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Breakfast In Bed + Q Bistro dinner for My Birthday Boy

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My B celebrated his birthday last March 22 and this year, I planned to surprise him with a quirky, shabby-chic breakfast tray in bed! Yes, breakfast in bed served with so much love! Mushy! Ha! *wink*

breakfast in bed for birthday boy

Breakfast in bed menu — gourmet chicken ham Gypsy toast with honey, seedless grapes and full cream yogurt!

B had to work (at least half day) so I planned the 2nd half of my surprise at night — surprise birthday dinner at Q Bistro, located just beside his work building. *grin*

Cheers for the birthday boy

{ Cheers to my birthday boy! }

Q Bistro
My B's Birthday at Q Bistro
My B's Birthday at Q Bistro

I love birthdays, birthday cakes and making wishes so it’s safe to say that my heart go aflutter with all kinds of cutesy candles especially this sparkler candles!

Q Bistro is a contemporary restaurant that has this trendy “New York bistro-type” interiors and well-trained staff’s personalized service. The 4-course meal was sumptuous and a delight in our taste buds. Perfect for a cozy, romantic birthday dinner for my darling.

Trio of Oyster{ Appetizer. Trio of Oyster. An aphrodisiac, prepared in 3 ways }

Oriental Crunchy Wanton Cups{ Appetizer. Oriental Crunchy Wanton Cups }

Mixed Greens drizzled with Q Salad Dressing{ Salad. Mixed Greens drizzled with Q Salad Dressing }

Creamy Roasted Squash Soup with Chorizo Pate on Toasted Crostini{ Soup. Creamy Roasted Squash Soup with Chorizo Pate on Toasted Crostini }

Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola Cheese and Truffled Mashed Potato{ Main Course – His. Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola Cheese and Truffled Mashed Potato }

Q's signature US Roast Beef with roasted vegetables and Truffled Mashed Potato{ Main Course – Hers.Q’s signature US Roast Beef with roasted vegetables and Truffled Mashed Potato }

I really am a carnivore. A meat lover indeed. This roast beef is just tender, juicy and heavenly! Immediately after I finished it, I’m already planning in my head our next trip to this bistro just for me to have a taste of this heaven on earth dish. In fact I saw they have Spanish themed Roast Beef Buffet every Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Shall we, B?

My B's Birthday at Q Bistro
White and Red Wine{ Hers and His wine }

My B's Birthday at Q Bistro
Q's classic Carrot Cake{ Desserts – His. Carrot Cake }

B’s birthday cake is their BEST CARROT CAKE I’ve ever tasted! I should meet Chef Ameera Katigbak Capay in person to compliment her scrumptious creations!

Tiramisu{ Desserts – Hers. Tiramisu }

Ours was not just a mere dinner, it was an ultimate dining experience — from the staff’s personalized service, to the cozy romantic little corner we were seated in, up to the sumptuous epicurean delight served in every plate. Perfect for darling’s birthday dinner, so worth raising and clinking our glasses to!

Q Bistro
G6 & G7 The Malayan Plaza, Opal cor. Topaz Road
Ortigas Center, 1600 Pasig
Phone: (02) 706 1668

Banapple

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After our airport-hospital-airport errand we did for future sis-in-law last March 23, B decided to treat me at one of our comfort-food-fave-hang-out-place — Banapple in Katipunan. We have frequented this place (and the other branch, also in Katipunan) for the last few years but this is my first time to blog about it. So here’s a photoblog to honor this pretty little quaint place that is dear to our hearts.

*This also marked the start of my fasting, which I aimed to do for at least a week.

Banapple
Banapple
Banapple
baked goodies
cheesecakes and desserts
Banapple
Banapple
Banapple

Pan-fried Porkloin with Herb Mushroom Gravy Php180{ His: Pan-fried Porkloin with Herb Mushroom Gravy Php180 }

Banapple
Baked Creamy Cheese Penne Php185

{ Hers: Baked Creamy Cheese Penne Php185 }

Banapple Snickers Fudge Cheesecake Php110

{ Banapple Snickers Fudge Cheesecake Php110 }

I love my usual order of Baked Creamy Cheese Penne and the pesto bread included. It’s meaty and cheesy but I noticed that it produced a lot of oil. B thought maybe it was heated through microwave that’s why the beef secreted major major oil produce. Nonetheless, it’s my no-fail all-time Banapple comfort food.

Let’s talk about desserts. I love love love their cheesecake desserts! Their Snickers Fudge Cheesecake was a hit to me and B. I usually order their Blueberry Cheesecake but I have to resolve ordering something new every time we visit so that I can explore other taste and I can share with you, or maybe you can share with me your Banapple favorite, yeah? *nom nom*

Thanks to my B for the deliciously looking photos! *wink*

A Gantea

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In Chinese, A means sweet and Gan means refreshing after taste. This is what A Gantea is all about — sweet and refreshing way to drink your tea.

A Gantea in Eastwood Mall{ A Gantea in Eastwood Mall }

Freshly picked cherry leaves from Taiwan’s Ali mountain, A-gan Tea offers lots of tea varieties and different brewing approach for a unique characteristic that is sweet and refreshing. A-Gan Tea comes from the Chinese word “A-Gan” which means sweet and refreshing aftertaste, characteristics that our unique tea is known for.

A-gan Tea had its roots in Central Taiwan. It was launched eight years ago to offer tea lovers a new way of enjoying their favorite beverage. And in a way, it ushered in “the new culture of tea drinking.” A-gan Tea brings its trademark sweet, refreshing blend to Philippine shores.

