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Crisp on 28th at FasT4ward Christmas Brunch

Crisp on 28th Al Fresco Area
Source: Crisp Facebook Page

Every year, the JG Summit Management Trainees Batch 4 – we call ourselves FasT4ward or T4 – get together for brunch to catch up on each other’s lives.

I owe the jump start of my career to the MT program of the Gokongweis. I will be eternally grateful. While I haven’t graduated from the program because I joined the C2 Marketing Team immediately, I am lucky and thankful to have met 29 wonderful people (my fellow MTs) and all my mentors in this awesome program.

So this was us nine years ago — all skinny and young!

Our MT family has doubled after almost a decade with most of us having our own families. Every year, we need a bigger venue to accommodate cute kids and our spouses/partners. 
Our mandatory group shot

This time around, we gathered at Crisp on 28th. This establishment is partly owned by Erwan Heusaff.

Photo from Crisp’s Facebook Page

Bacon and Eggs!

Husband’s awesome breakfast plate.

The breakfast serving was huge (at least for me). I wasn’t a fan of the fluffy eggs though. I want to try one of their healthier dishes one day as I’ve heard that they were good.

Lastly, I loved the ambiance of the place and that the attendants were courteous. <3

Crisp is located on 28th St. in Bonifacio Global City. 
Tel: +639175846883
Facebook: Crisp On 28th
Instagram: @crispon28th
Any favorites from this place? Let me know and hit me up! 🙂 
xx,
Balot

Vanilla Cupcake Bakery: More Than Just Cupcakes


So… I have been wanting to bake as of late to learn something “new” while staying at home. Me and Edzel have already bought some ingredients last Sunday and I already have an electric mixer (yey!) but unfortunately, I still lacked some ingredients (I thought baking powder and chocolate bars would suffice but apparently, I need baking soda and cocoa powder, tee-hee!). I should probably grab the rest of what I need for my mid-week rendezvous tomorrow.

In the meantime, indulge me with this ubbberrr late post in celebration of my newly-discovered sweet tooth!

So this lovely little cupcake shop named Vanilla Cupcake Bakery (drool!) is all over the metro now. They now have six branches but I have only visited the one in Global City. I passed by their branch in Alabang Town Center but haven’t really had the chance to eat there (we were always so full after a heavy lunch at Yabu). 

This place is soooo pretty! I brought my balikbayan friend here last October and she loved it! Of course, anyone who loves cupcakes should have no reason not to love this place but all the more because of the ambiance that this “bakery” offers. 


I am seriously jealous of the designer of this place. It is soo hard to mix and match these pieces together and make it look this fabulous. 


I also love these framed inspirational quotes at the counter. While you are waiting for your turn to order, you can just browse through the positive “walled” statements. 


Those giant cakes in Wonderland!




And the littlest details that complete the whole scene.



And of course… yes! How can I forget? The cupcakes… *sighs*
Cupcake prices would range from PHP80 to PHP120 (around USD2-3).


Salted caramel cheesecake, yum!


And when you think there’s nothing more for your eyes to feast on, just try going to the comfort room!


 It is a fun place to have a little get-together or catch-up session with friends because the place is conducive for conversations. This was taken earlier this year with my kids 🙂

This place is sooo dreamy. Go ahead and check it out! Be sure to get your cameras ready because you would not be able to resist taking pictures of this place. 


If you want to visit, Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is located at the following areas:

Taguig City
 Two Parkade, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City



Quezon City
Second Floor, Trinoma Mall, North Triangle, Quezon City
Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

Makati City
Ground Floor, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
Third Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Avenue, Glorietta Complex, Makati City

Muntinlupa City
Second Floor, Alabang Town Centre, Alabang, Muntinlupa City



Day 91: Because Amici is Love

Amici is a restaurant close to my heart. We used to traverse the roads of Pasong Tamo from our old office to the canteen of Don Bosco to experience their awesome pizza, pasta and of course, the gelato.

Even now, when we want comfort food, we go to Amici at the Venice Piazza. It seems like most of the critical conversations that I have with my friends from work happen in Amici. It has become our stress-busting place which offers really good Italian food. The restaurant has two floors, an ambiance which is really homey (imagine picture frames of old photos hanging on its walls) and ample seating area.

I already have my staple here. Parmigiano Pizza (PHP248) al Pesto which is parmesan-coated pizza crust served with a side of pesto sauce. Equally good is their spinach artichoke. Same coated pizza crust with spinach artichoke dip. This can be good for 2-3 persons.

This one is my ultimate favorite — Chorizo E Spinaci (PHP432). It is gourmet Spanish chorizo and spinach in white sauce. Good for 3-4.


