And here’s ANOTHER STORY

And here’s ANOTHER STORY

“Friendship is the comfort of knowing that even if you feel alone, you aren’t.”

I am not much of a mall rat. But one mall near our place that I can’t resist is Evia Lifestyle Center. 

I’ve been there for only several times, and my most recent visit, I noticed a lot has changed already.

There’s an on-going renovation, a pizza parlor is no longer where I last saw it, I’m lost and figuring-out where is the old parking lot and the Mediterranean structure you’ll see from afar. It is now converted into a high-ceiling dome in glass. And they say, we should expect more changes to come.

But we went there just to try “Another Story”. I have been fascinated by it for a long time, it’s being dreamy and whimsical. Just like Cafe Voila (which owner happens to be also the brain behind Another Story), 4th street cafe, Dreamland Arts & crafts Cafe, Cafe Juanita, Vanilla Cupcake, Secret Haven Cafe, among many others. And I’m glad that my two high school friends willingly granted my wish. =)

Character-filled Interiors like this makes me feel like I’m not just in Another story but in another time too.

Like I’m a character in a Fairy tale story, embodied the spirit of someone significant in a story line.

I admire how intricately they put attention to all the details and be unique thus standing – out from the rest.

You will see and feel the owner’s passion even from the way she describes each offering from the menu like sharing her experiences as if we’re her friends or family, or as you choose your order, it felt like you’re reading a story.

And it is not just the ambience, or the interiors, you’ll enjoy their offering too.

We only tried 2 kinds: a green salad: “Another Story salad”, we chose it instantly because it has prawns on it. And as recommended by one of their very affable attendants, we had one of their best-selling pizza. And we truly enjoyed it and all agreed that these people are taking their jobs seriously. We even agreed to go back on a weekday to enjoy the “Eat all you can pizza”, their paella and the other flavors of their cake as we definitely liked the Tiramisu cheesecake that they served as a treat for my birthday. Surely, I’m planning to
try their All-day breakfast and maybe some pasta too. =)

Complimentary bread.
We all love veggies.
And their pizza is delish too. =)
This really surprised me..=)

If you haven’t been to Another Story, please do. It is truly mesmerizing. =)

Moment of beauty…

Second Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

PS

The birthday cake is such a sweet gesture for me. I really appreciate it. =)

 

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Blue No More at “THE BLUE KITCHEN”

Blue No More at “THE BLUE KITCHEN”

“I get way too much happiness from good food.” ~Elizabeth Olsen~

Here’s some of the purchases I made when I last visited The Blue Kitchen at Shangri-la mall. I am usually overwhelmed getting here. I just had this need to share this with you. =)

My most favorite and have been consuming for the past years is their bottled fish. I pair it with tomato omelet and garlic rice. =)

Just recently, when the salted eggs chips made waves, my soul sis recommended that I’ll get one of the best from Blue Kitchen, she actually bought one for me and I must admit. It is truly exquisite. And instantly became my favorite. I had tried one from Market market & Bread & Broth but I always go back to Blue Kitchen’s.

I love their ube pastillas too. I am smitten by their display. They have Quick meals, condiments, cookies, desserts, spreads, even ice cream and vegan butter too.

Anything “ube”! ❤

I have been hooked to this artisanal brand for the longest time, they’re homemade, very Filipino.

Without a doubt, I’m sure you’ll find yourselves your own favorites and love their products too!

You can find them at following locations:
Power Plant Mall
Level P1, Power Plant Mall,
Rockwell Center, Makati City
+63 2 898 0931

Shangri-la Mall
Level 6, ShangriLa Plaza Mall
EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd.,
Mandaluyong City
+63 2 634 1335

Robinsons Magnolia
Level 3, Robinsons Magnolia,
Aurora Blvd. cor. Hemady St.,
New Manila, Quezon City
+63 2 734 5373

Uptown Place Mall
36th St., cor., 9th Ave.,
Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City
+63 2 753 9203
+63 995 2349052

They have Partner Stores and they deliver too! =)

For more details, you can check their website:
http://www.thebluekitchen.com/

KANIN Club through the years…

KANIN Club through the years…

“When I count my blessings, I count them twice.”

