Thursday, July 21, 2016

Oh My Gulay!

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Veggies! So who among us get excited when we hear about veggies? Ugh~ Not me, honestly. I thought veggie dishes are bland and not delicious. But you know, our Baguio sojourn changed me in a lot of ways... and that includes converting me into a vegetable advocate. 

One of the travel blogs recommended Oh My Gulay as a place to eat. My family and I went out to look for it in Session Road. It turns out that it is not easily seen. Luckily, we asked one of the locals and she knew where it is. Yay! Oh My Gulay is located at the Penthouse of La Azotea Bldg along the stretch of Session Road. 

At the entrance, unique wooden sculptures greet the guests by the door. 

At the Oh My Gulay entrance
Going up the stairs are more sculptures and creative graffiti. And inside the restaurant is like a different world! Plants and paintings.. and water... and bridges. This place is like art museum, too!


A garden in the Penthouse

Paintings on display

I can't believe we're in a restaurant. And true to the name, Oh My Gulay serves nothing but veggies. Oh~ They have creative names, too. Heehee~


The creativity of the artists are also reflected on the menu.

My family and I ordered three dishes which were the bestsellers according to the waitress. While waiting, we enjoyed the city night skyline. This penthouse is just the perfect place to be!


Baguio's night skyline as seen from the restaurant
After some time, our dinner arrived. First up is Bandilang Pula. It's so called because of the red rice, I guess. The ingredients include veggies in season with tofu, egg omelette, and sesame seeds. Now this! Crispy veggies full of flavor you won't taste anywhere else in the metropolis.

Bandilang Pula
 
Next is Pancit Gulay ni Pepe. This, too, is exquisite. The noodles are, you know... not the instant kind. You can taste it's freshness which goes well with the veggies. Ours had young corn and broccoli.

Pancit Gulay ni Pepe
  
Third on the list is a version of the Italian pasta Puttanesca. Called "Anak ng Putanesca", it clearly stands out among the other creative names. Don't you agree? Hahaha~ This is my personal favorite. Have you ever eaten a dish where the tomatoes burst in your mouth while the cheese complements it? Yummy!

Anak ng Putanesca
The dishes at Oh My Gulay are outstandingly delicious and unforgettable. Lots of farms are near Baguio, so that explains why you get the freshest of ingredients. I thought chefs on TV were not serious when they reiterate that the freshness should be of utmost importance. I believe them now. Experiencing the crispiness and the burst of flavor made me a firm believer that veggies can be delicious, too! 

Oh My Gulay is a nice place in Baguio to eat. And surely, you will get a taste of what the highlands' flavors are like. Not only that, you will get to see the talents of the artists there, too. Oh My Gulay is definitely both a feast for the eyes and for the stomach!



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fambam at Arca's Yard Cafe Baguio

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Fambam and I recently went to a trip in Baguio. Yeah, I know I should write about it travel-blog style but I'm more excited to share about the food trips we had rather than the entire itinerary. Hmmm... Maybe soon after. But first, lemme tell you about one of the best places to get good food in Baguio.

My cousin brought us to Arca's Yard Cafe. It was the first place that we visited in Baguio. It's a little difficult to get there though. It's on a bit of a slope and quite far from the main road. Taxis were not willing to go there but luckily, we found one. We paid about PhP250 for the ride. It took about 15-20 minutes to get there. The place is easy to spot. It looked like a warm house with the big signage saying "ARCA'S YARD".


Me at the entrance of ARCA's Yard
The cafe was quaint and works of art like paintings and sculptures surround the walls. The lush green view from the balcony was a sight to behold. And I thought to myself, this place smells like inspiration! 


A photo of the interior of the cafe

You can sit on the floor if you want :)

Oh! That's me enjoying the scenic view outside!
We fell in love with the place instantly and we couldn't help but take selfies. Luckily, we were the first customers to arrive that day and we had the whole place to ourselves for a while. Yep, we also had a hard time choosing a table.


