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Comedy Cartel – The true pioneers of Point-of-view Stand Up Comedy in the Philippines

Comedy Cartel, the true pioneers in point-of-view stand-up comedy in the Philippines produced another quality comedy show last night as they held the 8th Leg of the Laugh and Stack Open Mic showdown.






We invited blogger friends over, so they could witness the type of comedy that Comedy Cartel offers and to help us spread the good news that there are superb comedians waiting to be discovered.

The event was held at Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge at BGC.

Before the show started, we were treated by Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge with sumptuous dishes.

Relik Olla Mia, is a platter with Spicy chicken empanada, garlic mushroom, patatas bravas, baked mussels, pepper pizza rolls and my personal favorite, fried chicken skewers.



Relik Olla Mia, Php. 1,150


Flaming Pork Belly Hamonado, hamonado, baked to it’s perfection placed in a bed of mashed potato and some veggies. I’m not really a fan of sweet meat but if you guys are…this could be a bang for your buck. It’s perfectly plated and it adds excitement when you see your food served at your table with flame.


Flaming pork belly hamonada, Php. 695.00


Chorizig. One of Relik’s most popular dishes. I’ve tried this before and this is really, REALLY good. Who doesn’t love chorizo and sisig? 


Chorizig, Php 220.00



Relik’s Nachos. These nachos tastes authentic with 3 dips served for your satisfaction.

Relik Nachos, Php 275.00

I ordered some beer and Relik Spicy Beef barbeque (photo not available) as a token of appreciation for the bloggers whom I invited and showed up despite the short notice.





Comedy Cartel aims to develop fresh stand-up comics by giving them a room/venue with a real audience to practice their materials and hone their comedic skills. At the same time the genius behind the show(Patrick Cruz) spiced it up by turning it into an open mic competition with a cash prize for the champion.
All comics are being coached by veteran comedians right after their sets, and are also undergoing workshops to assure 100% improvement.


The open mic competition will run till the end of the year. They are already on their 8th leg. The audience, professional comedians and the open micers gets to vote who’s gonna be in the top 5 for each leg. The top 15 comics will qualify to hit the stage for the finals in December. 


The show started at 9:15 PM with 11 contestants who shared their comedy prowess to the crowd. The house is packed with comedy fans from all over the globe. Relik even turned down 20 walk ins because the place is already a standing room. So if you wanna see the show, you better book your reservation as early as now. The Next leg will be on the 26th of July 2014. 


Comedy Cartel is known for producing good comedians like Alex Calleja (who was discovered by Tim Tayag and now writing for a Comedy show at ABS-CBN) and GB Labrador, one of the founders of Comedy Manila. Other talents of Comedy Manila like Victor Anastacio, Red Ollero, Ryan Rems, Ryan Puno, James Caraan and Jeps Gallon also started with Comedy Cartel and are now reaping the fruits of their hard work.


Here are the Top 5 for Laugh and Stack’s 8th Leg.


1. Walter Mark “Nonong” Ballinan.


current winner





2. Haresh Daswani


3 time winner


3. Justin Harmon


first time open-micer


4. Rene Cruz


consistent member of the Top 5 comics


5. Juan Miguel Alejandrino


2 time winner

The Open Mic showdown started and ended well with closing performances by professional comedians, Uli Oposa and Mike Unson.



’til next time,

Alaine




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Olives Restaurant – Thunderbird Resorts Rizal

We are honored to be invited to the Grand opening of Thunderbird Resorts’ Tuscan themed restaurant last Friday.
This is one of the changes that they have made to the already exquisite hotel and resort that we fell in love with almost two years ago.
The blessing and ribbon cutting was graced by Thunderbird’s executives which was followed by a dragon dance. Champagne and red wine were overflowing. A reminder that everything is Italian inspired.










The ambiance.


Stepping into the restaurant made us feel that we’re in a different world.




Its elegance is perfect for dinner dates, special occasions or somewhere you can relax and enjoy some good food and wine over the weekend. Olives Restaurant is not your ordinary Italian restaurant since the menu was created by an Italian Executive Chef. So, trust us when we say that they serve only authentic dishes.


Their color motif reminded us of our wedding…black and white with red accents! Having Laguna de Bay or a golf course as  back drop is just undeniably awesome.






The food.


Since we are suckers for pasta whether it’s red or white, we skipped the risotto rice and tasted every viand that they served along with the pasta. Our favorite is their pink salmon. Sorry, but we forgot the exact name of each dish. The dessert table is mouthwatering and Chef Michael’s tiramisu is the best we’ve ever tried!
The salad bar was also a hit.








