Dec 19, 2014

Love Actually Speed Dating Event

One of the few things you want to receive this holiday season; not just about the bags, shoes, concert tickets or money, it's love actually.

  NAILED IT! Haha!
 Anyway, last November 29, Saturday, I was invited to see how this speed dating works courtesy of Cherir Life Events in Love Actually: A Christmas Speed Dating Night.
 Participated by 20 pairs of young, single male and female professionals, ages 25-35, this event is just perfect for the nearing Christmas season, even picking a romantic place like Cafe Ysabel for the said event.

Ever since I handled a function, I can't help but notice a resto's interior!

 It was a new and exciting experience for me to observe how this happen real time. I didn't have a clue of how this would work and what happens later. I'm just familiar to those dating we used to see in movies, so lame and scripted situation, usually by teen couples.

Well here I got to see a real deal in a faster way so... I really don't know! Haha!

So to break the ice, they did a Strings Attached challenge where in ladies and gents were given a string and they have to find their match and should tie the strings to their index fingers.

After that the participants looked less awkward to each other, so the speed dating follows.

Each of pairs were given four minutes to get to know each other. Once the time allotted is over, you move to the next person.

Sparks or friends? You decide! But it has to be mutual though. You are not allowed to exchange contact numbers/info unless you're a match. But with the given time you can exchange names, work and little something about yourselves.

  During that time the room was filled with different "dating talks". You know, like one pair look like at ease with each other they laugh everytime, while the other are so discreet they look like discussing business instead of dating! Haha!

       Lucky I was just observing and taking pictures, because being a participant would really make me nervous. Under time pressure type of dating, meeting 20 new and different people all at the same night, and realizing how well you are in remembering those 20 names, oh well, I think it's a fun challenge too. I see that some participants were very good in keeping up the conversation while some were experiencing dead air moments.

After the speed dating proper, the participants were told to sit back and relax (Hey! It's tiring too!) while watching some clips from the movie "Love Actually" while the organizers are tallying the scores and later on, will award the guy and girl with most number of "sparks".

     Since I'm just going around and taking pictures, I happen to talk with some of the participants regarding their experience after the event. Some guys said that it was really a challenge to remember the names, and all they can remember are the tiny bits of everyone.
However, interesting thing I heard from women is that the length of the "dating time" varies to the person. If they like the person, they find too short 'cause they want to talk more.

Nevertheless, the participants seem to enjoy the event. No pressure! Just meeting new people and making new friends right? It's just a bonus if you happen to have match but then, end of the day, it's all about fun and experience! And participants who got most number of "sparks"got to take home chocolates too. And all of them got calamansi cupcakes from The Citrus Baker!

Is it a match? 

Hope these ladies and gents won't be alone this holiday season. Who knows? Maybe they have found their match!

Stay updated for more speed dating events! Visit Cherir Life Events Facebook page! :)




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Dec 7, 2014

The 5th Taste

I wasn't really fond of Japanese food since all I know about them is sushi and wasabi which flavors don't appeal to me much haha. Just recently I discovered some Japanese dishes, including a whole lot more variations of sushi, tonkatsu, karaage, and tamago. Seeing that they are now "harmless" to my taste, I feel exploring more on them!

Here's The 5th Taste, a resto offering modern Japanese cuisine in P. Guevarra St., San Juan . I had the chance to try out their bestsellers and guess what? I loved them so much I want to go back with my friends to eat there again! Seriously!

So what made me say that? Well, initially I got intimidated since I was just starting to appreciate the cuisine and tasting like 8 Japanese dishes is just overwhelming to me. You know, in my course you don't just eat, you dine and experience.

The 5th Taste is located at the second floor of Tamayaki.
The place looks simple and sophisticated with modern, wooden furnishings. I like how the ambiance feels comfy and open, that bringing a large group is really a cool idea.

Here's the menu of what we tasted.

Soup starter is the Deconstructed Miso Soup
Miso broth, silken tofu and pork floss
Tofu and savory taste with that distinct taste of miso broth. Not really fond of the taste but I like how it was "deconstructed" so that the flavors could come out individually. But for me, it's nice that we started with soup because it readies our stomach for the succeeding dishes and some of them are fried.

California Maki Furai

 My fave! I used to skip on these, but now I wonder why because I loved them! Goodness of the California rolls, but fried and drizzled with yummy Japanese mayo. (BTW, loving Japanese mayo now too). These are also quite much for one person I think, for me, so share away!

Tofu Steak

The crowd fave during that food tasting was this Tofu Steak in Mirin sauce. Crispy on the outside but soft (tofu) on the inside which blends well with sweet, tangy Mirin sauce. You will never forget the mouth feel and the lingering taste of this!

Kani Salad Pizza

Worth a try especially if you want something healthy and fresh and you're not allergic to crabs. Light taste with shredded kani, fresh cucumber and carrot ribbons, mozzarella and Japanese mayo. Like the idea of "healthy pizza" plus it's also good for sharing! I would go back for this and let my friends try this out too!

5th Taste Lasagna

Layers of pasta, bolognese, cheese and Teriyaki bechamel
Lasagna! With Nori in between! I have a friend who loves Nori so I think I'll let her try this one. Same lasagna taste but with that hint of seaweed taste.

Mirin Chicken ala Pobre

Basically, it's like chicken teriyaki but instead of teriyaki, it's mirin sauce. Savory and quite salty but the veggies blends well to neutralize the taste.

          Jalapeno Cream Cheese Onion Tonkatsu

                Tonkatsu! Like the Japanese slaw and the jalapeno cream cheese onion sauce! Not overpowering, the blend of spice and creaminess is okay to the taste.

                                                     For our dessert, we had Sansrival.

Melt in the mouth, sweet goodness. The portion size is quite good. I hope they'll have more dessert options like mochi or brownies!

Overall, my 5th Taste experience was great. The food and the taste wasn't overwhelming, considering I'm just slowly venturing into Japanese food. The food appealed to my taste and preference. The price is a bit over the student budget but I recommend going there in groups because some are good for sharing!

They have variety of Japanese meals; soup, appetizers, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, ramen, and as also seen above so you have lots of choices depending on your diet. The serving is worth the price in my opinion.
You just might have problem going there or finding the place but, I could say that if you're nearby or passing around the area, spending your lunch or dinner there with friends would be a good idea.
      For a budget of P150-P300/per person, yes, I'll go back there with my friends soon! Knowing the taste profiles of my friend, I know they will also like the food here!

Whatcha think? For more info, check out their FB page! The 5th Taste < >



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