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    Patricia

    Majority of my friends call me Trish, I guess you could call me that too. I'm a transcriptions editor with a really messed up body clock and never ending affinity for films, food and written words. I like street art, sweets, neutrals and monochromes, sushi, window seats, golf carts and lazy weekends.

    Some of the things that completely preoccupy me are my fixation with the now defunct The Civil Wars and their beautiful art of sadness, Oh Sehun, sleeping, CSS and HTML, @iameden, and those damn hypnotizing Tasty videos. Top country in my travel bucketlist? Iceland. But the one that will always have my heart? Hong Kong.


    The Collective may be one of the few places I really like to go to because it's super near from where I live in Makati and of course, the place houses a lot of specialty shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants that I'm excited to try. I've been to Wingman a couple of times before as well as Mochiko. I don't know what happened with Offbeat though. Everytime I'm at The Collective, it's always closed. I was trying to access their Facebook page but it always comes up as not found. Anybody got any updates?

    Anyway, here's another food joint I tried back in December. (I know, I know, this is a month late.)


    It was a really, really busy night at The Collective and I just want to have dinner before I go to work. Peeking through the windows, we found an empty spot and immediately went inside bamm. I assumed they serve Mediterranean food so it's fine with me.


    I had no idea what to order and I had no idea what the items on their menu look or taste like. Hahaha. (From what I've read now on their Facebook page, they serve German-Turkish food.) I'm just very, very hungry that time and I wanted to eat anything with rice. So we ordered potato chips, Beef Doener with Rice Pilaf for him and Beef and Chicken Doener with Rice Pilaf for me.

    People are coming in non-stop until it came to a point that they can't accept customers anymore because the resto was full. I took pictures while waiting for our food to be served.


    I must say though that their staff was really friendly, attentive and accommodating. I'm not sure if there were only 2 of them that night. Our food was finally served, the food attendant was apologetic because we had to follow up our orders. Well, can't really blame them, they were swamped that night.

    Potato Chips (PhP 65)



    Nothing really extraordinary about them. Thinly sliced crispy potatoes that came with a dip. But I thought it was odd dipping them in that sauce.

    Beef and Chicken Doener with Rice Pilaf



    I actually liked this one. Both the chicken and the beef were really tender, tasty and yummy. But the only problem I had was the supposed rice pilaf. The rice was just too sticky and it tasted just like ordinary rice. I had a hard time finishing the rice so I just devoured the beef and chicken.

    Overall, not a very satisfying meal for us here. But we'd still comeback to try their currywursts and frankfurters, maybe that could change our initial impression with bamm.




    I've been wanting to eat at Kubyertos for the longest time because of my craving for their adobo. Nope, I have not tried their adobo before. Haha. You see, living in the city and having no time to cook makes me miss eating home prepared meals. One time, I was craving for some good ol' pork adobo. Coincidentally, I've picked up their flyer lying around our unit and read their menu. It read:
    Ah!dobo. Pork simmered in in soy sauce, vinegar and aromatics. 
    I know it doesn't sound that special but that time it was stuck in my head. And I was really excited to try it.

    Chance finally came about a week ago. Fritzie and I both stayed for the weekend at our unit so we went to Kubyertos at around 11 pm  for dinner (LOL we woke up really late that day night).


    The place was actually almost full that night but most customers left by the time we placed our orders. I like the place! It's so spacious and the atmosphere feels light. They got this wall of what seems to be bowls (I think) and all their chairs and tabled were made from wood.


    Of course I ordered Ah!dobo (PhP 130)! Serving was quite big (yay), pork was really tender and tasty. The viand was served on top of hot rice! Yummmm. It was really delicious and filling. I finally satisfied my craving!


    Fritzie's pick that night was SisigTri (PhP 180), sisig was wrapped then deep fried. She paired this with a Manila Beer (that was the only beer available). I was so busy (and contented) eating my adobo that I almost forgot to taste this. I tried a piece and it's actually pretty good. It's perfectly crunchy and the sisig filling was tasty. They could fill it up more though. SisigTri is definitely a great pulutan.



