Pursuing our Best Life - one word and one stitch at a time
We bond over food. We love checking out new restaurants, just for the fun of it.
Like many of our generation, we click before we eat. Sometimes though, we’re too hungry to bother.
We are not prolific food critiques, we’re just normal people who know good food. :)
Between the two of us, it’s the husband who cooks at home. Maybe someday I will too. But until then, I wouldn’t likely be sharing recipes on the blog. :)
I had a nice time today at Ace Water Spa. Spent the afternoon with birthday girl Charisse, a dear friend from work.
Entrance to the water spa is PhP550.00 for adults and PhP250.00 for kids below four feet. It’s good for four full hours of fun. We probably lasted only three hours though. Next time, we intend to do a full hour at the lap pool. Today, I only did about four laps. I really feel like my body needs to do this regularly.
Going there without first having lunch was probably a bad idea. We were so hungry before our time ended. It also made for a big late lunch:
I had Salisbury Steak while Cha had the Ace Club Sandwich. Yummy, and fairly priced too.
Like I said, I feel like my body needs this regularly. As in two to three times a week. Haha! We’re officially on voucher watch, hoping CashCashPinoy or Metrodeal would have deals again soon, like this one. I’m also thinking of getting their Privilege Card, it costs PhP 999 and entitles the holder to a 10% discount to the spa and lounge (good for a year, and renewable without a fee!). It comes with 12 vouchers too that can be used until end of this year; there are buy 1 take 1 coupons, and buy 2 get 1 free as well. I think it’s a good deal and I just might get myself one. Today we used my buy one get one voucher from my Belle De Jour planner 🙂
Anyway, that’s how I spent the last precious hours of my weekend. In a few hours, I’m back to the grind. I did, however, have a very fun Fourth of July and a movie date on the 5th. More on that soon. 🙂 How’s your weekend?
I’ve been to Pan De Amerikana twice this month already. Last week, I took my team there for breakfast, and just this morning, Alfred and I had brunch at the restaurant famous for its Pandesal, and upside-down fun theme.
We had a full brunch, and it was very sulit! They serve Pinoy everyday food. Snacks, breakfast, lunch/dinner, even dessert. Each dish is priced very reasonably so we actually bought a dish each, plus a plate of sisig to share. I also ordered pumpkin soup, and we both had dessert of ginataang bilo-bilo. The melon shake was also very refreshing, but it comes in a small glass. To take home, we got their big pandesal and ensaymada. All the food we got only cost us 622 pesos.
The food wasn’t exceptional, but it was good enough. And for the price, it’s really no wonder people keep coming back.
The décor was really something. Outside, the place looks like an upside down house. Inside, you’ll see the baby grand piano, dining and sala sets up hanging above your head. I bet everyone who comes for the first time cracks a worried joke about the entire thing falling straight at you. But it looked like they were fastened securely by bolts. It’s like you need special tools, or delrin levers, to take them down. We were definitely safe sitting right under them
It’s a one-floor affair with a high ceiling so it was quite cool inside even with just a few industrial-sized fans. The place looks really good, it made us think about what we would love to replicate in our future home.
Before leaving I used the comfort room and was delighted at the Gramps and Granny figures they used to mark His and Hers CR (see Granny on the collage above). Behind the beautiful colored glass door, you’ll find a clean functioning CR with an interesting wall! They put old plates or dish covers as a design element. Fun and whimsical.
Anyhoo. I just thought I’d share a restaurant post, and not have a bunch of food photos to go along with it for a change.
Saw this at the grocery on Tuesday and I just had to try it:
It’s the Starbucks Double Shot Energy Coffee Drink. It’s name is a mouthful isn’t it? It tastes just like the bottled Starbucks coffee, but has more kick to it. It kept me alert for a full shift at work after having just two to three hours of sleep.
It comes with a price tag that officially makes it ‘unsustainable’ as a daily drink for me though. Around PhP149 if I’m not mistaken. So maybe I’ll have this once a week, and stick to my own cold brew the rest of the time.
