Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dean & Deluca: Delectable & Desirable

One of the best restaurants I have dined in the metro is Dean & Deluca. 

The restaurant has many branches but I dined in their cosy  and classy restaurant in Rockwell.

They serve there variety of dishes with the steak on top of the list. What I like about their steak is that it is covered with veggies which complement its taste. 

The steak is served with delectable sauce and vegetable salad with gourmet cheese.

Dean & Deluca's steak for sophisticated palates.

The first time I dined there, I ordered Banh Mi. It is the best Banh Mi I have ever tasted, even besting the one I tasted in Vietnam, the origin of the said sandwich. 

Delectable Banh Mi.
So come to Dean and Deluca and taste these delectable and desirable dishes!  

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Paul: A Classy French Restaurant

While strolling at JEM, my attention was captured by this restaurant named Paul. It looks very elegant and to my mind, it's nice to try.

The restaurant has an elegant French ambiance.

When I entered the restaurant and given the menu, my curiosity was piqued by the baked bone marrow which they serve. So, I ordered it.

The baked bone marrow tasted nice and it served as a pâté for the bread. You can taste the gentle herbs sprinkled into it, and the saltiness was just right.  

Os à Moelle au Four (oven baked beef bone marrow with sea salt)

I also tried their Crème Brûlée served in a cazuela pot. The sweetness was just right, and to me what makes it special was the crispy caramelized sugar coating at the top.   

My most favorite Crème Brûlée because of the caramelized sugar coating at the top. 

Truly, it is excellent to dine in this restaurant. You will taste what is unique about French dining.  

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista: Bahay ng mga Katipunero

I was enticed to visit the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista in Quiapo upon seeing the original "Parisian Life" painting of Juan Luna in the National Museum. 

I am a fan of Juan Luna, because the female subjects of his paintings are very much alive.

The Bahay Nakpil-Bautista can easily be found. It's a well maintained ancestral house with Katipunan flags in its facade.

A tour guide will welcome you as you enter the house. The entrance fee is only minimal. 

As I toured the house, I learned so many things about Quiapo, Katipunan, Gregoria de Jesus, and the Nakpil-Baustista family. 

Below are the pictures I took in the house. If only its walls can talk, then we get more information from them about our history. 

The National Historical Commission marker
at Bahay Nakpil-Bautista.

CCTV in those days - a mirror in the ceiling to see the person knocking outside.

I was surprised to have learned that there was a tram in Quiapo in those days.
It was owned by the Zobel family.

The statue of Nazareno symbolizes the house's connection with Quiapo's patron.
The original statue of the Black Nazarene was kept in Bahay-Nakpil Bautista
during World War II.  

The sofa which witnessed the meeting of La Liga Filipina

A life-size depiction of "Parisian Life". 

The wall where Juan Luna's "Parisian Life" used to hang.

A group picture of the Nakpil-Bautista's and their friends showing where the
"Parisian Life" used to hang.

A musical composition of Julio Nakpil.

Manuscript detailing the order of Katipunan for weapons from Japan. This debunks
the claim in many history books that the Katipuneros used primitive weapons.

Another manuscript saying that the Katipuneros used advanced weapons
when they fought against the Spaniards. 

A portrait of Gregoria de Jesus (a.k.a. Oriang), the widow of Andress Bonifacio.

The morcon recipe of Oriang.

The morcon recipe translated into English.

A depiction of Oriang telling her grandchildren of stories from "Mga Kwento
ni Lola Basyang
" published in the Liwayway Magazine. 

The azotea where Oriang would tell her grandchildren stories from "Mga Kwento ni
Lola Basyang
" published in Liwayway Magazine.

The sad state of the estero behind the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista. In those days, influential
people own houses with estero at the back.  

A painting of Ateneo Anthropology Professor Fernando Nakpil-Zialcita,
a scion of the house owners.

The waterlily figure in the wall was inspired by a waterlily species for
which the name Quiapo was derived.

I am always amazed by the design of furnitures made in those days. It is at par with the ornate Italian furniture designs which commands very high price. Sadly, we did not sustain or improve on this craft.   

To me, there is no better way to understand the Katipunan than visiting the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista. It will shed light on frequently misconceived notion of Andres Bonifacio and his illustrious organization.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Dr. Wine: A Place for Fine Wine

If you are looking for a place to hang out with your friends, then Dr. Wine is for you.

Dr. Wine is a restaurant or bar serving delicious foods and fine wines.  

What attracted me to this place are their European beers, with the Belgian beer being my favorite. 

When I drank there, I was also served an entree of pitted olives mildly fried in olive oil with some herbs.

The place also offers viewing of sporting events, and they have events on special occasions or on weekends.  

The signage at Dr. Wine's entrance.

The alfresco dining area facing the road to Rockwell.

A must taste Belgian Beer.

Yummy pitted and fried olives as appetizer. 
So, hang out in this place and your thirst will be quenched by Dr. Wine!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bike and Beer

In today's world when global warming is a pressing issue, sustainability is a buzzword.

In a tiny corner of Intramuros in Plaza San Luis, there is a business establishment renting out bikes with frames made of bamboo which they call bambike. 

Sightseeing in Intramuros while riding the bambike is a cool thing. You don't add to carbon footprint and at the same time it can burn your calories.  

After your round in Intramuros, it is good to relax while drinking a draft beer which the business establishment also serves. The draft beer they offer is at par in terms of quality with the beers in Europe and US which I have tasted.     

Me posing with Bambike for rent.

Good tasting draft beer at Bambike.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

World War II Maps at the Manila American Cemetery

For those of you interested in cartography, this post is for you. On my visit to the Manila American Cemetery, I was fascinated by the mosaic maps on display there.

The mosaic maps depict the military movement during World War II. It also has details or description of USAFFE's war strategies.  

The maps are huge and pleasing to the eyes. It can be used by historians for their research or book publication. 

Students visiting the place can also learn a lot from the maps. It will provide them a glimpse of what happened during World War II in the Philippines and in neighboring countries.  

Below are the photos of the maps I have taken at the Manila American Cemetery.