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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.


    Last Monday, I was fortunate to be invited over to Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant's third branch in the Philippines, in the new East Wing of Shangri-La Mall.

    Before, I wasn't really a big fan of Japanese food. I think I've already mentioned a couple of times that all I knew about Japanese cuisine were the tonkatsus and karaages. But recently, I sort of grew fond over Japanese food and found myself enjoying sashimi (oh, salmon <3), gyoza and hefty bowls of hot ramen.

    So I did not let this opportunity pass so I can know more about Japanese cuisine. Also, I loved the fact that the new branch is located at Shang's East Wing. We've already tried a couple of restaurants there and I must say that, that place is a haven for people who love good food!



    Upon seeing the resto, the words posh and sleek immediately came to mind. It wasn't traditional Japanese interiors but you know it's an Asian restaurant because of the touches of color red and some oriental accents here and there. It certainly looked and felt like it's at the high end of the spectrum as opposed to just 'casual' but it still had that relaxed ambiance that makes you want to invite friends over and just chill the day away. I was greeted by their staff with smiles and was led to where I could be seated.

    I do not know much about Watami (like it's really a super well-known restaurant in Japan and has 700 branches!) but I went anyway because I was really looking forward to have an amazing gastronomical experience, Japanese way.
    They served us our choice of lunch set* which they were showcasing that day. I was expecting something fresh, tasty and authentic.


    . Friday, February 28, 2014 .

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    . Friday, February 28, 2014 .


    Last Monday, I was fortunate to be invited over to Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant's third branch in the Philippines, in the new East Wing of Shangri-La Mall.

    Before, I wasn't really a big fan of Japanese food. I think I've already mentioned a couple of times that all I knew about Japanese cuisine were the tonkatsus and karaages. But recently, I sort of grew fond over Japanese food and found myself enjoying sashimi (oh, salmon <3), gyoza and hefty bowls of hot ramen.

    So I did not let this opportunity pass so I can know more about Japanese cuisine. Also, I loved the fact that the new branch is located at Shang's East Wing. We've already tried a couple of restaurants there and I must say that, that place is a haven for people who love good food!



    Upon seeing the resto, the words posh and sleek immediately came to mind. It wasn't traditional Japanese interiors but you know it's an Asian restaurant because of the touches of color red and some oriental accents here and there. It certainly looked and felt like it's at the high end of the spectrum as opposed to just 'casual' but it still had that relaxed ambiance that makes you want to invite friends over and just chill the day away. I was greeted by their staff with smiles and was led to where I could be seated.

    I do not know much about Watami (like it's really a super well-known restaurant in Japan and has 700 branches!) but I went anyway because I was really looking forward to have an amazing gastronomical experience, Japanese way.
    They served us our choice of lunch set* which they were showcasing that day. I was expecting something fresh, tasty and authentic.


    . Tuesday, February 25, 2014 .

    Wendy's definitely has a lot of tricks under their sleeve as they bring to their Philippine stores the popular and buzzed about Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger!

    Original image from here.
    First, there was the Bacon Mushroom Melt that's a childhood favorite, then came the Baconator which was a personal favorite before. Now here comes another delicious twist, incorporating pretzel buns to their premium burger line (I really love their bacon burgers!) It was such a hit in the U.S., it was even named Burger of the Year for 2013 by Time Magazine (at least according to this site.) It was supposed to be a limited-time offer but was extended another season due to the manic buzz around it.

    So this year, Wendy's finally made the sought after product available for the burger-loving Pinoys!

    Sitting on a warm and delicious pretzel bun is a mouth-watering 100% U.S. beef patty complimented with juicy strips of bacon, melted cheddar cheese, smoky honey mustard, spring of greens and other premium ingredients. What burger lovers are raving about is the pretzel bun which sets it apart from ordinary burger buns. It gives you a nice, chewy crunch when you bite into it, without overpowering the flavors of the meat.

    Adding excitement to this year’s product launch is Heart Evangelista joining the Wendy’s family as brand ambassador. The alluring and award-winning actress, singer and T.V. host embodies the company’s core essence – a premium brand that is relentless in bringing superior quality food and service. As Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s said, “we don’t cut corners on quality,” and “quality is our recipe.”

    A more modern and warm look with a cozy atmosphere compliment the new Wendy’s stores. Featuring the new Wendy’s logo with the signature pig-tailed redhead girl, the restaurants are lively, but warm and inviting. Lounge seatings are available for the customers plus Wi-Fi access. The menu can be clearly seen on LED boards.

    Aside from the new Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, Wendy’s is bringing its great tasting signature burger, the Baconator along with Bacon Mushroom Melt, Frosty, Fresh Iced Tea and Salad to more Filipinos all over the country.

