Saturday, October 31, 2015

CBTL's Holiday Drinks and The Giving Journal

It's that time of the year again for collecting stamps for Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's the Giving Journal.


In case you haven't been getting this planner for the past few years like I have, every  eligible drink you buy from CBTL entitles you to one stamp. You fill your Giving Journal booklet with these stamps (12 total) and you get the planner for free. As a  bonus, CBTL will be giving out extra stamps for every purchase of their holiday drinks, Toffee Nut Ice Blended and Winter Dream Tea Late on November 9.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Milk Bottles

These are so pretty. I found them in SM Makati and couldn't resist buying them. A set of 3 glass bottles for Php300, I thought it was a good deal. Although, it is partly nostalgia.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Halloween Dog Party in ATC!

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If you love dogs and/or you have one and you love Halloween, then head on over to Alabang Town Center on October 24, 2015 and be a part of Barks! To make things even more interesting, why not join your fur baby in the dog costume show or obedience competition?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Singapore Food and the 2015 Formula 1 Night Race

Hainanese Chicken Rice
Found myself in Singapore again this year, this time for the Singapore Grand Prix. It is a wonderful experience, and a proper bucket list item, I believe. The event is so well-managed, the venue definitely scenic, and the entertainment lineup is megawatt-powerhouse awesome: Pharrell, Spandau Ballet, Maroon 5, and Bon Jovi. It is an F1 race and a music festival all rolled into one. That is why, despite my squeamishness about air travel, I am so glad I agreed to go. Also, I am quite smitten by the Singapore food scene.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sprung Onion

Look at what sprouted in my plant box!

Been flexing my light green thumb. I got a plastic plant box, a pair of plastic pots, and some organic soil. Then I bought some plants from the local plant nursery. I bought a fruiting kalamansi plant and stuck it in one of the pots and the other pot housed a lemon seedling that I got from my brother. The plant box is where I put my Japanese Peace Lily. My inspiration for the peace lily is Hot Fuzz. If you don't get the connection, look up the movie Hot Fuzz and you'll see. A pair of white flowering plants whose name I've already forgotten flank the lily on both sides of the plant box.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Mixed Espetada Royale at Don Limone

Mixed Espetada Royale
Serves 4-5
Php2,995
My friends, Gen, Pepper, and Faye wanted to go on a little road trip to Tagaytay for quite some time so finally last Sunday, we went. Gen, probably because I talked about it a lot, suggested we sup at Don Limone. I said absolutely, of course.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kani Fried Rice

Kani Fried Rice
This happened when I wanted to make traditional Japanese fried rice and I did not have the rest of the ingredients on hand. It has since been a family favorite.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Some Retail Therapy and Dinner in a Food Court

Simply Lemon Lemonade
22 oz.

Php49
Today, I did some shopping. I found this pair of high-waist flared-bottom jeans that I've been pining for, at Mango no less, and I couldn't believe it cost less than a thousand pesos. Special price, the cashier tells me when she recognized the disbelief in my face as I paid for the jeans. That is just perfect, I tell her, and she hands over what is perhaps my 87th pair of jeans. After Mango, I meandered over to Zara. I aimlessly browsed through the racks and picked up a few pieces to try on, you know, as part of my retail therapy. (Yes, it's a thing.)

Peri-Peri Chicken by Nando's

Peri-Peri Chicken
That night when we were in CBTL Starmall Prima, mother and I came from Rustan's Supermarket - Evia. We did some grocery shopping and this interesting bottle of peri-peri sauce caught my eye. I've always enjoyed peri-peri chicken in that restaurant in Greenhills - Promenade and I thought, wouldn't it be nice if I could make that at home? That is why I didn't think twice about getting a bottle of Nando's Peri-Peri Sauce (in Garlic), even if it might be a bit pricey for the size- Php200 for 125 grams of sauce.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Don Limone Special Menu for October

Sem break season is here. Time to experience Mediterranean Spain through the region's classic cuisine.

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Don't worry, you don't need to travel to Barcelona for this. Don Limone Grill is just in Tagaytay City, Cavite. Although, the restaurant does look like a beautiful Mediterranean villa.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Scenes from the Summer Send Off Block Party 2015

Block Party Summer Send Off 2015

I had a great time at the 2015 Summer Send Off Block Party in Ayala Alabang Village last June with my pals, Gen and Jeff. There were lots of unique and quirky knickknacks on sale and yummy food (those Kashi Maki from Pink Wasabi were divine!) and drink options strewn about Makiling Park. Also, there were myriad activities that both kids and kids at heart could really get into. (There was even a little petting zoo where you get to pet a sheep. Understand, in a tropical country, seeing a sheep is like seeing a unicorn.)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

CBTL at Starmall Prima

Finally got to visit the new Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Starmall Prima, Daang Hari. Not to drive through but to actually sit there and have tea with my mother. There are quite a few things to love about the new CBTL branch.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mitsuyado Sei-Men Fix

Miso Tsukemen
Php280, regular
Mitsuyado Sei-Men The House of Tsukemen is my go to restaurant of late. My mom loves it here, too, as she particularly loves the hot service tea. Addicted is the word she used. My lil ol' mother is addicted to Mitsuyado's hot tea.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Brazil! Brazil! October Food Fest

Brazil! Brazil! is the restaurant that introduced me to one of my favorite dining experiences of all time: Brazilian Churrasco. There used to be branches of this restaurant in Powerplant Mall and in Serendra. Just recently, I learned that they have since relocated to Greenfield District in Mandaluyong. A bit far from where I live, but I think the trek will be worth it, especially with their promo, October Food Fest.

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BPI Real Thrills: Jollibee Shop Anywhere Promo


Many times I have been saved by this promo from starving.

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