    You may visit bamm and Kubyertos at The Collective. It's located at 7274 Malugay St. San Antonio Village, Makati City.
    bamm's Official Facebook Page
    Kubyerto's Official Facebook Page
    The Collective's Official Facebook Page

    . Sunday, January 27, 2013 .

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    . Sunday, January 27, 2013 .


    The Collective may be one of the few places I really like to go to because it's super near from where I live in Makati and of course, the place houses a lot of specialty shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants that I'm excited to try. I've been to Wingman a couple of times before as well as Mochiko. I don't know what happened with Offbeat though. Everytime I'm at The Collective, it's always closed. I was trying to access their Facebook page but it always comes up as not found. Anybody got any updates?

    Anyway, here's another food joint I tried back in December. (I know, I know, this is a month late.)


    It was a really, really busy night at The Collective and I just want to have dinner before I go to work. Peeking through the windows, we found an empty spot and immediately went inside bamm. I assumed they serve Mediterranean food so it's fine with me.


    I had no idea what to order and I had no idea what the items on their menu look or taste like. Hahaha. (From what I've read now on their Facebook page, they serve German-Turkish food.) I'm just very, very hungry that time and I wanted to eat anything with rice. So we ordered potato chips, Beef Doener with Rice Pilaf for him and Beef and Chicken Doener with Rice Pilaf for me.

    People are coming in non-stop until it came to a point that they can't accept customers anymore because the resto was full. I took pictures while waiting for our food to be served.


    I must say though that their staff was really friendly, attentive and accommodating. I'm not sure if there were only 2 of them that night. Our food was finally served, the food attendant was apologetic because we had to follow up our orders. Well, can't really blame them, they were swamped that night.

    Potato Chips (PhP 65)



    Nothing really extraordinary about them. Thinly sliced crispy potatoes that came with a dip. But I thought it was odd dipping them in that sauce.

    Beef and Chicken Doener with Rice Pilaf



    I actually liked this one. Both the chicken and the beef were really tender, tasty and yummy. But the only problem I had was the supposed rice pilaf. The rice was just too sticky and it tasted just like ordinary rice. I had a hard time finishing the rice so I just devoured the beef and chicken.

    Overall, not a very satisfying meal for us here. But we'd still comeback to try their currywursts and frankfurters, maybe that could change our initial impression with bamm.




    I've been wanting to eat at Kubyertos for the longest time because of my craving for their adobo. Nope, I have not tried their adobo before. Haha. You see, living in the city and having no time to cook makes me miss eating home prepared meals. One time, I was craving for some good ol' pork adobo. Coincidentally, I've picked up their flyer lying around our unit and read their menu. It read:
    Ah!dobo. Pork simmered in in soy sauce, vinegar and aromatics. 
    I know it doesn't sound that special but that time it was stuck in my head. And I was really excited to try it.

    Chance finally came about a week ago. Fritzie and I both stayed for the weekend at our unit so we went to Kubyertos at around 11 pm  for dinner (LOL we woke up really late that day night).


    The place was actually almost full that night but most customers left by the time we placed our orders. I like the place! It's so spacious and the atmosphere feels light. They got this wall of what seems to be bowls (I think) and all their chairs and tabled were made from wood.


    Of course I ordered Ah!dobo (PhP 130)! Serving was quite big (yay), pork was really tender and tasty. The viand was served on top of hot rice! Yummmm. It was really delicious and filling. I finally satisfied my craving!


    Fritzie's pick that night was SisigTri (PhP 180), sisig was wrapped then deep fried. She paired this with a Manila Beer (that was the only beer available). I was so busy (and contented) eating my adobo that I almost forgot to taste this. I tried a piece and it's actually pretty good. It's perfectly crunchy and the sisig filling was tasty. They could fill it up more though. SisigTri is definitely a great pulutan.



