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sundate no.33

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When the fambam celebrated Tatay’s 63rd last June in Josephine’s Tagaytay, we listed the neighboring Summit Ridge Hotel next. Tho that “next” took a month to happen, it was well-worth the wait especially that July wasn’t a good month because of the rammasun, and Tagaytay was severely hit.

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Like the usual Sundays when we’re home at the parental house, we would drove to The Little Souls to hear the 10am mass. We loved it there because it’s serene and away from the bustling city sound effects. After the mass, the family would normally troop at the ridge to have lunch. We’re the usual family, who loves to enjoy good food and good vibes, and admit it or not a well put together place is vital, and hotel setting is always impressive and seamless.

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When we spotted this tarp the last time, we thought it was cheaper and probably a nice change from our usual grind. So without further ado, we visited C2 Classic Cuisine last August 3. Tho we came a little unsure of this dining adventure just because the tarp was removed from the hotel’s façade already, we pushed it anyway.

Guess what? It was my first time to step in at Summit Ridge Hotel. Yes, even if we’ve been frequenting Tagaytay for the longest time I could only name a few hotels I’ve been there to. It’s because we find it impracticable to pay thousands for a night sleep when a comfy retreat –the parental house, awaits our homecoming now and then. Other than, we would obviously enjoy a signature hotel scent in the morning of crisp linen and lavenders, and a breakfast buffet to complement the morning vibe. It’s too ideal you know. I love. ♥  This time around we’re just visiting the hotel to have lunch.

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Arriving at past 11am, we’re the first customer by far so we had time to scan the spread and pick a comfy seat of our choice –where lighting and ventilation was mostly considered. Anyhow, the spread wasn’t too many, I expected that already but I think it’s just fair for its P499 price so if you’d complain about it’s being limited get ready to pay double and go off to Taal’s Café Veranda instead.

But what came up a surprise to me and to my family was, C2’s spread were wholly the food we were just craving about. It was like we phoned in the chef and asked him to cook our favorites. We can’t be any happier this time.

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The fambam started to lunch literally while I remained in awed and left me eating my greens again. I always thought it’s a nice starter and Kansi (Ilonggo’s version of sinigang and bulalo) was just right to warm my belly. I had a piece of bread, and jam and butter to pair with. Well, it would be a more welcome treat if there would at least two kinds of cheese around –sharp and strong, I suggest.

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Bread station

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The famed Adobong Balut

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Dessert Corner

I wasn’t able to capture the complete spread but I assure you everything is delicious and filling and would make you come back for more. They serve plain rice and bagoong rice, which was more like Thai rice because it had green mango. We all loved this bagoong rice to bits, perfect to pair with anything grilled. They had Gising-Gising (winged bean cooked in coconut milk with shrimp and grilled pork) and Pakbet (topped with daing na bangus). Other hot dishes include Adobong Balut, which the sisteret craved a day before this dining event, Tid-Tad (dinuguan in Pampanga), Grilled Liempo and Morcon. I don’t know with you but I enjoyed my lunch because everything tasted freshly cooked.

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From Upper Left Clockwise: My happy plate with everything on it –bagoong rice, gising-gising, pakbet, grilled liempo, morcon and adobong balut, Tid-Tad at puto, my dessert plate  –watermelon, black forest cake and turon de leche + brewed coffee and Kansi

Tho on a second note I hope there’s a fish dish for my old folks who cannot pander too much on meat and cholesterol pounding recipes. Hehehe. For dessert they had fresh fruits –watermelon and pineapple, turon the leche (which was another hit), black forest cake (which the fambam almost cleared up) and halo-halo station. Unlimited refill of drinks was included –four seasons, calamansi, I forgot the other one. And mind you, coffee was available –limitless as well. On top of everything, service was impeccable. All wait staffs were well-mannered and welcoming, most especially our dedicated wait staff, Mr. Warren Cueno. He ensured our experience was pleasant and extra exceptional. My old folks appreciated much the little chat. Thank you for the warm treatment, we left very happy and we look forward in visiting back. 🙂

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So the next time you’ll visit Tagaytay, try C2’s Weekend Buffet, you’ll never go wrong anyway with Pinoy comfort food. ♥

 

 

C2 Classic Cuisine
G/F Summit Ridge Hotel
Km 58 Maharlika West, General Emilio. Aguinaldo Highway,
Tagaytay City, Philippines 4120
 
 
 

P.S. Yes, the niece can play the piano so she’d better memorize a piece in prep to our come back 😀

 

B’s birthday day out

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We haven’t yet really celebrated my big B’s 7th birthday tho during our visit 3 weeks ago we gave her a day out bonus. It’s the usual fare with the kids minus the whole fambam because I want it to be minimal, and I want B to have all the attention this time. Before we drove to Yellow Cab I told husband to drop me off first at Savemore supermarket so I can buy B a simple birthday cake. No birthday is complete without a birthday cake, right? So when I spotted a caramel flavored one at Iko’s which B could also eat (chocolates are no-no for dogs) I paid for it right away. I thought it’s nicely done considering its cheap.

