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Le Bistro Vert…
Tucked in the heart of Salcedo village in Makati, at Fraser Place is where is to be found.
After a series of several mishaps (missing radiator cap, getting lost, etc.) We finally found the bistro.
Honestly, I didn’t have the slightest idea how famous and how dedicated Chef Laudico is to his craft. On top of it, creating healthy food as part of his thrust on wellness.
I requested my buddy to go here even without an occasion, just our regular habit to squeeze in meeting up from time to time regardless of how busy our lives could be, besides, my months wouldn’t be complete without seeing my intense sissy with her humor that I find comforting. Her expressive persona lifts my sometimes low spirit. Seeing her over good food has always been a sweet treat for me. Among my peers, it is her that we can converse even in silence.
I spotted this bistro because of that French mural and instantly fell in love with their “all shades of green” interiors which I spotted from a magazine, little did I know that the theme came in sync with what the chef is endorsing. Healthy indulgence. Mostly organic and sustainable.
The bistro boasts good food. “Good” because it is not just flavorful to the bud, it is also good to your over all physical being. Not to mention how creative their plating is.
I often hear his name in the F&B world, like how I hear my favorites in the International scene. The likes of Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Jamie Oliver and even Chef Cristeta Comerford (White House Executive Chef) among many others. I am dazzled by their world. I have watched Julie and Julia for a couple of instance. That time when choosing among films on dvds that you haven’t seen yet and you can’t make up your mind, I still settle with Julie and Julia.
Furthermore, local chefs like Chef Heny, Chef Gene Gonzalez, Steph Zubiri are those I try to follow if time permits me. I dreamt of trying Tony Escalante in Tagaytay though I have to fund it because that place in Tagaytay requires planning (reservation) and enough funds to enjoy the visit. I would not want to leave Tagaytay without ube jam and pastries from Rowenas too. And soon I will. Bucket list – Antonio’s – Check! Yey!
Going back to chef Sau. Back then, I had a full spread of my pasta, it looked heavy but its a healthy one.
My soul sis had an inch thick slice of grilled meat with a special sauce and sidings of some vegees.
We had their cakes too after that hefty meal. They call it Valrhona sansrival.
I had this wish to meet the guy face to face, I missed one opportunity to design one of his booth in a certain “expo” due to some unavoidable circumstances. Now I am eyeing his place in Greenhills. Bistro Filipino.
Dining out in places such as this, (especially the ones you haven’t tried yet) with people close to your heart eases away the tiresomeness of a busy restless life. It gives peace within. Good memories. Good food. A pure joy that you can look back at in the years to come.
Sometimes, thoughts of some people on how to do things surprise us unexpectedly. To veer away from what is ordinary and be unique. These vintage stuff used as check box basically taught me that. And I’m just glad to realize. Until my next learnings.
Lolo Dad’s Brasserie sits humbly in the corner of Ayala facing Glorietta. One of the biggest malls in Makati. It was QUAD during my childhood days.
Lolo Dad’s facade looked ordinary from the outside with it’s full-length glass windows though upon entrance, you will be delighted not only by the smiles from their attendant’s faces as if they knew you were coming but the elegance from within.
The lightness of the dining area is there even if they made use of huge furniture. It didn’t matter. The foyer provided a spirit of openness.
Some huge mirrors with floral borders complemented the space, with those massive furniture in terracotta shades, the mirrors sustained the much needed space.
It was an arctic way of combining all the elements of design.
Each time I eat out, being a Designer myself, I often admire how each was conceptualized. Seeing in my mind how it was carefully laid out and planned.
The ambiance of any restaurant is of course just second to the food they serve.
This is how we got them. Unique and savory.
Their other branch is situated in the heart of Manila. A more country version. Which I can no longer see as it served its’ last plate as of 2013 allowing the Chef (Ariel Manuel) to move on to the next level of his culinary life.
Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Mom and Tina’s is a cozy country restaurant tucked at the heart of Makati, just a few blocks away from Ayala Avenue corner Paseo and walking distance from the Greenbelt area. For employees working in the vicinity where endless list of food galore awaits them in Greenbelt, one would rather go here and be welcomed by the guard with his ear to ear smile as his way of greeting you and delightfully opens the French entrance door for you to come in, as if it’s already a part of his daily routine.
One would be so full of guts to put up a food business among hundreds of spots to compete with. It just shows they are paralleled when it comes to taste, quality and service.
The Christmas spirit is already felt the first time I went there with my buddy. Coming from a number of meetings, presentations and work-related stuff. We can’t afford to drag our feet to go to Greenbelt but rather slouched on their comfy couch instead.
We ordered paella then, some pasta and blueberry cheesecake…
The place is ideal for tete-a-tete with your BFFs, treat your mom or son and daughter, for me I guess. Though looking around and seeing the other folks in the corner, or the table beside us or that group of men in the middle, the patrons must have come from all walks of life..Even lovers..or couples. =)
I then, captured another favorite. An ala carte apple pie…
Filipinos as a food lover, just like me, would always be grateful for heavenly places such as this. Especially if your food preference is almost everything that you will see in their cute menu… I’ll keep tagging my loved-ones here.. I’m super sure they’re gonna love it the way I do! (–,) And thank you buddy for bringing me here….(–,)
See you again Mom & Tina’s…(–,)
Mom and Tina’s located at the following branches: