Boozy Brunch

Boozy Brunch

It’s never too early to have a few catch up laughs, a sinfully delicious meal, and a round of cocktails with your friends

Ladies who lunch has always been a concept many women enjoy. But today’s fast paced female begins her day earlier, and has a lot to accomplish before it ends, which is why brunch makes perfect sense. Breakfast food also easily whet’s the palate, giving many options when it comes to dishes. And what’s a brunch without a little bit of bubbly?

I decided to host some of my closest friends in Cicchetti, a newly opened Italian concept in the heart of Bonifacio Global City. Though the restaurant is known for their pastas and small bites, it recently launched a brunch menu, chockfull of scrumptious starts to the day, delicious egg dishes, and refreshing cocktails. All that over candid conversations made for a fun morning of catching up in an intimate setting.

Because the restaurant took care of the food and drinks, I just brought in a single flower arrangement by stylist Zenas Pineda to liven up my table. As guests began to filter in, we were served fresh house made bread, warm from the oven – focaccia , baguettes and breadsticks with a simple dipping of good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Blogger and wine enthusiast Stephanie Zubiri – Crespi was enjoying hers with a cold glass of sangria, while stylist LA Lopez opted for the Limoncello Collins. The other cocktails served were sparkling wine based – ‘Rossini,’ which had a fresh strawberry puree, and ‘Lemon and Bubbles,’ which offered a more citrus flavor.

As the food arrived, my best friend Sandra Pena – Paradies and I were excited to begin the meal. The first dish was a Tomato Soup, served with a Parmesan Tuille – a nice way to warm our tummies. Following that was the Sicilian Eggs Benedict. This dish was well balanced, having the richness of the runny egg and the pesto hollandaise pair perfectly with the crisp bread, Italian dry cured ham, and the freshness of the cherry tomatoes and herbs.

Following that was a real treat – Cicchetti’s homemade prosciutto ensaimada topped with almond slivers. Everyone was suggesting we split these, worried about the calorie spike, except model and influencer Mikaela Lagdameo – Martinez, who was happy to consume hers all on her own. I, of course, took her lead and enjoyed the fluffy pastry that completely satisfied that sweet and salty combination craving.

Though the menu was heavy on prosciutto, each dish was well thought out, showing different ways to creatively use the charcuterie staple. The Prosciutto and Coppa Open Faced Sandwich served it on toasted bread with melted cheese, while the Prosciutto and Eggs featured it alongside sautéed mushrooms and a perfect fluffy scramble.

Jeweler Macky Fah frequents the restaurant for its mouth-watering pasta offerings, so she happy to see the final dish, a White Wine Carbonara. Rich, creamy, and sinful – it was everything you would hope for both in texture and flavor – perfectly cooked spaghetti, twirled in a mix of egg yolk, Parmesan cheese and guanciale.

Because I would’ve loved for my group to sample some of the other pasta offerings, I didn’t let them leave empty handed, giving out some sauces to try at home. As the meal came to an end, there were still conversations to be had. The cocktails kept coming as laughter filled the table. The setting was perfect for a catch up amongst friends. With delicious food, and impeccable service – it is now one of my go to places.

Cicchetti serves brunch daily, from 10am-3pm.

PHOTOGRAPHS by Jar Consenjo (@campfiremedia) for Metro Society Magazine (@metrosocietyph)

Cicchetti

Cicchetti

Signature pastas and Italian small bites make for this fine new dining destination

Manila’s dining scene has never been stronger so to be able to survive, one must have a combination of all these elements – great food, wonderfully crafted drinks and cocktails as well as a good wine selection, a fine ambiance brought together by lighting, temperature and music, and of course, impeccable service. Cicchetti and Mazzo, the latest venture of the group that brought you The Belle & Dragon, and Mandalay, definitely ticks all these boxes.

Cicchetti’s space is beautifully furnished, featuring high and low seating as well as the work of local artist Casus hanging on the wall, while Mazzo, the al fresco bar, features pretty potted trees, giving each table ample privacy. Situated on the 8th floor of the MDI Corporate center, any meal is accompanied by a view of BGC’s gorgeous skyline.