Kanin Club is an authentic (with a twist) Filipino restaurant which have been delighting their customers (including myself) for the past years. We have been dining at their branch at Paseo de Sta. Rosa (Sta. Rosa, Laguna) because it is my boss’ favorite, she particularly recommends the crispy “dinuguan” (it’s deep-fried pork crisp enough set in a semi-dry stew of pork blood). It is a Filipino staple food and is best with “puto” (rice cake). I personally like it with Puto Binan.

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I would have to recommend the “Turon CK”. I have been ordering it through the years and it’s still the same since the last time I tried it last month.

I don’t know why my college besties always make me choose where to dine when we find time to meet up. The two of them will first figure out the location and they’ll let me choose where to dine in that specific location. This time, they decided to meet up at Westgate Center in Alabang. It is a small village where an array of retail shops from dining, leisure, auto, wellness and even sports were lined-up. Even my most favorite restaurant: “Neil’s” is fiercely standing there.

So, I instantly thought of Kanin Club. =)

By the way, “kanin” is a Filipino term for cooked/ steamed rice.

We seldom see each other, maybe just twice or thrice a year, but each time we meet, it’s just love and happiness. And let me add lots of laughter and food too.

Here’s what we had then:

– That famous crispy dinuguan
– Crispy liempo
– Green mango and bagoong (local shrimp paste)
– Bagoong rice
– Kare-kare (It comes in three variants: seafood, ox tripe or pork legs)

We chose pork legs. Mhai doesn’t like the ox tripe. Pam and I okayed all three.

And for our dessert:

– Turon KC

So they were asking how many times do we need to stay in the tread mill just to burn these out? And Pam was saying we all need to indulge sometimes and ended it with: “I’m actually heading to Gold’s later.” Ahahaha!

Because if you look at our spread, they’re all killers!

Flavor enhancers.

It’s not an everyday thing though she said. And I agreed since it was also the same thing that my doctor told me last year. But when I was about to leave her office, she left me with: “Just make sure to always count the fats and calories okay!” with a naughty grin.

All three of us gained a little weight from the previous years and we didn’t mind at all. #sizedoesntmatter

Look at those cheeks! =)

We top it off with this sweet indulgence.

#tdf

I’ve been meaning to ask what KC stands for. Then, it occurred to me, since this is their original recipe, KC stands for Kanin Club. Lol!

Until our next meet-up.

Kanin Club has branches in the following areas: U.P. Ayala land Techno-hub, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo, Sta. Rosa, Greenfield district and QC.

Try Kanin Club, you’ll love it there. =)

Niña’s Kitchen in Biñan, Laguna

Niña’s Kitchen in Biñan, Laguna

“Everyday may not be good, but there is always something good in everyday.”

Niña’s Kitchen is probably one the most talked-about restaurant in Laguna. Or becoming if I may say. It is a residential house which ground floor they turned into a commercial one, serving Filipino dishes (with a tweak) from breakfast to dinner.

I have been seeing it every so often from social media threads lately and out of curiosity, I dragged Jen one Sunday afternoon.

What made it more famous than its’ competitors is because it was endorsed by our former Ms. Universe since the owner is a friend (and a classmate) of hers.

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Photos and memories..

The most photographed item that they offer per my research is the “suman sa lihiya (lye)”. So it was my first reason why I wanted to visit their place. My mom used to prepare this before, and I really miss it. She is old already and can’t perform usual tasks anymore.

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The place is snug, there are decorative objects equally distributed in the garden,

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there’s even a bike with a basket holding a bouquet of flowers, which created a country-feel and very laid-back scenery. Relaxing and thought-provoking as well.

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The dining area is quite huge, which can hold more or less 50 guests. There are actually three separate rooms to dine and we chose the one in a corner. The space outside is huge too.

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It leads to the front yard too though it stays unopened and the entrance for guests is the one in the main dining hall where the counter and kitchen is situated.

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Jen and I both sitted in the tufted bench beside that gorgeous red door.

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On your left upon entrance is the stairs with quotes that I spotted in several blogs. So I made sure we have a picture on it. #thisthingwithstairs

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The decors that are equally distributed in every corner were hints that most of which were from the owner’s many travels.

