HK Eats: Brunch Club & Supper in Causeway Bay

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Whenever we're in Hong Kong, it has always been Chinese food or ramen.  That's it.  No one eats steaks, burgers or western food.  This time around, my friend Cubie told us that she will take us to lunch at this brunch place near her flat.  She told us to meet her at a restaurant called Brunch Place and that it's along Leighton Road in Causeway Bay.

So I take out my Google Maps and research.  It was in a familiar territory or at least it looked nearby as I saw the famous Times Square.  But Google Maps took us on the longer route - we were clueless so we relied on it and it was okay.  We still to there right?

The place looked really nice, very *home-ish* and Western.  I mean, I don't usually see a place like this whenever we go to Hong Kong!  So this place is really different.  The crowd too was mostly Westerners so it was very different.  Service too was a bit nicer - they were very accommodating to Cubie's requests.  I know that Westerners are *big* when it comes to customer service.  Asians - well, except for the Japanese; most Asian countried do not have *customer service* in their vocabularies.

This is the Bruschetta that Cubie ordered.
It looked really good and very well prepared.



My Panget ordered this Mix Grill
It has all sorts of breakfast food as you can see in the image below.
He said that it was just so so - but he finished it all!



I ordered Pancakes with Butter and Syrup for Kailee.
She ate just a piece while Cubie and I shared the rest.
I like that the pancake was light and tasty.
They looked really cute too!  The size was perfect!



I had the Croque Monsieur.
And I loved it!  Hahahaha..
Isn't he a beauty?  He tasted lovely too!



This is a new discovery for me, so for sure - if my Panget and I get tried of eating Asian in Hong Kong - we'd come here.  Now that I know where it is - we'll get here faster.


Brunch Place and Supper
#13 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Reconnecting...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Warning - EMO post ahead!!!

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My childhood was filled with lots of playing around and sleepovers at my ama's house.  I enjoyed the company of my cousins.  I had a *best* cousin - and I loved her very much.  But as we grew older - things drew us apart.  I remember in HS she wouldn't be as friendly to me - it was only years after that I learned that the reason behind it was that I took her for granted one time.  She mentioned to me that I left her alone by herself when we went skating with my friends and that hurt her.  I wasn't aware that I did that, I couldn't remember anymore - but I told her I was sorry.

So we were a bit okay for the next couple of years.  We would gladly bump into one another during gimmiks (in college).  It was a nice time.  Our parents' relationship I guess drew her apart from me.  I couldn't blame her.  I mean that's her family - and she will feel the havoc of anger when she disobeys.  We grew farther apart.  And that was that.

Sad.  But that's life.  I felt that I've done my share of reconnecting.  And for the time that I tried - I was ignored.  It felt bad yes, but I couldn't do anything.  So I left it at that.  Now when we see each other, she would just look away or when I call her out, she's be forced to say hello.  Time has made me numb.  I still pray that one day - things will get better.  In God's own time.  

Yesterday - I received a message from another cousin.  This is a younger cousin of mine that I loved very much.  He used to be my *little boy* as I would take care of him.  He would come to our house ang play with us.  I remember he was very good in PlayStation games.  We were 11 years apart.  He was my little boy - I took care of him when he slept over, bathed him and played with him.  He was literal little brother.  And I enjoyed doting over him - he was very cute, charming and smart.  But as I grew older, I guess - we drifted apart.  I had a boyfriend and he grew out of playing with me.  Of course it was kind of awkward at a certain point for him - but for me, he will forever be that little boy who's company I enjoyed immensely.

So yesterday, I get a text from him.  And I was so surprised.  Happy and glad kind of surprised.  I have always wanted to reconnect with him but I was sure that he would find it awkward.  But I was glad that he did because we exchanged messages - and through his messages, I came to know that he has matured through the years.  Writing about this bring tears to my eyes because I knew he had it tough.  His dad is short tempered and having a dad like that isn't easy.  His mom has also told us stories - and we were powerless - we just said *Kawawa naman si J*  But through our message exchange - his replies have made me realize that he's come out of everything - stronger, level headed, more mature and with a greater understanding of why things are the way they are.  I was crying at one point why - because I was so proud of what he has become.  He didn't have it easy.  It's tough being a Filipino-Chinese.  Most would say we have it easy - we don't!  We have a lot on our shoulders.  We need to succeed in a certain level - we have to maintain or do better.  Mediocrity is not acceptable - there is so much that is sitting on our shoulders.  Expectations are high, we are most often than not referred to as *The son/daughter of whoever* worse is *The grandson/grandaughter of whoever*  And we NEED to live up to that name.  Anything below it bring shame.  So imagine the heaviness.

