10.18.2014

Avenue Plaza Hotel: Afternoon Tea

Honestly, I'm not a fan of tea but this experience changed that. Last September 16, Avenue Plaza Hotel held an exclusive event for the launch of the new sets of Afternoon Tea as well as the welcoming of the new chefs of the renowned hotel. The event was attended by the Luxe Club Members comprised of some key personalities in Naga and bloggers.
It was my first time to try Avenue Plaza Hotel's Afternoon Tea. I've been itching to try it since I've heard a lot of good feedback from my friends; lucky me I got invited not just to try one, but all of the three newly crafted sets.

Being the top hotel in Naga, Avenue Plaza Hotel provides the best accommodation and services. The ambiance of the place would be perfect for dates and family get-togethers. Plus, each corner is picture-perfect or should I say, very 'Instagram-able'! Haha.

So let's talk about the new and improved sets of the Afternoon Tea. The Classic was the first that was launched to the public a year ago and because of the demand for it, the hotel decided to improve the said set and add another two - namely the Exquisite and Signature Set.

Each set is served together with your choice of Twinnings tea and beautifully crafted pastries that would definitely entice your eyes and tummy. An array of pastries are served in each set and of course, the price also varies. But I tell you, with the mouthwatering pastries combined with the great atmosphere and service, it's all worth it!

CLASSIC (P580)

Coffee Panna Cotta, Mudcake, Baba Au Rhum with Pistachio, Boston Cream Cake
Double Chocolate Cookies, Oatmeal Dates Cookies, Avenue Mini Ensaimada, Apricot Dreams
Quiche Lorraine, Chicken Mango Crepes, Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich
L-R: Boston Cream Cake; Quiche Lorraine
The Classic Set is the cheapest among the three. I personally love the Boston Cream Cake, Avenue Mini Ensaimada and the Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich. Their 'small-but-teribble' BLT Sandwich is so yummy that I had to go back to the serving table for my take two! Haha!

 EXQUISITE (P620)

Carrot Walnut Muffin, Mini Brioche Filled with Ube, Mango Yoghurt Terrine, Macapuno Pie
Revel Bars, Mocca Paris Brest, Ube Almond Macaroons, Fruit Tart
Swan Liver Mousse, Croque Monsieur, Smoked Salmon Sandwich
L-R: Smoked Salmon Sandwich; Macapuno Pie; Swan Liver Mousse; Mango Yoghurt Terrine
My personal favorite from this set is the Fruit Tart. I commend how they garnish each pastry. Look at that plating, their Liver Mousse is even shaped as a swan! I actually had second thoughts about eating them because I wouldn't want to destroy such pretty piece of art. But my tummy's the priority, not the eyes, so yeah. (^^,)

SIGNATURE (P680)

Silvanas, Macademia Cranberry Tart, Double Chocolate Pudding, Cream Cheese Brownies
Butter Scotch, Cinnamon Swirl, Profiteroles, Scones
Ham, Cheese and Salami Sandwich, Chicken Empanada, Quiche Florentine
L-R: Cinnamon Swirl; Butter Scotch; Double Chocolate Puddling
Lasty, the Signature Set. Since I'm such a sucker for cinnamon, you would have probably guessed my fave from this set. I also liked the Silvanas, Butter Scotch, and Ham, Cheese and Salami Sandwich.


Let me introduce you the powerhouse of Avenue Plaza Hotel's kitchen - Executive Chef Rudy Velasco and Pastry Chef Paul Oraa.

Both are respectable chefs in their expertise and from their experiences and achievements, one could say they are one of the bests - their cooking is a testimony.


Writing this post makes me want to 'experience the good life' once again, and over and over. Visit Avenue Plaza Hotel and try their Afternoon Tea Sets now!

Afternoon Tea is available daily at the Cafe Plazuela of Avenue Plaza Hotel from 2PM to 6PM. For inquiries and reservations call (054)4739999.

Thank you very much to the management of Avenue Plaza Hotel for inviting us and to Ate Apple of Soul Searching Soul for making this possible.

Photos are from my personal phone, Nick Pahati and Avenue Plaza Hotel's Facebook Page.

xoxo, 
  Didi


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10.04.2014

Turning a Year Older


Have you ever entered a room full of teenagers and you suddenly felt old? Well, I just experienced it the other day when I went to Mcdo - it just dawned on me that geez, I'm aging!

bracelets, Sassy Pink Shoppe iDesign by Juvybee

I turned 21 last September 24. Crazy how time flies so fast and a lot crazier how one day you just really feel like you've matured substantially! When you start to earn your own moolah, you would be more independent, more careful to make decisions down to the nitty-gritty of things esp money matters (coz you don't have your weekly allowance from your folks anymore. Haha!), and more aware of your actions.

Growing older means you become wiser. In retrospect, I made a couple of dumb decisions in my life and a trip down memory lane makes me laugh each time. One day, I'll figure out why the struggles of the past happened and however scary the future might be, I'm still on my way, in high heels, with a positive disposition.
Find inspiration everyday even in the simplest things and get that fierce butt going. That way, we will all age beautifully; let's keep celebrating life itself!

Photography and Postprocessing: Nick Pahati

xoxo, 
  Didi


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9.14.2014

Keeping it Plain

I've been working my butt off. And finally I found time to type this down and share these lovely photos with you guys. I've always wanted to have an all white outfit for a shoot. It spells fresh vibe and elegance all over!
I loved our location during this shoot as well as how the photos turned out. Of course these are again taken by the magical hands of my good friend, Nick Pahati. As you might have noticed, most of my recent posts were taken by him since we almost always spontaneously have fun shoots together for no apparent reason. Well actually, there's one big reason behind stuff like these - it's simply our passion.
high-waisted shorts: Thrifting Treasures; kitten heels: Zalora
Shoutout to my sister who inadvertently left this top at home when she went back to Manila. I did not remind her about it on purpose so yeah baby, dibs on me! Haha! *evil laugh*

How do you like the photos and the outfit? Comment down below. Watch out for another set with Nick Pahati still! Hopefully I can blog about it soon!
By the way, I would like to invite you to celebrate being young together with SM Youth. The SM Youth Family is already here in Naga up until September 21 and A-Fash will be there too! Please see more details here.

Support us by using the hashtag #SMYouthLovesAFash and #SMYouthRoadTrip!


xoxo, 
  Didi


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