Foodgasm episode 5: Mama’s birthday @ Robbie’s Seaside Restaurant

Candles: a failed attempt on bokeh

Finally! I have some free time now to post this entry. My mom celebrated her birthday last Wednesday and we planned a surprise for her. She thought that our family and some of her closest friends would be having dinner. What she did not know was that her elementary friends and some of our relatives would be there as well… including her favorite apo (T/N: grandchild), Cassie. She already had a feeling that we were planning something “fishy” but she did not expect that kind of surprise. Yay for us!

I have no idea how much were the dishes served since my ninang (T/N: godmother) let the manager of the restaurant decide on the food after giving how many people would be present and how much the budget was. The food was great and my sister and I were able to achieve our goal, which was to make our mom cry. Sadistic kids. Nah. We just felt that we really made her happy and proud when we saw her cry. 😉

Let me end this post by starting the photo dumping of the food and people present during that event.

Happy birthday mom! I’m proud to say that you’re already 46 but you look soooo young. I love you so much and you know that a lot of people love you so much as well. 😀

Pancit Canton
Shrimp in Garlic Sauce
Calamari
Garlic Chicken
Sinigang sa Miso
With my best friends who are bloggers as well 🙂
My mom with her closest friends
My mom’s birthday cake courtesy of ate Sandy 🙂
My portion from the birthday cake

Caught in the act of chismisan
All girls!

Mama and tatay 🙂

There you go! Thank you to all the people who made the surprise party possible as well as to the people who sent their birthday greeting videos. That was such a big help since my sister and I were able to create a good video presentation/compilation. 🙂

PS. The restaurant is located near SM Mall of Asia. Good luck in finding this restaurant among other seaside restaurants. Hah. The food is reaaaally great here, though. 😉

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Robbie’s Seaside Restaurant: Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay City

Foodgasm episode 3 1/2: Recipes by Cafe Metro

So, it was my cousin’s birthday yesterday. We headed first to Maxim’s since she booked a room there. Dumped my stuff there except for my camera. Then, off to Newport Mall to have our (late) lunch at Recipes by Cafe Metro. That was my first time to eat in this resto so I was really looking forward to their dishes. My cousin and her dad agreed to place two orders for each of their bestseller, except for Kare-kare since we eat it at home anyway.

Chicken Sotanghon
Chicken Sotanghon (chicken, mushrooms, sotanghon, baby corn, cabbage)
My Lemonade shake 🙂
Crispy Tilapia (PhP215)
Crispy Tilapia (PhP215)

I did not eat much of the tilapia since I always get to eat it at home. General’s Chicken was so good, though! It’s sweet and salty at the same time. I’m not a fan of eggplant so I did not bother eating one.

General’s Chicken (PhP215)
General’s Chicken (PhP215)
Gising Gising (PhP170)

Gising Gising (translationgising is “to wake up”) is made up of baguio beans, ground meat, and coconut milk. The taste is actually quite similar to Bicol Express. It was a good thing that it was not very spicy.

Lechon Kawali with Kangkong (PhP215)

I noticed a brochure on our table and I really found the dish endorsed in it very tempting. The dish is actually recommended by the Asian Food Channel (AFC), which makes it all the more tempting to order. Good thing that my uncle noticed the brochure as well so he placed two orders of Bangus Teriyaki (translation: Milkfish Teriyaki). Hooray!

The brochure!
Bangus Teriyaki

What I loved with all of their dishes was the fact that they taste like lutong bahay (translation: food cooked at home). I think that was the main reason why we were able to eat everything, leaving no trace of meat or vegetable on the plates. It gives you the feeling that you are just having family lunch at home so you just feel comfortable while eating. With that said, I highly recommend this place especially if you’re having lunch/dinner with a group. I noticed that most of their dishes are good for 3-4 people. 🙂

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Recipes by Cafe Metro: Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City