Rica was so sweet to invite me out for my post-birthday lunch today! <3 And she treated me too! How lovely it is to have such thoughtful, loving, generous friends! m/

Rica is an old (read: DEAR) friend but believe it or not, this is only our 2nd date! We must do this more often, Rica!

Thank you for taking me out on a lovely date, Rica! <3

She asked me to choose between Omakase & Monalisa. I chose Monalisa because Omakase is the kids’ favorite japanese resto & I didn’t want them to feel bad that Mommy ate there without them.

I was so excited with our date that I got there 30 minutes early from our agreed meeting time at 11 a.m. Good thing the nice staff let me in or I would have looked like a beggar out on the streets. :P Ganyan talaga, pag kainan, nauuna ako! ;))

Rica is the strong silent type, so I was pleasantly surprised when we had so much to talk about & time passed by so fast. But I’ll be seeing her AGAIN tomorrow as we will be celebrating Regine’s post birthday lunch celebration naman. I’m such a social butterfly, aren’t I? ;P Do watch out for that because Reg is super ma-effort! I’m sure she will prepare something extra-ordinary for our table tomorrow.

For our “adult” lunch, I decided to try something new. While I was waiting for Rica, I skimmed over the menu & saw GNOCCHI. Oh my gulay what the frick is a gnocchi? I MUST find out, I whispered to myself. Whisper lang, the staff might think I’ve gone cuckoo talking to myself if I say it out loud. :P

So when Rica asked me what I wanted, I said GNOCCHI before she could even finish her question. Siguro she thought gutom na gutom na ako kahihintay, haha!


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gnocchi di ricotta burro e salvia.jpg
Gnocchi di ricotta, dressed in butter and sage
Place of origin Italy
Course Entrée
Type Dumpling
Serving temperature Hot or warm
Mainingredient(s) Potatoes (or semolina or wheat flour or breadcrumbs); sometimes eggs, cheese
Variations Malfatti, cavatielli

Gnocchi (pron.: /ˈnɒki/ or /ˈnjɒki/Italian: [ˈɲɔkki], singular gnocco) are various thick, soft dumplings. They may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, flour and egg, flour, egg, and cheese, potatobreadcrumbs, or similar ingredients.
Gnocchi are eaten as a first course (primi piatti), alternatives to soups (minestre), or pasta. They are generally home-made in Italian and diaspora Italian households. They may also be bought fresh from specialty stores. In supermarkets, industrially produced packaged gnocchi are widely available refrigerated, dried, or frozen. Common accompaniments of gnocchi include melted butter (sometimes fried butter) with sage, pesto, and various sauces.

Sorry. Ganyan talaga sa blog ko. We have to learn something new. :P Pa-gnocchi-gnocchi pa ako to our server akala ko kasi parang GUCCI, nagkukunwaring may alam. Eh nyokhi pala ang tawag dun LELs!

Mona Lisa Ristorante Alabang
2/F The Commerce Center, Commerce Ave
Alabang, Muntinlupa(02) 556-0708

We split a Minestrone 220 php
Complimentary bread & dips
Ang gnocchi al funghi.. bow. 475 php. Ang mahal!!! @_@
Para lang palang bilo-bilo hay. Ginataang sosyal! ;))
Pollo Pizzimenti 525 php
I’m happy Rica offered to share her food.
I liked hers A LOT better! :))

If you find C’ Italian Dining too far, Monalisa is a good alternative for good italian food.

and we also split this yummy Italian Cheesecake 310 php

Thank you so much Rica for such an enjoyable lunch! I felt so spoiled & loved! <3 Thank you for letting me keep getting food from your plate as well haha! I bet you went home hungry! :P

And before I end, I would also like to thank TRISHA for my birthday gift. I came home to a surprise from the mail! <3 Personalized cards oh-em-gee!!! For my next give-away, ganyan ang ipamimigay ko, promise!!! :)

I’m so excited to use my new cards, Trisha!!!
I owe you a birthDATE ha!! Please make room in your busy calendar for me. <3

For your personalized cards, please click HERE (PAPER TREATS). ‘Til tomorrow.. I have 2 parties to attend. What a happy day!!! m/

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