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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mad for Mad Mark's

Last weekend, I had the best sandwich experience ever. I was never a big fan of sandwiches until I discovered Mad Mark's Man Sandwich and Frozen Desserts.

I had no idea what I was in for. Upon entering the restaurant, I immediately fell in love with its minimalist charm and warm, friendly atmosphere. My attention was redirected to the big, bold letters behind the counter, and despite the small menu, I found it difficult to choose. There were the Man Sandwiches that looked divine on the tables I passed, but I was dying to try the sumptuous-looking Zing Wings and fries as well. It was also tempting to have the dessert come first, with all the homemade ice cream flavors calling out to my sweet tooth.

photo credit: Joseph Interior

Good thing I was dining with friends. We all got to try the Lumberjack (without cheese for me), which is packed with certified Angus beef, mushrooms and caramelized onions, and the Mariner, a freshwater fish fillet with Mad Mark's house mariner sauce.

photo credit: Joseph Interior

Both tasted fresh and delicious from the crisp buttered Italian bread to the flavorful fillings. Each sandwich was a juicy, mouthwatering mouthful. (Yes, they're yummy and the servings are huge!) The difference between the two is that the Mariner is a little lighter, but still very tasty, while the Lumberjack is heavier, which is great for bigger appetites and meat lovers.

While I managed to avoid any allergic reaction from the sandwiches, I wasn't able to have much of the Herb Parmesan Fries, which my friends were crazy about. I had a taste after brushing off the cheese, and it was really, really good. They say I won't be able to tell exactly how good it is without Parmesan, though, so you better just see for yourself!

Didn't get to take a photo of the Zing Wings, which I liked because they had a nice, hot kick that was not too overwhelming. The Raspberry Cold Tea was also a delight. It went well with everything we ordered.

We were already full so we waited a few minutes before ordering some ice cream. After trying the Javan Hot Chocolate, Salted Sumatra, Madagascar Vanilla Bean and Half Baked Madagascar, I was glad we didn't skip dessert. What's great about their homemade frozen concoctions is that they're made without scrimping on ingredients. The first two are my personal favorites.

I'm definitely coming back for more! Mad Mark's Man Sandwich and Frozen Desserts is open daily at 23 East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Check out its Facebook page for more information.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Country Club Khaki

photo credit: and

I've been waiting for Orly's Country Club Khaki to get back in stock for months! At first I thought the grayish beige (greige!) shade would look dull on my nails, but it actually exudes a more sophisticated, but understated, feel. Plus, it goes perfectly with my entire wardrobe.

Pick up a bottle at Landmark Trinoma before stocks disappear again!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Style Note No. 10

(Beige and blue dresses, pussy bow blouse, and cocktail ring,; red skirt,; clutches, necklace and earrings,

The holidays are fast approaching and it's easy to get caught up in the shopping frenzy while hunting for great new pieces for the season. These days, however, practicality is key. You can look good without breaking the bank for, say, a dress that's so trendy and memorable that you wouldn't feel like wearing it again. Why not use timeless pieces--old or new--as a canvas, and "paint" them with a few bold or sparkly accessories, or maybe a trendy piece or two? That way, it would be a lot easier to incorporate your holiday pieces into your 2012 wardrobe!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Carnivores with a Sweet Tooth

Sampled some steaks and cool treats on my most recent trip to Mercato Centrale. My friends, boyfriend and I were surprised we actually managed to control ourselves this time--our table wasn't so full anymore, but we definitely were after all the meat and the sweets!


"Home cooked food, cooked good," read the sign. But it wasn't the tagline that got to us. These did:

The USDA Angus Beef Belly Roast...

...with the Wickedly Good Mashed Potatoes. Honestly, the latter should've been named "Wickedly Excellent"!

The sign was right. It tasted like a good home-cooked meal. The meat was very tender, though it could be more flavorful, while the smooth and buttery mashed potatoes sent us to carb heaven.

Steaks on Stick
Steaks really seemed to appeal to us that afternoon. We tried the Steaksilog and a couple sticks of Wagyu sans the rice.

I think a sauce with a spicier or tangier kick would complement the steaks even better. Fans of good ol' mushroom sauce, on the other hand, would enjoy the Pepper Mushroom Sauce. If you're looking for a heavy, tasty breakfast, the Steaksilog would definitely hit the spot.

Sebastian's Ice Cream
My friends were raving so much about the cheese ice cream with walnuts and honey (above), so even if I'm allergic to it, I can tell you that it's a must-try, along with Sebastian's Dive Bars!

The Snack Attack, my pick, was the best in my opinion. It's like salted caramel ice cream with a lot of crunch. With buttery ice cream dipped in caramel and rolled in chocolate-covered potato chips, peanut butter-covered pretzels, and honey-roasted peanuts, what more could you ask for?

I love dark chocolate and crisp butter toffee, so I thought the Butter Toffee Crunch was good, too.

The Naked Mango tasted like a frozen, perfectly ripe mango! It's quite creamy and has just the right amount of sweetness even if it's dairy-free and fat-free.

I can't wait to try the rest of Sebastian's Dive Bars. The desserts were definitely the cherry on top of this great meal. Click here to learn more about them!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ice Princess

Who: My cousin, figure skating champ Chloe, who was pretty as ever at our uncle's wedding
The Look: She rocked a babydoll cocktail dress in black silk and chiffon with pink details, which she paired with kitten heels and a matching purse in muted silver.

Chloe looked sweet, fresh and ladylike in her ensemble, which was complemented perfectly by her half beehive 'do--a hairstyle that's sleek and classic but fun and youthful at the same time.

photo credit: Teen Vogue

She reminded me so much of Elle Fanning, as well as Anne Hathaway's look in a Teen Vogue feature in 2004 (above).

Très chic!

NOTE: All City Streets photos are posted with permission from the subjects

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