For several times now, I have been seeing Harlan and Holden Glass house each time I passed by Power plant mall. I always wonder who conceptualized it since this brand initially offers lifestyle clothing only, and to discover they decided to venture into the F&B territory, buoyed me up to try it.
And glancing at the interiors, I really find it enticing.
And so one Friday, before seeing a blocked screening of this highly-acclaimed movie, we decided to stop by.
I chose to blog about The Harlan Glasshouse, even if I do not have much food to show because we were really happy to have given it a try, the experience was truly gratifying, and for all the three facets when I decide as to where to dine: taste of food, ambience and service. =) It is a two thumbs up on all three.
The pasta was undeniably al dente, I felt just the rightest crunch and its’ flavorful sauce is exactly as how we hope it to be. Jen got excited with the parmigiano shavings topped to it adequately.
If there’s an eclair, I will definitely get an eclair. Theirs is a bigger one, not the usual eclair that’s coated with chocolate, we got the salted caramel variant, although they have one coated with chocolate too. There’s a unique level of texture in it and worked really very well for a dessert. It is also not too sweet.
I’m guilty I had to request for a simple syrup for my freshly squeezed orange juice even if it is an accomplished thirst quencher on its’ own. My friend liked her specialty coffee too.
My college prof told me their Lapu-lapu fillet is worth a try. And I’ve been reading a lot of good feedbacks on their steaks and the famous corned beef rice bowl. So I already know what to get next time. =) Plan to go there during the not so busy hours, this way, you get to choose the better spots. =)
They are located at Rockwell Center R1-GH, Hidalgo Drive, Makati City, Philippines.
I am visiting my niece’s booth at “The Good Neighbors” at Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Makati City.
It is just a little across Edades Tower and Powerplant Mall. We arrived a little earlier, and when I saw Jen’s eyes, looking at her left and her right in random, she was either saying something like Powerplant mall or Dean and
DeLuca? Instantly, she asked: “Coffee?” And of course, after checking the time in my watch, I just said: “Come on!” =)
As planned, we ordered for our coffee: Cafe Dulce de Leche (the dulce served separately) for Jen and Caramel Machiatto for me.
We had two kinds of desserts to match it. It was unlikely that we didn’t get blueberry cheesecake this time.
I was totally enticed by that Dutch apple pie,
and as usual Jen had her salted caramel cheesecake.
Over varying topics while devouring on what we’ve ordered, we realized they were too sweet we had to get something like a stasis to balance our palates.
We opted to choose the Pasta E Pomodoro, it is an organic pasta with fresh tomato, basil, garlic in olive oil. It came with a garlic bread which Jen and I shared equally.
The attendant asked if we wanted it with chicken or meatballs, and we both decided to have it done meatless.
It surely balanced that sweetness from our desserts and drinks. Jen liked it a lot, (she consumed all those Arugulas) since it was cooked the Italian way, as her preferences are pastas that are never sweet.
Her salted caramel is something we can tagged as “TDF” (To die for), it is one of of the best salted caramel cheesecake we’ve tried so far, and my apple pie is really good too.
These epicurean treats definitely made us want to go back and we already know what to try next time, we intend to try their branch at Eton Tower, Legaspi Village, Makati City, which happens to be nearer from Jen’s workplace.
Dean and DeLuca, on its’ 40th year originated from lower Manhattan, USA. At present, due to demands, they were able to put up branches across USA: New York City, Washington D.C., Charlotte, North Carolina, Leawood, Kansas, Napa Valley, California and Honolulu, Hawaii. They are also in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.
In our country, Dean and DeLuca has two branches: the one at Edades Tower, Rockwell Makati and the one at Eton Tower.
Everything you’ll ever need is at Dean and DeLuca. They’ve got choices for Starters, Salads, they have Quinoa too, they have soups, they offer a wide range of Main delicious dishes, from Sushi and rolls, Grain bowls, Burgers, Sandwiches, Tapas, Pancakes & waffles, Pastas and sourdough Pizzas and of course Desserts, even organic ice cream!
