RHIAN IN NEW YORK, IN BLACK AND RED OUTFITSRhian left Manila back in October, dressed in an all-black outfit matching her luggage. She posed beside her "alis-bayan box" containing her essentials for six months, the duration of her stay in the Big Apple. Wasn't she a light packer? Her subsequent photos and selfies showed that her go-to colors for her OOTDs were black and red. Here she was, clad in a black leather jacket, professing her love for the New York subway system in a photo shoot with female photographer Ariel Roberson. She strolled along Times Square in black knee-high patent stilletto boots, Prada sling, and a red long-sleeved turtleneck. When she asked "Donald Trump" for a visa, Rhian was wearing a a brown turtleneck long-sleeved top under a black tube. When she made sweet love to a Nathan's hotdog sandwich for her birthday dinner, the 28-year-old actress was wearing black jacket over dark gray turtleneck long-sleeved top, black skirt, and a pair of shiny black boots. Here, Rhian channeled Grammy winner Dua Lipa in this sleek-but-comfy OOTD. Her caption however was about how to properly tip in New York City.
She wrote, "Okay, so dahil wala akong ma-caption, magkukuwento na lang ako. Everywhere I went, nagtatanong o google ako kung magkano kailangang i-tip sa server, bilang iba yan for every city. 15% ng bill mo sa waiter/driver. 20% kung date or kung nagalingan ka kay waiter. $1 per drink kung nasa bar ka. Pag nakalimutan mo I.D. mo at ayaw kang papasukin, $100 kaya na, pero di yan tip ha."
RHIAN RAMOS'S NEW YORK CITY DECEMBER FOOD TRIPIn December, Rhian also took a cheese and wine pairing class at French Cheese Board... walked down the elevated linear park The High Line on West 20th Street, Manhattan... enjoyed anti-social ramen-eating at a NYC Ichiran branch... worked out in head-to-toe Under Armour athleisure... and gorged on rainbow-themed cakes and cake balls at Flour Shop. We're guessing she burned the cake calories by having a casual photo shoot with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (a.k.a. DUMBO) in the background.
RHIAN RAMOS FOLLOWS ANTHONY BOURDAIN'S FOOTSTEPSFor her her Anthony Bourdain-inspired food trip, her first stop was Lhasa Fast Food in Jackson Heights, Queens. Google lists it down as a "Compact dining room decorated with Himalayan items & serving a range of typical Tibetan cuisine." She followed it with a visit to Yu Garden Dumpling House on Kissena Boulevard, in the Flushing neighborhood in Queens. Rhian also got her first taste of Nigerian cuisine via Africana Soul Food Restaurant. When the late chef Anthony visited the said resto, he ate "everything," according to the ladies who run the place. Africana is along Liberty Avenue in Jamaica, also in Queens. The GMA-7 star also sampled Hop Kee in NYC's Chinatown, "Everyone's little drunken fave," according to her caption, perhaps for its late-night Chinese offerings. And that's all before she graduated her Improv 101 class, if we're basing it on her Instagram timeline!
RHIAN'S POST-GRAD FOOD ITINERARYPerhaps to celebrate her graduation, Rhian paid a visit to Patek Philippe-lover Nusret Gökçe a.k.a. Salt Bae, the Turkish owner of Nusr-Et Steakhouse New York on West 53rd Street in midtown Manhattan. She also ate a humongous slice of Prince St. Pizza, which she has dubbed "Best slice in the city (so far)." For her penultimate NYC meal before heading back to Manila again, based on her Instagram posts, Rhian went upscale and ate at Chefs Table at Brooklyn Fare, which offers a 20-course tasting menu of French-Japanese fusion dishes. Before going back home again for a short vacation, Rhian dined with film director Ryan Willard, whom she credits as the one who "single-handedly convinced me to move away from my comfort zone for a few months," and describes as a "guy version of me."
They ate at Keens Steakhouse, an Anthony Bourdain-approved old school steakhouse, and ordered Vermont Blue Cheese Puff, Lettuce Wedges w/ Bacon, Lump Crab Cakes, Prime Filet Mignon, and
Prime Rib King's Cut.