My Ladies’ Night Out with Friends

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Wine & Dine

Gone are the days I go out and ‘party’ with friends ’til the wee mornings. Not only do I not have the drinking tolerance I once had, I rarely have the energy to stay past 12 midnight if it’s not in my bed, with a facial mask and watching Netflix in my pajamas. Occasional birthdays and weddings are an exception. Just recently, we attended a friend’s wedding out of town which was my first ‘sleepover’ without the kids for a long time and I was asleep by 12 midnight (yabang ko pa I was telling everyone, “it’s Momma’s night off! WOO!” earlier that day).
But we all need a little night out sometimes. Mommas, you get me. Much as we love our kids, we need to unwind, unplug and actually talk to adults our age – from time to time. I don’t know how many times I realize I’m so cranky and irritable na pala and all I needed was a little time-off – a mani, pedi or even a coffee date with a friend. So sometime last month, I asked a few friends to join me in a “Tita” night of wine, good food and catching up at Finestra, Solaire. Here’s what happened…
Say hello to my friends Tats, Toni and Pau. We were also with my sister dear who took this photo.
Welcome cocktails in celebration of their newly-launched – Bella Notte – literally means Ladies’ Night in Italian.
“Here’s to all our deadlines for the week.. let’s forget about them tonight!”
They had such a comfy couch (and delightful cocktails) we almost forgot we were having dinner that night.
Filing this for the future #homebargoals.
Yes, that couch feels as comfy as it looks.
Tats, my childhood friend who owns Seoul’d Out Manila. To all K-Pop fans out there, message her if you need any K-POP needs as her second hometown is Korea. LOL. No joke.
For your accounting needs, my CPA friend Pauline is ready to do your dirty bookkeeping and auditing.
The creative in the group – Toni. She can do anything artsy fartsy – from wall murals and design backdrops to wedding calligraphy and art needs. She’s also a furniture and home interior expert. Daming skills!
Such a majestic dining room.
Of course, my sestra. Also an interior designer, creative director and all-around cool aunt in the family. For this night out, she served as our photographer slash art director.
Our menu for that night prepared by Chef Alan Marchetti himself.
 Alaskan crab cake. This was extra tasty – I loved every bite.
HEAVEN. This was risotto porcini – creamy and perfectly cooked risotto on top of melts-in-your-mouth foie gras. Ughhh, dreaming of this tonight.
The other main course – grilled yellow fin tuna. Perfectly seared and seasoned.
The faces of happiness!
Just when we thought our dinner was over, a bar cart filled with chocolate stopped by to complete our Finestra experience.
Loved the open kitchen. Kept staring at how the chefs worked – waiting for a Hell’s Kitchen moment. Haha!
Hi Chef! He’s no Gordon Ramsay when it comes to temper.
A better view of the dining hall. What a beaute!
Fireworks! Don’t expect, friends. This was a display for a wedding – akala ko para samin. Hahaha!
We were so kilig to have Chef Alan check up on us and how we found the food and the overall experience.
Cheers to more nights like this one, friends!
How do you spend your me-time? What’s your version of a Moms’ Night Out?
Finestra is located at Solaire. Schedule: Sundays to Thursdays Aperitivo: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Dining: 6pm – 10:30 last call Bar: 5pm – 12mn last call Fridays and Saturdays: Aperitivo: 5pm – 7pm Dining: 6pm – 11:00 last call Bar: 5pm – 12mn last call
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  1. Arselyn de Guzman-Intoy
    January 22, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Yung smile mo sa last photo, kitang kita ang happiness. Ang nice ng place 😍😍😍 at yung caption mo sa photo ng fireworks, kulit! hehehehe! Nasakto sa girl’s night out nyo! Hehehe! As for me, kahit nung wala pa si Zophie di talaga ako magirls night out (boring me!) hehe. Mas prefer ko matulog sa house before. 😂😂 ang me-time ko ngayon sabi pagtulog na si Zophie, coffee with hubby while wento-wento bout the things that happened during the day. If ever magka-moms day off, ang gusto ko gawin ay matulog ng straight 8-10 hours. Sobrang namimiss ko sya.hehehe. Two years na akong puyat! 😂😂

    • January 23, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Arselyn! Right? Feel na feel ko para samin eh! Hahaha. Yes, super nice ng place. Pang-date rin 😉 Awww, hope you get a good night’s sleep soon! I know what you mean. Ganon din ako with Selene and Tristan for a year. Buti si Tristan good sleeper – direcho na matulog baby pa lang. My Girls Night Out naman before – nako super dalas since I worked in a stressful, high-paced environment and I really needed to destress parati. Hahaha! Now, not so much – wala na rin akong energy!

  2. dhes
    January 23, 2018 / 9:46 am

    The dinning hall is love!!! So sosi hehe… Thank you for the place suggestion.. 🙂 I will try my best too to invite my co-titas haha when I visit Manila. Just to add… you and your friends are gorg! 🙂

    • January 23, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      Super nice ng dining hall, right? Pang-Tita talaga siya – yung tipong ayaw ng maingay na hindi kayo magakintindihan at puro sigawan na lang. :)) And thank you for the compliment – will tell my friends! Hehe

    • January 23, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you Diana!

  3. Ivy Florento
    January 23, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Ang bongga ng Mom’s Night Out! Sosyal Ms Shari talagang makakalimutan ang isipin, work man or at home!

    • January 23, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Hahaha, yes Ivy – sa sarap din ng food – makakalimutan mo problema 😉

  4. April 5, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Really enjoyed this read especially when I saw the Chef <3
    The Tuna looks scrumptious!

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