Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Two weeks ago, my mom, achi, Y and I had lunch in Makati on a weekday. Ang dami ng bagong restos! Why wasn't it like that 8 years ago (OMG, it's been that long na pala since I graduated!) when I was working in Makati? Kainez. Heehee! Charot lang. My sister suggested Your Local, a relatively new resto in Legazpi Village that serves yummy food!
Parking is really a pain in Makati on a weekday. We had to go around twice to find a slot. Good thing Y and I were able to get a table right away at a busy lunch hour. We arrived there first and ordered Braised Beef Pasta for Y and the Pierogi for me.
Braised Beef Pasta. Slow cooked beef, red wine reduction on fettuccini. Since Y is a picky eater, this is the only food she'll eat in the menu and true enough. Nothing great with this dish, safe food for kids.
Pierogi. Bacon, potato, sour cream, truffle cream and chives. Nomnomnom! This was my favorite! It's creamy and savory. This is good for sharing.
Arnie Palmer. Iced Earl Grey, lemongrass and orange. Tastes like Ceelin. Hehe

Good thing achi finally arrived na because she's the one who has eaten there. She ordered the Torched Salmon Donburi and the Lamb Rendang.
Torched Norwegian Salmon (cooked medium), mentaiko, ebiko and salmon skin on roast corn and shitake black rice.  Achi ordered this for mom, it was so yummy! Serving is good for sharing too.
Lamb Rendang, sous vide organic egg, sweet soy, mint, cilantro with red raisin black rice. I'm not a fan of lamb but I still tried it. It's a little bit spicy and lamb was not gamey so I was good with it. Serving is also good for sharing.
Parmesan French Fries with Chorizo Ketchup. Reminds of Picnic Ketchup hihi!

I posted a few photos on my IG. When a Ninang G saw it, she told me she wanted to try Your Local the next time she's in Manila so last Saturday, we went back to Your Local along with our other college barkada. 

Since we were a group of 12 and some were bringing their toddlers, I told them to feed their toddlers na because the menu is not that kid-friendly. I bought Y Fun Shots at KFC and she ate it in the car on our way to Your Local. It was a Saturday and I got there around 12 noon. (Yes, kami nanaman ang nauna) I knew it would be a bit hard to get a table for 12 because of the limited tables for big groups. We had to share the big table with other people first but most of them came late kaya by the time everybody arrived, we had the big table to ourselves.
I had a different view this time.
With prettier photos to boot. Haha! Pa-artsy photo while waiting for everybody to arrive.
I had to order the Pierogi. Shared it with everybody and they liked it also.
Pierogi My Love!
Laksa Fetuccini. Shrimp, chili, quail eggs, fish cake, coconut cream, laksa leaves, cilantro on fetuccini. First time to eat laksa without soup, on pasta. It was good for me, the boys said kulang sa anghang!
The boys got the Lamb Rendang. Sabi din nila kulang sa anghang!
My lunch was Strawberry Lemonade and Torched Salmon Donburi
Strawberry puree, homemade lemonade and Sprite
The boys. Chatting and eating.

It's always fun to catch up with friends over food. Look at our empty plates! And the chikahan continued at Yardstick next door.
It's mine too!
See that brown wall at the back? That's actually a "secret" door to/from Your Local!
They also held classes here. I want to take that Brewing Coffee at Home!
This was actually my second time at Yardstick. The first was also the last time I ate in Your Local. I don't know if it's me or the coffee but I didn't like what I ordered both times. Bakit kaya? What do you recommend I order?

For more information on Your Local, check out http://yourlocal.ph/. Follow and like them on their social media accounts:
Facebook: Your Local
Instagram: @yourlocalph

For more information on Yardstick, check out http://www.yardstickcoffee.com/. Follow and like them on their social media accounts:
Facebook: Yardstick
Instagram: @yardstickcoffee

Monday, February 23, 2015

January was a busy month, yes busier than December, can you imagine that? I had to postpone something to April because everyone was busy! Heehee! And I actually only noticed that a lot of my friends celebrated their birthday on January. Hindi ko yon napapansin! Two of the SoMoms celebrated two of my favorite events/celebrations, a baby shower and a (surprise) birthday party!

Chessy of Young Mom Love is pregnant (and has given birth already! Congrats Bry and Chessy!) with her second child and it's a girl! We were all so happy for her because her firstborn is a boy, Z, and now she has one of each! She had her baby shower last month at their home and the theme was "Guess How Much I Love You", the popular children's book!
Loved the styling! Yes that's R claiming the chair as his own. Hihi!
Dessert buffet: we loved the cake pops! And my kids enjoyed the ice gems and marshmallows! Hihi!
Wrote a note for Brianna too!
There was a bunny pen and kids get to feed them! Hindi na sila umalis dyan.
There were games, I lost this one but I won Php500 Red Ribbon GCs because I guessed how big Chessy's tummy is!
Yay for Y's baon!
Thank you Chessy for inviting us!

To know more about the suppliers of Chessy's baby shower, visit her blog, Young Mom Love!

