Saturday, April 25
It was our first time (except for tita Ting and Byron), and we were so excited since we have heard a lot about this Middle Eastern cuisine and it was tita Ting’s personal favorite. The place is a not so big yet not-so-small cozy café with authentic designs, paintings, warm-colored walls, clunky wooden tables and chairs and a great Mediterranean ambiance with soft Greek music being played on the background. We had a hard time ordering as if we’re reciting excerpts from their Mediterranean menu (It’s tongue-twistingly fun! Glad the staffs were very well trained and educated about everything on the list. Lol!).
Since our goal was to pamper our taste buds, why not start with the Sampler plate of Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Tzatziki, Falafel and Tabbouleh together with the whole-wheat pita bread for a glorious perfect dip! (Café Med’s original Garlic sauce is also available for additional taste!)
Hummus-Classic garbanzo & sesame dip from the Middle East.
Baba Ghanoush-also know as “moutabal”, an eggplant and tahini dip
Tzatziki-Cucumber, yogurt and mint dip.
Falafel- Crunchy garbanzo croquettes
Tabbouleh- Tomatoes, flat-leaf-parsley & cracked wheat.
We also had Tabbouleh Salad with chicken and cucumber, which is my personal favorite. (It’s crunchy, it’s tasty and guiltlessly delicious!)
True to the essence of a healthy Mediterranean diet is Mediterranea Pizza- a thin crust pizza topped with sundried tomatoes, black olives, grilled eggplant, zucchini and anchovies. It goes a lot more delectable with the Café’s special hot sauce, which is, believe me… really HOT!! !
For those who have sweet tooth as Gil, you will definitely love Baklava- the classic Mediterranean pastry with layers of filo, pistachio and walnuts. It’s crunchy on the outside yet chewy and filling on the inside.
The café is also known for Gyros or Greek sandwiches (it is also called Gyro Café or Gyro Mediterranean). They have also substantial courses as kebabs, pasta with Mediterranean touch and entrees like moussaka and lamb stew served in either pita, buttered rice, rice pilaf or couscous. Then, why not have Moroccan mint tea afterwards for a whole all-Greek experience!!!
We really had a great time and swear to come back again! I’ve asked for a leaflet and still recited some of their authentic dishes on our way home. Come everyone!! Repeat after me:
Prosciutto e Pomodoro Secchi…
Tartufo al Cioccolato…
etc etc etc…c”,)
Thursday, April 9
I’m trying not to think about it since yesterday, but seems this is one thing I cannot control. I was touched receiving a txt from gil just after the first wink of my eyes this morning, to quote:
“Zeby happy bday po..I love you so much! I wish u happiness in its true sense. Not of silver and gold, but of faith and love. Thru hardship and ease I will hold your hand and keep you by my side. Don’t forget to smile to others, it drives away bad mood and wrinkles. c”,) I will always be here for you….”
I just can’t help but cry. That’s one of the many things I love about him…the sincerity, the warmth in every word and the passion were there. I was just so blessed having him…my most precious gift ever!
You know what, I never really like celebrating birthday at all! I’m not accustomed of being greeted by everyone aware of the event. I’m not used to having the attention of everyone. It’s nice being remembered by people. But that’s far off my personality maybe.
Another thing is that, I’m not sure if I had made it! I have reached my 25th year on earth yet I have this feeling that I have not given my full potential yet career wise speaking thus I can’t feel the utmost benefits of it in return.
Whatever it is, I’m glad to be blessed with another year on earth. May the good Lord shower upon me good health, inner peace and happiness. May He continue to use me as instrument for the welfare of the people around me. And so, may God lead me to the career I’m longing of having, if this isn’t the right one yet.
I have with me a ‘bilao’ of Pancit Malabon and a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts (part of my 1-month supply doughtnuts given to 1st 300 customers during the Krispy Kreme’s Ayala Branch opening). Speechless, I was amazed seeing bandehadong Pork Hamonado (Nay’s specialty), pininyahang manok, fried bangus and tilapia and a birthday cake on the table. Obviously, it was Gil’s idea but Nay and Tay said they were really going to cook something for me as their birthday present even without Gil’s request.
a birthday feast! =)
surprised and speechless! :)
Amber's Pancit Malabon
Gil called up during the dinner (the loudspeaker was set on so that everybody could join the conversation). How I missed him then! Imagine yourself spending your special day with his family, in their residence and later, having his room for the night without him around…whoooaah! The feeling was terribly unbearable!
The feeling of being loved by your significant other’s family is indeed overwhelming! I have found my second family in them, the feeling of not being away from home at all…
Tuesday, April 7
Monday, April 6
We were supposed to visit next
On our way to the hotel, we thought of making vegetable salad but upon reaching the Baguio Market, we decided to have fresh fruits as strawberries and ripe mangoes instead.