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Meat & Bread

Okay, it was really a “meet & greet” sort of thing but I don’t want to sound like such a feelingerang frog. So “meat & bread” it is. We did, after all, meet up to EAT aside from chikahan galore. So yeah, I deem it an appropriate title. ;)

 

It was only the girls & I for the Easter Weekend so I had 2 extra dining vouchers up for grabs. I thought it would be nice to meet some of my readers who have been supporting me since I started blogging, so I gave a shout out on Instagram for a meet up..

 

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My bad. I only thought of inviting Thursday night. So sorry for the super late notice!

 

First to respond was my long-time reader KASSIE. I was really glad that she was readily available on such a short notice as I’ve been meaning to meet up with her since December. So YAY! \m/ Kassie works for Accenture & flies in & out of the country for a living. How I envy her lifestyle!! She was so nice to give me tips & free consultation for my blog! <3 I like to hear my readers feedback so I know what areas I should improve on for your better enjoyment.

 

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We had a buffet dinner at CAFE d’ASIE of THE BELLEVUE MANILA. Being a Friday, it was a Lenten Seafood Special and I had so much fun with the seafood assortment, especially the LOVE-STERS!! <3

 

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Friday Feast of the Sea Café d’Asie | P1,540 nett each Take a break from the all-meat fare and try out Café d’Asie’s Feast of the Sea offered every Friday in its lunch and dinner buffet. There’s surely a seafood favorite in every food station you’ll go to.

 

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I love seafood so much that I ignored everything else & focused on this station. In fact I had TWO platefuls with my seafood specials cooked 2 different ways. This is (oviously) grilled..

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Then I had my 2nd plate all baked with cheese! YUM!!! <3 Pagbigyan niyo na ako. Puro shell lang naman yan! :P

 

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Because I wasn’t able to have a go at the Mongolian station in my past staycations ever, always stuffing my face with steak after steak galore & platters of sushi, maki, and sashimi, I had a plateful of Mongolian fare pahabol! :P

 

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AND! I only just discovered this flavored buko shake huhu. It’s not on the menu but you can ask for them to make it for you. This one is buko WITH STRAWBERRY!!! I DIED & went to heaven! I hereby declare it my favorite drink of all in The Bellevue Manila!! <3

 

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Oh yes, you deserve your own picture in this blog post!! <3 It was a drink AND dessert in one! I love that even after all that mixing, blending, and shaking, they still put it back into this buko husk! <3 Gives it a more resort, luau feel.

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Hi Kassie! The upside down queen of the sky! ;))

 

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I was so happy that Kassie also got to meet the very nice & ever sweet LOUISE FANDINO of MOMMY PRACTICALITY!!! <3

 

For Day 2 of my staycation, lagare ako hehe. The very pretty CARLA & her charming fiance PATRICK came to visit me for meryenda. I so wanted to have them over for breakfast so I could have fed them something substantial at least, but they were very busy peeps planning & getting ready for their Christian wedding in May. <3 I had a FUN-tastic time chatting with them & getting to know their plans & their dreams. I’m a hopeless romantic & their love story is really one for the books. I fell in love with their love team & I will forever be their fan!

 

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Carla is really so beautiful inside & out. I can’t help but stare at her, completely mesmerized, as we talked the afternoon away. Patrick is one lucky dude! ;) They are so blessed to have one another, such gentle souls!

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Patrick is a pastor in Victory Church. He & Carla are so blessed to have found one another! I can’t wait to see the rest of their love story unfold. I wish you nothing but the best in your marriage. I know that God has so many beautiful plans in store for the both of you in the days to come! <3

 

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I have prepared a small token for each of my guests. A small “thank you” for their support to my blog. <3

 

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Which was a good thing too, seeing they all came bearing gifts, my goodness! <3 Thank you so much Carla & Patrick! My girls LOVE Slice cupcakes. Not like, LOVE. So this was a fantastic treat for them.

 

Our meryenda of pastries, fresh fruits, & cappuccino at THE SIGNATURE CLUB LOUNGE of THE BELLEVUE MANILA..

