My Reviews

Escolta

3.0 Stars
International
5

Had dinner last night at Escolta for my mom's late birthday celebration. Escolta is one of my favorite buffets but sadly, I was pretty disappointed with last night's experience.

Maybe because it was just a "regular" weekend. It wasn't non-working holiday. It wasn't a Hallmark-declared holiday either. But the choices were pretty limited. No curacha for me. 128557128557128557 I only had one round of desserts too. Usually go for at least three to five.

Considering we pay the same amount whether or not there's an occasion whenever we dine in Escolta, I found it pretty unfair. But I guess that's how it is at hotel buffets to save costs? 128529

Tho the servers cleared our tables and served drinks whenever we asked promptly, it took so long for the food at the stations to be refilled. At reached a point that my dad complained about the lack of food and barely ate any of the desserts he was waiting for. Nawalan na ng gana kakahintay.

On the bright side, I enjoyed the kilawin na lapu lapu, the smores brownie, and this seafood medley whose name I wasn't able to remember. What little crabs they have had a lot of meat and when sautéed with garlic butter, they were really good 🙂

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Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen

5.0 Stars
Italian
2

Since my cousin had her braces adjusted, there are only a few things she could eat. Luckily, pasta is one of them so we headed to Mama Lou's at UP Town once classes were over!

She had the Shrimp A'Limone which she really liked. She enjoyed the zing and the freshness that the lemon gave to the dish.

On the other hand, I had the Shrimp Formaggio, which is my usual order. Still good and very filling. My only problem was that there was just too much sauce on the plate. The pasta was pretty much swimming in it 128531

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Press Cafe

5.0 Stars
Café

While my sister was busy scouring FullyBooked yesterday for that one book to buy (I try to be content with ebooks these days because my wallet will cry if I go on a bookstore raid), the display of cakes and other sweets caught my eye as I stood by Press Cafe to wait for her.

I did not expect to find one of the best chocolate chip cookies I've had as of late here.

The cookie was just the right size. Buttery, but not crumbly. What I love most about it is the uber generous chocolate in it! They were more like chocolate chunks! There were a lot of them but surprisingly, the cookie as a whole wasn't super sweet!

It was only when I finished the entire thing that I realized I didn't take a photo of it for this review. So I went back to the counter and managed to take a photo of those on display before my sister came out. Wasn't able to buy another piece. Bummer. 128557

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Pinkberry

5.0 Stars
Frozen Yogurt
2

Been craving for Pinkberry so when we went to Town today, I made sure to get myself a cup! Unfortunately for me, there's no chocolate-flavored yogurt available so I went for the strawberry vanilla one! Topped it with two scoops of melted chocolate crunch, toasted almonds, brownie bites, and mochi.

The strawberry vanilla yogurt made me feel like I was eating candy in frozen custard form! It tasted a lot like fruitella, actually! Haha. But it was good! Still had a touch of sourness that kept the whole thing from being too sweet, which I liked.

I got pretty curious about the pomegranate flavor tho it slipped my mind to at least taste it. I wonder if it's good 128516

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Krispy Kreme

4.0 Stars
Doughnut

Just in time for Valentine's Day, your favorite Krispy Kreme donuts are now heart shaped! 128525

Had the Salted Caramel one earlier today. Those who love sweets will enjoy this donut! The salt that was sprinkled on top cuts through the sweetness of the caramel. In terms of texture, the donut is A-OK! Wish there was more salt tho because it reached the I-need-water level of sweet! 128517

Aside from hearts, there are some flavors that come in hugs and kisses (x and o shaped)!

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Sebastian's Ice Cream

5.0 Stars
Ice Cream

"Can I have one Matinong Boyfriend, please?"

I tried and failed to hold the giggles in when I said that! And yep, you read right. Nabibili na ang Matinong Boyfriend ngayon. HAHAHA

The Matinong Boyfriend is one of the four seasonal flavors Sebastian's offers this month of February! It's basically a dark chocolate ice cream with a raspberry swirl and it's so, so good! The chocolate has the right bitterness to eat and is so thick and silky. The sourness of the raspberry cuts through the thickness of the chocolate and kinda makes your lips pucker! There's also some chocolate pieces in the ice cream to chew on! So good! Go try it before the month ends!

And yes, there's also the Matinong Girlfriend, which is a cheese ice cream with Cheetos! Got to taste this one and it's also really good! Not sweet and the Cheetos flavor comes through! Other flavors include Closure (passion fruit tea + dayap) and the Unresolved Issues, which is as bitter as it sounds 'cause it's an ampalaya ice cream with candied ampalaya.

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McDonald's

5.0 Stars
Fast Food

McDonald's mornings are such a treat! Had the pancakes last Saturday while I waited for my sister. The pancakes were soft and light! Paired it with hot chocolate, which was not too sweet and just right for me :)

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Costa Coffee

3.0 Stars
Coffee
3

Dropped by this branch on its opening day! Despite it being only day one, there was no delay in service. Though I wished the staff did their paper work some place else instead of the counter.

Had the Double Chocolate Cookie Mocha since I was told it's the bestseller among the Frostinos. It was just okay. The mocha was distinct. Though the "sawa" feeling kicked in real fast.

I also ordered a cookie.. whose name I no longer remember (sorry 128546). This I could've done without. I didn't like the texture. Made me wish I opted for a slice of cake instead.

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Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell

5.0 Stars
Hair Salon
6

I've gone through my fair share of salons looking for the one place and that one stylist who gets it right when it comes to my hair. I found them in Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell (Greenbelt 3).

Out of all the salons I've tried, Studio Fix by Alex Carbonell has the best service. One of things I like most is that the one who shampoos you hair isn't the same person who'll blow dry it. Tho it means it's another person you have to tip if you'd like, but I don't like how in other salons, the person who does both jobs is one and the same. Not good for the hands!

Anyway, Studio Fix gives the best head massages! And they do it when they shampoo AND put conditioner on your hair. It was so easy to just doze off 128164128164128164 They also ask you if you prefer warm or cold water!

Another thing that Studio Fix does differently (at least from my experience) is that your hair is blowdried first before it's cut! A haircut costs 500 bucks, which will probably come across as too pricey for some, but you really do get what you pay for.

I highly, highly recommend my stylist, Billy Bayudan. He's that only stylist I've said "ikaw bahala" to when asked how he should cut my hair. And whether short or long, he's never disappointed me 128135🏻

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Serenitea

4.0 Stars
Tea

I was one of those people whose hearts were broken by Serenitea when the Katipunan branch closed down. So now I don't get my Serenitea fix as much as I once did 🙁

I've lost count of the milk tea places I've tried but Serenitea tops that list for me. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy my milk tea yesterday. The milk tea itself was still good and all that. It's the pearls that were a letdown. Overlooked and soggy. I prefer them chewy.

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