Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tomato Kick

Whenever I cruise along Maginhawa road in UP Village Q.C., my tummy lets out a little rumble with all the eateries and food stalls I see — some new, some already with a fan base. I’ve long declared Maginhawa road a happy collection of must-try food spots. Whenever I’m up North and feeling a food trip coming, I make it a point to try one (or two!) amongst the smorgasbord of food joints there.

Tomato Kick

Tomato Kick – super cozy hangout!

A personal favorite is Tomato Kick, owned by artists Paolo and Mara Bernaldo. I was introduced to this tomato-lovers haven by my band mate Allan Montero when after practice sessions of our band Soft Pillow Kisses, we transform to rabid mongrels scouring the streets for a good chow. Allan is the road manager of band Moonstar 88, wherein Paolo plays the bass guitar but it’s not favorable bias that directs us to Tomato Kick but their consistently delicious dishes that serve as comfort food for the heart and soul.

Not Exclusive To Tomatoes!


Tomato Kick introduces new dishes this month with a completely new look for the menu too! Tomato-head guy “Kickman,” the restaurant’s official icon, can be seen in various Bruce Lee stances as illustrated in pencil by Peter Mutuc. The updated and improved menu is both refreshing and appealing to the senses because of the youthful vibe of its lay-out and the yummy-looking photos of the dishes. It’s noticeable that not all the dishes are tomato-based nor does every dish contain tomatoes. It’s because, while Mara and Paolo love tomato dishes (hence, the resto’s name), they also want to experiment with other cuisines—specifically, Japanese.

Tomato Kick

Tomato Kick’s new menu with Kickman!

I was starving when I got to Tomato Kick with my partner in crime, Ping, so when the dishes were brought out one after another, my tummy was World War II mode.

To start off, we were offered appetizers: Spiked Quesadillas, Tomato Kick Soup and Asian Salad.

Tomato Kick
Spiked Quesadillas (P60)

These quesadillas were the best I’ve tasted primarily due to the bacon sandwiched amongst the mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, tomato, chili flakes and pita bread. Every bite was creamy but not too heavy on the cheese. I particularly liked the smoky flavor brought by the bacon and I swear I can wipe the entire plate off if it weren’t for the other dishes I was supposed to make room for.

Tomato Kick

Tomato Kick Soup (P50)
The Tomato Kick Soup is how tomato soup should taste. It is blended with the right amount of cheese and basil, topped with bite-sized croutons. More so, the pita bread on the side complemented the rich texture of the broth.
Tomato Kick

Asian Salad (P90)

The Asian Salad consisted of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, kani strips, mango and a special combination of two dressings: mango vinaigrette and sesame soy dressing. All the ingredients were fresh, the veggies crisp and the orange slices juicy. I loved the sesame soy dressing they sprinkled on top but I think there was just too much of it that it already drowned the mango vinaigrette. Nevertheless, we finished this too! These three dishes alone were enough to satisfy my appetite but there was more in the menu!

A take on Japanese cuisine is the Seared Pepper Tuna with Wasabi Chips, which Ping and I absolutely loved. The soft tuna slice goes so well with the crunch of the wasabi chips so I suggest they be eaten together. This dish was finished in a jiff!
Tomato Kick

Seared Pepper Tuna with Wasabi Chips (P175)

Another tuna dish is Paolo’s own concoction, which he is proud of, as he shared the rather unique preparation of the sauce. The Tuna in Egg Sauce is my favorite dish amongst everything we ate that night. The sauce is made of egg yolk, butter and soy sauce and possesses just the right blend of saltiness and sweetness that goes well with the tuna fillet. Served with a cup of steaming white rice and two stems of asparagus, this dish is already filling.

