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Chefs’ Quarter: Fine dining on a budget?

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August 20, 2010

Two veterans in the food business have decided there is no reason why fine dining should be the privilege of a select few.

Larry Cortez and chef Mauro Arjona Jr., pioneers of Le Soufflé, who worked with Billy King to setup Voulez Vous now French Corner in Alabang, and the pair behind Duo at Serendra that draws the likes of the Madame, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, found the right spot for their “total innovation of fine-dining cuisine”- Chefs’ Quarter.

Another food discovery in SM Megamall Atrium is Chefs’ Quarter which we’ve been eying for some time now. We dig the concept of having the elegance of fine dining within a mall.

{ they’ve got a huge space inside their branch in Atrium }

His: Tessie Tomas Salad Php295. Combination of roasted prawns, marinated salmon and grilled shiitake mushrooms with mesclun salad in a creamy balsamic dressing.

A mainstay on the menu and definitely an attention-grabber named after the Imeldific’s occasional alter ego. And my B always just got to try the best-seller. *wink*

His: Poele Lamb Spareribs Php395, in cilantro – curry sauce with mushrooms and vegetable risotto.

The Happy List: Fresh Pair Of Eyes

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Lulu’s Happy List

  1. when little brother treats me and mom some pizza
  2. when my B makes sandwich love in the morning
  3. first time I went to work early with B
  4. finding delicious-looking recipes I have yet to master
  5. finding mom’s ‘duties to do’ list hanging in our kitchen. I didn’t realize she likes making lists, too! Who knew?
  6. our first Christmas socks for this year. mom’s an early bird preparing for the holidays!
  7. cold bath on an almost summer-like weather
  8. nurturing thy soul
  9. package in the mail is love
  10. mom as my cheerleader
  11. beehive cupcakes and new foodie discoveries, vegetarian cuapao & coconut mango shake. delish!
  12. my B makes me happy
  13. celebrating with B’s family with pretty little zsi-zsi for his dad’s birthday.

Happy birthday, Tito Jun!!!

Dear Lulu

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Dear Lulu,

Just keep your Heart open. You may think that because of what has happened in the past that it will continue to happen now and in the future. But that is a falsehood.

Meet today, meet this moment with a new perspective. Stay with the uncomfortable feelings, respond with love instead of reacting from fear. You can choose to paint a new future with an adjustment in your attitude right now.

If you love someone, love them without stopping your life or expecting anything from them. If you miss someone, allow yourself to EXPERIENCE that emotion. Instead of trying to change anything just be open. Right here, right now.

If you shut down you let fear win. Let love in today. Be brand new right now.

Your heart
by Sharon Van Etten