Archive | January, 2012

Award-Winning Kitchen’s Best

31 Jan

Kitchen’s Best Home Patisserie is known for their yummy desserts and sweets.

One Friday evening, we wanted to avoid the crazy traffic and long lines in basement parking lots. ย So we decided to go to Kitchen’s Best in Pasong Tamo, hidden in a corner with no traffic and instant parking right in front of the restaurant ๐Ÿ™‚ Yey!

Hungry and excited to eat!

Got a glass of their iced tea.

I love the interiors of this place.

So cozy ๐Ÿ™‚

These burgers are meant only for a certain period in the afternoon but they were kind enough to make one for Dante. Dante chose Uncle Rob's Ultimate Burger.

Nice one, Uncle Rob!

I usually order their 40 Cloves Chicken which is their specialty dish but today I tried their newest addition to their menu... Chicken with Chorizo. It's slowly cooked chicken in olive oil and tomatoes with chorizo bits. It said "An Instant Favorite" on the menu. It definitely was! Ay! I'll totally go back for this!

Their pies are also a must-try! Perfect for merienda and coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

So many goodies! I love their almond brittle, too ๐Ÿ™‚

We must try their award-winning dessert... White Chocolate Macadamia Brittle Cheesecake.

To die for!

Perfect with a good cup of freshly brewed coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

Kitchen’s Best Home Patisserie is at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.

Still thinking about that chicken with chorizo… A WINNER, INDEED!


A Tribute to Sundays

30 Jan

Sunday. ย My favorite day of the week. ย Especially if I get to spend it with my family ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, we journey to the south… (Laguna!)

Damien is so excited to see his cousin Caleb. (He calls him Cayeb.) He brought his Lego toy for them to play with over lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

Showing off his Vancouver, Canada, Star Wars T-shirt. Thanks to Ninang Candy! ๐Ÿ™‚

In Brentville, Laguna ๐Ÿ™‚ Excited to see the folks!

At Umenoya in Brentville ๐Ÿ™‚

Look who's there to welcome us with a big smile?! It's Cayeb! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yummy Sushi Boat

Ebi Tempura Bento Box for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Damien is so excited. He can't eat. He can't sit still. Ay!

Chatting with the cuz. At Solenad 2 in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna ๐Ÿ™‚

Not yet boys... ๐Ÿ™‚

I want to try riding one of these ๐Ÿ™‚

Damien loves his Papa's hair ๐Ÿ™‚ haha!

"Healthy" Dessert

Will try not to get carried away ๐Ÿ™‚ Price measured by weight.

So many toppings to choose from. Let's add unhealthy to the "healthy" dessert.

Crow loves candy sprinkles.

More toppings!

And more...

The beautiful Mama Uchie and Ate Grace who is now an official photographer with that awesome, awesome camera ๐Ÿ™‚

Caleb, Ate Grace's chunky monkey ๐Ÿ™‚

Damien. Stop choking me, Father! ๐Ÿ™‚

Underneath this bowl of marshmallows is almond and vanilla yoghurt. I got carried away... ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of restaurants, shops and dessert places here in Solenad 2. Reminds me of the outlet shopping centers in the US ๐Ÿ™‚

Happiness is a windy, sunny Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

Rare to see a clear blue sky like this in Manila ๐Ÿ™‚ Love chillout Sundays! Til the next ๐Ÿ™‚

A Tea Party

29 Jan

This was the greatest discovery ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dante and I, after a long evening of walking the streets of downtown Hongkong, we wanted to get a refreshing drink. ย We didn’t want milk tea because it would just make us more thirsty. ย So we decided to get this drink called, Strawberry Olay. ย We had no idea what it was. ย It just sounded refreshing like the generic red iced teas from the grocery ๐Ÿ™‚

There was not much translation in their menus. ย So when we saw the word, Strawberry, we immediately chose that.

Ordering tea was never this complicated. ย Haha! Hot or cold? With or without sinkers? Sugar levels? What flavor? What size? Volume of ice? ๐Ÿ™‚

When we got our drink, we were both a bit disappointed. ย Oh no, we thought. It’s milky… We were expecting a glass of a typical iced tea.

Hooray for Strawberry Olay!


It was strawberry tea mixed with Yakult.

When we finished this glass, we just had to order another one.

As soon as we got back to Manila, we immediately searched for our regular supply of Yakult Teas! ย We went to the Gong Cha in SM Mall of Asia but unfortunately, they did not have Yakult Teas there ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We thought we would never taste this Yakult Tea ever again… Until, Serenitea opened along Rada Street in Legaspi Village, Makati.

They had YAKULT TEA!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ They have it in several flavors but no strawberry. ย I tried the Green Apple Yakult Tea and…


Do you guys remember my past post on Hongkong streetfood?ย About the fried tentacles in curry powder seasoning? ย Well, the flavor of these chicken chops from Serenitea comes close! ย Sooo good with the Green Apple Yakult Tea. ย These chicken chops are a must-try! ๐Ÿ™‚

I got my good friend, Merry, HOOKED ๐Ÿ™‚

My dear friend Merry and her lovely daughter, Noelle ๐Ÿ™‚

These tea places have become such a big hit here in Manila ๐Ÿ™‚ ย And I always go to just one tea place now ever since I discovered the Green Apple Yakult Tea of Serenitea ๐Ÿ™‚ ย But I’m always willing to try something new, especially when I’m forced to. ย My husband and I, after going to two branches of Serenitea – one did not serve chicken chops and the other had a really long line, decided to try a new bubble tea place at the Fort called Tokyo Bubble Tea and we weren’t disappointed ๐Ÿ™‚

Ordered a large almond milk tea

Dante ordered the Yocca, a yoghurt drink.