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We’re supposed to order pasta and burger, but they’re no longer available. According to the attendant, there was a surge earlier. When we came before dinner time, only three tables were occupied giving me the liberty to take photos of items that are interesting to me.

We then chose pizza with pepperonis and still they’re no longer available. We ended up ordering the one with mushrooms. Jen ordered for the churros and I got my suman sa lihiya.

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As a disclaimer, the attendant warned us that the pizza must be consumed immediately. The pizza is good, a healthy option since it is meatless. But true enough, in all fairness, we were warned, the pizza dough got firmer, and it’s no longer chewy to the bite.

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The churros for me is over-rated, there is nothing special to it except for that mint leaf, just as how you expect churros to be, while the chocolate dip is good, it didn’t remind me of a brand, and only a good chef can do it or it is home-made. =)

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The Filipino way of gathering is skillfully interpreted in this place. Local favorites infused with some internationally known dishes and a homey ambience. Huge tables, family pictures, souvenirs, hanging plants, a Sto. Nino to guard the place, the greenery, makes-up for the over-all cozy feel.

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Surely, we can celebrate some occasion here with friends and family. Or maybe even if without something to celebrate. =)

It is located at:

Lot 32 Blk. 8, Silmer Village, Biñan, Laguna. You can call them at: 0915-649-3952

 

Caffera as in Cafe and Camera combined…=)

Caffera as in Cafe and Camera combined…

My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” ~Steve McCurry~ (An American photographer).

There is this new place Jen is telling me about, a themed coffee shop owned by a Photography enthusiast like her. It’s name is “Caffera”.

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Second floor of Dona Zenona Suite..
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This you will see upon entry… It is actually already stimulating..
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A vintage signage is displayed too..

And she has been persuading me to see it for the longest time. I am half-hearted to go because it entails more than 3 hours travel from our place. We are in San Pedro, Laguna and the shop is in Maginhawa street, Quezon City. Eventually I gave in due to her beguiling tricks.

And without her knowledge, I am also eyeing to see in person the string of coffee shops, pizzerias, burger stands, name it that were so famous in Maginhawa street paralleled with those you will find in Aguirre Avenue in Sucat, Paranaque and Kapitolyo street in Mandaluyong and the one in Tomas Morato. Most bloggers term them as Foodie’s Mecca.

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Such a unique idea..

And so during the holidays, we opted to plot not just Caffera but some more interesting spots Maginhawa street can offer.

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Now, we’re wondering if we can have this card even if we’re not a resident of QC..

True enough, the place will be loved by anyone who have been fascinated with photography and all the materials needed in pursuing this passion is displayed in all corners. All the accessories, even those that we have might have missed is there. If there is one adjective for this place, it is “inspiring”.

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Touches of Christmas decors were neatly placed around the cafe..
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Right in front of the counter which entice guests like a food porn..
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Lots of vintage cameras you’ll see..

Please take a look:

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Notice the roll of film utilized as label? =)
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I have exceeded my expectations – I wondered if they have cakes in camera shapes..
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The glass window is written with calligraphy..
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A unique way to paint a wall..
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Jen is filled with awe..
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Several models of vintage cameras..
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Collection of emptied rolls of film, a light, camera, action display, vintage cameras..
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An old movie camera.. Most displays are DIYs! =)
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Even the menu is photography inspired: It says FRAPPerture, ISO Amaro, Mugshot coffee, etc.
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Delighted guests can’t help but express their appreciation..
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Even the quotes are all about Photography…=)
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This is my favorite part of the place..
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There’s our coffee drinks. In mugs that were made of camera lens. #amazing
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Don’t you agree?
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Brought me back during college days when we took up a few units of Photography class..
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I can’t help it, I took a photo of their mirror inside the rest room…
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Vases out of lens..

If you want locally-produced coffee beans, brewed with love and passion for photography, sweet yet not too strong iced coffee, then Caffera is the perfect place for you. The ambiance suits both millennials and the not too millennials as well. =)

Being here, you will sense the owner’s passion through the consistency of themed displays painstakingly created so as to come up with such an “inspiring” place.

Caffera Cafe is located at:

Unit 204, Second Floor, Dona Zenona Suites, 54 Maginhawa Corner Mahusay Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City.