Thursday, June 11, 2015


As always, Alan Dela Cruz of Lantaka Hotel and Nuevo Zamboanga Colleges Inc. always amazes us with the presentation of his dinner spread and this is how it looked at the Blessing of the additional facilities of the Nuevo Zamboanga Colleges Inc. last May 30, 2015.

Aside from the awesome display, we also note the variety and definitely, the food was delicious!!!

Congratulations for the blessing of the new rooms cum conference room at the NZCI and the beautiful new park!

Friday, May 30, 2014


My cousin Jeanne's college friend, Dr. Ingking invited me for a night out in Manhattan, and she chose a very interesting place, Serendipity 3 or Serendipity III! (I always confuse it with Serependity!) What does Serendipity mean?
Actually, my friend Gretch also thought of inviting me to this place if in case I haven't been there. The cozy place is located at 225 East 60th St. between Second and Third Ave. in New York City, founded by Stephen Bruce in 1954, and this is how it looks from the outside!
Dr. Ingking got an appointment for us at 6:00 p.m. because she knows the queue is quite long if one didn't have that.
Isn't the place whimsical?... and so interesting! They had a really large menu... and here are some samples:
From Wikipedia: In 2004, Serendipity celebrated its fiftieth anniversary by introducing the record-breaking Golden Opulence Sundae, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive dessert, at $1000. It is made with 5 scoops of the Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream,Madagascar vanilla covered in 23K edible gold leaf, drizzled with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, and covered with chunks of Chuao chocolate, which is from cocoa beans harvested by the Caribbean Sea on Venezuela's coast. It is suffused with exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets, truffles and Marzipan Cherries and topped with a tiny glass bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar, known for its sparkling golden color. It's sweetened and infused with passion fruit, orange, and Armagnac. The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon, a petite mother of pearl spoon, and topped with a gilded sugar flower by Ron Ben-Israel. 
We got the Lemon Sole with the Garden Salad on the side...

 And the Seafood Fettucine...
And the highlight is the dessert, which is the Hot Frozen Chocolate!
And someone offered to take our picture... the Filipino young kids who were sitting beside us!
Thanks, Dr. Ingking for a very wonderful dinner topped with the special dessert!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


I was given by my friend, Mimi from Holland a huge CHOCOLATE EGG! This egg is large but this is hollow inside! I guess this is similar to the giant Chocolate Letters the Dutch are known for. I didn't eat the Chocolate egg because it was too nice (and too large) to bite! So, I brought it all the way from Holland to the Philippines via bus...  then train...  then airplane!
here is the giant Chocolate egg from Mimi!
The egg kept its form during the whole trip! However, when I arrived in the Philippines, it was sad to note that from the airport to the house by car, there were cracks in the egg... I guess, I should have held it in my lap. I realized that the Philippine weather wasn't exactly the chocolate's friend. When I woke up the next day, gone was the egg and all I can see is a blob!
So much for the Chocolate egg! Kaye and Mimi calls it now the ALIEN EGG!!!
But, most important is the heart of the giver... thank you, Mimi and family! And... we still enjoyed eating the Chocolate egg even if it was deformed!!!

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My friend, Francis said, he really visits all the Mc Donald's store whenever he is on a tour outside of the Philippines. I'd like to share with you some of my visits to European Mc Donald stores! Basically, a Mc Donald store would have a typical look from the outside and have the usual counter with large neon display for the menu. Even if the Mc Donald stores have similar neon displays inside the store, you will find different choices.... MC DONALD in PARIS, FRANCE. This Mc Donald Store is along the Champs Elysees.
As we enter the Mc Donald store, we are greeted by Mc Cafe.  And interestingly, they sell  macarons here... of course, it is Paris!
Note the display.  Doesn't it have the Parisian flair? They have the usual cheeseburgers as well as chicken burgers. But they also have the Mc Wrap and the Mc Baguette which caters to the French taste.
And this is how the seats are arranged. The love for art is evident in the French Mc Donald store.
This is my order.
MC DONALD in ROME, ITALY. This store is in the EUR (Mussolini) part of Rome.
The signages show the typical hamburgers and with variants with lots of layers. But they also had salads and chicken nuggets and a different look for the fries.
And for their collection, these are glasses for UEFA EURO 2012. This is our order... the typical cheeseburger with a Milk Shake! I remember this cheeseburger cost 1 Euro!
MC DONALD in HEIDELBERG, GERMANY.   This Mc Donald store is close to the Heidelberg Hauptbanhof (Train Station).
This is the store with the choices already displayed in the doors and windows. so even in the outside, you can decide if you want to get a Mc Donald.
And this is their counter...
The signage shows this 1 Euro Mc Donald burger which is a great deal. Interesting is the flavor of the burger is Western style of the United States. They also had Chicken nuggets. But no, they did not serve German sausage in their Mc Donald stores! 
I guess even if we want to try the cuisine distinct of the European place, we often resort to fast food which we are comfortable with... especially, those who are not so adventurous with their palate... AND... those, who are on a budget!

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