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Aresi Restaurant and Bar

Around ten years ago, Aresi Restaurant was near ABS-CBN. I liked going to that restaurant because it had ambience, the food was good, and it was reasonably priced. At that time, actress Gloria Romero's daughter Maritess Gutierrez was the chef. After a few years though, they closed up shop, and from what I heard it was because of issues with the ones who were leasing the property.

I missed having Aresi around. I distinctly remember looking forward to having their shrimp risotto, ale-battered fish, and mushroom soup. I heard that they still had a branch in Subic, but that is too far for Manila-bound me.

I was therefore very excited when I heard that Aresi had opened again, this time in Il Terrazzo, still along Tomas Morato. I went there with some friends to check it out and see if it was still the Aresi that I so fondly remembered.

When I got there, I saw that the ambience felt a little bit more formal and upscale. The interiors were on the dark side, with dark wood and browns dominat…

La Maison, Trinoma, Quezon City

I was going to have dinner with my parents at Trinoma, and I wanted to go to a place I'd never been to before. I was still at the office running late for our date, and I hadn't decided where to eat, so I hurriedly checked the Internet for a place we could try. I came across the restaurant La Maison, and according to some blogs (at least the first two I stumbled upon), they had "good creamy mussels" and "excellent service".

Seafood Bounty

As usual, my parents were there ahead of me, so I went straight to business and ordered. We had the Lobster Bisque, the Chinoise Crab salad, and their Seafood Bounty (which had the creamy mussels previously mentioned).

Chinoise Crab Salad

I am sorry to say, but the dishes were a bit disappointing. Well, except for the mussels. First, about the soup. I actually liked the taste of the bisque; what I didn't like was how watery it was. It was pretty much the consistency of, well... water (like I said, WATERY).

Lobster Bisque

The …

Surprise birthday party, food from Kuchen, cake from Estrel's

My friends from the defunct show Alas Singko Y Medya very thoughtfully threw me a very small surprise lunch for my birthday. They told me to meet up with them at the news makeup room, and when I got there, they turned on the lights and sang the happy birthday song. They even had a cake with a candle for me to blow out.

Yeng ordered the food from Kuchen, a home-based catering business. I liked the eggplant parmigiana, although I thought the pieces were a bit too large, thus making it hard to cut and eat using plastic utensils.

Spaghetti Vongole, Eggplant Parmigiana

Kate brought dessert. I always enjoy having Estrel's caramel cake, but I probably don't get as excited as others do about eating it, because it's been a part of almost all of our family gatherings since I was a small child. I think I'm somehow related (I'm not sure if it's by blood or by affinity) to "Tita Estrel", as we referred to her as children. Like any typical child, I probably said petul…