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Heaven in a bag- Lay's wavy potato chips dipped in milk chocolate

I like eating things that are a combination of sweet and savory, so the concept of chocolate covered potato chips (incidentally two of my favorite things), is appealing to me. I know a lot of people are grossed out by the thought of eating something like this, but this particular thought has the opposite effect on me. It makes me salivate and want to have some immediately.

I have long been a fan of the chocolate covered potato chips produced by Japanese chocolate manufacturer Royce'. I don't often have it, because the calorie count is too immense to be consuming them on a regular basis. I consider it more as a treat, to be had on special occasions, or during emotional emergencies (usually brought on by PMS). They are a bit pricey too, and I have to go out of my way to buy them in Manila as they are only available in Royce' stalls.

When I found out that Lay's would be launching their own version of the product while I was in the States, I thought that this meeting betwe…

A light post-yoga meal at Omakase

I'd been slacking off in terms of exercise recently, so when Girlie invited me and Z to join her for yoga at Beyond Yoga in Il Terrazzo, I was game to go. She was joining the Yin Yoga class, which I'd never tried, so I was looking forward to learning something new.
Yin Yoga turned out to be more meditative than physical. It wasn't very strenuous (on the body at least), so I didn't really burn all that many calories. It was good for focusing the mind, but I guess I was expecting a sweatier workout.
Because we didn't feel like we deserved to eat a big meal after minimal exertion, we decided to have a light dinner downstairs at Omakase Restaurant, where I hadn't gone to in a while. Here are some of the things we ate- tekka maki, tamago, and Omakase soup. Admittedly, that's not all we ordered, so it's not as light as it looks. But at least we didn't order anything fried.
(We did have some decadent chocolate cake at nearby Jack's Loft after though.)





Sunday night celebration at Rue Bourbon

My friend Kate wasn't joking when she said she wanted to celebrate her birthday all month long. This afternoon, she, along with other June celebrants Gel and Estelle, held a birthday party at McDonald's in Libis. This was a form of throwback celebration since they (along with Joan, who wasn't at the latest party) also had a joint McDonald's birthday bash in 1999.
After the "children's party", Kate, Gel, and I went to nearby Starbucks to hang out. I hadn't seen Gel in years, and it's always such a joy to see her, so it was great to catch up with what's been going on with her. Our extended get-together over coffee was still not enough, so Kate proposed that we go to Eastwood for some drinks. Since it was a slow Sunday evening with nothing to do, Gel and I agreed it was a good idea.
Kate suggested we go to Rue Bourbon, owned by currently-very-popular actress Jodi Sta. Maria. Since the restaurant offered New Orleans cuisine, I was eager to try the…

Late night snack after World War Z

I’d been waiting to watch World War Z since I first heard that Brad Pitt was going to produce it. It seems he read the book and liked it, so he decided to get the rights to transform it into a movie. I really liked the book, and I really like zombies in general (yes, I am ready for the apocalypse of the undead), so I was anticipating the book’s transition into the big screen.
The movie was nothing like the book, and I was a bit disappointed in that regard. But Brad Pitt is still very hot, and I liked the effects, particularly the tsunami of zombies, so I did enjoy the movie.

Super early breakfast at Sweet Ideas Cafe, NAIA Terminal 3

I just downloaded the blogger app on my phone and this is the first time for me to use it. I'm hoping that the app will help me update my blog more regularly. I've hundreds of photos I haven't uploaded, so I hope this will help with the backlog.

I'm at the airport now, waiting to board my flight to Bangkok. I'm killing time at Sweet Ideas Cafe. It's my second time here, and I had spanish sardines with garlic rice and egg. The sardines were straight out of a bottle, so were nothing great. I liked the garlic rice though.

Oops gotta run, my flight's boarding already.

A new find: Relish, Hello Happiness! Restaurant

I'd seen the construction of this new restaurant "Relish" going on, because it's right beside Cerchio, where Chi and I so often have lunch. This week, we decided to finally try this new place. The facade amuses me, because it's so positive about how your experience will go. In fact, the complete name of the restaurant appears to be "Relish, Hello Happiness!" (Yes, it comes complete with exclamation point.)


When Chi and I entered, our first impression of the place was that it was a restaurant for "ladies who lunch", probably because a lot of the clientele at that time were, well, ladies. It was perfect for our purposes, as we wanted a place to chat and catch up on gossip since we hadn't seen each other for a few weeks.

I ordered the pumpkin soup to start, since I am still in search of the best pumpkin soup in the city, and Chi and I both ordered the Cream Dory with Lemon Pepper Sauce.

The pumpkin soup tasted a lot like those of other rest…

Sweet treats before leaving Bangkok: Swensen's Ice Cream and Dunkin' Donuts

I had a few hours to spend in Bangkok by myself before my flight, so I did what I do best, look for places to eat. I was in the mood to eat a lot of sugar, and since it was a very hot, sweaty, sticky afternoon, I decided to have some ice cream at Swensen's. Bangkok is the first place I tried this particular brand of ice cream some time back, so I revisited the exact same ice cream parlor where I had that experience.
Since I don't get a chance to eat at Swensen's very often, I easily justified to myself ordering three scoops. I had macadamia, chocolate peanut butter cup, and chocolate rain forest. Unfortunately it was gone all too soon. I usually eat very slowly as a rule, but this does not seem to be the case when I eat ice cream. This practice ends up making my teeth ache from the freeze. But Swensen's is worth it.
After a few hours, I was in the mood for yet another sugar boost. (Hey, I was on holiday.) The place that was closest to me was Dunkin' Donuts, and sin…