Loving Our Café Via Mare Dinner

Our family dinner last night was so satisfying that the flavors of it all still linger in my mind. Forgive me for being so poetic, but I guess a good meal really does have that unique effect. We were at Landmark Department Store Makati last night, and Café Via Mare was practically just in one corner, waiting, beckoning for us to find our comfortable seats inside and delight in their delectable food offerings. Here’s what we ordered: Kare-Kare, Pinalutong na Tilapia, Puto Bumbong and Guinataang Halo-Halo.

Kare-Kare, Php480

It’s been a while since we’ve last had Kare-Kare. Hubby also just got home from more than a week’s stay in New York for an official trip, and he’s been missing rice and his favorite Pinoy dishes, so yeah, Café Via Mare was the perfect solution to his food cravings. And boy, this Kare-Kare didn’t disappoint with its creamy peanut-annatto sauce and uber tender ox tripe and ox tail. The bagoong alamang was also a winner, not too salty nor oily.

Pinalutong na Tilapia, Php300

Our son wasn’t fond of Kare-Kare, so we ordered something we know he’d eat, Pinalutong na Tilapia. It’s crispy golden-fried tilapia, served with soy-calamansi dip. The tilapia seemed to be unseasoned, but with the soy-calamansi dip, it was delightful! Justin enjoyed this a lot that he ate most of it. Lol!

Guinataang Halo-Halo, Php115

For dessert, hubby wanted Guinataang Halo-Halo. All three of us shared a big bowl of this Pinoy comfort food. Surprisingly, our son tried it and liked it. For one, it wasn’t too sweet. There was a lot of sago pearls in the serving bowl and a few small bilo-bilo, plus a few slices of banana plantain. However, I didn’t see any langka and sweet potato in our Guinataang Halo-Halo. It would have been more delightful if those two ingredients were present in our dessert bowl, too.

Puto Bumbong, Php90 (with grated cheddar cheese +Php20)

Finally, our Café Via Mare visit wouldn’t be complete without having a taste of their famous Puto Bumbong (sticky purple rice), served with muscovado sugar, grated coconut and grated cheddar cheese. It was delicious and so bitin (not enough)! Next time, we’ll order more.

It was a lovely dinner! Need I say more?

Café Via Mare
2/F Landmark Department Store
Makati Ave., Ayala Center
Makati City

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Experience a Fun and Exciting Yelloween at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge

Want to experience a yellow Halloween? Well, at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, you can! Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge, in partnership with Veuve Clicquot, is is holding a Yelloween party for all of its guests.

Located at the 45th level of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge offers an unobstructed 180-degree view of Manila. Apart from the remarkable skyline scenery, it also offers diners a vast selection of cocktails, wines and other spirits, and a well-curated line-up of dishes consisting of Filipino, Spanish and other Mediterranean favorites.

Raise the bar to a night of cork popping and fun celebration. Enjoy the party with your friends at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge this coming 26 October 2018. Doors open at 8PM, with Php 599 door charge per person.

To know more about Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, visit www.marcopolohotels.com. Follow the Hotel in Facebook at facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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Kalpapruek at Central World, Bangkok, Thailand

If there’s one thing that I really love about Thailand, it’s their food. I honestly don’t remember not enjoying any of the food we ordered at the restaurants we’ve been to in the Land of Smiles last year. One of those places we found truly enjoyable and really worth going back to is Kalpapruek at Central World in Bangkok, Thailand.

Kalpapruek is a high-ceilinged, chic and elegant Thai restaurant located at the Food Hall of Central World Shopping Centre.

We had dinner at Kalpapruek one weekday in October 2017 after hubby’s office work was done. Our delicious dinner consisted of Stir-fried Sea Bass in Black Pepper Sauce and Chicken Red Curry.

Stir-fried Sea Bass in Black Pepper Sauce, 400 Thai Baht

All three of us (hubby, son and me) gave this Stir-fried Sea Bass in Black Pepper Sauce the thumbs up! It’s a simple yet flavorful dish that had us craving for more. We loved the flaky, soft firm meat of the sea bass. Also, the black pepper sauce didn’t overpower the mild and delicate flavor of the fish, which made for a more delectable treat.

Chicken Red Curry, 120 Thai Baht

If I’m not mistaken, we requested for this Chicken Red Curry to not be so spicy so that our young man could try it, too. However, no amount of cajoling from us his parents would make him taste it because he was already content and satisfied with the Stir-fried Sea Bass in Black Pepper Sauce. Anyway, hubby and I enjoyed this to the hilt. It was for us the perfect complement to our sea bass dish. It’s delicious but not too spicy.

And because we wanted to explore more of Thailand, we decided to satisfy our sweet cravings at a nearby dessert shop after dining at Kalkapruek.

Central World Shopping Centre Food Hall
Bangkok, Thailand

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