Caldo

Sometimes, we tend to go to the most popular, to the celebrity endorsed restaurants, but we forget that the most popular doesn’t always mean great. A good example is Caldo. We found this gem when we went to Nuvali in Sta Rosa Laguna.

The food is awesome! It’s like you went into the kitchen of your grandma and asked her to whip something special for the love of your tummy. ❤

Caldo is really heirloom cooking at its finest! All the best kept recipes are here!

A complimentary appetizer was served. Crunchy, toasted bread paired with chicken liver.

Their menu is simple but I think that’s okay. It makes choosing easier.

Bringhe

Caldo’s version of Spanish Paella with a mixture of blended rice cooked with coconut milk.

Chicken and Chorizo Bringhe at Php 295.00

Tastes so good, even the kids loved it!

Tapas

Calamari at Php 275.00

Fried but the squid is tender and not chewy.

Caldo Pots

Pineapple Binagoongan at Php 245.00

Not your usual binagoongan that is salty. Tastes a little sweet because of the pineapple and the coconut milk but it does taste spicy as well. Right mixture of all the spices.

This one’s for the white rice!

Laing con Alamang Fresca at Php 235.00

A different take on this staple Filipino dish. The Laing leaves are whole, also has coconut milk. The pork mixed with laing is crispy but with softness that melts in your mouth.

Grill Ala Carte

Stuffed Squid at Php 325.00

Like the Calamari, the squid used is fresh! Right portion of tomatoes and onions stuffed into the squid as it’s grilled.

Dessert

Kesong Puti Panna Cotta at Php 150.00

This dessert will be a little off when you take the first bite. But as you mix the panna cotta with the sweet mangoes on top, there will be delight in your tastebuds.

The servers are all accommodating, that’s a very big plus to us when out dining!

Caldo definitely is worth a try. Let’s give chance to these kinds of restaurants that serve good and well thought of dishes and not those commercialized, celebrity endorsed ones.

Caldo can be found at the Fiesta Market inside Ayala Malls Solenad in Nuvali, Sta Rosa, Laguna.

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Onitsuka Tiger Outlet

Onitsuka Tiger is a Japanese brand of sports footwear. It has come a long way since 1949. If you want to know more about this shoe brand, read the Tiger Tales.

This brand is named after its founder, Mr Kihachiro Onitsuka.

This footwear is very very comfortable for walking. In fact, I use mine for travelling. It has been years and I want to get another pair. And no, I won’t buy it in the malls where the shoes are so expensively priced. So where to buy Onitsuka Tiger shoes cheaply? Read on!

Maybe you have heard about Solenad 2, in Nuvali. Yes, the one located in Sta Rosa, Laguna. They have malls there and in one of those stores, there is Onitsuka Tiger!

In this store, you’ll find some greatly priced Tigers. Be sure to bring some luck with you because they might not have your chosen style in your size!

These are some of the styles available now in the store. Some has prices as low as Php 1980.00. Slip ons which are usually starts at Php 4000.00, are priced around Php 3150.00 only.

If the shoes on display are not in your size, you can check these boxes and boxes of shoes one by one! Or you could just ask help from the very accommodating staff.

You may start with the most popular style, Mexico 66, if you’re confused with what to get for your first Onitsuka.

Good Luck!

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Tagaytay Mahogany Beef Market

An impromptu drive to Tagaytay for the purpose of buying Batangas beef turned out to be a food and shopping trip today!

Left Manila around 5am and passed through all the closed SMs and Robinsons Malls along Aguinaldo Highway, hence the fast and no traffic drive going up to Tagaytay. I took a nap and when I woke up, we were already at the Mahogany Market. Such a cold morning too!

Weather update was after our breakfast and it still was 22 degrees!

The Mahogany Market in Tagaytay is famous for its Batangas Beef. They also have a slaughterhouse so you can be sure that the beef is fresh!

Before we purchased our beef, we made our way to the 2nd floor of the building to have our breakfast! There’s a long stretch of bulalohans and seems like they offer the same menu.

We chose Len’s.

Crispy Hipon – half order – Php100.00

Crispy Tawilis – half order – Php100.00

Bulalo – Php 350.00

Double the love for the Calamansi and Sili for the sauce!

