Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rekados Cafe and Restaurante

I love going to Spanish restaurants as most entertain my senses and not just my taste buds. And my visit to Rekados Cafe and Restaurante is no different.

A little over a year, this Spanish restaurant is a hidden gem that will surely go places.

I love the vintage feel the landscapes create. High-arched windows with wrought-iron window grills, thick stone walls, beautiful woodworks, bricks and iron chandeliers are lovely to look at.

Arches and beautiful tileworks adorn the patios.

Guest have the option to dine in al fresco style.

And now, we proceed to the gastronomic tour with recipes that have been preserved for many generations by the Custodio family.

Here are the delectable food we feasted on:

Paella Valenciana (P 475) tasted heavenly! This sticky rice was loaded with shrimps, clams, mussels, chicken meat strips, chorizo and topped with eggs plus green peas.

Callos Solo meal (P 285) - This tripe delicacy is extra tender.  The ox tripe is easy to chew on aad this makes eating this dish pleasurable. It comes with rice and veggie side dish.

Grilled Salmon (P 285) was perfectly done and came in full flavors. Its white had hints of lemon and garlic, which was a perfect complement to rich salmon fillets.

The Gambas had a touch of Spanish paprika and garlic. It was truly a classic Spanish tapa.

We also had Pollo Al Ajillo (Spanish Chicken Garlic) and Crispy Kare-Kare.

We had delicious Churros in Spanish Tablea to go with our hot beverages to cap our wonderful meal experience.

Don't forget to check out Balai Pasalubong and Milk Station when you visit the place.

Rekados Cafe and Restaurante
Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road
Bgy. Pasong Langka Purok V
Silang, Cavite

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Home cuisine with a modern twist at Mati’s Meat and Breads

Mati’s Meat and Breads is a new dining destination down south of Manila that overlooks Festival Mall's manmade river park.

Managed by the Melo’s Group of Restaurants, Mati’s offers American comfort food with a Filipino twist. The result is a modernized, casual take on the Melo’s menu.

The Shrimp and Fries (P 190) makes a yummy appetizer. It is best tasting fried shrimp I've ever eaten served with french fries!

The well-seasoned pieces were coated with crispy crumbs to make the tastiest deep-fried shrimps. My kiddo is a bit of a seafood snob and she devoured every last one!

Mati’s delicious baked oysters with burnt butter will blow you away. The freshly-shucked oysters came in perfectly baked its shell and layered with Parmesan cheese and garlic salt. While brown on top, it was neither too dry nor too moist.

The flavors were done right in the Salpicao Rice dish. I can taste the soy sauce and strong garlic in which the cubed beef sirloin was marinated in. It is served with garlicky wagyu rice.

The Steak with Mashed Potato and Vegetables (P 385) is something you wouldn't want to miss. While a bit pricey for the size (140g USDA Steak), the beef was really tender and juicy.

Being a subsidiary of Melo’s, the first restaurant in the country to use Angus beef and one of the most beloved steakhouses in the Philippines, Mati’s Meat and Breads specializes in their steaks. Diners can choose from different cuts of USDA Angus beef that is cooked in a tableside so that customers can judge the temperature and doneness for themselves as the meat cooks in a cast iron skillet.

My daughter loves her super rich, Truffle Pasta (P 398). The linguini pasta was very delicious and the sauce made it great! The thin slivers of truffles, further gave the dish a savoury, pungent aroma. You could definitely taste the truffles in this dish.

Mati’s Meat and Breads is a place to go to for indulgent recipes perfect for a romantic dinner or family get-together. Their steaks, and Italian thin-crust pizzas are sure crowd-pleasers.

Mati’s Meat and Breads
Unit B2, River Park, Festival Supermall
Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Phone (02)847-2273

Mati's Meat and Bread Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Waterside Restobar is a Luxurious Place to Dine In

Waterside Restobar is located near the Solaire Resort poolside, which gives it a majestic view. Spacious and modern, Waterside Restobar offers Latin American and Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxing ambiance.

Here is what we were served during a Zomato foodie met up:

After complementary bread, we were served Surf and Turf for our main course. This mouth-watering red meat and seafood dish has Hanger Steak, Salmon, Pork Ribs, and Prawns.

Potato Carbonara is Waterside Restobar's noodle-less version of a classic pasta comfort food. The deep-fried potato chunks sit on its carbonara sauce. It comes with parmesan cheese, bacon bits and some spices.

This healthy spin on carbonara is such a tasty twist! And I love its little bit of spiciness!
 The Humita is another discovery! The freshly ground corn mixed with cheese, eggs, and cream, is stuffed in a fresh corn husk and steamed. The creamy-corn filling was yummy!
Asparagus Salad provides a light refreshing change. The thinly-sliced asparagus stalks were drizzled with white dressing. This simple is the perfect accompaniment to a meaty meal.

The other side dish is Mango Salad made of fresh ripe mangoes mixed with unripe fruit slivers. I love the balance of sweetness and sourness combined with the creamy richness! It works well as a palate cleanser after indulging in a high fat meal course.

Their Paella Valenciana is by far the best one I have ever tried (and enough to feed an army)! Their version has white rice, chicken, and shrimps, decorated with lemon wedges, eggs, lemon slices and topped with chopped parsley.

They served it in small metalic casseroles with covers.

Waterside Restobar serves fantastic fresh food. Go give it a try sometime.

