Saturday, March 29, 2014

Paul

PAUL Boulangerie and Patisserie - SM Aura, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig


Complimentary Fresh Bread


 Pain au Chocolat


Chocolat Chaud PAUL - Hot Chocolate & Milk


Ham & Cheese Croissant - Farmer's Ham, Emmental Cheese & Bechamél Sauce


 Tartine Saumon Fumé - Smoked Salmon, Tomatoes & Cucumber on Country Bread


Green Tea


  Thé Surprise = Tea + Moelleux Chocolat Slice + Macarons + Crême brûlée 


 Thé Surprise = Tea + Moelleux Chocolat Slice + Macarons + Crême brûlée 


 Eclaire Vanille - Traditional Choux Pastry with Vanilla Créme Pâtisserie Filling


The Dessert Window


PAUL Boulangerie and Patisserie is located in the beautiful new SM Aura in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. I was so excited when I heard they opened a PAUL in the Philippines because I was visiting over the holidays. PAUL started back in 1889 and let's be honest, if something is around for 125 years then you know it's good. Except PAUL is that good. My cousin and I went for lunch so we got to try the food and the desserts. I was a kid in the candy store, drooling over the entire menu. I wanted to try everything, which is probably why I ordered everything. I started with the Hot Chocolate and the Pain au Chocolate. Hands down PAUL makes the best chocolate croissants in the world. After that we ordered our main course, mine was the Tartine Saumon Fumé and it was delicious. Even the salad dressing was tasty, and I don't usually pay attention to something so boring as salad. For dessert, I ordered Thé Surprise and it was ah-mazing. I couldn't decide on just one dessert so why not get three? The Moelleux chocolat cake and macarons were great and all but for me, the crême brûlée was perfection. I always have such high expectations when I order crême brûlée and PAUL's version was so creamy and not too sweet, which I loved! 

Je t'aime PAUL. Thank you for bringing back Parisian café memories.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hungry Hound

Hungry Hound - Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Philippines








Calamansi - Filipino Lime


Duck Fat Fries with Rosemary, Garlic & Parmesan


Braised Short Rib with Gremolata, Fine Beans and Tomato Risotto
Gremolata = lemon zest, garlic and parsley
(now we both learned something new today)


Sautéed Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes, Chorizo & Nut Stuffing and Fine Beans


Roasted Tomato Spaghetti with Basil, Pine Nuts and Parmesan 
The dish doesn't come with meat but I added a Chicken Breast.


Connected to Hungry Hound, Niner Ichi Nana serves some pretty unique cocktails.


A peek inside Niner Ichi Nana.


Hungry Hound is located in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. When I think of Manila, I think of people and traffic. Surprisingly, the Fort was quiet because everyone was away on holidays. After 3 glorious hours at The Spa (look how relaxed we look, I really just woke up from my massage), we were ready to eat. My cousin took us to the The Hungry Hound, which was on my list of restaurants to try in the Philippines. The ambiance reminded me of a pub but with better food. The Duck Fat Fries were a great starter. Now when I think of Duck Fat Fries, I think of the Duck Fat Poutine from Charcut. For me, the Duck Fat Poutine is still the crème de la crème but it's kind of hard to beat duck fat, cheese and gravy. I'm Canadian, I love my poutines! Another highlight was the Braised Short Rib. Tender, fall of the bone, get in my belly kind of love. Plus the Roasted Spaghetti was simple but yet so flavorful. Definitely reminded me of my days in Italy. Thank you to my cousin and his girlfriend for taking me to the yummiest places and for being such lovely tour guides in the Philippines. I love how my cousin's girlfriend also takes photos of her food because we could be cool together. Foodies are the coolest people, you should always befriend them.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Nicholas Alexander







Nicholas Alexander - Born on November 11, 2013, on his Great Grandma's 90th Birthday.
Welcome to the world Nicholas. Tita Janey loves you to the moon and back!
Side Note: This was my second time in the delivery room and can I just say, 
I bow down, Beyonce to every female who has ever given birth. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Proposal ♥

Well of course Teddy would propose with Crave Cupcakes. We all know how much I love food!





Thank you to Philip, Dominic & Justin for setting everything up while we were at dinner.



























Guardian Angel - A little luck from Teddy's Mom in Heaven ♥





I froze the Crave Cupcakes because they were too special to eat!
So I had to buy cupcakes for Teddy, you know ones he could actually eat.



 Teddy & I have been together for over 5 years and every vacation we go on, everyone always says he's going to propose. I on the other hand, knew a trip to New York or Paris would just be a little too predictable. So no it wasn't on any of our trips around the world but it was even better because he popped the question in our first home together. Braving a snowstorm to have dinner at Muse Restaurant for the Truffle Festival, a beautifully decorated home with rose petals and candles and Corinne Bailey Rae's "Like a Star" playing, Crave Cupcakes (my most favorite dessert in the entire world) reading "Will You Marry Me Jane?" and a Blue Box with the most beautiful ring I've ever seen in my life. A very big YES and the rest is history. ♥

Something About Mary Grace

 Mary Grace Cafe - Greenbelt 2, Makati, Philippines





Cutest Kids Section 











 The Famous Cheese Roll 


 Ripe Mango Shake - my go to drink in the Philippines


 Pork Tocino with Eggs and Garlic Fried Rice


 Mango and Fresh Salsa


Mary Grace, located in Greenbelt 2, Makati,  is the cutest cafe. The decor, ambiance, staff and food were all just lovely. Oh and the Cheese Rolls were heaven! Make sure you order them "grilled" so the layers of cheese just melt in your mouth. Mmmm cheese, butter and sugar. Sobrang masarap that I just had to start speaking Tagalog to tell you how delicious these are. I actually flew back to Canada with a dozen Cheese Rolls in my carry-on. True story.
There really is something about Mary Grace.