Unlimited Senorita Banana – free

Unlimited Kapeng Barako (Batangas Coffee) – free

The Bulalo soup is so tasty! But the serving of the meat is too small compared to other Tagaytay Restaurants that also serve Bulalo. The Crispy Hipon is crunchy! But my favorite is the Crispy Tawilis. The size is just right. CRUNCHY and TASTY!

I loved it so much I bought a pack for Php 70.00.

Oh remember to bring a cooler with you so that you don’t have to buy anymore. We came prepared with 2 coolers! Haha!

After our stint in the Beef Section, we went straight to the Dry Goods part of the market where they sell Fruits and Vegetables!

Beware and be aware that some of their prices are pegged at Tourist Prices! Some are just about the same in Manila. And because of this, we didn’t buy any!

You could buy plants here too!

It really was a great morning having spent it with my loves. Another experience to add to the memories!

Wait, there’s more! We went malling at the Ayala Serin but since it’s about 9am only, some of the shops are still closed. We decided to proceed to Nuvali on our way down to Manila.

We walked around the shops. Checked the outlets and scored some deals! Then it was time to have lunch already!

It was only 11 am but Silantro (yes, the always full and have to wait a long time Tex Mex resto) was buzzing already!

Good thing we were seated immediately. We ordered so much!

Beef Nachos – it’s good and it’s one of their bestsellers!

Seafood Paella – I love that it’s not as salsa-ish as before.

Ribs (better at Gringo) It’s tender but the taste is so-so.

The Salpicado is too spicy for me.

So, after this very heavy lunch, we walked around again and shopped for shoes before we drove back to Manila.

At 3pm, we are safely back home.

Time to sleep!

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one fine day with the family!

It was a holiday and our eldest, Daphne wanted to go for a swim.  We gladly obliged since it will be good for the 2 kids.  Swimming is a form of exercise.  A few hours in the pool will really move every muscle in our body.  Aside from that, the kids can smell a breath of fresh air too! 

An impromptu getaway with the family spells b-o-n-d-i-n-g!

We started with a breakfast at Jollibee in SLEX.  While waiting for our food, took some pictures.

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As usual, Daphne had pancakes.  Even Denise had some too!

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After breakfast, we went straight to Treveia in Nuvali.  Treveia is an exclusive subdivision inside Nuvali.
Daphne immediately asked us if she could go swimming as soon as she saw the pool.  We changed into swimming attires and pumped her swimming vest.

Pictures of us in the pool to follow.  It’s in the other cam!

An hour or 2 in the pool made Daphne hungry and Denise tired.  Look!

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It’s a joy seeing my 2 babies happy.  Happy babies, happy mommy & daddy, happy family!

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So after swimming and packing up, we went to our favorite resto at Paseo, the Kanin Club.  Even if it’s past noon already, we still had to line up and wait for a table.

Finally, we were seated.  Time to eat!

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Our order is just enough. A bowl of tinapa rice (not in picture), seafood kare kare, dinuguan and escabecheng bangus.  Plus 1 order of unli white rice.  We mixed it up with the tinapa rice, so it wouldn’t be too salty!

Another request of Daphne was to feed the koi fishes at the Solenad Park back at Nuvali.  We bought 1 loaf of bread at Robinson’s Supermarket in Solenad 2, and while there, we were tempted to buy Nestle Crunch Ice Cream.  Daphne enjoyed her few minutes ride using the Grocery Car-t!

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While Denise got to taste her1st ice cream!

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Went back to Solenad 1 to grant Daphne’s request.  She brought 5 slices of bread to feed the fishies.

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So there! Family bonding need not be in a far place nor an expensive one. Another fun and memorable day to remember.

Hope you enjoyed!

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ayala and sm – united?

For the good of people and the community, these 2 corporate bigwigs decided to join and unite.

Ayala Land Inc first donated a few hectares of land to Xavier School.  The land is located in Nuvali, an eco-community project of ALI, which is located in Sta Rosa Laguna.

And now, I just found out that SM Foundation led by its patriarch, Henry Sy, also formalized its deed of donation in putting up the primary school building in the said Xavier School.

Isn’t that great? Now we know that these 2 companies not only have eye for money and earnings, they also have social responsibility and both are committed in making the Philippines a better place to live in.

Love for everyone! :heart:

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