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.

Paris in the Summer

Paris in the Summer

From warm sunny mornings, to crisp rainy afternoons… there’s nothing quite as refreshing as Paris in the summer. On a weekly basis, my husband and I share a meal together, just the 2 of us, and we did this all day, everyday, in the city of love. Whether it was over duck confit and wine, or crepes and coffee, a place to sit and hold hands after a day of walking through the sights made our trip what it was – a time to just be with each other.

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DAY 1

Lunch

A staple stop for travelers and locals alike is Le Relais de l’Entrecote. They come for the sirloin, but return for the special sauce and the familiarity. Me? I was blown away by the simple yet complex desserts, done immaculately.

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Salade aux Noix

Steak Frites

Entrecote A Point

Le Vacherin d ‘ete

Le Vacherin d ‘ete

Relais Profiteroles

Relais Profiteroles

Pre Dinner

After a leisurely stroll in Saint-Germain, we did a quick stop in the street’s gorgeous corner Les Deux Magots cafe. There, we sampled their simple salad of iceberg lettuce, ham, chicken, cheese, tomato and hard boiled eggs, dressed in a mustard vinaigrette.

Salade Deux Magots

Salade Deux Magots

Dinner

I was recommended to come to Babylone Bis past 9pm because it is open late, and told emphatically that I must try the African chicken. Tender quarters of grilled bone in chicken in African spices, served with rice, fried plantains and a myriad of excellent sauces. This was easily one of the best dishes I had in all of Europe.

African Chicken platter

African Chicken platter

 

DAY 2

Breakfast

Why come to France and not have delicate crepes? In Ar Poul Gwen we had one savory and one sweet, which made for the perfect start to the day.

Fromage

Fromage

Nutella

Nutella

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Lunch

Cafe du Marche is quaint little cafe on Rue Cler street. Known for its confit de canard, which is one of my husband’s favorite dishes, we decided this would be a nice little lunch spot before lying in the gardens by the Eiffel Tower.

A little spritz before the meal

A little spritz before the meal

Duck Confit

Duck Confit

More steak... at a perfect medium rare. And the potatoes were fantastic

More steak… at a perfect medium rare. And the potatoes were fantastic

Dinner

There was something about eating in the Champs-Elysees L’Atelier Etoile de Joel Robuchon that felt very sexy…  Perhaps it was the fun bar seating, or the red and black interiors… Or maybe it was every superb course that kept making it’s way to us. Either way, it was a lovely meal.

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ADDRESS GUIDE

Le Relais de l’Entrecote

15 Rue Marbeuf

Les Deux Magots

6 Place Saint-Germain des Pres

Babylone Bis

34 Rue Tiquetonne

Ar Poul Gwen

11 Rue Etienne Marcel

Café du Marche

38 Rue Cler

L’Atelier Etoile de Joel Robuchon

Publicic Drugstore, 133 av. Des Champs-Elysees

 

A Last Look – Barcelona

A Last Look – Barcelona

Truly one of my favorite cities, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots with all of you.

You can’t help but feel inspired as you walk these streets… Everywhere you look, there is a beautiful structure, just sitting in the hustle and bustle, becoming a part of everyone’s history, just as it had for decades past. You cannot help but stop and revel in the magnificence of your surroundings.

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo – building designed by Gaudi

Correos y Telegrafos - even the post office is a sight to behold

Correos y Telegrafos – even the post office is a sight to behold

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Sagrada Familia

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Beautiful intersections

La Boqueria

One of my favorite things to do is go around to the different markets and the one I favored most was La Boqueria for their fresh produce, fruit juices, and little food stalls where you could sit and have wine, tapas and jamon.

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Ceramics

This is probably what I wanted to take home the most. Lovely and vibrant patterns and prints make for the perfect kitchen and table accessories.

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Treats

I treated myself to somethings over there that are a little out of the ordinary – a night out at the theatre, giant fabada beans to bring home to Manila, as well as some herbs for home cooking, and of course, desserts at all times of the day. From ice cream and pastries to churros con xocolate, and my absolute favorite sweet ending… The Gaufre.

I was able to catch the Spanish version of my all time favorite musical Les Miserables

I was able to catch the Spanish version of my all time favorite musical Les Miserables

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My Tia Lulu

I stayed with my grandmother’s very elegant and sassy baby sister. The youngest of 4 women, she is energetic and full of life. I miss this woman every day and she truly made our stay in Barcelona unforgettable.

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