Dean and DeLuca

Dean and DeLuca

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I am visiting my niece’s booth at “The Good Neighbors” at Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Makati City.

It is just a little across Edades Tower and Powerplant Mall. We arrived a little earlier, and when I saw Jen’s eyes, looking at her left and her right in random, she was either saying something like Powerplant mall or Dean and
DeLuca? Instantly, she asked: “Coffee?” And of course, after checking the time in my watch, I just said: “Come on!” =)

As planned, we ordered for our coffee: Cafe Dulce de Leche (the dulce served separately) for Jen and Caramel Machiatto for me.

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We had two kinds of desserts to match it. It was unlikely that we didn’t get blueberry cheesecake this time.

I was totally enticed by that Dutch apple pie,

and as usual Jen had her salted caramel cheesecake.

Over varying topics while devouring on what we’ve ordered, we realized they were too sweet we had to get something like a stasis to balance our palates.

We opted to choose the Pasta E Pomodoro, it is an organic pasta with fresh tomato, basil, garlic in olive oil. It came with a garlic bread which Jen and I shared equally.

The attendant asked if we wanted it with chicken or meatballs, and we both decided to have it done meatless.

It surely balanced that sweetness from our desserts and drinks. Jen liked it a lot, (she consumed all those Arugulas) since it was cooked the Italian way, as her preferences are pastas that are never sweet.

Her salted caramel is something we can tagged as “TDF” (To die for), it is one of of the best salted caramel cheesecake we’ve tried so far, and my apple pie is really good too.

These epicurean treats definitely made us want to go back and we already know what to try next time, we intend to try their branch at Eton Tower, Legaspi Village, Makati City, which happens to be nearer from Jen’s workplace.

Dean and DeLuca, on its’ 40th year originated from lower Manhattan, USA. At present, due to demands, they were able to put up branches across USA: New York City, Washington D.C., Charlotte, North Carolina, Leawood, Kansas, Napa Valley, California and Honolulu, Hawaii. They are also in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

In our country, Dean and DeLuca has two branches: the one at Edades Tower, Rockwell Makati and the one at Eton Tower.

Everything you’ll ever need is at Dean and DeLuca. They’ve got choices for Starters, Salads, they have Quinoa too, they have soups, they offer a wide range of Main delicious dishes, from Sushi and rolls, Grain bowls, Burgers, Sandwiches, Tapas, Pancakes & waffles, Pastas and sourdough Pizzas and of course Desserts, even organic ice cream!

Beverage list is almost endless from Cocktails, coffee and teas, milk shakes and wines (red and white).

They have gourmet and gift items too.

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I’m not wondering why Tatler voted for them. Everything at Dean and DeLuca is sumptuous. =) It instantly became our favorite! =)

 

 

 

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I shriek for shrimps! – Bubba Gump, Greenbelt 3, Makati City

I shriek for shrimps! – Bubba Gump, Greenbelt 3, Makati City

Broadly speaking, I am not much into seafood, but when when we talk of shrimps, hhhmmn, I could have just hoard anti-histamine medicines from the drugstores.

I haven’t been visiting Makati in a while, and been planning to visit Bubba gump for a long time. I have frequented this place years ago when my work is still located in Makati.

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Facade..
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And there’s the famous bench where guests have their photos taken..
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Menu..

10 years ago, Makati was one of my two options when it comes to malling and eating -out, the other one is Alabang. Nowadays, there are options everywhere. =) The country has evolved and comes with it is the escalated taste F&B Industry has to offer. They are now capable of giving variety to most consumers. Both for its’ look and taste of their food.

For me, it is a good thing, as I am a natural foodie. =) When you check my weekly viands at home, it is very balanced, since my mom had to follow a stricter diet due to old age. I give into my cravings outside (some feast both for my tummy and eyes) a secret I kept from my mom, or else, she will torture me with her own cravings too. =)

So, I had this chance, and even if Greenbelt, or the streets of Makati offer hundreds of equally worth – it food spots, I am much into trying Bubba Gump for the nth time.

