Posts Tagged ‘weekend!’

The “Brothers and Sisters” gang trooped over to Tagaytay to celebrate the birthdays of our January babies – Nero and Jo. We booked an overnight stay at a cozy Bed & Breakfast but decided to have lunch first before checking in.

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The celebrators chose BREAKFAST at ANTONIO’S for their birthday lunch. Going up to Tagaytay took us forever and we were so hungry by the time we got to the restaurant. It was already past lunch time and we expected the lunch-hour-crowd to have dissipated, but we expected wrong LOL. We still had to wait for almost 30 minutes before getting seated. No complaints though because the promise of a good lunch kept our spirits up.

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Antonio’s Farm Fresh Mesclun Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette (P350) | I hope I am getting the name of this salad right, hahaha! It had boiled egg slices, different types of cheese, some kinds of nuts and seeds, cucumber, bell pepper, assorted leafy greens with a raspberry vinaigrette. LOL. I laugh at my poor attempt at describing this dish. One thing I am sure is that everything on the plate was demolished.

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Assorted Bread (P150) | There were five assorted bread slices served in a basket. As far as I can remember; there was raisin, pumpkin, wheat and that’s all I have. Haha! My memory is so bad maybe because I was too hungry to function well. They serve butter and fruit jam with this bread basket. You could ask for more jam if you want to, so go on and indulge! 🙂

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Smoked Pork Baby Back Ribs w/ Mexican Rice & Baked Beans (P490) | *A Rack of Pork Ribs marinated and grilled in Barbecue Sauce, served w/ Thick Fries, Garlic Chips and Cilantro. This is in their High Noon Special which they only serve from 11 onwards. I think I missed the garlic chips in this dish but the ribs were good. They were very savory and soft, the meat can easily be pierced off of the bone.

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Fish & Chips (P650) | *Dover Sole w/ Chicken Salt and Tartar Sauce. I am not familiar with dover sole nor chicken salt but I know that their tartar sauce was good. I even dipped some of the fries in it because it was that refreshingly good. The fish was also nice, lightly battered and still juicy and flaky. And the fish slices were big, perfect for sharing.

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Roast Chicken stuffed w/ Rosemary & Garlic Potato (P600) | Another item in their High Noon Special. The chicken was perfectly done – the breast was still very much juicy and plump. However, the cream sauce came out too salty. Such a shame because I would have loved to slather my chicken with all that creamy goodness.

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Mixed Seafood Tagliatelle (P610) | The tomato-based sauce was good, a little on the sour side which I love. It came with a mix of seafood fare – mussels, shrimp, scallops and some kind of fish. The noodles were a tad bit overcooked, bordering on the mushy side. Not pictured was an order of Portabello Tagliatelle (P495) with truffle cream sauce. I LOVED IT! The noodles were perfectly cooked and I just loved the earthy and creamy sauce with generous slices of portabello mushroom.

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Arugula Tomato Balsamic Pizza (P490) | We originally ordered this but was informed by our server a few minutes later that they couldn’t serve it because their oven broke down. That’s the reason why we had two orders of pasta instead. However, it turned out that their oven was working after all and that they’ve already prepared this before they got our order cancellation. So our server gave it to us instead, FOR FREE! Yay for free food! Haha. That being said, it was also very good. The crust was thin and crunchy (just how I like it!) and the toppings were fresh and light.

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We weren’t really up for dessert because we were all really full by this time. We also ordered drinks (milkshakes and smoothies not pictured) that’s why the craving for something sweet was not there. However, Jo wanted their cheesecake so we ordered a slice of their orange cheesecake. I honestly didn’t like it that much. There was something weird about the orange-mint-cheese combo that I just didn’t appreciate. 

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When we were fully satiated, we headed out only to be greeted by thick fog everywhere. I swear, it almost felt like a scene from a horror movie. 

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It was also drizzling lightly so we quickly snapped a token souvenir photo at the restaurant’s facade. We were all smiles and filled to the brim – a perfect way to kick off our Tagaytay weekend. 

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I am quite lucky to live near some friends who I can call and bug to hang out with at perfectly odd times. And they give in to my requests 90% of the time.

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Since discovering the wonderfully cheap TOK-YU, it has been my go-to Japanese place whenever I crave for something hot and actually willing to get out of the house instead of my usual instant shin ramyun. Vlad always gets his Beef Sukiyaki (and I always cringe at how sweet it is).

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My usual is their Seafood Ramen which I always cannot finish. I appreciate how generous they are with the ingredients. Too generous in fact that I always find CHUNKS of ginger at the bottom of my bowl. Every single time. LOL.

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The other two boys ordered Udon and Yakisoba which looked and tasted the same. LOL. Nothing to sing praises about, I do not recommend getting these.

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Another ~must order~ for us is their maki/sushi set. It is so fucking cheap you are almost emotionally obliged to like it haha! It is mostly OK but this time around, they fucked up their rice and it came out too soft and mushy. I hope they work on their chef’s consistency.

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Nevertheless, I would still go back to Tok-Yu whenever I get the ~cheap Japanese cravings~ because it really is damn cheap. I have yet to find another restaurant that offers Japanese food as cheap as Tok-Yu does.

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For desserts and post-dinner drinks, we trooped across the street over to Chatime. Because tea always works and we are oldies who’d rather have a glass of milk tea over beer on a Saturday night. Hashtag LOSER haha! We got whatever pastry they had left except for their cronuts because those are overpriced as fuck. TIP: they offer their pastries at 50% off after 10pm.

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The lighting upstairs was so pretty so we camwhored like mad. I almost peed myself laughing like crazy when Gian and I were taking pictures with bits of chocolate muffin stuck in our teeth. We were probably annoying the fuck out of the other people in the room, but whatever. YOLO! Haha!

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Tell me I’m pretty! 

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LOL sorry! A very random post, I know. I didn’t realize I had this sitting in my drafts so might as well post it, right?

OK. Now I feel kinda embarrassed. Kinda… hahaha!

 

This is my latest and currently favorite Instagram post, so far. (Shameless plug: if you haven’t followed me yet go find me at IG – my username is @kleypas.)

This photo was taken last Saturday at Pinto Art Museum – more detailed post about the museum soon!

This particular art piece was a part of a house set-up complete with a rocking chair, sofas, plants, cupboard full of kitchen staples, lamp and many more. The clincher? These are all made of paper! The flowers were printed “Smell me” and the leaves “Water me please”.

I can’t wait to share more photos from the museum! Watch out for them! 🙂

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Finally, the work week is done! My contact person from Frankfurt is not getting back to me so I decided to ditch him and just go home for the night. Serves him right for always rushing me to finish things and then never replying when I send follow ups. Meh. Demanding clients who never hold up their end of the bargain are the worst. /endrant

I am so excited for this  weekend! Tomorrow, I am going thrifting with a good friend and then maybe  go to the salon since my hair’s regrowth is just so disgusting now. And of course, we will be eating lots. Hopefully, we’ll get to try a new restaurant again. 🙂

Then on Sunday, a bunch of friends and I will be playing with bows and arrows for an hour, just because the Olympics is going on. LOL no, we bought vouchers from this deals thing online and we still have an hour of playtime each left. And we might just be watching Brave after the session just because the little redheaded girl is also an archer there, hehe. 😀

So yeah, that’s basically my weekend plans. This kitty up there will be having a blast. Me? I’m going home to watch the whole Season 1 of Suits and maybe eat a bag of chips. 😉

Happy Friday, everyone! 🙂