It was Joey’s big day yesterday so we headed off to Greenbelt for Mass and lunch with my side of the family (it was a sort of thank you for my parents actually, since they so kindly volunteered to drastically increase my checking account, har har har. translation: lent me enough moolah to quit my old job).
Started off with ice cream at Gelatissimo, Greenbelt 5 while waiting for my ever punctual (not!) family. Joey enjoyed the chocolate as you can see. I love their ice cream – it’s the creamiest I’ve ever tasted. Beats Haagen Daaz to me.
Then, we went off to Mesa.
I know I’ve been a little unkind to this resto in the past but while I maintain that most of the dishes on the menu have nothing special, I am drawn however to their sinigang na baboy sa bayabas and pineapple and mango salad. Joey also loves the sinigang – in fact, whenever we eat there, he finishes a cup of rice all by himself!
Since there were only seven of us, I just ordered the basics at Mesa. Clockwise from left: laing two ways, mango salad (goes great with the fish and grilled foodie), crispy tilapya, wrapped sisig, inihaw platter.
One thing I really love here is the price. Imagine, I was able to feed seven adults and a kid with matching fruit shakes and the bill only amouned to Php 3,000? Hard to believe, right?
Anyway, we headed to Red Mango for dessert. I got the original yoghurt with mango and almonds. My two favorite. Did you know that a lot of my former officemates thought I was pregnant with the way I’ve been devouring mangoes? Little did they know that I can finish off ten ripe mangoes in one go. I was practically raised eating mangoes, courtesy of a mango farm on my father’s side of the family. Haha.
After meryenda, we headed back home for Joey’s birthday party – nothing fancy since I’m not really of the kiddie party type. I prefer just eating out and buying stuff for Joey. Or taking him to some carnival or sight-seeing. But of course, no birthday is complete without a birthday cake:
mcQueen cake from Goldilocks
Birthday boy at Greenbelt; Blowing the candle on his cake with friend Gabby and cousin JM:
Happy Birthday my dear little Joey!!!