Gastronomy: Mad For Pizza

Food, Reviews

I always forget about food when I start talking and writing about makeup.

Every now and then I snap out of the haze and pay attention to what I am eating. 😛

Today, we’re going to talk about pizza.   Yes, pizza.

I mean, why not?  Everybody loves pizza.  Especially when you get to pick the toppings that goes to your pie crust.

Enter picture, Mad For Pizza:

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photo from Mad For Pizza Facebook Page

Mad For Pizza (MFP) is a casual restaurant located in Il Terrazo, QC.

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The place has simple interiors and casual ambiance that will make you feel at ease once you step inside.

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Right upon entering, you will see their pizza bar and the list of their ingredients posted above the counter.

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You can have all 100++ ingredients in one pizza for only P280.00

No, I’m not kidding, and yes they have bleu cheese.  Your eyes are not deceiving you.

Mad For Pizza also have other items on the menu like rice meals, appetizers and even regular pizza items.  But hey, you can’t come here and not have the DIY pizza.  I’m kidding, but I’m pretty sure you get the point.

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They have a pretty extensive drink menu.  You can order margaritas, cocktails, imported and local beer from the bar.

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Here’s a view of the restaurant from the bar area.

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I also checked the pizza bar before ordering my own DIY pizza.

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So many ingredients! 😮 If my friend wasn’t with me, I would have taken forever to pick the toppings.

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Please don’t ask me what was on my pizza.  Diane and I picked so many ingredients I can’t even remember anymore. Haha!  I do remember that they will ask you pick your choice of crust, and we picked the herb parmesan crust.

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I think kuya was laughing because there’s waaaay too many toppings on my pizza.  That or he enjoys making pizza a lot.  I choose to believe the latter.

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While waiting for the pizza to be baked, they served the other items.   This is the beef stew pasta.  It’s only 198.00 and it is good enough to be shared between two people.

This is a really unique pasta dish, and I’ve never tried anything quite like it.

Think of your regular beef stew, made a little richer and with more tomatoes and ground beef instead of meat chunks.  Add pasta and that’s pretty much what this dish is like.

I’m not a big pasta fan, so I didn’t have high expectations from it, but I actually liked this dish.  It’s very tasty and it has a generous amount of ground meat so it doesn’t feel like you’re just eating pasta with the sauce.  I hate the feeling of eating pasta without any toppings, and this one sure didn’t lack in toppings.

The sauce to pasta ratio was on point too.

This is perfect for those who want to to try a different pasta dish but isn’t into the usual marina pasta sauce.

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Then the Buffalo wings arrived and I just goggled at how huge the serving was. 😮  That order was only P268.00 but there’s actually half a kilo of chicken in there.  Talk about value for money!

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I don’t like spicy food so I wasn’t keen on trying this, but I sort of had to because Diane wouldn’t be able to finish it.

It wasn’t spicy at all so I enjoyed eating this.  If you do want your wings to be flaming hot, I’m sure you can ask them to make it extra spicy.

As for me, I like it just the way it is.  The chicken was fried perfectly and it is very juicy and flavorful.  You just can’t go wrong with chicken wings.

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Say hello to Diane and her humongous frozen iced tea.  The iced tea was really good!  MFP makes their own iced tea and I’m pretty sure they put a generous amount of honey in that drink.  It’s sooo good, I’d go back just for their iced tea!  I can’t believe it’s only P88.00!

Oh, before I forget, I did Diane’s makeup in this photo.  She’s my favorite makeup canvas and it works out because I love doing her makeup and she doesn’t mind me putting makeup on her whenever she sleepover at my place. 😉

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This is me, with my equally humongous margarita.  This was good too! I think it was only P120.00

I couldn’t finish it because I have really low tolerance for alcohol and I still had to drive back home after eating. MFP 17

The pizza finally arrived!

sorry, the pasta looks like a mess already.  We got really hungry waiting for the pizza so we started eating because it takes about 10 minutes for them to prepare the pizza.

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Looks good doesn’t it?

I love MFP’s pizza crust!  It’s very thin and crunchy but it’s not oily or soggy.  I don’t know how they achieve that feat, considering the amount of stuff they allow you to schlep on your pizza. It’s also great that you can choose the type of crust that you want.  (they have herb, parmesan and plain)

Diane and I really enjoyed our pizza and see that whole pie up there? It was gone in minutes!

I think Mad For Pizza is a great pizza place, even for vegetarians because they can pick out their ingredients.

I’d totally recommend it if you’re looking for a new place to try with your friends.

I’d advise you to skip the desserts though.

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I was excited to try the Banoffee cubbler and Panna cotta because I was assuming that they will have good desserts as well.

Sadly, both the cubbler and panna cotta fell short from the mark.

The banoffee cubbler was so sweet, it was like someone dumped a  jar of sugar in it.  I wish they can adjust the sweetness and freeze it before serving.  I think that will make this dessert a lot better.

