Thursday, August 30, 2012

What's Your Favorite J.CO Drink?

August 26, 2012

J.CO Donuts & Coffee
Level 3, Greenbelt 3 
Ayala Ave., Makati CIty

Last Sunday, my family and I traveled from SM Mall Of Asia to Greenbelt 3 just to get our hands on J.CO Donuts & Coffee. In SM MOA, the line going inside J.CO store is super long, extending outside the store. In the hope of tasting the various drinks from J.CO, my DS drove to Greenbelt 3. Crazy, huh? But it's worth the trip!

Hot Jcoccino Due PhP 130

DS ordered Hot Jcoccino. It's cappuccino - J.Co style! It's a blend of bold Italian espresso and milk topped with a masterfully-crafted foam art.

Just so you know, J.CO is not only a donut store. It also offers a wide array of unique beverage concoction. Like its donuts, J.CO beverages are uniquely crafted beyond our imagination.

Read more after the break....

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ever New Melbourne Now In Manila!

August 29, 2012

Ever New
Ground Floor,
Bonifacio High Street Central
Taguig City

Thanks to Vogue Concepts, Inc., Ever New Melbourne also known globally as Forever New is now in Manila! Forever New was founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2006. Today, it has over 160 stores in China, Turkey, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore and even in the United States.

After launching its flagship store in Bonifacio High Street last May 2012, Ever New will have another branch in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell come September. Yey!

 Ever New Bonifacio High Street Central

Now on display is "Monte Carlo" - Ever New's latest collection. It is a fresh and modern take on classic nautical story. Looking around the store, I see dresses, blouses, skirts, shorts, shoes and even accessories in vibrant colors of red, blue, and yellow!

A closer look at what Ever New has to offer after the break...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Buffet 101 in Robinsons Magnolia

August 18, 2012

Buffet 101
Level 2 Robinsons Magnolia
Aurora Blvd. cor Dona Hemady Ave.,
Kaunlaran, Quezon City
6977379   8610477

Monday to Friday

Lunch PhP 699
Dinner PhP 950

Saturday / Sunday / Holidays 

Lunch PhP 799
Dinner PhP 1050

I was not kidding when I told you that I was in Robinsons Magnolia every other day in my previous entry ; p I was in Magnolia Flavor House on Tuesday night, Adobo Connection on Thursday afternoon and for my Saturday date night, DH and I dined in Buffet 101 before watching last full show of The Expendables at 10 pm ; )

Stir fried garlic crab

We went back to Buffet 101 the week after to celebrate my nephew's birthday ; ) Even though the restaurant is still in its soft opening phase, the service on both occasion is commendable.

Warning! You might get hungry after reading this post ; p

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Adobo Connection in Robinsons Magnolia

August 16,  2012

Adobo Connection
Food court, Lower Ground Floor
Robinsons Magnolia

I admit, since Robinsons Magnolia opened, I visited it almost every other day ; p I know some people who go there almost every day, making it their second home lol

Not all boutiques are open but most of the restaurants are fully operational. With shopping out of the question, I focus on food. My first food trip was on a Tuesday night in Magnolia Flavor House with my good friend AC. By Thursday, I was back with my parents. We were tossing between Pepper Lunch and Adobo Connection. The later won because we saw a long line of people which might be a good indication of good food to come.

 Kuya's Fried Mixed Adobo PhP 119

Adobo Connection offers home-cooked adobo in not just one but several variations. To distinguished one from the other, the company added family members' name such as Mama and Kuya on items found on the menu. 

Kuya's Fried Mixed Adobo is a mix of chicken and pork adobo. It takes a lot of getting used to because I like my adobo with sauce ; p Both my mom and I liked the toasted garlic sprinkled on top.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Find: Magnolia Flavor House in Robinsons Magnolia

August 14, 2012

Magnolia Flavor House
Robinsons Magnolia
Aurora Blvd. cor Hemady Ave.,
Quezon City

It was Tuesday night when my friend and I went to the newest shopping destination in Quezon City - Robinsons Magnolia! The mall opened a day before but it has already created so much hype. My Facebook wall and Twitter were filled with posts about it. We have to see for ourselves!

 Banana Split (mango, chocolate & strawberry) PhP 240

True enough, it was way better than we have expected. Aside from Robinsons Department store and other high end brands, Magnolia Flavor House, my favorite ice cream house, is back! It is located in al fresco area together with soon to open Starbucks -yey!

We ordered one of the classic - Banana Split. An order consists of 3 ice cream flavors of your own choosing, frozen chocolate-dipped banana, sprinkled with candies, marshmallows and nuts then topped with whipped cream, cherry and chocolate syrup. Sinful, isn't it?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Chow Fun: Coffee Beef Hotpot & More!

August 10, 2012

Chow Fun
103 J.Abad Santos St.,
Little Baguio, San Juan

Right after my Tinette & Co. salon experience, my parents and I went straight to Chow Fun for merienda. By the time we got there, it was already close to 6pm. But as luck would have it, we were able to park right in front of the restaurant. I don't know if they have any other parking space provided for other diners but if you are familiar with the former location of Mann Hann, that's where Chow Fun is located.
 Coffee Beef hotpot PhP275

Since my parents said it's still early for dinner, we only ordered 2 main dishes- Coffee Beef Hotpot & Mapo Tofu and one order of Lechon Macau Buns. We were the only ones dining that might explain why the orders came in succession but I was glad the kitchen didn't made me wait for so long, plus one point! 

