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Care for drinks? Try Bar Pintxos

So you’ve clocked out of work and just want to hang out with friends, or maybe want to have a few drinks and take the edge off? Might we suggest Bar Pintxos. 

Currently, the restaurant/bar has three branches located at Alabang, BGC and Salcedo Makati. For the sake of this review, we are focused on doing a quick review of their Salcedo, Makati branch. 

So on to the review! Our three-person group couldn’t specifically pin on Waze where exactly the restaurant was, so we had to take a quick walk around the block. Nestled and what seemed to be, literally, a hole in the wall, Pintxos was recognized thanks to a few wall art or murals.

The restaurant looked small from the outside, and was even smaller on the inside. Cramped but well lit, Pintxos had a few artworks on its wall. A bar was situated on the  further end of the room, with a few dining spaces which, what seemed, could fit around 15-20 people only. 

Our group made a reservation in advance, which was a good decision! Our reserved spot was the ONLY good seating location that was conducive to a meeting, as the place quickly picked up pace as the night went on. 

What we ordered – This being the first time to visit Pintxos, we went for two different food platters (charchuteria), a small plate of paella mixta, crisp eggplant fritters (escalivada), 2 glasses of beer and wine. Over-all, the food and drink were familiar.

Considering the bill we got, for three people at what were considered finger foods, P4000+ was expensive. However, it was all off-set due to the little bit of privacy we got at the far end of the room. As far as the crowd was concerned, seemed like most were working professionals who were in their mid-30’s to late 40’s. 

Will we recommend this place for a business meeting? No. Be ready to sit in a noisy/cramped area if you haven’t had the chance to make reservations in advance. 

Will we give this restaurant another shot? Yes. Pintxos is a restaurant/bar that captures casual dining for those who want a quick bite or drink with friends after work. 

Here with friends, Brandon and Charm (and our wonderful waiter!) 😉

Bar Pintxos, Salcedo Makati branch
Date & time of visit: 17 July 2019, Wednesday, 6PM

Over-all rating ★★☆☆☆

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Angel’s Share: The 14th Grand Wine Experience Happening at Resorts World Manila

RESORTS WORLD MANILA hosts 14th Grand Wine Experience

On November 14, 2014 (Friday), Resorts World Manila (RWM), together with the Philippine Wine Merchants (PWM) is set to host the 14th Grand Wine Experience at the Ballroom of Marriott Hotel Manila, coinciding with the launch of RWM’s Grand Fiesta Manila 2014 Celebrations.

Entitled "Angel's Share", the event offers attendees a taste of over 500 supernal wines and spirits paired with a glorious buffet. The annual Grand Wine Experience is known to celebrate the ARTISTRY, SCIENCE and CULTURE of wine. This year the event focuses on the MAGIC, and DIVINITY of wine, as well as other worldly pleasures of unparalleled excellence. 
Entitled “Angel’s Share”, the event offers attendees a taste of over 500 supernal wines and spirits paired with a glorious buffet. The annual Grand Wine Experience is known to celebrate the ARTISTRY, SCIENCE and CULTURE of wine. This year the event focuses on the MAGIC, and DIVINITY of wine, as well as other worldly pleasures of unparalleled excellence.

Presented by Philippine Wine Merchants and Ralphs Wines and Spirits; co-presented by Rustans Supermarket, Starbucks Coffee, Store Specialist Inc., Marriott Hotel Manila, Resorts World Manila, Future Trade International, Diageo Philippines, Moet-Hennessy Philippines, Premier Wine and Spirits, Barcino Corporation, Fly Ace Corporation, Bel Mondo Italia, Corp., Emperador Distillers, Aviver International, Best World Beverage Brands, Golden Wines, Grand Cru and Booze On Line.

For more information about this event, please visit http://www.rwmanila.com, or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline (632) 908-8833.

You can also find them on Facebook facebook.com/Resorts World Manila and twitter @rwmanila

Singaporean Artisan Candies Now Available in the Philippines

Better have your sweet tooth ready because Singaporean owned candy store http://www.madeincandy.com is now available in the Philippines.

With branches in Alabang Town Center, Rockwell, Glorietta and SM Megamall these artisan candies are a feast not only to the palate but to the eyes as well.

These hand made candies are designed with such intricate detail, it’s simply a shame to eat such fun art.

