Archive | December, 2011

Best Burger in the Planet

29 Dec

It’s almost midnight and I have this sudden craving for my favorite burger in the planet.  Triple-O’s by White Spot. “The sauciest, juiciest, tastiest, bestest burgers around!” I first tried Triple-O’s in Hongkong recommended by our friends, Charlie and Gerwin, but originated in Vancouver, BC.  I thought it would be just another typical burger.  But, OMG, Dante and I fell in love with their burgers and it has been our favorite eversince.

Freshly cooked french fries!

I always get their mushroom burger 🙂

What’s so great about this burger??? Does it have a special mayo or sauce? Is it their tasty, buttery bread or the super juicy burger?! I do hope Triple-O’s finds its way to Manila! Or else I would just have to keep looking at these photos over and over again and wait for the next time I’m in Hongkong 🙂 I love you, Triple-O’s!!!


Wish I Could Do This Someday.

28 Dec


A friend shared this video and I’m so inspired.  I just realized that I haven’t been to most of the places he’s been to.  Someday 🙂 Right, Dants? 🙂

A Jingle Belle & Cat Christmas Party

28 Dec

Last December 18, Belle & Cat celebrated our annual Christmas party with the team and staff of B&C.  We were looking forward to this party since it was only our 2nd year 🙂 This is lovely Isabel on the left and gorgeous Stacey on the right preparing our simple, hearty meal for the evening.

This may be your typical menu for a party but we knew for sure that everyone will definitely enjoy.  Who wouldn’t want to eat pork barbeque and lumpiang Shanghai?! Amber Golden Plate Restaurant is always at the top of our list for parties. The food is excellent and they deliver 🙂 They are known for their pancit and pichi-pichi for dessert but we wanted to try other dishes this time.

Ok, this dish is NOT from Amber.  This dish was made by our very own Stacey Tan Gana-Bravo.  One of our partners at B&C. Now a certified cook! 🙂 This was her dish for the evening.  A whole tupperware of Chapchae/Japchae, a famous Korean dish made from sweet potato noodles, stir-fried in sesame oil with various vegetables.  This was amazing, Stacey! I took home most of the leftovers.  I just had to make my whole family try it!

Pork Barbecue from Amber.

Can’t eat barbecue without rice!

Chicken lollipops.

Mixed vegetables.

Lumpiang Shanghai.

Mango roll from Red Ribbon for dessert.  Thanks for bringing this, Merry! It was a refreshing and light dessert 🙂

Thanks, Merry, for joining us that evening 🙂 You will always be part of the B&C Beauty Club!

The boys of Belle & Cat 🙂 My husband Dante and Chris 🙂

The B&C Staff.  Thank you, girls, for another wonderful year.  B&C will not be here if it weren’t for your talent, hard work and dedication.  Thank you, Mitch, Joy, Honeyca, Evie, Nerrisa, Narlyn and Kareen! 🙂 We hope you enjoyed another Christmas with us! 🙂 Merry, Merry Christmas to all of you! Looking forward to another wonderful year with you all 🙂

A Sustainable Birthday Dinner

27 Dec

I have so many special people in my life who celebrate their birthdays during the busiest month of the year… December. So aside from pigging out during Christmas parties and events, I also look forward to a lot of birthday celebrations 🙂 Another one of my bestfriends and beloved partner at Belle & Cat is Isabel 🙂 Her birthday is on December 16.  It’s that time of the year when Manila goes crazy.  Traffic, long lines, full parking everywhere, especially in the malls.  So Isabel decided to find a good restaurant that’s not in a mall, away from the traffic and still had space for a table for seven 🙂

So she made reservations at Le Bistro Vert in Salcedo Village.  They serve Filipino Fusion Cuisine and sustainable food.  They say that sustainable food is healthier for people and the planet 🙂

Here is Isabel on the left, Claudette in the middle and Angela on the right 🙂 Angela, who also just celebrated her birthday last November 28. Check out my previous post 🙂

Here I am with Emma.  Another one of my bestfriends who lives in Sydney, Australia 🙂 Wonder when I’ll get to visit her there and try Kangaroo sausages… or maybe not.