    You may visit bamm and Kubyertos at The Collective. It's located at 7274 Malugay St. San Antonio Village, Makati City.
    bamm's Official Facebook Page
    Kubyerto's Official Facebook Page
    The Collective's Official Facebook Page

    . Wednesday, January 23, 2013 .

    This might be a bit late but I've realized it's been quite a while since I've written something personal here. One can quickly assume that my personal space in the interwebs is a ~*~food blog~*~ simply by seeing the frequency of food entries. I try to write about as much topics as I can but most of the time it involved eating. (Hehehe.)

    I was browsing my older posts and I kind of miss the times when I post photos from my bus rides to work, those lists of things to do and those where I just simply speak my mind. After all, that is the point of creating a blog. Don't get me wrong, I love my gastronomical pursuits but I think I'd also like to blog about something else. It's time to mix things up and do something new.

    So here's a list of self challenges that I would like to start this year (and hopefully finish this year, too):


    I've been meaning to do this for a long time now. I'm still trying to figure out what specific project it'll be. I'm currently doing a sort of photo project but nothing too grand. I take pictures of the people I sit next to when I'm on my way to work/home or just anytime I'm in a public utility vehicle. I've posted all the photos in my instagram acccount and I'm thinking of compiling everything and posting it here on my blog as well.


    Last year's workshop with CraftMNL exposed me to DIY glass etching. It's fun and it's so much better when things are personalized. I'd like to attend more workshops and learn more knowledge about different crafts. There's just tons out there waiting to be discovered. I know I don't have much creative juices flowing but I'd really like to try to be all artsy craftsy.


    *gulp*

    I am alloting a specific month in the remainder of the year for this. I will still blog as frequently as possible on that month about everything else except food. This, I think, will be the hardest challenge as I have to find other things/activities to write about.



    What things would you like to do different this year?
    . Tuesday, January 22, 2013 .


    If you haven't noticed, I'm quite in a cupcake-hunting and cupcake-eating fixation lately. Sophie's Mom is the third cupcake shop I've tried for the past one and a half months, and I'm beginning to think that SM Megamall could be my wonderland.

    Sophie's Mom has been around for quite a while and I don't know why I haven't tried it out. I found their cute stall in SM Megamall A (a few steps away from National Bookstore) and was quickly drawn to it.

    Sometimes I wonder why do cupcake stores have to be all dainty and cute all time time? And why are the colors always baby pink and baby blue? (Refer to this screen shot.) I even googled why are cupcake shops cute once but found no answers.

    There are a few flavors to choose from when I got there. A queue was also building up so it definitely aded to my curiousity. I also found out that they also sell cookies (there's also red velvet cookies with frosting on top yayyy), pastries and mochi balls (they've got a red velvet and cream cheese mochi ice cream)! I could just squeal in delight!

    Yes, I know, cupcakes are everywhere nowadays. It's like the milk tea craze all over again, everybody's joining the bandwagon. But sweet treats hold such a special place in my heart that I cannot pass up the opportunity to discover another brand that may (or may not) top my all time favorite, House of Silvanas' red velvet cupcake. Heh.


    I absolutely did not regret getting 2 Red Velvet Cupcakes. It was absolutely delicious. The cream cheese frosting on top indeed tasted like cream cheese, in fact, I think it may be pure cream cheese because it certainly tasted that way. How cool is that? Most red velvet cupcakes I've tried lost the 'cream cheese' flavor of the frosting because it has become too sweet. I am so glad that, that's not the case with Sophie's Mom. Another plus, the chocolate chips in the cake! It was such a surprise and a nice touch to an all-time favorite. Everything is balanced and the cake was very moist. I highly recommend this!

    The Green Tea Cupcake was unexpectedly good. I was really curious about how they would translate the much celebrated drink into a confectionery. It was certainly something different but the good kind! Most people don't like green tea but this is worth trying. The white chocolate and green tea somehow blended and tasted well together.


