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A Trip to Little Quiapo

Back in the 60’s (earlier maybe) when my abuelita (grandma) was still studying at the University of Santo Tomas, she and her friends would frequent a place called Little Quiapo. The restaurant which is right across their campus serves THE BEST halo-halo and palabok in town. Fast forward to the present. Little Quiapo is now located at the back of SSS in East Avenue. I don’t know when they transferred in Quezon City. But ever since my abuelita heard about it, we would go to Little Quiapo whenever she’s craving for halo-halo or palabok. I admit that there are various restaurants that also offer delicious halo-halo and palabok; however, there’s something special about Little Quiapo’s version. As seen in the main photo, Little Quiapo which used to be a small eatery opened its first branch inside the University of the Philippines in 1949. On September 18th 2018, the restaurant celebrated its 69th year. For a restaurant to achieve that milestone, it only means one thing. They’re doing things right from the food all the way …

Revisiting Gong Cha at the Sky Garden

While attending the Bread & Brew fest with the other FoodieViews PH members last month, we realized something. Coffee has been our go-to drink since our thesis days especially now that we work. Clearly, coffee is life for us but we still have a soft spot for milk teas. So after the event, we went on a search for some delicious milk tea. Do you know how many tea shops there are in one mall? A LOT. Everywhere we look there’s a tea shop featuring a long queue of people. I don’t blame them though because we live in a tropical country where ice cold refreshments such as milk tea are essential. But here’s the tea. There are shops that are not worth the hype. There’s nothing wrong being patient but you also have to be sure it’s worth the wait. My foodie friends and I were glad that we decided to walk past those shops and went over to Gong Cha. This Taiwan-style drink shop was founded in 2006. From Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Gong Cha …

Love Milk Tea? Visit Malik’s Cafe – Congressional Tower Center

I was exploring Congressional Tower Center one morning when I heard kids laughing and the sound of water splashing which came from the far end of the building. (This is not a horror story, promise!) As I walked towards it, I saw a better view of the blue sky, a small view of the pool and a little space called Malik’s Cafe. Named after one of the owners, Malik’s Cafe opened its first branch in 2017 at Banlat Road, Tandang Sora near St. Anthony Academy. In February of this year, they opened their second branch at a food park in Kalayaan Avenue. This branch which is located at the second floor of Congressional Tower Center is their third. Take note that the building is new and there are still a lot of vacant spaces as well as developments. Despite those, Malik’s Cafe does offer serenity and a great view of the sky. They also have an adequate space for customers such as an indoor area which is air-conditioned and clean as well as an outdoor …

New Restaurant: Danny’s Grill Congressional Avenue

There are two Danny’s Grill in Quezon City – Timog Avenue Corner Scout Tuazon Street and the newest branch which is in Circle C Mall at Project 8. Since we live near the latter, we always dine at that branch. During our first visit, the staff were courteous but quite slow. It was also difficult to call them because you can’t always see them. Though it was quite annoying, the experience was not that bad so we visited them again weeks after their opening week. I can honestly say that their service improved. Staff are still courteous but they are now faster and more attentive than before. What about the place? Well, the restaurant is well-ventilated and also clean. Btw, they have a wide glass window. If you love staring outside (like me), you’ll enjoy the Congressional Avenue view. *Oh by the way, Danny’s Grill has Live Acoustic Music Nights from Monday to Sunday. If you’re bringing a car, no worries because they have parking spaces.  What about the food? If it’s your first time …

Love Coffee? Visit Dark Specialty Coffee Now!

Because it’s International Coffee Day, let me share with you a coffee shop I’ve been eyeing for some time now. The place is called Dark Specialty Coffee, an original Filipino brand that serves single-origin coffee and chocolate drinks from all over the Philippines and other countries. What actually caught my attention is the coffee shop’s unpretentious interior. Just look at their shop at the 2/F of SM City North EDSA right beside Onesimus Suits and Barongs, their sister company. It certainly screams “the perfect place to enjoy a cup of joe.” Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy Instagram-worthy moment but sometimes people need a simple and cosy atmosphere. People sometimes need a quiet place complete with a lovely cup of coffee, tea or chocolate and maybe a slice of cake or two. Yep, I’m that kind of person. For me, coffee shops are the perfect place to study, write scripts, read a book even have nice conversations with friends. The first time I laid eyes on this coffee shop I knew right then and …