I always want to get in touch with friends, just so we can be with each other, we can talk about serious and trivial stuff, and we can just stare at each other’s faces. As much as I want to do that, life can has a tendency to be so consuming that I often neglect to keep in touch with everyone. However, this week was super fun! I happened to have dates or meet-ups with relatives or friends everyday since last Sunday. All of these happy circumstances, as is the usual in this blog, involved food and merry little talks more on catching up with each other.
My sister wanted to buy a doctor’s coat in Bambang and she asked me to accompany her. When we were done, we decided that we will have dinner somewhere. She wanted to try Vikings at MOA. However, I am really trying to cut back on all the eating, so we decided to eat at Mann Hann instead.
We should have gone for the Megamall branch because (1) Diane had a little slippery accident when we entered the mall, good thing no broken bones (I had to catch the security’s attention that the premises was a customer hazzard) (2) Mann Hann and Conggo Grill (third choice) was closed due to an ongoing renovation (the leaky ceiling caused the slippery floor where Diane slipped). We ended up walking along the mall grounds close to the “By the Bay” area and that was where we found Buffalo’s Chicken and Wings. We had nachos as a starter and a sample platter of chicken wings (choices were New York’s, Sweet BBQ, and Garlic Parmesan) and NY dirty rice as mains.
We ended the day with a trip to the Robinson’s Pioneer My Flawless branch for some in-dire-need facials.
I wanted to go to the weekly aerobics session at the head office canteen but was not able to bring gym clothes to work so the plan was changed to either a meet up with friends or go home early. It was mainly the latter until Annetot sent me a message that she wanted to meet. She suggested that we go to Burgos Circle, which I was not familiar with. I also had to deliver her power bank orders. So, with the necessity to deliver her orders and the intrigue that comes with discovering a new place, the dinner date was set. There was an array of restaurants to select from, all of which looked really promising we had a hard time choosing.
Early that day I had pho for lunch (at Wabi-Sabi) so when Wrong Ramen was chosen, I was a little bit hesitant. However, the foodie adventurous side of me won over everything. I have heard and read of reviews about the place and with that, I really want to try their dishes. This instance presented itself more as an opportunity that was really hard to pass on to.
I ordered Tantanmen, and it was AWESOME. The broth alone was soooo good. It wasn’t smoldering hot but the entire time I was eating while chatting with the Santiago couple, the temperature of my noodles and soup was right on the good spot. I highly recommend this place. My ramen experience is very limited but this, I think, is the best that I have tried so far. No more seasoning needed. It just hit the spot for me.
To cap the night off, we wanted to get desserts. We went at a corner establishment ( I forgot the name) that served beers and steaks but, as per my friends, the place was really a restaurant not a bar. They were familiar with the old menu so they ordered a little pot of hot chocolate and it was heaven. Yum yum! I want to go back for more and I definitely will.
The cakes that were available were not so appetizing to go with the hot chocolate (Ill update later once I get the name of the establishment) so we decided to go to Bar Dolci, initially for the macarons but we ended up buying their gellato. We had 2 flavors each so I was able to try 6. Buko Pandan, Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Pistaccio, Blueberry?, and I forgot the other one. Best artisinal ice cream I have tried so far.
I didnt have plans for this day and I was very open to meeting up with friends or go home directly to catch up on sleep (I went home past 1am the night before). It was leaning more on the latter but at around 4:30pm, a friend sent me a viber message saying he was free for our often-cancelled coffee-catching-up session. Because I had the new Dark Mocha Panacotta Frappucino for snacks, I asked him if we can have dinner instead of coffee and he agreed.
It was my first time at the Flying Pan. I have heard that they served good food however prices are a bit steep. I was craving for anything with rice that night so I ordered thier gourmet Tapsilog. It was good, better than the usuals, because it was made with angus beef. However, considering the price and the taste, it isn’t something that I will definitely go back for more.
This is the second week of the could-be-a-tradition Wednesday meet-up with the CIAD girls. We were supposed to talk about our summer outing but as always, we ended up talking about gossips and what nots. From the random topics that were being discussed, I was able to have a heartfelt one-on-one opportunity with one of them.
Initial agenda was the usual, go home early. But I thought of going to a dinner date with my sister Gemille. So by lunch time, I sent her a text message saying I wanted to try the newly opened ramen place in SM Light. I asked her to come with me and told her it was my treat.
The reason for the invite was that I was still on a noodle high days after Wrong Ramen. I was game for more ramen! I was a little bit disappointed that we cancelled our trip to SM Light. It was because we had to buy some stuff for the house that I think we can only get (more options) in SM Megamall. When we were on our way to SM, I thought we should try something new. So, I guided my sister to the eating places in the Fashion Hall area. It was on the third floor where we found this ramen place called Rosanjin.
They had 100php off all their ramen so we got the ramen, gyoza, and unli rice deal. Soup was not as warm and flavorful as I wanted it to be so I had to add soy sauce and chili powder. The only thing great about their ramen is the meat that came with it. It was so delicious and flavorful and I also liked the runny boiled eggs. Gyoza was just okay.
I have been asking my BPI friends to come with me to avail of the breakfast buffet by Something Fishy in Eastwood and I was so happy that we finally pegged a date and it was the Labor Day morning.
Something Fishy is part of me already. We’ve been in a steady relationship (hahahha!) for years so as long as it continues to operate, I will always come back for more. We ended the binge eating very early so we made a little walk around the citywalk bazaar (at the activity area).
Next on the agenda was to go to Baclaran. Maam Pre and I covered four malls and ended up buying a lot of stuff for 1000php more or less. Later in the afternoon, we went to the tea place of our friend in Malabon. For a quaint shop at a little town, the milk tea and food they were offering were great.
I was planning on having my eyes checked for quite a while already and I planned to have it done this weekend. The previous day, the people that I was with at the milk tea place saw the garments that we bought. Because they were really a bargain, Des wanted to buy some for herself as well. So, I told her about my plans and she said she wanted to tag along and have her eye glasses replaced too. Truth be told, if it wasn’t for my appointment with Des, I would not have crossed that task off my list.
Our next destination was Baclaran for some thrift shopping. That was where we easily spent nearly two hours of our time. The last place that we went to, after picking up my glasses, was SM North Edsa. Earlier that afternoon, Des told me that she needed to buy an external hard disk drive. She had no idea what and where to buy so I offered to accompany her. We ended our Saturday with dinner at Shakey’s.
All in all, this week was AWESOME!! Im so happy and privileged to have friends that I can be with to pass the time full of fun stories, crazy antics, and valuable inputs. I really thought that was it but look at the “cherry” on top of my delicious “cake” of a week! Thank you Maya!