Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Impromptu Steak Dinner at Tender Joe's

The Memet and I were tired and hungry one Friday evening. Since there was nothing to eat at home, we decided to go out for a drive and try out a random place where we haven't eaten before.

We somehow found ourselves on the way to Tikling, Taytay (Rizal) and just as we were about to head up to Antipolo, we realized we hadn't tried out the steaks at Tender Joe's yet. We drove back to the gasoline station where it was located (where the old Shakey's Ortigas Ave. Extn. branch used to be) and we were relieved to find that it was still open. It was almost 10pm when we parked.

There were only two (2) other customers there at the time so parking wasn't an issue.

Here's what we looked like after we placed our orders:

We weren't exactly wearing date night garbs. Hahaha! The Memet was wearing a basketball jersey and shorts, and I was wearing a tank top and shorts. It was cool though, because the atmosphere at Tender Joe's was pretty laid back - plus, there weren't a whole lot of other people there that night. Hahaha!

Here's what we ordered:

Black Gulaman and Sago (P60)

The Memet ordered the Black Gulaman and Sago. He has a thing for that kind of drink. He liked it well enough. Me? I just ordered a bottle of water.

Steamed Broccoli & Young Corn (P150)

It was pretty good. I'm not sure what was in the creamy sauce, but it went well with the broccoli and young corn. We loved the garlic bits on top of the dish too.

Angus Ribeye (P699)

This was The Memet's. I took a bite of it and it was really tender. Quite juicy too! I liked it even without the gravy. The corn and mashed potato were a bit cold though. It would've been great if everything was served warm.

If you're only after the steak though, this one's really good. The best part? They have an ongoing promo. Instead of P950, it only cost P699. Not bad for a hunk of steak that size!

Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin (P320)

If you don't want to pay a hefty amount for your steak, you might want to try out their Bacon-Wrapped Tenderoin. It's still steak, though a bit smaller. But it's wrapped in bacon, and who doesn't love bacon? Haha!

The thing was, it was a pretty thick chunk of steak. So even though I asked for it to be well done, the center of it was a bit medium rare. I don't like rare or medium-rare, so I just left that part of it on my plate. But the rest? Again, tender and really good. I didn't bother with the gravy much. Haha!

The corn and mashed potato on my plate were pretty cold too, but the steak more than made up for it.

The Verdict.

If you're looking for affordable steaks in the Rizal area, Tender Joe's is a must-try. The place has a really laid back vibe, so you don't have to worry about dressing up when you want to go eat there. If you want everything on your plate served hot, it might be something worth mentioning to the waiter since the side dishes that we got along with our steaks were pretty cold. Other than that, it was all good.

Tender Joe's Rancho Grill
Ortigas Ave. Extn. Taytay, Rizal
[02] 570.0856

Friday, December 05, 2014

Salad Box's First Ever Beauty Fair

I attended Salad Box's Beauty Fair at A. Venue Mall in Makati last weekend and look! I was an early bird again! Hehe!

I seriously don't know how not to be an early bird. Well, yeah, sometimes I'm late. But if I don't have back to back events, I always leave early. Especially during holiday season because traffic is just horrible.

Anyway, back to Salad Box. Salad Box is a "monthly mystery box subscription service". The fee is P500 per box, but you get more than you pay for with every box that you receive. You can choose to subscribe monthly, semi-annually, or you can pay for a year's subscription. For more details on Salad Box, you can check out their website.

At the event, they had different kikay booths where you could try out the products and even get makeovers! It was pretty cool! Check out the booths that were there:

Two blogger friends decided to go for a makeover and boy did I envy them a lot! I wanted to get a makeover, but my dermatologist would probably smack me in the head if I did that. Haha! My skin's still recovering from my recent breakout and piling on a whole lotta makeup on my face isn't exactly allowed yet.

There were also talks / presentations from some of the brands that were there that day. The one that I was able to attend was by Cream Silk. Style + Travel Blogger Patricia Prieto was Cream Silk's brand ambassador that day and she talked about the different kinds of hairstyles that would go best with different occasions.

