Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Achi Donna's Lace and Pearls Party


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"Dear family, clad yourselves in lace and pearls and come celebrate with me as I turn 40 gracefully..."

That was her text invite to all of us. Yes, including the fattermen. Obviously, none of the males came in proper attire.

Achi Donna started planning her birthday dinner 3 months ago. How wonderful that her best friend Cindy is an amazing chef and caterer!

Look what magic Cindy created in the social hall at Montgomery Place.



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Table setup



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Cheese Platter - camembert, manchego, jamon serrano,
grapes, plum, dried figs, pretzels



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Soft Shell Crab Salad with Mango Dressing



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Pumpkin Soup



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Southern Beef Belly Barbecue - smokey and sweet melt-in-your-mouth goodness



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Seafood Pie - creamy, potatoey, my ultimate comfort food



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Braised Lamb Shank



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Pomodoro Pasta - everyone's favorite!



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Arroz con Pollo - this was HUGE!!!



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Jaine brought a Maki Platter




We also ordered 2 kinds of Pepita's Lechon - Jin Perez "German" and Jin Perez "Salted Egg"



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German Lechon is stuffed with roasted garlic, herbs and baby potatoes



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Pinoy Lechon is stuffed with salted egg and garlic rice



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Blueberry Cheesecake Shots



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Callebaut Chocolate Mousse



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Frances brought my favorite Nathaniel's Buko Pandan. Heaven in a plastic green tub!




The Bottles



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Happy Lemon!



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Birthday Cakes (clockwise from top left): Baby Yulo Strawberry Shortcake, Pacita Mocha Cake,
Becky's Kitchen Swiss Chocolate Cake, Estrel's Caramel Cake, my cousin Nikko's homemade
Pistachio Saffron Cheesecake on Honey Ginger Graham Crust = FTW!!!



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Wiped out!



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Birthday Giveaways: Donna's Salad Dressing and Donna's Choco Chip Walnut Cookies
(But we all know these are really Cindy's)



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Achi Donna, Mark, The Master Caterer & Chef Cindy, Jaine, and Ton



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Lacey and pearly gwama and aunties



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Lacey and pearly cousins and niece



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Lacey and pearly birthday celebrant 
Happy Happy Birthday, Achi Donna! :)


Cindy may not be your best friend, but she will happily help you with your party needs, too! She can cook a mean spread, make salad dressings and cookies and give you all the credit. Jaine raves about her callos, and I have a hot and steamy love affair with her mushroom truffle pasta. Call her at 09178499696, tell her I sent you. :)

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