Monday, April 20, 2015

Crepes, crepes, and more crepes at Crepeman Cafe

Yesterday, I, together with one of my kids, went food tripping in Pasig City, something I'm rarely able to do. The only times I go to Pasig is when I visit a dear friend and attend worship service in our church's East Campus at Pioneer Center. Yesterday, I again chose to attend church in Pasig City just so we could eat at Crepeman Cafe in Barangay Kapitolyo. Here, I had a savory crepe while my daughter chose a dessert crepe.

Crepe lady
Blueberry crepe, P95.

Philly's Cheeseteak crepe, P100.
Beef, caramelized onion, cheese and cheese spread are inside the Philly's Cheesesteak

Strawberry smoothie, P90.

Mocha Frappe, P105.
Cappuccino, P80.

My daughter, although she liked her Blueberry Crepe, wasn't very happy at Crepeman Cafe because she was expecting to have a heavier meal. We hadn't had lunch and she was disappointed that all that's offered here are crepes. Oh well, I liked my Philly's Cheeseteak, yes, although it didn't have a lot of fillings, which was kinda disappointing considering its price. My strawberry smoothie seemed like the fruit was not fresh, just powdered flavoring. I hope not! Happily, the cappuccino saved the day for me because it was sooo good, I remembered Starbucks. Haha! I tasted my 
daughter's Mocha Frappe and it was okay, just a little bland for me. 
Have a nice week, folks! Happy eating!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fun summer at Phi-Phi Beach Resort in Morong, Bataan

As I write this, it's been just five hours since I arrived from Morong, Bataan, where our agency held its annual Gender Awareness Development seminar/outing. While in that province north of Manila, we stayed at Phi-Phi Beach Resort for three days and two nights. My co-workers and I so enjoyed our stay - the good food, nice and comfortable rooms and most of all, nature at its finest - the beach and 
my favorite of all God's creations - the glorious, 
beautiful, mystic sunset!  

Entrance to Phi-Phi Beach Resort 
Guests' rooms 
One of the swimming pools 
View of Phi-Phi Resort from the beach 
Inside our room 
The sea viewed from the balcony of our seminar room at the second floor 
Minutes just before the sun dips into the depths of the earth
Dusk - my favorite time of the day
At dawn the following day, I went to the shore and found fish vendors 
Fresh squid. I bought two kilos 
Galunggong. I don't know what the big fish inside the plastic bag is.
Customers haggling with the vendor 
Boats of various colors

My eyes feasted on the various picturesque sights here. But my tummy was full and happy as well! Nearly everything that was served to us during the duration of our stay was delicious.  

Day 1 / welcome lunch - chicken afritada, breaded porkchop and mixed vegetables with rice. There's also
crab and corn soup and buko pandan for dessert 
Day 1 afternoon snacks - carbonara and garlic toast
Day 1 Dinner - sesame pork, chopsuey, grilled bangus (milkfish) and pork sinigang wirh rice plus corn soup and fresh banana for dessert.
Day 2 breakfast - fried rice, scrambled egg, corned beef and ham
Day 2 morning snacks - pancit bihon and tuna sandwich 
Day 2 lunch - beefsteak, toge guisado, fried chicken with rice, crab and corn soup plus maja blanca for dessert  
Day 2 afternoon snacks - spaghetti and chicken sandwich

Day 2 dinner - fried tilapia, ampalaya guisado and grilled liempo with rice plus chicken tinola
and creamed sago for dessert

Day 3 breakfast - fried rice, scrambled egg, beef tapa and longganisa. There's also corn soup
which is kinda unusual, if not weird, 
for breakfast. Hehe..

For morning snacks and lunch on Day 3, the resort just packed everything because we left early so we could drop by Subic Freeport to go shopping. We were given pesto pasta and ham and cheese sandwich for merienda and for lunch, lechon kawali and fried chicken.  We ate on the bus after we finished
buying stuff at Puregold in Subic.
Food in general at Phi-Phi Resort was delish! The only I didn't like was the maja blanca because it was rough in texture and way too sweet. This and the fact that there was no brewed coffee! Aargh!

Anyway, here's what we had for dinner tonight (with my family back here in Manila) - the squid
that I bought in Morong, which I asked the vendor to grill, too for an additional P50.

Fresh and delicious inihaw na pusit. 

Yes, I would recommend Phi-Phi Beach Resort for your nice vacation with the
family or barkada this summer. Here, you could go swimming at the pool or beach, play ball games, go island hopping (You could ride a boat for P200/person) or simply watch the sunset and savor
time off from work and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Have a good life, folks! Magandang buhay!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Today's Word: James 1:1-2

Do you love trials? We don't, that's for sure. But the Apostle James tells us to "consider it pure joy" when we face trials of different kinds. So even if we're not exactly happy amid problems, we are consoled by the fact that yes, we can still be joyful even though we undergo trials, knowing that these are merely avenues by which God tests our faith. And when our testing is complete, so are we, not lacking anything! What a promise! We all encounter difficulties, some of them too heavy a burden for us. But these should not sway us from God and His promises. Let us not forget that if He brought us (or allowed us) into it, He will also bring us through it. God will give us victory and we will overcome. Let us hold on to that hope and remember that the problems we have are temporary but for those who are called and chosen, there is an eternal life where we will 
cry no more in the company of our Lord God. 
Be blessed!

(Thank you for this picture,

Monday, April 13, 2015

Real Deal meal plus more at The Old Spaghetti House

When our family eats out, I prefer ordering group meals to quicken things out. Six people choosing and ordering different things could spell chaos and take some time, you know, and to avoid that, my husband and I opt to order just one thing that includes all, for all. For lunch yesterday, we ate as a family for the first time at The Old Spaghetti House at Robinsons Otis in Manila. As usual, we ordered the group meal. Here, it’s called Real Deal. For P2,599., we got a large serving of pomodoro pasta, another of carbonara, 12 pieces of fried chicken, two 11-inch pizzas, and a 1.5-liter Pepsi. We also ordered the Appetizer Sampler consisting of fried wonton, calamares and 
chicken tenders with three kinds of dips. For dessert, 
we got the Dessert Platter consisting of fried Oreo cookies 
topped with a scoop of ice cream, tiramisu and mud pie.

Appetizer Sampler 

I think this was pesto bread
Pinoy Pizza
Chicken Barbecue Pizza
Fried Chicken
Dessert Platter 
Mud Pie
Golden Oreo Cookie ala Mode
Tropical fruit juice for my daughter who doesn't like soda
Much like the way we serve the spoons and forks at home

The Old Spaghetti House at the ground floor of Robinson's Otis 

What did we love here at TOSH? The pomodoro pasta, fried chicken and desserts. I particularly loved the Mud Pie. Yummy! Sorry but we weren’t happy with the pizza and carbonara, which to me were lacking in flavors, and the pizzas, also in toppings.
 I remember eating at their short-lived branch on Lacson Ave. near UST with my friends some 10 years ago. I don’t recall what pasta I ordered then but I remember liking it. I loved the coffee, too, which I recall was of dark roast that I had a hard time falling asleep that night. Hehehe..
Am I coming back? I'd like to, to try their other offers like the Pasta Negra and sandwiches.  Well, whatever you’re having right now, happy eating, folks!