Steak Craving Satisfied at Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats, Glorietta

I loved eating at the Kapitolyo branch. I recommended the Glorietta 5 branch to my balikbayan friend for our get-together as she wanted to meet up in Makati.

The place can get really full around lunch time (and the seating can get cramped) so I was lucky to get a table for two as soon as I got in.


We loved the juicy, well-seasoned Signature Steaks. I prefer mine medium-done and accompanied by garden grains (buttered fried rice eith veggie bits) and bacon potato salad. My friend preferred hers well-done with steamed rice and mashed potatoes.



Of course, a meal at Mad Mark’s is not complete without ice cream. I veered away from my usual order of Half-Baked Madagascar and opted for the Motherlode (walnuts and pecans, yum!). My friend found her new favorite in the Chocolate on Chocolate.



Mad Mark’s has become our new go-to place for our meet-ups.

Eclectic Aesthetics at Pinto Museum

I originally planned to visit Pinto Museum with my officemates but our planned outing kept on getting postponed. I decided to take my kids on an adventure to Antipolo and check this place out.

If you’re taking kids (or any student) with you, be sure to bring their IDs as this slashes Php80 off the regular Php180 entrance fee.

What impressed me about this place is the melding of culture and nature. Sculptures and other artistic installations are displayed outside amidst the greenery. Many of the paintings are hung inside wide and airy galleries that let in a lot of natural light (I hope that the museum curators are able to preserve the quality of the artworks as sunlight does have an adverse effect on pigments).

  
 
The meditation garden dedicated to Jose Rizal and Leonor Rivera also has an escritoire where you can pen a missive to your “the one who got away” to help you “let go.” (Cue the #hugotlines and #walangforever diatribes.)

  
    We explored the different galleries containing various artworks. I wished we arrived earlier so we could have taken our time exploring.


  

I marveled at how, in various ways throughout this place, nature provides a backdrop for artwork and at how architecture and art provides a frame for nature.




All that walking around will soon get you hungry so it’s lucky that the museum has a cafe where you can hang out in while having  refreshments.

My kids and I had a tiring yet fun adventure here. I’m looking forward to showing this place to my friends from out of town.

Pinto Museum is Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Tickets are priced at Php200 for adults, Php180 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs and Php100 for students with valid school IDs (Children below 3 years old are free).

The museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre St, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo. Rizal.

For inquiries, call +63 2 6971015.

 

Brian got his Headquarters! on Limitless

So Brian has got it into his head that he needs an office… no, a Headquarters! (with exclamation point). After seeing the gazillion ways that Naz can say “No!” Brian offered to wipe out the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List in exchange for said accommodation.

 He mobilized a team composed of his FBI cohorts which he called the Bruntouchables and they started apprehending the fugitives.

After helping one of the fugitives prove his innocence (very reminiscent of Richard Kimble) and ticking off 8 names from the list (one of which is a Ponzi schemer who likes to bag big game in Africa), Naz gave in to his demand for a headquarters.



On the homefront, Brian decided to open up to his dad about NZT after noticing that the old man has been distancing himself from Brian due to his many secrets. Dad brought a box of goodies to their heart-to-heart talk which contains a diagram of how Brian copied off a seatmate’s geography exam in third grade and a mobile that shows how Brian made money of his sixth grade classmates. I guess we now know that Brian’s habit of creating elaborate diagrams was evident even during childhood.

Dad’s birthday treat at Dads-Saisaki-Kamayan

My daddy held his 68th birthday here so the whole family brought their hungry tummies. The thing with buffets such as Dads-Saisaki-Kamayan is that there is no earthly way for you to eat or even sample all of the resto’s offerings. My strategy is to concentrate on the food that fulfills two criteria:1. Something I’ve really been craving for

2. Something I’ll probably have trouble finding elsewhere

3. Something that’s really expensive in a non-buffet resto
In this particular instance, I gorged myself on:

1. Roast beef (meat is so tender and flavorful; lots of marbled fat) 2. Pork and salmon katsu (a happy discovery for me as katsu wasn’t normally highlighted here before; this probably came about with the recent proliferation of katsu places)


3. Salmon sashimi (this usually costs a lot order it ala carte in a Japanese resto)

4. For dessert: strawberry ice cream and mango truffle

5. Drink of choice: cucumber lemonade

This was a happy occasion celebrated with great company and great food.
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What Happens When Pirates Pirate Pirates on Limitless

I was all for Naz going all tough and empowered during her meeting with the big bossess in Washington. 

   
Until she was put under lock-and-key for treason (for funding terrorist when she waa actually negotiating the ransom of her kidnapped niece) and ADIC Johnson was called in to replace her temporarily. If you want people to be annoyed with a character, get this guy to play him.

  
Luckily, before her incarceration, she was able to mobilize Brian and Rebecca. Enter her daughter Ava.

  
I’m glad an episode was able to shed some light on Naz. And with the sparks that flew between Ava and Brian, we can expect to see Ava again sometime.

Italian Food Trip at Friuli Trattoria

My coworkers and I decided to take advantage of the relatively lighter traffic and held one of our (in)famous happy lunches in Maginhawa Street. We opted for Friuli the consensus among the group was in favor of Italian food. We ordered Bacon and Egg Carbonara, Tuna Carbonara, Puttanesca, Mushroom Pizza and Cheesesteak Pizza. IMHO, the pizzas are ok but I’ve tasted homemade pasta better than those served here. Plus, I can’t believe they charge P10 for 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese!


  
  

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Chinese restos like Hap Chan are great for family dinners

I took my folks here for a nice family dinner. I always say that Chinese restos are great for family dinners because the viands are served family style which encourage sharing and bonding. We ordered our favorite Chinese food:- Hot and Sour Soup (my mom says it helps with her colds) 

– Yang Chow Fried Rice (is a visit to a Chinese resto complete without ordering Yang Chow?)

 – Pork Ribs with Salt and Pepper (nicely seasoned)

 – Beef Steak Chinese Style (very tender with a sweet-savory flavor)

 – Pork Siomai

 – Birthday Noodles


The flavors meshed well together. As the servings were large, even when our original party of five grew to seven, we left the place with full bellies. The food were reasonably priced, too (I spent less than P2,000).


 The place is clean with bright red and white decor but not at all off-putting. The servers were polite and accommodating.

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