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SoulPancake Sunday

"You are the only one who has understood even a whisper of me, and I will tell you that I am the only person who has understood even a whisper of you."

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
Home is whoever, wherever, or whatever brings me a sigh of relief. I am an introvert an…

Banapple Katipunan is a Wonderland

Any place that has a facade like this is worth visiting.
I gave in to the Banapple madness when they opened their branch in Makati (Ayala Triangle). I liked the place, food was okay, and I didn't really understood what all the raving was about. I thought, maybe, the magic was in the desserts which I wasn't able to try before.

A month ago, I had the chance to eat again at Banapple (I know, this is such a late post) with my friends from work but this time, in Katipunan. Apparently, they all love Banapple that we decided to eat there after we got our first pay.

I was awestruck by the restaurant's appearance! I felt like I was Alice and this is what I discovered after I fell in the rabbithole!

Welcomed by triangles~

Not quite off the list: Tokyo Cafe

I made it known here (read: my Places To Dine In List 2 post) that I will eat at Tokyo Cafe to celebrate my birthday.

Of course, I did.

We (boyfriend + I) went there (Robinsons Cybergate Plaza branch) after our shifts to finally satisfy our curiosity with this restaurant.

Bad news is, since we went there super early, they were only serving breakfast at that time. I love breakfast food, don't get me wrong, it's just that I had been really looking forward to eating this:

Chicken Cutlet (photo from www.dencio.com)
Heheh. A little bummed about it but I'm not gonna turn down this awesome opportunity for this dining experience!

The place looks very modern for a Japanese restaurant (I guess, that was what they're aiming for). Very laid back interiors with a pastel palette (I think) with accents here and there. I would've loved to sit on the couch but all seats were taken when we got there.

Here's another list: Quick Bites!

So what's this all about?

After going through my files here in our PC and in my phone, I noticed that I have a growing pile of snapshots of food (of course) that didn't make it here in my blog for the following reasons:
1. The photos were too limited (no photos of the place, just the food …

Hello, television!

The things I am able to consistently do on an everyday basis are work, eat and sleep. I decided to come home this week again (I miss you, friends.) so I can go online (I miss you too, internet.) and disrupt my lifeless daily routine. I am proud to say now that I was able to do 4 things everyday: w…

Happy Birthday, Patricia!

Here are some of the photos taken during my birthday and the days that followed. Nothing grand, nothing too fancy. Just time well spent with people most dear to me. It was such a fantastic week with lots of cake involved.

Unfortunately, I do not share my birthday with anyone famous. Boohoo. John Lennon was born October 9th, missed by a day! That would've been so cool. Haha.

26. So what now? I know things are so much better for me right now. No doubt, 2012 was the best year of my life so far. And last week made it a little more special.

This post is photo heavy and if we've been hanging out the past week, your face is definitely here.

Let's start!

October 10, 2012, 7:00 AM:

Happy, shiny people. (Happy Birthday Part 1)
Empty, air-conditioned buses . Perfect!
Because they were at work when I got home. <3

MoMo Cafe (Ayala Triangle Gardens)

I was back to going home to Cavite this past week for our--my mom and I's joint birthday celebration. I'm now officially 26. Sometimes, I still can't believe it. I feel old, wondering if I had done anything worthwhile in my quarter of a century existence in this planet. I'm 26 and I'm still finding my niche in this world. Let me steer away from such kind of thinking because that is not the point of this entry.

Have you ever heard of the word mal de coucou?

n. a phenomenon in which you have an active social life but very few close friends—people who you can trust, who you can be yourself with, who can help flush out the weird psychological toxins that tend to accumulate over time—which is a form of acute social malnutrition in which even if you devour an entire buffet of chitchat, you’ll still feel pangs of hunger.
That quite nails how I feel whenever I'm in the presence (or absence) of my college friends. *sigh*

I tried to find out what language it was or what it means and I got were "evil cuckoo" and "neck pain." I guess both kind of makes sense. Haha.

