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Showing posts from February, 2011

Beurre Blanc, Resorts World

Our station's news and current affairs department recently held a trade event for its advertisers, and the event was held at Resorts World Manila. The place is a bit too far south for me, but I actually enjoy going there as long as I don't have to drive. My colleagues Chi, Cheryl, Paul, and I went there together in a company van, so none of us could complain about the driving distance (and make it an excuse for a no-show).

On our way to the venue, we were not sure as to where exactly we were to proceed, so Paul called the event's organizer, whom we fondly call Lola May. There was a bit of (amusing) confusion as to where she said we should go. Because of the loud music where Lola May was, what came over the phone line was "Just proceed to Bear Brand for dinner". We were all wondering where this was. The grocery??? After a bit of time, we finally figured out that she had actually said proceed to "Beurre Blanc". After that was sorted out, we made our way to…

Late night dessert at Barcino

Some of my friends wanted to get together for a glass of wine after dinner one weeknight, so we all decided to meet up at Barcino at The Fort. It was a slow night so we had the place almost to ourselves. I didn't feel like having some wine though, so I decided to have dessert instead.

I ordered some chocolate cake. Now I don't think I've met a chocolate cake I didn't like or at least didn't eat, but I ended up not finishing the cake. It wasn't horrible or anything that extreme. It was just a little dry and didn't taste too fresh. I'm sure it would've tasted better if it were closer to being newly baked. It's a good thing the company more than made up for the disappointment brought about by the cake.

Chocolate Cake

Barcino, The Fort
Unit 101 Forbeswood Heights
Rizal Drive, Fort Bonifacio
Taguig, Metro Manila
Tel. No. 632.900.0726

Burritos and Tacos (B&T), Ortigas

During one weekend out of town, my friend Girlie brought along her friend Mariel. In one of our early conversations, talk turned to food and interesting restaurants. Mariel mentioned that she and Girlie recently discovered a new Mexican restaurant called Burritos and Tacos, or B&T for short.

Mariel said that she preferred the food there to that in Ristras. What piqued my interest about the place was that she said the fish tacos there were good. I haven't had those in a while, so I resolved to go to the place as soon as I could.

The next weekend, my friend Z and I went there to have a late lunch. It actually turned out to be early dinner as well. We ate so much that we were full until the evening. The place is relatively new; according to the owner/manager, they opened only in December. He was very helpful and explained the menu to us.

Basically, you choose the kind of Mexican meal you want (burrito, taco, etc.), and then the meat you want to put in it. For some of the dishes, yo…

New Royce' favorite: Nutty Bar Chocolate

When Royce' Chocolate started having stores in the Philippines a few years ago, it was big news for all Pinoy chocoholics. You didn't have to wait any longer to go on a trip abroad to be able to buy them, or ask traveling friends to get a hold of them for you. In the past, I was partial to their Champagne Nama and their Potatochip Chocolate. These have been my favorites for quite some time, and these are what I buy whenever I allow myself to indulge in some Royce' chocolate.

Today, my friend Eileen texted me to say that she dropped off some chocolates for me at my office- a pre-Valentine gift of sorts. When I went to get it at the lobby, I was very happy to see that the chocolates were from Royce. The size and shape of the box were unfamiliar to me though.

When I opened it and saw that it was called "Nutty Bar Chocolate", I was even more excited. I love nuts in my chocolate, and this sounded something I would totally enjoy. According to the box, it was "Almon…