Waterside Restobar
Solaire Resort & Casino
Tambo, Paranaque City

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pampering Time at Luxe Aura Nail and Face Studio

As a parent, I seldom have the time to sit down and get pampered. I shun away from weekly nail lacquer applications because it contributes to my recurring nail problems such as brittleness and cracking. The occasional manicure-pedicure will allow my nails to regrow and repair itself.

The invitation to try out Luxe Aura services last weekend was just what I needed.

I went in for Foot Spa (P 300) and Hand Spa (P350). The Luxe Aura beauticians immediately worked their magic into my tired arms and legs simultaneously.

They soaked my hands and feet in warm water to soften the skin. The seven-step hand spa was heavenly as the eight-step foot spa! It gave me instant bliss!

The bunions were removed from my feet in the Callous Removal step, and it was not painful.  Next came in Scrubing, where micro beads gently slough off dead skin. After washing it off, they apply lotion, wraps it with cling wrap and then places warm towel to steam my legs.

Later, it is washed off using warm water. After a couple of minutes, the girls starts to massage my legs and feet. Moisturizing and Hydrating shortly follows the Massage, leaving my feet and leg smelling fresh.

To cap of the whole process, I opted for a manicure and pedicure service. I was proactive with the nail technicians as their nail tools are new and quite sharp. I don't want to risk inflammation and the ladies were attentive enough not to push the ingrown cuticles.

They have all sorts of branded nail polishes you can choose from---Morgan Taylor, Essie, Zoya, and OPI.

I decided to go for Gel polish to complement my luxurious hand and foot pampering treatment at Luxe Aura Salon.

I was told that gel polishes offer long-lasting and durable results in a quick manner. And this is my first time to try out a gel manicure and pedicure.

Nail and Face Studio only uses the top-rated brand Gelish for gel polish services.

Gel nail polish is more durable compare to acrylic nail polishes as it can last two weeks or more without chipping.

I've always wondered how gel nail polish worked exactly. It sure looks pretty amazing and I love that fact that it hasn’t chipped all week. My hands and feet looked divine with my gleaming, Gellish nails!

Luxe Aura Nail and Face Studio also offers various European facials (which does not involve pricking your face, priced at P 600).

I had the chance to try their facial which follows a step-by-step procedure as well.
Do try out their Head to Toe Packages and be impressed. While the facility and the nail spa appears elegant, you will be surprised to find out that is light on the pocket and very affordable.

Luxe Aura Nail and Face Studio
Unit A 2/F Silverio Building
145 Dona Soledad Avenue, Bgy Don Bosco
Better Living Subdivision
Bicutan, Paranaque City

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Own a piece of Paradise at Anvaya Cove

Last week, our family went on a day tour to Anvaya Cove. I heard so much good reviews about this Ayala Land Premier’s first venture in leisure development and I was excited to finally get a chance to see the "mountains meet the sea” beauty it is famous for.

Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club

The Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club offers families with interactive experiences with nature in both land and water, all geared towards relaxation, recreation, and reflection. The serene place encourages family bonding to flow from indoors to outdoors and easily into the activities and discoveries of the Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club found at its center.

Anvaya Cove has 3.5 kilometers of coastline and 130 meters of elevation change. The sweeping views across Subic Bay, the mountains of Bataan plus that of Zambales mountain range give a feeling of surreal contentment for the beauty that unfolds in front of you.

This mountain retreat and a seaside resort is undeniably a paradise!

There are a myriad of activities for each member of the family to indulge in. Its Recreational Beach Area offers Water Sports activities and there are Indoor and Outdoor play zones for kids and kids-at-heart.

Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club

Launched in 2013, the Anvaya Cove Golf & Sports Club is an exclusive, non-profit membership, world-class golf club that features an 18-hole all-weather sustainable golf course.

A golf haven designed by landscape architect, Kevin Ramsey, of the prominent California-based design firm, Golf Plan, Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club is actually an extensive sports complex delivered in the Ayala Land Premier tradition of excellence.

Running from the tops of the Bataan mountain range down to the Subic Bay beach, the Anvaya Cove golf course blends seamlessly into its picturesque surroundings with each hole embodying the characteristics of the environment around it.

A little over over 7,000 yards, Anvaya Cove golf course is a “thinkers course” as the terrain pose challenges, making it extremely unique golf course. A great contrast of elements play to a golfer’s senses, forcing one to slow down and golf smart.

Golfers get to experience holes right on the beach and others perched on bluffs 40 meters directly above the surf with 180-270 degree views of the West Philippine Sea and the mountains across the bay to Bataan. Most golfers like the back 9 or 'Seaside Nine’ as it gives the most stunning views. The 13th hole, which is a short par-3 built on top of an overhanging cliff with a 270 degree panoramic view of the ocean, is also another favorite.

Anvaya Cove boasts of a striking beach and nature club complete with two restaurants, a water sports pavilion and pool complex. There are two clubs in this residential golf community and Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club members get to enjoy the amenities both clubs offer.

The homes and other structures are woven into the terrain in aesthetic palette of soft, earthy tones. Rolling asphalt roads and low-impact pedestrian paths preserve the natural beauty of the site.

Go visit Anvaya Cove's 470-hectare property. Its unique character will provide wonderful memories for the whole family.

If you wish to see Anvaya Cove, contact Allan at or +639179235501 for a trip schedule. He'll be glad to answer your membership and property inquiries.
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