I'm glad that he sent me a message.  I appreciate the gesture very much.  I would like to maintain our relationship.  I'd like to keep that alive.  His parents and I are on very good terms.  We text each other and bump into one another with smiles and hugs.  It's different with them.

As for the rest of the family.  I can only hope for better things.  I've always prayed for them and I will not stop praying for them.  Even if they hurt me bad emotionally.  I am still coping, moving on.  As sad as it is - the hurt has made me feel numb and indifferent.  I've forgiven them (for sure when they read this they will say *we should be the ones to ask forgiveness*) but i don't expect them to forgive us too (even if we have NO IDEA what it is that we did).

I've written about this sad realization two Christmases ago, when Jane asked me to write for her.  It hurt, yeah - but I have to accept it.  I wish things were better - don't we all?  But time will tell.  As I have mentioned before..

In God's own time.

Nathaniel's Lasagna is goooooood!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Last year, I saw an IG post of Jin of a lasagna that she ordered.  My MIL and BIL asked me to order a pasta dish for our New Year's Eve dinner,  and I asked them if they wanted lasagna.   I was so glad they said yes because I really wanted to try Nathaniel's lasagna.

The transaction was very easy.  I sent him a text message and called him right after and that was that.  I asked him first if he could still accommodate my order since it was kind of last minute, I ordered it just before Christmas.  He said yes, and I was so relieved!  Had he said no, I would need to look for another home cook!  Hahha..

So on December 31 - I drove to his place in New Manila and it was Nathaniel himself that handed me my tray of lasagna.  I put it in the passenger side of the car and the aroma was pure torture!  It smelled soooooooo good!  I really had to control myself - no joke.  I kept taking peeks and opening the foil cover.  You would laugh when you saw me that day.

This is what the lasagna looked it.  This was the only decent image I got to take because we ate them FAST!



I really liked his lasagna because it was really meaty, meaning I could taste the chunks of meat and mushroom.  I felt that the meat wasn't scrimped.  It had just the right amount of layers and bechamel sauce (that's what they call it right?).  I loved it instantly with my first bite and honestly, it changed my appreciation of lasagna.  It wasn't dry at all.

I made sure to save myself a portion as leftover.  So I can enjoy it again!  Hahaha.. I kept it in an airtight container and ate it a week after the new year - it still tasted the same.  It may have tasted even better as I remembered it.

To be honest, it was quite pricey - but with the first bite, I understood why it cost P1,800.00 a tray (good for 10pax).  The quality of the meat is good, very flavorful and packed!  And you know me, I wouldn't mind paying as long as it's good food - and this one is really good!  And I think it was worth every penny.  If you like lasagnas - you must try this!!

Thank you Nathaniel for taking my order and for making this really really really good lasagna.  I'm sure to order again!!


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Birthday Cakes, Birthday Cakes!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Nope, they're not necessarily birthday cakes (only one was) but I got them all on my birthday!

I celebrated my birthday yesterday - I won't be shy to say it - I turned 35 yesterday.  I'm sure you will all relate, but I don't feel any older than 30.  Well, except of course of certain body aches and pains, being (very) impatient, fearful of certain things, discovery of white strands of hair (quite a LOT of them), and having a hard time losing weight - yes, the battle with the (mega) bulge.  I still feel I'm the same person - only more responsible (I'm sure my mom will give me a high brow!) more mature and with a better (somehow) understanding of life.

So there - it was my birthday yesterday!  Yey!

A few days ago, I received a delicious chocolate cake from Starbucks.




Then yesterday - I got not one, not two BUT three cakes from Anita Li of the Baked by Anita fame.




We had a staycation at F1 Hotel last weekend and Pau gifted us with another cake!



There was a year that I didn't receive any cake from my Panget and I was so sad!  This year made up for the sadness because I got these cakes by chance.  They were not planned (except for the Starbucks) so the surprise was really delightful.

I am smiling ear to ear.

Thank you Starbucks Philippines, Anita Li and F1 Hotel Manila.  You guys made my birthday extra special.  The cakes mean so much, I will never forget this - EVER!!

