It Ain’t Christmas Yet – It’s Julie’s Birthday!

It Ain’t Christmas Yet – It’s Julie’s Birthday!

Hello and kumusta (how are you) dear GG readers! Today is a special day because the Queen of Gourmet Getaways herself is celebrating life and all the freebies that come with it. Yes, it’s Julie Carlyle’s birthday!

Julie the photographer

Julie the photographer

All I want For Christmas

All I want For Christmas

Julie, Eva of Eva et Sandra and I were having fun on Facebook after we noticed Julie posting this ecard on her wall one day. I think this is a valid  “whine” card that only those having their birthdays near Christmas would really understand. It’s like everyone’s mind is set in anticipation for Christmas and the New Year that any birthday happening is just one of those days in the countdown.

Pinoy Barbecue with Pancit Bkgrnd

Pinoy Barbecue with Pancit Bkgrnd

No, we’re not gonna let that happen!

I was supposed to concoct my first attempt of the lipsmacking Filipino style barbecue that Julie had been hankering after. A few days ago Julie had today and tomorrow marked off in our blog scheduler that I thought it would be pretty obvious if I asked her to move stories. But just a few hours shy of her birthday, I examined the calendar only to find out today’s story was moved! I got outsmarted…LOL

Pancit Malabon - serving

Pancit Malabon – serving

So this delicious street and party favourite is what I had quickly delivered at my home for Julie’s birthday. Plus,  Pancit Malabon – a Filipino noodle dish with shrimp, squid, boiled egg and annato oil served in a winnowing basket.

This is just a teaser, but we promise we will re-create these two in our future posts for all of you to enjoy :).

Yummy Barbecue

Yummy Barbecue for Julie

I think judging this special girl from her posts since 2009/2010 you could somehow draw the character that she is. Wholeheartedly, she had shared a piece of herself to her beloved GG readers through the years.



I am a witness to what her clients commissioning her services have to say. The feedback were always beyond the ordinary.



Julie is the type to go the extra mile not simply to impress, but because assiduousness and excellence are a natural part of her ethos.

Birthday Card

Birthday Card for Julie




So for the Queen of Gourmet Getaways who brought avant garde dishes, grandiose desserts, spectacular travel stories and honest, ethical reviews to her tens of thousands of avid readers…HAPPY, BLESSED BIRTHDAY, JULIE!

Here’s a short video I had put together for you, in collaboration with your adorable boys (that includes Mr GG) and charming girl. Hope you like it :).


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About Alesah Villalon

I used to chase life as one would chase targets in their calendar years. Until someone came to say, "Do more of the things that you love, and share that love with others!" Now I'm slowing down a bit.

I try to write. I try to shoot beautiful images of places I love. I try to share wholeheartedly the things that I enjoy.

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  1. You give great gift, Alesah, not many people I get a movie made for them on their birthday! Wishing you all the happy today and every day, Julie! May all your birthday wishes come true xx

  2. Happy Birthday to my gorgeous wife!!

    Awesome work Alesah, great story and video!!

  3. Alesah you are an absolute marvel!! I cannot get over how wonderful you are, thank you so much for putting this together, it was an amazing surprise!!

    You have made my life and Gourmet Getaways so much richer 🙂

  4. Happy Birthday – what gorgeous messages for your day…testimony to what a special person you are to these friends…love connecting with you online – looking forward to more in 2015…PS from another December birthday girl I laughed hard at the eCard….x

  5. Birthday blessings Julie 🙂

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JULIE!!!! I laugh a lot in Facebook with Alesah and you! I know what is it when birthday is around Christmas! But I will not forget yours !! I’ll send you a box by mail I hope will be soon in your home!
    Alesah! You have a great job, is a very nice post and video! I think is a very nice present you do to Julie!! Big Kisses for both of you! xoxo

  7. Happy, happy birthday Julie. I thank God for sending an angel like you to GG readers especially to Alesah. More power to Gourmet Getaways. Stay cheerful and awesome. God bless you and your family more. Love, love, love…

  8. Happy birthday Julie! Hope the coming year is one of your best yet!

  9. Happy birthday, Julie!! What a delicious spread!

  10. Happy Birthday, Julie! December birthdays are fun — Mrs KR celebrates her birthday this week, too. Always a big event! Fun post — thanks. And I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday season!

  11. Belated Birthday wishes and hugs Julie! Hope you have a fabulous year, my friend. That was such a sweet post and video.

  12. Happy Birthday Julie! Lovely pics 🙂 I also have a Birthday in early January so I completely get it lol.

  13. Happy belated Birthday, Julie!

  14. Happy Birthday to Julie and what a great video Alesah has put together for a surprise- I can’t believe the photo of Julie skydiving- I wouldn’t have the courage to do this. And Julie looks great in that slim-line dress- again I’m afraid I would have too many love handles to fit into it!

  15. Seana - Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel :

    Happy birthday Julie!! And well done Alesah… Glad that this December birthday was celebrated in style. I’m a January birthday, so always feel the New year is a big start again opportunity – always welcome!

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