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tranquility at t house

Published August 2, 2014 by ladyemelye

whenever we are in need of a quick getaway from work and other stress, we always opt for a tagaytay staycation.  and one of our favorite places to stay in is t house.

we have been going to this place way back 2007.  we used to avail of their set dinner which included 2 choices of soup (served in cute shot glasses), a salad, an entree, dessert and drinks.  this is no longer being offered.

almost once a year, we have an overnight stay in this very cozy bread and breakfast place.  here are some of our stays:

 

december 2010

a preggy me

a preggy me

goodnight tea + cookies

goodnight tea + cookies

 

february 2012

hubby, little boy and i

hubby, little boy and i

rose petals on the bed

rose petals on the bed

something for valentine's

something for valentine’s

 

we have been frequenting the place, that most of the staff already recognizes us. 😉

last june, in celebration of their 7th year annivesary, they had a promo where you only had to add php 7.00 on top of your room rate and you will get a set meal for two and a massage for two.  we decided to have this as our post father’s day celebration.

upon checking in, we were informed by the front desk that there was some kind of conference that was going on and they were occupying the regular rooms (which we always book).  because of this, we were upgraded to stay in a suite, free of charge. 😀

our suite

our suite

aside from having a very large room space, there was also a sofa.  in the bathroom we had the usual toilet and bath area plus a bath tub where the little boy enjoyed taking a bath.  t house also now has a swimming pool but we haven’t had checked it out yet.

here is the set menu which was included in the promo.  we availed it during dinner of our first day.

anniversary set menu

anniversary set menu

drink - not sure but some kind of four seasons blend

drink – not sure but some kind of four seasons blend

caesar salad with shaved parmesan and honey bbq chicken

caesar salad with shaved parmesan and honey bbq chicken

grilled mahi-mahi, skewered vegetables in lemon butter sauce

grilled mahi-mahi, skewered vegetables in lemon butter sauce

slow roast pork in grilled ginger pineapple

slow roast pork in grilled ginger pineapple

croissant butter pudding

croissant butter pudding

breakfast is always included in the room rate and you get to choose from a wide range of items available.  i usually go for the spanish-style tawilis, but unfortunately it was not available that time.  also included are bread basket with butter, seasonal fruits and your choice of coffee or fresh juice.

beef tapa

beef tapa

corned beef

corned beef

one the things i look forward to, in all of our stays at t house, is the goodnight tea.  they deliver to your room an herbal tea together with some pastries. 🙂

goodnight tea + mini chocolate cupcakes

goodnight tea + mini chocolate cupcakes

the massage included in the promo is also good.  the therapists are very good in kneading out the stress in our bodies and i felt very relaxed thereafter.

another thing that i like about t house is their set of green tea + honey toiletries which they source locally from ilog maria.  i just love the refreshing smell of it.

if you are looking for a place to unwind, with nice surroundings and good food, t house is definitely worth checking out.

 

T House Tagaytay

3195 Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Sun: +63922-8THouse / +63922-8846-875
Smart: +63939-9039-587
Globe: +63917-5413-584
Manila Landline: (02)788-7354

christmas 2013 family bonding

Published June 4, 2014 by ladyemelye

after christmas day, the family went to sm mall of asia for some bonding.  we decided to play bowling and then have dinner afterwards.

we arrived at the mall around 3pm, so first had our snacks at burger king.  afterwards we proceeded to the bowling center where we registered and waited for an available lane so that we could take our slot.

sm mall of asia bowling center

sm mall of asia bowling center

after for about 30 minutes or so, we were called.  went to the counter, paid for 2 games, got our shoes and then it’s game on.

changing of shoes

changing of shoes

little boy excited to play

little boy excited to play

balls of different weights

balls of different weights

it was a game of girls vs. boys.  since none of us are really bowlers, it was fun to watch our balls go nowhere.  everyone was really very excited if we are able to hit that occasional spare and the very elusive strike. 🙂

we also had some snacks of popcorn and fishballs while we were playing.

after the games, most of our joints were already aching since most of our exercises are actually limited to playing sports in our xbox 360 kinect.