Back in June to kick off our celebration of Alfred’s birthday, we went to our favorite steak house. Only, we found out that it wasn’t our favorite steak place anymore. I’m talking about Steaktown, now known as Wil’s Steaktown.
Now my blog post about that experience remains to be the most viewed post for the year. But let me just clarify that I’m not completely saying that the food in this place isn’t worth checking out. In it’s own right, the food at Wil’s Steaktown is good. I did say though that we’re not going back there because we spent way too much and it really wasn’t the old Steak Town we had loved for years and years.
For those of you who are curious about tasting their fare, now may be the best time to do it. CashCashPinoy, our favorite group deals/discount site has a promotion for this restaurant:
So, you pay PhP 550, and then order PhP 1000.00 worth of food and drinks. That’s a good deal! Wil’s Steaktown is at Wil’s Events Place along Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, Quezon City. It’s very near the ABS-CBN studios.
CashCashPinoy also has an exciting contest! Register at CCP and get the chance to win an iPhone5! Wow!
Friday. In other parts of the world, they are already pre-ordering iPhone 5. As for me, well, it was just another day.
Or maybe it wasn’t.
Used the services of City Delivery to order lunch from The Chocolate Kiss Café.
Chicken Kiev w/ Mashed Potatoes for me, Hickory Smoked Spareribs for him. Eggplant Parmigiano to share. We washed it down with some orange juice, and iced coffee (cold brew).
I went to therapy at 5PM, Alfred went with me. There’s some progress there, but no breakthroughs. Yet. The plan was to go malling after, so I could practice walking more. Dinner and scouting for a new wallet for Alfred was on the agenda.
It was our first time at the new Robinson’s Magnolia and we’ll definitely be back. There was a long queue at the parking entrance considering it was already 7PM when we got there. It wasn’t hard to get a slot near the mall entrance though.
We walked around for a bit, but it didn’t take too long before I felt like needing to rest. Up on the main floor, we asked a security guard if they had a wheel chair we could borrow, but there was none.
Inside the mall, Alfred looked around while I sat at the Nike/Adidas area. Saw a nice sporty tote bag that I would have bought if it was in a dark color. Near the escalators I saw racks of cellphone cases. Ended up getting a protective case for my iPhone. It’s much like the Otter cases (in principle) but the brand is Swisstech and a lot less expensive. I’ve dropped my phone so many times and probably will be dropped again, so a better case was definitely justified. And it’s in violet.
As it happens, because I wanted so badly to find another seating area when we got up another floor, we went in to the Shoe Salon. On our way out, we had a paper bag containing a pair of shoes. Guess whose?
It’s really quite comfortable, and the only one in my size out of maybe 4 pairs I inquired about. And it’s not too high, no danger of damaging my back worse than it’s already been.
If I wasn’t aching to get seated again, I probably would have resisted the temptation of buying those sandals. Or, if the mall had more sofas and chairs available on every floor, that would have saved me a lot of trouble. Of course there’s no room for rustic furniture in a modern mall, but they had those black leatherette sofas in one floor, why couldn’t they put them everywhere else?
We went up yet another floor but didn’t find anything interesting for Alfred. We did note that there are plenty more shops waiting to open up. Then I saw a store I had not seen in any other mall before. We went in, joked around a bit (with each other, and with the staff), and walked out with what I’d like to call an investment. To find out what it is, you’ve got to come back some other day.
I will show you what we had for dinner though, from the Adobo Connection at the food court:
Looks good? I wish they tasted as good too, but they didn’t. We tried Kuya’s Fried Mix Adobo and Chicken Adobo sa Gata. Neither tasted right for me. It did taste better when you add more vinegar, but it still lacked a distinctive adobo taste for me. Funny, the Adobo Connection website claims that they were voted as the pinakamasarap na Adobo in the Metro by a show in GMA News TV.
At the end of the meal we agreed that we won’t be eating there again. But maybe we should give them another chance. I’d like to taste the Adobo Rice, or maybe even the Adobo Spaghetti. Hmm. We’ll see.
So do you think it was just another day? Perhaps not.