For their pasta, I always order the Linguine Al Prosciutto E Tartufo (not in photo, PHP298) which is a flavorful combination of prosciutto (as the name suggests), truffle oil, porcini and shiitake mushrooms. Good for 2-3. 

Here is a photo of their Linguine Al Salmone Cremoso (PHP318) which is basically linguine pasta in a creamy mix of salmon, white sauce and lemon. 


To know more of Amici’s menu, click here.

The Amici Story (from their website)


In June of 1994, Fr Gianluigi Colombo, a Salesian Italian priest in charge of overseeing the operations of the Don Bosco Printing Press, was given permission by Don Bosco management to set up a “canteen” to support its employees. Fr Colombo made the request to address the concern of its employees not having access to good food during lunch break.

 The employees not only got good food to satisfy their hunger but authentic, freshly-made Italian dishes in a “turo-turo” setting. The friendly, familiar atmosphere made the foreign dishes that were new to their palette, less intimidating and phenomenal beyond anything they had ever tasted before.


Starting with Italian coffee and gelato, the canteen eventually introduced wood-fire oven baked pizzas and homemade pasta. Fr Colombo’s kitchen eventually became a taste of heaven where tired and weary “souls” found comfort.

By June 2001, Amici di Don Bosco (Friends of Don Bosco) was legally established as a business entity to also serve the needs of students studying in Don Bosco. The “turo-turo” was now known to many as a self-service canteen and eventually opened its doors to a broader market. However, it wasn’t the requirements of the printing press nor of the students of Don Bosco alone that kept Amici di Don Bosco’s stove burning.
News of great Italian cuisine prepared and served by priests and “ordinary people” inside a canteen spread like wildfire, attracting patrons from all over Metro Manila. From humble beginnings, the printing press cafe became known for authentic Italian pizza, pasta, and gelato.

Initially believing that it was the good Italian food that drew in the crowds, the employees eventually realized that they offered something much more. Customers experienced a certain warmth and charm whenever they came; where the staff treated each and every customer with special attention. People from all walks of life: expatriates and celebrities, white and blue-collar workers, housewives and socialites, flocked to Makati to experience Amici di Don Bosco. Every day, from 11am to 2pm, this inconveniently located “hole-in-the-wall” along Pasay Road would be packed with lines of patrons waiting to be seated!

Perhaps the novelty of the paradoxical situation became an attraction; Italian cuisine in a canteen setting, warm and excellent service by people who had no formal training: former carpenters, printing press laborers, and priests. Everyone was willing to share tables, eat using mismatched utensils, appreciate the same good food, and enjoy the same ambience of chaos brought about by good friends and family at the table!

This is the “magic” of Amici di Don Bosco!


Buon appetito!

xx, 
Corporate Junkie

The Mind Museum

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein


I have always been a late bloomer. In marketing, I can be classified as a laggard, in most cases. 

The Mind Museum opened in the first quarter of 2012 but it is only now (when my sister needed to see its architectural design for her thesis) that I have decided to go to the place. This is actually where our company had our Family Day last year but I was also unable to go. Boo-hoo!

Booking tickets has been fairly easy and convenient through its online purchase. Adults are charged at PHP600, PHP450 for Private School students and PHP150 for Public School students. These are all for a three-hour pass with the following schedule: 9:00AM – 12:00NN 12:00NN – 3:00PM; 3:00PM – 6:00PM, Tuesdays to Sundays with additional 6:00PM – 9:00PM slot on Saturdays. All-day pass is also available at PHP750 although I don’t think that you need more than three hours to roam the place (unless you are the ultimate Science geek, hehe).

The experience has been more memorable and fun because I was with my sisters and I have seen that they enjoyed it. 

Little things. These are the little things that make me happy. 

For more information about The Mind Museum, visit www.themindmuseum.org.

xx, 

Corporate Junkie

Kuya’s at the Fort

There’s this great resto near my place which always satisfy my penchant for Filipino food — Kuya’s at the Fort. 

Located at Bayani Road, this place has a very accommodating staff and a very cozy ambiance suited for either a quiet dinner or an after-office rendezvous.

Kuya's at The Fort

Two things will always be on my tab every time I go here — the yummy twice-cooked pork adobo and the gising-gising. Yum!

 

Kuya's at the Fort

This little monster meal explodes with flavor. Unlike your normal pork adobo, the sauce is not mixed with the meat. The fried pork is already heavenly on its own but putting more sauce makes it even more gastronomic!

Hmm, so there goes my dinner for tonight.

If you want to visit this place (two thumbs up!), you can check out their operating hours, address and contact details here.

Ciao!