Black Halter Jumpsuit: Mango | Black Belt: Miss Selfridge | Clutch, Heels, Ring: YSL | Bangles: Forever 21, Hermes | Watch: Gucci
This is how I spent my Chinese New Year–dinner at Red, Shangrila Makati with my boyfriend and his family. Not having spent the Gregorian calendar 2013’s New Year with him, I was extremely glad that I at least, got to spend the Lunar calendar one in his presence. Although it’s not that big of an occasion (as opposed to the real, legit New Year), I believe that every holiday spent in each other’s company is still time well-utilized.
Plus, I got my New Year’s kiss! Haha.
However, the main reason for the dinner wasn’t actually to celebrate the Chinese New Year–the date was originally reserved and scheduled for my soul sister Joanna’s 26th birthday salubong. Red is, after all, one of her favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, she was abruptly admitted to the hospital that very week for a minor surgery that cannot be further delayed.
So, being one of the most thoughtful individuals on the planet, she prodded all of us to go through with the dinner despite her unavailability so the reservation won’t go to waste. Plus, we can always celebrate her health and the fact that a little over 26 years ago, God brought her into this world so that she can make it more lively and wonderful to people like you and me!
Likewise, she figured, birthday celebrations can be pushed back to some other date–one where all her friends (who are mostly Chinese) will be present, and one where she’ll get to enjoy fully once she’s recovered. On that note, of course, we wanted to spend the onset of her birthday with her so as soon as dinner was over, we rushed back to the hospital to surprise her.
That said, Joanna is currently doing well, and she is stronger than ever–still beautiful, and still marvelous. So before my outfit posts and random ramblings, I would like to greet my FOSSIL a “Happy Unofficial Birthday!” It’s a brief shout-out because I think a lengthier post should be reserved for her soon-to-happen awesome bash! If you do have the time, make her hospital stay a wonderful one by greeting her over her ask.fm!
Pretenses aside, I’ve never been a fan of foie gras–I’ve always been so against the coppery taste and granulated texture of liver (so yes, I don’t eat chicken liver or isaw, dinuguan, batchoy, and any other food with liver as one of the ingredients). However, the foie gras they serve ate Red is a different story. It’s the only place that serves foie gras sans the pungent aftertaste. The texture is still basically the same but I can overlook that tidbit for something that’s so finely made (it melts in your mouth too). Plus, the contrast between the salty meat next to the glazed pear is just divine.
I ordered Sea Bass for my main course. I think I’ve been eating too much meat and steak that fish is a welcome alternative. The lemon cream sauce is a fine complement to the dish!
Plus, the dessert my boyfriend and I ordered (guess who ordered what):
My boyfriend’s watch–he has an enviable collection composed of pieces from all sorts of brands! From Casio to O-Clock, Omega, Baume, and Audemars. This limited edition Panerai is his current favorite and I like that it looks so gorgeous on his wrist!
Speaking of my boyfriend, before we hit the gym during noon, we went to have a quick early morning date at Poco Deli at the Ayala Triangle–a charming and quaint place that serves top-quality breakfast food.
This is my boyfriend’s order: Bacon Slab with two sunny-side up eggs. The moment I saw it, I knew it had to be in my mouth. I like that the cuts are thick as opposed to the usual thin bacon strips. It’s slightly salted and has that smoked aftertaste!
The Wagyu sausage is very tender and very tasty. I’m a huge fan of sausages and I’m a huge fan of Wagyu so it’s two of my favorites combined in one plate! It’s juicy, plump, and supple–it has that right amount of saltiness to it.
So this is how I spent my weekend! I hope you enjoyed yours too! Until next time! 🙂