Thursday, December 11, 2008

Archie Chiang

Finally Archie's photos were posted! Archie and his girlfriend are the youngest couple who dined the Artist Chef's table. He's the cousin of my previous customer Frances Soriano and they are from the family who own SAVORY restaurants. I owe Archie and his sister my apologies for my very delayed post. I can only say to this couple, that it's truly sweet to be in love when you're young as 16! Or maybe they turned 17 already. Good luck!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Home with Jamie Oliver

The best thing I bought from my Australia trip last year was the book Jamie at Home. I read it every once in a while and I never get tired looking at Jamie's face. Aside from that, his interesting recipes and the garden are really awesome. I'm glad to have this book because up to now it's not yet available in our local bookstore. The next best thing I want to have is his old book called "Jamie's Italy".

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ananea Moran

Thank You to Ananea and her boyfriend for giving two packs of flavored coffee from Batangas.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Dumaguete's Best-Kept Secret

Last September I visited Dumaguete City for a week---to have a break from all the adages of life. It was my first time to travel by plane alone. Cebu Pacific was on time so I had a very friendly trip. Also with the help of the convenient Terminal 3 Airport, everything went well. I stayed with my very good friend, Pie. She toured me around the city along with her cousin Thirdy. The three of us riding on a motorbike every night was really hell exciting. The city is very small so I guess you will not miss the famous Rizal Blvd, where strips of good restaurants can be found. I also went to different beaches and toured the famous Silliman University. Dumaguete is very interesting and it is also called the city of gentle people. Before I went back to Manila Pie brought me to this store named SANSRIVAL, which is famous for their very special Silvanas. I wish I bought a dozen box instead of just half. So Manilenos out there, don't forget to bring home tons of this when you visit Dumaguete!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Strawberry Chocolate Oatmeal

Strawberry is my all time favorite fruit. I miss having fresh one. So I decided to buy the strawberries in can in a local grocery. This diet is my way to avoid constipation. Instead of having the typical oatmeal, I made it like a champorado. My Apo Angelina used to serve the best champorado for breakfast. How I miss all the food that she cooked. I am proud to be kapampangan because of the cooking legacy I think I inherited from her. And for the strawberries I miss, it's always from La Trinidad. :-)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Jo-An Chan

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Solo Con Tu Pareja

Last night my officemate Gabby asked me if I really love watching Spanish films because he saw me catching Pelikula in Greenbelt 3 two saturdays ago. He surprised me today because he brought me a DVD and lent it so I can watch the film. He told me that this film is very nice and it's a romantic comedy. Well let me find out after watching it over the weekend.

This movie is from the director of Y Tu Mama Tambien, Alfonso Cuaron. This delightful, frank look at sex and manners among Mexico's middle class follows a suave Casanova named Tomas Tomas (Daniel Gimenez Cacho), who seduces one gorgeous woman after another, never allowing himself to become entangled with any of them. A Don Juan-ish type of story in short.

Exciting weekend is coming. Especially now that I have this Eureka moment. I wish I felt this already months ago.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Crepe de Chine

Another Saturday of eating good food came my way when I went to Binondo and visited Crepe de Chine. Situated along Juan Luna St., it stands out in the clutter of typical Chinese restaurants. When I entered the place, I immediately noticed the French country design theme. The huge mural painted by Alfred Galvez was very eye-catching. A few minutes after, I met David Sy–owner of the restaurant. He told me that it’s been two years since they opened. As he told me how they started the business and how they took the risk of putting up the restaurant, the different pastas and crepes were served.

They served most of the dishes I saw on their menu. They actually have a wide variety of choices. I know it’s a fusion of Chinese and other cuisines like Filipino. Diana Sy, who is also the owner and the manager, concocted all the recipes. For me, the CDC Crepe salad is my favorite among all the dishes they served. The crunchiness and the freshness of the veggies inside the crepe made the CDC a champion! No wonder it’s their best seller. I also like their unique pizza crepe, so I think the people should not miss that when they visit Crepe de Chine. The owner’s creativity with the Adobo crepe is very fascinating! Though I told the owner that my suggestion for this crepe is to change the pork to chicken. I think it will complement the crepe better. I also suggested that since the restaurant is more like a fusion of different cuisines, they may want to try kebabs or Mediterranean gyros on their crepe. The Mexican crepe is also a winner! The distinct dressing made it so Mexican. So if you are a lover of Mexican dishes, better not miss that. And lastly, they also have different pastas and the one I tried was their Pesto which was served with bread on the side. Again I couldn’t help but make another suggestion. Since their restaurant idea is crepe, why not serve their pastas with crepe on the side instead of bread? You know, like pita bread. Anyway, I think I gave David too many suggestions already. And he got it from me for free! Hehe! But David was very nice and accommodating so I want to thank him for inviting me there. It was thru Apple, his PR person, that made all the arrangements possible.

It was indeed a good afternoon of savoring sumptuous crepe dishes and meeting new people. The location of Crepe de Chine is in the Binondo area so whenever you visit 168, Tutuban or Divisoria–don’t forget to visit this restaurant. The Artist Chef only suggests places she has already tried herself. This is one restaurant that I hope you will also try for yourself soon.  :-)

Crepe de Chine is located at Lower Ground 2 World Trade Exchange
215 Juan Luna St. ( near State Center and Binondo Church ), Binondo, Manila

Open Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 9:30 pm
Tel no: (02) 244-2270

Friday, September 12, 2008

Joana Milanes