Here we go again, to antonio’s! =)

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The secret to living well is to eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.

Tibetan Proverb

It’s my only son’s birthday, and this time, we choose to dine at: Breakfast at Antonio’s. When it comes to picking a restaurant to bring loved-ones, my first choice is Tagaytay. Name it, they have it. It also gives comfort that they have recovered in no time after the eruption of Taal Volcano earlier this year. Not only that, the pandemic took its’ toll on most food businesses, some even had to shut down.

And when it comes to these three qualifications of mine: Good food, service and interior design. Any individual will of course look for good food when it comes to choosing restaurants. Next then is service when every concern is addressed with a smile. And not only what pleases our tummies but our eyes as well. I’d go for interiors. What I mentioned above have consistently met by Antonio’s.

The challenge here is going there and how are we going to enjoy eating out in pandemic times.

It was a surprise that it took us longer to get there, given that it is a weekend, we still expected that there”ll be less traffic. However, Tagaytay must have been loved by so many, most known food spots are on queue. To cut sharing this experience short, when sitted, we placed our orders from their menu without the traditional menu. We were directed to their menu from their website so as to limit contracting the famous virus.

For my son, he got Beef Tapa in Soya Garlic Semi-Sweet Marinated Sirloin, Kimchi Fried Rice (mild spice) and some beans which he gave to me. =p

It’s funny that we consumed first, this Apple crumble while waiting for our food. As usual, it didn’t take them more than 15 minutes to serve all of our orders.

Jen took the Housemade tortillas. With seven different dips. Green Salsa, tomato salsa, cheese sauce, guacamole, red Beans, ground beef and Jalapeños.

And just in time when we finished it, to our delight, all of our food were served. My original choice would take 20 minutes to serve so I had to make a second choice.

Apparently, I opted for pizza and it was everyone’s favorite especially my son.

Meatloaf for Gracee. =)

Jen’s roasted chicken and fries.

This soup came with waffles.

We opted for their specialty juice blends knowing they’ve been using the freshest fruits from different farms in Tagaytay. And because we were having coffee at Bag of Beans after. =)

Look how elegantly they do their packaging. ❤

Please keep in touch for my next blog: Bag of Beans =)

Believe me, there are other sumptuous dishes in their menu and it’s really just a matter of choosing your favorites. All safety measures were practiced, there are sanitizers and tissues in every corner. And time and again, I fell in love with their interiors, it’s my first time here at Breakfast at Antonio’s. And I’m so glad I did. =)

From where we park, is this. All of their locations has this signature name at the back of the restaurant giving guests a good view of the Taal volcano.

The Antonio’s Group of Restaurants is a Filipino owned restaurant. Setting forth gastronomic experience to its’ clientele.

It is located at Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Barangay, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite. You can contact them at:  (046) 413 0738.

Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe

“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.” 

-Adrian Michael-

I am trying to figure out as to when my fascination to these sacred hoops started.

Sacred hoops which are best known as Dream catchers.

I just saw this curtain made of dream catchers in my most loved colors and had this assumption that it is somewhere far and someplace I can not easily access. Doing my research, said curtain is just a few towns away from my hometown.

Yey!

So I asked my foodie buddy (who have been supporting all my wishes all these years) and head to Batangas one weekend. So there, I saw it right in front of me. =)

The place is called Purple beetle. It’s a coffee shop and they also sell Dream catchers and other Bohemian stuff.

Since then, it has been one of my favorite stuff. I started collecting it at every chance. I even wished that Pandora would come up with dream catcher charms, and like they heard my prayers, and I was so ecstatic to discover they came up with one, so instantly it’s already in my bracelet.

You will see dream catchers in my bedroom, in our living room, in some of my bags as key chains, in my notebooks. =)

After my mama passed, and I’m trying to make use of her stuff (she used to create dresses as a profession) and I’ve got lots of fabrics , laces and beads. I made key chains out of it and eventually, I thought of using beads (fabrics) as charms, and collect them and soon enough, I was already selling them.

Handmade with love. ❤

I did this, hand-made with love. =)

Trying to find the right market, we decided to visit this only place that’s endorsing Bohemian culture and the most number of Dream catchers that you’ll see in the Philippines.

Dreamland Arts & Crafts cafe in Tagaytay is so huge and displays all kinds of Dream catchers and it gave me too many ideas in my mind, I even brought some beads from them. =)

It’s like a museum of all things boho and crafty. It’s so me. True enough, there’s too much for me to learn.

