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FOODtography: La Crêperie, Cafe Bene and Pizza Hut Bistro.

1st stop: La Crêperie.

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Just passing by La Crêperie makes your mouth water from the sweet enticing smell emanating from inside.

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Cappuccino: Espresso, steamed milk and foam.

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La Christine: It’s a crêpe with fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry jam and whipped cream.

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This is my friend’s reaction after tasting La Christine. It’s that good!

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Make your own crêpe: Hazelnut spread (Nutella) crêpe, whipped cream, sliced almonds and salted butter caramel syrup.

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Campagne: Bacon, potato, caramelized onions, cheese and jalapeno pepper. The jalapeno pepper is optional but I had them add it in. I thought it would be spicy but it was only subtle. The side salad was just lettuce with honey mustard vinaigrette. It may not look enticing but it was so good that I had to stop myself from ordering another plate.

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We also ordered a side of bacon.

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Their teas are from TWG.

2nd stop: Cafe Bene

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Cafe Bene is a Korean coffehouse chain. It’s a great place to study or hangout with friends. They have a 2nd floor so there’s no need to worry about getting a table and there are outlets all over the area so you can plug your laptops or other electronic devices.

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Iced Misugaru Latte: homemade multigrain drink containing black sesame seed, black bean, black rice, brown rice, barley. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I like it and it’s a healthy drink.

3rd stop: Pizza Hut Bistro

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Penne in tomato cream sauce: When they added this in their menu, it became my favorite. I don’t know what happened but this order is bland so I was disappointed. I don’t know if I’ll order it again.

All 3 restaurants are located at Eastwood City, QC.


Vikings: A Feast from the Sea, Indeed!

Yesterday, I went to Vikings with my family. It was our 1st time there except for my eldest sister. We were celebrating my niece’s 3rd birthday. I’ve read a lot of good reviews and after my experience, I will definitely go back.

The restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of SM Marikina. It covers a big area so they can serve a wide variety of dishes and seat hundreds of hungry diners. It was a weekday but there were still many customers. I guess it was because many people opt to celebrate their birthday there since they get to eat for free. I can’t even remember how many times I heard the Vikings crew sang Happy Birthday and they do that everyday for lunch and dinner. I suggest to make reservations in advance so you don’t have to wait for a table. We were seated near the window which had a beautiful view of the sunset over the skyline.

There are so many kinds of food that I bet no one has ever tried to get a taste of everything. They have soups, salads, bread, spreads, seafoods, steaks, sushi, cakes, ice cream and fresh fruits to name a few. There’s also a variety of drinks available such as juice, shakes, tea, coffee and even beer.

This may sound absurd but I always make a mental checklist before eating at buffets. The #1 rule is to consume equal to or more than what you pay for. You should eat the most expensive dish available. In Vikings, they have steaks, lamb, sushi, sashimi, tempura, crabs, caviars and oysters. Do not eat raw fish and shellfish on an empty stomach. Start your meal with a light salad. Avoid eating foods rich in starch as well as soups because it will make you full. It’s better to eat those at the end if there’s still some space left in your stomach. Don’t pile up your plate and only eat small portions of different dishes to try them all. It’s a buffet so you can go back as many times as you want. Lastly, drink hot tea to aid in digestion.

I must have consumed 10 plates of food and 6 glasses of drinks so my 888php dinner was worth it. I loved the salmon and tuna sashimi (It’s so fresh that it truly is a feast from the sea!), canadian roll, oysters rockefeller, tenderloin steak with truffle sauce, pastrami (I was surprised that they had this), spinach spread, avocado ice cream, chocolate mousse, blueberry cheesecake, red velvet cake and crème brûlée. As for the dishes that kind of disappointed me, starting with the tempura which was heavily battered. Then, the lamb steak that I got had more fat than meat so I didn’t get to enjoy it. It was good with the mint jelly. Plus, I think they just reheated the meat on the grill so it gets cold fast. What they did to the prosciutto was very disappointing. Why would you sprinkle thyme on it and wrap it around a hard to bite melon? WHY?!

The next time I get to feast at Vikings I know what I’ll be eating.


One of the Memorable Nights of My Life

Just when you think your day is gonna end with a bang, it goes BOOM!!!

When I left home, it’s as if there’s a bowling tournament going on in the skies but I didn’t mind. I was happy and excited to attend a school gig. My series of unfortunate events started after my mom dropped me off at the train station. I bought the wrong ticket but I just went along with it.

When I arrived near the school, it was raining cats and dogs plus a lot of heart-stopping thunder and lightning. It’s a good thing that I always bring an umbrella with me whenever I leave the house. However, the strong winds made it worse because I still got wet. When I arrived at the school grounds, it was already flooded and still rising. I had to walk through one-foot deep waters to reach the building. My limited edition one-year old shoes which I bought in Hong Kong was ruined. I was cursing from the moment I entered the school grounds until I reached the building where the auditorium was located.

I arrived looking like a mess. It was useless to wash my feet with alcohol so imagine how I felt the entire time I was there. I took a seat at the back of the auditorium to dry myself. I tried to forget what I went through and just enjoyed the show. Being with my friends made me feel a little better. One of them even offered his extra shirt when he noticed the one I was wearing was wet and I also got a free meal. But the best part of the night was seeing them perform and I was standing amongst the crowd. Their manager noticed the screaming fan girls who ran past us as the band was starting to perform and she asked me if I was like that before. When I became a fan and started going to their gigs, I honestly don’t remember acting crazy like that. I guess it’s because I’ve known them for a long time and we became close friends that I’ve gotten used to them. But no matter how many gigs I’ve been to, each time I see them perform on stage, I remember how I felt when I first saw them. Starstruck and amazed.

After the show, they told us that everyone present in the auditorium were the only ones in the school grounds. Because of the heavy rains and deep floods, we were stranded. I thought we were gonna stay there with the students until morning but thankfully it was only a couple of hours. We just had to wait for the water to recede a bit to get the car out of the school grounds. There were three of us in the car and I could sense that we were all holding our breaths as the car was driving through the flooded road. There was even a moment of applause after we passed. It was an exhausting but memorable night that I never want to experience again.


Photo: That Awkward Moment


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There were 3 things I was abstaining from doing during the Lenten season. Take note that I just used past tense. There used to be 3 items on my list but now I am down to 1. I failed on the 1st because it was my own fault for being a weakling. The 2nd was because of peer pressure and the fact that I am a weakling. Since there’s only 1 item left on my list, I will accomplish it and prove something to myself. I shall not succumb to temptation so help me God.


Stagnant

I’ve been thinking of what to write here but I seem to be in a writer’s block for the longest time which eventually led me to forget that I have a blog. I really don’t know what to say because there’s nothing much going on in my life. It’s still the same boring routine every single day. I could also write about something which interests me but I have no idea what topic and where to start. In the end, these are all a bunch of excuses and lies.

Happy Valentine’s to everyone!