PRIVATO Hotel, our staycation in the city! =)

Nothing is more satisfying than being excited when we first open the door of our well made rooms during staycations.

We were eyeing a few establishments in Pasig City and for me to be coming from San Pedro, Laguna, a whole day won’t be enough for me to be combing said itinerary. You wouldn’t believe, it even includes Divisoria. Ahaha

So, finally, after the holidays, we were able to book a weekend into this nice and looks really clean (with its’ black & white Italian theme) 3 star hotel – Privato.

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It is less than 10 minutes from Shaw, Edsa blvd. Of course, if without the traffic. Jen and I wanted to do staycations as much as we want to though due to our conflicting schedules. We can only do them every once in a while.

As we intend to visit the following:

  • Shake Shack
  • Happy Lemon
  • Panda Express
  • Pottery Barn
  • Cocina Peruvia
  • Van Gogh is Bipolar
  • Greenhills
  • Cafe Sanso
  • Lia’s Cakes in Season

And I wasn’t kidding, Divisoria is included. Ahaha

As a 3 star hotel, Privato is equipped with meeting our typical expectations, except for the immaculate white robes I saw from their Instagram account. Or maybe Deluxe Double Queens doesn’t include the robes?

Amenities includes complimentary WI-FI, LCD Television with cable programs ( we were boob tube freaks for a day), watching movie marathons from HBO and Fox. =)

Also a safety box, a mini refrigerator with complimentary bottled waters daily, hair dryer, an electric kettle, and coffee and tea with choices of white or brown sugar.

I’m happy that there is a jar of infused water in the lobby, though only available until 9:00 pm.

It has 177 rooms, 3 Ballrooms, 2 Conference Rooms, a spa, (which is just beside our room at 8th floor), Rooftop Pool & Gym, and a Roof Deck Lounge.

roof deck & pool

There are 3 restaurants (Piazza Privato, Verona Roof deck and Privato Cafe. They have ex-deals with several establishments better known as Key to the City. Had we were informed about this, we might probably try one of these and enjoyed exclusive discounts. I heard Tittos with good reviews.

piazza privato

Maybe those wires can be hidden somewhere.

paid breakfast

Salad station.
No bacon????? =(
Good thing I asked if they are fresh, and attendant said they’re powdered. So I opted to have brewed coffee and used that fresh milk meant for the cereals. =)
I just loved my green salad. =)

The nearest go to place from this hotel is Kapitolyo and Estancia mall. Though most of those places we have planned to visit are at Mega mall and Podium.

The nearest go to place from this hotel is Estancia mall and Kapitolyo which is like a Food Mecca in Pasig, its’ residents took it further by establishing a neighborhood of remarkable food spots. Though most of those places we have planned to visit are at Mega mall and Podium.

There are actually 3 locations, the other 2 is in Quezon City, and the recently opened one is in Makati. Jen and I were in sync with what we wanted our weekend be like and were so excited that finally we were able to do it once more.

We thought we gained a few pounds already.
Still Christmas at Privato. =)
By the way, we loved these brownies a lot!

This staycation seemed too fun not to be shared. A very relaxed weekend indeed. Looking forward to our next. =)

location:

 706 Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas, Pasig City, Philippines

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The Gardens – Brunch Club & Social House

The Gardens – Brunch club & Social house

“No matter how busy a person is, if they care, they will always find the time for you.”

Jen and I only had a short time left after she bought something from Tiendesitas. Our feet were just lead by our stomach, hungry enough to land in this dainty restaurant fronting Tiendesitas. Initially, we intend to just grab our favorite coffee but we decided to look around and spotted “The Gardens”.

It’s almost lunchtime and most of the tables were occupied when we arrived after browsing on the menu that they displayed outside.

Isn’t it so welcoming?

Their walls are made of glass so we can see what’s waiting for us inside. The interior is a combination of rustic and shabby chic in my opinion as there are flashes of pastels around. So it is very inviting too.

We always have this fear of ordering something we won’t like eventually, or won’t passed our taste buds, especially if it’s our first time, not only that but because we know how to cook and we’ve tried similar recipes in many different places. But because we get easily lured by the attractive presentations. We are both “visuals”.

While carefully choosing what to order, we had sweet potato fries called – out in advance. It’s supposed to be our dessert but we’re already hungry. =)

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Menu photo courtesy of: http://thegardens.com.ph/brunch-menu/

Sweet Potato Fries

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When they served it, we are ready with our orders, and it’s nice to calculate that it took them less than 15 minutes to serve the rest of our food so while we’re waiting, we were nibbling with the sweet potatoes that could do us good, especially for our skin, except for its’ sugar content.

