August 7 turned out to be a highly significant day for me. Aside from it being Dax’s birthday, it was also my one-month milepost of working at HP.
Coincidentally, on that same week, I was assigned to work on a relatively normal shift of 10am-7pm (instead of my usual European shift of 3pm-12mn); thus, my weeknights were all suddenly freed up. And since the situation called for it, we were on for a celebration.
It was actually the first time Dax and I would be able to spend a good amount of time together since he came back from the province; and because we knew that all this free time won’t be happening anytime soon with our work and all, we took advantage of it and went out everyday for a week. #clingymode
Our version of going out mostly just comprises of dinners though, nothing special except for our Thursday and Saturday dinners, so I’d probably dwell more into those. :)
August 7 (Thursday) - We were hoping to go somewhere new, but not entirely out of the QC area considering we had work/ classes the next day. We ended up at a place along Visayas Ave called Crab and Crew. I was kind of hesitant to try it at first since I was not open to the idea of having dinner at a resto-bar, but I’m really glad I changed my mind.
We had Crab Tisoy, baby back ribs, and kilawing liempo. Of the three, the Crab Tisoy was especially my favorite. A bit expensive; but I swear, it is worth every penny. It was a 400g crab seasoned with a creamy, buttery, and cheesy sauce, topped with crunchy bacon bits… delectable beyond imagination! Who knew crab, cheese, and bacon were the secret ingredients to ambrosia? Good thing Dax was (sort of) allergic to crabs because then, I got to finish the dish myself. :)
The best part of eating the crab lies in getting the meat. I bet you would have killed to see me in action then and there. We were like cavemen, eating with our bare fingers and smashing the crab legs using pumice. LOL. No need to worry of making a mess, though; Crab and Crew provides bibs and heaps of tissue at the very least :)
Aside from the scrumptious food, service was excellent. We never had to ask the attendants to refill our glasses of water, or to whisk out the used plates. They were always quick to do so automatically. Plus, the interiors induced a warm and relaxing ambiance in spite of it being a bar.
I’ve never eaten at a restaurant that I felt worthy to be named my favorite; Crab and Crew just might be the first! Money well spent, indeed! <3
August 9 (Saturday) - We already had our itinerary for this day ironed out days ago, yet ridiculous how everything did not go as expected. We had planned to go to SM Aura, and there we would watch Guardians of the Galaxy, have dinner at Ogetsu Hime, and get desserts at Magnum Manila.
Tickets for the time slot we were intending to buy, however, were already sold out by the time we got there. And since no other movies were worth seeing, we had to settle for IMAX tickets and spontaneously shelled out twice of what was originally planned.
After the movie, we were at least able to get good seats at Ogetsu Hime immediately thanks to our reservation. We ordered Ogetsu Hime roll, Rainbow Batera, and Shake Rayu Sashimi. I was looking forward to this because I am just crazy about sushi rolls! And since Ogetsu Hime was specializing in sashimi and sushi, and prices were a bit on the steep side, I had set really high expectations. Unfortunately, though the roll was pretty good, sashimi and the Rainbow Batera were just OK.
Since then, we were hoping the cookie dough skillet we’d be having at Magnum Manila would make up for our bland dinner. It was admittedly scrumptious, but it had the sort of sweetness that satiated your appetite in a matter of seconds. So even though we had only one plated dessert to share, we were still unable to finish it.
The night ended, and we realized how everything we were counting on had failed us. Maybe sometimes, spontaneity is still better than always having to make arrangements. ;)
Nonetheless, my week was more than amazing thanks to the people I get to share the days with. <3