LOVE IS IN THE AIR In the Nuvali Night Sky Cinema.
Love was surely in the air as Nuvali and Sky Cable organized another post-valentine treat to all the sweethearts, lovers, families and barkadas. The premiere lifestyle destination, Nuvali hosted the event since the place was perfect for events like this.
The air was so chilly as the movies were shown and it was so perfect for couples to just cuddle each other and keep each other warm. But as for single guys like me, seeing a lot of people in love is kinda sorta heart warming and I could just use a blanket to keep myself warm and cozy. (Forever alone huehue)
The place was packed with people I trying to extend their Valentine’s day celebration. Nuvali showed three flicks that everybody can easily fall in love with, those movies were; You’ve Got Mail, Eat.Pray.Love, and About Time.
And this event was for FREE! All you have to do is bring your own matts or borrow from the shed at the entrance. Nuvali had surely committed itself on making Nature and Man, one.
Hopefully, next year I’ll be with someone. Hopefully!
cafe Adriatico launches New Dishes as it turned 35.
Time, it was visible in all four corners of the restaurant. From the creaky wooden floors as you walk pass by every wooden board, the antique decorations that scattered all over the restaurant, the wooden windows ornated with clear shells that looked like paper. And even in the people who comes over and dine at the restaurant.
Cafe Adriatico was one of the survivors and the proprietors of Malate where it once flourished and was once considered the “IT” place in the Metro, the BGC or the High Street of the late 70’s to the early 90’s. Cafe Adriatico withstood time and Filipino’s cravings for westernization.
It was actually my first time in the restaurant and I know nothing of their origins only that they serve one of the very popular desserts and dishes like Sikreto Ni Maria and Binukadkad na Pla-Pla. I was lucky enough to be invited as they celebrate their 35th Anniversary and as they unfold and introduce new Dishes to the restaurant. I was also lucky enough to be seated with Miss Lorna Ambas, daughter of the man behind the LJC Group.
Before the meal started Miss Lorna told us a brief history of Cafe Adriatico and what was the life like back then for everyone in Malate. I was very eager to listen to her since I wasn’t born yet during those times. A Golden Age for Ermita. Where now it’s suffering from poverty and from snatchers and pickpockets thriving around the area.
We were served
A perfect introduction to a heavy main ahead. I enjoyed dipping the flatbread in the Gambas’ sauce since it was quite buttery.
Then for the Main Dishes,
Garlic Pork Leg Españole, Spanish style pork leg with fried whole garlic cloves and potatoes in olive oil, served with a tangy herb sauce. Very fancy looking Crispy pata, everyone one who was sitting with us attacked this one first and we were fighting over it since it was very sumptuous and really tasty. It’s more than your regular Crispy pata.
U.S. Tenderloin Steak Solana. Tender beef, pan fried till medium it’s medium rare. It was a delight eating the beef and mushroom together since the beef is really tender and the mushroom could scoop up some of the sauce which taste really great.
Blue Marlin Provencale. I love fish and I would’ve finished everything if I don’t have anyone sitting with me. The sauce compliments the flavor of the fish and gives the fish a new aroma which I know most people avoid fish because of it’s aroma.
Buttered Vegetables. As Miss Lorna told us “Something pa-healthy” since we’ve been eating fatty food the whole evening. And it was also served last so i guess it was really to cut off some of the fat we’ve been putting in.
And we capped off our night with a hot, thick tsokolate-eh. From the Noli and El Fili books, “Tsokolate Eh” were served for the Aristocrats and for someone important. And I felt important sipping that thick, delicious cupette of hot chocolate.
A little something about Cafe Adriatico which I’ve read from their book “Larry Can’t Cook”
Larry wanted a place where he and his friends could meet, enjoy good coffee, tasty food and drink while chatting about the day’s news. Upon the recommendation of his father, Emilio “Abe” Aguilar Cruz, Larry named his first restaurant Cafe Adriatico, after the street it was on. The Cafe emulated the Parisian sidewalk cafes. It offered good food, warm service and a charming ambiance, all at a reasonable price. And since it opened, the cafe became the watering hole for Manila’s who’s who. Today, it remains to be a hub for artists, celebrities, government officials and foodies enjoying Cafe Adriatico dishes such as Spareribs Adobo Rice, Salpicao, Callos, Lola Ising’s Adobo, Knockout Knuckles in garlic and chilies, or a fresh cup of Chocolate Eh!, hot rich Spanish chocolate drink.
After the success of Cafe Adriatico, LJC pressed on creating one brand after another, which offered his vision of the good life. He shaped the casual dining experience of the country with his many theme restaurants and was regarded “pioneer” in theme or concept restaurants, and the man who had “shaped Philippine cafe society.”
1790 M. Adriatico Street
G/F Gateway Mall
Araneta Center, QC.
SM Mall of Asia
2/F North Veranda,
Bay Boulevard, Pasay City
Biyaheng Norte Day :
After our cozy sleep at SIKATEL INN we woke up early to enjoy more of the north. And we were all served a heart breakfast of dilis and LongSiLog
After breakfast and a few more laughs to share with the owners, we checked out and bid our farewells. The owners of SIKATEL are such a sweet and accommodating couple which turned their personal house to a very affordable inn since their kids are already working and in Manila.
We soon went to LAOAG City to continue our trip up north, We stopped over the Municipal Hall and took pictures of the Sinking Bell Tower and the Monopoly Tribute Monument which was situated in the middle of town, you won’t miss it. People are really friendly, I swear they would smile at you the moment you look at them. The city is also clean and tidy, almost all of its citizen properly throws their garbage away. It’s a refreshing sight to see.
