Friday, January 20, 2017

Industriya Marikina for a Cozy Lunch and Wanderlust Snakeskin Ballerines

One of my favorite things about being a shoe designer... is that I get to discover more of Marikina. I don't need to go often, but when I do go to the leather suppliers to personally choose the leather for my shoes, I try to look for new places to try as well.

One such discovery is Industriya Marikina an old shoe factory that has been converted into an event's place and restaurant.

It's a big open space, and I love their small touches where you can see the character of what the place once was.

I love the restaurant.

Aside from the fact, that they have the prettiest Christmastree perfect for all Shoe-a-holics...

Damn. I wanted a shoe size conversion place mat and I forgot to ask for one.

Everyone gets free popcorn, even before you order.

Since I was alone, I opted to order breakfast instead of over-order.
The longganisa was so yummy, I think I want more of this, even when I come
back with company.
Attempt at flat-ish lay for millenials.
It's nice an quiet for work. They have function rooms
too, so you can do meetings here.
Egg Porn is love.

I should go to Marikina more often because I really enjoyed working from here. just saying.

In other news, watch out for our new products. I scored the nicest leather for my shoes.
Mock-Snake Calf Leather
Coming Soon 
Emerald Green Snake Skin

It came out much nicer than what I expected. Love. Love. Love.

Pre-order your pair now. Wanderlust Ballerines in Snakeskin will only be available in a limited run of 12 pairs per color. I am very thankful because I never thought my ballerines would be selling like hotcakes. just saying.

Industriya Marikina
23 M. A. Roxas St, 
Marikina, 1801 
Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 904 8372

Wanderlust Ballerines and Sandals
IG: @wanderlustsandals

Friday, January 13, 2017

Another Winner Japanese Restaurant at Ogawa

We recently tried Ogawa Restaurant at The Fort, and it was quite good, I wanted to blog about it even if I didn't take much photos... until it was too late. (Oh hunger, you distracted me)

Their Crazy Maki was excellent. Humongous serving too.
Best tofu steak ever. Tasted like Beef. Hahaha.
Then we had Tempura and Karaage too.

The Steak Teppan was good, but I was expecting it to
come with more veggies than this.

We ate there roughly at the same time as my brother's birthday...

Just like food shots,
my brother looks better with a flat lay.

I think the food is pricey though, I heard the Chef used to work at the Japanese Restaurant at the Shang. Next time, when I pay the bill, I'll tell you if it's worth it. Hahaha, but I did enjoy my lunch.  just saying.

The Fort Strip, 
28th Street Corner 5th Avenue, 
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, 
1634 Metro Manila

Phone: (02) 886 4994

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Antonio's was great, Balay Dako was for the experience, Abe pa din for the OFW

I love Antonio's in Tagaytay. We don't really get to eat there often because it's far, and you normally reserve it for a special occasion. Thankfully, Highlands Steakhouse, our go-to for year end Christmas Lunch, was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so by default, Antonio's it was.

Anna and I were the first to arrive so we had time to enjoy the place, and take some photos.

We also got to order for everyone else. Hahaha. I was a bit disappointed that there was no Baked Oysters. I remember the last time we ate here I was vehement that I did not eat oysters, and when I was finally convinced to try it, I loved it but then it was all gone. You can read about them here.

Gruyere and Portobello Souffle brings back memories of Le Souffle in Paris
You can read about it here.

They recommended the Scallop Tempura since there were
no Oysters and I'm glad we listened. 
The highlight of the meal was the steak, which we ordered to share.
Antonio's provides Soup, Salad and Dessert for everyone since we ordered the mains to share. We ordered pan seared foie gras to go with the salad... but ooops! it disappeared before we took any photos.

I love how they gave me a baby pink steak knife to match my things.

I can live without ordering their pasta. Next time, I'll go for more starters. Hahaha.

That was a great lunch spent with great company.

Dessert is either a very generous sampler...

Or chocolate souffle. We ordered both to share.

Looking towards a bright New Year!

After Antonio's, we visited Pete's house, until we were hungry enough for dinner. We tried out Balay Dako (The Big House) which is also owned by the same owner of Antonio's. I heard such great things about it that it did not measure up to my expectations at all. (Just look at what we ordered... so you don't order the same) Hahaha.

My favorites were the Batchoy and Chicharon Bulaklak.

In fairness to them, the food was ok. Not just great.
Good thing the company still was.

But let me be quick to add, Balay Dako has the best Piyaya ever... and Chili Oil too. You can buy it from their Deli. Now, it's up to you if you want to leave after that and eat elsewhere. Hahaha.

I kept measuring them against Abe.

When all else fails, Abe pa din for the best Pinoy comfort food. You don't even need to be an OFW anymore to enjoy it. just saying.

Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, 
Luksuhin-Mangas Road, 
Alfonso, Tagaytay City 4120
Phone: 0918 899 2866
Closed on Mondays

Balay Dako
Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, 
Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Phone: 0943 264 1680

Ground Floor Retailer Area, Taguig Street, 
Serendra Complex Bonifacio Global City, 
Makati, 1208 Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 856 0526