The  star of the day is their freshly baked Pizza. Olives restaurant brags about their pizza having the thinnest crust and the freshest ingredients which by the way is prepared and cooked in front of their guests. It was superb! You can eat the traditional way or roll it! Eat whichever way you prefer…just don’t miss the chance to taste it.


with Olives Restaurant’s E-Chef, Michael 

Their customer service.


Well, if you wanted to be treated like VIP’s…then Olives restaurant is the one for you. Need we say more?


For reservations, check out Thunderbird Resorts website.
You can also find them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.



Happy weekend!


Migs and Alaine

Our thoughts on Zomato’s write for a bite contest and Mesclun Bistro

We are both food lovers and because we wanted to share our experience with a larger audience, we started writing reviews at Zomato.com. It was never our intention to join their write for a bite contest but on their website it says that when you write a review with 50 words or more, you automatically earn an entry to their contest.

To our surprise, we received an email from Zomato.com telling us that our Momo Cafe review has been picked as the best review for January 11 and that they’ll be sending us meal vouchers.



The email address seems legit so we replied with our mailing address. It was after a week that we decided to ask Sarah if they have already sent the meal vouchers because we are used to receiving packages or gift certificates from different people within 24-48 hours. We are worried that someone might have received it for us.

There had been several follow up emails but some were never answered.
We were told though that the gift certificate was sent to us after we replied with our mailing address. That bothered us more. Of course, we don’t want to seem ungrateful and not post about the gift certificate that we received.

It was February 12 when we finally received the gift certificate which was sent via snail mail. Yes, Sarah was correct, they sent it on January 16, 2014. A Php1,000 worth of Mesclun Bistro gift certificate was sent to us with an issued date of August 15, 2013 and is valid for 6 months. So that means, we only have until today (February 15, 2014) to use it.
We never go on dinner dates every valentine’s day…it’s just not our thing. But since we only have few days left to use Mesclun Bistro’s GC, we called their office to reserve a table for February 14.
The first person who answered the phone passed it to another person, a guy who seem very polite. He told us that we can use the gift certificate for ala carte orders but not for their set menu for Valentine’s day. So, we agreed to avail their ala carte dishes. He reserved a table for two for us and even suggested that we pick the first seating which is 6:30 – 8:30 PM.



The following day, we received an SMS from Mesclun Bistro reminding us of our reservation. We arrived a little late because of the heavy traffic and we are unfamiliar with the bistro’s location so we did a little walking til we reached the location.

We were welcomed by their staff and lead us to our seats. A set menu was handed to us. There were two options for a different set. You can go for Php 1200 or Php1500 per head. We asked for another menu so we could order something else. The store manager went to our table and asked if we have a problem. So, we told him about our predicament. Okay, Php 1200 per head for Valentine’s day is not that pricey but we’re not willing to pay that much for a bistro that we haven’t tried yet.
We told the manager that the Gift certificate was sent to us by Zomato.com and we wanted to use it since it will expire today. He said that he’ll try to “extend” the gift certificate’s validity until today. Yes! That’s very confusing. Haha! 
We were also told that he will try to find out who booked the table for us. A very lousy move that will not make the situation better. We waited for an answer for five minutes but we could no longer take the humiliation that this gift certificate has caused us. Note that our table was just a spit away from another couple who seem to have overheard us.

So, we just decided to call it a night. 
It was a total waste of time and gas money driving from Antipolo to Serendra. We should have stayed home, cooked a decent meal, and did a movie marathon like we always do every valentine’s day.

Migs and Alaine

Citrus Lounge

Hello, everyone!


We’ve mentioned on our previous post that we’ll be watching Daniel Spaulding and local acts from Comedy Manila last Saturday. 
It was the first time that we heard about Citrus lounge.

Citrus Lounge is nestled in a residential building in Ortigas Center. The Venue was so obscure that even us, who pass by Ortigas Center everyday had to google the exact location. It’s on the 2nd floor of Bramante Piazza Renaissance Tower, Ortigas Center, Pasig City and can only be accessed via elevator.





But despite the location, we think that Citrus Lounge is one of the few restaurants that make you feel elegantly comfortable.


Their staff warmly greeted us as soon as we reached the entrance and assisted us to our seats. 
We enjoyed our plates of pasta even if the first waiter who assisted us forgot to jot down my order. We had carbonara and a four cheese pasta (sorry, we forgot what it’s called) which came in quite big servings.







Dessert was good and chatting with Daniel Spaulding and Comedy Manila after the show topped off a great night!




Enjoy the rest of the week!


Migs and Alaine

Longganisa Sorpresa Mandaluyong

Every Filipino loves longganisa. Why not? It comes with different flavors. Almost every province from Luzon down to Mindanao have their own version.