A fresh glass of dalandan juice.

A hot bowl of pumpkin soup.

Longganiza, Pork Tocino and Beef Tapa sampler as appetizers. Oh I wish they had garlic rice with this sampler 🙂

Sausage platter with potato salad.

Isabel and Dante ordered corned beef. Tasted like kaldereta.  Yum.

My order was pork belly.  Yum yum yum.  Happy with my order.

Claudette’s order, short ribs 🙂 Pretty yummy, too.

Brown rice. Yes! I feel less bloated when I have brown rice 🙂

Now for dessert.  This Valrhona Sansrival is their bestseller 🙂

Guys!!!! Wait!!!! Let me take a picture first!

Then there was the Pandan Sansrival which no one was paying any attention to!

Good.  All for me 🙂

Lastly, we also tried the Calamansi Pie.

Not a big fan of sour cakes. hehe

Of course, my black coffee after a very good and heavy meal 🙂

Happy Birthday, dearest Isabel! 🙂 That was a perfect dinner, thank you.  No stress, good food and company from start to finish 🙂

Le Bistro Vert is located in Fraser Place Manila, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati 🙂

“Tanti Auguri, Angela!”

26 Dec

Meet one of my bestfriends, Angela and her husband, Bastie 🙂 Some call her Mo or Mariel but I call her Anj. We celebrated her birthday last November in a cozy Italian restaurant in Legaspi Village, Makati, called La Grotta Cucina Italia.  This restaurant is literally a minute away from Belle & Cat. Isabel and I made a special request and asked Angela if we could eat somewhere near Belle & Cat that evening for her birthday.  Thankfully, she agreed! Thanks, Anj!!! And thank God, a restaurant as good as La Grotta was just nearby. We wouldn’t want to celebrate her birthday in a fastfood chain :p

Anj ordered a couple of appetizers for us.

They are as good as they look 🙂

Anj also ordered pizza and pasta but because I was so hungry, I forgot to take photos until the food was gone 🙂

Live music! 🙂

Uso pa ba ang harana? 🙂 Happy Birthday, Angela! Thanks for a wonderful Italian dinner! 🙂

La Grotta Cucina Italiana is located at #104 Angelus Medical Building, V.A. Rufino, Legaspi Village, Makati City 🙂

To Our Crowpod: We miss you!

26 Dec

Crow and I recently lost our Crowpod (iPod Touch) somewhere in between Christmas Eve Dinner to Noche Buena. This was a gift from my husband for my birthday this year. So sad. I miss my bitizens.  But after a long search in our car and house, I knew it was a goner. But this shouldn’t ruin the holidays! To our Crowpod, we miss you! We hope you’d show up one of these days. Maybe in the pocket of one of my handbags or underneath our bed. There still is this blog though and we’ll keep Crowpod alive 🙂

Merry, Merry Christmas to all! Happy Holidays! 🙂 -Cat, Dante & Crow

Chapeau Show

20 Dec

This photo shoot was one of my favorite shoots for the year 2011 🙂 It was Preview Magazine’s tribute to PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines) on their 25th year called “Chapeau Show” (Chapeau is French for hat.) Photographed by the amazing, Pat Dy 🙂

I was assigned to do makeup on these three stunning ladies… Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Girlie Benitez…

… and Phoemela Baranda. They all joined PMAP sometime in the year 2000 🙂

Phoem and Girlie getting ready for the shoot! 🙂 Aren’t they beautiful? 🙂

This shoot was a few weeks before Rissa’s Wedding 🙂 I could just imagine how radiant she looked on her wedding! Congrats, Rissa! 🙂 Loved the soft, furry coat 🙂

I was sooo happy to see my dear friend, Jigs Mayuga, the Great 🙂 You’re soooo thin. I’m so jealous. Missed you, Mads!!!

And here’s the super talented Ogie Rayel from Kiehl’s, who did the hairstyling for Phoem, Rissa and Girlie 🙂

Another person I love working with is Sidney Yap. He was our fabulous stylist for this shoot 🙂

The look for makeup was smokey gold eyelids 🙂

Here is the spread that came out in Preview Magazine September 2011 issue 🙂