It’s just that I binged over lunch at 2pm, so we weren’t able to get as much as we want. It was only half past 500pm.

And we opted for the Shrimper’s heaven.

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Hefty..

And for our dessert, we had Mama’s bread pudding.

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This is my first time to try this and I must say it is one of the best pudding I’ve tasted. =)

You wouldn’t believe, foodies as we can be, we apparently requested the attendant to pack our food as we weren’t able to consume even half of it. We almost forgot that it’s American size.

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Still, I am happy to be here again. =) Thinking of this place as characterized by some of the elements I mostly love, not just shrimps, but the photos of some scenes from one of my most favorite movie of all time. =)

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Oh the lieutenant!

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I also have its’ book which hubby gave me. One of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. He used to say It is our story.

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I wondered if I’m like Jenny? (–)

Corner Tree Cafe for sexy Vegan Anne…

Corner Tree Cafe for sexy Vegan Anne…

Anne and I have been calling each other friends or sisters from different moms way back our high school days. If you do the math, it is more than 30 years ago.

Before our 2nd year in high school, she flew to Chicago and I had to say with gratefulness that she is one of those most thoughtful friends I’ve had.

If I will collate all her snail mails and cards and photos and postcards that she meticulously put inside fab envelopes and send it to me via air mail, it is even more than those unread letters that we’ve seen from the movie: “The Notebook”.

And if you asked me, I find them sweeter than E-mails. =)

Through the years, during her regular visits to her motherland, she makes it a point to see us if time and super hectic schedule permits.

Our last one was 2009. We brought her to the then very famous Mall of Asia, I brought along my son, we were with some of Anne’s friends and it is only now that I realized it’s been 7 years.

It wasn’t difficult for her to assemble and bring together friends from different times and places like putting up a small party or a reunion. All her friends are very nice.

And a few months ago, for her 2016 visit, we were already planning, where to go, where to eat, what to do.

So today, you might be surprised that I am dining at a Vegetarian Cafe tucked in a corner somewhere in Makati City. Since Anne turned into a Vegan years ago.

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I waited till it gets dark and took this…

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Corner tree cafe is one of the most popular Vegan restaurants in the country, nutrient-packed and fiber dense recipes meant for Vegans.

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One of the attendants is still finishing up their menu board, and paused so we can take a photo..

It might be less exciting for me, (still an omnivore) minus the meat and sauces and all, well I didn’t expect that I finished them happy and satisfied.

We had these soups as starters:

Pechay and Spinach soup for Anne. It’s so green!

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Pechay and Spinach chowder for Anne..

Roasted carrot soup for me.

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My choice..

While Mabel had the Sicilian tomato soup.

Anne claimed to be starving had Tofu Teriyaki with Sauteed Asparagus & Shiitake Mushrooms.

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Anne liked the tofu with asparagus..

It is served in a bowl over organic red rice.

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All veggies..

Vegetable dumplings.

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All veggies too.. came with a special vinegar as sauce..

Crispy veggies lumpia which comes with a special vinegar sauce.

We also had Veggie Laing… which is so creamy and you can strongly feel how the leaves absorbed the coconut milk through slow-cooking.

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No meat here..

Those are Taro leaves stewed in coconut milk served with red rice.

Corner tree Cafe offers a variety of desserts which we didn’t tackle since part of our itinerary is visiting Laduree. It is 15 minutes away from Jupiter st., Makati. And Anne also requested for “Taho”.

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The lamps and halogen bulbs created warmth all over the place..
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Though we had slightly sweetened drinks… Iced tea w/ lemon grass for Anne and ripe mango for me..

And when it got dark, they provided us with a candle..

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Thank you!

Mabel was vigilant enough to remember that there’s one from Power Plant Mall in Rockwell Center, Makati City. And Laduree is in Rockwell Center too. Its’ like hitting not just 2 but 3 birds in one stone.

