Birthday Weekend

Pre-birthday night out, catching up over kimchied beef ramen and mais con hielo at Goto, Love It!

Let everyone wear glasses on your birthday if it makes you feel better. Kidding, we were just playing spot the difference.

The next day…

It was the hubby who actually organized this little shindig (at Pamulinawen) with family and close friends. I was surprised to see a lox pandesal station complete with cream cheese and capers, besides (Joan’s) grilled steaks, seafood soup and birthday noodles. The Syrian baklava straight from Dubai, given by Alain, is to die for. Alain and Marianne also brought  a carrot cake. (Thanks, guys!) Guess what else Reny gave me on my birthday?

[Milan Mode lipstick, NC3 Studio Fix powder plus foundation, Gleam and Gorgeous Gold eye colors]

The big reveal. He paid for my MAC cosmetics. My age? Old enough to be playing with paint brushes instead of knives and needles. *wink*

Happy weekend, everyone!

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Hot stop: Café Leona

Café Leona in Vigan satisfies our craving for Japanese food, more beyond sushi and sashimi. We had hot ramen and soba on a rainy afternoon.

The hubby's Ebi Shitake Ramen. Chinese-style noodles with shrimp tempura and shitake mushrooms in piping hot miso soup.

Hot soba (buckwheat noodles) soup with assorted tempura and seaweeds - sweet and savory!

Delicious and comforting!

A sure bet for additional warmth – mouthwatering uni or sea urchin and melt-in-your-mouth unagi kabayaki or barbecued eel.Café Leona has a varied menu. Japanese food occupies two pages. You can find donburi, katsudon, kamameshi rice, miso soup, gyūdon, sukiyaki, tempura, teriyaki among many others. Surprisingly, a big balikbayan group in the café were also ordering Japanese food. The kitchen is evidently always well-stocked and they never scrimp on ingredients. We always leave with a full and happy belly.

Due for delivery, a P1100-- sushi and sashimi party platter.

Café Leona Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

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