Monday, August 6, 2012

Old Manila Date: If These Walls Could Talk + MyKitchen by Chef Chris

C and I had an Old Manila date last weekend. I've planned it more than a month ago because we're on a tight budget lately and we cannot afford to spend much on entertainment (thank God for friends who give us free movie passes!).

I was browsing through C's Enjoy booklet one day and saw a deal for Carlos Celdran's walking tour.

Photo from Walk This Way
Both of us have been to Fort Santiago many times - I've been there for a field trip and even for a Christmas party scavenger hunt - but the Intramuros tour gave us a new perspective on Old Manila. It also increased our Filipino pride and made us grateful that we were born in this mix-and-match culture. I wouldn't say much about the tour because you have to experience it yourself :) 

And there's so much more to explore in Intramuros! There are quaint little shops and restaurants I'd like to visit. I'd probably go back there, skip Fort Santiago, and roam around the area. 

I also look forward to do the Imelda tour in the near future. I'm always amazed by her and can't wait to learn more (crazy) things about her :D Oh and of course the Binondo Food Tour

The same day I saw the walking tour voucher, I got an e-mail from Deal Grocer about a promo from MyKitchen by Chef Chris. Everything just came into place then. 

The Deal Grocer promo was for a half-and-half panizza and we ordered Kristina (bacon, ham, caramelized onion, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms) and Verena (tomato and white truffle oil enhanced cheese sauce topped with scallop, prawns and sun-dried tomatoes). We also ordered Osso Buco Maestri because C loves osso buco and risotto. Their tiramisu was huge and was enough for the both of us.

Next time I'll come back there with friends and family so we can try out more stuff from their menu :D

Everything was worth the rainy trip to that area and we didn't even spend full price! 

Of course the best part was spending time with C. I even noticed that he didn't check on his phone *that* often even if there were two major basketball games on :)

Do you have other budget-friendly date ideas? Please share!

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