2nd Anniversary Dinner at Chef Popit’s

Nicco was asking if we could celebrate our next anniversary privately. He’s a very quiet/private geek (we’ve been together 2 years, friends for 6, and he doesn’t even know I’m madaldal). I told him, “Oh, you’d love our celebration tonight. It’s really just the two of us!” He still thought we were going to a fancy restaurant full of people and that when I said “just the two of us” he thought I meant that it’s only applicable to our table. Well, he thought wrong. Hehe.

I was so excited about our private anniversary dinner at Chef Popit’s that we were there early. I didn’t know that the place was right behind the Pacific Star Building, where I used to work as one of Level Up!’s gameplay specialists. So yeah…I didn’t know that we were that near.

Anyway the menu we chose from Chef Popit’s Valentine Selection:

Tapenade toasts

Soupe de poisson

Mixed greens with raspberry vinaigrette

Tomate farcie

Baked mahi mahi with a sweet pepper sauce on a red onion compote
Chicken cordon bleu with cream sauce
Lamb chop with jus lis on risotto

Crème brulee

Coffee or tea

Okay…so I didn’t realize it really was an 8-course meal until we started counting the dishes, beginning from the fourth course. Chef Popit was like our personal cheering squad, “Go, Bea! Hey, you’re slowing down!”

I nearly ruined the dinner because I kept contacting my witness and my lawyer and I had my planner with me (school, work, rakets, thesisyak). Nicco was right to complain, although he was a sweetheart when he realized that the screwdriver was screwing with my head big time. Good thing my stomach was happy. I was happy-busog, not umay-busog and that’s saying something. See, I was expecting rich, fatty stuff, but it turns out that the food was really healthy. No starch, no OA creams. The flavors came from different sorts of herbs and berries. Mmmmmm… So yeah…I downed it all. Didn’t even realize we were there for nearly 2 hours. The pacing was just right, although it really is filling.

The mahi mahi actually scared the heck out of me. It was huge! That was when I started to feel full. But I soldiered on because I know that there’s creme brulee (my favorite dessert) waiting at the end of the line. Nicco loves lamb, which is why we chose Menu 2.

Grabe, Jag! Thanks for this amazing discovery!


  1. Jayvee Elvert

    February 4, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    awwweeee……buti ka pa may nadadala d'yan kay Popit. hehehehe….

  2. Andy Uyboco

    February 4, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Oy, nauna ka pa ha!

    We're going there this friday, feb. 9 and my wife doesn't have a clue yet ;-p.

    Feb. 9 is our unofficial anniversary (the official one being Oct 10 when we got married).

    Counting from that date, Feb. 9, 1992, we've been together for…wow…15 years πŸ˜€

  3. Alexandra Lapa

    February 4, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    waaah, sheeet, ang sarap! inggit ako!

  4. Leia Gutierrez

    February 5, 2007 at 12:20 am

    tara alex sa 2nd year anniversary din natin punta tayo jan!! hahahahha!!!! or is it 3 na? =)

  5. kaoko .

    February 5, 2007 at 1:24 am


    Saan yan exactly? Do they have a website or an email blast for menu choices? More importantly, what's the price range? πŸ˜€

  6. Bea Lapa

    February 5, 2007 at 4:26 am

    yep, chef popit told me you had a reservation for 9. he thought i was jag's student, so i told him prof ako…then he told me puro profs daw ang bookings niya for the past couple of weeks…and then he mentioned your name.

    yayain mo kaya si leosantos31? he definitely needs to loosen up. πŸ˜€

  7. Rowena Wendy Lei

    February 5, 2007 at 5:40 am

    Yummy naman, saan ba yan? Contact details please!!!

  8. Jag Garcia

    February 5, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    @bea: glad you enjoyed it… we're booked for the 14th hehehehehe

    @drew: wow 15 years… the only people i've really known lang that long are melanie and popit… galing nyo!

    @kaoko/ rowena: 0917-893-1938… he's along dela costa in makati – by reservation only kaya extra special

    @bea: leo's not a submissive bottom… not to mention he won't pay for elvert's dinner anyway

  9. Andy Uyboco

    February 5, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    since bf/gf yan ha…since marriage, going 8 years this october. πŸ˜€

  10. Jayvee Elvert

    February 5, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    @jag: CORRECT! hahahaha! but Leo paid for my dinner TWICE last week. mahal ako ni Leo, Jag. yun lang. at mahal ko si Leo. =)

    pero ang alam ko hindi s'ya submissive at hindi s'ya bottom. hahahaha! (naku…magagalit na naman 'yan pag nakita ang post mo….homophobic pa naman yun!)

    pero Jag ha….come to think of it, pwede ko dalhin si *bling* *bling* d'yan kay Popit kaso baka awayin ako ni Popit. hahahahaaha!!! (di ba si Popit nang-away sa kin sa text?)

  11. Andy Uyboco

    February 5, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    dang…i had email alerts turned on…buti di nabasa ni misis…*delete email*

  12. Jag Garcia

    February 6, 2007 at 4:04 am

    @elvie: he was just as surprised na natarayan ka niya sa text… pero nice yun, mas mabait pa yun kesa sa akin hehehehehe

  13. Bea Lapa

    February 6, 2007 at 4:27 am

    private dinner lang ito girl ha. as in no one else around. around 1.25K lang sha per head. sulit na sha, considering 8-course meal sha.

    last time we celebrated our anniversary, sa shangri-la circles eh almost the same din lang price.

  14. Rowena Wendy Lei

    February 6, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Next time try niyo naman sa Spiral at Phil Plaza but make sure Nicco's stomach is up for the challenge. XD

  15. Bea Lapa

    February 6, 2007 at 4:29 am

    onga eh especially now that the place has been revamped. πŸ˜€

  16. kaoko .

    February 9, 2007 at 4:16 am

    Uy, okay. That's fair enough, much cheaper for an 8-course mean than other places I know of. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the heads up.

  17. kaoko .

    February 9, 2007 at 4:21 am

    Uy, okay. That's fair enough, much cheaper for an 8-course mean than other places I know of. πŸ˜€ Weighing options for March, hehe, want something special, 8 years na. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the heads up.

    @jaggarcia – thanks for the #, I'll give him a call. πŸ˜€

  18. Alexandra Lapa

    April 12, 2007 at 2:26 am

    for future reference, ilalagay ko tong link ni sir jag. hinalukay ko pa multiply nya kasi haha. http://jaggarcia.multiply.com/journal/item/111

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