Meeting OpenRicers over Cheesesteaks, Burgers, and Drinks

Backposting: One of the hardest caveats when writing about an event that happened ages ago. This post, together with my other pending entries, has been sitting in my draft queue for more than a month now. Boo!

Anyhoots, today’s story is about my accidental experience on meeting ‘OpenRicers’ or the people behind the online dining guide, OpenRice. My blogger friend, Fedhz, sent me an SMS inviting me to this food event at Cheesesteaks, Burers, & Drinks (CBD) along Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. Since I didn’t have any plans for that night, I readily agreed. Besides, who can say no to free good food?

Now, I’ve been to several blog events before–fashion- and beauty-related, to be exact—and I’ve always had this feeling of detachment during such gatherings. But this Eat’s A Date event last September 29, 2011 was different. Everyone was all warm, friendly, and chatty! I was instantly put at ease. It was an intimate affair, kind of like a huge barkada dinner because we just occupied one side of the room.

Because I came unprepared, I didn’t have my camera with me. It’s a good thing Fedhz brought hers. I was very impressed with her digital camera, by the way. It took really sharp images, almost DSLR-like. I kept raving about it. Thanks for letting me use it, dear!

Drinks were served first. This was Fedhz’s cappucino, I think.

Appetizers were next. We had onion rings, potato wedges, and twisted fries.

We were asked to jot down what we wanted off the menu. Check out my cheesesteak sandwich. Doesn’t it look sinful??

Others went for the rice variety. Everyone had such a trip trying out each other’s picks! So fun! Remember when your elementary teacher would say, “Pass your papers counter-clockwise”? It was a similar scenario only this time, food was passed on.

By the time dessert came, I was already too full to take another bite. I didn’t try them out but the pastries looked yummy, nevertheless!

Essel taking photos with his Nikon.

These are Shake and Bakes. You should try it, it’ll make you insane! I especially loved the blueberry flavor.

Met chef consultant, Chiloy Santos. Such an inspiring, down-to-earth guy. We talked about his passion for cooking and how he came up with CBD’s food lineup. His family are part-owners of Tender Bobs Group, as well as Meat Plus (MP) at Subic. I think I was begging him to open a MP branch in Manila prior to this photo. LOL.

Overall, I had a really lovely time with these people. Great food, great restaurant, great service, and great company! I’ll definitely come back here.

Thank you, OpenRice! See you guys soon!

CHEESESTEAKS, BURGER & DRINKS | Restaurants at the Ayala Triangle, Makati Avenue, Makati City | Facebook

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