Beverage list is almost endless from Cocktails, coffee and teas, milk shakes and wines (red and white).
They have gourmet and gift items too.
I’m not wondering why Tatler voted for them. Everything at Dean and DeLuca is sumptuous. =) It instantly became our favorite! =)
I shriek for shrimps! – Bubba Gump, Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Broadly speaking, I am not much into seafood, but when when we talk of shrimps, hhhmmn, I could have just hoard anti-histamine medicines from the drugstores.
I haven’t been visiting Makati in a while, and been planning to visit Bubba gump for a long time. I have frequented this place years ago when my work is still located in Makati.
10 years ago, Makati was one of my two options when it comes to malling and eating -out, the other one is Alabang. Nowadays, there are options everywhere. =) The country has evolved and comes with it is the escalated taste F&B Industry has to offer. They are now capable of giving variety to most consumers. Both for its’ look and taste of their food.
For me, it is a good thing, as I am a natural foodie. =) When you check my weekly viands at home, it is very balanced, since my mom had to follow a stricter diet due to old age. I give into my cravings outside (some feast both for my tummy and eyes) a secret I kept from my mom, or else, she will torture me with her own cravings too. =)
So, I had this chance, and even if Greenbelt, or the streets of Makati offer hundreds of equally worth – it food spots, I am much into trying Bubba Gump for the nth time.
It’s just that I binged over lunch at 2pm, so we weren’t able to get as much as we want. It was only half past 500pm.
And we opted for the Shrimper’s heaven.
And for our dessert, we had Mama’s bread pudding.
You wouldn’t believe, foodies as we can be, we apparently requested the attendant to pack our food as we weren’t able to consume even half of it. We almost forgot that it’s American size.
Still, I am happy to be here again. =) Thinking of this place as characterized by some of the elements I mostly love, not just shrimps, but the photos of some scenes from one of my most favorite movie of all time. =)
I also have its’ book which hubby gave me. One of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. He used to say It is our story.
Anne and I have been calling each other friends or sisters from different moms way back our high school days. If you do the math, it is more than 30 years ago.
Before our 2nd year in high school, she flew to Chicago and I had to say with gratefulness that she is one of those most thoughtful friends I’ve had.
If I will collate all her snail mails and cards and photos and postcards that she meticulously put inside fab envelopes and send it to me via air mail, it is even more than those unread letters that we’ve seen from the movie: “The Notebook”.
And if you asked me, I find them sweeter than E-mails. =)
Through the years, during her regular visits to her motherland, she makes it a point to see us if time and super hectic schedule permits.
Our last one was 2009. We brought her to the then very famous Mall of Asia, I brought along my son, we were with some of Anne’s friends and it is only now that I realized it’s been 7 years.
It wasn’t difficult for her to assemble and bring together friends from different times and places like putting up a small party or a reunion. All her friends are very nice.
And a few months ago, for her 2016 visit, we were already planning, where to go, where to eat, what to do.
So today, you might be surprised that I am dining at a Vegetarian Cafe tucked in a corner somewhere in Makati City. Since Anne turned into a Vegan years ago.
Corner tree cafe is one of the most popular Vegan restaurants in the country, nutrient-packed and fiber dense recipes meant for Vegans.
It might be less exciting for me, (still an omnivore) minus the meat and sauces and all, well I didn’t expect that I finished them happy and satisfied.
We had these soups as starters:
Pechay and Spinach soup for Anne. It’s so green!
Roasted carrot soup for me.
While Mabel had the Sicilian tomato soup.
Anne claimed to be starving had Tofu Teriyaki with Sauteed Asparagus & Shiitake Mushrooms.
It is served in a bowl over organic red rice.
Crispy veggies lumpia which comes with a special vinegar sauce.
We also had Veggie Laing… which is so creamy and you can strongly feel how the leaves absorbed the coconut milk through slow-cooking.
Those are Taro leaves stewed in coconut milk served with red rice.