Happy Birthday to me!! Hihi.. :)
(It truly was a VERY HAPPY birthday)





My learnings from the Papal Visit

Saturday, January 24, 2015

When the Pope announced that he would be visiting Manila, I was excited.  For I knew that we are very lucky to be graced by the Pope - the whole country that is!

More than a month before the Pope's arrival, my Panget decided to go on a holiday.  He predicts that the days of the Pope's visit would be declared holidays.  Two weeks after - we was right.  It was declared a holiday from January 15 to 19.

Even if I wasn't here during the arrival - I caught a glimpse of the Pope on TV.  The welcome was massive and I can't explain the feeling - I was teary eyed and very happy.  My heart was very excited and grateful.  Sa TV palang yan ha!

I must say - the country seemed to be very peaceful.  Most every one of those who went to Luneta were following rules.  They weren't trying their darndest to go and jump over the barricades.  Everyone was cooperative.  It was a proud moment as a Filipino - because it was then that I realized that - WE CAN DO IT!  We can be disciplined if we want to.  We can be compassionate and helpful to our countrymen.

I was impressed by the logistics and security.  The barricaded path was great!  The route was also very smooth!  In my mind - the person behind this whole thing, the planning and the logistics should be lauded.  It was only last Monday that I learned that it was DILG Sec. Mar Roxas who was behind the whole thing.  I think he deserves to be complimented and congratulated on a job well done.  I have congratulated him on Twitter, and honestly - I don't seem to read any write-ups of how good the security was nor commending the person who thought of the routes, the quadrants and the other details.

Why are we Filipinos very shy of appreciating the people who deserve to the complemented?  We do not give credit where credit is due BUT we bash ENDLESSLY and criticize small little things.  Why can't we be positive?  Why can't we appreciate?

I was also impressed with the all of those who went to Luneta just to witness the and be physically part of the Papal Mass.  They were very cooperative and they sacrificed a lot!  Imagine being drenched the while waiting.  Shivering in the rain and cold air.  Everyone was excited - and honestly, it was contagious!  Even on TV I was on a *high* and that doesn't happen often.  Everyone was good in following directions.  No one wanted to steal the show.

But after - the bashing came.  Flak was given to the priest emcee who was chanting.  Kawawa naman.  I know that everyone has an opinion about everything, but you there are some opinions that you need to keep to yourself.

Then the issue that street kids were kept in a resort far away from the Papal visit.  I thought about it and I don't see anything wrong there.  These kids will just be wandering around the area asking for alms - we all know that most everyone who went to Luneta won't be bring their wallets right?  And these kids will only suffer because of the crowd!  They will just be squished helplessly in the crowd and the barricades!  So instead of people making a fuss about it why not think of it this way - these kids experiences something they will never experience in their lives.  They were fed full meals and they were taken cared of.  Why not focus on that?  I'm sure some will say that they deserve to see the Pope - question, are they even aware of who the Pope is?  I'm sure they don't know who he is!  So, please STOP making a big deal out of it!!  That's the problem with Philippine politics, they will make an issue of a non-issue because they want to make noise and be heard of TV.

On the issue of the recent terror attacks in Paris, I was moved with the wisdom of the Pope with his thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo attack


I never thought of it that way.  He makes a lot of sense and I am proud to be Catholic!!  I have friends who come from so many religions and I have never discouraged them or convinced them to change their views.  I respect their beliefs and I will want them to respect my beliefs as well.


I'm sure that there will be comments that the Catholic/Christian faith has killed so many in the past.  Yes, I know that - and I think we have come to a point in learning from what happened in the past.  There is no use to bring back history just to strike a point that what happened was wrong.  I am Catholic and I know it was wrong.  I don't think there is one religion that is perfect.  What is important is to have a relationship with God (or your chosen higher being).  For me that's the end all and be all of any form of religion.  Whether you are Catholic, Christian, Born Again, INC, Anglican, Orthodox, Jews, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, and all to other religion (I apologize for not mentioning your religion as these above are the only ones I am aware of).

Bottomline was - RESPECT.  Plain and simple.  RESPECT.

Let's just all get along.

Please.

We NEED to get along..


My FRUSTRATION in driving around Manila

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sudden stops because Jeeps take in passengers.
And then again because passengers want to alight.