Selfie overlooking the mountain outside

Selfies all over the place! Hahaha~
We finally settled at a spot on the second floor. It was about lunch time so we ordered something heavy. Since it was my first time in Baguio, I asked for one of its specialties: Strawberry! (^_^) Here is my freshest Strawberry Smoothie ever~


It's so fresh it didn't taste like those artificial candy~ Yum! Strawberry Smoothie (PhP 90)
Next stop... of course, there has to be rice. We chose to have Crispy Lemon Orange Chicken and Longganisa. Not only is the presentation a win, but the taste, too! Wow~ 

There is a balance of sweetness and sourness in the sauce of the chicken. The sesame seeds added an appealing variety to the dish. The Longganisa was flavorful. The meat was true to the distinct flavor of longganisa. Finally, the rice was fragrant and soft. Yum!


Crispy Lemon Chicken (PhP 240)

Longganisa (PhP 150)

There were three of us, right? So there has to be a third dish. My aunt likes pasta and she ordered Pesto Carbonara for us. That was a standout, too. I like this as each pasta strand was generously covered with pesto and smothered with Parmesan cheese. 


Pesto Carbonara (PhP 220)
So, are you drooling, yet? 

Our family lunch... Yummy!
The food excursion is never complete without desserts! Whee~ This is my favorite part! The bestseller of Arca's Yard... presenting the ARCA's Docto Pie a la Mode or better known as Camote Pie~





Of all the food we ordered, Camote Pie is my most unforgettable one... maybe because I have a sweet tooth. Hehehe~ But yeah... It is unique. The camote they used is the color orange variety. I'm not really into eating Camote but I'm really into this pie.

A closer look at the Camote Pie
There are no fibers in the mashed camote (the middle orange part). The next best part? It is topped with Vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with breadcrumbs and Pinipig! Truly a remarkable gastronomic experience!

I give this place 5 of 5 stars for the place, service, and most of all, the quality of food! If I ever go back to Baguio, this place will be my first stop on the list again.   


Arca's Yard Cafe
777 TipTop, Ambuklao Road, Baguio



Sunday, June 12, 2016

UNBOXING x REVIEW: BDJ Olay Package

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Who would've thought I'd have the capitals UNBOXING as a title in a blog post. This is not necessarily my first unboxing post but I decided to put it in since it's 'trending'. Speaking of trends, I'm kinda left out now. This thing called 'life' is much more complicated than it seems. I've been feeling uninspired lately. But yesterday, a surprise arrived in the mail and it sparked that much needed inspiration. 

It doesn't take much for a spark... it should just come in a pink package! Hehee~ At first, I thought it would just be a box of Olay Skin Whitening Bar soap. But when I opened the plastic courier envelope, I found out that there is an outer box and I suddenly felt the thrill of opening a gift. (^_^)

Inside, there are small cards of product information and a heart-warming letter. It's what I like about BDJ, they always make the effort to make it more personal. I'm happier because I completely didn't expect this. Plus, it's all in pink!

My BDJ Olay Package arrived in the mail yesterday.

So now comes the review part, my #onewashwonder experience. Agree with me on this: the box packaging is cute, right? Yep. The roses at the right side and the balance of pinks, blues, and whites are an eye-catcher. It is definitely a standout. 

The eye-catching Olay box on top
I couldn't contain my excitement and I used it right away. The bar is also in pink but for some reason, my camera phone turned it orange-y. Sorry, guys.


Olay Skin Whitening Bar with Rose and Milk soap

True to the label, the first thing that I noticed is the fragrant and gentle smell reminiscent of roses and milk. When I applied water, the lather turned rich and creamy. It didn't dry out my hands at all. I enjoyed the relaxing smell, too, and it stayed on my skin for hours. Wow! It felt luxurious! For that, I give it 4 stars out of five.


Everything pink: BDJ and Olay

Thank you Belle de Jour Power Planner and Olay Philippines for always remembering me. With you, I am always #BellaBeautiful despite hustling through life.


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