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Puzzles (Board Game Lounge)

It is one of those weeks of the month where in we just want to spend money just to redeem our dreadful souls from the accumulated stress clogged in our veins. It is one of those weeks where we just wanted to take a time out from the reality and c’est la vie!

It is one of those weeks where we just wanted to take a time out from the reality and c’est la vie!

LOL how I wish! Honestly, I was just having a really hard time studying at home that’s why I decided to meet up with Pammy in BGC, and do our school works together. I don’t know why, but usually, when I do my school works outside our house I always get things done faster.

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Puzzles is a restaurant that will make your ‘catching up’ time with your barkada more fun because they offer a vast collection of board games that you may unlimitedly choose from for only Php100. Plus, they are also a member of Booky Prime Restaurants that’s why they can offer up to Php500 worth of discount!

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Personally, I am not fond of board games. As far as I remember Snakes & Ladders and Millionaires are the only board games I have played since I was young. But I think, if we were not busy when we ate here, we might have spent the whole day getting all giddy with all the board games, changing games after one game and learning as many board games as possible.

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The Puzzles is also a two-storey building with high ceilings, but when we asked if we can occupy the 2nd floor, the cashier said that they had to fill the 1st floor first before they allow its occupancy.

And also those written in the blackboard are not their entire menu those are just the “manager’s choice” or their “recommended” and they really have a printed menu.

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Beer-battered Chicken fingers with honey mustard dip, Baked Chicken Parmigiana, and Oreo Afraid of the Dark.  

Anyway, before we started studying for our final exam in Discourse Analysis, we had late lunch first. We ordered Beer-battered Chicken fingers with honey mustard dip (Php370) which are soft chicken breast strips which are cooked tenderly you may eat it by itself or you may add more tangy taste.

We also ordered Baked Chicken Parmigiana (Php290) because I am a pasta lover and the way I rate a restaurant sometimes depends on this. Yes, the pasta tasted well, but it has the tendency that when it gets a little more exposed to air, the pasta absorbs the oil making it stick together and become dry. But nevertheless, the flavor sat well in the pasta.

For our dessert, we had Oreo Afraid of the Dark (Php150) which is a wicked oreo (oreo inside a pancake) topped with vanilla ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. And we actually got two of this because we also answered the feedback in the Booky app, and even though it’s so sweet– of course, who says no to dessert, right?

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Pammy and I

In the Philippines, there are already a lot of restaurants that combined gaming and food. Maybe their way of marketing to male clients or maybe just to put a twist, but usually when they do this it’s either their food will not taste good or the games are limited.

But for Puzzles, they were able to make sure to prioritize the food. All the dishes that we ordered really tasted really well! In fact, the prices are reasonable for their quality.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a quality restaurant with board games available, go to Puzzles! You can find it at Ground Floor, Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Hope to hear your experience!

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Marcia Adam’s

Marcia Adams has been a go-to place in Tagaytay especially for celebrities because of its ambiance being Instagram-worthy in every angle, and of course, how it’s clandestinely located in Tagaytay.

So when my eldest sister, Ate Marjoe, who lives in Singapore went back to visit the Philippines, the siblings decided to go to Tagaytay. And, it was my elder sister, Ate Judah, who recommended this place because of its popularity among the ~*upper-class*~ netizens of Instagram (if you know what I mean). Hehehe

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With the cold wind of Tagaytay mixed with the garden picturesque of the restaurant, anyone will definitely be convinced that they are in another country. It was so beautiful that I can’t keep myself from taking a lot of pictures!

However, I have noticed how the leaves and the trees looked like they are clamped together because of how large and numerous they are, thus making the narrow and inclined trails look like a pathway where frogs would suddenly hop or as if there are a lot of mosquitoes waiting to suck your blood.

But I guarantee you all that there were no incidents like that.

It is not your typical restaurant, it’s like a compound composed of bungalow houses with a restaurant interior. As you can see in the pictures above every bungalow has a different ambiance, in fact, there is this even a place that gave that romantic year 1611 vibes! With its dim lights and walls… I don’t know if I’m a sucker for romantic places but if I’d have a date with my ~*oppa wookie*~, we’d definitely have it here.

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However, since I am only dining with my siblings we chose the more open area where an immense amount of natural light comes in as the wind kisses our skin. On top of that, the color of the chairs, glasses, vases are so vibrant, and they have a lot of flowers as well– the interior just complement each other even if there are different colors in the picture. So Instagram-worthy! I want to copy the interior for my own apartment someday!

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Plus they also have this view, which gives me that Korean drama, “Descendants of the Sun” feels when they (the real life #SongSong couples) had dinner in Greece.

So now we’re moving to the dishes.

At a glance, the menu might look expensive but if you would order a main course, the appetizer and the dessert are already included so it’s still not bank breaking. Besides, the servings are similar to fine dining restaurants so basically the price range is quite acceptable.

Although honestly, with the hype, the ambiance of the place, and the cuisine that they offered I think their dishes are 3.5/5.

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Hummus with Whole Wheat Tortilla

For our appetizers, first, we had Hummus with Whole Wheat Tortilla which is free if you order a main course.

Since I tasted an authentic Hummus in Singapore last December, I became fond of it that when we once had breakfast in Microtel, in Manila and I saw Hummus, I quickly put one on a saucer and get lots of bread. Unfortunately, upon tasting it I pushed my plate away because I know it’s not the same authentic Hummus that I had.

