Before we all dive into another mad work/school week, can we have a quiet and rather enjoyable breakfast? While this place is getting mixed reviews both online and offline, I’ve always had the pleasure of having a luxuriously peaceful meal or to go from HATCH 22. Here are my usual suspects:
Hatch 22 Blend (Php 120 + 10% SC)
Basket 1 (Php 270 + 10% SC)
Butter Brioche, Cheddar Milk Biscuit, Cranberry & Walnut, Dark Molasses Roll, Jalapeño & Cheddar bread with Citrus Chili Marmalade & Apple Pie Butter. Oh yummm. This basket’s seriously the death of me since I can’t run still (by the way I’m off the knee immobilizer — yay!) and I love them all. My personal favourite’s the Cranberry & Walnut plus the Jalapeño & Cheddar Bread. Twin on the other hand’s head over heels the Dark Molasses Roll aka. cinnamon bun.
It’s been a while since I unplugged and had a relaxed, lengthy dinner with a friend or two. Two Sundays ago, I had the golden opportunity to do exactly that — just sit down and savor a simple meal that hit all the right spots. Choosing where to dine today isn’t rocket science but tad challenging considering my wallet’s on a diet (in preparation for all the trips I’m taking this year) and being from the South, I won’t drive farther than Mandaluyong.
While I’m no stranger to Barcino Wine and Tapas Bar (I frequent Citygold Plaza Ortigas Center and Forbeswood Heights), it’s very rare that I sit in the said restaurant on a quiet Sunday. I’m usually at the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday for some tapas and wine. Last Sunday was tad different as it’s the first time I dined at Barcino sans wine (I was driving Grey). If it wasn’t for my perfect tapas, I think it would be half the fun! *wink*
Similar to most restaurants today, while waiting for dinner, Barcino serves your table a complimentary plate of bread. My best friend and I were staring at each other until I kid him not to nosh on the bread as it might ruin his appetite. Whadayouknow the charger was dry in 2 minutes. I think that speaks volumes on how hungry we came to claim our table.
Shitake con Jamon, Php 320
Grilled Shitake Mushroom, Jamon Serrano with smoked pepper sauce
After we wiped the bread dry, I’ll be honest — I was starting to get really agitated because my hunger’s starting to creep in really fast and strong. Ten minutes after, our tapas in the form of Shitake con Jamon arrived. One whiff and my eyes widened with delight. If you love smokey flavours and equally love mushrooms, you must try this! It was so good (my favourite part of the meal), I’m dying to recreate my version at home to impress last minute dinner guests.
at the gym 3 weeks ago
If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@phoebeannramos), then you’d know that my current frustration’s defining my
guns arms. I know that some of you’ll do a face palm at me wanting what I have but really, I’m tired of having plain, undefined arms.
To put an end to my frustration, I switched my diet to mostly Paleo and amped my gym workouts. Amped in such fashion where I don’t know what to do with my life anymore after every session. LOL
at the gym 3 days ago
So far, I can only see good progress with my deltoids, triceps and flexors but still struggling on my biceps. UGHHH. Vanity aside, I’ve been killing it at the Makati pavements and at the gym because my family has a very interesting (and unfortunate) cocktail of cardiovascular diseases. While I can resist most white carbs, fried and fatty food, I can’t stop guzzling on milk and eating dairy products such as yogurt and cheese!
My kind of paradise!
On my Instagram:
My mini staycation calls for some serious yet natural TLC.
What’s better than one beauty packed haul? TWO hauls! When Human Nature gifted me the haul above, I took it as a cue to stash up on some more of my fave products from the brand.
Haul #2: something for the face, body, hair and…
If you’re on a serious no-buy mode, skip this entry because this will just enable you to stash up like I did.
My best friend recently blew another birthday candle and we used it as an excuse to (naturally) pig out. One week before the Monday luncheon, I’ve been calling various buffets around Manila and for some odd reason — no one can sit us (a party of two). I ended up considering FRESH after seeing photos from the restaurant’s launch a couple of months back.
More than the interiors and selection, I was impressed with their customer service. Every time I call them, they email me a confirmation of my reservation. You see I was their potential customer from hell. Numerous circumstances had me canceling and rebooking my table for the same day. I had to call them on my way back from Manila from an out of town trip canceling the lunch altogether because of the traffic only to find out that I will make it back to my flat ahead as scheduled. Ultimately, I had to ask for my table back after 3-4 calls.
Roast & Pizza Bar