The couple that eats together…

… will have very, very happy tummies! 

Greg and I love eating out together. We try new restaurants, go back to old favourites, and we savor the time we have for good conversation over a good meal. Eating out is also one of the only things that doesn’t get repetitive in Manila. There’s always a new place to check out and enjoy. :) We aren’t total foodies, but I would say that we’ve been to a good number of the best restos that Manila has to offer (as much as our budget allows).

This weekend, though, we had a first: we shared all three meals of the day with each other! :) From breakfast to lunch, snacks, and all the way up to dinner! We made a day trip to Tagaytay to celebrate our anniversary of being a couple, so on the way up, we kicked the day off aaat … Pancake House!
We were supposed to just stop by a McDonalds branch at a gas station, but we somehow missed that stop and ended up in Nuvali, so Pancake House it was! I usually just go for a golden brown waffle, but I went with the pancakes + sausage combo instead this time since it also came with coffee. Their whipped butter is always soooo good. Greg ordered fried chicken because he’d been craving Pancake House chicken for a while. We were the only people there for a good part of our meal, so it was a nice way to start the morning and finally, really feel awake after fueling our bodies!

For lunch, we ate at T House. And yes, what you see is right, we had breakfast for lunch! Haha! Both the corned beef and the tapa were items that T House calls “home made” so we figured it would be good to have something you can’t really get anywhere else. T House has a kitchen that’s just beside the restaurant (a separate building) and the walls are half made of glass, so you can see what’s going on while they’re cooking. Those frogs stole the show, though, hence the large amount of space devoted to them in the collage. haha!

And finally, Dinner! The main event. The real plan was to go to Sonya’s Garden, but the rain and fog made it very difficult to get around… it was almost scary because Sonya’s is a significant distance outside Tagaytay (something I didn’t know!) and the roads weren’t visible. So we decided to stay in Tagaytay city and check out Fire Lake Grill instead. To start we had pumpkin soup and their house salad which I totally forgot to photograph, so in their stead I give you photos of Greg and myself. haha! For our mains we shared the Fettuccine pasta in black truffle cream sauce with smoked garlic sausage and shitake mushrooms and an Angus Ribeye steak! Both of the mains were excellent! After dinner we grabbed a green tea Mochiko (funny that they have a branch all the way in Tagaytay!) which was really refreshing.

Sharing a meal with someone is such a special thing. No matter what food you’re sharing, the time spent together and the very act of sharing are the truly important parts, which is why it’s so important that families eat together whenever possible. Even for couples it’s a significant thing to do, and I do believe I’ve learned quite a bit about Greg by eating with him, wether we’re ordering-in or eating at a fancy-pant restaurant. Eating together means nourishing your bodies (your very existence!) and your social needs in one go. It’s pretty much a good time with an extremely practical element to it. Haha :)

Thank you again, Greggy! You make me so very happy. :)

Kicking It Off On A Full Stomach (Summer, that is)

So far (two days in!), the break has been great.  Yesterday Greg and I went to dinner at 2nds (original plan was Chelsea but we changed our minds) and I totally forgot to take pictures! We love that place though, it has a cozy feel to it and really good food. They just have to make some improvements to the acoustics in the room. Peoples’ voices bouncing all over the place. We watched Sucker Punch afterwards and I really loved it, despite the terrible reviews it’s been getting. I suppose I wasn’t expecting much of it in the first place so it easily exceeded my low expectations (content-wise). The graphics, cinematography, over-all visuals were great. I love date nights.

What I did remember to take pictures of was lunch today at Bistecca with my mother. Check out the awesome steak we had! I definitely recommend this resto if you’re serious about your meats. They serve it with flavour-infused rock salts. Mmm.

Drool. Love their plates, too.

The side dish + sauces

We also got truffled french fries. Ever had something “truffled” that had just way too little (or too much, which is just as bad) truffle oil in it? Yeah, well this is not that. It was perfection. The sauces and salts in the picture are for the steak. Some mushroom-y really fresh sauce, a gravy, garlic-infused rock salt, chili-infused rock salt, and truffle-infused rock salt. That is how it’s done, people. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Chandelier made of empty glass bottles

Bistecca is located on the ground floor of Rockwell’s Joya tower. If you’re looking for a good steak, go for it! I love that the first thing I can say about my break is that I’ve been having good food. I also get to see my barkada twice this coming week! So excited for that. Will be in Singapore from Thursday until Sunday too–yay for summer! :)

In other news, not being able to indent at the beginning of my paragraphs here is really getting on nerves now. Haha.

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