Surprise parties are one the most fun, exciting yet stressful party to plan and execute and we were able to surprise Kris! We all communicated thru FB Messenger, Kris thought we're having a food tasting at Maximo when in reality she was planning her own party hahaha! But the plan worked! Eli picked her up in their house, made drama in the car, drove slower than usual, made deliberate wrong turns just to stall while we wait for everyone to arrive at Maximo.
This is ground floor dining area. There's a 2nd floor where we had the party, you can also have your private parties or functions here too.
Decor were brought home all the way from Canada!
Food was setup buffet style! This was taken towards the end of the part na hence the almost empty chaffing dishes! Hehe!
Surprise success! 

Right after Kris arrived, it was time to eat! Our table ordered Beef Rendang ala carte because we heard it was good and we wanted to try it!
This was so good! Mushroom Chicharon + Cilantro Aioli Dip!
Beef Rendang, rice pa more!
Clockwise: Pasta, Baked Iberian Chicken, Slow Roasted Beef Belly, and Maximo Salad
The Titas of Manila taking photos of the Beef Rendang. The fun was at this Noisy Table. Ahihihi!
May pa-games pa! Suzie Abrera and Eli hosted the games! Our table hoarded the prizes! Competitive!
Happy Birthday Kris! Online turned offline and real life friends. I'm glad to have these ladies in my life.

Follow @maximocomfortcuisine on Instagram!

I look forward to celebrating more birthdays, baby showers, children's party and fun get togethers with these mommies! Love you girls!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Yes, another A&D Eats. Hihi! Kainan nanaman! I was looking at my Photostream on my phone and saw snapshots of food I ate so I'm doing another roundup of restaurants and food I've tried in the last month or two!

3N Bakery is all over Metro Manila. I'm sure you must have seen a branch or two. BOS discovered this late last year and would wonder why there's always a line in this bakery. Then one time he fell in line and bought home a box of what seems to be Bicol's Best Toasted Siopao. Three months later, a branch opened in front of our house.
Each toasted siopao is Php9 only! No wonder people line up!
Toasted bread filled with pork and egg. Merienda is two of these siopaos and coffee! My kids like it too!

About more than a year ago, I got to try these super yummy cheese cupcakes at a breastfeeding event from Mama Chows. R was still breastfeeding then but I didn't had the chance to order and try her lactation goodies. Fast forward to last year, head momma Raquel of Mama Chows became one of my new found friends in IG and finally met her personally during a LATCH event last year. I didn't know that she also makes non-lactation pastries so when I knew about it thru MFO's IG, I wanted to order agad agad but Raquel generously sent me a box of her Cheese Cupcakes! Y had it as her baon, R snacked on it when he went to his afternoon play time at the playground, and as for me, I ate it while blogging.
And what's more amazing about her is she breastfeeds her twins! Yes twins!!! Grabe ang galing niya. So mommies, if she can breastfeed her twins, you can certainly breastfeed your child. I did for my two kids and it's the best decision I've ever made. 
To order, just call, text or email!
Follow them on Instagram: @raquelbyginquelrus @mamachows

One of the treats I got from our staycation in F1 Hotel Manila (join my giveaway!) was a pack of Jam Foods & Co's Angus Beef Tapa! I was so happy and I was so sure BOS would be happy too because we both loved Jam Foods tapa! It's the best tapa in town! I've bought a pack before and we finished it in a span of three days, this time tinipid ko na. Heehee!
Jam Foods' Angus Beef Tapa is USDA Certified.
Lunch was Gising-Gising and Beef Tapa! The tapa is flavorful. I had so much rice! I have yet to try their Beef Salpicao!

To order, contact 09175331371 or 026229740. You can also email them at jam.foods.and.co@gmail.com!
Follow them on Instagram: @jamfoods

There's always a first time for everything and for me it's trying new restaurants, whether it's a blogger event or meeting up with a friends. 

Had lunch at Pegi Waffles in P. Guevarra, San Juan with some of the SoMoms. They supply the Belgian Waffles at Starbucks. You can buy the waffles here and then make your own toppings at home! 
Ham Bechamel Php95 - wheat waffle, ham and bechamel plus a cup of latte
Nothing special, waffle was dry.

Had another lunch with the SoMoms in La Creperie in F. Calderon, San Juan. This time it was a working lunch with Unionbank (will blog about this exciting new card soon!)!
I ordered the Hungarian because I was with Y. She likes Hungarian Sausages. It comes with sauteed onions, mustard sauce, chopped tomato and green salad. I still prefer Cafe Breton's Galette Paysanne over this.

Dessert was Mango Hazelnut au Chocolat: Chocolate crepe, fresh mangoes, hazelnut spread, salted butter caramel, sliced almonds and whipped cream. This was good!
Follow them on Instagram: @lacreperieph

I met up with Didi last week in Quezon City and since I don't have any idea where to eat, I asked her to pick the restaurant and she suggested H Cuisine along Scout Rallos.
 We had the Taco Salad and their famous Angus Beef Belly. The Taco Salad was so good! The Angus Beef Belly was also yummy. It's good enough for 2-3 people. I want to go back again just for the Taco Salad!
Follow them on Instagram: @hcuisine

Been to any restos lately? Got recommendations? :) Please share!