Migs and Alaine

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Planet Grapes: Wine without the Drama

Planet Grapes opened it’s EDSA Shangri-la branch last February and since gained a number of patrons. Who wouldn’t love Planet Grapes? 

They carry state-of-the-art Italian enomatic machines that allow customers to try different wines by sip, half-glass, and full glass sizes. Yes! It’s a wine vendo. You get to try their wine before you decide to buy a bottle.
Aside from that, they offer an adventurous menu containing foods that perfectly pair with wine. You’ll be surprised because the food that they offer are not commonly associated with wine. I love the ambiance and their interior. Black always has this classy appeal to me.




I was privileged to be invited by Zomato to try out Planet Grapes’ food and wine and to start off, we were served with Chicharon with Tinapa dip.

Yes, you read it right. It’s not mustard but tinapa dip. The tinapa dip gave a yummy twist to our usual chicharon that we are used to dip in vinegar. The dip is also a bit sour. The more dip, the better tasting your chicharon will be. Ever paired chicharon with wine? I did! A glass of Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012 came with this appetizer and I must say, it’s a match made in heaven. 




I am really a fan of Bopis especially when it’s spicy. But I like it with rice tho. Pircas Negras Malbec 2013 was paired with this dish. Well, meat equals to red wine, I’m not really surprised but I really, really love their Bopis and I promise to come back for this.



The chicken BBQ that was served to us were a bit over cooked and some parts were no longer edible because uhm, they already look and tastes like charcoal.



Organic BBQ Pork Spare ribs. Looks good and tastes even better. I am intrigued on how they made this meat so succulent that it literally melts in your mouth. You can choose between mashed potato or adobo rice for this dish. I suggest that you go for adodo rice! Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 both worked for chicken BBQ and BBQ spare ribs but I didn’t have the courage to finish a glass because the staff said, their going to serve another wine variant.





Dessert! My favorite part. We were served with a dessert platter and Urban Old Vines 2013 to cap the night off.

Turon trilogy is a local dessert made of thinly sliced bananas and ube then drizzled with Langka Caramel sauce. This definitely is a must-try. 

Creme Brulee. These were steamed not baked and it comes with three different flavors: Banana. Classic, and Durian. Surprisingly, I find the Durian flavor the yummiest because it’s not too sweet.





Here’s a tip from Planet Grapes for wine virgins.
How to drink wine:
SEE. Observe the color of the wine.
SWIRL. expose wine to air; “breathe”
SMELL. identify the different aromas
SIP. taste the flavor of the wine
SPIT/SWALLOW


Sharing with you the names and descriptions of the different wine variants that were served to us:

Sauvignon Blanc
France
Tasting Notes:
Citrus fruits aroma
Fruity and vivid on the palate
Good Lenght
Alc/Vol: 12.5%

Pircas Negras 2013
Malbec
Argentina
Tasting Notes:
Black cherry and plum aromas
Dark fruit flavors
Smoky finish
Alc/Vol: 12.5%

Folie A Deux 2009
Calbernet Sauvignon
California
Tasting Notes:
Red apple and black cherry aromas
Notes of oak and blueberry
Well balanced acidity
Alc/Vol: 14%

Urban Old Vines 2013
Riesling
Germany
Tasting Notes:
Green apple and mild lemon aromas
Ripe apple with notes of apricot and lemon verbena
Semi-sweet and refreshing finish
Alc/Vol: 9.5%


For bookings/inquiries:
Planet Grapes Shangri-La
Unit GD 103 North Wing, 
EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
(02) 531 8207
Facebook: Planet Grapes
Twitter: PlanetGrapesPH
Instagram: Planet_Grapes


Zomato’s Community Manager, Elaine with fellow blogger/foodie, Carlo
Alaine + Elaine 🙂

Cheers,

Alaine

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

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