Boasting of a diverse line up of flavors and concoctions, A-gan Tea will surely delight the Pinoy palate, young and old alike.

A Gantea in Eastwood Mall{ A Gantea menu }

A Gantea in Eastwood Mall{ Tea Guide }

A Gantea in Eastwood Mall

We were served with A Gantea’s bestsellers! I am in love with plain milk tea with black pearls but I am open to try other tea concoction like fruit tea and milk tea with other toppings.

A Gantea Hawaiian Fruit Tea{ Hawaiian Fruit Tea }
Jasmine tea based mixed with tropical fruits. For this season they used calamansi, lemon, mango and orange. It’s very refreshing! The fruits vary on the available depending on the season.

A Gantea QQ Milk Tea{ QQ Milk Tea }
QQ means chewy-chewy (according to the manager). Black tea based with non-dairy premium milk. This has coconut jelly and black pearls. Although this looks milky, it actually has a pineapple taste.

Trivia: Did you know the difference between the 2 kinds of pearls?
White pearls – chewy but less sweet
Black pearls – chewy and sweeter

This confirmed why I prefer black pearls!

A Gantea Taro Milk Tea{ Taro Milk Tea }
Fresh taro with agar bits. You will love the texture and taste of agar!

A Gantea Pear Fruit Tea{ Pear Fruit Tea }
Alpine tea based means tea leaves were hand-picked to ensure it’s premium quality. This is Jasmine tea based with pear flavor. This is my least favorite amongst the set.

A Gantea Bubble Milk Tea{ Bubble Milk Tea }
Black tea based with full cream milk and white pearls. This is equivalent to my usual fave of plain milk tea.

Overall, I give A Gantea a score of 9 out 10! Despite trying a total of six, yes 6 types of tea concoction, I didn’t feel bloated like how I usually feel after chugging a large cup of other milk tea. I’m assuming this is because they only use premium quality Alpine tea leaves on their drinks. And what sets them apart from other milk tea places I think would be their toppings option which includes agar bits.

Their price range is between Php85 for a medium cup to Php95 for a large cup, which is not bad at all for a healthy alternative to our favorite milk tea!

A Gantea in Eastwood Mall{ co-milk tea lovers with Joy Gomez, A Gantea Operations Manager }

More photos from our milk tea tasting date night. Enjoy!

Park date + Cafe Sweet Inspirations

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Happy Easter, everyone! Hope your new beginning is a beautiful one.

UP Park

B and I spent our Holy Week inside our apt in the Metro and last Holy Monday I started with my fasting.

Come Saturday night, we just felt the urge to go out and do our “wedding talk-ing” in the park. We forgot how beautiful the parks are — the greeneries, the trees, the flowers and all the works! We were reminded how good it feels to just hang out, smell the fresh air and just be reunited with nature.

UP Park cotton tree
UP Park cotton tree
UP Park
UP Park

And… after a total of six days, I decided to break my fast last Black Saturday.

A new restaurant was our goal destination for Black Saturday dinner so we tried out Cafe Sweet Inspirations along Katipunan Ave.

Sweet Inspirations

Chili Cheese Sticks Php95{ Chili Cheese Sticks Php95 }

Crispy Dilis served garlic rice and fried egg Php120{ Hers: Crispy Dilis served garlic rice and fried egg Php120 }

Grilled Boneless Chicken served with plain rice and buttered vegetables Php165{ His: Grilled Boneless Chicken served with plain rice and buttered vegetables Php165 }

Blueberry Cheesecake Php85{ Blueberry Cheesecake Php85 }

Overall, this place is cozy, reminded me of TOSH with the dim lights and homey-feel type of resto. The food was just OK — simple, straight to the point and true to its taste but nothing too good to rave about though.

About my supposedly sweet treat — considering they call themselves a cafe and bakeshop, they used poor quality cream cheese for this dessert. I don’t recommend this BUT maybe their other cake slices and desserts are worth a try so I would still go back and try them out.

Thanks to my B for these ah-mazing photos, as usual.

Cafe Sweet Inspirations
311 Katipunan Avenue Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City
Phone: 928-2557/ 4334200

Brasas, Latin American Street Food

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When I hear “Latin American”, I just can imagine the most beautiful and alluring people — think Brazilian models! And when I saw Brasas, Latin American Street Food, I am immediately drawn because I’m curious as to what could be the secret to their oozing appeal!

At Brasas{ Mi fecha guapo esta noche. }

Brasas Menu

Although their menu doesn’t seem like what sexy people eat on a regular basis to maintain their figures, I’d say the different spices used in their dishes is the factor that gives Latin American cuisine that distinct ooomph and flavor.

IMG_6088{ His: Chicken Rice Platters. Charcoal grilled meat with South American slaw, patacones & yellow rice served with chimichurri sauce. Php180 }

IMG_6089{ Hers: Pequeño Beef Grilled Wrap. Charcoal grilled meat, flour tortilla, tomato salsa, roasted sweet bell peppers, sauteed onions served with chipotle sauce. Php190 + Php30 for extra Monterey Jack cheese }

Both dishes are a feast in the palate. The charcoal grilled meat are tasty and tender to the bite. Although my grilled beef wrap is somewhat oily, which I assume came from the rich beef meat. You would probably crave for something sweet to balance off the taste but other than that, I’m sure you meat lovers will enjoy this, just like I did!

Brasas, Latin American Street Food
5th floor, The Podium, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center
Tel. 570-5559