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At Yellow Cab we picked the outdoor sitting so B can sit freely tho it had its disadvantages because B gets distracted from people passing by. We could have dined at the semi-outdoor area but the climate was quite humid that afternoon, not so good for our birthday girl. And like the usual, the kids ordered to their heart’s content, we had pizza and pasta, and quesadillas from the neighboring Army Navy. We skipped ice cream despite their pleading, I told them that we’ll grab one at the supermarket later that day –the salted caramel  flavored one.

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My B of course enjoyed her Classic Burger from Army Navy, she ate only half of it and took home the other half for Boi. Yes, we’ve thought her well the value of sharing. Dadi forked her some bites of pizza as well. While B radiates a happy aura that day she was feeling sick inside and we had to give her antibiotics soon as we got home. And for the past three years, it may just be coincidence or just my being paranoid at times, B gets sick and gloomy whenever the birthday month is nearing and Momi isn’t happy about it any more. 😦

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We dropped by at Summit Ridge so B can make the most of this day out, on her normal grind she loved to wander around the open space other than this time she really felt weak and tired and preferred to lie down on his Dadi’s lap while they watched the performers that night. She even ignored our ice cream fight and doesn’t even asked a single scoop. My Poor baby! We decided to drive home before 9pm so she can fully rest.

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Back at home, the kids were excited of her cake and they blew the candles on B’s behalf. B was already in deep sleep this time and we don’t want to interrupt her dreaming as she made quivers and leg twitches. I wonder what her dream was. Well, I hope it’s not a fight with a dream burglar bunso. 🙂 And yes, we’re still celebrating her birthday this August. We’ll bring her soon at this dog café so she could sample a real restaurant meal cooked rightly for her. I hope we could bring Boi as well only that I fear he might broke everything around. Sigh!

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Still, we wish you a happy birthday Bunso, i wish you more healthy years and fun days to wiggle about. ♥

 

family weekend|may 24-25

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Yet, I was fortunate to spend another weekend again with the fambam last May 24-25. I had a good excuse to come home because I needed to fit my gown for Mjane’s wedding. The husband had work on that particular Sunday so we decided to squeeze a night out on Saturday eve so as not to waste the weekend itself. And the thought that my cousin Irish needed a breather from all the clamor of marital challenge, well, none that a box of pizza can fix. Hehehe

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We went to our default go-to place even if I wanted to try a different resto that night, we had the favorites –Roasted Garlic & Shrimp, Chicken Alfredo, Shrimp Alfredo and Cheese Quesadillas. It was an early dinner because we can’t stay too late esp that we had kids in tow, Irish’ kiddo in particular. Tho the get-together was some sort of quick we had a good time, they enjoyed my monopod to bits. 🙂

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what keeps us alive at around 2am #mrsfieldsicecream #diybananasplit

Back at home, we stayed very late until past 2am, we were already planning for Nanay’s birthday at that time –the breakfast spree which everyone enjoyed last Sunday. And well, because it was fun and at the same time momentous I’ll try to blog about it right away. Next…

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The following day, the Sunday, seeing that the temperature will just bore me to death I invited Nanay & the kids to SM Dasmarinas so we could go around and at the same time buy the kids school supplies. School is nearly opening and yet they don’t have even a piece of pencil yet, bad Ninang I should have given this priority since I’m accountable for these school supply things yearly.  We look through National Bookstore to buy all the notebooks, and pens, and art materials, and SAM’s not-so important, relevant school items. I remember our time, Che and I fancy those scented pens, notebooks and erasers, we even have a special glue roll-on which the classmate once thought a roll-on perfume. Hahaha. We used to own King Jim notebooks because they’re stylish and neat to look at. The parents assured we have the best so we won’t feel sorry just because the classmates were the rich and famous then.

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Right after that exhausting shopping spree for school supplies I demanded that we should have some good food, some real food for dinner. And since we still have SAM’s Pancake House GCs we thought it’s time to make use of it. Yipee! Finally, I’m not so paying a thousand bucks for dinner. 😀

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Nanay and I shared the Golden Tinapa I’ve been raving from the time I got a taste it. Glad that it didn’t disappoint Nanay’s very picky palate, in fact it won her heart. She even considered it cheap because of the serving size and its inclusion. I got an additional order of taco because I’ve been reading good things about it other than my judgment is unalike, probably not the best taco in town for me.

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Sam had an order of Bacon Waffle which I didn’t get to taste because I was really full from finishing an order of rice, btw, the little boy had the Slice ‘n Shine from the Kids Menu. It was pan seared meatloaf slices, sunny side up egg and plain rice. I think he enjoyed it despite its being plain and boring because he almost finished it.

We were home by 8pm, I rushed to prepare our things because we’re scheduled to drive back to Manila that same night, it was tiring yes but it was rewarding at the same time. At my age right now, I easily get tired so staying at home and sleeping during my off was far more gratifying but I’m not trading anything, time is flying so fast so I want to make the most out of it, I won’t pass up on things I can enjoy and do today, tomorrow maybe too late for me to realize what I have given up.

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These, I don’t want to regret when I’m too old and gray…