Overtaking speedy buses.
Buses overtaking all the lanes.






Tricycles, Jeeps, Taxis - counter flowing the roads.

Running the red light.

Blocking an intersection.

Tricycles, Jeeps, Taxis illegally parked on streets.

It can go on and on and on.

I am FRUSTRATED to say the least.  There is no giving way - everyone want to be *lamang* on the road.  And at what cost - MASSIVE TRAFFIC.

Two days ago, I had to bring Kailee to the doctor because she has been itching like crazy.  I assumed that since I left the house at 4:00pm - there would be less traffic.  I was wrong.  I came from QC and I was going to Cardinal Santos in Greenhills.  What usually was just a 30 minute travel became an hour worth of waiting in traffic.  It was a mess!  When I was still in ICA - I don't recall experiencing that much traffic in the area.  It was really, really bad.

This is along Gilmore - see the yellow and white lines?  
Those are the lines that separate the two-way system of the cars.  But as you can see, 
these two cars are there - COUNTER FLOWING.  
I had to take a snapshot.  WHERE IS THE DISCIPLINE IN THAT?  We are all rushing but what makes them extra special to do that?  I wish there is a penalty for doing such.
POLITICAL WILL - I have said that time and again.  No one wants to dirty their hands for election.
Pinoy mentality = DEATH of the soceity.

The other day, I was going to San Juan (again) and I passed Araneta Avenue - it was fast moving.  I was delighted.  But when I crossed Aurora Boulevard and hit the bridge going to N.Domingo - it was terrible!  Jeeps stopping because passengers were alighting in the middle of the road.  Caritons and Tricycles parked on the side road of the bridge - take note, there was a LINE of tricycles.  Was it their *terminal*?  Who made it their terminal?  Argggh!!

I think I have road rage - I can't be patient with these things on the road.  When I see them - I become all negative and curse them all.  I control myself when the kids are with me, but it's so obvious that I am frustrated.  Kailee has uttered time and again that *Buses in the Philippines are stupid!*  Oh my golly.  What is happening?  Is there NO DISCIPLINE?  It wasn't always this way.  I don't know.

The way back home was more terrible!  I made a bad decision on passing the Roosevelt-Quezon Avenue route and was stuck in that particular corner for more than 30 minutes.  WE WERE NOT MOVING.  I don't know if the mall is to blame or the many jeeps that still load an unload even if there's a sign of NO LOADING & UNLOADING.  I think the passengers are to blame too, to be honest because they stand there on the the sidewalk - waiting for the right jeep to take.

I am not shy in honking.  I got this from my Panget.  I will honk as long as I want - I don't care about the noise!  I will honk until the public transport in front of me MOVES.  Yes, I do that - that's what car horns are for right?  And then I get yelled at by the driving saying *NAG-HAHANAP BUHAY LANG KAMI* *We are just trying to make a living*.

NAG-HAHANAP BUHAY LANG KAMI / We are just trying to make a living.

This has ALWAYS been the excuse for them not following traffic rules.  Why?  What makes them special?  What makes them above the law?  Why?  What?  I am always baffled on why I need to give them leeway.  I really don't!  I can't understand it, I won't even try to understand it.  Aren't we all trying to make a living?  Why is that, we try and follow rules - while they don't?  I really don't get it.  I swear to God - I really can't, for the life of me UNDERSTAND what makes them feel special that they can break the rules and get away with it?

Traffic enforcers just stand there.

Yes, they do!  They just stand there.  Why don't they penalize these rule breakers and teach them a lesson?  Is it because they get some sort of *protection* money?  Hayayay.. I am so very frustrated and I don't know what to do anymore!!

I realized that in a couple of years - my life would consist of bring the kids to school and back home.  Are we all to suffer with the traffic?  Gosh.  I don't know.

I don't know!

I like driving - on a Sunday or during Holidays.  Why, because the roads are clear (well, sort of clear - they become fewer) during these times.  I like not being angered with sudden stops or slowing down because they foresee passengers taking their rides.

DISCIPLINE.

It simply means one thing and one thing alone.  Yet, most all public utility vehicles have no notion of what discipline is.

It's effing FRUSTRATING.

Frustrating.

Oh, and almost ALL public utility vehicles contribute to heavy POLLUTION because these drivers are IRRESPONSIBLE drivers their OPERATORS are irresponsible citizens of the country.

