Archive | May, 2011

Postrio Cake & Pastries

28 May

Welcome to Postrio

One of my absolute places to go-to when I want a quiet time alone or with family is Postrio Cakes and Pastries, particularly in Ayala Center Cebu. I have been conferencing with cousins and spending some quiet study time for lessons or making reports there. Being in there is quite a contrast to the hustle and bustle of the mall, and yes, time stands still there; especially when there’s good food. They have branches at Ayala, BTC and Parkmall. I guess, I have visited every Postrio branch (as I can remember).

This is more than just a bake shop or a bread place, they serve sumptuous meals without shy

Tocino Filipino with Frozen Lemonade

servings. Although the meal inclusions have been dwindling due to skyrocketing prices, the quality of the food that they serve remains the same. They have a wide array of dishes ranging from soups and appetizers, to sandwiches, to full meals. That’s just beside the gorgeous display of sweets in their chiller; making your mouth water every time you take a glimpse at the glass display. And get this, THEY HAVE ALL DAY BREAKFAST MEALS! For every visit, I never cease to order their Tocino Filipino 🙂 yum!

Cakes by Postrio

They serve illycaffe , one of the best coffee brands from Italy. Aside from coffee beverages, they also serve fresh or frozen dalandan, lemonade or iced tea. That’s a perfect match to your selection from their dessert counter or their menu. You can also score freshly baked bread every day. They’re very known for their wide range of whole wheat breads for the carbohydrate conscious individual.

I guess, all you want to have in a cafe/bakery is already in Postrio. Mind me for being partial to this place; it’s one of my favorites.

Rating:

Food: 9/10 – although I love their whole menu, some of their desserts are too dry or hard or has seen too much of the chiller

Value for Money: 8/10– yes, for the budget conscious individual it’s not too friendly. The menu’s in the middle to maintain the quality of

Breakfast ALL DAY!

the food. The desserts on the other hand are quite affordable (but if you just roam around cebu, there are cheaper pastry shops)

Whole Wheat Bread

Service: 9/10 – the quality of customer service differ with every branch. I give Parkmall a 10 on that and the other two a 9. This place though is not for the impatient.

Cleanliness and Ambiance: 10/10 – not a spot on them! there is no funky smell, the place is so neat. the interior design is so well thought of and you can clearly identify their design and interior with their brand.

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Dong Juan (is Love)

27 May
burger steak

I was in love the moment I set foot in this quaint little place a block from Mooon Cafe in Guadalupe. If my memory serves me right, it’s on E.Osmena Street? But you often forget the name of the street when you come to this magical place which you might underestimate at first. What I am most sure you won’t forget is the food; it’s always about the food, and in Dong Juan, it’s all about quality.

The place is only a few square meters and is limited to a little over 10 (or even less) tables, including the tables outside. It’s a really small place for a big food find. When I first went to Dong Juan, I was curious how could such a small place be so remarkable. And then I fell in love with their juicy burger patty! YES, their signature Dong Juan Burgers are to die for, considering it’s only for PhP 99!

You can’t get that much beef in any place for that amount, not even in fast food chains. The side dish of potato chips are made from scratch! That’s a plus factor for them.

dong juan burger

Aside from their oh, so yummy burger, there are other staples to choose from. There’s the pizza (I haven’t tried that yet) and their pasta. Their chorizo pasta is one of a kind: spicy with just the right kick of sweetness to it. The bites of chorizo finishes the whole dish with an umph! There’s also the pasta al ajilo, which is savory but is not for those who want the usual tomato sauce in them.

They serve their iced tea in very unique containers that resembles old glass bottles for medicines, and served with a cut of lemon, too! The owners have made some more improvements especially in customizing and branding their product. They have better menus, a customized paper placemat, customized sizzling plates and many other improvements. They’re even opening a new branch at the Persimmon in Mabolo! Talk about expansion and accessibility!

What can I say, I’m partial to this place (and my friends, too). This is one of the go-to places where you want to grab really good food. It’s nothing too fancy and very unassuming; it’s just pure goodness and value for your money. There are a few improvements needed for the main branch but I guess, people often try to disregard that, after all that food’s really worth it.

Rating:

Food: 10/10 – what else can I say, I love it there

Service: 9/10 – really good customer service but sometimes gets a little crazy during busy hours

Value for Money: 10/10 – their food, for such goodness, is very pocket-friendly

Cleanliness and Ambiance: 8/10 – small place, a little funky smell that goes away when you’re already settled; good for small groups or couples who want to be incognito

Accessibility:  3/10 – I’m referring to Guadalupe branch; it’s good if you have a car but the parking space becomes your enemy. I often go there by taxi or walk a few meters from the jeepney stop.

dong juan burger and iced tea

Where do we start?

26 May
desserts

bon appetit!

It’s not unknown to Filipinos that we all love to eat. We all live for food and that’s why the only strongest business in this side of the globe is the restaurant business: from homes to carinderia to upscale eateries.

I usually check out food blogs to know where to eat and which places to visit but I should be bolder than that. I’ve put so much investment into the additional 20kgs on my weight with food alone, I should at least give credit to food for making me what I am now. LOL.

Food tripping is an investment and a recreation to everyone else I know. I should know! I’d spend quite a fortune to buy my sister some korean or japanese dinner but that won’t matter. That’s what makes you a foodie, I guess. But who’ll be the judge of that? I’d like to address myself as a novice foodie, still thirsting to travel places to find good eats within a budget range.

This is actually very new to me and I hope I can succeed. It’s like Julie trying to be Julia, only bolder minus the pots and pans. I can’t promise you guys a whole lot, just a share of what good time I have devouring each find!

BON APPETIT!