    The Rainbow Burst Cupcake is an absolute eyecandy, don't you think? It can certainly brighten up your day. Not a personal favorite though. It just lacked flavor that I was expecting and there was quite nothing behind the happy, vivid colors. I just wish there was more flavor when you sink your teeth in this multicolored goodness. But this cupcake can truly make anyone smile just by the mere sight of it.



    I think Sophie's Mom's claimed the number one spot for the best red velvet cupcake I have tasted. And I will certainly come back to try more of the flavors they offer. There's just so much more! I think the cupcakes are fairly priced considering it's quality. A new favorite!

    Hopefully, I would get to visit their main branch in San Antonio Village very soon.

    photo from http://heftyfoodie.wockynest.com


    Sophie's Mom Bakery & Confectionary is located at G/F SM Megamall, Bldg. A, Julia Vargas Ave Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City

    Other branches are in San Antonio Village, Makati City, SM Southmall and SM North Edsa The Block.

    Sophiesmom.com
    Sophie's Mom @ Facebook
    @SophiesMomPH
    . Saturday, January 19, 2013 .



    Before heading to the mall last Saturday for an afternoon date, I thought of searching online first for a different restaurant, deviating from all our pizza and burger madness. It's always a daunting task to find a restaurant in the metro where our cravings will be satisfied at an affordable price.

    After much time spent on Google, I decided to give C2 Classic Cuisine a try. After all, I miss eating Filipino dishes. I am fed up with eating fastfood everyday!

    According to their official Facebook page, "C2 Classic Cuisine  is a refreshing restaurant that offers the best redefined Filipino classics". I was really counting a lot on redefined. Most of the descriptions that I read online from other blogs consists of the words Filipino, fusion and modern. The last restaurant I went to that had that had the same theme was Mesa (which I really, really liked) and I haven't been anywhere near a Filipino fusion themed resto since.

    We arrived at C2 Classic Cuisine SM Megamall on a Saturday noon. The place was quite packed (which is always a good sign, I think) but was lucky enough to find seats as soon as we got there.


    We were handed the menu as soon as we got settled. We were so excited to eat because everything looked really delicious!


    Here's our picks:

    1. Adobo Rice Bagoong Fried Rice (PhP 105)


    I was pretty sure that we ordered Adobo Rice because of the viand that we ordered along with this (refer to number 2). I thought at first it was Adobo flavored, but I was wrong. Adobo Rice was supposed to be served with shredded Adobo flakes. No worries though. What I like about their rice serving is that one order is equivalent to 2 bowls of rice. So we opted for a combination of one Adobo Rice Bagoong Rice and one plain rice. (Oh, the sodium consumption I had this day...)

    2. Binagoongang Lechon Kawali (PhP 325)


    We were both quite surprised when this was served and the first thing he said was, "Parang ang daming bagoong?" It was a question, too, inside my head that time. I thought, maybe it tastes good or maybe we can just remove the excess shrimp paste. But there was just too much shrimp paste. Good thing there was an eggplant relish on the side that was sour, so it kind of contrasts the saltiness of the lechon kawali. The pork was cooked perfectly but the amount of shrimp paste kind of ruined the dish for me.

    3. Pinakbet at Bagnet (PhP 275)


    I was super excited to try this. I was craving for vegetables and I was happy to learn that they have Pinakbet with my ever favorite Ilocano pork dish, Bagnet. The crunch of the pork's still ringing in my ears. The dish was great, though I know very well not to expect that much of Bagnet since this was under the Vegetables list in their menu. Hahaha. It was a good dish -- nothing out of the ordinary, but still able to satisfy my yearning for this classic vegetable dish.

    4. Turon ala Mode (PhP 155)


    Okay. So another little disappointment I had was that the Pastillas Panna Cotta that I originally ordered was out of stock that day. Sometimes, I don't understant how could restaurants let that happen. Saturdays are supposed to be busy days for them so they have to be fully stocked with everything in their menu, right? But what do I know. Haha. So upon learning that, I changed my order to this. A dessert was required after our meal because we just had too much salty food.