So I had this:

Truffle Eggs with Mushroom and cheese

And Jen, declaring she’s trying to lose some pounds lately, just took this tempting Basil Aglio Olio Gambas to her heart’s content. But you see, there’s a rice on the side. =)

Basil Aglio Olio Gambas

The place isn’t too big, it can seat like more or less than 50 guests, but it was nice to realize that there is privacy in each table.

Before we left, I was able to take some pictures of their counter and ceiling which looked familiar to me. I saw something like this from Alabang, however it’s sad that said place was close already.

I want something like this at home.=)

Nowadays, it takes a lot for a restaurant to thrive, to improve the menu, maintain excellent service aren’t just what it takes to keep the business going. I think it takes passion, maybe invite your network to try your place and let the words reach people around. And let it evolve continuously, do research and seek advice or recommendations.

As for me, I like what I ordered, and if this place is just near to me, I won’t mind going back every now and then. Not to forget mentioning the contagious smiles of their attendants too.

The Gardens is located at 117 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (C5),Barangay Ugong, Pasig

A Resto with a Soul… Cafe Juanita

Cafe Juanita

The first time I’ve been to Cafe Juanita was a year ago. It was my soul buddy’s birthday treat. As far as I can remember we bloated ourselves then and consumed 2 orders of their famous mechado. T’was the best one I’ve tasted except that I still remember the mechado of my aunt Tasing – papa’s eldest sister. It was very famous in our clan. My papas brood are all good in the kitchen, most of them has something to be proud of – papa for one is famous for his morcon… My all time favorite.

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It’s Christmas!

In the Philippines, when a place is being built, it is lined with a church, a municipal hall, public market, a street long of food and if there’s more space, a commercial place will be intended for supermarkets, stalls and a movie house. It is still being practiced nowadays after hundreds of years only that a specific trend has been carried on for almost a decade now.
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The CBD that they call (Central business district) started in Makati. Makati was known to have everything that you will need. It is compared to a gold that shines bright especially to those in the provinces. It flourished on its own. The once field of wild grass became the center of business in the Philippines. This is why it is called “Makati”. It meant itchy in the English word. I witnessed its’ evolution as a place to visit during weekends. Top corporations, Private offices, Law firms, Call centers, Embassies, Consuls, Signature shops, etc.
Then, BGC made it better. This time with a twist. And a huge lift. They went back to the basics. Au naturel (All natural), being “green”, even hi-rise buildings had to pass certain policies (strict policies) for them to be able to put up business in BGC. Others followed. There’s Arca south in Bicutan, Vertis north in Quezon City, etc. Parts of the south wouldn’t wanna be left out there’s South park in Alabang, Southwoods City in Binan, Nuvali and Paseo in Sta. Rosa, Vista City in Cavite, I must assume this will go all the way to the provinces of VISMIN (Visayas & Mindanao). I sensed it is the direction.
Just like hundreds of years ago. when a place is built, it is complete with all the necessities specifically food! I hold great admiration to the endless list of restaurants  which I wanna try (had to lessen consumption of coffee that’s more expensive than my fuel) for me to be able to try if not all some of those in 5 stars.
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Filipinos are truly foodies. Cafe Juanita came up with several branches now and the newest is the one in Molito, Alabang. Let’s take a look at their branch in Kapitolyo…

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Kapitolyo branch..

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Dining area…Ground floor…

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Some stuff on their walls!

I think when I said that it’s a resto with a soul. There’s no need for me to elaborate. The photos says it all.

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Semi-precious stones…

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Buddha hear my prayers please!

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Guilded…

It’s a shame for a blogger like me not to be able to share the grandeur of the place and the food that they serve… Being in TIME magazine, I could imagine the fulfillment of whoever conceptualized the interiors of Cafe Juanita.

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They’re world renowned.

It is literally eclectic.

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Lots of red…

Eclectic – deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
If I may say – it’s so me. The gypsy in me. Cluttered and orderly. I was a gypsy remember? =) It’s interiors are pleasures that pleased me no matter what.

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One of my favorite subject-stairs!

Each detail, each color, each shape mesmerized me.

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Chandeliers…

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They have a lot actually!

I’m grateful to my soul sis for making me discover such a dining place with a soul. Absolute gratefulness of witnessing a place that has a lot of stories to tell. What else can i ask for? Bon Appetit! (–,)
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I shall post their offerings soon!