Marcia Adams’ Restaurant: Finding Tuscany in Tagaytay

I just wanted to take advantage of the empty Manila roads last Friday, so while Bryce was having his own vacation in Baguio, we decided to have an impromptu road trip to Tagaytay (actually, it was just me. The hubby just gave in to my pangungulit/hehe.) I wanted to have a nice lunch and Marcia Adams’ restaurant immediately came to mind. I first read about Marcia Adams’ restaurant from Our Awesome Planet, but the post was way back in 2009, so I googled it again for their contact info. Fortunately, they are open even though it was Good Friday, and even better, walk-ins are welcome since there were only few diners that day.

We got there at little past 2pm and the last diners were already packing up so we basically had the place to ourselves. All I can say is the trip was totally worth it. This is one of my posts which I will allow the pictures to speak for themselves. The place is simply awesome…

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As you know, I adore rustic interiors and this place is LOVE! Look at all those reclaimed woods used in the ceiling beams, the exposed clay tile roofing, the machuca tiles on the floor (I have forgotten to take a picture of the toilet :( ), the vintage chairs and hardwood tables! If I saw this 10 years ago, I would have hated it, but now, it reminds me of the my Nanay Vec’s house in Pasig. Even their table napkins look vintage and smelled similar to that of my grandaunt’s clothes.
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They have fresh flower arrangements everywhere adding to the vibrance of the place. It’s like dining in my lola’s house but way, way better. Well, they say the place is Tuscan-inspired, but I’ve never been to Tuscany. I googled “Tuscany restaurant” and the place was indeed Tuscan. Hehe! It would have been better if we had wine but I’m still breastfeeding so hopefully next time…marcia adams tagaytay2

I could take pictures in the garden all day long if we weren’t toting a sleepy 5-month old baby. I wanted whimsical photos of myself because the place looks like I have walked into The Secret Garden and I am Mary Lennox! Unfortunately, no one can take good photos of me. I asked my sister  to take a photo of me and Kenya in the garden and this is what I got. Haha!

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And now to the food… Complimentary bread and olive oil were served while we waited for our orders.

marcia adams tagaytay5There is a minimum cover charge of P700 per adult but that includes an appetizer, the main course and dessert. Appetizers have two choice, Soup of the Day and Amalfi Prawns which is very yummy, I wish there were yang chow fried rice. Hehehe!
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For the main course, I ordered Chicken Kebab; my sister had Grilled Aromatic Pork and my husband had the Corsican Beef Stew. We shared our orders but I love mine the best. Haha! Next time, I will try their Shish Kebabs. We all had an extra cup of rice (naturally!) so after finishing the main course, we were all so full. Before I could ask the waiter to hold the dessert for later, they were already on our table looking oh so yummy (We had Grilled Orange with Ice Cream, Fried Banana with Dark Chocolate Dip and Banana Split.) They all looked tempting despite our already full stomach. They were immediately devoured and I only remembered to take photos when they were almost gone. That’s one of the reasons why I cannot be a food blogger. :) marcia adams tagaytay4

One of the staff told us that they are planning to have Bed and Breakfast. In fact, two rooms are already built but are not yet operational. Hopefully, when we take our year-end break, Marcia Adams’ BnB is already open.

We will definitely be back for more experience, photo op and hopefully a cup of coffee in the afternoon. Maybe sans the kids too? I guess not…

For more up information about Marcia Adams’, you can visit their Facebook Page or you can read more about the place and their menu on Lynne’s blog.

To get to the restaurant coming from Tagaytay rotunda, take the road going to Nasugbu, Batangas. Once you see the Residence Inn Zoo on your left, turn right immediately after the arch with pineapple. You’ll see a colorful Tuscan door on your left 150 meters ahead.

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Quick Photo Editing Using iPhoto, Photoshop and PIXLR Editor

Disclaimer: I’m going to use one photo to show the slight differences of the three softwares. So pardon me if you keep seeing the same shot of my daughter’s face. Hehe!Quick Photo Editing Using iPhoto, Photoshop and PIXLR Editor

Let’s face it. We may have the latest camera phone, pocket cam or DSLR but most of us are no professional who can manually manoever the camera and always come up with perfectly lit and color balanced picture. I bet your DSLR is always on Auto-mode because mine is, except when I’m taking product shots. The perfect moment to capture is right there so I wouldn’t risk missing it just so I can take my time manually setting my cam. Good thing there are editing softwares available so we can make our photos look almost professional. Forget over-the-top filters! Hehe!

Whenever I edit my personal photos, I usually adjust only three things: the exposure, brightness and contrast and color balance. Adjusting the color isn’t always necessary though. Just in cases when the image looks like it has too much red/pink, yellow, blue, etc. Don’t get too intimidated. Editing is actually easier than you think…

EDITING WITH iPHOTO

If you’re a Mac user, your computer has built-in iLife which includes iPhoto. It’s a great software for filing and grouping pictures as well as image editing.

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I took Kenya’s picture using my Canon EOS-1100D (yeah, I know, very entry level cam, that’s all I can afford. But this proves that you don’t need high end cam to have nice looking pictures.) It was taken at the beach, around 11:45 am using my camera’s portrait mode. Notice that the picture is very pinkish all over and lacks proper highlights and shadows.

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When using iPhoto, your first option is to: edit>quick fixes>enhance. But sometimes, clicking enhance will only make your image darker like my photo. So the next option is to manually adjust your image.iphoto-2

First, adjust the exposure, contrast and saturation by moving the slider to the right. I cannot give the exact value since images are different. You have to trust your eyes for the right setting. Do not uncheck “Avoid saturating skin tones” if you don’t want your portrait to have grayish skin.

Kenya was sitting on a white, plastic beach lounge chair. Notice that the chair still looks pinkish after already adjusting the exposure, contrast and saturation. Let’s minimize the pink in the picture by adjusting the levels.

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Move the middle slider to left a bit until the pink on the white chair is gone. And that’s it!

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March Almost Over??!!

marchFew more days to go and it’s April! Again, I haven’t been able to post anything for this month. Same reason as before, I’m loaded with projects! But guess what, three of them are interior decorating projects so I’m pretty stoked! I can’t wait to start posting updates about them.

March is quite a stressful month for me (and so was January and February, hehe) but it has been a happy month after all.

iheartbfKenya turned 5 months last March 19 and I have been exclusively breastfeeding her for the same amount of time now. And I can say that I am one PROUD momma! Since I was able to breastfeed Bryce for only four months, I plan to make it up to Kenya by nursing him for at least two years. My favorite breastfeeding benefits: Kenya’s excellent immune system (almost every month, someone is sick with cough or cold in the house but she never got one) and steady weight loss for me (I’m now back to my pre-pregnancy weight). Yay!!!

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You know what makes me happier? When my hobbies start generating income, even if it’s just a bit. I get to do what I love and at the same time, get compensated for it. Like I’ve said, I cannot wait to start posting about those projects here. So exciting (for me, at least…)Hehe!
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I think we had two semesters of Color Theory back in college but I can’t remember learning anything from it. This time, I’m re-learning colors and understanding undertones so I can design spaces better. I think April will be an interesting month. :)

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