What we ate and what you should eat when in Paris

We only had two must-do’s for our trip to Paris: (1) Spend a day in Disneyland and (2) Eat. I’m not the type of traveller that puts so much importance on eating local food. I’d much rather stop by a local grocery and make my own meals in order to save on money and time. However, Paris is a different story. French cuisine is known worldwide for being one of the best (if not the best) so I had to make an exception plus it was Matt’s only request.

For my research, I found Condé Nast Traveler extremely helpful because of their Best restaurants lists (50 best and 24 best in Paris). The website is a great resource for everything travel related and since Paris is a major city, there was more than enough information readily available.

Croissants/Bread from neighborhood Boulangeries

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On our way to the metro stations, Matt and I would always pass boulangeries with windows filled with all kinds of bread and pastries. This is a great option for people on budget and are just looking for a quick bite before starting the day. A croissant can cost you as little as 1€ and are made fresh every morning.

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August 3-7-2015 Photo Dump + Update

Weeks ago, I made a blog post about how I was experiencing a rut in my life. I can’t begin to explain how things definitely took a turn for the better after that post. I really felt the power of sending out thoughts into the universe and I don’t know where to begin! I will attempt to briefly explain some of the events that took place over the last 5 days with matching visual aids (of course).

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI received an email last Thursday (July 30) from a styling assistant from _________ Magazine, asking me if I was interested in doing a look for one of their October editorials. What great timing this was because prior to receiving the email, I was just saying that I needed to get more features/exposure for my portfolio. Even though Preview only gave me a week to make the outfit, I still said yes. You can see my design journey for this project and more here. Won’t go into details about the photo (except for the fact that the quilt was a BITCH to make!) since it pretty much speaks for itself. 🙂
Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetLast Tuesday, I headed over to San Juan for an internship/future job interview with an Art Gallery called Secret Fresh. I won’t expound on this but I did get to hang out at Starbucks Tomas Morato before my interview and to my surprise, a barista who I used to be close to (Hi Treb!) was at that branch! We caught up for a bit before I left for the interview. 

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After the interview with Secret Fresh, I went next door to Lunch Box where I had a hearty lunch. I couldn’t help but snap some photos of this place because it is goals and I was alone (lol).

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What I had for lunch: Roast Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies. YUM YUM YUM!
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Really nice set up. Check out the handwritten menus!

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The current book I’m reading. I’m a real sucker for Self-Help books and books that are just P-R-E-T-T-Y so when I stumbled upon this beauty, I just HAD to have it! I bought a copy for myself and for Sandi (birthday gift). I got to read the introduction while I was queuing to pay and it sounds really promising. What better way to get out of a rut, am I right?

I’m currently 1/4 through this book and so far so good. It’s visually pleasing and the text is straight to the point. I always find that the best Self-help books are the ones that tell you the honest truth in the most direct way possible. The reality checks they give are eye-openers and usually inspire me to act straight away.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI still have a TON of unused squares left so I made a laptop sleeve for Annie and a book cover for myself. I noticed that my copy of “Show Your Work” was a bit damaged whilst it was in my everyday bag and I certainly didn’t want a repeat of that with my new pretty book. I really liked how these DIY projects turned out. It was actually pretty easy to make since the operations are just sewing straight lines and matching edges. Let me know if you want me to do a detailed post about how to make these though. 🙂

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I went to another job interview this week! Never did I think that I would have the opportunity to have options. But more on this another day though but the future is definitely bright!

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Furry hood. The fur is faux though so nothing to worry about; no animals were harmed. This is a sneak peek of my look for ________! Can you guess what my inspiration/s is/are? HEH HEH.

Man, after all those weeks… months.. of waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen, all the opportunities come knocking during the same week. August is definitely looking up for me and I really hope that this good luck streak lasts for as long as possible.

Calorie Counting Diets in Manila – Delicioso! Day 02

Hello people! Here’s Day 2 of my CalCount program with Delicioso!

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day02I was really surprised with yesterday’s set because there were so many containers! Definitely made me happy because it didn’t look like I was on a diet. However, they didn’t edit the lunch portion so I have no idea what exactly I ate for lunch (lol). I just know that it was chicken and noodles on the side. 

 

Shiitake Mushroom & Leek Quiche
Shiitake Mushroom & Leek Quiche

 

Sadly, I did not enjoy breakfast but only because that it was another egg based meal and probably because it was pretty bland (but isn’t diet food supposed to be bland to begin with?). I confirmed this when Ralf came over and was excited to try the two left over pieces that I did not eat. He finished it but he also said that it was pretty tasteless for a Quiche. I did drink the unsweetened iced tea with my breakfast and it was basically the house tea that they serve in Chinese restaurants only chilled. Since I didn’t finish my meal, I ate Day 01’s dinner instead (which was pretty good because I LOVE broccoli but I wasn’t able to finish because the serving was big) and the gelatine. It’s not exactly what you’re supposed to be having for breakfast but oh well :p

 

Chicken with tomatoes and other vegetables with pasta on the side
Chicken with tomatoes and other vegetables with pasta on the side

‘m really sad that i don’t know what this is called and what’s exactly in it! This was definitely a big serving (probably because the meat was chicken breast) and the pasta was not regular pasta. If I remember right, it was kind of sweet but this meal and the nuts I had for a snack definitely kept me full til the evening.

