In a sea of food blog sites in the Philippines, there’s only one that I read on a regular basis from the time I stumbled upon it in 2006: Dessert Comes First. Surely there are thousands of food blogs out there, but only Lori Baltazar of DCF can masterfully combine excellent food photos with her beautiful prose — she can even write about something as simple as eggs so seductively, and that to me is the mark of a great writer. I first met Lori in early 2007 and I was so inspired by her that soon after, I also started my own blog. But Lori is definitely in a totally different league when it comes to food writing. Through the years, I’ve constantly wondered why she has not cooked up a book yet, and I’ve even sent her text messages about it a few times. Well, I know for a fact that writing a book entails a LOT of work (since my husband has written two law books and is currently updating my father-in-law’s books), and that Lori will never come out with something half-baked. And so, when DCF the book finally came out, it’s even better than what I hoped for. It really is worth all the wait. If you love food and love ogling food photos, give yourself or someone special this wonderful gift. Dessert Comes First is exclusively available at all Fully Booked branches for P1,499.00. LIKE. LIKE. LIKE.
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I’ve been wanting to try the green tea variant of Nestle KitKat for quite sometime but find it too expensive in local stores. Luckily, my niece, Trisha, recently visited Japan for a few days and brought home the best pasalubong for my adult taste. I’m sure not everyone will agree with me, but for a huge green tea lover like myself, KitKat Green Tea is my idea of an exquisite dessert. I love it to bits. One very enthusiastic LIKE.
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As a stay-at-home wife and mom, I’m usually torn between being thrifty and wanting to look good. I actually spend more on my food adventures than on what might be considered as “beauty products.” But now that I’m pushing 40, I realize that it’s time to make some effort to delay the signs of aging. I now use a night cream (Nivea Visage Sparkling White Night Care) to help reduce my very large facial pores. On a recent trip to Watsons, I grabbed a couple of Glam Works Body Scrub (in avocado and papaya) for P149.75. At buy-one-take-one, it was such a steal! The soft beads gently exfoliate my skin, making it softer and more supple. Plus I love the delicious fruity scents of avocado and papaya. I use them alternately every other day for a luxurious bath time experience without the costly skin care products. LIKE. LIKE. LIKE.
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La Petite Camille is a Vietnamese restaurant that originated from San Francisco, California and now has a branch in Greenbelt 5, Makati. Some weeks ago, I won a free appetizer dish from La Petite Camille‘s quiz on its facebook page. The dish was called Goi Cuon Chay or Fresh Vegetarian Rolls (priced at P195) which had vermicelli noodles, cabbage, carrots, turnips, celery, black mushrooms, basil and lettuce wrapped in fresh rice paper accompanied by its house sauce. While it was good and very filling, I prefer the Goi Du Du or Green Papaya Salad with Prawns (P245) which I ordered and paid for. Bursting with sweet-salty-citrusy flavors from the salad dressing of fish sauce, lime juice and sugar, I loved how light and refreshing it was. I can’t wait to try more of La Petite Camille‘s other signature dishes. LIKE.