Where is the Philippines headed?

I don't know.









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Our experience with Ready Steady Go Kids - Hockey

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In my wildest dreams - I never thought that my kids would learn how to play Hockey.  Why?  Well, because we simply don't have snow!  And that our skating rinks don't have hockey lessons (or so I think).  So imagine my delight that they were to learn - Hockey!



I honestly thought that it would be difficult since its hand-eye coordination - but I was really happy surprised to see that Kailee was able to do such movement!  It's quite difficult for a teacher to mentor a number of kids at the same time and it takes a whole lot of charisma to convince the kids to follow and listen - Coach Sonny had both!  I commend and congratulate him for a job well done since my kids (and the other kids) listen to him!  Thank you for your patience and love for teaching Coach Sonny!  I am forever grateful!!

Here is a video of Kailee hitting the hockey puck and below is a video of her friend Xavi who's doing the same thing.  Wonderful right??





I think we parents who have witnessed these developmental learnings are so proud of our kids!  Now that they're exposed to different sports - maybe they can learn discipline from it!  At least now, they're exposed to different kinds of sports (and not just basketball!)  Hahaha.. I know it's too soon to *discipline* them - but hey, whatever works right?

The Ready Steady Go Kids program showed me that there is learning in the form of sports.  Kailee would listen intently to Coach Sonny and ask for help as well.  These sessions made me realize that my little girl is ready for higher learning.  Whenever she's in class, I feel very proud because I see her listen, follow and perform.

Here is the Facebook page of Ready Steady Go Kids Philippines.  Please feel free to browse their page, call them at +63-2-6311497 if you're interested so you can schedule a trial class.   You may also email them at info@readysteadygokids.com.ph for inquires and questions.

Ready?

Steady?

GO KIDS!!

Our experience with Ready Steady Go Kids - Tennis

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I have to admit - I am NOT a sporty kind of person.  I don't dislike sports, I appreciate it but I won't do any of it.  I will remain a spectator forever and cheer - and that's it.  My Panget is the exact opposite.  He's very much into basketball and it shows since we have a court in the house, so he can practice shooting.

When I was introducted to Ready Steady Go Kids - my eyes and thoughts were opened.  What if the kids wanted to do sports?  The only problem was - which sport?  I know for a fact that during summer, some offer sports clinics - but they're only confined to one sport the whole time.  What if my child doesn't like that particular sport?  Should I just go ahead and make them take the classes even if they're not interested?  With Ready Steady Go Kids - the kids will be introduced to ten (10) - yes, 10 different type of sports!  Football, Tennis, Basketball, Hockey, Golf, AFL, Rugby, Athletics, Cricket and T-ball.  Wonderful, right?

One particular session - both kids learned Tennis.  It's quite close to the heart because my in laws distribute HEAD tennis rackets.  So when I saw the rackets they used - our hearts fluttered a bit!

Here is Connor holding the HEAD racket and a tennis ball!
(Sorry if he's looking dazed.. Hahaha!!)



And here is Kailee with her racket and tennis balls!
(She looks madungis because she practiced so much!)



And here is Kailee with her Ready Steady Go Kids friends!



This video below is a proud moment as a mother.
I was so impressed because Kailee was able to *learn* Tennis.
Watch the video and see how natural she is with sports!!



I am very happy with this sports program - as you can see in the video, Kailee is a natural.  I wouldn't know of this, I swear!  If she wasn't exposed to this type of sports play - we wouldn't know!  With this program - it's possible for Kailee to learn Tennis full time.  What do you think?

It's also nice to see familiar friendly faces in the crowd.  I've caught up with relatives, school mates and blog friends.  I'm so happy that Ready Steady Go Kids is coming around and is getting the buzz it deserves. 

If you're interested to put your kids into this program - please do contact Ready Steady Go Kids.  They have a Facebook Page so you can see their activities.  You can also call them to inqiure.  What's good is that they have a trial class for your kids.  Call them at (02) 631-1497 or send them an email at info@readysteadygokids.com.ph !!  I'm sure your kids will enjoy their time with Ready Steady Go Kids.  Kailee and Connor get so excited every Friday because they know that the next day is Ready Steady Go Kids time - and they'll have loads of fun!