Tomato Kick

Tuna in Egg Sauce (P150)

There was another rice dish served to us and this time it was extra heavy: Smoked Chipotle T-Bone with Rice, which was seared with smoked jalapeno butter. I’m not a fan of red meat so I had a few bites and delegated the task of finishing them to Ping. The T-bone was tender and it gave off a sweet aroma of garlic and butter. Mara handed me a bottle of Worcestershire sauce to drizzle on everything. Indeed, it tasted better with the sauce plus the freshly made Tomato Kick salsa served on the side.
Tomato Kick

Smoked Chipotle T-bone (P160)

Another carbo loading meal is the Puttanesca Pasta with Garlic Bread. By the time this dish arrived, I was stuffed to the pits. Nevertheless, I dug in and chomped on the angel hair pasta blended in tomato sauce with olives, capers and anchovies. Tomato Kick’s pasta can be suited to your taste. You can choose from spaghetti, fettucini, angel hair, penne and even tricolor fussili. The Puttanesca had a really distinct tomato flavor and I recommend it to people who are on a diet because the ingredients are not only healthy but also low-sodium and low-calorie.
Tomato Kick

Puttanesca (P100)

Aside from really unique dishes, Tomato Kick also offers an interesting selection of cocktail drinks. Mara was actually combining peppermint with some liquor when we arrived. They have some of the best blends and affordable cocktail drinks in the area, a little known secret which you shouldn’t reveal you read here. Just ask the bar list from the waiter, they don’t usually give it because Maginhawa is a residential area.

Maginhawa’s Artsy Haven

Aside from being such a cozy hangout and having excellent chow, Tomato Kick revels in bringing art closer to its business of good food. Mara and Paolo, being artists by profession, maximize their skills in making sure Tomato Kick is not just an expression of their culinary prowess but also of their artistic sensibilities. This month, the wall in front of the resto that is facing Maginhawa Road, will undergo a makeover via graffiti art by the owners themselves plus artist-friends such as graphic design artist Electrolychee and many others. The graffiti will feature Tomato Kick via the artists’ various interpretations of the place as a restaurant, a hangout, or even a sanctuary for some.

Tomato Kick also features acoustic artists in its humble abode from time to time that’s why aside from painters and designers, the resto attracts musicians too. Name-droppables include Parokya ni Edgar and Kamikazee. Aside from this usual crowd, Tomato Kick also reaches students, teachers and yuppies (some all the way from Makati).
Tomato Kick

Inside Tomato Kick (photo from tomatokick.multiply.com)

High Kick!

It used to be that Paolo and Mara did not entertain thoughts of expansion or franchising. Nevertheless, seeing the viability of Tomato Kick as a business and probably wanting to share the gospel of good food to more people, Mara says they are considering giving in to franchising next year. And I’m sure this is good news for most people who travel all the way up North just to get their Tomato Kick. Being certified foodies, Mara and Paolo remain true to their vision of sharing great food amongst friends and reveling on a great dining experience.

Bruce Lee with a tomato head, black pepper dotting the redness of a tuna slice, a vibrant display of greens and fruits against a white ceramic plate, asparagus stems cris-crossed on a tuna chunk and blue liquor bubbly to the glass’ rim.

I’d say, in Tomato Kick, food is indeed art.

Essensuals Evolution TONY&GUY


Got my new Hair cut, this time with mynew hairstylis.. well... i wasnt able to put you that aside from Paul Maceda from Mary Pauline (former Fix Stylist) I have another one from Tony & Guy and he is Jay Marc, I love the way he style my hair its very fashionable as in... that why i love his creativity when it comes to my hair. He makes me more pretty and lovely plus more fabulous.

If you want his service just visit him in Tony & Guy 6750 bldg Ayala Ave and look for him, ill ask him if i can put his profile in my blog so that you see how he works... but for me he is the best.

Jay Marc (My Hair Stylist)
6750 Retail Arcade
Ayala Ave., Makati City
email: essensualsmanila@yahoo.com
Telephone: 812-8559, 812-8002, 812-9132
Mobile 09152021712

ill show you my pic with my new hair cut.