scoreboards

scoreboards

so who won?

so who won?

despite our best efforts, it was the guys team who won our games.  it is a little disconcerting given that they had two children in their team. 😦

the winners!

the winners!

the kawawa losers

the kawawa losers

after going around the mall a bit, we went to have dinner at xin wang hong kong cafe.  here are some pictures of what we ordered. 🙂

xin wang menu

xin wang menu

deep fried mango and prawn roll (php 115.00 - 3pcs)

deep fried mango and prawn roll (php 115.00 – 3pcs)

deep fried wanton (php 120.00 - 6pcs)

deep fried wanton (php 120.00 – 6pcs)

iced hk milk tea (php 75.00)

iced hk milk tea (php 75.00)

coffee float (php 85.00)

coffee float (php 85.00)

iced honey lemon (php 95.00)

iced honey lemon (php 95.00)

iced lemon tea (php 70.00)

iced lemon tea (php 70.00)

char siew dry noodles (php 205.00)

char siew dry noodles (php 205.00)

hk chicken bulgogi with rice (php 195.00)

hk chicken bulgogi with rice (php 195.00)

hk braised beef brisket bamboo rice (php 215.00)

hk braised beef brisket bamboo rice (php 215.00)

porkchop n egg steamed rice (php 195.00)

porkchop n egg steamed rice (php 195.00)

cheese baked rice with black pepper beef (php 270.00)

cheese baked rice with black pepper beef (php 270.00)

we were satisfied eating at xin wang.  they have a great selection of hk fusion food, the prices are very affordable, plus the servings are generous.  service is just ok as there were times when we had to call again the attention of the staff for something that we requestd like service water.  but we would definitely back as the we got the value for money.

after dinner, everyone was already beat and ready to go home.  it was an enjoyable post-christmas family bonding. 😀

birthday lunch with the family: burgoo

Published April 29, 2014 by ladyemelye

for 2013, i treated the family to lunch at burgoo.  i liked dining at burgoo since they have good portions, plenty of food choices, plus the fact that my son is able to unleash his creativity at their tables.

my son and his masterpiece

my son and his masterpiece

crayons for the kids (and the kids at heart0

crayons for the kids (and the kids at heart

for our lunch, we ordered ribs, shrimps, chicken and seafood jambalaya.  we also ordered an assortment of drinks.  mine was the cranberry juice, while hubby had the unlimited coffee.

cranberry juice

cranberry juice

fried chicken

country style fried chicken

ribs and shrimp

shrimps and ribs platter

i really like the southern flavor of the food served at burgoo.  the ribs were very soft and falls of the bone, plus it has a sweet smoky barbecue flavor to it.  The shrimps were a little bit crunchy.  This platter was served with two sides and we chose the mashed potato and rice.

of course, just like what the others store have, since i was doing the post-birthday celebration, the staff came out with a complimentary scoop of ice cream plus a song number.

the staff doing their thing

the staff doing their thing

blow the candle!

blow the candle!

of course, i had a cake from my family (chocolate forest from tous les jours).  i love the candles!

happy birthday

happy birthday

a very happy birthday indeed! 🙂

 

 

Burgoo

2nd floor, Main Mall, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

(02) 5560091-92

www. burgoo.ph

build your own pizza at project pie

Published March 13, 2014 by ladyemelye

one of the food fad these days is how they let the customers customize the food however which way they want it.  project pie is an artisan-inspired create-your-own-pizza place.  several branches have already sprouted around the metro and i was very eager to try it out.  finally, hubby and i were able to go to the alabang branch.

design. build. eat.

design. build. eat.

we went on an “off-hour” so the long queue of people was not there.  plus we had the luxury of choosing where we wanted to sit.  we chose a couch by the window on the second floor.

so how do you order?  line up and decide whether your having their signature pizzas (php 245.00) or build your own (php 285.00).  they have 7 signature pizzas, both red (wit tomato sauce) and white (olive oil based).  if you choose to build your own, you will be then asked for your toppings as you go through the line, and then your pizza will be put in the oven.  when your pizza is done, you will then be called so that you can claim it.