After spending a few minutes in Laoag our driver called us since he said it was going to be a few hours going up to Pagudpud and we have a lot of stuff to look at along the way.
Our driver was raving for this special bakery that we’ll pass by going to pagudpud he said we should buy a lot of pasalubong from them since they are the best and we can’t find anything similar in Manila.
Our van stopped over this small ordinary looking bakery by a small community outside Laoag. PASUQUIN BAKERY it was keeping a sweet secret behind its ordinary looking facade. They were selling BISCOCHO, haven’t heard of it before? So was I. As soon as we entered the place our driver asked the tindera to open a pack of Soft Biscocho and handed everyone of us a piece of ordinary looking bread but, as soon as took a bite, it was so fucking heavenly! Soft, buttery and everything nice! I hoarded 3 packs of Soft Bischoco and 2 packs of the toasted one (Perfect paired with coffee!)
Here’s how to get to PASUQUIN BAKERY:
We hurried along our way and after a few minutes we’re already at our next destination, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte where Dragon Fruit Farms can be seen all throughout the Horizon. And of course we had some Dragon fruit products like, Ice Cream and some Wine. Really good! They should import a lot of these stuff in Manila.
Then a few minutes away from the farm we reached the city of Burgos where a cultural heritage structure is hidden in the mountains, sitting for decades, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
It was something out of Horror Books and Films where the wind is whispering something to your ear or someone seems to be watching every step youre doing. That’s what I felt when I went inside the Lighthouse. It was so eerie yet the magnificence of the structure will draw you in to look at it and explore it even more.
A few kilometers away from the City of Burgos you’ll reach the City of Bangui where it’s famous for its enormous windmills moving as huge gust of winds hit every propeller.
It was so majestic to look at. And the wind farm uses 20 units of 70-metre high Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer of shore line. As our driver/ tour guide and I didn’t fucking understand anything. I was just taking lots of photos of this really wonderful sight.
We soon reached Pagudpud and where we’re going to stay for the night, Villa Carlina. Owned by a very jolly man who greeted us with food and whisky. You know he’s a good man when you were out in the cold and windy land of Pagudpud, tired from travelling and you were welcomed with food!
The resort was very beautiful it has a very minimalist feel in it yet you could still trace some really unique pinoy furniture and decorations. Also it’s only a few meters away from the beach where I took a leisurely walk along the white sands and the serene scenery of Pagudpud.
They served us a lot of food in which I promise to talk about it in a seperate post. :)
Two of my Favorites during our Biyeng Norte tour, Bagnet and Dinakdakan (Ilokano version of Sisig)
And after eating lunch, we went to the Patapat Viaduct where it looked like the entrance to Silent Hill, no other cars were passing by, a fog was covering the place and it seemed like the clouds were rolling down the mountain sides down towards our direction and would just sweep us away to the rocky shores and eventually our death. (Too Harsh!) But as son as the fog subsides we saw the beauty it was hiding.
And we all went back to our Hotel, tired but Happy. I kinda felt like an adventurer only that we have a guide. Sipped whisky and some brandy with the owners to warm ourselves from the very cold night that had welcomed us to this very beautiful part of the Philippines.
(Where to eat in Ilocos) HERENCIO’S Pizzeria:
Home of the classic Ilokano dishes turned pizza! yeah that’s right your favorite bagnet and pinakbet can now be eaten as Pizza! and of course I only get to travel up north once in a blue moon so I ought to try everything!
^Crispy Bagnet Pizza^
Crispy Dinuguan Pizza
Vigan Longanissa Pizza
Everything was delectable! And I’m hoping you would also try all of them.
Also, I never imagined myself eating this dish, Puque-Puque, it looks like vomit but it taste really good. I ordered it at every restaurant we ate at.
ANGEL N KISS CAFE!
A new cafe opened up in the new area of Blue Wave Walk near MOA. I chanced upon this place when my friends and I went to Project Pie and got too discouraged by the line which reached outside the door. And Blue Wave is kinda far and we dont usually hang around that area so we walked around feeling determined that there’s something new out there for us to try
Just a few meters away from Project Pie, we found this chic looking Korean Cafe which serves really really awesome and delectable pastries made by a Korean Chef and most of the ingredients came from Korea as well.
We ordered these three delectable looking toasts which we all loved! Specially the one with the egg. The price is just too steep for me. And I think for regular college kids who would hang around the area, you should prepare around 500 pesos. But I’m sure you’ll enjoy every peso you’ll spend here since the ambiance is awesome and the food taste really good.
I also ordered a Green Tea Macha Frappe in which I was surprised because the owner himself made it for me. It taste better than the ones I had at another Coffee Shop where I usually hang out.
What I enjoyed the most in Angel N KISS Cafe was the Korean style Halo-Halo served in this huge crystal bowl. This stuff is just so goddamn awesome! Don’t know where to start or how to describe this really amazing dessert… Okay, the ice cream on top is just the prelude to what is underneath it. The Shaved ice was really fucked up smooth! Like you’re eating snowballs flavored with yogurt! In which the waitress then explained to us that the ice was really flavored. The red beans, the mochi and everything else in it was really yummy. I recommend that you guys should taste this one!
*I love their carrot cake, too! It was just joyful to eat. Oh Happiness!
I loved it here and I would definitely go back to try out some other stuff from their menu. See you guys around!
Angel N Kiss CAFE is located at Blue Wave at Metropolitan Park (Diosdado Macapagal Blvd) Just at the back of Project Pie and Facing Payless.