A little oh lala


Well... its Pay Day so... its time for me to go SHOPPING.... I love it!!! well... you know what every pay day i make it sure na kahit dalawang damit may mabili ako hahahaha i dont know why... may be to be more fabulous sa lahat ng tao... esp sa inyo and also just want to inform you that shopping is one of my fave esp if im stress, if i have problem or even if im happy... hahaha well this time im eying for something... as in... now nabili ko na sya... clothes from TYLER one of the fabulous boutique in Glorietta 4, hay... i really really love the color and the style as in... ( ill post the pic soon) well the price of this Polo Shirt is 1,850.00 Php sobrang worth it kasi naman i love the color and style nga.... hay.... I really really love SHOPPING. until next Pay Day

Friendly Reminder
Do not put this merchadise in drying machine
Love our merchadise and it will love you

Tyler
2nd Floor Glorietta 4
Ayala Center, Makati City

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Starbucks 2008 Planner is now available

(ill scan the card first then ill make my comment about this) just chill and relax
Im excited for my new planner

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Warehousexy




Coming from a family of music lovers, he had expressed an interest in music at a very young age playing the piano and guitar. His passion for club music started when the local underground clubbing scene boomed way back 1999. Ever since then, he spent his time collecting house music, trance and other genres connected with the scene.

During his quest to update himself with house music, he chanced upon DJ PATCH, who eventually encouraged him to spread the vibe through DJing.
Over the next few years he has played in many bars and clubs in manila including Flute, Absinth, Belissima, Halo, Capones and Coquina to name a few. He has gained a huge amount of experience from working at various size clubs with various age range clients and can play to any crowd.

Miko concentrates most of his time DJing and doing marketing for a real estate firm outfit nowadays. His latest stint has been Warehouse 135 in Yakal St. Makati.
With influences from Jazz, New Wave and Disco. He has had some great success playing his brand of sexy, deep, uplifting house at clubs and bars that has found him in demand from other venues. He has proved a valuable DJ for any venue as he will work with them to promote the nights and is happy to play a wide range of club music from deep house to progressive. He is a great personality DJ who can work the crowd with ease.


David C. Ardiente
DJ Name: DJ David Ardiente
Birthday: Jan 29
Address: San Juan

Music Genre: Disco, Latin, Vocal House, With Occasional funky and electro house.

Favorite DJ's/ Artits: Elmer Dado, Manolet "Papi" Santos, Kaskade, Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Olav Basoski, and many more (too many to mention)


DJ History:

Started as one of the DJ's from Colegio San Agustin Makati who formed the group Mixed Audio in 1992 which later on renamed as Stuhtistiks (/stuh-tis-tiks/) providing music and lights system to several High School Dances, Parties, Soirees, School Fairs, etc. In 1997, the group joined an Atenean Group of DJ's and was later known as ACOUSMA who was responsible for the early warehouse parties and Consortium Series of Dance parties in the scene. In 1999, became one of the resident Dj's of Club Spoon In Alabang together with DJ Elmer Dado, Martin Pulgar and Reggie Innocencio. Became the Resident DJ of Buddha Bar in Glorietta 2 and Amoeba in Eastwood City Libis in 2001. In 2002, had a short stint at Dreambar in 6750. In 2003, became the resident DJ of Ice Vodka Bar in Greenbelt 3. In 2004, became the Host and DJ of the Saturday Night Live Show of 99.5RT (Formerly hosted by BOO KYLER). The show has now been renamed "David's House" in conjunction with the radio station's re-launching of its name - 99.5, HIT FM this year.

Party on!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Im supporting Lady Trinity


"THE ASSEMBLY" NOV. 16, 2007 @ A. VENUE"

Nokia brings you the future in a
gathering where you can mix music your way.
Experience Nokia's newest music player,
Nokia 5310 Xpress Music. Move to the
music of LOCAL E as Nokia launches their
2nd CD collection featuring 12 original
tracks from the country's top DJs/PRODUCERS:
ED NEVADA, TRIBO MANILA, SILVERFILTER,
COU CHLAB/03, LADY TRINITY, DJ PATCH,
TRAVIS MONSOD, EGGBOY, SUNTHEORY, FUNK
AVY, SCRATCH MEDIA, ADRIAN CUENCA,
RUBBER INC. ARTSTRONG
With guest collaborators:
SK ARLET, JUN LOPITO, JAY CAYUCA, MIKE
GRAPPE, KRIS GORRA-DANCEL, GIRL VALENCIA

NOV. 16, 2007
8:00 P.M.
A. VENUE HALL
MAKATI AVENUE, MAKATI

STRICT LY BY INVITATION ONLY!
One invitation is an access pass good
for two.
Just P.M. me for details on where to get
the invites.


