Tuesday, February 25, 2014

High Tea at Café Plazuela

We wanted to try this new set Café Plazuela offers. I'm not the biggest fan of hot tea but because of how the pastries looked like, I just had to. Nevertheless, we had Twining's apple cinnamon and raisin for our tea and had the Avenue Signature Set (P580).

Sadly the set didn’t deliver well as our expectations were up, it wasn't the best of the best; I must say I was a little disappointed. The presentation was really good but most of the serving was just bland. Nonetheless, we got to enjoy acting like we were English. A little trivia I learned is that you have to eat the savories first then the scones and finally, the sweets. So that's from the bottom plate to the topmost.

The bottom part included mini beef burgers which tasted divine and really familiar that I had eaten the whole deal just so I could remember where I tasted it from. It had this distinct cinnamon taste that made the burger interesting from all the burgers I had tasted. It may sound really weird but it was really good. Grilled Chicken Paninis were also served at the bottom tray. We were actually disappointed with its taste since we had them the last time we went there and really loved it. It lacked oomph – it was really boring.

The middle tray consists of Tomato and Cheese Scones, Apple Crumble, Nutella Eclairs and Fruit Tart. I’m a big fan of éclairs and nutella (well, who isn’t right?) so I was really excited when I saw it in the menu. 

Last and definitely not the least, the topmost tray consists of Truffle Chocolate Cheesecake, Pistachio Sansrival, Banana Cream Pie and Red Velvet Cake. Our favorite? The Pistachio and Red Velvet slice. They weren’t so sweet that you’ll enjoy up to the last bite. On the other hand, I’m a huge sucker for bananas so I think I finished the whole shot of it.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, we’re a big fan of their Grilled Chicken Panini (P345) that’s why we had a whole order of it but sadly, we didn’t finish it since it wasn’t the same Panini we had last time. I really hope it’ll be better the next time we visit!

The Avenue Club (P320) is the typical clubhouse sandwich served with french fries on the side and honey mustard dip.

My support group who has been there for me since I can't remember. One thing I've learned the past week is that, it's hard to find real friends but when you do, you have to exert extra effort in order to keep them. And they deserve the extra mile just 'cause. The whole experience was lovely as we were by the pool catching up and having tea. We’re not newbies which is more interesting for us since I realized that the overall presentation of the place and the friendliness of the staff have improved a lot over the years.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Losing One Best Friend is One Thing; Losing Two is Another

Perhaps I'm the type of person who gives more and expects to be treated the same way. Maybe it's comforting for me to claim a person is a best friend since most of my legit best friends live far from me now. One lives in sunny California (Grace) while the other in the busy streets of Manila (Stephanie). Yes, we get to talk almost every day via BBM or iMsg but it's different when you talk to them eye-to-eye.

Anyway, on with this post. I really liked this guy "best friend," he was just so charming or so I thought. I actually wrote a few pieces about him and almost all of my friends know how I am with him, it was a crazy 4-year thing. He was just so toxic for me that Steph made me choose between the guy or the girl best friend. Of course I chose the latter. Come to think of it now, everything would have been okay if he haven't said anything at all. I can't believe how I've grown to hate him since I really didn't want to.

The girl "best friend" is a different story I don't want to put emphasis on. Let me just say that we're all faced with choices and it's up to us to make wise decisions. I'm not saying that she didn't choose wisely 'cause I'm sure she thought about it a lot and chose the better option (if you know what I mean). If I had to express my feelings, it would be anger and disappointment. Angry because I don't know the person she's become. Disappointed because I mistakenly thought our friendship was real. It's just so hard, especially coming from her, and with the same reason she was sorry about roughly 2 months ago. I'm hurt so much that I blame myself for all these.

I don't regret anything though. In times like these, the silver lining would be finding out who would take a bullet for me. I'd love to think that everything happens for a reason. I may be faced with these impediments, but I know I'll rise up. And duh, someone out there has bigger problems than I have.