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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.



    Meat lovers that travel all the way to Marikina to taste Brad and Pit's ribs are in for a good news: they now have a branch in Kapitolyo! Their Lilac Street branch was actually a part of Zomato and ABS-CBNS's Hunger Games food crawl last year, so I already new what to expect with their dishes. I got an invite to visit their Kapitolyo branch (with Zomato once again) as they were introducing some new stuff to their menu.


    The theme stayed consistent with their Marikina counterpart, the only difference is this one's brighter and more spacious. The vibe is very festive, with the music blaring and the black walls drawn with colorful quotes and funny sayings. There's a whole lot of vintage collectibles and trinkets decorating the entire interiors as well. The layout somehow tells me that it's an old house that's converted into a restaurant. There's a separate room that you can book for private functions (good for ~20 people with own rest room!) and there's also an al fresco area! Nice!


    . Tuesday, March 28, 2017 .

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    . Tuesday, March 28, 2017 .



    Meat lovers that travel all the way to Marikina to taste Brad and Pit's ribs are in for a good news: they now have a branch in Kapitolyo! Their Lilac Street branch was actually a part of Zomato and ABS-CBNS's Hunger Games food crawl last year, so I already new what to expect with their dishes. I got an invite to visit their Kapitolyo branch (with Zomato once again) as they were introducing some new stuff to their menu.


    The theme stayed consistent with their Marikina counterpart, the only difference is this one's brighter and more spacious. The vibe is very festive, with the music blaring and the black walls drawn with colorful quotes and funny sayings. There's a whole lot of vintage collectibles and trinkets decorating the entire interiors as well. The layout somehow tells me that it's an old house that's converted into a restaurant. There's a separate room that you can book for private functions (good for ~20 people with own rest room!) and there's also an al fresco area! Nice!


    . Saturday, March 18, 2017 .


    Another weekend, another quick trip to have that much needed reset. To be an adult is hard but at the same time rewarding, but there are just those specific moments when you just want to get away from it all and have a temporary change of pace. Quich and I made a last minute decision again to go somewhere south to relax and rest. The first time we did this, we went to Caleruega and Nasugbu. This time, we went to Calatagan, still in Batangas. Yes, Batangas is still the most practical choice when you want to go on a long drive and be at the beach. (That plus the fact that we both live in the south.)

    After a bit of research, we decided on spending a day at Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort. We met up around 4:30 AM in Imus with the hopes of catching the sunrise but we arrived too late. We were super early at the resort though. We were the first ones there by the beach. Haha.

    Here are some photographs that I was able to take on the way to Calatagan and during our stay. Nothing extraordinary though. We just went there to rest. We had no activities in mind or plans ahead of time. We just wanted to rest. And rest we surely did.


    . Friday, March 17, 2017 .


    There's this little Chinese restaurant located near where I lived in Gil Puyat Avenue before called Peace and Happiness Dumpling House that had me starting a love affair with xiao long bao. A dinner with a friend before going to work made me unearth this gem of a place and not too long after our initial introduction, I would order an 8-piece set for myself along with their delicious noodles. The accessibility (they deliver and they're just at the ground floor of the condo) always curbed my XLB cravings. So I guess trying out a new restaurant just solely for their xiao long bao isn't something out of the horizon for me, especially this one that claims this is the star of their menu.

    When Din Tai Fung first opened its doors in Manila (specifically in SM Megamall's then very new Fashion Hall) around late 2015, the lines just wouldn't stop. I should know because I frequent the mall and was always curious about the persistent queue that always builds up in front of the resto. I really wanted to try them ASAP upon learning that they apparently have the best xiao long bao. (-̩̩̩-̩̩̩-̩̩-̩̩̩_-̩̩̩-̩-̩̩̩-̩̩̩)

    Happy to report that I finally was able to dine here with Jom last week after giving in to intense cravings of XLB (and after numerous failed attempts over the past 2 year haha)! So yeah, this time around, since we arrived the moment the mall opened, there were no long lines and waiting time!

    What's on the table:

    Shrimp and Wonton Noodle Soup
    Pork Xiao Long Bao
    Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai
    Golden Prawn Cake
    As much as I wanted to watch through the glass window the preparations made by the kitchen staff clad in white from head to (I would assume) toe, we were famished and super excited to try the food. I think Jom's been to Din Tai Fung (or wait, was it Tim Ho Wan?) in Hong Kong already so I'm the only real newbie here.

    I'm in no mood for rice that day so I opted to have the Shrimp and Wonton Noodle Soup. The serving was big (yey) but I wish the soup was more flavorful. The shrimp dumplings were seasoned right but the soup, I thought, was lacking a little bit more taste. Thankfully, it's nothing a little bit of salt and chili oil couldn't fix!