Two of my favorites are those from Vigan and Lucban while my husband, Migs prefer sweet tasting longganisa. 

I have been hearing good feedbacks about Longganisa Sorpresa but haven’t tried their food until last week. While waiting for my husband to fetch me, I invited my friend to have breakfast and this restaurant crossed my mind.

We arrived at Longganisa Sorpresa Mandauyong branch at around 8:15 and we were the only customers then. The restaurant’s ambiance was impressive 
although their parking lot may only accommodate about four cars. 




Their staff immediately handed us the menu as soon as we’re settled (we chose the area where we got to seat on the couches). When I opened their menu, I was surprised and happy at the same time to see a wide array of Longganisa. Since I just ate Vigan Empanda few days before our visit to this restaurant, I decide to go for Longganisa Lucban (pretty much tastes like those from Vigan). They serve longganisa with a cup of fried rice and sunny side up egg for only Php99.00. I prefer the egg cooked my way – a bit crunchy on the edges. You can order longganisa in ala carte too and in case you’re not a big fan of fried rice like my husband, you can ask for plain steamed rice. What I also love about Longganisa Sorpresa are their different types of vinegar. Well, we all know that Longganisa is perfect when dipped into a vinegar of your choice.




We also ordered a bowl of Sinigang na bangus that only cost Php150.00. On the menu, it said “boneless” bangus but it was otherwise when served to us. Plus it doesn’t taste sour as it’s supposed to be. Veggies added to the soup were fresh and half-cooked.



I will definitely come back with Migs to try other variants of Longganisa. It was worth the experience and the bill didn’t slash our wallets.

Happy eating!

Alaine






Isaw Haus

We dropped by Isaw Haus last Sunday on our way home from Greenhills shopping center. At first, we were in doubt if we could find a decent parking outside this resto until their security guard lead us to their parking area. We were surprised to see that there was a car wash service inside and their parking can accommodate about 20 cars.


You can choose from dining inside their restaurant or at their nippa huts so you could watch your car while it’s being cared for.










I (Alaine) took the liberty of ordering our meal. I ordered 5 sticks of isaw ng baboy, 5 sticks of isaw ng manok, crispy tokwa’t baboy, 2 bottles of iced tea and 2 cups of rice. Our orders were served in less than 10 minutes. We loved their isaw but didn’t enjoy their sauce that much. We think they add water on their soy sauce because it tastes awful. But the good thing is, their isaw can be eaten as it is. Probably the best isaw we’ve ever tasted.










Their towa’t baboy was perfectly done – crispy on the outside but still tender on the inside. But again, the sauce is just not the perfect match. We only paid P319.00 for our meal (we had to take home the tokwa’t baboy because we had too much isaw).


The car wash by the way only cost P80.00


If you guys are looking for a place to eat isaw or a decent car wash, then Isaw Haus is the perfect place for you.


Enjoy the rest of the week!


Migs and Alaine

Momo Café – Eastwood City

We had a great dining experience at M Café so when we found out that Enjoy Philippines is tied up with Rain tree restaurants, we decided to try Momo Café at Eastwood City.




We arrived at the resto at least 2 hours before their closing and we were the only guests then. I asked one of their staff if I could use my Enjoy Philippines voucher and I was surprised because she seemed so disappointed, and sarcastically asked me: what? what voucher?
I never had issues using my Enjoy Philippines card or any of their vouchers. Uhm, hello? Never heard of the word voucher all your life? That question popped my mind while bluntly looking at this lady’s shmuck face and my facial reaction gave me away… I am pissed.
The lady referred my question to her manager and thank goodness, someone was able to explain what a “voucher” is.

When we were asked for our orders, the lady seemed so tired and so fed up with what she’s doing. I don’t know…maybe having a rough day?

As expected, orders came in generous servings and beautifully plated.
To start off, we were given some bread with cheese pimiento on the side. 




I ordered tonkatsu and my husband had roasted chicken. 
The voucher entitled us for another dish for free so I ordered some corn dogs and fries to go. Their drinks are also to die for that I almost forgot how rude the lady staff is.




But…when we were about to dig in…we saw some forks and knives on our table but spoons are nowhere to be found. I bet this lady saw us waiting for her. Since she was already starting to fix the tables seemingly telling us to finish our meals as fast as we could.
We waited for a minute, thinking that she might get back to us and hand us some spoons. Imagine going thru this ordeal on your anniversary?! She never came back instead, I called the attention of another waiter for some spoons.


