31 January 2015

Enjoy Hearty Meals at Chelsea Kitchen

If you frequent Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall, you would probably be familiar with Chelsea Kitchen. Located near the entrance of the Mega Fashion Hall fronting EDSA, it is one of the first few places that would catch your attention upon entering the mall. You could actually even see the place from the MRT if you happen to pass by Shaw and Ortigas lol. Anyway, I was able to try out some of Chelsea Kitchen's best sellers a few days ago with my blogger friends and I couldn't wait to share to you my wonderful experience!

What sets Chelsea Kitchen apart from other restaurants in the area is that the restaurant is literally open to the public. Even their kitchen is very bare that you could see how your food is being prepared. Nevertheless, it is one place where you could sit back and relax after a long day of shopping. It could even be a place where boyfriends or husbands could wait while their loved ones are shopping around the mall. :p

As regards Chelsea Kitchen's menu, it is a combination of the bestsellers from other members of the Raintree Restaurant group, such as Stella, Grand Cafe Chelsea, and Mr. Jones, among others. Upon hearing this, I immediately expected a lot from Chelsea Kitchen and I could say that I was definitely not disappointed. Anyway, here are some of the dishes that I was able to try at Chelsea Kitchen:

Mushroom "Chicharon" - P195

This mushroom chicharon is definitely one of my favorites! I know some people who won't eat mushroom and this could be a nice way to make them eat their veggies lol. Anyway, it comes with basil pesto aioli and spiced vinegar dip. But I like this one better on its own.

Truffled Spinach Cream Dip in a Bread Bowl - P250

Honestly, this dip would be good on its own as a soup. After the tortilla chips were gone, all I wanted to do is grab a spoon and eat the dip like a soup. The consistency of the dip is very creamy, not necessarily thick, but just perfect to pair it with the chips. 

Chili Lime Chicken and Chorizo Nachos - P295

I am not really a fan of nachos but this one is very good. It has feta crumble, grilled corn, fresh cilantro, and salsa salad. What I like most about this one is how plentiful the toppings are. Most nachos sold in stalls and restaurants seem to be lacking ingredients and this one is honestly a hearty dish.

The CK Chicken Salad - P250

The CK Chicken Salad is a combination of char-grilled Asian pesto chicken, peanut plum dressing, fresh basil, cilantro, mint, and Asian slaw. Upon serving, one of the staff of Chelsea Kitchen will assist the customer in tossing the salad as part of their presentation. Personally, I liked this salad a lot. I usually don't get satisfied with eating just a salad. But I feel like it is something that I could eat for lunch or dinner and wouldn't feel hungry after. Probably because of the generous amount of chicken that the salad has.

Meat Parts Pizza - P350
Super Garlic Cream Pizza  - P250

Pizzas served at Chelsea Kitchen are stone-fired. The dough is made everyday so everything is served really fresh. The crust of the pizza is somewhat thick but the body itself isn't. Nevertheless, it is not that thin that the toppings would fall of the pizza. Between the two that was served, my favorite is the Meat Parts variant. Definitely sinfully good!

Smoked Tinapa Agli Olio - P320 

I am not a fan of Agli Olio as well as I am more inclined to pesto or cream based pastas. But I liked the Smoked Tinapa Agli Olio very much! I like how plain the base of the pasta is as a contrast to the strong flavor of the tinapa. Anyway, this one contains angel hair, fresh basil, wild arugula, pepperoncini, cherry tomatoes, and herb crumbs.

Truffled Mushroom Cream and Bacon Spaghetti - P320

This one's a winner! I just love anything with bacon in it. And with the truffled mushroom cream, this pasta is a perfect combination of both ingredients. I am just curious though if the flavor would be enhanced if another type of pasta would be used for this dish. But definitely, this is one dish that I would have again at Chelsea Kitchen.

US Roast Beef and Gravy - P495

Again, another favorite! I even had a second serving of this dish because it's so good. The beef is very tender and literally melts in your mouth. With it is a generous serving of gravy which, let me tell you, would make you ask for another serving of rice. Though I think this dish is ideally for two to three people, I could finish it all by myself. I find it quite expensive, but I think it is worth the price!