    I really loved this! The butterscotch and langka sauce was just perfect. The Turon had a perfect crunch to it, banana was quite on the mushy side and was surprised with the ube (yam) filling! Just the way I like it! I thought it was a great way to end our lunch.



    So there. Sometimes I wonder if I just make poor choices in the food we order. But hey, restaurants are supposed to serve great dishes, right? Food was definitely not cheap and most of it fell short of our expectations. Nonetheless, I would still give C2 another try and hopefully next time, the Pastillas Panna Cotta's available.


    C2 Classic Cuisine is located at 3/F SM Megamall Atrium, Julia Vargas Avenue corner EDSA Wack Wack, Mandaluyong City
    Other branches are located at Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, Greenhills and Katipunan

    C2 Classic Cuisine's Official Facebook Page
    . Monday, January 14, 2013 .


    Found this cute cupcake shop in SM Megamall through a friend's recommendation. Another cupcake store! Yey! We just came from an out-of-town trip that day and we were itching to have our sweets craving satisfied so we each bought a box of 6 and tried out some while lounging at a nearby coffee shop.

    Here are the flavors I chose (clockwise in the photo):

    1. White chocolate with basil. This is my favorite out of the bunch. I was really surprised with the flavors and I didn't expect I'd like it more than the others. The bottom of the cupcake is actually a sort of graham crust with basil. It was a complete surprise to the palate and the combination of the sweetness of the white chocolate and the savory flavor of basil definitely won my heart.


    2. Red Velvet. I was not a big fan of J.Cuppacakes' version of this cupcake classic. Though I read online that most people love this flavor, I was not impressed. I thought the cake was dry and crumbly, and I hope they do make the color more red as opposed to it's current dark shade.

    3. Salted Caramel. Salted caramel flavor is indeed a fad in most restaurants, dairy products, coffee shops and pastries. Ever since I had a taste of an ice cream in this flavor, I've been wanting more!

    Okay, so this is my second favorite flavor. One issue I had with it is the popcorn on top. Maybe since the cupcake was refrigerated too long, the popcorn had turned chewy and lost all its crisp. What won me over is the caramel filled center! Another surprise there!

    4. Vanilla. We all know that this is a staple flavor in almost everything so more often than not, we assume that this would be perfected. I was quickly attracted with the bright pink color but it fell short  of my expectations. I think the frosting-cake ratio was off, there was too much frosting on top of the cake. The sweetness was quite overpowering but props for the moist cake.

    Another craving satisfied, another cupcake shop visited!



    They also make customized cakes, cupcakes and cake pops. You may visit J.Cuppacakes' stall at 2F SM Megamall B (in front of the department store), Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.
    . Friday, January 11, 2013 .

    
    image from http://www.wanderrgirl.com
    “Before you climb the ladder of success, make sure it’s leaning on the right building.”
    – Zig Ziglar

    The words Facebook Depression caught my eye on Arriane's post in her blog's Facebook account. Now, that really got me thinking.

    I'm sure we all have felt this tinge of sadness/envy/jealousy when we see our friend's/high school classmate's/college buddy's Facebook posts about how they recently got engaged/married with their perfect significant others, or a photo of getting their car (with a silly name) washed, or a check-in at a place insanely far away from where you are sitting right now and they are having the time of their life.

    Sometimes, I find myself thinking, "What have I done in my life so far?"

    Upon reading Arriane's blog post, she stresses these two points:
    1. What’s YOUR definition of success?
    2. Stop comparing yourself to others – because their definition of success is probably different than yours.
    Okay. For point #1, I aim for something that everybody else wants. At this stage in my life, I think my definition of success would be (in general) to go out more and try new things, be good (or great) at work, invest and save up. Basically, be financially secure and invest on things I will need in my life in the future. On a more specific note, it would be learning Web Design and getting a job related to that.

