Be a Princess at Kitchenails (Trinoma)

March 30, 2016 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

It's time to feed your senses and be treated like a princess! Had my hand and foot spa done with manicure and pedicure and I must say that their service is superb! Kitchenails (Trinoma Branch) is located at the third floor of Trinoma near the Mindanao carpark. (See my previous blog post: REST AND RELAXATION AT KITCHENAILS).

Upon entering, I was warmly welcomed by Chef Joan who takes the orders of the clients.

The friendly and accomodating staff of Kitchenails. Each one of them will call you, Princess and treat you as one. (Disclaimer: Not that my name is Princess, but they also call other customers that way. e.g. Princess Jen, Princess Kath)

I was served by Wen and Liselle during my stay and they always work with a smile on their faces.

I was well pampered by having my foot spa entree, pedicure, and manicure. The place is very cozy and comfortable. The staff made sure that I was really taken care of. 

Kitchenails Service Menu

3rd Floor, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City


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LES Bagels (Ortigas)

March 30, 2016 Phantasm Darkstar 1 Comment(s)

I am not really a fan of eating bagels because I did not know how to enjoy it (yes, there is a way of eating bagels!) until I dined at LES Bagels. Contrary to some Filipino perception, bagels are different from donuts. Bagels are from heavy yeasted wheat dough (they are very crisp on the outside), while donuts are dough products (they tend to be light or cake-like and are usually sweet). The way that they are cooked are also different from each other.

Located at the second floor of The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, LES Bagels (Lower East Side Bagels) opens as early as 8am--even before the mall has opened (just tell the guard that you will dine at LES Bagels and they will allow you to enter the mall). This is their second branch.

LES Bagels offers a variety of bagels, cream cheese, salads, desserts and pastries. 

Bagels: Garlic; Onion; Black Sesame Seed; Whole Wheat Everything; Whole Wheat; Everything; Chocolate; Sesame Seed; Blueberry; Pumpernickel; Black Russian; Plain. I had some difficulty slicing the bagels so you can have them slice it for you. They can also be served toasted, depending on your preference. 

Cream Cheese: Plain; Apple Cinnamon; Sundried Tomato & Basil; Scallions; Jalapeno Cheddar; Herb; Sundried Tomato & Olive; Garlic & Chives; Black Pepper Truffle; Strawberry; Blueberry; Lox (Salmon). Foremost, I tried everything and they are all good. Bagels are best eaten with cream cheese and this is the reason I started to love eating bagel. If you opt a sweet, dessert-effect bagel, I recommend the apple cinnamon. If you want it spicy, the jalapeno cheddar is the best choice. If you want to experience having your bagel the traditional way, have the lox. Their bestseller is the black pepper truffle, while my favorite is the blueberry.

Salad. I was amazed that these are salad. From a distance, I thought that these were dessert. Love the presentation.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie and Fudge Brownie. Either of the two are both indulging. They also have chunks of chocolate inside which are really good. These brownies are also heavy that you can have a single order for sharing. 

Oatmeal Cookie and Homemade Oreo. Both are good and for some reason, it reminds me of childhood. 

The Menu

Special thanks to my friend, Aldous for inviting me to try LES Bagels.
Check out his blog: Aldous Ate the World! 

For more details, view their Zomato profile:
L.E.S. Bagels Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Midas Cafe (Midas Hotel & Casino)

March 27, 2016 Phantasm Darkstar 15 Comment(s)

When talking about classy buffet dining, hotel buffets are the best places to go to. Zomato held a foodie meetup at the Midas Cafe and I was lucky to be invited to join other Zomato foodies. 


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Big Jap (24 H Apartment Hotel Makati)

March 11, 2016 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

There's this new Japanese restaurant in Makati City which serves unlimited ebi tempura and tonkatsu. They also serve other Japanese dishes a la carte and they are absolutely good! Sharing my Big Jap experience here. 


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Cafe Ysabel

March 07, 2016 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

It was my first time to attend a lunch foodie meetup with Zomato and my experience was phenomenal. I used to receive invites but it always had a conflict with my schedule. It's a great thing that I was free on this time of day. 


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