available pizza toppings: mozzarella, feta, gorgonzola, ricotta, parmesan, pepperoni, italian sausage, crumble meatballs, bacon, grilled chicken, canadian bacon, prosciutto, anchovies, red onions, green bell peppers, jalapenos, cilantro, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, caramelized onions, fresh mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, pineapple, artichokes, fresh chopped basil, black olives, pesto, bbq sauce.

since we wanted the “full experience” we went ahead and decided to build our own pizza.  we went for a white pizza.

our pizza plate?

our pizza plate?

cheese!

cheese!

the dough starts out as a ball, then a machine flattens and shapes it.  then sauce, or in our case, oil is put on top of it.  you will then be asked what cheeses you want.  i chose mozzarella and gorgonzola.

meats

meats

next stop is the meat.  you can choose from a variety of meats they have.  we chose grilled chicken, prosciutto and bacon.  i would have wanted anchovies, but that would make our pizza too salty.  maybe next time. 😉

veggies

veggies

and then we added fresh mushrooms and caramelized onions to balance the flavors.  i also requested for fresh chopped basil.  then in goes our pizza to the oven!

our finished product

our finished product

i loved the flavors of our pizza (of course, i created it! :P) the sweetness of the caramelized onion balanced the saltiness of the meats and the gorgonzola.  plus a hint of freshness care of the basil.

customized water bottle

customized water bottle

classic caesar

classic caesar

we also ordered a classic caesar salad (php 165.00) to go with our meal.  the salad had romaine, parmesan, croutons and caesar dressing served on the side.  i super like the croutons since they are cheese flavored, it’s like eating cheese curls. 😉  i got water while hubby got the soda.

there are a couple other salad you can order, and also dessert pizzas – banana nutella (php 145.00), peanut butter nutella (php 145.00), strawberry mango nutella (php 195.00), cinnamon sugar with icing (php 145.00) – which i plan on checking out next time.

overall, i enjoyed eating at project pie.  we shared one pizza and a salad for lunch since we were still a little full from earlier, but i think one person can finish one pizza.  it was a nice experience and it’s likely that we will visit again to try out other pizza flavors.

the remains

the remains

 

 

Project Pie

Block 28 Commerce Avenue, Alabang

projectpie.ph

fusion lunch at home: chicken inasal + hainanese chicken rice

Published January 2, 2014 by ladyemelye

i love to do grocery shopping.  i love to cook.  so whenever there is something new that i spot at the grocery store, i make it a point to buy that so i could use it at home.  these are my latest finds:

mccormick rice cookers - hainanese chicken rice (grabbed from mccormick's fb site)

mccormick rice cookers – hainanese chicken rice (grabbed from mccormick’s fb site)

trader joe's everyday seasoning

trader joe’s everyday seasoning

mama sita's inasal marinade (grabbed from www.philamfood.com)

mama sita’s inasal marinade (grabbed from http://www.philamfood.com)

we bought chicken leg-thigh parts and marinated it using the inasal.  as per instructions, it should be marinated for at least 3 hours, but for best results, overnight marinating is advised.  together with the marinade, i also added tj’s everyday seasoning into the mix.  we cooked the chicken using our trusty turbo broiler.

**i love tj’s everyday seasoning.  it is a combination of different flavors and spices which comes with it’s own grinder.  i use it with almost all of the dishes that i cook.  i bought this online at Lorena and Loreta.

the rice mix is easy to use.  it is said that it is good for 2 cups of rice.  the cooking instructions are pretty easy to follow especially if you will be using the rice cooker.  you just have to add the mix to your washed rice and let it cook at the cooker normally.  just remember to fluff the rice after it has been cooked. 😉

here are the results:

broiled chicken inasal

broiled chicken inasal

hainanese chicken rice

hainanese chicken rice

we liked the flavor of the chicken very much especially when it is still hot.  given that we marinated it for only 3 hours, it must be really better if we did marinate it overnight so that the flavors are thoroughly infused to the chicken.  the flavor of the rice complimented very well with our broiled chicken.

stay tuned for more of my holiday experiments. 😉

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