Chaplin Cafe

If there’s something I’m really proud of about Manila aside from the well-known Filipino hospitality, it’s the diversity and variety. Restaurants sprout like mushrooms to cater to Filipino foodies. We always look for something new and we don’t stop exploring! Aside from offering local food, we also bring in a variety of the best foreign tastes, making us an ideal traveler’s pitstop/destination. Makati City, our CBD, provides exciting experiences, whether it may be for business or leisure travel. No wonder world-renowned cuisine connoisseurs like Anthony Bourdain come here to try even the fast food joints.

Next time you’re in the city, check out the newly opened Chaplin Cafe at Century City Mall along Kalayaan Avenue. Its continental cuisine with a hint of Middle-Eastern flair is not to be missed! I loved every food they served and my Chaplin Cafe experience reminded me and made me miss the festive flavours that I enjoyed when I lived in Doha.

The Ambience

It’s a nice place to bring your friends in for a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner as they’re open from 8am to 1am daily. The seats are comfy and the ambience is inviting with its classic achromatic scheme. You’ll feel like you’re in a minimalist hotel lounge with a stylish bar. At night, there is outdoor seating with hanging rice lights, complementing that breezy,  welcoming feel. The place is friendly but it could also be romantic. I just wish there is matching jazzy music to complete but overall, Chaplin Cafe is fantastic and I highly recommend this if you love vegetarian food.

The Food

Here’s my Chaplin Cafe experience, in photos:

Perfection. Eggplant Melanzane  is my favourite of them all! I can’t even describe how it tastes like. It’s rich and savoury, but not too strong or salty. I can eat this all day.

Shashouka is a medley of tomatoes, peppers, onions and a myriad of spices topped with poached eggs paired with freshly baked Ciabatta. It is light and is a perfect breakfast starter.

Classic Home Fries for appetizer

You know me. I love anything with feta cheese. I love this Feta Salad even better because they serve it chunky and crusty. The texture is magical to the palates.

Chicken Steak: Grilled to perfection and really filling!

Chaplin Pizza is far from the usual meaty, tummy buster. It’s light and guilt-free, you won’t mind having this everyday.

Chocolate Souffle, see you soon. My love for anything chocolate is so strong, I’ll drive from South to Makati just to see you. 🙂 In one word, you’re YUM-mazing!

And for le dessert, say hello to la vanile Napoleon!

Chaplin Cafe is located at Century Mall’s roof deck in Makati

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Truffles by Bizu

Bizu truffles

Goodness gracious! Would you believe I finished all these in one sitting?  These truffles from Bizu look really tempting and I can tell you right now that they’re absolutely delicious!

I learned just last week that my baby is allergic to peanut and rice, and I should always check the food label before I buy anything. In restaurants such as Bizu, I’d usually go for an assorted box of truffles and take recommendations. This time however, I picked the flavours myself, making sure I only take tree nuts.

I ate one Calamansi Zing while there, and took home a box of six:

Raspberry Vodka

Spearmint

Orangine Marnier

Macadamia Honey (sugarfree)

Roca Almond

Hazelnut Praline

I used to make my own truffles. Thanks to a friend of mine who convinced me that it’s easy to make. If you’re feeling super and you want to dip your fingers in chocolate, go make some truffles!

Here’s a recipe from craft queen Martha:

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces best-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/2 cup heavy cream

Assorted coatings, such as crushed peppermint candies, toasted sweetened shredded coconut, finely chopped pistachios or other nuts, and cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS

Place chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; pour over chocolate. Let sit 2 to 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Refrigerate (uncovered) until somewhat firm, about 1 hour.

Spoon mounds (2 level teaspoons each) of chocolate mixture onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Return to refrigerator 15 minutes.

With your hands, roll mounds into balls. Place desired coatings in shallow bowls; roll balls in coatings, pressing in and covering completely. Return to baking sheet; chill until set, about 30 minutes.

Doux amour,

Lainey

What Your Cravings Really Mean

What Your Cravings Really Mean

Cooked leafy green vegetables to replace my chocolate cravings? NOOOOOOOOO!!! Read the entire article and skim/scan till you get to CHOCOLATE!

Eating healthy can come as a struggle for many of us, what with our crazy work schedules and propensity for sugary, salty, yummy foods (did someone say pizza?). But sometimes, the not-so-great-for-you foods that you crave can actually tell you something super important about what your body needs.

via What Your Cravings Really Mean.

Daily nibbles

When family and friends ask me what I’m craving for, I honestly don’t know what to say except for “I don’t have cravings” and if they give me time to speak more I’d extend my statement with “…because I can’t eat.

The first four months were difficult because I threw up most of the food I took even the vitamins, and I’d force myself to hold them down for as long as I can so that baby can at least take some of it. The best I’ve done was 30 mins max.

I was losing weight week after week so my doctor had to give me Placil to offset vomiting. My mom and aunt always remind me to try eating without its help because well, medicine is still medicine and who knows what a harmless medicine can do to a tiny baby? My OB-Gyn is one of the top physicians here and I follow her advice (it’s just that my family’s the traditional kind – we don’t take as much meds like other people do because we like organic and herbal solutions).

My appetite soon improved from nothing to fruits and veggies. I also love biscuits and I nibble nuts every once in a while to introduce it to my baby. Warning – if you are allergic to nuts, pls don’t dare introduce it to your unborn child because the baby might have the same allergies as yours!

My OB-Gyn specifically told me to avoid bottled, canned, and powdered drinks, as well as avocados (which are my favourite), grapes and mangoes because these are packed with calories thrice as much as other fruits. I also like sprinkling sesame seeds on rice bowl and other viands. 🙂

So on afternoons, I take pleasure on these:

Did you have cravings while you were pregnant?
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Royals…

My baby is a Brit! 😊

I’m joking! I’m Filipino. I like biscuits but I like them even more now that I’m pregnant. Most days I can’t eat and all I fancy are these tiny, yummy cookies. I often to go to Marks & Spencer to get organic chocolates and jars of pesto but in my last visit, I hoarded cans of these tasty, little beauties…

My baby’s afternoon snack – Banana chocolate smoothie (I know this isn’t ideal, but please don’t judge me, mum has to eat), M&S biscuits (again, the packaging got me but the biscuits are crème de la crème), and a tiramisu cup which isn’t too sweet.

The third can is a special edition one in honor of Prince George. That’s a great idea for a giveaway! Maybe I should design a can top, have it printed, and I’ll also pick the biscuits to go inside. ❤︎

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