 

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Lovely coffee art available upon request. The Bellevue Manila really has it all! <3

 

Then for dinner, I got to meet Meyoke’s sister, MALOU. Meyoke is sooo sweet! Her sister Malou reads my blog but didn’t have an Instagram account. So she was sweet to get a slot for her elder sister! I learned that Malou is the breadwinner for her siblings & takes care of them as her very own. She will be joining her husband in Winnepeg, Canada soon and will be working on immigration papers to have her siblings follow right after. Talk about true, unconditional love! <3

 

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Phoenix Court was closed for that particular night, so we had a buffet dinner in Cafe D’Asie again, which I didn’t mind at all because it meant more choices for my very lovable guest. Plus, I was missing the steak, lels. :P

Buffet Everyday!

Café d’Asie | Daily

Looking for a great buffet in the metro south? Café d’Asie serves you a sumptuous lunch or dinner buffet everyday for only P1390nett per person. Enjoy loads of selection from various cuisines and a variety of dishes cooked a la minute at our live cooking stations.

 

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I also always skip the salad station to leave space for more “interesting food” in my tummy. But that night I thoroughly enjoyed my caesar salad & steak combo. It was truly a relaxing 3-day staycation which I was happy to spend with some of my readers. <3

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The steak that night was unbelievably & exceptionally good! <3 I guess I really missed it THAT much haha. I didn’t put anything on it, no gravy whatsoever & still, I kept moaning with every bite! Ang saraaap!

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Another new discovery now that I’ve had time to relax a bit & look around. AVOCADO ice cream from Arce Dairy!! Sorry but I just have to say it..NAKAKAMATAY NA SARAP!!! <3

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Hello Malou! :)

 

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You are my forever hero, Malou! Best Ate in the planet! <3

 

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And thank you for your thoughtful gift! <3 You didn’t have to but I really appreciate the sweet gesture! :-*

 

Last but definitely not the least, for Day 3, I met CHRISTINE  & hubby JAY! <3 I can’t believe that they BOTH read my blog so I was really tickled pink when they told me. And I was really kilig when I would tell them stories only to find out they already know about it. Now THAT really made me very very happy! I felt sooo loved & cherished by this husband & wife team. I was practically GLOWING while we had lunch at PHOENIX COURT of THE BELLEVUE MANILA for their WOK FRY SPECIAL! (More of this on my post tomorrow)

Wok Fry Special

Phoenix Court | April 5 to 28

Scallops and Prawn with Honey Pepper Sauce, Prawn Meat with Celery and Wei San and Beef Tenderloin are some of the many wok-fried dishes offered at the Phoenix Court.

 

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We had SUCH a filling lunch. Thank you so much RYAN CHAN & THE BELLEVUE MANILA for a sumptuous treat. And at unbelievably affordable prices too. Do come back tomorrow for my separate post on Phoenix Court’s WOK FRY SPECIAL! <3

 

I was happy that Richard dropped by so Christine & Jay were able to meet him too as TALES FROM THE TUMMY is one of their very few daily reads! I wasn’t feeling so well that day. I had the hotel nurse stay with me most of the night as I was na-empacho from all the eating I’ve been doing hehe. So I asked Richard if he could come to help me entertain my guests a bit as I wasn’t feeling very bubbly. He was so sweet to really come earlier than planned & chatted with them for a while as I got my bearings sorted out.

I’d like to give a special shout out of thanks to The Bellevue Manila as the nurse got to me quickly, like less than 5 minutes after the frantic call I made to the front desk. I really thought I was having a heart attack.. empacho lang pala haha. Takaw me! :P

 

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Richard of TALES FROM THE TUMMY came with his family Irene & Lauren for the Easter Special! Richard is sort of my cousin as his aunt is married to my cousin. Yes.. I’m old. I admit it! :P So he is sort of my cousin/nephew LELS!

 

Easter in Winter Wonderland

Event Promo | April 20

The Bellevue Manila in cooperation with Animax, S beTV, AXN. April 20, 2014 at the 20/20 Function Room

P950 nett
Inclusive of snacks buffet, entertainment, egg hunting for children, games, lootbag and event giveaway

EGG HUNTING SCHEDULE
12:10pm – 12:20pm • 9 to 12 years old
12:25pm – 12:35pm • 5 to 8 years old
12:40pm – 12:50pm • 4 years old and below

 

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Richard & Irene were also so sweet to give me their new products to try. <3 I have started using these & will write a special review soon. :) Yes, bumu-beauty blogger na rin ako! ;))

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It was surely a day of gift-giving as Christine & Jay gave me this new (PART 2!) restaurant guide! YAY! Thank you so much, I have already started encircling new places I want to visit with the fambam soon. I’ll just give my tummy a bit of a rest. ;P