"The Assembly" (Local//: E! CD Volume 2)
includes 12 original tracks from
Local//: E! artists. Ranging from house,
electro, minimal, techno, breakbeat,
downte mpo. Everyone attending the event
will get their free copies.


Hope to see
you there! : )

Friday, November 9, 2007

My Baby Doll's Wish for my Birthday


Im not expecting something from my baby doll, tama na yung greetings nya and the ticket sa Beyonce Concert as a gift... but then again im so so nagulat, when i checked my email i got message coming from him... to think na he only send me email if im asking for MP3 but then again this time with note na nakakaloka as in like bday wish nya... im so so touched about it... thats why i posted in my blog. Wala lang just want to share this with you guys who love to visit my blog and read some of the article.....

Baby Doll...

You know, my birthday wish for you is still the usually stuff, good health, long life, more birthdays to come, peace of mid, etc....

But to think about it, it is very common to say to people who has a birthday. As for me, I am not a common person to you (hopefully), so my birthday wish for you is that you may find your true love (it may be or no not me) that will love you as well or more than I am doing to you. Another wish is that I hope you can be a more extraordinary person that you are already.

Do great things and live life to the fullest....

Luceat Lux!!!

I Love You So Much!!! Mwah Mwah Mwah.....

My Email to him....


To My Baby Doll,


Hey Baby doll... whats up? huh... im not expecting something from you sa email ahhh... im so so nagulat about it... kasi naman usually you send me MP3 lang with simple note... but this time naaahhhh ahhh... with birthday wish pa ahh.. kakaloka... Actually when im reading the msg... im so touched as in.kasi nga im not expecting this tama na yung gift mo sa akin (thanks for that) Hay.... baby doll thanks talaga for everything ahhh... understanding... care and love.. thanks thanks thanks.. kahit na sometime we have animosity but still ok pa rin at the end... sorry for everything as in.... i know sobrang kasalanan ko at mo rin... hahaha anyways... thanks for being part of my lile.. thanks for your support sa lahat... what is life now without you.... lets work this out... sana yun na un.... again thanks and sorry plus I LOVE YOU so much.


Be Good and Ba Safe.


Baby Doll

Beyonce Live in Manila

Whats up Manila? I love it!!! really really Love it.... I celebrated my birthday with Beyonce.... and friends... sobrang fun kasi naman feeling ko daming tao nag celebrate ng bday ko... to think its a beyonce concert... hahahaha I really really enjoy the concert esp. when Beyonce sing Happy Birthday feeling ko para sa akin yun... to think na bday ko hahahaha

Thanks Glenn for my Ticket.... thanks thanks thanks.... I love you all!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

You Change my Life!!

My song to all my friends, Ex, Family! Enjoy

Maraming Salamat


For the Past 24 years sobrang nakakaloka.... as in... I met diff people who become my friends and some become my not so so friend... Hay now that im 25 i think its time for me to say thank you to all the people who help me a lot and support me in everything i do. Hay... i dont know what will happen to me kung wala kau... i dont know kung what kind of person i am kung wala kau kaya naman this time allow me to say thank you very much for all the help, care, love that you have given me... from my
Dad and Mom
My Brothers
Family/Relatives
then my Kinder Friends.. (so happy to see some of you)
Elementary Friends (Lawrence Abaya who is one my Best Friend)
Highscholl Friends from Malate Catholic School (Boys Dept and Girls Dept)
Letran Friends (AB Philo and AB Comm Arts Vanessa Enaje one of my Best Friend)
ABS-CBN Workshop
Club Halo Friends
Club v Friends
Unitel Production Friends
Studio M Friends
Starbucks in G4 Friends
Support Save
ICT
Sitel Friends
Carina Watanabe My Best Gf
Model Friends
Celeb Friend
and my Party Friends
i want to thank also my Ex's you know who you are
People who make me Pretty every now and then
TONY and GUY (Jay Marc)
Mary Pauline Salon (Paul Maceda)
U Rustan's
Penshoppe
F&H
Bench (Ben Chan and Manuel Chan my Mom's Friend)
Ritratto
Tyler
Bread Talk
Mossimo
People are People
Starbucks
Team Manila
Thanks Thanks Thanks for your support.... I love you all

F.U Thanks!


