First of all, some links:
(as swiped from h_matsumoto
LINK #1:VICTORIAN VALENTINE
February 16, 2008
Casa Manila Patio,
Intramuros, ManilaCome dressed in Victorian fashion! Whether you prefer it elegant or punked. With a date or without, you are more than welcome to have fun with us! Ticket price will include snacks, wine and unlimited tea, served by our Victorian maids.
Gates will open at 7 PM. The party is up till 12 midnight. Ticket prices are PhP199 for students and PhP299 for non-students.
Maaa~... I really would have liked to go, but I have work that evening. Sigh. And I was thinking that since I don't own a dress that could possibly pass off as Victorian, I could go as a gentleman since I have the gear for that (what can I say? I love androgyny...). But I don't think that Lem would be too happy to go around on a date like that with another person wearing pants. XD
The prospect for more photo ops is very tempting though... but nah. ^_^;;
As gleaned from Neil Gaiman's blog. Oh, the things that make us happy....------------------------
Considering that I've been deprived of a proper night's sleep AGAIN, and I just came from work, AND my stomach has been hurting all night, I really should be sleeping right now, instead of typing away in a net cafe.
However, I have once again proven that good food can make the worst moods go away.
What happened was, as I left our office building, I thought about having a bite to eat on the way home since I haven't eaten anything while I was at work (a practice I've kept up for about a month now), and I knew that no food would be waiting for me at home since Lem is back in Fairview... and I was too damned lazy to fix something for myself, being sleepless and all. (Cough.)
Anyway, everyday, I walk through Legazpi Village since that's where I always catch a Pasay Road/Libertad jeepney which goes in the direction of our condo. As I was walking, I was ticking off the food places within the area in my head, and I was trying to decide where to have breakfast/dinner. I was getting a bit frustrated, though, since I've already tried all of the usual spots, and none of their fare really appealed to me at that moment.
Then I remembered that some time last month, I passed by the ground floor of Amorsolo Mansions (a condominium building in the area. I usually wait for a jeepney ride in front of that building when I can't catch any at the corner) and there was a space that was being renovated. I recalled seeing a fridge that time, and it looked like a coffee shop was being set up.
Intending to walk to Makati Cinema Square in case the new place turned out to still be in construction, I decided to take a look just to check.
At first I thought the place was closed since there was no obvious signage in front of the shop, but when I saw that there were uniformed waitresses inside, and the chillers were on, I finally noticed the small chalkboard beside the wooden double doors that announced that the place was actually open for business.
I walked in, and lo and behold, it turned out to be a German deli/coffee shop/grocery/winery! And a very pretty one at that!
One of the things that I absolutely love doing is trying out new food places that I've never tried before, so I was very excited to sit down and order their food. I blew 200 bucks on breakfast, but goddammit, that Burgundy Ham was GOOD! It came with some fried eggs, some toast with butter and/or jam, a fried tomato, some fresh basil leaves, and a cup of brewed coffee. I ate everything heartily, nursed the coffee, and sucked on a basil leaf afterwards, and I was happy to note that my tummy was satisfied, and I felt so much better despite the lack of sleep. Afterall, how can such a pretty place NOT put me in a good mood??
They also had soups and salads on the menu, and I've been told that the menu can change everyday, so they have something different to offer each time.
On top of the food they served, the place was also a deli, so you can buy various imported meats and sausages by weight. And if you're not into that sort of thing, they have shelves stocked with German groceries like sauce packets for instant Ragout, and the like. A section of the shop is also dedicated to wines, and they have bottles that range from Php400.00 to Php2,000.00, depending on your tastes. The good part is that most of the wines come with description cards so that you have an idea of what it's best served with, as well as a general idea of its taste (I'm considering getting one of the fruity ones, when the next celebration comes up). AND, the shop also sells fresh bread. Baguettes and whole rolls of pumpernickels
were on the shelves today, and as usual, I was very tempted to try some at the risk of turning my wallet out.
On a side note, I suppose I should be thankful that I didn't bring along much cash today, or I may have ended up spending it all... O_O;;;
Anyway, the owner-slash-cook was a German guy, and his Filipina wife ran the front of house operations.
My big boo-boo for this food trip was the fact that a.) I didn't bring my camera since I didn't expect to end up there today, and b.) I forgot what the name of the place was and I didn't bother to write it down or ask for a flyer. I'm kicking myself for it right now. Those will be corrected by next payday, though. (Yay! An excuse to go back!!)
Now that I've littered the internet with my sheer joy at discovering quaint little shops, and nooks, and crannies tucked away here in Makati, it's time for a nice, long shower and a good night's sleep.
EDIT: (March 10, 2008)
The name of the place is Donau Gourmet! Finally figured it out, hah! Photos of the place can be found in my new post