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I’m Angus- A Medium Rare to Medium Experience

A few months ago, a few friends and I went to try out a steak house on a long overdue dinner date. Not just steak at any restaurant but a big chunk of meat that’s the crown jewel on the menu.

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Simple interior with quality furnishing to set the mind and palette for the meal.

I had an event the next day so the camera, lens and stuff were packed for the shoot had to stay safely at home. Hoping that my friend brought along his Canon G10-good thing he did. Now, we can get down to documenting the vein clotting goodness in the form of a medium done-ness worth 400 grams of ‘Certified Angus Beef Prime Steaks’ rib eye. The quality of the meat is so good that Angus had the catch phrase trademarked.

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Home made butter-as creamy as you can get and the crab cake appetizer.

Oh, it was an experience. Can’t say that for many restaurants that serve steaks -where medium means well done and well done means nuked to dine with a chainsaw.

One very important advice before you go, bring a credit card along that’s not maxed out. Now, please do enjoy the photos from the G10.

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Finally, the Angus Prime Rib cooked to medium perfection.

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Just checking if it was really medium. Can't have top quality steak any other way.

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A small portion of dessert and a shot of grappa to help settle the meal.

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Punta Fuego beach club

The early morning started out with perfect sunny weather. We had left Manila for a 4 hour drive to Nasugbu, Batangas.

Punta Fuego, a flame shaped peninsula at the very tip of Nasugbu is where an exclusive beach club is located with the same name. We didn’t have a membership but did get away with a day pass.

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Waves crashing-a storm on the horizon

Sand was grey in color with dead corals strewn about and water was pleasingly warm. There was supposed to be a storm heading for us as forecast by the weather bureau. Which would explain the strong waves crashing onto the beach. Never the less, I unpacked the camera and snapped on the EF-S 10-22mm ultra wide angle lens. Which I used for most of the photos you see here.

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A nice day to be had until...

Looking back on that April day, it went pretty well until it started to drizzle around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. And it didn’t go away. The raining got heavier and heavier until the horizon was blocked from view by a hazy wall of rain fall.

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...until this awesome storm appeared and all hell broke loose.

Only leaving the Punta Fuego beach club by 6pm. After lugging the bags and my camera gear on 4 separate trips up the hilly trail to the trunk of the car. Of course, with an umbrella in one hand. There was still a down pour but it had been reduced to a drizzle with pea sized droplets. Gotta run! I am half out the door for another shoot…

CANON G7 & JOHNNY ROCKETS MANILA

The Canon G7 hadn’t been used for some serious photography in months. Until, I heard about Johnny Rockets had opened up in Manila. JR is an American themed franchise burger restaurant. Since it’s only been a few months after it opened the place will still be clean and great for a casual shooting experience.

Always try to bring a stealthy camera to shoot at restaurants.

The whole hamburger/milk shake experience was okay. Do a Google and judge for yourself. It’s just too bad the pricing does not match the recent economic situation. Had the price points been lower, probably, Johnny Rockets wouldn’t be a flavor of the month or more likely a flavor of the-every-few-months.

Very pop culture ala American 60's diner style

American 60's style diner complete with service uniforms of that era.

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Open kitchen is good but when it gets busy the exhaust aren't good enough to get rid of the oily buttery stench of beef getting cooked

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The eye-popping-wallet-draining prices tucked away in a very neat no bs menu

The double burger for sharing and a sexy glass of Coke, yes, regular.

The Smoke House Double burger for sharing and a sexy glass of Coke, yes, regular but refillable

I had the Patty Melt, 1/3 pound patty with carmalized onions and 2 kinds of cheese all sandwiched between toasted rye bread

The Patty Melt, beef patty with carmalized onions and 2 kinds of cheese all sandwiched between toasted rye bread and of course, fries with chilli

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Thick and creamy strawberry shake that could not pass through the vacuum of the straw provided no matter how hard you sucked

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While chowing down the staff dances to the tune of Fame blaring from the digital juke box, yes, really-the dancing is even choreographed

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You pay for the smiley ketchup container so might as well enjoy it

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The ambience sets the mood for relaxation. Arsty yet warm and homey.

The ambience sets the mood for relaxation. Arsty yet warm and homey.

In all natural goodness, special tea leaves from the owners province. Served in unique tea pots.

In all natural goodness, special tea leaves from the owners province. Served in unique tea pots.

The open face salmon sandwich. Happy mood food.

The open face salmon sandwich. Happy mood food.

The warmth of this sitting area invites you in.

The warmth of this sitting area invites you in.

It was an accident during a sunny warm day. We were looking for a place to have lunch off the beaten path. Lost among the little hilly roads that had confusing road signs and not a soul around to ask for directions. There were nice cozy houses that lined the country road but they looked empty even if there was a car or two parked in the garage.

The place for superb and fresh vegetables. This is the future...

Green house row shot from inside the farm.

We drove on turning at corners that looked liked it would lead somewhere nice. All of a sudden we pass an open gate that had a long stretch of driveway leading into what seemed like rows and rows of green houses. And so we turned the car around, drove down this driveway half expecting to be told to leave the premises. But that wasn’t the case. A hired hand waved us into a rocky-pebbled parking area that exposed a little office that had beautiful vegetables all laid out for sale.

Our wives proceeded to pick and choose our wonderful loot for the weeks meal. I was going to shoot the loot when we got home but it was too late in the night and decided tomorrow morning would be better. Anyway, I get great sunlight coming through a window for a light source.

The treasures to be had!

Part of our loot shot at the store

When I got up the next morning I was stunned to see all the tomatoes: big red ripe ones, cherry tomatoes still on the stem were all picked off and stored in the fridge! Along with the beautiful capsicum and eggplant sitting in the chiller tray… ah, well… Next time I’ll be sure to get extra for my shoot if we can still find the place.

Last month, friends and I were warmly treated to a nights stay in a weekend vacation house (thank you, TC!). A stones throw from Manila, Tagaytay is readily accessible by a less than 2 hours drive.

A warm welcome to those who enter.

A warm welcome to those who enter.

Thats some heart pound, vein clotting goodness.

Thats some heart pounding, vein clotting goodness.

A fresh and peaceful morning in tagaytay.

A lovely morning in Tagaytay.

Wholesome goodness in one roll.

Wholesome goodness in one roll.

...soothing chicken adobo, Vietnamese style!

...soothing chicken adobo, Vietnamese style!

Totally relaxed by the nights stay and waking up to a beautiful, peaceful morning. All we did was pretty much sit at that porch with coffee in hand and talked til noon.

One night will never be enough. Now how ’bout a whole week-that would be relaxing =)

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