cream. Cazuela is a pan or a casserole in Spanish.

They’ve got all the drinks you’d ever need except for coffee. They’ve got iced tea and lemonades, fruit shakes, hot teas and they have wines too.

I reckon that there must be thousands who have tried dining here and most likely have gone back for several times. You should try Tus! =)

Tus Restaurant is at Westgate Center, Filinvest
Alabang, Muntinlupa City. You can contact them thru these numbers: 02-828-3178, 0917-568-0964. Nowadays, free connection to WIFI is a big turn-on to customers, and theirs is really reliable. =)

Dare to “Go Black”

“Take care of yourself first, you can’t pour from an empty cup.”

Fortunately, I have friends who encourage me to do good or eat healthy, quit smoking or don’t sleep late, exercise, be positive, keep my faith, etc. I have vegan friends too making me experience the best dishes out there without any meat and didn’t disappoint me on it’s being equally delicious. I’m lucky to have friends who practice what they preach. And they’re so encouraging. It teaches me to be conscious. Well, I am. I freaked if I gain a few pounds and will do things to bring my back my original weight.

However, there are just some stuff I can’t get over with yet but believe me I’m trying. I stopped drinking soft drinks (I have nothing against those who do) for 3 years now.

After giving birth, I got addicted to instant noodles, they are easy to prepare, and tasty too. Though thanks to friends again who made me aware of some facts: that they are low in nutrients and the MSG (Monosodium glutamate), TBHQ (Tertiary-butylhydroquinone: its’ reputation being a threat to my health if consumed regularly) and the high sodium contents may literally have a negative effect on my health like increasing heart disease, stomach cancer and metabolic syndrome. So I refrained from eating instant noodles. I prepare my own, home-made ones if I want noodles, and I make sure there’s plenty of vegetables. Reference:https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ramen-noodles

I limited consumption of fats when during younger years, I eat most of the fat especially in pork sinigang (tamarind soup). I also lessened my “patis” (fish sauce) consumption to be a little kinder to my kidneys. I was doing all these changes to encourage my late mother too, per her doctor’s advise.

However, there’s a lot more that I need to do and not do. And thanks to products like “Go Black”. It is a delicious drink that gets rid of the body’s toxins or anything unhealthy that we’ve consume all our lives. It’s a great way to drink and detoxify at the same time.

I encountered these bottles for the first time some years ago and since then, a lot have been drinking them since, they now have several shops where their products can be found and they sell on-line too.

My all-time favorite! =)

The process is unique, it is from 100% food-grade activated charcoal which came from pure and organic coco shells. Not the regular charcoal that we know of, they burn the coconut shells at high heat and zero oxygen allowing the steam and gases to open up millions of pores making each tiny grain a potent detox magnet that can carry 1,000x its own weight.

It comes in powder that doesn’t have an expiration. While for the drinks: Lavender tea and Minty mansi will last up to 2 1/2 months while Honey lemon can last for a month. My favorite variant is the Lavender tea which is the one that caught my eye the first time I saw their booth.

Just in case you haven’t tried it, by the way, it is not a laxative, not only it is a very refreshing drink when chilled, it is definitely healthy and I consider it as one of the best way to detox. =)

The following are their known declared benefits: bloat buster, digestive detox, good for hangover too, cure to indigestion, acid reflux relief, upset stomach solution, skin detox and you would be surprised, it can whiten our teeth too.

Price might have changed already.

Grab them at the following partner locations: Real food – Molito Alabang, Ultra Super green – Katipunan, Healthy edge – Shangri-la plaza/ Shopwise, Cubao/ V-mall Greenhills, The Good seed – Brixton Kapitolyo, Earth origins – Westgate Alabang, One Poke – Greenbelt 1

To buy them online: beautymnl, honestbeeph, kartonph
and soon: goblackdetox.com

Stay healthy and keep glowing! =)

It’s chow time at Johnny Chow!

You have to taste a culture to understand it. ~ chickadeestories.com

When you’re at Resorts World, and you need to dine with all the flurry, you have some more than 50 delightful restaurants to choose from, whether you’re craving for local dishes, Asian cuisine, American or even European F & B, they have it, artfully integrated.