I love panna cotta even though I’ve had my fair share of flop pannacotta orders.  This was definitely a flop.  It was very watered down and it was even more jiggly than gulaman.   Granted, this is really cheap at P88.00 but I would rather pay more than get this really watered down jelly.  Skip these, you’re better off ordering the shakes.

Other recommendations:

Tennesee pork spare ribs and Amboy Angus Beef Belly in Adobo sauce – I went back with my parents a few weeks back and ordered these to share.  Both were pretty good and worth ordering again.

Overall:

I think this is a good place to dine in with a big group of friends because they can easily accommodate big groups.  The food is pretty good and they have generous serving size at affordable prices.  Just avoid the desserts and stick to the beverages if you want something sweet.

Service is okay, but the servers tend to be a inattentive even though the place isn’t very crowded.

That’s it for today guys.

I’m working on a beauty post next, so do stay tuned for that one.

Thanks for dropping by!

xx

Erika

Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 107

Beauty, Reviews

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I love makeup.   That goes without saying.  But as much as I refuse to go out of the house without doing my eyebrows, I think you can’t have a complete makeup look without lipstick.

In my opinion, lipsticks can make or break your whole makeup lookIt can even make a simple shirt and jeans outfit look chic and effortless.  But what’s even more amazing about lipsticks is that even if it’s the only makeup you’re wearing, it can brighten up your face.

This is probably why I always get excited about new lip products.  Whenever MAC comes up with a new collection, I always check the lipsticks first.  Same goes for drugstore brands.  I’ve been watching a lot of beauty reviews on Youtube lately and in the past few months, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipsticks. I’ve tried a lot of drugstore lip products, and at first, I thought it’s just another one of those low quality lipsticks.  But boy, was I wrong.  I’ve been using several shades but today, I’m reviewing my favorite shade.

PrimaryRimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 107

107 is a beautiful berry-toned lipstick with a violet undertone.  It is a bright violet-red shade which is slightly dampened by the matte finish.  It’s fascinating how Rimmel created a bright lip color and dulled it a bit with the flat matte finish.  I think it’s purrrfection.

I tend to go for extremes when it comes to lipstick shades.  Brights, dark, and nudes.  Usually in berry, purple, red and brown color family.  I love purple lipsticks as much as I avoid pink ones. *shudder*

 107 is a shade that is smack dab between bright and dark.  It’s the kind of color that can brighten up your everyday look without making you look overly made up.  For special occasions, use this in place of your usual red lipsticks.  It’s not a huge deviation from red but it is a nice change.

If you like your lipsticks on the shiny side, you can always add clear gloss on top.

I’m partial to matte lipsticks and this color is right up my alley, so I’m sure I will be using this lipstick as it is.

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The color is just perfect for fall!

I like to wear this color with minimal makeup.  For this look, I just blended a neutral brown eyeshadow on my crease and used brown and blue eyeliners. You can’t see it clearly in this photo but I actually have cobalt blue eyeliner on top of my usual brown wing tip.  It’s barely visible unless you’re staring at me face-to-face. 😛  For my cheeks, I swapped my usual MAC Lovejoy blush with Milani Bellarosa;  the pink blush complements the berry tone of the lipstick better than the earthy brown/red of Lovejoy.

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I love how the blush pops just enough to enhance the lip color.

It is a lovely shade, no?

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Rimmel 107 lasting finish by kate lipstick on my lips after 4 hours of wear, no lipliner or retouching

So why do I love this lipstick?  Well for starters, it’s inexpensive but the quality is amazing!  The lipstick glides on your lips like a dream, leaving a full sweep of opaque color.  It has a very light, pleasantly floral fragrance that reminds me of Lancome lipsticks.  The texture of the lipstick is very nice too.  It’s smooth and creamy but feels very light on the lips.

Did I mention the incredible staying power?  Without lip liner, it stays on the lips for about 4 to 6 hours without slipping around. I did a wear test and while there was some color transfer when I ate, the stain on my lips were even and looked decent enough after I ate my lunch.

Even my favorite MAC lipsticks aren’t as good as this, and that’s saying something because I l-o-v-e my MAC lipsticks.

I’ll do a round up post of my Rimmel lipstick collection soon.  🙂

Let me know what you think of Rimmel 107 in the comments section, or if there’s a shade that you want me to review.

Thanks for dropping by!

xx

Erika

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I got this lipstick during a trip to Toronto for CAD 4.99 🙂  

I also remember getting a box of 4 different shades during a Cebu Pacific flight for USD 20.00.  If you’re not flying with them anytime soon, you can get your Rimmel lipsticks from @polishedinthecity (instagram)

Review: Make Me Blush Nail Spa & Beauty Lounge

Beauty, Reviews

Hi Everyone!

Last weekend, I was invited to try a newly opened nail spa in the New Manila area, and I am so excited to share my review with you guys!  I intended to have this post up way earlier, but things have been so crazy in the office lately, I never had the time to just sit down and write a post.

So finally, here I am on a Friday night, having a date with my laptop so I can share my thoughts on Make Me Blush Nail Spa & Beauty Lounge.  No hard feelings there.  I swear. 

But before we start, let me give you a visual tour of the place.

I love the retro design of their signage! ❤Make Me Blush Nail Spa & Beauty Lounge Exterior

Make Me Blush is located on the 3rd level of Hemady Square Building in E. Rodriguez Avenue.  It’s pretty near my place so I didn’t have a hard time looking for the building.  Hemady Square is a newly opened mall, so all of the tenants, including Make Me Blush, have only been open for about a month or so.

This is what will greet you upon entering the spa.  It’s evident that the design was well thought of and executed.  I like the hushed ambiance.  It made me feel like my stress was slowly melting away. Oh, did I mention that the marketing girl in me really appreciated how the color scheme of the spa matched the signage and mini posters?   :p

As you can see, they offer an impressive array of services.  From makeup to hair styling and waxing, right down to massage and the usual mani-pedi options, they really meant it when they said “Beauty Lounge”.  You could spend an entire day in here to be pampered from head to toe.  I know I would.

You know what the best part is though?  The full body massage is excellent and it’s only P380.00.

I am NOT kidding!

But anyway, let’s move on before I start divulging all the details.

I love the whimsical interiors and airy atmosphere.  The spa has a higher ceiling compared to other nail salons I’ve been to, and in my opinion, this makes for a better ambiance.

Can you believe these chairs are from the 1960’s?  Alyssa, the owner of Make Me Blush Spa, had these chairs re-upholstered and painted to look new again.  Gorgeous no?

These bird-cages-turned lamps are such a nice touch!

Make Me Blush also offer makeup and hairstyling services, so one of the sections of the spa is reserved for those services. Isn’t this makeup area the ult? One day I will have my very own makeup mirror and vanity area just like this one. 😛 haha!

There was a separate area if you want avail of the hairstyling services but I didn’t take photos since someone was having her hair done.  She might be uncomfortable with having her photo taken.

They also have this private massage room.  Can you guess what the folded thing is?  No?  It’s a pair of disposable short pants. :))  Personally, I prefer to get a massage without it, but it is a nice touch.  I think customers who aren’t comfortable about getting a massage sans their outerwear will appreciate this.

So now, let’s start with the highlight of my visit.  The mani-pedi session.

I love, love, LOVE nail polish and having my nails done.  Can you believe I was totally uninterested in makeup and other beauty products about 2 years ago?  I only appreciated makeup when I started working for a fashion magazine.  Nail polish, however, is a different story. I just can’t get enough of the stuff!  My mom keeps on scolding me when I buy more. haha!

As much as I enjoy doing nail art and painting my nails, it is such a treat to have my nails done by someone else every now and then.

In Make Me Blush spa, the nail technician will bring this tub of warm water to soak your feet for a few minutes.  They will use this to soak your feet and soften your nail cuticles.

Hello there scuffed toe nails

My toes, in the process of getting buffed, shined and polished.  They use  Klean Color base and topcoat, but for the nail color. you have the option to choose other brands for a minimal additional charge.

Color play

I always have a hard time picking just one color. lol!

I ended up picking Orly Purple Crush for my toenails.  It’s funny though because this is definitely not purple.  But whatevs. I’m starting my transition to summer colors early this year.

Ate is painting my toes here.  Excuse the chubby foot.

For manicures, they will give you this tray so you can wash and soak your hands on the white containers filled with warm water.

I had a hard time picking another color for my hands, but this Essie Butler Please polish was just the perfect summer blue color!

See what I mean?  I’m thinking of getting a bottle of this since it’s seriously gorgeous and I just love Essie nail polish!

Ta-dah! ❤

I didn’t catch the nail technician’s name and she didn’t have a name tag 😦  But she did a really nice job and she really helped me move stuff around since I couldn’t pick up my bag or look for my charger, lest I undo the nail polish she just applied on my nails. :))

I waited until my nail polish was dry before going for a full body massage.  I love massages and I like to get one at least once a month, so I was really happy when my friend arranged for a massage to be part of the services I will be trying.

I couldn’t take any photos though so I can’t show you, but the masseuse was great! She took care of the knots and lamig on my back and she constantly checked with me if I was okay with the amount of pressure she was using.

The massage was supposed to be one hour only, but unlike other spas, they focus more on giving you a nice massage rather than cutting it short so they won’t go over the allotted time.   Quality service right there!  I couldn’t believe the massage was only P380.00

I am definitely coming back for a massage soon.

This is the basic menu of the services they offer.  I think the prices are more affordable compared to other salons, but their services are just as good.

Overall, I think Make Me Blush Spa and Beauty Lounge is a great concept. They made a lot of beauty services available in one place and that is really convenient if you need to have several things done. It’s great that the establishment is in an accessible area, but at the same time, the mall is not crowded.

If you live in the New Manila area, you should definitely check this place out.  It’s worth a visit just for the massage alone!

Visit the Make Me Blush Facebook page to find out more about the services they offer. 🙂

As always, thank you guys for dropping by.  I’ll talk to you again on my next post.

xx

Erika