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Hidden Cafe in San Juan: Flossom Kitchen + Cafe

You can say that Sunday is my favorite day. It is usually the day when my boyfriend and I meet and try out new restaurants. Since the quarantine allows going out with some curfew, we find ourselves dining out early in the morning. That is why we are so into breakfast dates lately. (if you are from Metro Manila, let me know if you have any breakfast places recommendations down in the comments.)

Today, we finally tried this Instagram-worthy café in San Juan City: Flossom Kitchen + Café.

We were the first customers to arrive at the opening of the place. There were some safety measures implemented like taking of temperature, stepping on the foot bath, and filling out a health checklist. For extra caution against the COVID-19 virus, they also placed alcohol on every table.

The place is small but magnificently decorated with floral accents, lights, and grey walls. If you’re into Instagram, you’ll surely like this place.

And now for the best part: FOOD!

We ordered Trash Can Nachos – which I heard is one of their best-sellers.

Trash Can Nachos

It looks satisfyingly trashy, it’s good!! The server poured melted cheese all over the colorful nachos which made the tasty experience unique. The nachos itself was really tasty and is complemented by a generous serving of melted cheese and beef toppings.

Norwegian Salad

For our salad, we got Norwegian Salad. I love the smoked salmon. It goes well with the salad.

Creamy Carbonara
Angus Salisbury Skillet

For our mains, we got Carbonara and Angus Salisbury Steak Skillet.

The Carbonara is generously served topped by a full and creamy sauce. Nothing too special except for the pouched egg on the top.

The Angus Salisbury Skillet became one of my favorite dishes. If you like beef and meaty dishes, this one is for you. I love the thick mushroom sauce that is served with the dish. I would eat it paired with a serving of rice, but my boyfriend favored veggies on the side since he is on a diet.

Tiramisu Pancake

Sadly, desserts were not yet available, so we ordered their Tiramisu Pancake. The pancakes are big and fluffy. I love the tiramisu flavor and cream on top. Perfectly paired with their coffee.

Overall, I recommend the Trash Can Nachos and Angus Salisbury Skillet. The other dishes are ok and all our orders are in big servings that made us full and happy! My visit here became one of the most lovely breakfast mornings, aside from Rustic Mornings. The food is great and the ambiance is pretty and chill.

We would love to come back – probably this coming Sunday.

Flossom Kitchen and Cafe is located at:

Flossom Place, 187 N. Averilla Street, Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Greater San Juan, San Juan City

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flossomkitchencafe/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flossomkitchencafe/

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Sunday Brunch at Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

Social Distancing while dinning out!

After 3 months of being quarantined at home, our government started easing out on the lockdown measures. Business are starting to operate as well as shops and essential services as long as they follow health and safety protocols.

Wildflour Cafe is one of the restaurants here in Manila that is now open and ready for dine-in. We came early in the morning to get our empty tummies filled. 🙂

Playing our Nintendo Switch while waiting for our order 🙂

For starters we ordered mixed salad.

Mixed Green Salad

Our drinks is next to arrived.

Vietnamese Latte and Black Coffee

Our mains:

Bacon Steak with potatoes and egg
Lasagna Bolognese

Dessert!

Apple Pie and Pain Au Chocolat

The food tastes great and it was served hot, but I found the servings are too small and not worth the price. The Lasagna is in a small skillet, I actually thought it would be bigger. I love the dessert part. Perfect pair with our coffee.

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

Address: O Square 1 Bldg, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Ave, Greenhills, San Juan

Website: http://www.wildflour.com.ph

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildflourmanila/

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What I Eat in a Week

Finally I got time to write again. 🙂 These past few days, it’s been crazy with all the coronavirus, quarantine and lockdown in the news. My work is suspended for now until further notice. I hope everyone is doing well and always to keep safe! Stay indoors as much as possible and wash your hands properly. For now, let’s all try to be calm and continue reading my blog. 🙂

I think all of us can agree that we all love food. I love food and I love learning about people’s eating habits and what they usually eat in a week, the same way I like sharing my food with other people. It’s a good way of sharing food tips, recipes and of course, gain new friends through food! In this post, I’ll share with you what I usually eat in a week at work. Feel free to share what you also ate today at the comments section!