    From quality food to quality service, Wendy’s is aggressively expanding in the Philippines this year with the opening of new stores at Starmall Alabang and Ayala Fairview Terraces on February. Last year, 9 new stores were opened at Ortigas, Pasig, Glorietta 3 in Makati, SM Jazz Mall, The Portal Greenfield District, S&R Shaw Boulevard, NAIA 3, Harbor Point Subic, SM Clark, and The District DasmariƱas.

    Wendy’s is now aggressively innovating and improving by bringing original and delectable products to the people and constantly upgrading the look and service of its restaurants. As Heart Evangelista would say: “We deserve this!”

    I can't wait to try it!


    . Friday, February 21, 2014 .


    1. My bed on weekend mornings.
    2. Little sweet treats!
    3. My long (sometimes wavy but most times dry) hair
    4. Acknowledgments and appreciation. :)
    5. Steve.
    6. Improvements. (But we may have spoken too soon. Hahaha.)

    . Wednesday, February 19, 2014 .


    You see, the thing she believes is life is bittersweet if she'd open up to me
    And its the only thing she dreams,
    You gotta believe

    You've got to be strong now
    And if I come and hold you now
    You've got to be strong now

    . Monday, February 17, 2014 .

    Yang Chow's Hakaw. Post Valentine's Day celebration was at this Chinese restaurant near our house in Cavite. Being the lover of those plump shrimps encased in soft dough that I am, I had to order hakaw (or hakao). Yang Chow's version was okay for its price.

    Mad Mark's Creamery & Good Eat's Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Salted Sumatra and Half-Baked Madagascar. Very, very good.

    Ramen X's Yoshi's Ramen. Ramen fever is certainly not yet over. A lot of restaurants that have ramen as their specialty are still popping up. Got to try Ramen X late last year after visiting a bazaar in Eton Centris. It's got that fast food vibe. No Old Japan interiors or anything. Serving was really, really big. I never got to see the bottom of the bowl. Hahaha. Tastes good but not exceptional.

    Yabu's Rosu Tonkatsu Set. When the day comes that I can pig out again, I would go straight to Yabu and eat this... for a week. Hahaha. Okay, for 3 days. Okay, 2!

    Cheesecakes by Guy's Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. I got to sample this delicious dessert by winning a contest by Pepper.ph last year. I thought the last minute that I should've picked another flavor thinking it would be too sweet because it's a dulce de leche-flavored cheesecake but this sure proved me wrong. It had the right sweetness to it, it was rich and smooth. Loved it to bits!

    Ba Noi's' Goi Cuon. I wish I lived in Pasig so I can eat this everyday. It's healthy, tastes and looks fresh (shrimp!!!) and when you dip it in the peanut sauce and take a bite, your problems will temporarily go away. Well, don't take my word for it, you have to try it. Hahaha. Soooo good. Easily one of my favorite finds last year.

    Epic Coffee Roastery's Rainbow Cake. We learned about Epic through our friend, Bell, and the first thing she recommended was the coffee that kept her up all day even though she could feel her body was dead tired. Haha. We went there a few weeks ago but we didn't order any coffee (too afraid to be strung-out with caffeine). Hahaha. I had the Rainbow Cheesecake and Ian had a red velvet cupcake. I like rainbows and I love the edible kind. Cream cheese party!

    GIGI Coffee and Cupcakes' Blueberry, Red Velvet and Raspberry cupcakes. Finally was able to try GIGI cupcakes when we went to their Shangri-la East Wing branch. GIGI cupcakes are surprisingly affordable (I can't remember if it was PhP 40 or PhP 50 when we went there last year) but I'm not a big fan of it. I always like my cupcakes fluffy but GIGI's was on the dense side. I also found the cream cheese frosting a bit too sweet for me.

    . Sunday, February 16, 2014 .


    In continuing my attempts to completely blog about our travel to Baguio last year, here's what went down on our second day of stay there:

    (Backtrack: Day 1: Glenn 50's Diner, Tam-Awan Village, ZOLA Cafe)

    What we really wanted to do in Baguio was just to chill. Just go around the city without any pressure to be anywhere on a specific time. We did not plan to go the places frequented by most people (the likes of The Mansion, Botanical Garden, Strawberry Farm, etc.) and we (I especially) just want to go on food trips. On our second day, boy, we really did binge eat. Hahaha.

    It's such a drag waking up early in the morning in Baguio. You just want to stay in bed all day, read books and just get up to get your daily caffeine fix. But, of course, that was not the kind of chill we had in mind.

    First stop for the day was Cafe by the Ruins for brunch.


    Sadly, my previous Baguio trips with my family didn't include Cafe by the Ruins. We were always a big group so my uncles and aunts would usually cook food instead of eating out. Ian was raving about this place so I was really eager to try their food.

    (After the cut: Oh My Gulay, Harrison Road night market, Pizza Volante)

    . Friday, February 14, 2014 .


    Seriously. Just don't.

    You looking at me like that isn't really helping.

    . Tuesday, February 11, 2014 .


