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Merry, Merry Poppins

I haven't blogged in three months, reason was, I gave birth to a baby named Poppins. Born out of love for food and fashion, Poppins is a collaboration between me and eleven friends who share the same filial love. Having a stressful job of never ending deadlines, I've always imagined a place where one can have quiet little dinners and funny named cocktail drinks. I've often pictured a corner where I can sit alone and people watch while sipping ginger tea. I've always wanted a couch away from home where a friend can pour out her heartaches over scotch. I've envisioned a home where milestones can be celebrated.
Along the way, I've met the young Chef Aiz Anog whose tummy spoke the same French I did. She prepared for us a menu that's both happy and hearty. My interior designer friend, Dinny Lazo interpreted my vision of supercalifragelistic, she artfully fused the restaurant and bar concept with a dramatic cove and purple sofas.
Three months old now, Poppins is taking delightful baby steps and like any parent, I dream of seeing her stride like a supermodel. 

One of my favourite design elements in Poppins, chandeliers sourced from Soler Street, Binondo.


Interiors by Dinny Lazo

In the kitchen with young Chef Aiz Anog

Creole Vegetable Soup
Carrot, celery, corn, potato and tomato soup sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Served hot.

Caesar Salad
Romaine, shredded parmesan, crispy bacon bits, home-made herbed garlic croutons, creamy Caesar dressing.

Poppins’ Chiquee Poppers
Chicken croquettes with jalapeño, mozzarella and bacon centers served with sun-dried tomato jam and roasted pepper mayonnaise.

Cauliflower Fritas
Beer battered cauliflower fries served with choice of Hickory or Cajun tartar sauce.

Jambalaya
Shrimp, chicken & sausage rice stew made “N’awlins” style.

Pesto and Walnut Crusted Salmon
Baked crusted salmon served with grilled asparagus & rice pilaf and a honey grapefruit glaze.

Chocolate Cajun Pork Chop
Grilled herbed pork chop served with skillet broccoli, haricot verts, and peppers & garlic rice and Poppins’ mole sauce.

Poppins’ Good Ol’ Vanilla Ice Cream Crunch
4 scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream with salted ruby caramel apples and cayenne streusel.

La Dinny Bossa
Tequila, fresh mango and lime.

Supermodel Mojito
Light rum, lime and mint.

Quesadillas
Seared organic Australian flank steak with peppers & cheese sandwiched in flour tortillas served with seasoned sour cream and salsa.

 Poppins is located at the corner of Tomas Morato and Scout Madriñan in Quezon City behind the Belo Clinic.

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