 

Mini Greek Meatballs
Mini Greek Meatballs

Since Ralf wanted to eat at Trattoria for dinner, I decided to order the soup of the day and iced tea so that none of the servers would kick me out since I brought outside food. I don’t know for a fact if they actually would but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I also had a piece of bread and a bite of his pesto during dinner. These Greek Meatballs tasted exactly as named: meatballs. The sauce didn’t really improve the taste (or maybe it’s just me) because it really felt like I was just eating balls of meat. After the third piece however, I found myself to already feel full! I only ate 4 1/2 out of the 6.

Are you guys thinking about ordering from Delicioso? I checked their website and saw that they also offer the Cohen diet and the South beach diet. They can also do catering for your events! So far I’m enjoying my meals so I suggest you give them a call in case you’re thinking of losing weight or are trying to maintain your present weight.

Oh and they didn’t deliver for today (August 25, Monday) since it’s a holiday 🙂 Day 3 will be up tomorrow night or the following day. 🙂

Calorie Counting Diets in Manila – Delicioso! Day 01

Last week, I was browsing through my usual budget websites (and yes there are more than one that I check on a weekly basis. I’m a cheapskate) and while scrolling through Groupon, I saw that there was a deal for a food service called Delicioso!. Here’s the screenshot:

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So for P1429.00, you get 5 days worth of food (3 full meals + extra stuff like snacks) and all the meals are pre-calculated to only amount to 1200 calories per day. Admittedly, this is not the first diet that I’ve subjected myself to. The first one I did was by the Fitness Gourmet which is basically the same thing; they also prepared 1200 calories/day meals for a week. If you wanted to continue the program, you just had to message them through email, facebook or text. I did Fitness Gourmet a couple of weeks last November and I’m not so sure anymore but I think I tried another week early this year. The food was pretty good for diet meals and sometimes I would wish that there were more for me to eat. But this wasn’t my only concern with the pre-made food service. My problem was paying for meals because even if the price for a week’s worth of (real) meals was reasonable (I paid around P2,200 then P400 delivery fee), I’m still a student and sadly, I’m given a student budget when it came to food. I’m talking about all the cheap deliveries from McDonald’s, Jollibee, Tapa King and other more accessible fast food chains. Even if I want to keep a healthier eating habit, sometimes my wallet just can’t make the cut. 😦

Anyway, so I decided to document my week with Delicioso! just because I figured that someone might benefit from it. When I was looking for food delivery services in Manila, I stumbled upon other big names like The Sexy Chef and Jujucleanse (this isn’t food though, it’s juice) and I know that they have testimonials of how great they are and how many people they’ve already helped, I as a reader/researcher/food addict would still prefer to read from other people’s blogs to see if it’s legit or not.

The instruction was to get into contact with Delicioso! and give your contact details as well as the date that you would like to start your meal plan. Since I’m leaving next Friday, I had to start it as soon as possible so I decided on Saturday. I liked that they replied almost immediately and they were very accommodating with what I wanted for my one week. In experience, I’ve dealt with merchants who didn’t treat me with 100% of what their deal was offering probably because the service was discounted. Although I understand why anyone would do that economically, it defeats the whole purpose as to why anyone would be on a deal site to begin with. So when Delicioso! replied to me promptly and in a polite manner, I knew almost right away that I was in good hands. 

So without further ado, here’s what my first day (August 23, 2014 / Saturday) with Delicioso looked like:

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The food arrived at exactly 7am. I was extra tired from the night before (I finally gave in and made a tumblr account that night. Click here if you want to stalk me there) so when I answered the door, the delivery man was greeted by a half awake me (sorry Kuya!) who completely forgot that I had to prepare the voucher and the P450 delivery charge. When that was all settled, He handed me my food which was all placed in a white plastic bag that had a sticker with my name on it (how nice. I feel so special) and a strip of paper.

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Reviews:

 

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Light Spinach Fritata

I’m not a fan of eggs, period. You can call me weird all you want but I just really don’t like everything about eggs. But I have nothing against food with eggs mixed into it (like cake MMMM) just as long as I can’t smell or taste the actual egg. This fritata was manageable though. I was able to eat the whole thing (but with a substantial amount of water downed after every bite).

 

Baked Salmon Parcel with Brown Rice
Baked Salmon Parcel with Brown Rice

Now this I really liked! Maybe because I love salmon or maybe because the portion was bigger and more filling than I expected but either way, I finished the whole thing and I made sure to take my time eating it. Yesterday morning, I waited 2 hours for my doctor’s appointment (the doctor was stuck in traffic) and I was dying to eat already. After the two pieces of fritata, I was not surprised at all that I was hungry by 11:30am. I got to go home and eat at around 1pm already so you can only imagine how much of a blessing this particular meal was.

After lunch, I went to Ortigas because of H’s despedida and I forgot to bring the snack and dinner with me (imagine that). And because I was so hungry, I ate whatever food was still there from lunch (I got there around 3:30pm and they were still at the restaurant). Everything went downhill from there. When we got to H’s condo, I ate a bunch of Reese’s pieces, Seaweed (the kind that you make sushi with), Korean instant noodles, Cheetos and Pringles. Then before I went home, I had a McFlurry and a Burger McDo. Ugh. So much for my first day. 

Here’s what dinner looked like though. 

Baked Chicken Casserole
Baked Chicken Casserole

I saved the gelatin and the Baked Chicken Casserole for the next day instead. I’ll be posting Day 2 either later tonight or tomorrow morning.

All in all I’d say that I had a bad first day; not because of the food but because of my binge eating on everything else but the food that I had prepared. I’m just thankful that I didn’t have to pay for any of the food that I ate yesterday so THANK YOU FRIENDS. You have done a hungry, poor girl a huge favor.