A Taste of Vietnam at Cafe 8, Crimson Hotel

When you start running your own business, for the first few months, you barely have the liberty for leisure especially when you're really hands on. Deo and I rarely go out for dates since we launched Shibusa. However, the universe probably felt our need to relax, because Cafe 8 of Crimson Hotel arranged a special lunch for us exactly when we freed up our schedule.

We drove all the way to the South to experience Crimson Hotel's Vietnamese food offers. They flew in three guest chefs, Nguyen Thi Khanh Ngan, Tran Kim Hoang Trong, and Vo Van Chien to prepare the feast. I haven't been exposed to Vietnamese food that much yet, so I was really excited to try everything out!

This entire corner showcased the culinary heritage of the Land of the Dragon People. We tried everything! :p

I've had Fresh Spring Rolls from other Viet restaurants in the metro, but this is definitely the BEST I've ever tasted. Deo doesn't like vegetables, but he enjoyed this dish (and that means a lot!)

We also tried the Fried Tofu, Vietnamese Pho, Crab Noodle Soup, Rice Ball Sweet Soup and more!

My favorite from this pot - Grilled Eggplant! I wonder what's inside their Vietnamese spices!

Aside from their Vietnamese food selection, you can also enjoy the diverse selection from other countries like Japan and Italy. They also have areas for pastries, cheeses, and desserts.

Always my favorite station! :)

Cafe 8 is a complete gastronomy package! Lunch buffet is at Php1,235++ and dinner is at Php1,410++, inclusive of free flowing beverages such as wine, beer, juices and sodas. Nothing beats dining with good food and really great hotel ambiance.

Hurry and catch A Taste of Vietnam until March 18, 2017!

For more information, visit their website or call (02) 863-2222.

Thank you so much for the wonderful lunch date, Cafe 8 and Crimson Hotel! Our hearts and tummies are full!


AHHH!!! Feels so good to type again in my favorite virtual space! Back in the blog world after a few weeks of hiatus. Deo, Chef Enrico, and I had to focus on our business since we were set to transition Little Bistro to SHIBUSA 渋さ. From running to suppliers, going to wet markets, doing textile errands, securing permits and bank accounts, meetings, mise en place, and more - we're very hands on.

Finally, we launched SHIBUSA 渋さ, our very own Japanese food abode, two weekends back. We're really overwhelmed with the support we got from everyone who dropped by to dine, and even those who extended their well wishes via social media. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much.

You know where to catch us! SHIBUSA 渋さ is located inside Merkanto: International Street Food Hall (38 Mayaman Street, Diliman, Quezon City). We're open from Tuesday to Sunday, 4:00PM-12:00MN. Come and try out our dishes, and I'll give you the tightest possible hug! :)

On me: top courtesy of Penshoppe | white pants from Uniqlo | shoes courtesy of Native (available at Res Toe Run) | Minnie Mouse watch (gift) from Deo's uncle

Anyway, obviously, I love anything salmon (food- and color-wise). Dedicating this outfit post to one of Shibusa's best-sellers, then. Hahaha! I hope you can get to taste our Spicy Salmon Sushi. Shameless plug! :p

This shirt is available in all Penshoppe stores nationwide, by the way.

Kidding aside, let me take this chance to remind YOU to never stop reaching for your dreams. Chase whatever you hearts desire, and do it for all the right reasons. It won't be an easy journey, but use the tough times as your fuel to succeed. The universe will throw challenges at you, until it sees how hard you'll work for it. The three pillars of Shibusa can attest to that! :)

Photos by Deo Montuerto

May we all have a beautiful week ahead ★

Come, Hang Out at Oxygen

Oxygen will always be one of my favorite brands to shop for street style clothing. They’re unstoppable from releasing up-to-date items, and you can get those without having to worry about hurting your pockets.

Just recently, Oxygen released their Summer 2017 collection - beaming with cool and hip streetwear pieces made to perfectly complement the youth’s lifestyle. Your closet should be game for some summer-ready “hypebeast” stash!

The brand reminds us that the season is all about having pure, unadulterated fun, with pieces mostly in muted tones accentuated by graphic prints and bright candy pinks.

Oxygen has anything you need - whether you’re aiming for some skate park style, Sunday stroll, jamming session, roadtrip ready, or just for malling. Can’t wait to show you my picks! Definitely blogging about those soon. ;)

Aside from shopping, Oxygen also invites everyone to come hang out and celebrate the arrival of summer at their Artist’s Room. Select Oxygen stores will conduct an intimate music session series featuring some of today’s hippest local acts from February 17 to March 5, 2017. #OXGNComeHangOut

They unveiled the Come, Hang Out concert series at Oxygen Trinoma with Keiko Necesario and Joyce Pring last February 17, and with Manila Magic and No Rome at Oxygen Glorietta last February 18.

Friends from Visayas and Mindanao, mark your calendars! The party will go to Oxygen Lanang on February 25 with Anne Mendoza and Jad Montenegro. The final leg will happen on March 5 at Oxygen SM City Seaside Cebu with Kirby Yu and Jen Sarmiento.

Expect big things from Oxygen! See you at the stores! 

The Power of NOW

Hello hello! I hope the month of hearts is going great for you, not only relationship-wise, but also with career, family, and well-being. :)

Now, for this outfit post, it’s either the weather’s getting too cold lately or I’ve been so hooked with Kdrama. Probably both! Aside from those reasons, I love this whole look because it screams comfort and style.

On me: fur coat from H&M (gift from Deo) | blue innerwear courtesy of Unarosa | Rayon Silk Drawstring courtesy of Unarosa | flats courtesy of Parisian Shoes and Bags

Speaking of comfort, this is important not only in fashion but also in real life. Two ironic but equally vital purposes: being comfortable and stepping out of your comfort zone. I’d talk about the latter and leave the first one for another post. :)

As you know, Deo, Kuya Monty and I recently jumped into the unknown - the world of entrepreneurship. With just fueled souls, love for food, passion to chase the ultimate dream, and a big heart, we took the risk and created Little Bistro. Deo and I are leaving our day jobs to focus on sustaining and growing this business (and our blogs). We’re bound to lose our stable salary and convenient workplace, but we studied and assessed our lives after this (before coming up with the big decision, just so you know). We’re bound to bigger and brighter things!

Did we ever feel worried and scared? A lot of times. Countless self-questioning and self-doubts. The road to building Little Bistro wasn’t simple. But that’s when we finally felt that it’s time to jump. To explain, let me share with you this quote that I’ve stumbled upon recently: Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.

Let the “now” empower you. Don’t delay your goals just because you’re afraid or because you want to keep the safe and easy path. You can go on and on wishing for a better life, but nothing will happen if you don’t do anything about it. Take it from us. Don’t underestimate your strength. ;)

I know we still have a long way to go, and we’ll still face a lot of challenges. Yet we’re armed and ready for what’s ahead. We're doing this for the people we love, and we believe that's enough reason to keep going.

Photos by Deo Montuerto

Publishing this on the 14th, so greeting you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! In case you’ve no plans yet, you can visit Little Bistro at Merkanto and we’d gladly cook for you! Everyone’s welcome! ♥