So when I saw this on the menu, I didn’t think twice but to give it another chance. After all, Marcia Adam’s offers a Mediterranean cuisine so I had high expectation on their Hummus– and yes they didn’t disappoint. The bread was well-baked, it wasn’t chewy, and I was no longer just dipping the bread in the Hummus I was s c o o p i n g it. #NoRegrets

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Amalfi Prawns

Another appetizer that we ordered was the Amalfi Prawns (Php225). It wasn’t free with the main course, and for me it was unsatisfying because it was cooked deliciously but the price and the quantity is not enough.

FullSizeRender-6Then for our salad, we had Prawns, Mushroom, and Arugula Salad (Php395). 

Mind you I was never a salad person. Whenever I eat salad I would always squeeze a lot of dressing just so the leaves-eating would be bearable. But for this, there wasn’t a hundred island dressing, just olive oil. So what I did was I only ate the ones on the top because there is a lot of oil and I even wiped the oil on the plate with the leaves.

(Lesson learned: don’t order salad on your first date if you’re not a salad person, don’t even try to pretend to impress hahaha lol)

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Corsican Beef Stew

For our main dish, we ordered Corsican Beef Stew (Php855), which is basically like your Kaldereta.

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And another main dish, Spanish Chicken Caserole (Php755).

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Carbonara Special

Then we also ordered Carbonara Special (Php765) because my family is a pasta lover, in fact, most of the time we judge a restaurant based on their Carbonara. We have already tasted different Carbonara from the budget friendly ones, to the expensive one. This carbonara is of course part of the expensive one, although its taste is so-so.

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Carbonara Special (Mussel)

We also tried the Carbonara Special (Mussel). I can’t remember how much this costs, but if I’m not mistaken it’s just the same with the Carbonara Special that was all meat, it’s just that we were offered if we like mussels instead of the meat.

This is not my favorite because I’m used to having Tuna Carbonara (if we are going to use seafood on our carbonara) but never mussels. So when I tasted it, the mussel was overpowering and fyi we are going to travel back to Manila and if I am going to insist on eating this one, I might upset my stomach and you know what will happen next.

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Grilled Orange with Vanilla Ice Cream

 

For the dessert, we ordered Grilled Orange with Vanilla Ice Cream (included in the main course as well), because we were curious about the grilling of the orange. But that’s it. Nothing special, just orange and Ice Cream. I can even do this at home.

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Panna Cotta with Lemon Sauce

 

Then Panna Cotta with Lemon Sauce which is also included in the main course.

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Fried Banana with Chocolate Dip

 

And Fried Banana with Chocolate dip, this actually tasted like banana cue and the dip is like Nutella.

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Banana Split with Chocolate Ice Cream

 

Then for the Banana Split with Chocolate Ice Cream, it’s just a Banana, with Chocolate Sauce and a Chocolate Ice Cream.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a Mediterranean restaurant in a private uncrowded place in Tagaytay, go to Marcia Adam’s! You can find it at J. Rizal Street, Baranggay Sicat, Alfonso, Tagaytay City . Hope to hear your experience!

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Slappy Cakes

It is one of those days where my BFFs, Pammy & Krizia, and I, want to merge being productive in school and having quality time with each other. My professors have been pretty much being demanding, thus the piling up of works encourages us to procrastinate more!

So when our class ended, we went to the location where Krizia will be doing her self-portrait for our Humanities class. We helped her set up and even suggested alternative angles. Then after that, we went to Taguig because we are going to film Pammy for her self-portrait– which she hasn’t even made plans of.

To cut the story short, Krizia was the only one who finished her self-portrait, and Pammy wasn’t able to do hers. Then, since we don’t want to waste our time and effort, we decided to have dinner at Slappy Cakes. 

Actually, Slappy Cakes wasn’t our first choice since I always want Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, or Italian cuisine, and besides, we are not like Westerners who would think about eating Pancakes for dinner. (I mean, do they?) Asians prefer rice or pasta for dinner!

But we ended up here. Upon entering, the ambiance of the restaurant gave that 90’s diners vibes with its tiled-like brick walls and the styles of the tables and chairs.

Also what encouraged us to dine here is the fact that we are going to make our own pancakes! Isn’t it amazing? I mean, I don’t really like cooking– in general– and I’d prefer to just be the one eating. But when it’s in a restaurant and you get to cook your own food on your table, I admit, I like grabbing the utensils and start pretending I am in an episode of Master Chef Asia!

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The one we ordered was the group meal that was good for 3. If my memory serves me right, the rice is not inclusive with the bucket (or basket) of chicken. That’s why I decided to have a garlic rice– although I think it lacks garlic or I just love garlic that I want a lot?

I forgot how much it costs, but pro-tip always prefer group meals because it’s cheaper.

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Then we also had pancakes. Our batter was Buttermilk (Php225), our fixins was Chocolate Chips (Php45), and our topping was Chocolate Sauce (Php60). Yay! Diabetes!

PS. I chose this photo because the finished products were not that photogenic– if you know what I mean.

DSC00081We were already full with the meals that we ordered, but since we booked Php300 off from Booky and we are a hundred short from the Php1000 requirement. We decided to order, Affogato (Php120). Mind you, it’s so sweet. If you are depressed, and in need of sweet food– this is specially made for you.

Mind you, it’s so sweet. If you are depressed, and in need of sweet food– this is specially made for you.

If you are depressed, and in need of sweet food– this is specially made for you.

–this is specially made for you.

DSC00082One of the perks of Booky is that they also give you a free dessert just by answering the feedback form. So to all blogging enthusiasts out there, make sure to download the Booky app so that you can have Php1000 consumable credit to different Booky Prime restaurants.

So there you have it! If you want to visit a restaurant that allows you to cook the pancake on your table, go to Slappy Cakes! You can find it at the Lower Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City . Hope to hear your experience!