    Point #2 is what I really need to do because that's right, we all have personal definitions of the word success.
    "Don’t let your ladder of success lean on the building of others (or others’ Facebook status updates!!!!!). Seriously. Comparing what you have or what you’ve done to that of others is the quickest way to de-motivate and sabotage yourself. Let their success stories inspire you, but don’t go chasing after their dreams. Create and stay true to your own definition of success."
    This is what I truly need to hear (or read). Most of the time, I measure my own accomplishments with what others have already achieved. I know it's human nature to do this. Most of the time, it easily brings me down. After reading this positive note from Arriane, I thought success is what/where I am now despite every obstacle that's been in my way throughout my life. And it's not bad! Everything is actually great.

    We all have our personal stories and struggles. I was just made to remember not to look at my life based on other people's perspectives or measure it using other people's sticks. In times of self doubt, I'm very glad to be reminded of these little things that gives me a boost and a more positive approach in life.☺It's still a long way ahead anyway.



    Read more little notes of positivity and motivation on Arriane's website, *Wanderrgirl.com.

    . Tuesday, January 01, 2013 .

    image credits to: Africa Fanlo

    Countless times I've pointed out that 2011 was the most confusing period of my life, but after all the shit that's happened, the higher powers blessed me with an absolutely fantastic year that was 2012. Fantastic doesn't even begin to cover it because it was the most unexpectedly happy 366 days out of my 26 years of existence.

    So let me lay down the points that made this year super great:

    1. Got promoted.


    I was a call center agent for a year and 2 months when I decided to apply for the position Real Time Analyst, which was a part of the Workforce Management. I know it was short-lived (lol read along what happened) but I felt that sense of accomplishment, that I can do anything. We all have these preconceived notions of the responsibilities of an RTA but you honestly have no idea what's happening inside. It was one of the most challenging jobs I had. It was also great to be a part of this team of youthful, happy people.

    2. My first airplane ride!


    Finally! Hahaha. We went to Puerto Princesa last March (was with my family) and it was so much fun! I quote myself, "It was the most outdoorsy I could ever get!" I was able to meet relatives too! It was really good to go out once in a while and absorb the beauty surrounding you. I hope this year I can travel again. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    3. Moved in with friends. To the big city we went!


    I had a taste of semi-independence when I decided to live in Makati with my college friends. It's still an hour's ride away from where I work but it's hands down more convenient than the daily hustle here in Cavite. Living in a unit I pay for (a third lol), utility bills, figuring out what's for dinner, laundry, etc. Definitely made me feel like an adult. But I have to admit I got tired of eating fast food!

    4. New work + New friends


    In the end, it all boils down to the greener pasture. I'm now working at another company as an editor. So happy to spend the holidays at home as opposed to what happened last year. We were on holiday vacation from December 22! Yay! What's best about this already great job are the people I'm working with. I'll never forget how I spent the last 3 days of 2012 with most of you! Super wasak moments!

    5. Went to new places... and blogged about it!


    My love for good food really took me to places this year! I was really happy I got to go out more, spend more time with my friends, and experience new things and new places. I'd give myself a pat in the back (hehe) for being able to blog religiously the entire year about my escapades. Getting a little bit recognized was a bonus! More to come this 2013!

    6. Met Taking Back Sunday!


    This alone is enough reason for this year to be the best. Of course I am thankful for all the other wonderful things that happened but meeting the band actually sufficed. To watch them perform live was a part of my bucket list thinking I still have a lot of years ahead to formulate a strategy as to how to make it happen. I guess I was damn lucky this year that they decided to come here after their Australian tour. AND YES I WAS GAWDDAMN LUCKY when I got picked to meet them up close and have these (there were actually 3) photos. It was indeed the best night of my life so far.

    ***

    Some people say that time is just a concept and an illusion of the mind. Well, today's not really that brand new since it's just yesterday's tomorrow. You get what I mean. It's nice to look back at a specific period of time and think of all the things that happened, may it be good or bad.

    2012 was certainly a great year for me. Today is the first day of another future and let's hope it will be even better than the year that was. If not, there are more years to come to get things right! :)

    Happy 1st of January, everyone!