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feb 16 is our valentine date for 2014

A Sunday! Right after church and fellowship, Kei brought me to Buenisimo for a late lunch.

Buenisimo. Muy bien!

Buenisimo. Muy bien!

Kei really planned for this! I was ecstatic! We had the whole place to ourselves! We arrived at around 2pm. Really late for lunch and too early for merienda.

But its ok since the wait staff’s only focus was us. Nice! The staff are really helpful and friendly too! One of the wait staff even volunteered to take a photo of us.

 While waiting for the food, we sort of looked around their restaurant.

DSC04806buenisimo inside

we did not get to explore much… because the food is ready! That was fast! 

We are given complimentary bread with balsamic vinaigrette .

so good we asked for another

so good we asked for another

Followed by Caesar salad.

beautiful presentation!

Beautiful presentation! I was encouraged to eat veggies… even if I don’t really like veggies. 

And our all time favorite paella!

paella

loving this paella! 

And lastly grilled salmon.

artful and tasteful at the same time

artful and tasteful at the same time

Washed everything down with fresh dalandan juice.

the photo taken by one of the wait staff

the photo taken by one of the wait staff (earlier while we were waiting for the food)

And done. Thank you buenisimo! We then headed out to the neighboring restaurant lola, to get desserts.

Yes, that is right. Lola same as the filipino/tagalog word for Grandma. 

really loving the look of the place

really loving the look of the place

Lola is actually a cafe and bar.

chalkboard menu

Lola’s chalkboard menu

The whole place is modern, and cozy. reminds me of all the stuff I see in pinterest! And back to dessert.

We had a banoffee pie to share.

banoffee pie

banoffee pie

We ended up finishing it in less than 10 mins. hahahaha! loved that it was not too sweet, perfect!

While on the topic of Valentine’s day. I would also like to share what Kei gave me as valentine gift this year.

strawberry basket!

a strawberry basket!

Which is unique as well as practical. Everything on the basket are stuff I like! Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I sort of collect owls, a anime drawing of me and my lovely pet rabbits, a magnet reminder for forgetful me, a fan, chocolate and three red roses. The best thing about it,he didn’t have to go to Dangwa (flower capital of manila) and jostle with the crowd for overpriced flowers that would wilt. No overspending for us! yey! *He said the whole gift costs exactly 1000 php.  Awesome and creative! 

 

For those interested in the restaurants, here are the details. 

Buenisimoby Café Ysabel is located at 24 Scout Tuazon St. corner Scout Lozano, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City

Telephone No.: 410-5050.

 

 Lola Cafe+Bar is located at 99 Sct. Lozano St., Quezon City, Philippines

Telephone No.: 501-2620 Closed on Mondays

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. (I am not a food expert or critic.) This is not a sponsored post, Kei paid for this (from) his own pocket.

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language of flowers or chocolates

Valentine’s day is only a week away! I joined in the mad rush to purchase a lot of chocolates enough to devour and make my teeth hurt to give to my friends for that special day.

Also got my Mum a slab of dark chocolates without nuts, fillings or fruits. Just plain dark chocolate or chocolate truffles *she loves those*, why she likes plain ones are a mystery to me because I like my chocolates with almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio, cashews and macadamia. *I dislike the plain peanut*

Bernard Callebaut Chocolates

Bernard Callebaut Chocolates Photo taken from http://www.visitcalgary.com

I used to loathe Valentines day. My parents who are 100% unsweetened never celebrated the occasion. My friend’s parents (our neighbors) celebrate the occasion, with their dads bringing home flowers, stuffed toys, chocolates to their moms. While their mom cooks up family favorites for the day. I usually felt jealous for my own mum. Why is my dad like that? I do my darn best to make a nice card for my mum every time that day comes around. At home that day is just an ordinary day. Still, I wished that my mum would get something nice for valentines day.

By the time I got my allowance *that was way back grade 5 for 20 php a week*, I remember saving it up the week before the dreaded Valentines’s day. I would then make sure to get my mum a single rose *from the vendor outside the school gate* and a bar of cheap milk chocolate *from the pushcart vendor who sells candies and stuff also outside the school gates*, before I went home from school. *that time a rose costs 10php per piece and a chocolate bar would be around 20php* I would get all giddy and happy to wait for my mum to arrive home. In my own way I am trying to make that dreaded day a bit better. My mum usually smiles and says thanks with a pat on my head. That makes my day.

