I woke up with severe body pains and the incessant need to just tune out the world but I made promises and I wanted to keep them. Amidst body pain and panic because I was already running late, I headed out and trooped over to Makat to meet friends and haul ourselves to Marikina.
First stop: Karnevore
It's shabby but homey. This was my first impression of the place. I'd have to admit that I lowered my expectations upon seeing it. Perhaps the hype also added to the fear that it may be just another steak house that has been touted as amazing when in reality it's okay at best.
Everyone got Wagyu but I got the T-chops. I guess I didn't want to spend so much on something I have yet to try plus I knew that some of my friends would willingly let me try out their order so I just opted to have the T-Chops. Apparently, I made the right choice.
Karnivore for it's price is pretty good. At less than 500 for a wagyu steak, it was okay. It wasn't amazing but at less than 500 for a steak, come on, you can't expect the level of Melo's right? For the T-Chops, it was actually quite tasty but the meat needed more time to soften. The pesto sauce on top of it did help so make sure you ask for extras. The Wagyu needed more sauce, salt, and pepper which I believe is pretty sad coz I heard or read that a good steak should be good enough to stand on it's own.
Next stop: Rustic Mornings
I really wanted to go to SKOW but felt that my friends would not enjoy the place because they have never seen the movie Some Kind of Wonderful which is where the cafe is based on. It is all about memorabilias and the eternal story of the best friend falling in love with the guy and the guy being oblivious about something awesome that was right in front of him all along. I guess I could relate coz I fell in love with my best friend and a couple of really good friends but got friendzoned. Har har.
Anyway, I loved Rustic Mornings. It is instagrammable which made my friend Jaja really happy. I loved the place coz it reminded me of the garden that I wanted to have. As you all know, I am a true blue Titas of Manila who finds joy in beads and crafts.
I loved how chill this group was. We just talked and had fun. We also ended up taping a short clip of 20 questions where all of us got to ask random questions and answer it. It was a great way to get to know more about them.
This group doesn't know how much I value them. They have no idea about how much their friendship has come to matter. I have friends ... friends who accept me and love me no matter what but they are my elementary friends and high school friends. Come college and during the time I was an employee, I would gather one real friend from every chapter but never a group.
This Batanes group turned TechXLifestyle ... they are the first to get to know me and accept me beyond events and all the glitz. I feel like somehow, I finally belong to a group in this industry, one who accepts me and not because they can get something from me. I don't need to lead in this group. I can just be me and that means a lot to me. I hope they know that.