 

My ever dearest ladies (& gentlemen), it was so nice to meet you & break bread together in one of THE BEST hotels in the South. Thank you for coming to see me, and for your willingness to share your thoughts and dreams with me. For giving me constructive criticisms for the betterment of my blog, as well as positive feedbacks & words of encouragement & support. I’m so grateful to be given the chance to know you as well. After all, you already know so much about me & my family! ;)

I hope that this will just be the start of our beautiful friendship! Please continue to support me as I write about the GOPPETs’ adventures & misadventures. Love you guys! :-*

 

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And to RYAN CHAN & THE BELLEVUE MANILA, THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR KINDNESS & GENEROSITY!! I bow down to you, my QUEEN OF THE SOUTH! <3

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40 Comments

  • Reply med

    This is so nice, a ONE on ONE with you! I hope ALL (yes, ALL) your readers will have a chance to meet you para malaman nila how warm and real you are. Continue to reach out and touch other people’s lives, Sugar & Spice!!!

    More meet and greet, please!!!!!!!!!!!! Magpapadala ako ng nurse, just in case you’ll have another empacho attack. Can’t blame you, the food in Bellevue really looks oh-so-yummmmeeeeh!!!

    May 9, 2014 at 9:22 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      hahaha omg nakakatakot na moment talaga yun meding!! :)) And thank you super kaduper love mo talaga ako. Swerte nga ako may sumagot pa noh. Kung hindi kahihiyan ang kalalabasan ko pag walang sumagot hahaha!! Ambisyosang frog lang talaga ako! :))

      May 9, 2014 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Marilyn Astorga

    Your sooo sweet sa mga pics mo ,, like to be hug too hehehe … With all the lafang galore parang i can’t eat na if i’m your date :))))

    May 9, 2014 at 9:47 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi marilyn! :) yes I’m a people hugger talaga I love to touch, that’s my language of love. Im carinosa by nature but I have to watch ot din coz not all likes to be touched haha baka masampal ako isang araw! :P

      May 9, 2014 at 9:49 am
      • Reply Kasstastrophic

        Kilig kaya to be hugged by Mommy Jane! It’s the sort that tells you na matagal na kayo magkakilala even though it’s your first face-to-face meeting. And she is so genuinely happy to meet us, her readers and fans.

        Oh and that buko-strawberry shake haunts my dreams!

        May 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          awwwww thank you Kassie!! <3 You're so easy to talk to & love naman kasi! :-*

          May 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Noel Q.

    Waaaaahhhhh… di ako nakapunta! Sayang, wasn’t available, otherwise I would’ve gotten ALL the slots, hehehe…

    May 9, 2014 at 10:10 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hay. You don’t really love me naman Niel! :P Kunwari ka lang hmp!

      May 9, 2014 at 10:36 am
      • Reply Noel Q.

        Hindi totoo yan! Kinulong ako ng amo ko sa basement para hindi ako makalabas ng pabrika! =)

        May 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          hahahahaha you always make me laugh Niel!! ;))

          May 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm
          • Noel Q.

            hehehe… seriously, one of these days, when The Partner and I can schedule a visit to Alabang, i-email agad kita. =)

            Oooooorrrr…. punta ka dito sa munting barrio namin sa Pasig, ilibre kita ng kahit na anong gusto mo sa Tapsilogan sa Palatiw, hahaha…

            May 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm
          • sugargospice

            Sinabi mo yan ha Niel!! I am SO THERE in pasig next week lagot ka hahaha!! :-*

            May 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm
          • Noel Q.

            Nakup! Napasubo yata ako… baka bugbugin ako ni Kap kse pinakain kita sa non-airconditioned, hole-in-the-wall, beside the gutter, nothing over P50 na kainan sa may smokey mountain ng pasig… hahaha…

            May 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm
          • sugargospice

            excuses.. excuses!! :P

            May 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply michymichymoo

    Mama Bear!!! I’m so so inggit with those delicious looking food!!!! @_@

    May 9, 2014 at 11:22 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Lagi ka ngang umi-event eh haha!! Dami ka din delicious looking food! :)

      May 9, 2014 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Ada

    Wow they are so lucky naman. Next time I’ll be alert na with posts like that on insta hahah. I also want to meet you, Ms Jane! Also Jana and Jena :((((