The Oriental Palace in Tomas Morato

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

One Friday last December, I had a dinner date with Michy of (i am) www.dekaphobe.com.  She invited me to try out Oriental Palace in Tomas Morato.  We had an evening filled with great good, endless stories and so much laughter.  I didn't want it to end, to be honest - I enjoyed the food and the wonderful conversation with Michy, Tadene and Cherie.



Oriental Palace is where City Best used to be.  It has three entrances - one along Tomas Morato, one along Scout Gandia and one along Scout De Guia.  I am more familiar with the entrance in Scout Gandia.  From what I remember, the restaurant is HUGE. I mean really huge.  I was glad that when I entered - Oriental Palace has changed a few things.  Everything now is well lit, plus I like it that they set up the place to accommodate multiple functions at the same time.  They've built movable ceiling to floor walls to separate each function privately.  (I wasn't able to take pictures but I will update this soon!)  The image below is the back view of the entrance along Tomas Morato.  According to Tadene, this is the Shabu-Shabu area.  They have plans of making this open 24/7 but it's still in the works.  What do you think?



They also have a second floor dining area, but this is used for special functions like company parties, engagements, birthday parties or even a small wedding!  I like that they also fancied up the rooms so it doesn't look so plain.




You know what else is in the second floor - the kitchen!  Yes!  It was my first time to see an actual working Chinese restaurant's kitchen and it was something else!  WOW!

Here are some of the wonderful food that was served us:

 This is the Kiwi Mango Shake, it was so very refreshing that I finished it immediately.
I was telling Michy, Tadene and Cherie how much I liked it!  I honestly didn't think that the combination of kiwi and mango will work - but it did, and it was so good!



This is the Dragon Ball!
It does remind me of Drazon Ball Z!  It's actually a shrimp ball but they decided to add some flair and this is what it ends up looking like.  It's good and crispy on the outside and yummy in the inside. 



This is the Oriental Palace's version of the Lapu-Lapu with Mango Sauce (P750.00 for half kilo)
I'm glad they have this version I don't need to go far away to have this!
My in laws will surely like this dish as they love lapu-lapu!



Xiao Long Bao
Who doesn't love this?  It's tasty, filling and so very Chinese!
My kids always look for this when we're at a Chinese restaurant. 
I'm happy with how this version turned out.



Sea Moss Seafood Soup
This was something different and good!  I liked the *hairy* sea moss!
The combination was good and very satisfying.



Oriental Palace also serves Japanese-que food!
They have those rolls, makis and Japanese fried rice!
Here is one of their rolls - the Philadelphia Maki (P300.00)
For those who enjoy cream cheese - you need to try this!!



I failed to take pictures of the crab, the bacon roll and the Japanese fried rice!  But I assure you they were all good!  I looooooved the fried rice!  

Do visit Oriental Palace as this is the *only* authentic Chinese cuisine in the area!  I have been waiting for one to open up in the area.  I'm sure you'll find something that you'd like.  Maybe you'll discover a new favorite dish specially made by their Hong Kong Chefs or what do you know, you may request something on the spot!


Oriental Palace
Tomas Morato corner Scout Gandia
orientalpalaceph@gmail.com

Southern Sojourn with Jane at TUS' Restaurant

Friday, January 09, 2015

When I made plans to go to Alabang, I immediately texted Jane of Sugargospice that I wanted to see her even for a short while.  It was because of her that I charmingly fell in like with Alabang and it's chill out vibe.

The drive to Alabang was fast - it was the traffic around the Manila area that was terrible.  We left the house at 11:00am, dropped by a party - stayed for 10minutes and gah - traffic was so bad!  We reached Alabang at 1 in the afternoon.  Perfect timing because the baptism I was attending started a bit after 1pm - so I was still on time.

Jane and I agreed to meet at TUS' - it's this new place in the West Gate area.  I have to be honest, I've never been to West Gate - or I was totally clueless that it was West Gate.  Hahahaha!!  From Outback Steakhouse - it was a short distance to TUS'.



I was so happy to see Jane and meet the women behind TUS's.  While Jane and I were chatting away (she was so eager to meet my Panget in the flesh and I was just soooo happy to see her, Jena and Jana after soooo long!!)  Our horsts Kai and Chef Krsna served us delightful dishes, they were really very good!

This is the yummy Bacon Croquettes fried to a golden crisp.
Wonderfully made, it was soft but it didn't crumble!



