Dakasi in SM Tarlac

IMG_4434Dakasi is a company that originated in Taiwan. It offers a wide range of pearl milk tea or bubble tea, and other drinks. This branch in SM Tarlac just opened about a month ago or early this month. I even got a pen as a promotion. It is located on the lower ground floor, across the food court. This branch is really tiny with just two tables and less than 10 chairs so there really isn’t room to hangout. It’s just a grab and go kind of store.

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Beautiful Moments Cafe

On a rainy Saturday night, me and my friends went to try out this new cafe along Benry Square on McArthur Highway next to the radio station. This is their facebook page.

I was surprised to see that the interior was really nice, as well as the furniture. The style is kind of old European. The wait staff are also dressed nicely unlike the usual t-shirt I am used to.

Their price point is okay. It’s right in the middle, not too expensive. It aint cheap either.

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Pancake House @ Luisita

I met up with a friend’s friend who’s a travel agent. I needed to get a couple of documents from her. We decided to meet up at Hacienda Luisita in San Miguel, Tarlac. It’s about 15-20 minutes drive from where I live. I usually don’t go to this part of town that often so I decided to have some merienda at the Pancake House. It was my first time at this place and I’ve been craving waffles and breakfast food. I miss Denny’s.

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Nuat Thai Massage

I tried this new place called Nuat Thai. It’s located across SM City Tarlac. I think it’s barely a month old. They only offer massages. Unlike Bioessence, they don’t try to up-sell any kind of product or services while you’re trying to relax. It is a very good thing. They had about six or seven kinds of massages on their menu. I tried the Thai Body Massage for P200.00 which is roughly $4-$5 and I had to pay upfront.

We proceeded to the sitting area where they washed my feet and gave me a pair of slippers. They also had a wooden locker for my stuff which was a nice touch.

They had lots of nice Thai touches on their decor..

Inside, it was very dim but they had cool lighting on the floor. I was gonna take a picture of the room which is basically a raised wooden platform with a flat bed partitioned with cloth curtains. They did maximize the space which means each space is small but not claustrophobic. The light was very dim so I couldn’t really take a picture of it. My iPhone can only take decent pictures in well lighted areas.

The massage was really nice. It was really worth what I paid for and more so I tipped generously. :D They also used the full hour unlike other places I’ve been to. They make you dress for 15 minutes or more and they only do the massage for half an hour instead of the full hour they advertised. I’ve tried authentic Thai massage in Thailand. This wasn’t as hard core as Thailand but good enough. It felt similar to the kind of massage I got in Siem Reap, Cambodia which is what I like. I went jogging for an hour the other day after not doing it for a while so my muscles were really sore. The massage really hit the spot when they pull you in different places. It was really nice. I would definitely go back and try their other massages. Their restroom is clean and impeccable, probably because it’s new. I hope they maintain it that way. So, thumbs up for Nuat Thai! :-)

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Nuat Thai – Tarlac
Unit 1, LC Bldg., McArthur Highway, 2300 Tarlac, Philippines
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12:00pm – 12:00am
Phone: 045-4934116
Email: nuatthai.tarlac@gmail.com

Tonight’s Dinner..

is Roasted Garlic Cauliflower and Shoyu Spicy Chicken. I was supposed to make apple pie but I couldn’t find my bowls. Then I saw the two head of cauliflowers our uncle gave us yesterday sitting on the table. I’d like to try and eat healthy so veggies it is. I then searched on my phone for recipes. I found one at allrecipes.com. The Shoyu Spicy Chicken – I made up the recipe.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese – I used cheddar instead
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley – I didn’t have this

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a large casserole dish.
  2. Place the olive oil and garlic in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.

It was really good. The cauliflower has a natural sweetness to it. Oven roasting it made it soft but left a little crunch to it. The roasted garlic in olive oil is amazing. Don’t put too much salt but enough pepper on it. The cheese can be salty so be mindful of that.

Now, for the Shoyu Spicy Chicken. I marinated half a kilo of Chicken in sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, pepper, chili powder and rice vinegar.  Don’t ask me about the portions. I put it in the fridge. After about 30 minutes, I pan fried it. Then I put the remaining marinade and let it simmer for a bit.


It tasted really good over rice. It was a nice pairing with the Oven Roasted Brocolli.