I shriek for shrimps! – Bubba Gump, Greenbelt 3, Makati City

Corner Tree Cafe for sexy Vegan Anne…

Le Bistro Vert…

Le Bistro Vert…

Tucked in the heart of Salcedo village in Makati, at Fraser Place is where is to be found.


Teal and mint I find soothing to the eyes…

After a series of several mishaps (missing radiator cap, getting lost, etc.) We finally found the bistro.


Fell in love with this mural. My camera didn’t capture its’ true beauty, though from the prints of the magazine where I spotted it, it’s truly beautiful! In reality, it is.

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.


This mural!

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.


Sustainable food!

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.



Bistro Pamana – A Restaurant With A Legacy…

Bistro Pamana…

Being a natural foodie with an eye for detail, I was supposed to create a food blog because I both love to eat and cook as well. I ended up blogging and telling stories about everything under the sun. Food, travel, hobbies, what fascinates me and of love itself.
The first time I saw Pamana restaurant from a friend’s post. I instantly adored it. It was the one in Tagaytay. I’ve always been fascinated with walls where different frame photos are mounted. I have 2 walls at home where I did the same though I am not that contented yet. I need more.
Bistro Pamana did just like that. They framed vintage photos of celebrities. As the owner was once a famous celebrity during her time.

Very vintage…

My soul sis told me that it is Barrio fiesta’s sister company. Who also owned Isdaan in Laguna. Their specialty or focus are Heirloom Filipino dishes twisted and tweaked, serving them in gorgeous plates and “cubiertos” to match their theme: Vintage and eclectic.
I learned this because soul sis brought me to their Makati branch. We had to have dinner first while waiting for a client and I had adobo flakes for the first time. My sis get this basket of seafood both of which tasted great. It has prawns, fillets of fish and mussels. You’d be asked to choose from 2 ways to cook it.The adobo flakes comes with a soup, some condiment and eggplant salad. A staple Filipino meal presented with creativity.
wall 1

Out of excitement, I was not able to take photos of our food, or maybe I was already hungry..=)

The moment we stepped in I can’t help but be awed and sis told me “I knew it!” Why? The walls are painted in lavender that’s not hurting to the eyes because they stabilized it with white Wainscots. As I’ve always confessed, lavender is my favorite color. That is my chakra color as well. I feel energetic being around this color for the longest time.

I love their interiors!

Honestly, The framed photos amazed me. Not just because of the old photos of known Filipino celebrities. And sandwiching them with vintage mirrors as well. Most of the elements jived with each other. The quilted seats, the transparent dining chairs and to complete it – the chandeliers.

Rule of thirds..

It is no longer a surprise for a place to be noticed, be popular and be featured in famous magazines and attain recognitions here and there.
wall 2

Always peak time..

One staff while I was admiringly looking at the photos on the walls asked me to try the one in Tagaytay and the newly opened branch in Quezon City. He proudly claimed that I will equally love it. Secretly, I am eyeing the one in Tagaytay… (–,)
sewing machine vintage

Reminded me of my mama who creates beautiful dresses for me when I was a kid…

I also noticed some clippings from magazines where they were featured hanged on the walls too. A kind of prevalent pride of being recognized. Which unquestionably shows that they made a name already in the Food and Beverage industry.

Vintage stuff on every corner…

By the way, their iced water tasted sweet. I sensed they’re lemons. And none are those palt bits that are usually visible like the one I sighted from other restaurants’ service waters. Bistro Pamana is another hit. I’m grateful to my soul sis for bringing me here. I will come back here surely. And make my tummy happy … =)
Look! Miniature typewriters and sewing machine as check cases…=)
sewing machine




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…

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.


Bordered mirrors…

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.


Light and bright…

Some huge mirrors with floral borders complemented the space, with those massive furniture in terracotta shades, the mirrors sustained the much needed space.


Mirror mirror on the wall…

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.


Arugulas and Alfalfas…


Pizza carbonara… Worth the try…

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 & Tina’s…

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…






Blueberry mini cheese cake..

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…

mom n tinas

I’ll come back for this over and over again…=)

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:

58 Sgt. Esguerra Ave., South Triangle, QC FRDC Bldg., 106 E.Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Pasig City,M.M. , Unit 14 Tropical Palms Condominium, 103 Delarosa St., cor. Perea St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, M.M 2nd Flr. Regis Bldg, Katipunan Ave., QC, M.M., Manila, Philippines