Food Tripping Slash Stress Eating in Summer

I have been under a lot of stress lately, and stress-eating is one of my ways to deal with it.  And yes, I have been doing a lot of it lately.
Gino’s Brick Oven PIzza
After my first trip to Gino’s which I wrote about here, I’ve been longing to go back so it was really a no-brainer that when I met up with my friends to plan for our upcoming European vacay (stay tuned!), we ended up here. And guess what? My friends also ordered much the same as I did back then – but this time, I got to try their salad and dessert.
House Salad, Php420, of mixed greens, balsamic dressing and burrata.
Well, the salad’s not exactly my favourite, for sure, but I loved the freshly made burrata and kesong puti. And the veggies were pretty fresh – no bitter taste at all. Probably won’t get it next time but would be good if you at least try it once. 

   
Crack pie, Php270.

For dessert, we got the crack pie which came with a very apt warning: highly addictive. I love pecan pie and this one tastes similar, minus the nuts and a little less sweet. But don’t be surprised at its size though: it’s really small which only makes you crave for more. Yep, that warning is not to be taken lightly.
My lovely travel buddies. This won’t be the first time we’ll travel together, and hopefully, not the last. They say that if you want to test your friendship, travel with each other. I guess that means our friendship is for keeps. 😀

Todd English Food Hall
A few months ago, this food hall opened at SM Aura (fast becoming my mall of choice for the restaurants, and my favourite high street brands Miss Selfridge, Promod and Topshop just a stone’s throw away from each other). However, the long lines discouraged me from trying it. But getting our visas was a good enough reason so Leah and I decided to celebrate.

And what do you know? The stars were aligned and we got a table in less than five minutes. Tip: Ask if they have seats at the bar. People usually ask for a table which takes eons, not knowing that the bar is practically empty. But this would only work if there are two-three of you; otherwise, you would of course need a table.

Lobster Guacamole, Php 420. Crispy chips served with fresh lobster guacamole and a wedge of lemon. Plus glasses of red and white wine, Php180 per glass.

I loved the chips and guacamole. Seriously. I’m not a chips person (fine, I love chips but not the resto kind, if you know what I mean) and I am definitely not a fan of avocado even though we have a sturdy avocado tree at my parents’ house which yields really big and tasty ones (according to the fambam and neighbours, at least; I don’t eat it so I can’t judge.). But this pairing is a match made in gastronomic heaven. I even ate the guacamole by itself coz we ran out of chips. I am salivating just thinking of it now.
Pork chop, Php 430. Served with greens, carrots, and glaze sauce.

And don’t get me started on the pork chops. I am used to the dry kind of pork chop, with lots of McCormick breading and all, but this quite leaves me unable to articulate – the meat was juicy and tasty and every morsel made me want to stop time so I could savor it longer. That good.

Magnum Cafe
When magnum (the bar) was launched in the country a few years back and triggered a magnum mania, I couldn’t quite understand. Sure, it tasted nice but I wasn’t exactly blown away. Neither was I blown away by my first Magnum Café experience. 
However, I love desserts so I wanted to try it again (after all, the place had so many other items in their menu). This time, we got death by chocolate which will likely seal my fate – this mix of dark chocolate lava cake with a magnum bar sitting prettily on top of it didn’t just look nice, it tasted so good too.

Death by Chocolate, a steal at Php280.

Which made me rethink – maybe I should give the ordinary bars another go? This time, I opted for vanilla coated with white chocolate (that gold color just called to me), and for my toppings, I got mallows, chocolate chips and white marbles. I finished it off with molten milk chocolate drizzled all over it.

Gold! For those who get “umay” with the all too sweet milk chocolate on milk chocolate pairing, try vanilla and white chocolate. Not as sweet and infinitely creamier. I found my magnum at last. I almost regretted sharing this with the hubby.

How about you? How do you deal with stress?

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