    The past week had been a busy one, and although I bet this coming week wouldn't be that busy, *cough* Valentine's *cough* I posted this playlist early because I might forget because I will be swamped with work for the days ahead.

    Happy Hearts Day, everyone. :)

    Tracks:
    1 // Bloc Party - Sunday
    2 // Radiohead - House of Cards
    3 // Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
    4 // Mazzy Star - Fade into You
    5 // Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
    6 // The Antlers - Parentheses
    7 // Rilo Kiley - Portions For Foxes
    8 // Pete Yorn - Lose You
    9 // Yuck - Get Away
    10 // Best Coast - Last Year
    11 // The Smashing Pumpkins - Perfect
    12 // Tori Amos - Hey Jupiter

    (Original image of mix cover is art by Irana Douer.)

    . Sunday, February 09, 2014 .

    LOOPS & LINKS

    Here's a round up of a few links I've enjoyed reading this week for your procrastinating pleasure:

    1. If you enjoy looking at beautiful photographs and reading beautiful words, here's Polaroid Stories.


    2. If you're curious as to which '90s Alt-Rock Grrl you are (because I was), take the test here. Hahaha.
    And this is what I got:
    LOL
    Oh, and if you're a dude, try this one.

    3.  If at one point you feel like you're never on the same page with the people you consider your closest friends, maybe you've outgrown them. And that's okay. I agree!

    4. I really cannot remember why this Thought Catalog article was in my browser bookmarks until I read the first line:
    "I’m a chaser. I chase people. Some people call it endearing, because I always see the best in people, I always want them to be their better selves..."
    5. If you're a fan of Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express, you'll like this: (click on the photo!)

    Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of: Music and the Future in Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express
    6. Lastly, here's a heartwarming short about Omelette the dog by Madeline Sharafian: <3
    (Grabbed from Jooley Shen's opiumtwin)


    . Friday, February 07, 2014 .

    Food map from here.
    If there's an area where I'd like to frequent more, it's definitely Maginahawa Street in Teachers Village, Quezon City. It reminds me a lot of Kapitolyo in Pasig, laid back specialty restaurants and cafe each with different themes and offerings. It's like it's always a mini-adventure going here and choosing a place to eat!

    So far, I've only been to Ally's All Day Breakfast, and have tasted cupcakes bought from Cupcakes by Gremlins. I've been meaning to visit Leona Art Restaurant because of their unlimited pizza promo.

    If you're interested in visiting the area, here's a comprehensive details about the restaurants in Maginhawa Street.

    Enjoy! :)

    . Monday, February 03, 2014 .


    I went on a binge downloading of movies this weekend and I managed to successfully download and watch 5 films: Liberal Arts, Smashed, Electrick Children, this and Blue is the Warmest Color (which are all super great by the way). Celeste and Jesse Forever, for me, is the type of movie that just knows the points where to take a jab and somehow, how to make you feel better about it. I kinda hated it at first because I feel like I'm watching the story of my life (sort of) but I also found it comforting that I'm not the only one who feels this way. Okay, I love the movie. It got me teary eyed crying on most parts because, as the say, there's just so much feels.

    Especially this part:


    I may sound like a total crybaby but I totally lost it at this scene. I know I've never been married but being in an long-term relationship felt a little bit like that. You've gone too complacent with each other, you just thought things will somehow work out. You keep telling yourself, "He'll/she'll come around." But we all know how it ends.

    Anyway, the movie was really great! But it takes you back to that place you'd I'd rather not go. I'd been dodging movies like this for the longest time but I'm still glad I got to watch it. Well, it was not really a sad story. The movie's about friendship and familiarity and divorce and learning to move forward. It was bittersweet. I really loved how the movie ended.

    Also, the soundtrack was AMAZING. Opening song was an instant favorite. I usually get my music from movies because soundtracks are the best. They're diverse but still cohesive, and so good.

    Sometimes I find myself sittin' back and reminiscing
    Especially when I have to watch other people kissin'
    And I remember when you started callin' me your missus
    All the play fightin', all the flirtatious disses
    I'd tell you sad stories about my childhood
    I don't why I trusted you but I knew that I could
    We'd spend the whole weekend lying in our own dirt
    I was just so happy in your boxers and your t-shirt

    Tracks:
    1 // Lily Allen - Littlest Things
    2 // Brenda Russell - A Little Bit of Love
    3 // Ventiver - Can't You Tell
    4 // Mr. Little Jeans - Rescue Song (SAC Remix)
    5 // Shabazz Palaces - Recollection of the Wraith
    6 // Boogaloo Assassins - Mi Jeva
    7 // Keepaway - Faces Now (Caress Mix)
    8 // William Bell - Love Will Find A Way
    9 // Bobby Caldwell - Open Your Eyes
    10 // Sunny Levine feat. Young Dad - No Other Plans
    11 // Freddie Scott - (You) Got What I Need
    12 // Sunny Levine feat. Orelia - As For Tonight

    Mix by Leiflynch.