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Cibo Rigatoni All’Alfonso dinner takeout

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Dinner takeout - Cibo Rigatoni All'Alfonso <3{ Dinner takeout – Cibo Rigatoni All’Alfonso }

I’m popping in for a quick post. Hope your Friday is as pleasant as you hoped it would be. I know we are all excited for yet another long weekend! Wish it’s like this every week noh? *smirks*

Today is a wash-dishes-sweep-floor-do-laundry-kind-of-Friday for me.
And… I had that pasta above for dinner – diet mode! While watching Hunger Games. Very fitting? 😀 Plus KitKat Dark Chocolate and M&M’s Dark Chocolate for dessert.

Have a lovely night. Cheers!

8 Spices Thai Cuisine

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I was recently craving for the spiciness of Thai cuisine so it is with the highest excitement when I was invited by OpenRice to try 8 Spices Thai Cuisine in their Tomas Morato, Quezon City branch. I asked my B if he would care to join me and boy was I glad he did. We both love spicy foods and I just know we’re in for a treat!

The Interior

It was bright, wide space with modern interiors. Simple and neat.

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8 Spices Thai Cuisine opened last 2008 at IL Terrazzo Mall in Tomas Morato, Quezon City but they moved to Scout Borromeo St. in the same vicinity to have a bigger diner space and lots of parking space. Why 8 Spices? 8 spices represent the major spices used in Thai cooking, as per the owner.

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There were 13 menu lined up for us. It was a mix of drinks, appetizers, salads, soups, rice, main entree (of chicken, beef, fish, seafood), noodles, pulutan and desserts.

The Food on Our Table

Thai Iced Tea Php85{ Thai Iced Tea Php85 }

It is generally a good cold drink. It’s not too sweet or creamy because of sugar and creamer nor too bitter because of black tea. All the ingredients blended well together and there was no off taste. A very refreshing drink especially after indulging in a spoonful of spicy eats.

Pomelo Salad (Yam Som-O) Php305{ Pomelo Salad (Yam Som-O) Php305 }

Pomelo, shrimp, desiccated coconut flakes, coconut milk, chili flakes, onion and roasted peanuts are the major ingredients of this salad. Although I’m not a fan of salads, this would be an exception since I loved the play of texture and taste in my mouth. Only fresh ingredients were used and it is evident in its crisp taste.

Fried Chicken Pandan (Gkai Hor Bai Toey) 5pcs Php280{ Fried Chicken Pandan (Gkai Hor Bai Toey) 5pcs Php280 }

This is the marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves or screwpine leaves. Pandan leaves infused the chicken with its sweet and fragrant aroma against its juicy taste even after it was deep fried. Tasty with or without the sweet-chili sauce.

Chef Foong from Thailand{ Chef Foong from Thailand presenting authentic Thai food. }

Spicy Seafood Soup (Tom Yam Ruam Mid Thalay) Large Php380{ Spicy Seafood Soup (Tom Yam Ruam Mid Thalay) Large Php380 }

Piping hot, spicy, sour and highly addictive soup! This is one of my favorites from this Thai lunch. Galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and chilis are some of the spices used to concoct this delicious mixed seafood soup.

Brand new day and garden inspirations…

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Did you enjoy the long weekend? I hope everyone had a superb time with everything that inspires and you love most. Ours were spent bonding with families, cleaning and organizing piled up junk, styling a 4-month old charming baby boy for a photo shoot, visiting relatives, playing with kids and eating fast foods! I know the latter does not sound any good so today will be a start of a healthier eating habit (again). These long weekends are rare so we have to spend it the most special way possible. Blogging and work took a backseat but now we are back!

I’m just popping in to share these whimsical little garden inspirations..

white pastel pink garden house{ How pretty is this garden house. White, pink, flowers and all pretty details. }

picnic in the garden{ If I have a garden set-up like this, I would do my movie watching + work here! }

backyard garden{ A simple refreshing backyard garden with lots of greens + flowers. }

I woke up to my own excitement when my B said we can transform an unused space beside his apt unit into a garden! Maybe we can grow some herb to be used as fresh spices when cooking. Maybe we can grow vines on its walls. Maybe we can grow pretty flowers… then we’ll have afternoon teas and sweet treats in there.. and the list can go on forever with exciting ideas! *hooray*

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