I usually don’t do much on my birthday as I don’t really hold a celebration or anything like that. However, this year I wanted to celebrate it, and for a few months I have been looking as to how I can do it in a way that I can help and maybe, bring joy to other people’s lives.
Stumbling upon U!Happy Events’ website, I looked through their previous events and programs and seeing how well-organised they were, I decided to create my own event for my birthday with their organisation.
I chose to hold my early birthday celebration at Hospicio de San Jose. You might be asking why Hospicio? For starters, this is the orphanage that we, though not really that frequently, donate old clothes and toys and other such items throughout the years.
A week or so ago, we went to Manila Hotel to belatedly celebrate my Aunt’s birthday. Anyway, we arrived there at around 7:30PM and the place was already quite packed. Since we had a reservation, we were able to be seated immediately.
Some of the food they offer in the Japanese area of the buffet.
7 Flavors Buffet and A la Carte is co-owned by Chef Boy Logro. He’s a local celebrity chef so to speak, and he has his own show on GMA which airs every Saturday. I actually didn’t know that he has a restaurant of his own, until I received an invite to have dinner there!
Aren’t you curious as to why the restaurant is called 7 Flavors? Well, there are 7 different types of flavours (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter, astringent, and umami), and that’s where they got their inspiration for the name of the restaurant.
The facade of 7 Flavors, which is really nice and very pleasing to the eye.
Diners here at 7 Flavors won’t have a hard time at all when it comes to where to park their car because they have ample parking spaces here. According to Mr. Albert M. Borja II, COO of 7 Flavors, if there’s no more parking space, they will offer free valet services to their customers.
As I don’t live near the South, it’s really rare for us to go to Alabang. Hence, when we were in the area, I was really overwhelmed with the food choices there. We ended up deciding on eating at Yoree Korean Dining.
Some of the side dishes that they serve per person. You can ask for free refills too!
Fireside by Kettle has been one of the restaurants that I’ve been meaning to try out for quite some time now. So, when we went here, I had high hopes for the place and the food and I’m quite happy to say that Fireside by Kettle delivered!
To start off the meal, we had their Asian Shrimp Salad. Not really fond of salad, or shrimp (I was allergic to shrimp when I was a kid, and I honestly don’t know if I still am now, but I generally just try to stay away from it lol), I did not try this one.
Tim Ho Wan has been in the local foodie scene for a while now, and yet, it’s only recently that we got to try it out as every time we pass it by, the queues are too long and we would end up going someplace else entirely. One day as we passed by we saw that there were no lines and thus, we finally got to eat here, haha. 😀
We got their Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, which is one of the dishes that is included on the ‘4 Heavenly Kings’ part on their menu. This is a ‘must-order’ in Tim Ho Wan, and, if I’m not mistaken this is the dish that made Tim Ho Wan famous in the first place! For me, the pork buns were just alright, and I did find it to be a bit on the sweet side. I wish that the buns could have been flakier though.
Ever since I saw the sign advertising that Texas Roadhouse was going to open at S Maison, I was really excited for it to open. I’ve always wanted to try eating there, but problem was their other branch at Uptown Mall, BGC, was too far away and my mom and I always end up eating at a different establishment.
Of course when Texas Roadhouse finally opened its doors, my mom and I immediately checked it out. Well, actually, it was totally just by chance that we were there during their first day lol.
We’ve been to Texas Roadhouse twice, so I’ll be including photos of our order from both times we went! Haha, just a little heads-up as we can’t (usually lol \shot) really eat so much food in just one sitting.
For starters, they served us freshly baked bread with their cinnamon butter. Their bread is so yummy, and for both times we went, I asked for seconds (more like thirds and fourths \cri)! I also really love their cinnamon butter and it just goes well with their bread. They also have a bucket of peanuts that you can munch on while waiting for your food to arrive.
This is their All American Burger with American cheese. I asked them to separate the lettuce and tomatoes. I found their burger to be quite plain, so this is not a must-order for me – nor do I see myself ordering this again in the future. Still, I will most likely check out their other burger variants.