Takoyaki: Grilled octopus-filled balls made of pancake batter topped with mayonnaise, katsuobushi and sweet soy sauce ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicken Tory Fry: Crispy battered chicken pieces served with mayonnaise dip

Both Takoyaki and Chicken Tory Fry came with a Japanese Salad ๐Ÿ™‚

There are still so many tea places to try out there! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have a tea place and serve Yakult Tea, let me know and I’m there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Like Father Like Son

25 Jan

What is it with boys and motorcycles?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is little Damien adoring his Papa’s bikes. ย As promised, these will all be yours someday, son! That’s what your Papa told me ๐Ÿ™‚

But for now, all you can do is look. ย You’ll be able to ride one of these in eighteen years… or maybe more. We’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚ That would be for ME to decide. hehe

Happy Birthday to the Biggest Geek I know! :)

23 Jan

Just wanted to greet my little brother, Chris, a happy, happy birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for teaching my son how to use a lightsaber.

I hope you’ll soon be teaching him how to play the guitar. ย Something less violent, perhaps? Hmmm? ๐Ÿ™‚

During Chris' Album Cover Photo Shoot

Thanks toย Mitch Mauricio for shooting Chris’ first solo album cover ๐Ÿ™‚ Super love ๐Ÿ™‚

Meet Chris' biggest fan ๐Ÿ™‚

No, this is Chris' biggest fan. Here's Damien watching the photo shoot.

Proud nephew ๐Ÿ™‚

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m very proud of you, lil’ brothah! ย Wishing all your hopes and dreams would come true! We’re always just right behind you ๐Ÿ™‚

"I'm the King of Disneyworld!"

Efren & Tessa

22 Jan

Yesterday, two of my friends got married, Efren and Tessa ๐Ÿ™‚

Tessa’s gorgeous and unique hand-painted wedding gown by June Samson Pugat.

Tessa just finished with hair and makeup. ย Hairstyling by RJ Dela Cruz and makeup by yours truly ๐Ÿ™‚ She wanted a soft smokey brown eye makeup look with nude pink lips ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Fresh ๐Ÿ™‚

Wedding rings were made byย Lucky Monkeyย ๐Ÿ™‚

Just like a celebrity ๐Ÿ™‚

View from our hotel room in Sofitel. It was a beautiful day!

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Tessa and Efren Prieto! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tessa and her wonderful and funny sister, Gia ๐Ÿ™‚

Being photographed by Terry Uy ๐Ÿ™‚

The bride and groom at sunset ๐Ÿ™‚

The dress code: Fun Formal.

Lovely afternoon in Manila.

Off to CCP for the wedding reception ๐Ÿ™‚ First time to attend a wedding reception here in CCP! ๐Ÿ™‚ So cool!

Heading up to the fourth floor.

Lots of artwork in the hallways ๐Ÿ™‚ I want wings for my makeup chair, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Found our seats.

Little trees as centerpieces. Awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

Peach Iced Tea

The menu for the evening by BIZU. Please forgive me for not taking photos of the food. I was enjoying dinner so much, I forgot about my camera. The food was excellent!!! Just read the menu ๐Ÿ™‚

Congrats, Efren and Tessa!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Just one row of tables ๐Ÿ™‚

I was able to capture dessert ๐Ÿ™‚ Creme Brulee in an eggshell on a bed of marshmallows. So yummy!

That was a wonderful and very memorable wedding, Efren and Tessa! Thank you for making us part of this beautiful day! Wishing you all the happiness in the world! Now, the marriage begins and it’s the best! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love you both!

Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

20 Jan

I finally got myself a copy of “Before Ever After” ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I met the wonderful Sam Sotto during a photo shoot that I did for Preview Magazine. ย I did her makeup at National Bookstore in Power Plant, Rockwell. ย And while Kissa Castaneda, the Lifestyle Editor of Preview Magazine, was interviewing her, I was so inspired by Sam.

Meet Samantha Sotto, author of the novel "Before Ever After". Being photographed by Pat Mateo ๐Ÿ™‚

After its release in the US, it placed fourth on Amazon's Hot List

This is Sam’s very first novel. ย She would take her son to school everyday and while waiting for him, she would be busy writing her novel in a Starbucks in Katipunan Avenue! ๐Ÿ™‚ She used to be a brand manager in Unilever and now she’s a published author. ย You are such a supermom, Sam, and an inspiration to all of us! ย Anything is truly possible ๐Ÿ™‚

With Kissa, Sam and Jerry

"Samantha Sotto fell in love with Europe's cobbled streets and damp castles as a teenager. Before Ever After was inspired by her experiences living, studying and traveling in Europe."

I cannot wait to start reading Sam’s novel. ย I hope to see you again soon, Sam! Please sign my book! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now off to begin Before Ever After… ๐Ÿ™‚