A great way to end the year would be to gather all your favorite people, organize a celebrity chef to cook and have the dinner in a beautiful home. That's exactly how 2016 ended for me when Tiff invited Chef Karla Mendoza to prepare a special dinner for us in Tess Reyes' house.
First, let me show you how TR decorated her house for the holidays.
Even before we got to sit down, we were bombarded with delicious appetizers.
Olive Oil Poached Tuna in Butter Lettuce Cups.
Haricot Vert Fritti with Basil Aioli
After gobbling up the hors d'oeuvre out by the pool, we were escorted to the main dining area for the dinner extravaganza.
The chefs and the host.
The amazing table set up.
Whole leaf caesar salad with anchovy croutons and fried parsley.
Charred octopus with potatoes, lemon and celery
Pan roasted snapper with creamy potatoes, bacon and leeks
Braised beef brisket with local grits and horseradish gremolata
Vanilla panna cotta with mango and mint
But knowing this group, one kind of dessert is just not enough so we added a few more sweet things to make our tummies completely happy.
Creme brulee cake
I love cassava and leche flan but someone 'evil' put them together and made this cassa-flan!
It is to die for. Follow @goldeesalcedo in Instagram and order yours today!!!
As we were waiting for each course to come out, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful my friends are so I decided to take photos of them individually around the house. It was fun to bring out the inner models of my simple and shy friends.
Jasmin Jamora, that smile.
Tess Reyes, that skin!
Christine Yap, that profile.
Tiffany Siy, those legs.
Santi Martel, the hair.
Jen Gobing, the calmness.
...with the men.
Thank you Madame Tess and JP for such a memorable evening.
Oh by the way, love your 80's playlist.