Monday

Breakfast

For breakfast, I am usually in a hurry so I don’t have much time taking pictures (I’m sorry~) so I’ll just mention my usual breakfast in the morning. I had my usual coffee and toast bread with butter.

Lunch

At lunchtime I bring my pack lunch at work. I make my “baon” from whatever is leftover from last night’s dinner. On Monday I had chicken and rice.

chicken and rice

Snack

My snack on Monday was yummy! I had spamdesal (spam + pandesal) and coffee. 🙂

Spamdesal and coffee

Dinner

For dinner I had spicy chicken inspired from a korean recipe. My mom marinated it in gochujang sauce and added sesame seeds.

Spicy chicken

Tuesday

For Tuesday’s lunch, I had pork steak and rice. I added chili sauce because I love spicy food.

Pork steak and rice

Snack

I love the combination of sweets + coffee or tea during my break time.

Cookies and Lemon Tea

Dinner

I love Tuesday’s night dinner! My mom cooked adobo and kimchi soup. The kimchi soup is the winner! It taste just like those in restaurants. I love how spicy it is.

Adobo
Kimchi Soup

Wednesday

Lunch

Lunch Time at work! I had pork meatballs and rice.

Meatballs and rice

Dinner

Had pork siomai for dinner (I already ate some of the siomai that’s why its half empty lol).

Pork Siomai

Thursday

Breakfast

I stop by Coffee Bean on my way to work to grab a latte. I got this promo from my credit card! (yay free coffee! :)) I also had tuna sandwich with my coffee.

Chocolate latte and tuna sandwich

Lunch

There was still pork siomai left from last night’s dinner so I packed them for lunch.

Pork siomai and rice

Snack

I prepared tuna sandwich for my snack. I love making sandwiches for my snack because it keeps me full until the end of my shift at work. I also use wheat bread mostly because it supposed to be “healthier” than white bread.

Tuna Sandwich

Friday

Lunch

My lunch for Friday is Radish cake! Radish cake are part of Chinese dimsum. It is made from radish, rice flour, meat and. seasonings. Steam and then fried. It taste really good.

Radish Cake

Snack

Ok, this one looks weird but it is actually Puto! Puto are Filipino rice cake. We had puto mix at home but we don’t have the round mold for it so we place it in a rectangular mold and sliced them into squares. Still taste like the classic puto. 🙂

Puto

Dinner

Another one of my favorite dish! Friday’s dinner is beef noodle soup. It looks salty but its not. The color is from the flavoring called “goyong” or five-spice powder.

Beef noodle soup

How about you guys? What do you usually eat at work or at school? Do you bring your also meal prep your lunch? Share them down below in the comments section! 🙂

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

My boyfriend has been craving sweets a lot lately so I decided to bake him some chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day. I got this recipe online but I adjusted some of the ingredients base on what I have at home.


Ingredients:
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp table salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter
1 ¼cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coffee powder
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½cup (80g) dark chocolate, chopped

Instructions:

In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In a medium or large saucepan, add the butter and melt over medium heat. Bring the butter to a boil, stirring frequently. Once the butter has turned a nice nutty brown, remove from the heat and pour into a large liquid measuring cup to stop the cooking. Allow it to cool down for a minute or two, give it a stir, and carefully add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the butter to bring it back up to 1 cup (240 ml) of liquid.

Set aside to cool to room temperature. You want to make sure the butter is still liquid when you’re adding it to the dough later on, so make sure to remove after 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, add the sugars, vanilla, coffee powder, and cooled brown butter. Mix well together. Add the egg and yolk and beat until incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients, about ⅓ of the mixture at a time, and beat between additions until just incorporated. Using a wooden spoon, fold the chocolate chips and chunks into the dough.

roll the dough into balls and place onto the baking tray with oil. (You can also refrigerate the dough for optimal flavor or, even better, overnight). Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Evenly space the dough 3 inches (8 cm) apart from one another. Bake in a preheated oven for 12-14 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Chocolate chip cookies made with love ❤️

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Breakfast at Rustic Mornings

I’ve been into breakfast dates a lot lately so I’m in the hunt for a breakfast place with a homey and relaxing ambiance. I stumbled upon Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden in Marikina. I read promising reviews about this place which entices me to pay a visit.