F.U- follow up!!

Thanks a lot Guys


Friendster

MhAiY II
Posted 07/11/2007 06:38
HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!! MiSsYaH sOoo MuCh mY GiRLFrIeND!!! Be SaFe aLwAyS...

Jelly
Posted 08/11/2007 06:03
Hi Girl! belated happy "B" day!!! sori if now lang me nkapggreat through testi. been busy with work po e. i texted u midnyt of ur "B" nman. ryt? nyweiz, my wish for you is to have more success in life and career.... may God Blesses you more... take care always! love yah!!!

'Lhotte'
Posted 07/11/2007 04:41


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vhe
Date:
localDateTimewithTimezone("11/6/2007 11:33 PM","timetag1","PH");
Wednesday, 7 November, 2007 3:33 PM
Subject:
happy birthday
Message:
happy birthday

LiNgEr
Date:
localDateTimewithTimezone("11/6/2007 5:41 PM","timetag1","PH");
Wednesday, 7 November, 2007 9:41 AM
Subject:
..
Message:
happy birthday ger!!! mwuah!

HALO and FUTURE
Posted 06/11/2007 00:59
one of the finest in the gmk industry!!! Party Monster Inc. Happy Birthday Geri

YhoRaYa
Posted 06/11/2007 08:47
happy happy birthday geri!!! mhwaz!!!! thanks for the friendship! have a great year!!!

RoSeANnE
Posted 06/11/2007 18:54
Happy birthday fab geri..more birthday to come...always take care..mwah...

C H A R I Z
Posted 06/11/2007 21:25
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLASH! i miss you! luv u! keep up the good work! see you soon

gianina agnetha
Posted 06/11/2007 22:28
happy bday lasingeri, i cant believe you left me at the pantry alone, im even supposed to give a decent build up on this comment pa naman. one of a kind artist, who does art appreciate art and friendship in an unbelievably honest expressive way.. happy B- day...beyonce! beyonce!

mAj
Posted 06/11/2007 15:59




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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Thanks for early Greetings (November 6, 2007)


I would like to thanks the people who greeted me today!!

Friendster:

- shan -Date:
localDateTimewithTimezone("11/2/2007 4:26 PM","timetag1","PH");
Friday, 2 November, 2007 5:26 PM Subject: hapi Message: hapi bday frend... wish u more success in life and gd health.

Girlie

Date: Monday, 5 November, 2007 4:57 AM
Subject: Girlie has sent you a smile
Message:
Girlie wants to brighten your day with a smile. Check out Girlie's profile and send a reply.
A message from Girlie:
Hey bert! It's a holiday coz its your birthday! I am very happy to have a friend in you. sana kahit di tayo nagkikita we continue to treasure the friendship that we have. long to see you soon.. I miss those laughters that we share... Godbless!

* P I A
* Posted 05/11/2007 15:17
* Geri...is one of my closest gurl frnds in Sitel. WE get along very well kc ako ung frnd nya na sobrang supportive sa kanya khit kagaguhan lng. hehehe. Tomorrow bekla birthday mo na and as I promised you gawan kita ng comment. Another year has passed I just hope that God may continue to bless you because you such a gud person inside and out. I'm alwayz hir 4 u gurl. By the way nice pic by anne curtis ha. hehehe! Ciao!

* C H A R I Z
* Posted 05/11/2007 04:12
* thanks girlash! mis na kita! batiin na din kita ADVANCE HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Mabuhay ang magaganda!!! more success to come. punta k naman d2 bisitahin mo kme...

* MaRGa
* Posted 05/11/2007 22:37
* MY FABULOUS FRIEND! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wish ko lang magkita naman tayo to catch up... but anyhow, i super doooper miss u! nuthin can beat our happy moments in Sitel! love u girlfriend! missing u soo much... Jowa?! happy birthday! Stay FAB!♥♥♥ mwahugggz!