Fried Chicken Parmigiana - P320, Herb Rice Pilaf - P80

For some reason, anything that is paired with cheese instantly becomes a hit! This is probably why the Fried Chicken Parmigiana is something that my blogger friends and I all loved. This fried chicken dish contains herb crumbs and smothered in white sauce and melted mozzarella. I find this dish as something that kids would love. A little different from the typical fried chicken, but something that would still be irresistible to them.

Triple Decker Club Melt - P320

Chelsea Kitchen likewise carries sandwiches which I think are perfect for merienda. Their servings are good for sharing though (unless you're exhausted from roaming around the mall). Anyway, what we had is a Triple Decker Club Melt which contains grilled pesto chicken, farmer's ham, egg salad, american cheddar, romaine, tomatoes, and pesto aioli. This is served with house-made fresh cut fries. This one's definitely filling as the bread is quite thick and the contents itself are very generous.

Donut Holes - P195

And just when I though I had no more space left in my tummy, these adorable looking donut holes came out of the kitchen. These are dulce de leche filled and served with warm chocolate dip. Well, you could drizzle the dip over the donut but I guess the better option is to just let it swim in the dip for a while before finally eating it. By the way, they likewise have cakes which are displayed near the counter if you opt a sweeter type of dessert.

Chelsea Waffles: Salted Caramel and Bacon - P220

Definitely one of the oddest combinations that I have heard, but it works really well! It's a really great mix of salty and sweet flavors. And as I have said, I am a fan of bacon so this one is also a winner for me. But seriously, I cannot still figure out how they cooked the bacon in such way that it would remain flat yet crispy. 

Cafe Dulce De Leche - P160, Cappuccino Smile - P145

Having coffee after a really great meal is one of my favorite things to do. I had Iced Cafe Dulce de Leche but I found it too sweet for my taste. Aside from coffee, Chelsea Kitchen also has diner style milkshakes, malts and floats, and other crafted refreshments. I was able to try their Banana Cream Pie Milkshake and I loved it!

As I see it, Chelsea Kitchen is a place where you could drop by before heading home after a long day of shopping with your family or friends. As I have said on my Instagram post, everything seem to be so healthy even with the ones with tons of bacon on it. It is probably because of how the food was prepared and how fresh the ingredients are. Personally, the price range of their dishes isn't really student friendly. I'd have to bring my mom with me the next time I visit lol. But in Chelsea Kitchen, you get what you pay for - hearty meals with generous serving and prepared using only the freshest ingredients.

Thank you Chelsea Kitchen and Aldous for having me! :)

Chelsea Kitchen
Ground Floor SM Mega Fashion Hall, 
Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City 

Visit Chelsea Kitchen's social media accounts for more info:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/raintreechelseakitchen
Twitter - https://twitter.com/raintreechelsea
Website - http://www.raintreerestaurants.com

XO, Mish

29 January 2015

Go Vintage with Champagne Wedding Dresses

Change is indeed inevitable. Even the most stringent of traditions have been somewhat modified, though not totally, as the years pass. The same can be said as regards wedding dresses. What used to be purely white has now been altered into different colors. I've seen a few brides donning red wedding dresses. There were also a few who leaned towards colors which resembles white such as ecru and beige. Among these various color choices, I could say that champagne is one of the most popular.

Though not drastically different from white wedding dresses, champagne colored wedding dresses gives off a more feminine and elegant vibe. It makes the dress look ironically old-fashioned yet trendy. It is perfect for simple and intimate weddings or even garden weddings with that vintage feel. And to achieve that completely romantic vibe, champagne lace wedding dresses are the perfect choice! The romantic color of the dress paired with the femininity and sexiness that lace gives off makes the bride look as lovely as ever. 

Getting the perfect champagne wedding dress is very easy at Weddingshe.com. With hundreds of dresses to choose from, you’ll find that one dress that would surely match your taste. Moreover, they have options that would cater your necessities such as having the dress shipped urgently or having the dress in a custom size as to make it fit you like a glove. For more of Weddingshe’s selection, visit their website here: http://www.weddingshe.com/list/Champagne-Wedding-Dresses-112607/.