Oh, and guess what? I got a free loot bag (they were out of boxes when it was my turn) from the MYOS (Make Your Own Saladbox) "booth" before I went home! It was a long table filled with goodies and I was allowed to pick six items for my loot bag. Woot! Here are just some of the products that were there for our picking:

I didn't want to try anything new on my face because my treatment's going so well. I was happy that there were other non-face products there, so I loaded up on those. Haha! Want to see the contents of my loot bag?

Pretty neat, huh? I especially love the GCs and Bikini Voucher from LayBare. I can't wait to use them! I'm already a Cream Silk user and I'm almost out of conditioner, so I'm glad I was able to get a full-sized bottle for free! Haha! I haven't tested the Regatta lip balms yet, but they look promising. Of course, I had to get the apple and chocolate flavored ones! I went a bit on the wild side with the Flawless Skin Protect Gel. Hehehe! I hope it doesn't break me out.

Anyway, do check out Salad Box. FB page and their website's listed below. :)

Salad Box

Monday, December 01, 2014

Dinner Date at Cafe Avelino's

It took The Memet a while to fetch me after one of the events that I attended last month so I was already hungry again by the time he picked me up. We didn't want to eat anywhere too expensive, but we didn't have anything in mind yet. Fast forward nearly an hour later (and after tons of traffic), we ended up in Tiendesitas.

It's been a while since Tiendesitas started renovating, so we decided to go there and check out the newly renovated (and newly airconditioned) spaces while looking for a place to eat. After cooing at the puppies over at Pet Village, we somehow ended up in the Fashion Village. We just wandered around, looking at clothes and the price tags (prices were mostly pocket friendly!), when we unexpectedly found a small cafe at the far end of Fashion Village.

There weren't a lot of people (Yey!) so we grabbed a table and asked for a menu.

As you can see for yourself, the prices on their menu were mostly pocket friendly. But we didn't know what to order, so we asked the waiter what their yummiest food on the menu was, and he suggested the Beef Teriyaki Pasta. It sounded awesome, so we ordered two plates of that plus a bacon and cheese sandwich.

We're on a diet (well, The Memet is), so we just ordered a bottle of water and Sola (Raspberry) for our drinks.

This is hungry me while waiting for our orders. Hehe!

The Beef Teriyaki Pasta (P180) was really yummy! It didn't look like a very complicated dish (but then I don't know how to cook). It looked like it was just drizzled with olive oil and mixed with beef teriyaki. But darn, I assure you, it was really good. The Memet hasn't stopped bugging to take him back to Avelino's so that he can order it again. Haha!

The Bacon and Cheese Sandwich (P150) was just okay. It had some veggies in it, which was great, but I guess I was expecting more bacon and cheese. I ended up deconstructing it and eating it like a salad. Haha!

If you want to check out Cafe Avelino's, I'd suggest you try out their Beef Teriyaki Pasta. If you aren't on a diet, do try out their specialty coffee. Hehehe! And don't be afraid to ask their waiters for their suggestions whenever dining at an unfamiliar cafe or restaurant. :)

Cafe Avelino's
Fashion Village, Tiendesitas
Silver City, Brgy. Ugong, Pasig

Friday, November 28, 2014

Nikon School's Basic Photography 101

After I sold my Nikon D40, I won a pass to Nikon School's Basic Photography 101 with the awesome sir Ricky Ladia. How ironic is that? Haha! When I found out that I got a pass, I looked at my Fuji camera and asked if non-Nikon users could attend the workshop. I got the nod, so I made my way to The Residences in Greenbelt last Saturday (11.22.2014).

Sir Ricky discussed the parts of the DSLR (I didn't realize there were soooo many!), exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, histogram, white balance, composition... Everything! Haha!

It was a bit overwhelming and intimidating, but Sir Ricky made the discussion light and fun. I wanted to take a lot of photos at the workshop, but I was kinda embarrassed to raise my Fuji camera at a Nikon sponsored workshop. I was sitting in front! Haha!

I won't bore you with the technical stuff that I wrote down in my notebook, so I'll just show you photos from the workshop instead. Here are a couple that I grabbed from Nikon's Facebook Page:

Photo Courtesy of Nikon Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/nikonphilippines)

Photo Courtesy of Nikon Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/nikonphilippines)

We were a big group, and we even had a few marines with us. How cool is that? It would've been fun if we had time to go out and do some practice shooting, but oh well. Our workshop was only from 1-5pm, and we needed an entire day for the workshop to include some hands-on activities. So because of the limited time, Sir Ricky gave us an assignment instead. We're supposed to take pictures using the techniques that he taught us that day. I wonder if my "classmates" already worked on their pictures? I actually forgot about that. LOL. Must work on it soon.

