I am so thankful that it’s finally the weekend! G and I were relatively lucky that we were safe and sound from Typhoon Glenda, although we had no electricity for the past three days. 

Made one of my comfort foods, hotteok or Korean pancake filled with a syrup of brown sugar, cinnamon and peanuts, on the first day of the whole ordeal.

Hoping everyone made it through this difficult week too. Smile, it’s finally the weekend. :)

Weekend Personal Hotteok

Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe

G and I were extremely full after a day of pigging out, but we just had to buy some cupcakes to go from Larcy’s. Obviously, G got the chocolate flavored ones (Oreo Kit Kat and Chocolate Fudge Brownie) while I got the Bananutella and Pineapple Carrot. 

So far, we’ve tried the Chocolate Fudge Brownie, which was rich and chewy, and the Pineapple Carrot, which was very moist and slightly sweet, with bits of juicy pineapple too! I was a little disappointed with the icing though, because I was expecting cream cheese icing rather than a buttercream icing.

Tomorrow we’ll try the Oreo Kit Kat and the Bananutella!

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The Girl + The Bull

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This time, it was G who had been wanting to try out The Girl + The Bull, as his colleague at work had been there THREE times in the past months! We’ve never been to the BF Homes area so it took us a while to find the restaurant; and of course, when we did, we saw that their door had the sign:

Yep, you’ve found us.

Apparently, The Girl + The Bull is owned by a young couple, with the girl (with her signature green hair, wasn’t able to get her photo though) there to greet the guests, take their orders, etc, and the bull (the chef) there to take care of all the delicious food (made from local and organic ingredients, of course!) we were about to enjoy.

I really, really loved the restaurant’s artsy interiors. I would definitely want to do a photo wall like this for our own house soon!

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Now for the food. For starters, we had the Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, which was fried cauliflower coated in buttermilk breading, tossed in gochujang, soy, honey, sesame, and served with a lime wedge. The cauliflower was juicy and tender and had a nice spicy-salty-sour kick to it.

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We then had the Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin, which was a pretty sight to behold! It had “blue cheese emulsion, brown butter, squid ink, potato purée, torched shiitake, maple red cabbage, and leek roots.” The beef melted in your mouth and the thick squid ink certainly added a unique flavor to it.

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We also had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, which was served with cinnamon sugar beignets, pommery mustard and a sweet balsamic maple syrup. The breading was fried to a flavorful crisp and the chicken meat inside was very flavorful and juicy. I was a little surprised about the beignets being part of this dish but I liked them nonetheless - they were like airy cinnamon doughnuts. (Tip: The Buttermilk Fried Chicken is only available on Fridays and Saturdays so make sure to be there on the right day if you want to try this too.)

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Here’s another shot of our scruptious dinner.

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And of course, for dessert, we just had to have their famous Faux Twix, which was thick shortbread, sticky caramel and thick bittersweet chocolate, topped with sea salt. Both G and I love Twix bars and this was definitely a delicious recreation of one of our favorite sweets!

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If you want to try The Girl + The Bull, I highly recommend you make reservations beforehand because the place gets packed really quickly. Would certainly go back to try their other dishes next time!

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Todd English Food Hall

I was pretty excited when G took me to the Todd English Food Hall for late lunch, since I’ve been hearing a lot of rave reviews about it as the original store is based in NYC. We came at an off-peak time (2pm) so they were able to welcome us in and seat us at a table as soon as we arrived. The place was huge, and there were different stations across the area like the dessert station, pasta station, flatbread station, sushi bar - where they make your orders from scratch! 

For starters we ordered Calamari, which was “deep fried tender calamari, chipotle chorizo dipping sauce with arugula salad.” The calamari was cooked to a perfection, and I like how the richness of the dipping sauce contrasted with the crispness of the arugula salad.

We then shared between us The Food Hall Burger, which had a “freshly home ground 4 cut meat burger pattie, fried onion, homemade smoked bacon, gorgonzola, BBQ sauce on a toasted homemade brioche bun.” The burger was cooked medium rare and was extremely juicy and flavorful, and I especially enjoyed the fried onion rings and the warm, buttery, melt-in-your mouth brioche bun that they used.

We also took our server’s recommendation which was a bowl of Mac N Cheese with a 10gram piece of truffle (like the size of a large grape - that cost us an additional P420!!!). This was the first time G and I have tried a real truffle and while we both found the flavor extremely subtle, I thought it had a more delicate flavor compared to typical mushrooms and went well with the creamy richness of the cheese sauce.

And last, but certainly not the least, we had the OMG Chocolate Cake for dessert, which was molten chocolate cake topped with milo cereal crumble and a generous scoop of chocolate gelato, with silky chocolate and caramel pudding, on a bed of chocolate ganache. G, being the ultimate chocolate lover that he is, declared this as the best chocolate dessert he’s had in Manila!

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