Corner tree Cafe offers a variety of desserts which we didn’t tackle since part of our itinerary is visiting Laduree. It is 15 minutes away from Jupiter st., Makati. And Anne also requested for “Taho”.
And when it got dark, they provided us with a candle..
Mabel was vigilant enough to remember that there’s one from Power Plant Mall in Rockwell Center, Makati City. And Laduree is in Rockwell Center too. Its’ like hitting not just 2 but 3 birds in one stone.
We asked Anne if she’s happy with what we’ve had, she smiled sweetly and claimed that she is. And we again asked if she’s satiated and with her decorous giggles, she told us “Not yet!”
And we reminded her of the taho and macarons, etc. Taho is a staple morning snack food in the Philippines made of fresh silken tofu, with a thick sweet syrup, and sago pearls.
You wouldn’t believe, a Hollywood actress (Game of Thrones) have been hanging out here.
We called it a day past dinner time and looked forward in anticipation of more taho and more zip-lining in the future.
Corner tree cafe is located at: 150 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, 1209 Makati City
I requested for additional bread sticks for my soup… =)
28 years. At a time when texting and face-booking is a thing of the future and none of us had ever imagine it’d come into existence. I, Rachel, Annabelle, Jhonna, Essie and Theresa were friends already. At that time, every single year preparing for one’s birthday is such an easy task.
Now after 28 years, it was quite a feat. Everyone seems so busy. Our life then, was entirely different. Easier and lighter. While now, it’s a bit heavier but happier and more complete.
For Anna’s birthday, It took us almost 500 messages to finalize where to do it. We are all having thoughts of our own, we started at making it different, a KTV and giant burgers at Paseo, Sta. Rosa, and since Essie’s birthday was a hit (Dancing to the music from the 80’s in Bellevue hotel), we decided to do it one more time, then, one or two can’t stay as late, we opted to just enjoy Al fresco dinner somewhere in Sucat with a live band, then we went back to the original plan and decided to go farther in Cavite, and then again, somewhere nearer, in San Pedro, Laguna. We can’t make up our minds. Until finally, the birthday celebrant opted to decide on it. And to her heart’s content – it was final. =) We will just have lunch at: Torch, Greenbelt, Makati City. Then, stroll, say some prayers at a nearby chapel, shop and probably coffee..
The night before, I was even contemplating of going due to a very untimely ugly allergies that were visible on my face and posted them a few hours before our time to meet up. And everyone was crossing fingers that the next message won’t be “Sorry guys, I can’t make it… again.” But nooo! I never wanted to miss this much as I do with each celebration. So I showed up with the rashes visible on my face. I can’t miss to see this special circle whom I have kept in my heart for almost three generations. As I’ve told them during my birthday, that I am very grateful to have them, for being there for me through the years.. Through ups and down, listening to me when I’m falling in love and when I’m falling out of love, when I’m broke and when I’m not, and even when I’m thin or when I’m fat, they never leave me.
We probably gained pounds (or wrinkles) every year. And each pound we gain, were in sync with the love and blessings we felt we gain for having each other. It made us see how the years have been good to us. How life have been kind to us. Because we have each other.
Each celebration were made up of good memories that we collect and look back at in each meeting. There will always be laughter, sometimes, there are also tears. And there are lots of pictures too!
Here are some, celebrating Anna’s special day:
I missed taking photos of the pesto pasta and roast beef. They were too good I guess, we might have guzzled on them right away. Ahaha!
We’ve gone through rough and tough patches. Huge part of which are heartaches, losses, our differences, our schedules, issues at home, at work, even our health. The list is endless. While the bigger part of which are the few prized times we share once we were together. It is a rule to make time for a get-together. And we will always do! (–,) Happy birthday sissy! ❤
TORCH GREENBELT is at:
Level 1, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. You can contact them at: 751-6213. Other branches which can serve are in the following locations: Greenhills, Katipunan, UP Town Center and at the Circuit.