    Their Pork Xiao Long Bao's delicious. (。♥‿♥。) It just had the right amount of meat inside with the gelatinous savory broth that's a burst of flavor with every bite. Please do not forget to dip it in the soy sauce + vinegar + shredded ginger combo! So so so good! They also hand you this small card that's a guide on how to properly eat and enjoy your xiao long bao.

    We were surprised by the way the Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai was served. I was expecting the traditional pork siomai with chunks of shrimp in it, but this one was very xiao long bao-ish, with the shrimp tucked at the top, which totally reminded me of corals, by the way. Hahaha.

    Another favorite of mine was the Golden Prawn Cake. I guess by now you've already figured out how I am such a sucker for shrimp and prawns. LOL. I think it's more of egg-based dishes. This was reminiscent of the South Korean dish, pajeon, which I really love. Not a lot of people order this since I've not seen much feedback on this dish, but this is one of those that stood out for me.



    Who was the genius that came up with this concept? I just want to give them a big tight hug because this is just the best thing ever! Yep, Chocolate Xiao Long Bao, everyone. It's the best of both worlds! The combination of velvety, rich melted chocolate with the smooth dimsum wrapper is just spot on. Definitely a must try for people that can't live without their daily dose of chocolate just like me! I will absolutely come back to Din Tai Fung just for this!

    This is not the last you'll see me at DTF. So much from their menu (aka xiao long bao variants) still left to try! I would also like to commend their great service. Particularly loved the bag bin that they give you so that your things wouldn't take up space on your seat or ending up on the floor. Their staff were all smiles and very accommodating.

    Din Tai Fung Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Din Tai Fung is located at GF, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Contact Nos.: (02) 997-1935 / (02) 997-1936
    Official Facebook Page
    @dintaifungph on Instagram

    . Wednesday, March 08, 2017 .


    Let me just lay it out there: we went here because this is Saab Magalona's newest venture and I am such a fan. I've been around the blogosphere for quite some time now and that's how I first knew of Saab. (Of course, beside the obvious fact that she's one of Francis Magalona's daughters.) I remember, too, my ex-boyfriend pointing her out to me as one of his celebrity crushes from the now defunct TV show, Lipgloss. (It aired in TV5 way, way back. One of those Saturday teen-oriented shows before.)

    Anyway, I've always liked how Saab "overshares" about her life. And though there were transfers of blogging platforms and a lot of change in domain names, I've always looked forward to her posts. She's so real, funny and witty! I also share this love for Saab with my bestfriend, Cy, which then led us to visiting Milky and Sunny in Kapitolyo a few years back (since their family frequented that place before. I think Pia Magalona's now a part-owner of the one in Makati!) and that actually jump started my food blogging! (‐^▽^‐)

    . Monday, March 06, 2017 .


    You might think nothing is constant inside Terrace House but you're so wrong. One thing that's always been consistent in every episode until the end is the food. Yup, it's like the seventh character that never went away. 

    I first heard about this show through Sherlock though, honestly, I didn't pay attention to it. He was tweeting and raving about it but it took me a couple of months to give it a second look and dig in. I'm not very enthusiastic about reality shows with this type of set-up. I even dismissed it as just another The Hills or Big Brother rip-off

    I cannot deny the fact that the first episode already caught my attention. Perhaps it was my curiosity with the Japanese culture, perhaps it was the beautiful architecture of the house, or the unusual new aspect in the 'watching people try to live together' that's been done so many times before, or perhaps because of Uchi and all his mysteriousness. You can't quite figure it out -- I know up til now I didn't, and for some reason, I finished the entire first part of the season over a weekend. I just can't get enough.

    Actually, the show started really slow and quiet. Everyone's extremely polite with each other and there were lots and lots of bowing involved. As opposed to the usual major dramas incorporated in most US reality shows (and even the local ones), everything in Terrace House is kept to a minimum. No cat fights, no screaming, no huge conflicts. Because the people inside actually take time to sit down and talk about their issues and resolve it, just like what proper adults should do. And it's just so damn refreshing.


    . Wednesday, March 01, 2017 .


    There have been much clamor about Ooma when it first opened its doors last July 2015. There were the news of long waiting times and 'pandemonium' as some blogs liked to describe it back then. It still consistently pops up on my social media feed and friends are still raving about it. In fact, since their first branch was established in SM Megamall, there were 2 other branches opened to cater to more diners: one in Rockwell and one in BGC. And why wouldn't it create such a buzz? Ooma is another joint venture between Chef Bruce Ricketts (Sensei Sushi) and The Moment Group (8Cuts, Manam, Din Tai Fung), and from the feedback that their first baby, Mecha Uma, has received, it's no wonder people lined up to be seated in this restaurant.