Yesterday, after work, I sent them text messages and asked them if we could have lunch together since I miss them already and I wanted to catch up. They all agreed and we decided to have lunch at Ayala Triangle since everybody's within walking distance from there (except me hehe). 

It was lunch time, the strip of restaurants in Ayala Triangle were swarming with people eating and those waiting to be seated. And since we're in queue in Kanin Club (we're number 10 in their waiting list!), we looked around and decided to eat at MoMo Cafe instead.

I loved the place! It had different elements into it but it still looked cohesive, clean and neat. Nothing's out of place. It was spacious, well-ventilated and comfortable. I especially loved the wallpaper that was adorned on one wall of the restaurant. There's also more seats upstairs for larger groups of people.

Joyce and her smirk.
Once seated, we were served with the house appetizer which were 3 slices of what I assumed to be garlic bread (only a very small part was buttered) partnered with a pimiento dip (I think) which I totally forgot to take a picture of. Joyce then ordered these (which took about 10-15 minutes to serve):

Pork Belly Katsudon topped on a bed of "Party" rice (not much of a party happening there)

(My) Places to Dine In List Part 2

Since my last list of places to dine in was such a success (I've visited 4 out of the 5 restaurants. I still don't have the chance of visiting Van Gogh is Bipolar. I will visit Maginhawa in the future, I promise!), and since October is my birth month (yey!), I've compiled a brand new list of other food joints I want to visit.

I'm very happy to have met new people that I found I had common ground with (aka FOOD) so I had new insights of where to go and what to try and I could just panic at the thought that the choices are endless and there's just so little time!

Here's the list I've compiled, the result of a week's research through the internet, of the most interesting restaurants (based on visual and palate appeal hehe) that I'd like to visit. The list, by the way, is in no particular order. Heheee.

1. Cafe 1771

photo from www.jinlovestoeat.com
Really, really, really nice interiors. Mismatched chairs, wonderful palette of colors, books, laid back ambiance, and a lot of patterns here and there. I felt drawn in. Of course, judging by the pictures, eating there looks quite pricey but that's okay for me since I've never really read any bad reviews from food bloggers.

What I'm excited to try:
Holy Cow Pizza (photo from animetric.blogspot.com)
Tomato and Cheese Fondue (photo from www.wheninmanila.com)
Cafe 1771 is located at El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center
Cafe 1771 Official Facebook Page 

2. La Creperie

Saw this resto when the boyfriend and I dined at Johnny Rockets about two weeks ago. I must be a very visual person because I was enticed (again) by the place's lovely interiors. First thing that comes to mind when you say crepe was of course, dessert. Contrary to that, crepes can either be the sweet kind (desserts) or the savory kind.

photo from www.thatgirltrixie.com
Quaint, very French, feels cozy and homey because of the yellow color. When we passed by La Creperie, I quickly made a mental note (that I had to write down later because I am forgetful) to visit this place.

What I'm excited to try:
Mango and Peach with Nutella crepe. OH. MY. LORD. (photo from faultymemories.wordpress.com)
La Creperie is located at 2nd Level, The Veranda, Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Quezon City

3. Wingman (Read my review here!)

photo from www.manilareviews.com
I was scurrying through the internet about two weeks ago to find a new place to go with my college friend, Janina. My search using Google led me to a blog (forgot which one) that reviewed/blogged about Wingman. I currently live in Makati but lazy me never really tried of looking for restaurants there (except for Bagnet 8065). 

Okay, so the point is I'm really excited to try this:
photo from nurseziba.wordpress.com
HOLY MOTHER OF DESSERTS! The Deep Fried Snickers Bar! Yes, I've tried the fried Snickers bar in Mercato BGC (by Funnel Cakes, which will be discussed in another post) but this looks sinfully, sinfully nothing like the former.

Snickers bar coated with pancake batter, then fried then topped with whipped cream, drizzled with chocolate syrup and a scoop vanilla ice cream. Heaven!

Looking forward to be surprised by other items on their menu!

Wingman is located at Suite B, The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati
Wingman Official Facebook Page