But that’s just me 😉

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Relik Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

During one of the many events I attend, I was given the privilege of being invited to a dinner to commemorate the Cinco de Mayo festival. This was just going to be dinner over a few drinks. The event was held at Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge.

Though the place is a tad bit difficult to find, my over-all experience of the place was simply lovely.

Drooling over the presentation alone...
Drooling over the presentation alone…

Oh yes, I love my food porn...
Oh yes, I love my food porn…

From the plush interiors to the very exquisite wine selection, you can always bring a few friends over for drinks, a nice meal or just to hang-out and chat.

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It gives off a very casual vibe but still encapsulates elegance.
It gives off a very casual vibe but still encapsulates elegance.

Another plus point: I like the idea that they have a dress code. It makes the place that more exclusive. Also, just a word of advice, don’t bring food or drinks from the outside. Management discourages it. I had to finish my large milk tea in one sitting, lol.

I appreciate the fact that they have a dress code.
I appreciate the fact that they have a dress code.

DJ got me falling in love again ;-)
DJ got me falling in love again 😉

Relik has its own DJ booth which can be best utilized for birthday celebrations and events (professional or otherwise).

The lights were warm and the place, cozy. You will feel right at home easily.

What's your poison?
What’s your poison?

Ambiance is everything to me and Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge nailed it.

Food staff prepping the place...
Food staff prepping the place…

Meet the head Chef of Relik, Ed.
Meet the head Chef of Relik, Ed.

Relik Tapas Bar & Lounge
Relik Tapas Bar & Lounge

Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge is located at the 2nd floor, Commerce Building, 31st Avenue corner 4th Street, Bonifacio Global City. You may visit also visit their website at www.reliktapasbar.com.

 

Comfort Food for the Hungry Soul

March 15-16 2013 – For the past two days, I have been out with some girlfriends drinking up the sights and sounds of Makati City.

For day 1, I went out to grab some grub at Mercato and watch a film called Movie 43.

My over-all experience when it comes to Mercato is always fun. Not only is there a lot of food choices but it is unpretentious and very laid-back (we had a little picnic, too!).

With the exceptions of balot and penoy, I absolutely love street food (but please don’t tell my doctor any of that, haha).

Before heading out, I brought with me a pint of bottled water because I knew I was going to need it ;-). Because of the lack of light, I was unable to get a good picture of my meal which was Garlic Chicken and Tinapa Rice.

And for dessert?  What better way to gorge down a sumptuous meal but brownies!

A big batch of brownies...What more can a girl ask for?
A big batch of brownies…What more can a girl ask for?

Oh my goodness… comfort food, indeed!

My Mercato food adventure = A++

(However, I wish I could say the same about my movie experience.)

Movie Review:

Film: Movie 43

Despite the star studded cast, the movie was disgusting. A girl friend of mine said they pushed the envelope to the extreme, exaggerating some issues on race, parenting, sex, etc.

There was a lot of toilet humor used (which, I think for some, is an acquired taste).

Will I watch it again? No way. This was an epic fail for me.

Day 2, on the other hand, was nice. My recent food choices have been excellent so far ;-).

Restaurant Reviews:

Lorenzo’s Way

Dish I had: Lengua Estufado

Lengua Estufado by Lorenzo's... Super comfort food... oooh  my gulay...
Lengua Estufado by Lorenzo’s… Super comfort food… oooh my gulay…

The girl loves her pasta. Here with my dinner date, Ces ;-)
The girl loves her pasta. Here with my dinner date, Ces 😉

Ambience: Very homey and warm, gorgeous interiors.

Service: Excellent

Will I go there again? Definitely!  I loved it!

This was taken after we practically cleared our table of grub at Lorenzo's.
This was taken after we practically cleared our table of grub at Lorenzo’s.

Final verdict: The perfect place if you want to try really good Filipino food. My meal was well done and tender. Plus the service was excellent, along with its cozy interiors.

 

 

People’s Palace

Dish I had: Squid calamari

Ambience: Chic, club-like interiors.

Service: warm and friendly

Will I go there again? Yes. But I will most probably like to try other places as well.

Final verdict: It was okay. The place you go to if you want to grab a few drinks with a friend.

Taken at Peoples Palace. Hope you all had a "filling" and great weekend as I did. Talk to you soon :-)
Taken at Peoples Palace. Hope you all had a “filling” and great weekend as I did. Talk to you soon 🙂

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