It would’ve been one fine dining experience…the ambiance was good, food tastes as good as they look but if I were to compare their service to other restaurants, Momo Café would be at the bottom of the barrel.


We still love Rain Tree restaurants but we will never consider dining at Momo Café (Eastwood branch) ever!
I guess their staff should be trained to treat their customers equally whether or not they are using “vouchers”.





Migs and Alaine

Akira:The Art of Sushi and Tepanyaki

Exhausted from my 8 hour shift on a holiday, I was looking
forward to eat some authentic and delish Japanese food.
We spotted Akira at BGC and didn’t have second thoughts on dining. I’ve heard good feed backs about their Shangri-la branch and was happy that my expectations were exceeded.
From miso soup to well-made tokatsu, Akira is a great place to drop-in for a meal. 


miso soup
tonkatsu, Php198



Akira BGC branch just opened last November 28,2013, probably the reason why we still hear carpenters doing their stuff on the second level. But the place is still pleasant.

I was so happy that I ordered their tempura bento. Not only that it came with a free soup, it also had few slices of sushi, some salad, fresh fruits and more! Akira Iced tea was already refillable for only Php95.00!

Tempura Bento, Php479

Service was excellent despite a steady steam of customers and the servings were generous. Prices are reasonable too.
I will definitely come back with Migs to try some of their dishes!


Happy Sunday!

Alaine

No veggies? No problem!

Having diabetic moms and being BPO employees, it’s important for us to keep a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, drinking and eating healthy are part of our daily routine. 


It was our first time to taste wheatgrass when we spotted Wheatgrass CAN booth at the Blogapalooza. We were hesitant at first because we’ve had enough of herbal products that tastes awful but we just couldn’t say NO to their sweet staff and we’re glad we took the glasses that she handed us. Who would’ve thought that healthy can taste delicious?


Why Easy-Phamax wheatgrass?


Most wheatgrass drinks only use the grass part of the plant.


ONLY EASY PHA-MAX WHEATGRASS USES THE LEAVES AND THE ROOTS so you get the maximum amount of proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and chlorophyll.



Plus you get all 17 essential amino acids to help nourish your cells. All in one deliciously refreshing drink. Try a glass of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass now and feel the difference.



Imagine getting all these benefits in one drink?
And did you know that you can mix wheatgrass with your favorite fruits for a yummy smoothie?

Here’s the recipe:

Wheatgrass Smoothie



2 oranges



1 banana


1 lime

1 sachet Wheatgrass Honey
ice cubes
Juice orange and lime, then place all ingredients in a blender on high speed for 30 seconds. Pour in a glass and serve immediately. Serves 2.


You can check out their website for other recipes: http://www.wheatgrasscan.com/recipes

we love mixing wheatgrass honey with cranberry juice

This Christmas is the perfect time for you to let your family and yourself experience wheatgrass-based products!


Easy pha-max wheatgrass is also running a promotion! See details below:


Before sinking your teeth into some delicious yet unhealthy pieces of heaven this Christmas season, buy Easy Pha-max wheatgrass products at the leading drugstore, convenience store and supermarkets near you! Don’t forget about your health even during festivities! 

Migs and Alaine




Hardys: It Gets Better with Time

It has been four years and 2 months since we were engaged and almost a year since fate brought us together. 12-12-13 marks our first Wedding anniversary! Four years had passed and we still feel that we are a love drunk pair.

We sure got our fair share of squabbles and yes, we do not agree with everything but respect is the key to a lifelong commitment.
With all the things that our parents thought us, we were expected to elucidate the difference between right and wrong and put those into practice. My father, who is a wine lover always remind us that anything that we do gets better in time. He said that marriage can be compared to a wine. No wonder it was his suggestion to serve wine on our Wedding day and give them as tokens.
We bought the idea since wine is the only liquor drink that we can take and it’s said that if you keep a bottle of wine from your Wedding day and drink it on your 10th or 25th Wedding anniversary, it will give you an incomparable feeling of nostalgia. For our sets of ninong and ninang (godparents) we specifically chose Hardy’s R&R Merlot as tokens for gracing our big day.

If you’ll ask why we chose Hardys…well, here are the things that we considered:

Quality. Hardys was established in 1853 – so that’s a total of 160 years of wine making experience
They are Pioneers of quality blending techniques so expect that their wine taste good.
Over 3000 awards in the last decade, they are world class and will not put a big hole in your pocket.

Check out Hardys’ facebook page.

We look forward to the day that we celebrate our 25th Wedding anniversary and savor the goodness of Hardys with every sip while browsing our Wedding photos.


Things get better over time, just like Hardys – after 160 years, it just keeps getting better.



Much love,

Migs and Alaine
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