We asked Anne if she’s happy with what we’ve had, she smiled sweetly and claimed that she is. And we again asked if she’s satiated and with her decorous giggles, she told us “Not yet!”

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And we reminded her of the taho and macarons, etc. Taho is a staple morning snack food in the Philippines made of fresh silken tofu, with a thick sweet syrup, and sago pearls.

You wouldn’t believe, a Hollywood actress (Game of Thrones) have been hanging out here.

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Pinoy Pride..

We called it a day past dinner time and looked forward in anticipation of more taho and more zip-lining in the future.

Corner tree cafe is located at: 150 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, 1209 Makati City

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I requested for additional bread sticks for my soup… =)

TORCH for Anna…

TORCH Restaurant

“The best mirror is an old friend.”

28 years. At a time when texting and face-booking is a thing of the future and none of us had ever imagine it’d come into existence. I, Rachel, Annabelle, Jhonna, Essie and Theresa were friends already. At that time, every single year preparing for one’s birthday is such an easy task.

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We’re actually “8”. Our name: RAJEMATE, was derived from the first letter of our names, I remember doing it while we’re having class. The other two (the “M” and the last “E” – Miles and Emphol) are missing in action.

Now after 28 years, it was quite a feat. Everyone seems so busy. Our life then, was entirely different. Easier and lighter. While now, it’s a bit heavier but happier and more complete.

For Anna’s birthday, It took us almost 500 messages to finalize where to do it. We are all having thoughts of our own, we started at making it different, a KTV and giant burgers at Paseo, Sta. Rosa, and since Essie’s birthday was a hit (Dancing to the music from the 80’s in Bellevue hotel), we decided to do it one more time, then, one or two can’t stay as late, we opted to just enjoy Al fresco dinner somewhere in Sucat with a live band, then we went back to the original plan and decided to go farther in Cavite, and then again, somewhere nearer, in San Pedro, Laguna. We can’t make up our minds. Until finally, the birthday celebrant opted to decide on it. And to her heart’s content – it was final. =) We will just have lunch at: Torch, Greenbelt, Makati City. Then, stroll, say some prayers at a nearby chapel, shop and probably coffee..

Me, Essie, Tere, Jho, Anna and Chel. <3
Me, Essie, Tere, Jho, Anna and Chel. ❤

The night before, I was even contemplating of going due to a very untimely ugly allergies that were visible on my face and posted them a few hours before our time to meet up. And everyone was crossing fingers that the next message won’t be “Sorry guys, I can’t make it… again.” But nooo! I never wanted to miss this much as I do with each celebration. So I showed up with the rashes visible on my face. I can’t miss to see this special circle whom I have kept in my heart for almost three generations. As I’ve told them during my birthday, that I am very grateful to have them, for being there for me through the years.. Through ups and down, listening to me when I’m falling in love and when I’m falling out of love, when I’m broke and when I’m not, and even when I’m thin or when I’m fat, they never leave me.

We probably gained pounds (or wrinkles) every year. And each pound we gain, were in sync with the love and blessings we felt we gain for having each other. It made us see how the years have been good to us. How life have been kind to us. Because we have each other.

Each celebration were made up of good memories that we collect and look back at in each meeting. There will always be laughter, sometimes, there are also tears. And there are lots of pictures too!

Here are some, celebrating Anna’s special day:

Torch for Anna..
Torch for Anna..
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Each table has a different country…
Pretzels..
Pretzels!
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Yellow, red and violet chips…
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Unlimited nacho chips for only P300+. Not bad right?!
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Greens…
Anna said she is that wasabi on the upper right..
Smiling wasabis. Anna said she is that wasabi on the upper right.. =)
Goin' Japanesa..
Goin’ Japanesa..
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Define “happy”…
Their pizza could come in 2 different flavors. We had gambas and margherita..
Their pizza could come in 2 different variants. We had gambas and margherita..

