Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

When I hear the word “indulge” what comes to my mind are FOOD and VANITY!

I indulge myself with things that would feed me (literally and figuratively speaking) whenever my time and my money permit.

* * * * flooding with self-portraits and lots and lots and LOTS of food!!! * * * *

New Year = New Look ! ! !

Every six months or so, I’ll visit the salon and have my hair rebounded. I wished to have a fiery-red hair just like my old wig but I also feared that my boss would kick me out for doing such. December came and so did our beefed-up salary. I really wanted a new look! I disregarded the fear of losing my job and I hurried to Heaven’s Salon (Rizal branch) right after our trip to Mindoro. Haha! It was long and tiring because we spent almost ten hours to get everything done. Since my hair was originally black, dyeing it hot-red turned it auburn-ish instead. I was dissatisfied at first but I learned to love it. I will go back there after three months to have it redone (and hopefully get the result I want)… then the cycle will continue.

Cross Pendant Collection

My fiancé wore a cross pendant when we first met. Ever since that day, I had been fascinated with cross pendants and I have collected quite a lot in due time. I am not religious, though, so I never bought crucifixes. Crosses are staple accessories for Goths. Most of my necklaces and pendants have either been worn out, given to others or misplaced. I only have the current batch with me now. More details on this blog entry: [My Collection : Pendants . . .]

… and now, the FOOD!!!

Feast thy eyes with photos of luscious dishes and sweet pastries from various restaurants and shops within Metro Manila. For details, please read my [blogs about food and drinks].

Hamburg with Shrimp

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Brunch ( Tokyo Café & Conti’s ). . .

My high school friends and I celebrated our uber-delayed Christmas Party by going to SM-North (The Block) and having brunch in Tokyo Café. We also headed to TrinoMa and had dessert in Conti’s.

TOKYO CAFÉ

I love dining in Tokyo Café because they serve delicious food all the time. I still ordered their patty but this time I tried the Hamburg and Shrimp. My friends ordered pasta (forgot what it’s called), Beef Al Ajilo and Pork Shoga Yaki.

The Hamburg and Shrimp's patties and side dishes are very delicious but I disliked the taste of the Ebi Tempura dipped in Caesar's Salad.

The Pork Shoga Yaki is kinda sweet and tender. I didn't like the potato salad, though.

Beef Al Ajilo -- I'm unsure of the name. Clari said this is the beef counterpart of the Pork Shoga Yaki. It tastes good!

I can't remember the name of this Bolognese-ish pasta.

Of course, my meal will not be complete without this. ♥

CONTI’S

The customer service we received in Conti’s was very unsatisfactory. The guard (who was acting like a waiter) forgot to take down our names so instead of us being third in the queue, a group who came after us were served first. It also took them more than ten minutes to serve the food we ordered. Aside from these, their comfort rooms are so dirty! It’s a good thing that their pastries are delicious, otherwise the long and strenuous walk from SM-North to TrinoMa was just a waste. I can recommend their pastries, but dining in is a big no-no.

This is the first time I tasted a Blueberry Cheesecake and I really liked it.

Their Tiramisu is quite soft, compared to those that we purchase elsewhere.

The Mango Bravo is Conti's best seller pastry. This is one of the biggest "casual" cakes I've seen as well. It tastes good.

Black Gulaman & Sago ... too sweet.

Tokyo Café (Late Night Dinner 12) . . .

♥ Mouth-watering Demi Hamburg ♥

Dad’s leaving for Saudi Arabia tomorrow morning so he treated us din-din in our favorite family restaurant – Tokyo Café. Last time I was there was during my birthday celebration and I miss their mouth-watering Demi Hamburg. ☺

It’s a good thing that not too many people were dining tonight so we were able to get good seats as soon as we got there. This is Lola’s and Tita’s first time eating in a fancy restaurant so we had to help them choose what to order and explain their contents. It’s a good thing they enjoyed every bite of those delicious meals. I also got to test macro shots using the OLYMPUS FE-4000 that dad gave me. ☺