G treated me to a nice dinner at one of his favorite restaurants, as we had a lot of things to celebrate about, my birthday included. Those who have been following me for a while know that I don’t eat much steak, so luckily, Elbert’s has a seafood option for the non-steak eaters. Their prawns were well seasoned and went well with the smooth, truffle mashed potato. G, as usual, was very happy with his large, juicy slab of steak (cooked medium) with a tall side of fries.
My cousin from Bicol, Debb, visited and stayed for 1 week here in Manila. She’s adventurous like me and she asked me to tour her to the places I also haven’t visited yet (how can I tour her hahaha) but thanks to instagram and to my friend, I had an idea! I met her at 10 am in Alabang and went to Greenbelt to eat. From there, we walked. Washington Sycip Park, Legaspi Park and Ayala Triangle were the parks we went to. Nothing special actually but sitting under a tree while your eyes are closed, it feels somewhat relaxing. :) This is only the first part of our tour.
Le Petit Souffle is one of my family’s go-to restaurants when we want to meet at a relatively “quieter” mall like Century City Mall. I’ve already written a couple of reviews about this place, but this is the first time that I’ve seen or tasted a Watermelon Strawberry Rose Cake. It literally had a thick slice of watermelon as its top layer. True, the watermelon was fresh and juicy and the strawberry topping was crunchy and sweet, but I found the watermelon flavor on the cake a little weird, maybe because the cake itself was dense and had creamy layers in between.
Don’t you think it’s interesting that Caribbean cuisine isn’t as big here as, say, Japanese or Italian, even though it borrows a lot of Spanish elements like Filipino food does, with countries in the Carribean being former Spanish colonies like the Philippines?
I decided that we should try out Sofrito one quiet Saturday afternoon because I was curious to see what Carribean food tasted like.
According to the menu, “Sofrito is a fragrant blend of herbs and spices used throughout the Carribean, especially Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic”
I had a small bowl of Asopao (Thick and hearty chicken soup served with plantains on the side), while G had the Cuban Sandwich (served with plantain chips on the side), and we did get complimentary fried plantain chips as an appetizer. Obviously, we consumed a lot of plantain - I was half expecting it to be sweet like our banana chips or saba, but theirs was definitely salty and starchy, which was actually quite addicting! The soup I had was comforting and was like arroz caldo but tomato based. G’s sandwich had a fair amount of pork and luckily for me, wasn’t spicy in spite of the peppers inside.
For dessert, G stuck to his usual chocolate fare - a Brookie (two thumbs up for this!) while I tried the Bollitas de Guineo con Canela Azucarada (or simply put, banana balls rolled in confectioners sugar). I was pleasantly surprised that the fried banana balls tasted more cakey than doughnut-y, and the more bites I took of these banana balls, I felt like eating fried banana bread balls dipped in cinnamon sugar…yum!