29 May 2011

Papa John's at Robinson's Galleria

It was accidental that RK, Julius and I found ourselves at Papa John's last Thursday. The ulterior motive of heading over to that mall was to go get the schedule of the Street Dance class at Gold's Gym, which we did in only 5 minutes. RK told us that food at Papa John's was good so Julius and I were swayed.

We started with the potato wedges because I am such a fan of potatoes. Basically the only different with this one is that you dip it in pizza sauce rather than ketchup. I think it needs a little more salt though.
Potato Wedges (PhP 90)
I'm not a fan of cream sauce but I thought their carbonara was more than okay. 
Spaghetti Carbonara (PhP 180)
The pizza I loved! The dough was really chewy and the toppings were hefty. The way they served it was pretty interesting as well: with melted butter and this chili they call peperoncini. RK said it tasted like pickle though.
9" Super Papa (PhP 320)
The place looks good and the price is pretty reasonable. The place could probably accommodate around 30-50 people including the outside tables. It would also be ideal to bring kids here because of their menu. Go for the pizza. I highly recommend it. 

Papa John's is located at the Veranda, Robinson's Galleria.

23 May 2011

Isn't This the Cutest Cake Ever?

Ain't that malande?!

Isn't it???

We got that at Breadtalk when Julius, RK and I surprised Jee Jean for her birthday. Imagine our surprise when we found out that she had like a gazillion cakes. Oh alright, four but you get the point.
Artista???

But then the cake was not the gift. You may have a lot of fluffy bread with frosting but you do not have this:
Yehess she's so happy with the "gift." Haha!
The four of us became close because of our Dumaguete escapade and we have been really good friends since. *tears*


HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEE JEAN!

22 May 2011

Komoro Soba at SM Megamall

Soba is the Japanese for buckwheat and in Japan is synonymous to any thin noodle. Truth is, I'm not really a fan of noodles other than Italian pasta and Pad Thai but I sure am fond of Japanese food. There is this small Japanese restaurant called Komoro Soba inside SM Megamall that unless you know about it, then probably you won't get to find it. I went there with my officemates Julius and RK for lunch the other day.

They have quite a number of ways of preparing your noodles. To begin with you can choose between Soba and Udon, which is the thicker one. You could also have it hot or cold. Because of this extensive noodle menu that I got myself Hot Karaage Soba and coupled it with Age Tofu.
Hot Karaage Soba (PhP 95)
Age Tofu (PhP 29)
Enjoying my Soba.
The noodles were cooked fine and it tasted just right. For someone who is not really into those, I enjoyed  my food. As for the tofu, I love anything soy and for the price it was worth it. The boys, being boys, just had to have their rice. Komoro Soba has seven Donburi choices.
Katsu Don (PhP 74)
Gyu Don (PhP 74)
I returned two days after with another officemate Rose. This time we sampled their Bento. Rose had the Katsu Bento while I had the Kara Age Bento. The bento boxes come with macaroni salad, miso soup and fruit. Sorry for the blurry and less than fabulous photos because I did not bring my camera that time.
Katsu Bento (PhP 108)

There was nothing fascinating with my set, the macaroni salad was even bland. The miso soup was alright though. It came with the set but you could get a bowl for PhP25.

The Kaki Age did not meet my expectations. I was looking for the kamote and that of Teriyaki Boy still tops my list, but then for PhP29 I should not complain.
Kaki Age (PhP 29)
Kani Salad tastes like, well, Kani Salad. I'm biased to crabstick so I loved this one.
Kani Salad (PhP 72)
Komoro Soba is affordable Japanese. It does not cost much and is a deviation from your usual commercial Japanese fastfood. I would definitely go back for lunch one of these days.

Komoro Soba is located at UGF  Building A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

21 May 2011

It's A Cool, Cool Summer

top and pants: Greenhills
blazer: thrifted
shoes: Celine
faux pearl necklace: 168 Mall
ring: Forever 21
Espadrilles: Celine

If it were up to me, then we'd both be happy. Sadly it isn't. The cosmos just decided that it's probably a nice event to screw us up and threw us in this melting pot of chaos and misery; and no, I dare not challenge the cosmos for that would be suicidal.

Not to mention futile and stupid.

Anyway, I don't get the weather. Manila summer is so fickle.


19 May 2011

What Alert Level?: Weekend at Club Balai Isabel

Office outings are always a bummer to organize because you have to get the consensus of everyone and more importantly you have to fit the alloted budget. After deliberating, we ended up going to Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas but then after a few weeks the Taal volcano was suddenly on alert level 2, meaning that it has been emitting toxic fumes so we had qualms about pushing through. It was good that we decided not to mind the volcano.

It was actually easy to reach the place since the Star Tollway is now conveniently connected to the South Luzon Expressway. The drive was smooth, no dirt roads. In about two hours we reached the place. We stayed at a Lakeshore Suite. Check-in is at 2 PM but we were able to get in at 10 AM.

The suite has two rooms and could accommodate about twelve people and is furnished with kitchen appliances and utensils.

After getting rest and taking a nap, the kids went for a swim. They have three pools in the area.

Of course we just had to have underwater shots. Thanks to Arman's camera. This is the winningest underwater shot ever.
Balik-ayos? Haha.
Sunset by the Taal Lake was fantastic.

Food was also superb. They had the freshest greens and this unique combination of makopa and kamias  as dressing was A-MA-ZING.
This is goooood salad!
Well of course we had to swim some more after drinking and then play drinking games. So naturally, we woke up pretty late and the morning was wasted. Plans for kayak were totally thrown out the window. Haha. Arman and I were able to play a round of billiards and we did get some more good photos though. Photos from Armans Olympus Tough, Bob's Nikon D90 and my Canon S95.
deck
church
The team. Yes yan na yun.
Oh and of course for the consumption of all our fans out there, I present two notebook photos.
Notebook: Taal Edition
Notebook: Simbahan Edition
Club Balai Isabel is a perfect getaway from the city being only two hours from Manila. Certainly a beautiful and picturesque place.

Club Balai Isabel is located at Barangay Banga, Talisay, Batangas.
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