XO, Mish

Shop the Latest Trends in Wedding Dresses at Rosa Novias

Shopping for wedding dresses has always been a tedious task for brides. Luckily for people nowadays, there are now online shops that sell wedding dresses for less. However, choosing a shop where to get your dress from is the tricky part. You would want a shop that carries the latest trends but at the same time carries one-of-a-kind designs. You would not want a dress that looks like everything else in the Internet, would you?

This is what makes Rosa Novias very interesting. They offer wedding dresses that is up to date, yet the designs are very unique. Moreover, their designs are very versatile. They are perfect for garden, outdoor, or even church weddings. Everything is just so elegant and feminine. Nothing outrageous or something that a bride won't really wear on her special day. Among the designs that they carry, my favorite would definitely be their mermaid wedding dresses. There’s always something special about mermaid wedding dresses, probably why I've been raving about them during my past blog posts. They’re very popular nowadays and even celebrities are fan of such style. Anyway, here’s one of my many favorites from their website:

Charming Mermaid Sweetheart Sleeveless Beading Lace Wedding Dress

Shopping from their website is very easy too. The photos and description are very detailed. You have an option to get it in your size or have it customized for an extra fee. The color of the dress can be changed too depending on your preference. Also, if you needed the dress urgently, they also have options to have it shipped within 5 to 8 working days. For more details about Rosa Novias, visit their website at http://www.rosanovias.com/.

XO, Mish

25 January 2015

Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!

Lazada.com.ph's Online Revolution Month just ended recently but they are yet to come up again with a new shopping event for everyone! The Online Revolution shopping event held last December 12, 2014 was, by the way, a successful one with 12 times more orders, 10 times more new shoppers, and 15 times more returning customers just for that single day.

Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!

To start the year 2015, they are launching the Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale to be held this January 27, 2015. For this very special day, deals of as much as 88% off on select best-selling items, flash sales, and surprise items will be offered. The sale will start at 12:01 AM of January 27 and will end on 11:59 PM of the same day only at www.lazada.com.ph/chinese-new-year/.

Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!
Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!
Lazada Philippines' CEO, Inanc Balci, shares more details about the recently concluded Online Revolution Month and the Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this 27th of January.

If you are curious as to what makes it different from the other sale that Lazada.com.ph has previously staged, here are a few pointers to get you started:

1. For the shopaholic nightowls, Lazada.com.ph will be holding night Sales Promotion from 12:00 AM – 8:00 AM of January 27, with many night vouchers up for grabs to give you the best additional discounts on top of discounted best selling items!
2. For those who seek adventure and shopping thrill, there will be 16 Hourly Flash Sales from 8:00 AM until 11:59 PM!
3. For the competitive shoppers, there will be hourly contests and special prizes on www.lazada.com.ph and on the Lazada Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines;
4. For the Deal Hunters to get more out of their hard-earned bucks, Lazada.com.ph will be unveiling killer deals  on best-selling tech and lifestyle items with discounts of as much as 88%!!!
5. For those who seek shopping discounts, exclusive discount vouchers can be availed from our partners such as Smart Bro, Citibank, BPI, BDO and Maybank.

Anyway, here are some deals that I know all of you will be interested in:

Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!
Definitely have my eyes set on that Mango bag set!
Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!
MAC Lipstick for only P850, anyone?
Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!
Super cheap Avent bottles! :)
Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!
Go Pro Hero 4 for only P17,800 and if you're on a limited budget, the SJ14000 is offered for only P2,600 that day!
Lazada starts 2015 with a Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale happening this January 27!
Mobile phones on a low price!

Aside from those jaw dropping deals, you could also get a chance to win a new Redmi 1S from Lazada, just visit the Lazada Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale Facebook event (http://goo.gl/27A94D). And lastly, I'll be posting on my Facebook page (facebook.com/lbdandonesies) a P500 off discount code which you could use on top of the discounted prices posted during the Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale!

So spread the word and take advantage of this year’s opening sale from the Philippines’ Biggest Online Shopping Mall – www.lazada.com.ph.

XO, Mish

19 January 2015

Belle De Jour / BDJ Power Planner 2015

I already got myself a planner for the year but there's no stopping me from getting the Belle de Jour Power Planner 2015. Just like last year, the deal is my sister will keep the planner while I get the Lifestyle Card and some of the coupons that I like. This planner is definitely worth every peso because I was able to save a lot from the free CBTL upsize I get from the card.