    May 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      We can meet any time Ada. :) I’m pretty kaladkarin haha. Basta in my area lang I don’t know the way pag far haha. And hindi ako payagan ni Kap. :)

      May 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Joei

    That’s not feelingera at all! Such a nice thing to do for your readers! Sayang I’m from Alabang but just read this now so couldn’t join ;)

    The oysters look so good! Haven’t tried the food in Bellevue yet :)

    http://www.joeiandme.com

    May 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      omg Joei!! <3 I just visited your blog kanina!! And I'm an instant fan!! We have to meet up PLEASE!! Veron was just telling me about you the other day I can't believe you are here commenting!!! *stayyeyes

      May 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply annie

    I wanted to reply to your instagram post but wasn’t in manila that time. Would have loved to meet you. When I read your post, you remind me of my Parents (kahit ngayon parang HS sweethearts pa rin kung mag lambingan) and my family (We love food. Katatapos pa lang ng lunch or breakfast, iniisip na ang next food event.) All the best and Advance Happy Mother’s day.

    May 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      But we can meet any time Annie! :) I’m sure we’ll get along just fine since we have the same family dynamics! :-*

      May 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm
      • Reply Annie

        It’s a date then. Will let you know once i am in manila. Have a great weekend

        May 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          yay!!! see you!! :-*

          May 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Kaye Catral

    Isa pang Meet & Greet, pero sa QC ha. LOL!

    May 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Oist you have so many friends you havent seen in the south PLS COME NAAA!! Let’s schedule our lunch with the gals na kaye!! :-*

      May 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm
      • Reply Kaye Catral

        Hahaha, ayaw mo sa QC? North nalang! Hahaha!

        May 14, 2014 at 11:45 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          hindi pwede! mas madaming kaming taga south hahaha!! :P

          May 15, 2014 at 12:06 am
  • Reply lady christine grey-diaz

    To all mommy jane’s readers, she is way nicer, cooler in person . So happy we got to meet you and to be considered as friends. We promise that as long you blog, we will read it. May God bless you and your family always!

    May 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      awwwww thank you so much christine & jay!! I love you both & I hope to have a date with you again soon!! :-*

      May 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply jay

    Sweeter than sugar and nicer than nice. Thanks a lot for inviting us over lunch. We would love to hang out with you soon!

    P.s. hope this is proof enough that I read your blog. ;)

    God bless you and your family always.

    With much love always.

    May 11, 2014 at 10:58 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi Jay! :) yes, napatunayan mo na ng tunay hahaha. I’m so happy I got to meet you & Christine. Such wonderful & BRAINY people hahaha!! Thank you for the kind words. Mwah! :-*

      May 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm
      • Reply jay

        No 7 top blog! How do we make you number 1?!?!

        May 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          walang pag-asa mag #1 hahaha. Ok na happy na ako basta I have readers as nice & as loving as you guys mwah mwah!! Thank you for the support Jay & Christine love you both!!

          May 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply carla

    hi jane!! aaww thank you for including us in your post! let’s try and get a better pic next time, hindi ako nakaayos!! haha. landi ba :P but you look perfect– as always :) anyway, im so excited to see you again after our wedding,! il keep in touch and meanwhile just stalk you here in your blog :) enjoy your week ahead! hi to your chikitngs :)

    May 12, 2014 at 11:02 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Omg super pretty ka whatever angle Carla hahaha!! I’m sooo excited for you & Patrick. Best wishes & all my love!! :-*

      May 12, 2014 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Kasstastrophic

    Oh gosh, I got kilig all over again! Thank YOU so much for the chance to FINALLY meet you, your lovely daughters, and Mom Practicality :) I had SO much fun. I am so grateful for your hospitality and the time you set aside for me. You are a blessing to us readers, that is why you continue to be blessed. See you again soonest! *mwah mwah*

    May 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      I value all the feedback you gave me Kassie. And I truly enjoyed meeting you FINALLY hahaha! Yes, see you soon! :-*

      May 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Malou

    OMG Jane, meeting you is so much fun but being part of your blog where your millions and trillions of your readers will see is very overwhelming…love yah Jane you are very sweet inside and out a very good person.
    I wish you and your family the best mwah…

    May 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you Malou! <3 I had fun with our dinner date & I truly admire you for being such a good & loving ate to your siblings! :-*

      May 12, 2014 at 11:28 pm

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