Anyway, for the price of Coffee Beef hotpot, I think the serving is quite small. I don't mind paying for more so long as you can make this dish larger ; p This dish is best paired with rice because the flavor is too strong / concentrated. Do not get me wrong, I love this dish and I would recommend it you, my dear readers ; p If your concern is the beef, it was tender and not chewy, just the way I like it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Yabu Megamall... The House of Katsu

August 6, 2012

Yabu: The House of Katsu
2nd floor, The Atrium
SM Megamall

It seems to me that every food blogger has already blogged about Yabu, The House of Katsu except me hahaha It was during the beginning of the habagat (monsoon) week when I had the chance to go to SM Megamall. There was no traffic going to SM because some of the schools have already suspended classes that day. As usual, I was with my parents. Came lunch time, I told them we were going to pay Yabu The House of Katsu a visit ; p

 Chicken Katsu Set 120g PhP 325

Katsu is an abbreviation of the word "katsuretsu" meaning "cutlet". It generally refers to a sliced piece of meat that is breaded and deep-fried. The dish was introduced to Japanese culture in the late 19th century during the Meiji period, when Japan opened its doors to the West. In the beginning, beef cutlets were used, but pork eventually became the more popular choice of meat by 1900s, giving rise to dishes such as tonkatsu ("ton" is Japanese for "pork"). 

Perusing the menu, I found the dishes a bit pricey and of limited variety. Paying a minimum of PhP 300 per dish is a bit too much for me because it's just deep-fried food. 

Find out after the break if my opinion has changed after tasting Yabu...

Friday, August 10, 2012

pure DKNY - a drop of vanilla scent spray

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Some time ago, I wrote about pure DKNY a drop of verbena. Every time I go out of the house, I spray it once on my wrist and somewhere in between my neck and collarbone. It was no denying that I have found my distinct scent. The scent spelled F-R-E-S-H and I own it!

 pureDKNY Vanilla 50 ml - PhP 3,500

About a week ago, another bottle of scent spray was sent over by my friends from Aramis Designer Fragrances (ADF). This time it's a 50 ml bottle of pureDKNY Vanilla. 

At first glance, the packaging is almost the same as verbena. The glass is inspired by a raindrop - all curves and no hard edges. It is 100% recyclable. The bottle cap is 100% recyclable high quality aluminum. The carton is printed with lower Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) inks and made from Certified Forest paper. The difference lies in the color of the bottle cap and the background color on the label. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 : Making Life Better

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Life just got even better with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2! It's the successor of Samsung's popular line of multimedia tablets. It's your computer-phone-library-media collection-gaming device all rolled into one, light, thin and stylish package. 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Wifi: 

  • 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm
  • 344g
  • 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches
  • TouchWiz UX UI
  • Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker / Stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm jack
  • microSD, up to 64 GB
  • 8/ 16 / 32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
  • HSDPA, 21 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, dualband, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth, Infrared port
  • USB, microUSB v2.0
  • Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
  • Video 720p@30fps
  • Android OS , v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz
  • GPS
  • Li-Ion 4000 mAh
  • Standby time up to 1190 h
  • Talk time up to 40 h
  • Available in black & white

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Melissa Memories: Rock Princess in White

This is a delayed post. 

A few weeks ago, I was with a friend of mine excitedly waiting for the doors of Trinoma to open. Yes, we were there a little before 10 am on a Saturday to avoid the crowd and other bargain hunters like me lol

Our first stop, Geléia. It is located on the 2 / F Level near Mindanao Wing (901-1619). I saw several ballet flats on sale but I settled for Rock Princess, in white, of course!

Melissa Memories Rock Princess SP AD PhP 2,895 PhP 2,065

I just called the store earlier this week, I learned about the sad news, the shoes is back to its original price (PhP 2,895). Good news for me because I got it at 30% off! ; p But my happiness didn't last that long, find out why after the break...

Friday, August 3, 2012

Vista Residences Re-launched Camella Condo Homes, Crown Asia Residences and Brittany

Last July 26 during an event held at the NBC Tent, Fort, Vista Residences has successfully re-launched three brands – Camella Condo Homes, Crown Asia Residences and Brittany. Vista Residences has 23 condominium projects divided among these 3 brands. Some are already completed, under construction and / or expected to rise in the near future. Vista Residences builds and manages all the condominium development for Vista Land, the Philippines' number 1 home builder.

Vista Residences’ expertise lies in space planning and of course, accessible locations and creating master planned communities.

Vista Residences currently has three brands with different price points:

  •       Camella Condo Homes – catering to low income city-dwellers
  •       Crown Asia Residences – for upper middle income sector
  •       Brittany – for high income group

Read about the major projects soon to be launched by Vista Residences after the break…

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Greenwich Ultimate Green Card & Crispy Glazed Chicken

July 26, 2012

Function Room B
Megatrade Hall
Building B, SM Megamall 

This post is about letting you know why Greenwich is better than any other. Greenwich, the Philippines' leading pizza chain, came up with 3 good reasons - Greenwich Special Overload Pizza, Greenwich Ultimate Green Card and lastly, Greenwich Crispy Glazed Chicken. All these were introduced to us during the media event held in SM Megatrade Hall last Thursday. 

Greenwich Ultimate Green Card PhP 199

While waiting for the program to begin, I get to taste my favorite Greenwich pizza & pasta with a glass of iced tea ; ) In between bites of pizza & pasta, I learned that the DJs of Magic 89.9 will host the show. Boy, I was so excited to meet the voices behind Boys' Night Out (BNO) - DJ Slick Rick, Tony Toni and Sam YG! 

For my male readers, don't fret because all 4 radio vixens of Magic 89.9 also graced the event. 

Find out more about the event after the break...