Nov 27, 2015

S&R November Finds: Christmas Gifts and Decors.

There are only 25 days left before Christmas!!!

Are you done with Christmas shopping? Is your tree up already? If your answer is no, you might want to check out these Christmas gifts and decors I saw at S&R this weekend.

Nov 23, 2015

Chef Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam Celebrity Chef Tour in Manila.

"Yan can cook.. And so can you!"

Sounds familiar?  Last month, I had the opportunity to meet the person who made that line famous in his show 'Cook With Yan'... Chef Martin Yan!  I was one of the few lucky ones invited to an exclusive dinner hosted by the Asian Food Channel for their celebrity chef tour at the New World Hotel in Makati.  

When I arrive at our table, I find a cutting board signed by Chef Martin on my seat.  What a cool giveaway!  I don't think I'll be able to use it for fear of washing off the signature.

Nov 22, 2015

Kaskade at The Palace Pool Club.

Don't you have a chuckle every morning when Facebook shows your "memory of the day" which can range from a monumental event to something really random and you can't even remember what the status or photo was about? More often than not though, the Facebook notification brings a smile to my face because I am reminded of the importance of keeping those memories intact.  I used to record everything in journals but as I grew older, I wrote less and less even if I tell myself to write more.  I know there's Facebook and Instagram but I'm sure one day, they will also become obsolete like what happened to Multiply.  Gosh, it hurts to remember all those uploaded memories gone to cyber wasteland!  And so, there seems to be only one memory vault I can rely on... My blog.  I know blogs may suffer the same fate as the other social media sites but so far, it's the only thing on the Internet that has remained constantly with me throughout the years.   

I know Joei & Me is mainly about food and travel since those are the things T and I find joy in most of the time. But because of the realization that I need to preserve all kinds of fun and happy moments, you might see blog posts that are mostly photos, with only a few words in between..    Just like this post about Kaskade who performed last Friday at The Palace Pool Club.

Nov 20, 2015

Rita's Italian Ice, Now Open in Alabang Town Center.

Note: Updated this blog post to tell you about our recent visit to Rita's!  Please read until the end :)

Another establishment opened in Alabang Town Center (ATC) this month.. Rita's Italian Ice!

Nov 12, 2015

TWG Tea, Now Open in Alabang Town Center.

A lot of things have been happening lately that I barely have time to sit down and blog.   But I don't want days or weeks to pass without any updates so while I'm waiting for iTunes to restore data on my new iPhone 6s (yipee!), I thought of writing a short post about a favorite establishment of mine which recently opened in Alabang Town Center... TWG Tea!

I discovered the stall accidentally while I was walking around the mall one afternoon.  I thought it was a mirage because I haven't heard of any announcement of a branch opening in Town Center.  When I saw that it was really a legit TWG, I hurriedly approached it and bought macarons.   

T's niece Natalia is also a macaron monster like me.  So when I had lunch with T's family at 8 Cuts, which also just recently opened in the area, Natalia was so excited when I told her that there are TWG macarons nearby!

Nov 8, 2015

#RawFoodIsTheNewHot: Learn About The Raw Vegan Lifestyle with Chef Sonia Astudillo.

It's almost the end of the year again and I'm sure one New Year's resolution we will all have is to live a healthy lifestyle, am I right? I've had this on my list for as long as I can remember but the reason why I can't seem to stick to it is because I CANNOT diet.  I enjoy eating, and to deprive myself of food will leave me sad and miserable.  But by reading books and talking to people who are knowledgeable about the topic, I learned that being healthy does not necessarily mean restricting yourself of good food.  On the contrary, what it means is that I just have to be smarter with the choices I make when it comes to the food that I eat.

If this is something you can relate to, you might be interested in a five-part part workshop series with UP-cum laude graduate and Bali-certified raw chef Sonia Astudillo at Sugarleaf Makati called #RawFoodIsTheNewHot.  Each class will help build your knowledge about raw food and its benefits, ingredients, going organic, super foods, and more.  Can you believe this is made of raw food?

Nov 3, 2015

Mr. Graham's Sandwich Shop.

Remember that cute little cafe I wrote about a while back called Mrs. Graham's Macarons (read my blog post about the cafe)?  Well, T and I were invited to the new establishment next door owned by Mrs. Graham's husband, Chris.  The restaurant is aptly called Mr Graham's Sandwich Shop.  

Oct 30, 2015

The Chocolate, Coffee, and Ice Cream Expo & Holiday Travel and Dining Deals Expo 2015.

I can't believe that three of my favorite things will be under one roof for the Coffee, Chocolate, and Ice Cream Expo happening on November 18 to 20 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura Premiere!

Oct 24, 2015

The Belly Rub Restaurant in Commercenter Alabang.

Before watching The Martian (love the book, love the movie!), T and I have dinner at Belly Rub.  It's one of the newer restaurants in Commercenter Alabang.

Oct 21, 2015

Cakes By Mariella Martinez.

Mariella Martinez is not your usual baker.  Can you believe that she doesn't own a conventional oven or a Kitchenaid? She only has, what she calls, her trusty Imarflex 30L oven toaster and a Philips hand mixer.  

Mariella began baking in 2008, inspired by movies she'd seen. She has been baking since then and in 2012, she joined a national food and beverage competition called MAFBEX.  Despite not having any formal education or training in pastry arts, Mariella and her team were able to bag 2nd place in the Plated Dessert category.  Impressive!

I've been emailing with Mariella since early this year but for some reason, we couldn't find a common time.  She wanted to give me samples of her work but I didn't want her efforts to be just for any ordinary day and preferred an occasion where I could share her creations with family and friends.  After almost half a year, our schedules finally got to meet!  There was a joint birthday celebration in the family so I told Mariella, she can finally send me her cakes.

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