Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Life Lately...

These past two weeks were sooo busy.  My schedule was crazy, it was such a blur! 

Two Saturdays ago, I had late lunch and dessert with my best friend M and my god-daughter Z at The Sweet Spot Bakery & Cafe. I ordered their pulled-pork adobo sandwich and turtle pie. It was delicious! 

I also received homecoming presents from my other best friend R who just arrived from Tokyo. My favorite among them are these strawberry-flavored KitKats.

Then, Sunday was spent with my closest friends in college A and R. A is visiting from London. R and me organized a mini-reunion starting with merienda in Pancake House, a little shopping spree, met up with R's significant other S, dinner at Misohana and we capped the night off by having ice cream sundaes at the Magnolia Flavor House in New Manila. 

Thanks A for such cute presents!

All I need is a cup of Earl Grey or Peppermint tea!

We celebrated Halloween early at work. Our theme for this year is scarytales. I did zombie Snow White's hair and most of the credit goes to my friend Purple Rain for the frightening makeup!

Did some catching up with B and C plus a hearty and filling breakfast last Saturday at IHOP BGC. B is a friend and a former colleague from the oil/gas/petroleum industry. C is his significant other.

Finally, last Sunday was spent in my old stomping ground (hometown) with my best friends for pizza, scrumptious chicken wings, potato wedges and some alcohol for my alcoholic friends. Lol.

I've been blessed with such good friends. It was a treat to be able to spend some time with them despite this hectic lifestyle. I believe that no matter how busy you are, you can always find a little more time for things that are really important and for those who matter to you dearly.

 Life is good!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Nike Dunk Sky High: Purple Dynasty

I have been contemplating to buy a pair of Nike Dunk Sky High sneakers since May. I finally bought one from Planet Sports BGC two days ago.

I was debating with myself whether I should acquire the Purple Dynasty or the Tokyo Quickstrike. The latter is already hard to find because it is limited edition and the ones from the resellers here in MNL are way too overpriced. I settled for the Purple Dynasty instead.

So far, I'm happy with my choice!

I don't usually wear sneakers unless I have to, but when Nike released their Classic Dunk design with a hidden wedge, I was mesmerized. My size is more on the petite side. I'm glad I can do more sporty looks this time. This is perfect with a skater skirt, a pair of shorts/skinny jeans/leggings or a cute dress.

I wore this today with a white knit pullover from Zara on top of a blue flippy dress from Topshop.

How about you? What's your favorite pair of Nike Dunk Sky High sneakers?

Photos taken using iPhone5, Second photo was taken by my friend Purple Rain

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Katsu Cafe

Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets with breading. It is one of our favorite Japanese dishes. So far, Mike and I have tried five different local restos that serve this, from the relatively affordable up to the seriously upscale ones.

Last Sunday, after grocery shopping, we brought Mike's parents to Katsu Cafe in Maginhawa Street for dinner. 

We ordered their pork katsu set. It consists of the tonkatsu, miso soup, cabbage with sesame dressing and unlimited Japanese rice. I find the process of grinding the sesame seeds before adding the sweet brown sauce entertaining.

We also tried their gyoza, a dumpling filled with ground meat and vegetables.

Everything tasted delicious but some parts of the pork were a little over-fried.

Overall, I give it 3.5 stars. The restaurant is very clean. I like the relaxing vibe the place exudes. The staff is very friendly and the food is reasonably priced. It's definitely worth a try. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Blog Inc.

I can't believe I've been blogging for more than a year now. I consider Slightly Epicurean as one of my humble accomplishments. For me, it's not easy to start something and sustain it especially when you have a full-time job and a lot of other things on your plate. And here I am still hitting the PUBLISH button from time to time. Good thing, I have Blog Inc in my iBooks now. But, I still want to purchase the hard copy. Nothing beats the feel and the smell of good old paper.

I began reading this book last night. I have been absorbing and relishing every word. This is very informative, inspiring and truly relatable for newbies like me. I'm glad I made that first step that one fine day in July 2012.

Thank you Ms. Joy Cho! You're such an inspiration!

Image from Kaleidoscope

Sunday, October 13, 2013

My Local Hot Cocoa

I love hot cocoa (the dark chocolate version) most especially on a stormy weather like today. For me, it's the perfect beverage on a cold, rainy day and even on mornings when the sun is shining. It warms my heart, soothes my soul, comforts me when I had a long day and gives me an instant flush on the cheeks. Just imagine, the rich velvety chocolate mixed with warm, creamy milk. Bliss!

I got these chocolate callets from Cacao de Davao a few weeks ago and we're now on our second pack. I ordered the first pack from Taste Central and bought the second pack from the Echostore. These are roasted cocoa beans finely milled and molded into callets. These are all natural goodness with nothing added nor taken out. Plus, these are locally made. As you all know, I'm a big supporter of local businesses. Did you know that Davao City exports cacao to Netherlands and other European countries?

Here's my recipe for a delightful dark chocolate drink:
  • 3 cups of milk (I use whole milk but you can opt for the low/non fat one to healthify the drink a little more)
  • 9 chocolate callets (3 chocolate callets for every 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Pour the milk in a saucepan using low heat. After a minute, drop the chocolate callets. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer again but don't let it boil. Divide between 3 cups and serve. You may add whipped cream on top if you prefer.

Some Fun Facts about Cacao...
  • it is considered to be a super anti-oxidant
  • the high anti-oxidant helps protect the heart, cellular damage etc
  • it has been linked to lower cholesterol
  • it is a great source of magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium and zinc
  • it has anti-aging properties
  • prevents depression
Cacao De Davao
San Pedro Extension, Davao City

Love Local!

Images taken using iPhone 5, some information taken from Cacao De Davao's page and MoveNourishBelieve

Monday, October 7, 2013

Arm Candies

It's been seven successful days of no expensive cold coffee. I have 24 more days to go to complete this goal. I needed some distractions and fortunately the universe responded in my favor.

Distraction No. 1: I just found out about SNSD's Galaxy Supernova video and their endorsement for Samantha Thavasa Jeans. I love you Hyoyeon! <3 #girlcrush

Distraction No. 2: Two beautiful, kind-hearted, angels came to surprise me with such random presents: shiny, sparkly, stylish stacks on the wrist to be specific. These bracelets can accentuate your OOTD and add pops of color to it.

This yellow overload set came from my good friend Purple Rain. 

and this Mint Set came from the ultimate source: Riza. Visit her Facebook and Instagram pages to browse more pretty stuff. 

I bought some of these Anchors Away for myself and for my sister in laws. I have a thing for nautical stuff like stripes, ropes, anchors just like my thing for owls.

Thank you Purple Rain and Kolorete_Riza! You just made my week feel so much better! Bless your generous hearts! <3<3<3

Images taken using iPhone5
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