Nicole Aguinaldo | A fashion, beauty, and travel blogger from the Philippines.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Art, Food, Love

Exactly a year and a day ago I started my blog with a post about how my boyfriend Nicco and I celebrated our first anniversary. So as I mark my first year of blogging and welcome a new year ahead of more blogging, here I am writing about our 2nd anniversary date! :) It's only fitting, after all, as Girl About Town's official photographer, Nicco is as much part of my blog as he is of my life!

We went to Gallery Vask, BGC this year, a fine dining restaurant that offers a unique dining experience that combines a relaxing ambience inspired by art, fashion, and culture and a gastronomic feast especially designed and prepared by Spanish Chef Jose Luis Gonzales.

We ordered the "Emotions" menu which is a 10-course menu composed of the following:

Magellan's Dimsum

Tuna Pod (Kalamata Olives, Basil, Tuna, and Lemon Grass Ice Cream)

Beer Urchin (Sea Urchin, Beer Clams, Foie Gras, and Orange) was Nicco's favorite!

Ravine (King Crab, Coconut meat, Avocado cream, Cilantro, Pumpkin pebbles, Buko Soup)

Wood (Smoked baby squid, Wood onion chips, Onions and whiskey soup) was my favorite!

Palm Crisp (Coconut sorbet)
The staff invited us to come to the kitchen and check out how they made this dish! It was so cool, Nicco and I wanted to try it ourselves! LOL

Cochinillo (16 hour sous vide baby pork, Pumpkin gnocci, and Vanila sauce) - Crispy on the outside and so tender and juicy on the inside!

Pop (Warm chocolate balls, Strawberry oregano coulis, Ginger ice cream, Mangosteen) - The name says it all! The flavors really pop in your mouth! One of our favorites too!

Sakura (Yuzu mousse, Yogurt sponge, Dalandan crumbs, Sencha ice cream) -Perfect harmony of different flavors in one dessert! 

Petit Fours - 4 different flavors of chocolate! Need I say more? 

Aside from good food, the service was exceptional too. The waiters and chefs were very accomodatating and friendly throughout our two-hour dining experience. According to the manager, the seamless integration of the kitchen and dining area is intended to give the diners a greater view and appreciation of the intricacies involved in preparing each special dish.

Thank you Nicco and thank you Gallery Vask! It was indeed a perfect way to celebrate two important milestones that have changed my life in the most remarkable way! :)


Do you believe in art + food + love = happiness?

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  1. This looks like such a romantic and delicious date :)Fashion latte with vanilla

  2. You two look cute together and the food looks great!

    x Karen

  3. You've only been blogging a year? You've had amazing success. Can you share your blogging secrets pls? :)

  4. Wow beautiful place to enjoy a nice dinner.

  5. Hi Nicole! You and your boyfriend make such a great couple! Congratulations! And all these dishes look delicious.. yummy! ;)

  6. Beautiful pics!!! Thanks for sharing))
    Kisses darling!!!

  7. Gorgeous pictures Nicole! You look stunning and the food must be so yummy! ;)

  8. nice pictures, good post, cute creativity

  9. Happy Anniversary! :) That restaurant looks really nice. The food looks sooo yummy and well-presented! <3

  10. You look really great! Love your outfit!
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  11. beautiful photos!

  12. Wow, that meal looks absolutely divine. The presentation of each dish is impressive.

    Congratulations for both anniversaries! x

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  13. Aww Happy anniversary Nicole and Nicco! And your names both start with NICO! I wish you more years of blogging and more years of happiness with Nicco!


  14. Great post dear! Love your blog <3


  15. cool cool. hope you have a lovely weekend. new post on blog

  16. Happy anniversary! That looks like the most wonderful way to celebrate :) I especially love the atmosphere of the well as anything that serves me 10-courses. I hope it was a wonderful evening! xx

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  17. Hey, it looks like a great place to dine in. Share me more about your experience on facebook, okay?

    P.S. I'm really happy for your relationship with Kuya Nicco. Keep the fire burning ;)

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