It's just days before Christmas and I started my celebration by visiting Café 91. This café is located at Glam Theme Boutique (GTB), fronting Tapsi Terminal along Magsaysay Avenue, which makes it a very convenient stop to "Shop, Dine, and Chill."

Its location is not the only thing that makes it unique; Café 91 has been innovative with their drinks and they have been the first café to introduce what we call "Monster Frappes" with overflowing toppings of sweets and pastries. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes with these mouthwatering Monster Frappes:



The above photos are some of their original flavors: the Death by Sweets (left) and the Cookie Monster (right). For those who have the ultimate sweet tooth, the Death by Sweets would be your best friend. This is a chocolate shake drink topped with two donuts, cookies, choco coated pretzels, choco dipped cones, and a lot of sprinkles. The drink itself towers at about 12 inches! Yeah right, that's a total wow moment for me too. Haha! This can be shared by two persons, but I know some of you can finish this by yourselves. Haha!
Café 91 also offers quick snacks, waffles, hot tea, sodas, and lemonade. What I love about them is that they continuously offer something "new" to the crowd - they conceptualize their frappes based on the current trend or celebration. Some of their most creative concepts are the Peñafrancia Frappe last September and the Pokémon Go flavors during the hype of the famous game app.

To live up to what they are known for, Café 91 launched their Holiday Frappes for the whole month of December (above photo from left to right): Santa's Favorite - a Hershey chocolate flavored drink, White Christmas - vanilla based flavor, Minty Mornings - chocolate drink with a hint of mint, and The Grinch (not in photo) which is a matcha based frappe topped with matcha Kitkat and matcha crinkles.



Being a lover of chocolate mint, you can guess what my favorite is from the Holiday Frappes. Minty Mornings just have the right amount of mint to complement the sweetness of the chocolate milkshake. The salted pretzels toppings also make it fun to nibble on while finishing the frappe. Overall, I'm completely satisfied!
Café 91 can be a bit pricey especially for students but it's a perfect way to treat yourself for a sugar rush once in a while. Also, you can enjoy shopping at Glam Theme Boutique while you're waiting for your order. GTB offers stylish and trendy fashion items which are not pocket-heavy. I'm pretty sure you can find something you love inside the boutique. 🙂 Daily business hours is from 12 noon up until 12 midnight.

Have you visited Café 91 yet? If yes, let me know your experience on the comment section below.
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To take a breather from the usual food, event, and travel posts, here's something I missed doing here on the blog - connecting with myself. Haha! How weird is that? Well, self-checking is one of the things I find helpful to keep my sanity in place! 🙂

I just turned 23 last September and with 2016 drawing to a close, these are the days we realize how time flies so FAST - I know you can relate to that! It's another year wiser for me so I would be sharing with you five little hacks I learned along the way:

 

1. Save
I know this is hard especially when temptations are everywhere. What I do is ask myself if I really need the item I'm planning to buy and if it veers towards a "NO" then I brush it off my mind right away. I also make sure that I portion my income before payday rolls in. That way, my mind is fixed on how much I have to spend on food, rent, travel/savings, and allowance. Saving has been my special talent since like forever! My family and close friends can attest to that. Yep, I'm kuripot and I don't mind being one. Hahaha!

2. Know your worth
 This is the best lesson I learned and the best advice I give to others. You are a precious gem - you deserve something great, do not settle on people/job/things that make you feel less of who you really are.
3. Say "No"
We are naturally people-pleasers that it's easy for us to say "yes" all the time without thinking what we said "yes" to. These kind of situations may be problematic and tricky - I bet you know what I mean here. Haha! The art of saying "no" is a powerful skill. Your life would be so much easier if you carefully choose which situations to take or to decline. Just be true to yourself and know your boundaries. By saying no to people, activities, and engagements that don't help you nor you enjoy, you open up the space necessary for things you will genuinely cherish. 

4. Keep your circle small
When you reach your twenties, you'll realize that the smaller your friendship circle is, the better. You don't need plenty of your so-called "friends" to feel validated or important. Those who remain by your side, despite distance and differences, will be your closest friends.


5. Give zero f*cks
Cut off the negativity and the drama off your life by choosing your battles. Trivial things do not deserve too much attention and energy. 🙂
That's it, hope you like my little list! Share yours on the comment box below.
 Happy Holidays everyone!

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Early June this year, Earthquake opened a hip-casual dining restaurant that serves gigantic shakes, delicious chicken meals, quirky-served pastas, and a lot more. The owners, being food lovers themselves, want to offer hefty flavorful dishes that will make you feel it's the end of the world - thus the name Earthquake.
To match the resto's concept, the place looks like a danger zone with caution yellow tapes, wall graffiti, and tables and chairs are splattered with paint. Some of their dishes are served in tree trunk trays which possibly portray uprooted trees from a disaster. Very creative I must say!

Below are the dishes I have tried:
Chic Carbonara for P120. The creamy white sauce has sweet ham and chicken bits. The pasta and the sauce are served in separate jars. I find the serving unique but it's also pretty hard to mix the pasta and the sauce together. You might want to ask the resto's staff to just serve it on a plate, they surely would be happy to help. You can also try Spicy Chic Carbonara for P130. Their pastas are perfect for an afternoon tambay or for a light dinner.
 Our carbonara is perfectly paired with their personal blend Mango Iced Tea (photo on the right). 

What separates Earthquake from the rest? Their savory chicken meals, the Volcanic Chics! I honestly can't figure out if it's fried, roasted, or maybe both but it sure is TASTY! They have different levels of spiciness that you can choose from depending on your tolerance. It is also served in half (good for 2 to 3 persons) or whole (good 4 to 5 persons).

My boyfriend and I have a VERY high tolerance on spiciness to the point that we find the food boring without loads of chili in it. Gusto namin yung naluluha na kami sa anghang. Ganyan kalala. Hahaha! That's why we ordered the Super Volcanic Earthquake Chic which has the highest level of spiciness. It's love at first bite! We have never tried any other meal that would top our spicy-tolerance since some restos offer "spicy" meals only to our disappointment (parang wala lang samin). What I also love about it is that even with lots of chili in it, the authentic flavor of the chicken is not compromised.
Here's an interesting experience you have to try: eat with your hands! As they say: "Masarap kumain pag naka-kamay" which totally holds true for us Pinoys. Of course, being the foodie that I am, I opted to do so! They would provide plastic gloves and the rest is up to your 'kamayan' skills. Hahaha! I don't mind eating with my hands in public while in formal clothes so I definitely enjoyed it!

It's recommended for first timers but if you feel uncomfortable, just politely ask for utensils. The staff is very accommodating! The owner herself will be there to welcome you and make you feel at home to boot.
Earthquake is also known for their gigantic shakes which is literally overflowing with sweet treats. Their most famous shakes are the President Rody Red Velvet Quake Shake and the VP Leni Mango-Banana Caramel Quake Shake. Their Holiday Quake shakes are now available too, the Vanilla Taho Quake Shake and the Blueberry Cookie Creme Quake Shake. Curious? Check them out and try these sugar overload!

Location: Pelonio Compound, Dayangdang St. 4400 Naga City (in front of Montessori School). 
Contact: 09367227151 for deliveries and reservations.

 What is your most interesting eating experience? Would love to hear from you on the comments section below!
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