Thursday, June 27, 2013

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.)

Tekka Maki

Omakase Soup


Sunday, June 23, 2013

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 their dishes.

Since we were still full from our fastfood feast, we just ordered a couple of appetizers. We had some Cajun Shrimp Pizza, and Creamy Spinach Dip.

Cajun Shrimp Pizza
I liked the pizza because the crust was very thin and crispy. It didn't taste particularly cajun-y to me though. The creamy spinach dip was not memorable, although I did like the garlic bread that came with it. The dip didn't go too well with the potato chips that also accompanied it, I really wished they had just given us the bread instead.

Creamy Spinach Dip
With these appetizers, I had a mug of beer. Although the word "pitcher" might be more appropriate. It was practically a workout for me just to lift the mug to my lips. I liked their caramel beer, because it was quite sweet.

Giant Mug of Beer!
We stayed at Rue Bourbon until it was closing time. I certainly didn't expect a celebration that started at 4pm to extend until way way way past midnight, but catching up with these dear friends was so much fun that the time wasn't nearly enough. Happy birthday Kate! I hope to see you and Gel again very soon!

Rue Bourbon
Eastwood City Walk, Orchard Road
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Tel. No. (632)570.0984

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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.

I’d had dinner before the late night show that I caught, but I still wanted to munch on something after the movie. I dropped by nearby Italianni’s and had a couple of appetizers- truffle fries and calamari.

Truffle Fries
One thing I like about chain restaurants like Italianni's, you get almost exactly what you expect. The food is pretty consistent. The way it tastes one day is most likely the way it will taste the next. So, since I was in the mood for oily sinful finger food, that's exactly what I got. Who cares about the calories? The zombie apocalypse is coming soon anyway.