For those who love a uniquely Italian meal, Cicchetti has menu consisting of cicchetti’s or Italian ‘small bites,’ specialty pastas, gourmet starters and salads, and incredible mains. For first timers the cicchetti sampler comes highly recommended to have a little taste of all – Caviar Patatina, Seared Foie Gras, Carne Cruda, Chicken Liver Mousse, House-made Ricotta, and Crab Cake Cicchetti. Their House-Made Burrata is quite delicious – firm but with a soft and silky center and served with a cashew pesto and pomodoro. Pair this with the Calamari, or Crispy Testa and the Prosciutto from the starter menu. Moving on to the pasta course, the Crab and Ricci, Aglio Oglio, and Vongole are good options for pescatarians, but good enough to satisfy any palate. Another well-loved dish is the Alla Vodka pasta – spaghetinni in an onion soubise and tomato compote, served with a beef, pork, and veal sausage meatball. For the mains, Cicchetti has a beautiful Bistecca Fiorentina – 500 grams of Black Angus rib eye, perfectly seared. They also serve the very popular Pollo alla Sostanza, which is a panfried chicken breast and thigh paired with burro marrone and corn. End your meal with a simple but well made Panna Cotta or their Canoli, filled with a rich cream ricotta and candied orange.

Carne Cruda Cicchetti

House Made Ricotta Cicchetti

Seared Foie Gras Cicchetti

Burrata

Crispy Testa

Crab & Ricci Pasta

Vongole

Alla Vodka

Pollo Alla Sostanza

Panna Cotta

Cannoli

Cicchetti is open daily, accepting guests for brunch from 8am – 3pm, lunch from 11:30 – 2:30, high tea from 3pm – 6pm, and dinner has 2 seatings – 6:30 and 8:30. Mazzo is open until late. For reservations contact them through (02) 9874756 / (0917) 321 4756 and follow them on instagram @cicchettiph.

PHOTOGRAPHS by Jar Consenjo (@campfiremedia) for Metro Society Magazine (@metrosocietyph)

Carbone HK

Carbone HK

One of Hongkong side’s most beloved restaurants, Carbone is one not to be missed when visiting the modern Asian city. From the old Italian inspired interiors, to the catchy vintage tunes, and of course, the delicious dishes and drinks – it makes for the perfect night on the town.

The generous and delicious  bread basket – tempting to dig in, but try to control yourself – theres so much more to come.

Carpaccio Piemontese – Wagyu Beef, Walnut, Black Truffle

Caprese – Heirloom Tomatoe, Burrata, Salsa Verde

Baked Clams – Oreganata, Casino, Fantasia

Spicy Rigatoni Vodka – Tomato, Onion, Calabrian Chili

Linguini Vongole – Mixed Clams, Vermentino, Oreganata

Spaghetti Carbonata – Pancetta, Black Pepper, Parmesan

Mario’s Meatballs

Whole Branzino – Grilled Mediterranean Bass, Lemon, Flag Sauces

Veal Parmesan – Bone-In Veal Chop, Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella

The New Vask

The New Vask

Vask re-opens with a fresh new look, depicting more casual dining but with bites that do not disappoint. Whether you pair these tasty morsels with wine or one of their homegrown spirits mixed into cool cocktails, a meal at The Gallery by Chele promises a good evening.

Note: I highly suggest the Bites Omakaze, where you are presented with 6 small bites, all bursting with flavor, for only 350Php

Our chosen cocktails: GUAVA MOJITO Guava, Tarragon, Homemade Spirits. GIN ‘N HERBS Melon, Elder Flower, Lemon

Pickled Peppers to whet your palate. Homemade taro focaccia.

PURPLE CRACKER Tuna Tartare, Aromatics

BREAKFAST Longganisa, Pickles, Quail Egg. BLACK BLINIS Salmon Roe. Sour Cream. Blood Rice Cake. TOMATO MOCHI Cheese, Basil

MORINGA TOAST Brioche, Bone Marrow, Corn. EMPANADITAS Fish, Green Chili, Emulsion

SOUR RIBS Snake River Farms Wagyu, Onions, Talinum.

Chef Chele Gonzalez presenting the next dish; FIRED! PULPO Octopus, Chicken Jus, Papaya

COCO-NUTS Jackfruit, Pomelo, Kaffir Lime. Assortment of complimentary Chocolate Truffles

Bamba La Bamba

Bamba La Bamba

Nothing keeps me coming down south like the comforting plates of Bamba Bistro. Chef Cristina Legarda knows exactly how to take modern flavors and prepare them in such a way that it will always feel like a bite of home. These are not simple dishes – but for some reason, each ingredient works together, making the entirety of it uncomplicated, with direct to the point goodness bursting in each bite.

Next time you decide to go on a food adventure and end up in the streets of Bf, Paranaque, you must pop in and sample their menu offerings… Then wash it down with their famous ‘beergarita.’ I can promise you a feast for your taste buds and maybe even your soul.

A Day in Versailles

A Day in Versailles

There is so much beauty in that which is lush and wild. If God had a brush, nature would be his palette… But there is also something to be said for manicured bushes, evergreen lawns and historical palaces, thus the beauty of Versailles.

Here is a photo diary of our bike through the little city and a tour of the lovely gardens of Marie Antioinette.