This year, I got the Belle de Jour Power Planner in Smythesewn. For the past two years, I got the Spiral version and the Exclusive Grey Leather version. This one costs P538 with free provincial shipping. Best thing is that there are several payment options. I opted to pay with PayPal for this one.

Cover of the BDJ Power Planner Smythsewn

Anyway, here are some of the features of the new BDJ Power Planner:

Info part
BDJ Checklist 2015

Most of the parts of the BDJ Planner were maintained such as the BDJ Checklist, Health Plan, Cash Flow and Bills Tracker. However, there were several new ones that were incorporated in the new BDJ Power Planner 2015 such as the Ikigai, BDJ Box Challenge, Rules of Photography, among others.

Health Plan
BDJ Box Challenge
Rules of Photography

Personally, I like how the daily planner has a checklist although what I do is put items for school on the larger part and items for blogging on the checklist part. It helps me organize both without mixing them up or forgetting an item.

Monthly view
Weekly view
Bills Tracker

The best part about the BDJ Power Planner 2015 is that the coupons are now placed in a separate booklet. It's such a hassle how thick previous BDJ Planners were because of numerous coupons placed inside.  This time, they placed the coupons in a separate booklet to make the planner itself compact. I love how there are new shops and establishments that BDJ has paired up with such as 360 Fitness Club and Fitness First.

BDJ Lifestyle Card
Coupon tracker

Among the versions BDJ has come up with, I definitely like the Exclusive Leather Grey version the most. I am personally not a fan of the cover designs BDJ has come up with. I like simple ones and the grey version definitely suits my taste. Nevertheless, I am getting this planner for next year again.

What planner did you get for 2015? :)

XO, Mish

08 January 2015

Welcome, 2015!

Not yet done with my exams, but I just had the urge to post something lol. I usually start the year with a "New Year" post, but I didn't have time during the past few days to make one. I hope you don't mind if it is 8 days late. Honestly, 2014 wasn't the best year for me. It was filled with unexpected challenges, failures, and disappointments. And I don't feel like elaborating on them anymore. Nevertheless, I had good times last year as well. I was able to meet tons of new people through school and blogging. I was able to accomplish some goals and I made a lot (as compared to last year) through blogging. I guess we just really can't have it all.

photo from Google Images

For this year, I just wanted to delete anything unnecessary from my life and focus on things that really matter. I keep on trying to let people and things into my life which do not deserve to be there. I just pray for patience and wisdom so that I'll make the right decisions.

Anyway, as a tradition, I'll be sharing some of the goals that I wanted to accomplish for this year. I think I was able to accomplish three out of the ten goals I have set last year. Not that I was not able to do anything about them, they just did not materialize this year. So I am adding them again to my list this year. :)

1. Survive law school!!!
2. Save enough money for Guam - halfway there!
3. Learn how to cook at least 5 dishes.
4. Attend a dance class - Wanted to try out pole dancing for the longest time
5. Go to the beach!
6. Make a song cover playing the ukulele lol.
7. Be fit (and probably have Coleen Garcia's abs :p)
8. Keep focused!
9. Be the best mom to Z. :)
10. To be patient!

I figured that I should cross out last year's number 10 because it'll eventually happen when the right person comes. My goal is just to be patient this year so that I could wait for that to happen. Crossing my fingers on all of these cause I know this year won't get any easier.

Hoping everyone a great year! :)

XO, Mish

03 January 2015

Villa del Conte now Comes in Bars

The delightful goodness of premium artisanal chocolate Villa del Conte is now available in luscious chocolate bars. Indulge in cioccolato al latte finissimo, and savor the perfect combination of fine milk chocolate and hazelnut chips. For just the right amount of sweetness, enjoy the cioccolato extra fodente made from 50% dark chocolate, infused with the exquisite flavors of crunchy toffee and sea salt. To get your very own Villa del Conte chocolate bar, visit Villa Del Conte at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinson’s Magnolia. For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101.

Go to http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com/ to know more about Villa del Conte, or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillaDelContePh, Instagram: http://instagram.com/villadelconte and Twitter: https://twitter.com/VilladelConte.

XO, Mish