I am so amazed with the varieties. It comes in all sizes and colors and used different materials too.

I learned that they also have one in Batangas though the one in Tagaytay is bigger.

They have accessories too.

It is really beautiful here. Like I found my tribe. =)

There is a cafe, we just had drinks and that awesomely prepared nachos.

They also have a bed and breakfast, and getting a peak to its’ interiors, the boho vibes is literally extended to each room.

They say I’m a dreamer (but I’m not the only one), I wish to have a similar place right in my home (where my mama used to create lovely dresses), not as big as this, as long it’ll showcase all of my creations.

I think it is timely that our visit happened to be almost New Year. I left the place with just one feeling in my heart, I am so inspired. I wish them more success and I think it’s not gonna be my last visit. Dreamland felt like home to me. =)

They are so transparent in supporting local artists. =) It is evident in all corners.

This is so deep.

Should you wish to visit, their address is: Calamba Road, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite, Philippines

You can call them at:

Balay Dako by Antonio’s…

Balay Dako by Antonio’s

“Family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.”

I’m so glad to have brought my family to dine at Balay Dako… It just occurred to me that when they planned going to Tagaytay, I instantly thought of bringing them nowhere else but at Balay Dako.

And because me, my son and her girlfriend were outnumbered by oldies, what we ordered were those that are a little “healthier”, even if I wanted a lot from the menu to try for myself, please take a look:

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Gela just enjoyed nibbling on these dessert from Ilo-ilo: Piyaya.

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While I enjoyed the ube turon

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I was quite disappointed with the halo-halo, I think they lack some of the ingredients.

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The oldies wanted fish, so we had sweet and sour fish for them.

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My son opted for the salt & pepper spare ribs.

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We ordered for the green mango salad too

I actually can’t figure out what matches it. We just had the beef shanks soup (“Bulalo” in Filipino), and normally green mango salad fits best with fried food.

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Their paella.

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Mama and nanay (her yaya) about to start on their fresh lumpia when I asked them to smile first. =)

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Their lumpiang sariwa.

I still want to try more from their menu, I’ll come back soon. =)

 

Menu Photos courtesy of: http://antoniosrestaurant.ph/balay-dako/#menu-section

I’ve tried most of their desserts, so we can always go out and find another, there’s a lot of places in Tagaytay where you can find a good one to get your sweet cravings. So it’s like hopping from one place to another, besides Tagaytay is a very beautiful place. You wouldn’t mind just looking around.

 

 

 

BALAY DAKO – A must-visit…

BALAY DAKO

“Enjoy life, it is delicious.”

Catching up with myself, I decided to self-gratify and do a quick fix by visiting one of my favorite places in the Philippines – Tagaytay.

Among the long list of where to make our tummies happy, we chose “Balay Dako”.

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She’s all smile getting there.

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Waiting area..

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Piaya originated from Bacolod..

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Sorbetes! (Ice cream)

Immediately upon entering their enormous dining hall, we found our spot.

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While waiting for our food..

It is facing a central view of the famous Taal lake. It came to us with the soft cool breeze of Tagaytay. And some fogs too which were too thin to notice.

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The weather was great at that time.

Spending almost 3 hours to get there from my place, we ordered some of their specialties to our heart’s content.

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And relaxing at the same time..

And while waiting for our food, I took photos of what they’re using in their kitchen.

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It was good to know that some of these are in my kitchen too..

I must not forget to mention here that Chef Tony (Escalante) was there and smiles at everyone including me. #startruck

Permit me this awe since he is touted as one of the best chefs in Asia. The brain behind Antonio’s Restaurant. Though the Executive Chef of Balay Dako is Chef Ricky Sison.

So, here’s what we’ve had:

Our table were filled with Filipino cuisine and the usual that we cooked at home, but broadly speaking, the taste and ambiance and the service are 2 thumbs up.

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We had shrimps, beef and green mango salad.

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Two old-time favorites: Turon and bibingka..

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And another favorite: Sago and gulaman for our drinks.

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We were also provided with mascuvado sugar either for our bibingka or sago gulaman should we wanted it sweeter.

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Each table is served with staple condiments.

And these are the elements making up a note-worthy place that deserves frequent visit. I then again wished that Tagaytay is just 15 minutes away from me. More of a visceral thing to me. We were in a relaxed mode anyway.

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I had fun spotting two of the most important letters to me..=)

The place is huge, giving justice to it’s name: “Balay Dako”. Dako is big in the Visayas where Chef Tony hailed from.

You’d be glad to know that after we had our desserts, our feet lead us to their specialty shop and brought home some stuff too.

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Went shopping too.

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Neatly arranged items..

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Chalkboard menuboard which will eventually be included in my other blog that features my fascination on Calligraphy.

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When you visit this, there’ll always be something that you can bring home..

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Like these..

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Fish in oil..

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Chicharon which equates to 20 counts of burpees.. =p

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Freshly-baked daily.

Find time to visit the place and I’m pretty sure you’ll like it there too.

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Their welcome arch..

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They asked if we have tried these other two: Breakfast at Antonios and Antonio’s Restaurant (the pilot branch). And if not, they said that we must. =) I think I’ll start saving for the latter. Their steaks are famous. =)

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LUCINA Home…

Lucina Home

“An artist cannot fail, it is a success to be one.” ~Charles Horton Cooley~

Christmas is my favorite season of the year. I remember myself as a child helping my father in putting up our Christmas tree. He will assign me to neatly hang all the embellishments and he will be in charge of the lights. I look up to it. Now that he’s gone, it is our 5th year celebrating the season without him. And me putting up the tree alone.

Despite of that sad part, I still am excited to put up my tree. I collect photos of the grandest trees and search for places where can I get my decors. I also wanted to create “DIYs” as my trimmings. I assign what color to use each year.

Come November, I was able to visit this shop in Tagaytay which I’m eyeing for years now. Lucina Home.

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This caught me while I was about to enter the shop…

I have talked to the owner last year that I am visiting them for a project, however said project didn’t push through for having a full plate during the “ber” months.

So I made time for it. I can’t wait to see their items. And when I did? I can’t get enough of it. I hoarded decors for my tree.

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It’s that time of the year when you’re excused for splurging.

I bought some for my boss too, a cute notebook for my foodie buddy, gifts for friends and I promised to come back for more.

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All the cute stuff are here..
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Even repros of famous paintings..
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Even millennial stuff..=)

What made the visit sweeter is the manner of their attendants tending to guests. Paul, whom I have been talking to since last year was there. Paul was busy unpacking and arranging stuff which I must assumed has recently arrived.

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You can find best finds from all corners..

They also introduced me to Joel. They are business partners and put this shop together, bringing myriad of stuff from their travels. Both were meticulously checking their displays, inter-acting with guests, and giving me discounts!

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I saw from google a chandelier filled with Christmas baubles, and then I saw this. It is beautiful..

Yes, Joel even gave me one of my best finds for free! It is a unique dream catcher without the real feathers on it as the whole thing is made of stainless steel.

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(–,)

I accidentally saw it while I was waiting for them wrapping the items I’ve bought. And I shrieked (sorry) upon seeing it. It was glaring in front of me hanging on one of their stands and instantly grab it, head to the cashier’s counter to add it to my purchases.

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I think this is where I found the dream catcher..
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And this is where Jen found the lighthouse..
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I actually eyed this for our porch..=)

It was such a surprise when the cashier told me that she was instructed by her boss (Joel) that the dream catcher will be free. Awww! it was really sweet.

There’s this one attendant too who is such a good up-seller. He knew what I wanted and kept on gathering similar items and giving them to me.

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Christmas stuff..
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Jen hoarding!
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Such a cool idea, egg shells, painted in pastels as Christmas wreaths and can be used for Easter too.. =)

Leaving with shopping bags on both hands, I knew then that there’s going to be a second visit, and a third and a fourth. I think you know what’s it like to find something you’ve been looking for. It’s like “Eureka”!

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Vintage, shabby and chic..
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All the elements you need for Christmas..
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They have furniture too..

I’ve been hunting for a shop like theirs in the country for so long. An array of what I want, shabby chic items, vintage, quirky, artsy, bohemian and unique finds. Actually, I’ve taken photos of some that I intend to get soon.

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Don’t you love that gilded mirror?
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How about that cabinet?
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And that pastel chair..

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They sell hand-painted furniture too. Something which I will be saving for. A piece in pastel pink or two will absolutely spell happiness. Until then.

They have two branches: One at Serin, Tagaytay. The other one is in Solenad. You can contact them at: 0917 887 8850