Entering the place, you are welcomed by the beautiful garden area. The tables are divided into different areas of the garden and each table has a “unique” feel to it. The dining proper are well divided, giving you and the other guests a more intimate feel with your certain someone. We opted to be seated in the garden area, but they also have an indoor room if you prefer air conditioning. I am also surprised by the different decorations around the garden area. Interestingly, the area is decorated with recycled materials such as seashells, seasoning containers, and wine bottles.

Rustic Mornings serve breakfast theme platters, Filipino, American and Italian breakfast. They are specially famous for their Filipino food items and their buttermilk pancakes.

Me and my boyfie ❤
Americano (P65)
Cafe Mocha (P85)
Beef Tapa (P290)
Sweet and salty beef tapa perfect with their rice and vinegar
Toast, Eggs, Sausage, and Hash brown (P300)
I like how golden brown the hash brown is.
All Veggie Omelette + Salad (350)
Blueberry Pancake (P240)
The omelette is cooked lightly perfect to sandwiched with the bun and butter
Pancake is ❤ really soft and has blueberries too inside
(their butter was really good too!)

Our food arrived after almost 20 minutes, but we didn’t feel like we waited for that long. The ambiance was relaxing and we were just chatting the whole time. That’s how I like the feel of this place. You won’t be anxious even though you waited to be served that long.

We bought some of their coffee grounds and pancake mix available in the cashier area. The only downside of the ground coffee according to my boyfriend is that the packaging is not resealable.

Overall, I’m really in love with this kind of place. Chill and cozy ambiance with a homey feeling. I recommend it if you’re looking for a unique breakfast place for your next date. 🙂

Rustic Mornings is located at #11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina City.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RusticMornings/

Instagram: @rusticmornings

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Pinto Art Museum + Burrow Cafe

My boyfriend, Luis, and I have been thinking about where to go for our next date. I suggested we visit the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. I’ve been also eyeing to try a quaint cafe, the Burrow’s Cafe, a hidden restaurant in Antipolo and is also near the Pinto Art Museum.

Before that, here is our outfit for the date.

I wore a pink lace cutout dress paired with white sneakers while Luis wore a white polo shirt, khaki shorts, and white sneakers. A lot of our friends mentioned that our outfits match the places we go to. And now it’s our goal to make sure our outfits match each date! #couplegoals

It was a clear Sunday morning, we head on to Antipolo. We first stop by Starbucks along Ortigas Extension to have our breakfast.

I ordered a ham and cheese croissant and Brown Okinawa Latte. Luis ordered an americano and corned beef with hash brown. We also got cinammon roll for our sweet tooth. Finally, we were able to redeem the Starbucks Travel Organizer! (Thanks, Babe! <3) I got the one in mint. :))

SB Travel Organizer in Mint

After breakfast, we head on to Pinto Art Museum. Since it was a Sunday, there were quite a lot of people. A lot of people were taking pictures of the scenery as it was a beautiful place.

Luis’ with his favorite painting and drink.

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes when going to the Museum. It was sunny and quite humid. And don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated!

After the Museum trip, we had reservations at Burrow’s Cafe. Burrow’s Cafe is located inside Beverly Hills Subdivision. It is called the Hidden Restaurant in Antipolo Beehouse, (which I think is not so hidden anymore- apparently a lot of people know about this place!).

We hang around a bit as we arrived early, (our reservation is at 3 pm and we arrived at 1 pm). Luis and I are a bit hungry and tired so we ordered a cold brew and a slice of carrot cake while waiting for our table. Good thing they were accommodating us, and eventually we got a table even before our reserved time.

Finally, its lunchtime! My babe Luis, let me order anything I want from the menu. For our appetizer, we ordered the flatbread with assorted dips. We also got a tuna salad, and for our mains, Luis got the Burrow Burger and I ordered a eggs benedict with smoked salmon and bacon.

Let me tell you, everything we ordered taste heavenly. My favorite is the tuna salad. Light and healthy perfect with a hint of sweet and sourness from the grapes and tomatoes. The carrot cake and cold brew latte are also to die for! The cold brew wasn’t too bitter or sweet even with honey, just the perfect balance, and makes it even more special while eating the sweet and crunchy carrot cake.

Take note that if you would like to visit Burrow’s Cafe, you have to make a reservation in advance for guaranteed seating. You can check their website https://www.antipolobeehouse.com/burrow-cafe for more information.

Burrow Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato