Cheese, wine, and conversations at L’Incontro
Sunday, 4 July 2010

Ah. Nothing beats reviewing an Italian restaurant as my first post after a very long blog hiatus. You see, this food blog has been a constant temptation to my diet, and I really felt I needed to lose weight. It was only recently when I already got into the habit of running that I trusted myself to blog about food again. Besides, I just couldn’t say no to Italian food! 😀

Sicilian Scampi
Sicilian Scampi by kutitots, on Flickr

L’Incontro is a cozy Italian restaurant located along Reposo Street in Makati City. Tina Pamintuan, its new owner since March 2010, has refashioned the 10-year-old restaurant with a fusion of the old and the new. From the contemporary interiors to the fresh menu, L’Incontro now aims for their customers to have an authentic “Italian dining table experience.”

Since we’ve always lived far from Makati (Quezon City before, and now, Cainta), we haven’t had the chance to visit L’Incontro before the change of management. And, to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I first got the invite to review the restaurant and its new menu. I just know I liked Italian food — its spices and its use of tomatoes. The most I was expecting was having pizza and a variety of pasta and sauces, but I was pleasantly surprised with what Corporate Chef Tina Pamintuan had in store of us! Read more…

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Breakfast at 1771 Sentro
Monday, 13 July 2009

Dried Beef Sirloin Tapa
Dried Beef Sirloin Tapa by kutitots, on Flickr

I was never keen eating at The Fort. Marc and I would only make an effort going there if we had a meeting or a meet-up with friends, but The Fort really isn’t one of the usual places where we have our weekly dates. Other than being cheapskates, we aren’t really the type who would try expensive food that we aren’t even sure we would enjoy. So when we received an invite for a complimentary breakfast at 1771 Sentro, we figured it was a good opportunity to try out something new without feeling so bad if we happen not to like it. Besides, Marc and I signed up to join a fun run to be held at The Fort this July—we were looking for a good place to gorge ourselves after the event.

Well, off-hand I can say that waking up to try breakfast at 1771 Sentro was worth it. Let me tell you why… Read more…

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