I wasn't expecting anything, but we were given some freebies (a cap, a Nat-Geo bag tag, and a lanyard), a notebook and pen so that we could take notes, and we were given snacks c/o McDonald's. The snack was perfect, because I didn't get to eat lunch before heading to the workshop. Haha!

When the workshop was over, we were given certificates and then we had our picture taken. Kinda like a class picture.

Photo Courtesy of Nikon Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/nikonphilippines)

Nikon Training Room
Unit 3, The Residences
Paseo de Roxas, Makati City


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

An Inspired Afternoon + Unstyling with Kitty Bunag

I think it's been almost a year since our house's construction began. Yes, it's taking forever, because we're making do with the funds that we have. Haha! It was only halfway through this year when we gathered enough courage to finally take out a construction loan from BDO. But even with the loan, it's been a real challenge.

So anyway, the construction will be over sooner or later (hopefully sooner rather than later), so when I saw an announcement for the 'Unstyling: Effortless Decor' workshop by Kitty Bunag, I immediately signed up.

The workshop was held last Friday (11.21.2014) at La Creperie in Salcedo Village, Makati. It was so well-received that the space was packed with eager attendees!

I've only been to La Creperie in Shangri-La and Eastwood, and to be honest, I didn't know that they had a branch in Salcedo. It's actually bigger than the two that I frequent, and it had a lot of wonderful natural light streaming in thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows.

As usual, I was one of the earliest to arrive, so I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of the workshop area before the other attendees started to arrive.

Ms. Kitty Bunag of Craftsmith Living styled the venue. It was so elegant and beautiful to look at, down to the littlest details! It was like a small pocket of heaven for photography enthusiasts. Hehe!

During the workshop proper, we were served savories and sweets by La Creperie, so our tummies were pretty happy.

Here's a shot of Ms. Kitty Bunag during her talk:

I love the concept behind Unstyling. It basically means that you don't need new, expensive things to make your living space look beautiful. You just need to look at your existing possessions from a new perspective and it'll help you turn the most humble and everyday objects into works of art that can easily transform a space.

My three favorite items on our handouts from the workshop were the following:

1. UP-CYCLE. Re-use and re-purpose old stuff into something new and useful.

2. TELL A STORY. Once an object has more weight than a mere material possession, there is substance and a story can be told. Decoratively display your treasures, even your simplest collections.

- Create the kind of depth and layers that you would want to see everyday.
- Hang unusual textiles.
- Use splashes of color or a random piece of old furniture.
- Take note of transitional areas (hallways and doorways) as opportunities for you to personalize.
- Mix eras gently.
- Mismatch. Defy proportions.

With those three tips in mind, I cannot wait to get started on our house's interior! I just wish the house was finished already. Haha!

After the talk, we were encouraged to go around the workshop area and take photographs of the items that Ms. Kitty prepared for us. Everyone eagerly stood up and snapped photos. We were also encouraged to touch and move objects around to achieve the image that we want for our photographs. Yes, the workshop included a lesson on how to take Lifestyle Photographs.

Here are some of the photos that I was able to take. I hope they convey how inspired I was during that afternoon. :)

Aside from the new learnings, the photographs, and the inspiration, I was also thrilled to have met new people during the workshop. It's wonderful meeting people from different industries. It was like being reminded of how complex and wondrous the world is. Haha! Cheers to the beautiful ladies whom I shared a table with. :)

As if that wasn't enough, we didn't leave the workshop empty-handed either. We were given all these goodies to take home with us:

The workshop was a collaboration between MakeitBlissful.com & TSM Luxe Events by The Spoiled Mummy. No wonder we were blissfully spoiled!

If you have an Instagram account, please follow the workshop's organizers and speakers. You can also check out the hashtags to see more photos taken by the other attendees during the event.

La Creperie Moderne
V Corporate Center, Soliman St.
Salcedo Village, Makati City


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