We spotted Johnny Chow at the second floor of Newport Mall, it is a sight to behold like a muse among other pretty faces. The vibrant colors and the hanging lamps are really a “come on”.

Johnny Chow was curated by the team who introduced to us SumoSam, Mr. Kurosawa and John and Yoko. A fusion of Thai, Chinese and Korean cuisine. I remember the first time I tried John and Yoko in Alabang Town Center, I really loved it and when my foodie buddy asked me to bring her there, this time the one in Makati, I had to say yes, and it’s just a difference of 2 days. I love their food and their interiors too. It’s purple. =)

Nowadays, menus of Restaurants are usually displayed in front, giving customers to gauge their choices, assisted by a bubbly attendant so amusing, enumerating points to help you make decisions. At Johnny Chow, theirs are somehow eccentric, the ladies are wearing colored wigs, the men exuding attires depicting a culture that is truly pop! =)

https://www.rwmanila.com/restaurants/johnny-chow

And the interiors mesmerized me, like a scene from a Broadway hit during the 1960s. My eyes feasted on all the colors that I love.

And our tummies had their own feast too. =) Check them out:

We had soup…
And some dim-sum.
Birthday noodles for our Ash…
Hainan chicken.
White fish fillet, loved those black beans, reminded me of my papa.

I remember they got sweet and sour pork for Echo, I just missed to take a picture I think, My son, Echo loved it too.

Head on to Johnny Chow, I think all those in their menu are really gratifying, really delicious and not that heavy on your pockets too. =)

It is located at Newport Mall, 2/F, Cybertourism Zone, Newport Blvd., Domestic Airport, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. You can contact them for reservations at: (02) 659-8353/ (02) 908-8888

Lucky Noodles

Did you say exercise or extra rice? ~ Anonymous

While Jen and I are figuring out as to where we’re going to have lunch or dinner out, we ended up choosing places where offerings are those that we can’t cook at home, or haven’t tried cooking.

And there are places where we keep coming back not just because the attendants are nice, the place is pretty. The food is both delicious and affordable more importantly.

I discovered Lucky Noodles while I was searching for places with murals. If you have been reading my posts for a while, I have this specific penchant for murals. And Jen has a specific leaning into Chinese food.

And when we’re at Solaire, when famished, our feet lead us to Lucky Noodles. As the attendants politely offered their menu for our perusal, I already knew what I want to get then. I requested for Sweet and sour chicken, and Yang chow rice. Jen had spare ribs and Yang chow rice too. And we opted for the steamed broccoli for sharing.

We were served complimentary prawn chips while waiting for our food to arrive. Jen matched it with a special vinegar.

Mine is savory, a little sweet, there’s something crunchy somewhere, and not to forget mentioning, crazy good, all the things you’ll love about Sweet and sour dishes. It is loaded with the veggies I love. I’ve tried Jen’s spare ribs, it is too tender, it melts in my mouth, however, the 5S (Five S: cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns, or if it’s not 5S, it is similar to that) kick is too strong for me, though Jen really loved it. 

They politely offered the Hawker, which is one of their Best sellers. A hawker is inspired from the Hawker center or cooked food center that is an open air complex found in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hongkong and the Riau islands in Indonesia housing many stalls that sell a variety of inexpensive food. I see it as similar to Banchetos we found in Ortigas, Cebu, Davao and CDO or from those Sunday markets which I first saw in Makati. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_centre

We hoarded sweets from the food court and from The Patisserie and asked the Attendants if we can consume them without the corkage fee. According to them, they allow it as long as they were purchased from within Solaire. Yey!

With all those condiments in front of us, we definitely enjoyed these Asian comfort food, it’s just ironic that we didn’t get noodles. I think we will have noodles next time. =) They have this “Make Your Own Noodle Bowl!”

Lucky Noodles is located at Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Asean Avenue
Parañaque 1701, Metro Manila. You can call for reservation at: 888-8888