Sunday, June 16, 2013

LaborAlabang 2013

As mentioned in my post before this, Mark and I embarked on our own version of the Labor Day Weekend which we jokingly and lovingly called LaborAlabang 2013. We were stuck in the Metro after all. What we did all day long was eat in BF Paranaque and go around Alabang. We left my home in QC in the morning and started our food adventure at a pretty obscure steak place called Grandad's which was camouflaged in the strip of restos along BF Homes. The place was perfect for brunch as Mark said. We had steak, wine, and shrimp cocktail---which could've been better if it was chilled. 
After driving around, we started getting hungry again (haha blame Mark's bottomless pit of a stomach) and the sliced Parma ham that we were munching on while inside the car was just making us hungrier. We had dinner at a Japanese "home-turned-resto" named Tatsu No Ko which wasn't fancy looking at all but served affordable and good Japanese food. Now, I would consider myself quite picky and critical with this cuisine (with my love and fondness for Japan and all) so I'm glad to report that the food was really delicious. Mark liked his shrimp tendon (not in the photo 'coz we gobbled it up instantly and forgot to snap a photo of it) which was still crisp and not soggy despite the sauce coating it. I also commend them for serving us Japanese rice and not just plain 'ol rice! We can tell if its just Dinorado or what. The rice is usually a neglected element in some Japanese restaurants here in the Philippines so I'm happy this resto had round and sticky rice to go with their equally tasty dishes.
The chicken teriyaki wasn't good though. It didn't taste smoked or grilled at all. The sauce wasn't even close to tasting like a teriyaki sauce plus it had this gelatinous consistency which made us think that they just reheated it.
But I'll be forgiving since the chunks of salmon they used in their sushi were huge! And the tuna sashimi, well what can I say...it's my favorite so naturally I loved it.
To cap off our night, we randomly picked Larcy's Cupcakery for dessert which turned out to be my favorite food trip of the day! I am not too crazy for sweets/desserts except for candies and bubblegum, so I wasn't really keen on having dessert. But Mark still wasn't done with his pasarap so I obliged. I almost didn't order anything and looking back I'm so glad that I did because the cupcake I had still haunts me in my dreams even up to this day! Not exaggerating, I was daydreaming about it the week after. I had red velvet cupcake and even though I haven't had a lot of this, I'm going out on a limb here and say that Larcy's red velvet is the best in this cupcake saturated market!
It was served really cold, tasted like cheesecake, had white chocolate chunks and crispy chocolate crusted bottom. It was so heavenly. In my head I was arguing if it was cheesecake or ice cream!
And there you have it! Another food trip brought to you by Hungry Boy and Parched Girl! "Til the next! :)
XO.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Neon Florals

While practically everyone was raving about spending their Labor Day weekend in Boracay, Mark and I were stuffing ourselves with different types of food in BF Paranaque and going around Alabang, hence we dubbed our "getaway" as LaborAlabang 2013. Haha! Will tell you all about it in an upcoming post. :)

dress used as top- Divi
skirt- Seraphim
sneaker wedges- S&H
bowler hat- H&M
sunnies- F21
XO.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rad In Red

Whoever came up with the saying the way to a man's heart is through his stomach really got that part right. Months before my boyfriend's birthday I was racking my brain for ideas on how we will celebrate his special day. It was daunting of course because he was celebrating such a big year in his life, add to that I had very limited money at the time, and had very little experience in doing surprises. Days before the big day, I decided to just conjure up a romantic meal for the two of us at home since he didn't have work that day. It didn't happen though because he wasn't feeling too well. I was getting real nervous then because his birthday was just a day away! On the date of my "second" surprise I reserved us a table for dinner at a steak place because I figured if I can't give him big surprises at this point might as well just treat him to a dinner that he will love. The place wasn't a fancy 5 star hotel, just a small place tucked in Metro Home Depot in Pasig called Hai Chix and Steaks but I heard it served really good steak. When we got there, we had trouble finding the restaurant and had very little patience left to find it since we were starving and it was raining. You could say it was getting frustrating for me since my plan was nearing failure once again. When we finally found the place and stepped foot inside we found it really packed with people so we decided to just eat at a nearby resto. There we ordered steak and wine but we weren't satisfied with it. This was when we thought of going back to my original plan and avail of that elusive steak! When our porterhouse was finally served, I knew it was a good idea to have brought him there. The beef was huge and thick, had 4 side dishes and a bottle of wine! Everything still went according to plan although we had taken a little detour. The night ended pretty well with us being happy with the food that we ate and the adventure that we took on of having 2 steak dinner in one night. Haha! 

blazer- vintage
tank top- H&M
shoes- Hong Kong
bag- Coach
XO.
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