As the years passed by my allowance got a bit bigger, so I can now afford to get my mum better chocolates, and more flowers too.

I also “ambush” my Dad on the stairs with the flowers and chocolates now to make it look like it was him who got my mum the sweet stuff. *My Mum and Dad always come home together, Dad being the one who gets up the stairs first, and Mum taking stops in between the floors, usually my sister and I waits on the stairs and run to our dad the moment we see him and let him hold the stuff, he would be surprised and frozen in place till my mum catches up and sees him with the sweet stuff.* And we would all be happy. My sister and I still continue this tradition every year.

I also loathed valentine’s day mainly because I am born envious, was homely, loner, uncool, stupid high schooler I never got anything for that day. *like mother, like daughter. I guess?* 

All the pretty, popular, cool girls at school have a paper bag full of loot! Poor me. I have to buy my own chocolates. Never mind the flowers they will wilt anyway. *lols. bitter much?!*  My best friend did not get any too, we are on the same boat.  So, Me and my best friend created a pact that we would never let each other experience a lonely valentine. I buy her a single flower and her preferred chocolate and give that to her when she gets home. She also does the same for me. This went on till we were college.

Then along college, I got my first ever flowers and chocolates on that dreaded day!

A single red rose and some fancy chocolates. I was euphoric! *Never mind that I don’t really like the poor bloke that gave me those stuff… I dated him anyway. For a few months.* Apparently Red Roses mean: love, respect, courage, passion well done, congratulations. 

red roses

red roses photo from google

Then I got a bunch of pink roses and chocolates from my then boyfriend. It was nothing fancy since we are both students with a small allowance but I appreciated the effort. And I have to admit that it is a huge ego boost!!! *This went on for four years, till we called it quits. He also gave me peach colored ones.*

pink roses photo from google

pink roses photo from google

Pink roses mean: Happiness, Elegance, Romance, Admiration, Sweetness, Thank You

peach roses photo from http://www.sheamayberry.com/

peach roses photo from http://www.sheamayberry.com/

Peach roses mean: Appreciation, Sincerity, Gratitude, Modesty

Then another Valentine’s day came a new guy. He was a close friend of mine, He gave me a single yellow rose with a box of expensive chocolates.

Yellow rose photo from maisredrose.blogspot.com

Yellow rose photo from maisredrose.blogspot.com

Yellow roses mean: Friendship, Caring, Welcome or Welcome Back, Joy

 

Then came Kei (Current).  Of all, he is the most out of the box.

The first one I received from him is a single pink one.

Next is a bouquet of mixed blooms, then a single purple tulip… I wonder what will be next.

Hard to decode this one… so, far I recall the mixed blooms have 3 pieces of coral roses that means: Desire, Enthusiasm, Happiness.  

A clump of Chrysanthemums: perfection. 

Purple tulip means: royalty.

*I also cannot recall the chocolates he gave. No impact. Max Fail*

He doesn’t have a “signature” color or flower unlike the others…

*or maybe he just based them from the budget he has at the momentmajor penny pincher this one.*

 

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”Charles M. Schulz

For the meanings of roses click here. Meaning of chrysanthemum here. Meaning of tulips here.


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Valentine’s Day Love Packs

For valentine’s day I want to do  something special for my friends, because usually I just give them chocolates.

But for this year, I want to create my own valentine pack/s to give. My friends are fond of sweets (just like me!).

So, I went to find some bite sized chocolates, candies and polvoron (powdered milk candy), some pretty paper and cellophane wrapper and went to work.

I made small paper trays and filled them with equal number of treats, wrapped it in cellophane wrapper and tied it with a ribbon and attached a tag to it.

1. bite sized chocolates,<br /><br /><br /><br />2. candies and polvoron,<br /><br /><br /><br />3. all tied up!, 4. a bundle without the wrapper, 5. a close up of the tag, 6. the love packs I made.

I thought I did  good, the bundles look cute!

It was easy to make and fun to do as well! I thought I would share the paper tray and tags as a free printable, so you can make some love packs to give!

here is the paper tray:

paper tray printable

paper tray printable

Here is the printable tags:

Free printable Valentine Tags.

Free printable Valentine Tags.

Spread the love.  ❤