I missed taking photos of the pesto pasta and roast beef. They were too good I guess, we might have guzzled on them right away. Ahaha!

As for the interiors, it is fetching even with the simple lines, the touches of greens completed the effect.
As for the interiors, it is fetching even with the simple lines, the touches of greens completed the effect.
The attendant informed us that their specialty are Sushis, pizza and steak. Though, I not liking pesto pasta, I enjoyed their version. =)
The attendant informed us that their specialty are Sushi, pizza and steak. Though, I am not pesto fan, I enjoyed their version. =)
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We’re not yet full here… =)

We’ve gone through rough and tough patches. Huge part of which are heartaches, losses, our differences, our schedules, issues at home, at work, even our health. The list is endless. While the bigger part of which are the few prized times we share once we were together. It is a rule to make time for a get-together. And we will always do! (–,) Happy birthday sissy! ❤

TORCH GREENBELT is at:
Level 1, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. You can contact them at: 751-6213. Other branches which can serve are in the following locations: Greenhills, Katipunan, UP Town Center and at the Circuit.

Le Bistro Vert…

Le Bistro Vert…

Tucked in the heart of Salcedo village in Makati, at Fraser Place is where is to be found.

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Teal and mint I find soothing to the eyes…

After a series of several mishaps (missing radiator cap, getting lost, etc.) We finally found the bistro.

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Fell in love with this mural. My camera didn’t capture its’ true beauty, though from the prints of the magazine where I spotted it, it’s truly beautiful! In reality, it is.

Honestly, I didn’t have the slightest idea how famous and how dedicated Chef Laudico is to his craft. On top of it, creating healthy food as part of his thrust on wellness.

I requested my buddy to go here even without an occasion, just our regular habit to squeeze in meeting up from time to time regardless of how busy our lives could be, besides, my months wouldn’t be complete without seeing my intense sissy with her humor that I find comforting. Her expressive persona lifts my sometimes low spirit. Seeing her over good food has always been a sweet treat for me. Among my peers, it is her that we can converse even in silence.

I spotted this bistro because of that French mural and instantly fell in love with their “all shades of green” interiors which I spotted from a magazine, little did I know that the theme came in sync with what the chef is endorsing. Healthy indulgence. Mostly organic and sustainable.

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This mural!

The bistro boasts good food. “Good” because it is not just flavorful to the bud, it is also good to your over all physical being. Not to mention how creative their plating is.

I often hear his name in the F&B world, like how I hear my favorites in the International scene. The likes of Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Jamie Oliver and even Chef Cristeta Comerford (White House Executive Chef) among many others. I am dazzled by their world. I have watched Julie and Julia for a couple of instance. That time when choosing among films on dvds that you haven’t seen yet and you can’t make up your mind, I still settle with Julie and Julia.

Furthermore, local chefs like Chef Heny, Chef Gene Gonzalez, Steph Zubiri are those I try to follow if time permits me. I dreamt of trying Tony Escalante in Tagaytay though I have to fund it because that place in Tagaytay requires planning (reservation) and enough funds to enjoy the visit. I would not want to leave Tagaytay without ube jam and pastries from Rowenas too. And soon I will. Bucket list – Antonio’s – Check! Yey!

Going back to chef Sau. Back then, I had a full spread of my pasta, it looked heavy but its a healthy one.

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Carbos!

My soul sis had an inch thick slice of grilled meat with a special sauce and sidings of some vegees.

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Sustainable food!

We had their cakes too after that hefty meal. They call it Valrhona sansrival.

I had this wish to meet the guy face to face, I missed one opportunity to design one of his booth in a certain “expo” due to some unavoidable circumstances. Now I am eyeing his place in Greenhills. Bistro Filipino.

Dining out in places such as this, (especially the ones you haven’t tried yet) with people close to your heart eases away the tiresomeness of a busy restless life. It gives peace within. Good memories. Good food. A pure joy that you can look back at in the years to come.

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