Saturday, September 21, 2013

Impressions, A Third Time ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

When we were younger, I was a little worried about my sister.

I thought she looked a bit… umm… funny.

 

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But God answered my prayers. And like the fugly duckling, she transformed into a swan, beautiful inside and out. 

Whew.

 

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My sister Meme and her family. They live in Virginia.

 

 

Meme is the sweetest thing. On her birthday, she asked me to help her buy gifts for Mom and Dad. She wanted to thank them for bringing her into this world and for being the best parents.

Because I really couldn't think of anything they needed, I said I would just take them out to dinner.

We are, after all, a family who loves to eat.

 

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The newly renovated Impressions

 

 

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They added a private room

 

 

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Chef Cyrille's breads, excellent as always

 

 

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Amuse bouche of crabmeat, potatoes and sesame grissini

 

 

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Tartine Iodee of Sea Urchin, Scallop and Oyster, Assorted Cress with Sea Urchin
Parfait in Cucumber. The fresh, briny, creamy taste of the ocean on a toast. WOW.

 

 

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Pan Fried Diver Scallops and Mushroom Risotto with Truffles, Seared Duck Liver, Emulsion
of Porcini and Parsley Jus. Earthy, creamy, meaty, buttery, this was another winner!

 

 

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Mom was very happy with her Glazed Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
with Truffle Risotto, Assorted Mushroom and Sea Urchin Foam

 

 

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So was Dad with his Fresh Herbs Roasted Lamb Rack, Lamb Shoulder Confit coated with
Pistachio and Dry Apricot, Green Pea Tortellini of Goat Cheese, Sauteed Romaine Salad,
Mustard Seed Lamb Jus

 

 

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I had Pithivier of Pigeon and Duck Liver with Chanterelles and Seasoned Mushrooms, Truffle Sauce

 

 

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It was good but also very rich and heavy

 

 

When I ordered our two desserts, I asked the staff to write "Happy Birthday" on them so I could take photos and send them to Meme. 

 

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And look! They brought us a whole birthday cake! YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! 
(And that's Mom pretending to be Meme. Lol! Joke!!!) 

 

 

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Tentation du Chocolat (Seven Deadly Sins) - chocolate prepared seven ways, three scoops of
creme glace, and coconut creme anglaise

 

 

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Framboise - raspberry mille feuille, raspberry sorbet

 

 

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A most decadent chocolate cake. Thank you, Chef Cyrille! :)

 

 

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Mignardises

 

 

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Oh Baby, I'm coming back for you!

 

 

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Happy Happy Birthday to the beautiful celebrant who is not in this picture! :D

 

Impressions: 3rd Floor, Maxims Tower, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay.
Tel: +632 908 8883

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Town & Country's Fabulous Food Affair

  

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The food affair, my favorite kind of affair, started with some coffee and tea-infused cocktails

 

 

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My Malongotini. Anything with coffee is love. ♥

 

 

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Cheese and charcuterie station by JC de Terry

 

 

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With the man himself, JC of Terry's

 

 

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The Raffles Fairmont Ballroom was transformed into a mystical space with a lot of greens... 

 

 

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And pops of pink. Next to calla lilies, moth orchids are my favorite flowers! ♥

 

 

Town & Country gathered the most talented chefs in the metro to spoil us guests.

 

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Bruce Ricketts of Sensei Sushi

 

 

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Hokkaido oysters with textures of watermelon, mustard seed, tapioca and kimchi

 

Chef Bruce also prepared a delicious seared prawns ague chile with tamale colado, chorizo and salsa de chirmol with uni and lobster cream. I forgot to take a photo. Ops.

 

 

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J. Luis Gonzales of Vask

 

 

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Sous vide tuna, chili garlic oil, caramelized onion and puquillo peppers,
gorgonzola moshi with strawberries, sautéed lamb sweetbreads, olive mash potato,
tximichurri sauce and milk merengue

 

 

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Rob and Sunshine Pengson of The Goose Station

 

 

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Cheese, onion and walnut

 

 

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Foie gras and gingerbread terrine, rhubarb gelee, raspberry compote and macaron

 

 

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Tricia Locsin for Margarita Fores of Cibo

 

 

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Truffle mushroom Eton mess, prosciutto crisp

 

 

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Casa Artusi handmade garganelli, organic duck ragu, Chinese chestnut crumble

 

  

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Tippi Tambunting of Masetto

 

 

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Tagliolini bottarga and beef cheek ravioli with red wine jus

 

 

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J Gamboa of Cirkulo

 

 

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Roasted bone marrow served with brioche, beef belly marmalade and sea salt

 

 

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Snake River Farms American Kobe beef roast center cut sirloin served with sliced baguette
and horseradish cream, pommery mustard and thyme salt

 

 

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Errr… Okay, this was not very "Town & Country" of me, but a fat girl's gotta do what a fat girl's gotta do

 

 

The dessert spread was overwhelmingly delightful! I didn't know where to start and when to stop. Lol! :D

 

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Didier Derouet of Raffles and Fairmont Hotels

 

 

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Miko Aspiras of Raffles and Fairmont Hotels

 

 

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Strawberry Charlotte

 

 

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Calamansi Valrhona Guanaja

 

 

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Raspberry and White Chocolate L'Opera

 

 

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Earl Gray Tea Mousse

 

 

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And my favorite, Oriental Matcha and Sesame

 

 

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I had a little bit of everything

 

 

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And then some more. Check out the macaron burger and the cherry dipped in Iberico pork fat!

 

 

 Everyone was pleased. Just look at the smiles.

 

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Cutie, Sanju, Elbert, JJ and Cres

 

 

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Berna, Catha and Noel

 

 

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Tahnee, Susiean, Fat Girl, Terrence, Katherine

 

 

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 Karen and Johnny

 

 

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The eating didn't stop that night. It continued on till I finished the last spoonful of calamansi curd.
(The memory stick was spared.) 

 

 

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Congratulations Alicia and the Town & Country team for an indeed very fabulous food affair! :)

  

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