Saturday, December 29, 2012

The New Spiral

First things first! Here's what I wore to the Spiral dinner with my family two days before Christmas :) Since it was still Christmas time, I opted to wear red and because we were going to a buffet, I had to wear something loose! :P 
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[Dress: MISS 60, Shoes: CHARLES & KEITH, Necklace: SM ACCESSORIES] 

Now that's done, let's move on to the dinner! I had such a hard time editing and blogging about these pictures because it made me hungry every single time. I would choose to skip doing this first because I would just get fat! haha! I would crave what I see! Anyway, it's 4 am in the morning and I'm doing only because it's too late (and scary haha) to go down and get something to eat :) But I've been looking forward to blog about this because I know you, my dear readers would enjoy it as much as I did making it! :) 
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Spiral Buffet is located at the ground floor of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (behind CCP and near the Mall of Asia for those who are not familiar). It is a world class hotel that offers endless dishes and drinks that's inspired by different cuisines around the world. They actually just recently renovated the place after a typhoon destroyed the venue awhile back. I've been to the place a couple of times before and I swear, you really have to come in hungry! Everything is LITERALLY endless and everything from the taste, presentation, service and everything in between is world class. The buffet has a total of 21 ateliers (Salad and Appetizer, L’Écailler, Sushi Sashimi, L’Epicerie, Hot Japanese, French Stove, Rotisserie,Wood fired Oven, Churrasco, North Indian,Asian Noodles, Peking Duck Oven, Steam Baskets, Chinese Wok, Filipino, Thai, Korean, La Boulangerie, La Patisserie, Chocolaterie and Creamery), seats 452 and total area of 2, 921 sqms. 

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Thank you Blessy and Sofitel Manila for this welcome cake! :) Eating it as we speak! (Okay fine, I am eating at 4 in the morning! haha) 
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The place was redecorated and even if it was designed by a  Design Studio Spin from Japan, everything from the tables, chairs and decoration is sourced and Filipino inspired :) Check out the chandelier! 
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Not only does it offer seats inside but if you opt for a warm breeze, you can take the veranda seats as well! If you want to have your own private dining, there are 6 private rooms for your use. You just have to reserve in advance :) 

They have all kinds of breads you can imagine! This is probably one of the 20. haha! I didn't take pictures of everything so that it won't give the place away :) 
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One of the newest features of the New Spiral Buffet would be the cheese room. I died. I've developed a love for cheese since my Bordeaux days with my friends and I was in my happy place when I entered the room! The size of the cheeses reminded me of Lizzie Mcquire the movie :P Bella! 
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The salad bar. All vegetables are sourced from the best places you can find them here in the country :) 
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Even the fresh seafood is sourced locally too! They only source from the best :) 
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The cuisines are endless! They have chinese...
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Indian.. (A little trivia: The tandoori stove was flown in all the way from India to get the authentic Indian taste) 
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Just a quick trivia, the uniforms were designed by Rajo Laurel. I love how they patronize and support local :) 
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for the carnivores station (like me!)... 
American... and alot more!
The 1 million peso stove. It's the first in the country. Yup, you better enjoy that food of yours.. it's cooked in a 1 million peso stove! haha
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One of the newest features of the new Spiral would be that all food are cooked to your preference. Name it, they'll cook it! 

And my favorite part of the whole thing.... DESSERT STATION!! 
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That's not even half of the dessert they had! 
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Another new feature would be their Parisian inspired bar :) 
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The best wines from around the globe are available in Spiral! And yup, it's included with the buffet! 
Here's what I ate... well half of it. I probably had 6 or 9 more plates! haha I just forgot to take pictures in between! My tip when eating there? Just got a little bit of everything so you can taste every single thing :) 

I don't want to spoil everything so I only showed you half of what's instore for you so that when you enter Spiral, there's still something to look forward to! :) I hope you enjoyed my tour of Spiral Buffet! I came in hungry and came out satisfied :) 
xx, Vern 

P.S. Here's the opening hours: 
Breakfast: (Daily) 6:30 am - 10: 30 am
Lunch: (Mon- Sat) 12 noon - 2:30 pm
Brunch: (Sun) 12 noon - 3:00 pm
Dinner: (Daily) 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Supper at La Veranda: 11: 00 pm - 1:00 am 

Black & White

Before I start with my outfit post, let me show you pictures wherein my cutie little dogs make an appearance. They do this EVERY single time I take outfit photos and it's so cute how they actually look at the camera and smile! haha 
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[Top: FORME, Pants: Topshop, Shoes: CHARLES & KEITH, Bag: Gucci, Necklace: SM ACCESSORIES, Sunglasses: Asos, Blazer: Bugis St., Singapore] 
Here's what I wore to a movie night with my family and squeezed in date night with Dondi in Mall of Asia. I had gift certificates that were gonna expire on December 31 so I wanted to spend them before they go to waste. That mall has everything so my mom and I decided to go there :) Then after going around with Dondi, the rest of my family followed and we watched Sisterekas. That movie was well your typical Filipino comedy movie! haha I swear nothing tickles your funny bone in a VERY shallow way than Filipino movies :P Have you seen any of the MMFF entries? :) Support local guys! 
xx, Vern 
P.S. Please don't get sick of my black and white outfits!


Here's an outfit I wore to one of the many reunions I went to during this holiday season :) It's not everyday I see these relatives of mine from my dad's mom's side of the family so I was excited to find out how it will go :) I'm sure it would involve alot of eating so I made sure to wear what I call a magic skirt because it would hide a big tummy! haha! I've gained 3 pounds for this season and as much as I love eating, I'm excited for 2013 so I could start dieting!! My dad who never says I've gained just said it a yesterday so I'm really motivated! haha! You, have you gained? :P Anyway, here's the outfit: 
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[Top: THE LUSCIOUS CLOSET, Skirt: APARTMENT 8, Shoes: ALDO PHILIPPINES, Blazer: Bugis St., Singapore, Bag: CHARLES & KEITH
Here's the outfit post you asked for! :) I honestly can't wait to blog about my Spiral dinner! 

A Red Christmas

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[Dress: Bugis St., Singapore, Shoes: EDFs, Blazer: FROUFROU, Earrings: CAROLE MALENAB
It was a red Christmas for my sister, cousins and I. It's always been a tradition to spend Christmas Eve with my dad's side of the family and we've always tried to match with each other with either the color red or green to take pictures before the clock strikes 12. This year, it was the color red. Christmas is a time for people close to your heart so I hope you don't mind me bombarding you with pictures of people other than myself! haha! :P I can't wait to show you pictures from Christmas eve :) Till the next blog post! 
xx, Vern 

Merry Christmas!

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Merry merry Christmas from my family to yours!!!! :) Wishing you all the best during the holidays and may you spend it with family and everyone close to your heart :) Don't forget to greet Jesus a happy happy birthday too!! :) 
xx, Vern