* Eric
* Posted 05/11/2007 22:21
* bro san inuman natin nyan bukas hehehe HAPPY BEEEERDAY! PAKAIN KA SA BAHAY khit YELLOW CAB lng :D

Office:

Monet
Pia
Anne
Mommy Au
Ate (friend ni monet)
yung grl sa WFR

Text
Dennis Rellamas



Thanks for greeting me early
Thanks Thanks Thanks

Monday, November 5, 2007

shopping for my DAY

I went to G4 to buy CLOTHES for my birthday.... ill show you the pictures.... kasi naman... walang chuvanes dito sa CREATIVITY Lounge... (new internet shop) i love my clothes... as in very FASHIONISTA.... yun lang.... (ill update this article soon)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Buzz


The Buzz is one of the fave TV show that i love to watch as in... i love the show sobra and i love the host esp. Boy Abunda, Kris Aquino and Ruffa. Every sunday i really really watch the BUZZ.

You know what... November 4, 2007 nagulat ako before que for GAP Tito Boy Abunda Greet me as in like " GILBERT GENERAL Happy Happy Birthday...." to think that my Birthday is NOVEMBER 7. that is so so... kakaloka then after that some of my friends text me and they inform me na Tito Boy Greet me nga... sabi nila im so so soysal.... hahahaha....


Thanks Tito Boy.

Magbabalik po ang THE BUZZ!!!!

Nice One / Good Heart

Oh my God!!! Im sobrang natuwa about what happen to me last last Friday... sobra, you know why... may mamabait... i mean nice na tao noh.... kala ko few na lang sila... pero kahit papaano meron pa pala...

Thursday Early Morning like about 3:30 am on my way to my ofc. Im waiting for a bus kasi naman walang taxi i dont know why.... anyways... yun nga i was like waiting for a bus along edsa for me to go to ofc, still may pasok kami... double pay naman kaya not bad... ok game na... i have 500 PHP as in... then i told the kung saan ako baba then he did not accept the money kasi naman its to big and maaga pa. Hay... OK... then malapit na ako bumaba... OH my i havent give the money pa.. kasi naman i only have 6.00 coins. IM so nagulat when a guy sitting beside me ask me kung mag kanu pa ang kulang then i told him how much, at 1st nahihiya ako until he offer talaga i give him the 6.00 then he gave the manong 20.00 for my fare.... (how sweet)

I said thank you to the guy... i wasnt able to ask his name kasi nahihiya ako. well thanks thanks talaga...

hindi ako makapaniwala na may mga human being pa pala na nice ... like him... simple thing but then again sobrang kaka touch. yun lang hope na dumami pa ang katulad nya...

again THANKS kuya!!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Housexy

Bigfish presents 'Housexy' happening this November 30, 2007 at Embassy Superclub featuring resident Housexy DJ Tom Murgatroyd! Expect house music that spans from soulful / Latin to a tougher more edgy electro sound.

Housexy

House party - Dress sexy!

Tom Murgatroyd, played to some of the world's hottest venues - Club Lotus (Bogota), Zinc / The Apartment / 360 at Jumeirah (Dubai), Club 7 (Bahrain), Home / Cargo (Sydney) to name a few and as regular at Ministry of Sound (London).

He delivers sets ranging from sweet sounding vocal house to dirty electro house, and has kept the best of company playing alongside some of the house greats including artists such as Eric Morillo, Pete Tong, Mark Farina, MYNC Project, Mark Knight and Funkagenda, Marc Hughes. Tom has really established himself as versatile DJ that can transport killer dance floors whether they are main room, backroom or bar.

In addition to the residencies guest slots for Housexy, Tom has secured a number of regular radio sets across the globe. Currently Tom is working for Ministry of Sound radio (London), Kiss FM (Portugal) and Alpha Radio (Sofia) spreading his uplifting sound to the masses.

Happy Birthday Mom

Happy Birthday to the one of the BEST MOM in the world
Sylvia General.... Happpy Birthday Mama, I love you so so so much. thanks for everything

Friday, November 2, 2007

Undas

Dont Forget to visit your love one's, give them flowers, candles and prayer. Let them feel that you miss them and esp. you love them.

To all my family, friends who passed away... we really really miss you
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