This is my FAVORITE - the Meatball Calzone! (P460.00)
Jane & my Panget agrees that they look like boobs!  Hihi, but seriously - this is so good!  The meatball was so good - the consistency is perfect!  The taste was just right - it wasn't very sour but perfect!  I soooo looooooooved the crust!  I am such a sucker for crusts and I looooved it!  I had one meatball (I think) and the rest - I munched on the crust.  Ask Jane, Jena and Jana!!



I've said time and again, that I am a fan of pizza, and this Margherita Pot Pie's (P380.00) crust is looove.  It's a deep dish kinda pizza, the flavor was good too!  I like the simplicity of this pot pie, I only wish it were bigger, so I could have more!  Just kidding!  No I'm not.  Hahaha!!



Below is the Half-Baked Cookie (P160.00)
This reminded me of what I used to make when I was young!
I deliberately half bake my cookies because I want them semi gooey! 
Thank you Kai and Krsna for making this!!! :)



This is the limited edition White Christmas Special Half Baked Cookie (P210.00)
Available until January 15!!   Hurry and try it!!



TUS' is really nice and quaint, it has a high ceiling which makes it more attractive to me.  It has a second floor seating area too.  There are books for everyone (available in a corner) Kailee kept on handing me books!  Hahaha.. I wondered where they came from and when I turned around - I saw it. Kailee and Connor enjoyed playing around the restaurant.  Thank you to the very patient staff!  The servers are really nice and helpful too - they also know their product well because when I asked them something, they answered right away.

I'm sure to go back, honest!  When I visit the south, that is!  Hehehe..  They had me with their crust - it's really very good.  I love crusts!  Haven't you noticed by now?! (Count how many times I've mentioned it!) The place is very homey and is not intimidating.  I would love to go back and sample more dishes and have some of that wonderful Calzone and Pot Pie!!  Do visit their website below to get a feel of what kind of place they are.  I love the homey feel and I sensed from meeting Chef Krsna and Kai that they serve food from the heart - I don't know, I just sensed the real passion in bringing good food for diners to enjoy.  Thank you for serving Kailee ice cream!  She loved it, so much that she couldn't forget you guys and your restaurant for days. Thank you!!

Anyway, I love new restaurants, especially those that have women chefs!  Hahaha..  So, hats off to Chef Krsna and Kai!!  Girl Power!!  See you soon!!

(L-R) Chef Krsna, Moi (forgive my siopao-ness), and Kai


TUS'
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Vikings Luxury Buffet at SM Jazz

Thursday, January 08, 2015

I used to love buffets.  Ask my Panget.  We both loved going to one.  But then through the years, the quality of food in the buffets have declined and so we stopped.  Last year, I was introduced to Vikings Luxury Buffet and my buffet experience has never been the same, ever.

Last week, my family and I tried the newly opened Vikings in SM Jazz Mall.  I happened to be in Makati and my favorite aunt was craving for Vikings - she actually wanted us to go to The Block!  She was so happy and thrilled that there's a branch on her turf - SM Jazz Mall.

We got there early, we parked at 11am and made our way to Vikings.  Here is their massive entrance.


We were immediately seated and was told to begin our feast, and we did!  We enjoyed our meal immensely!  We met Ms. Ulit the F&B Manager of Vikings SM Jazz and she's really nice.  She went from table to table to introduce herself and ask feedback from diners!  She was really working the scene - and it was so nice of her to do that!

Below is the Appetizer section:



Below is their Japanese Station:


Freshly grilled Salmon Yakitori



I am not a fan of sashimi - but for those who are, feast on THIS!!






Kailee is on her *bola-bola* phase and this Shabu Shabu station is perfect for her!
She had two bowls of Shabu Shabu!!  Can you believe it?



The Chinese Roasting section:



DIMSUM!!



This dessert station will welcome you once you enter Vikings SM Jazz



Kailee absolutely loved the Yogurt station - she kept on going back for more!!



So beautiful, colorful and so yummy!!



I'm definite that my aunt will want us to take her back here for another meal!  We enjoyed the food and the experience immensely.  Oh, I forgot to mention and take a photo - they have Milktea Station!  Yes, you read that right, a milk tea station!  The lines were so long, I took pity on the bartender (is that what you call him?) because he had to shake by hand all the drinks he created!  WOW!

Good news!!  Currently Vikings SM Jazz is having a promo!!