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Perceptive palates will be in for a solid treat when they visit Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., from July 27 to September 28. Enjoy an amazing an astounding Cheese and Charcuterie Buffet for only P1,800 net per person.
It may be one of the smallest cities in the Philippines but San Juan’s Little Baguio area has ridiculously immense food gems you need to include in your eat list. Common denominator will always be among these homegrown restaurants is their homey ambiance. Although we’re from the South, the Fat Girls Day Out loves wandering during weekends around Metro Manila. We stumbled upon this quirky lifestyle store and cafe at Mabini Street, San Juan. CO/OP stands quietly along the streets with a non-descript facade. Big trees covered its huge parking space which is another solid plus point for us.
CO/OP simply means “cooperation” by cousins Polly Caragay, Christine Lee, and Michelle Chan who partnered up together to build this unique homegrown store concept.
When you enter you will be greeted by their friendly staffs and a pay-upon-order is in place before you find yourself a nice little spot inside the store. The industrial chic ambiance, high ceiling, proper ambient lights, and not too rowdy patrons make this place pretty conducive for meetings and to basically share a meal with friends.
Brick walls adorned with trinkets of unique item finds that were carefully curated to evoke an interest to the discerning niche consumers.
Visual Snippets of What We Ate
CO/OP serves comfort food favorites that are familiar.
Onion Stakcs| 225php| Deep Fried Battered Onions/ Aioli Dip
Tuna Melt Sandwich| 360php| Tuna/Egg Salad/Mozarella/ on Rye Bread
Tarufo Pasta|370php| Cream Sauce/Prosciutto Ham/Truffle Oil/Mushroom
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The lifestyle store section focuses mostly on home and gift items that are very unique- when we say unique, it means you will have a hard time finding most pieces elsewhere.
Their food is good and generous in serving size, but their price points are a bit steep for the area. Expect to spend 1,000php/ 2 pax if you will sit down for a meal.
A pretty good concept store incorporating well-curated items and a cafe under one roof. This is Fat Girls Day Out’s favorite San Juan hang out spot should we find ourselves in the area and would want to escape the horrible pretense traffic.
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- All meals are paid for, calibrated against our CX rating, and curated by the content creators. The Fat Girls Day Out team were discreet during their visit.
- Location: 189 A. Mabini Street, San Juan, 1500 Manila, Philippines
- Operating Hours: 10.00am until 8.30pm
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Ang Bistro sa Remedios is the perfect place to visit if you want no-frills honest to goodness traditional Filipino fare. From the moment you step in, until the end of your meal, you get to experience Filipino hospit
Did you know that Bataan is one of our favorite spots to chase the ever so beautiful sunset? We were there a few months back when we visited the majestic Las Casas de Acuzar and have written an article piece on it. You may check out our complete travel guide HERE.
Our only beef with our Bataan vacation was the land travel. Traffic in Manila has been our worst enemy and now some part of Pampanga gets heavily congested as well! There are just too many unregulated vehicles by the government- Okay, so I am not going to use this article as a rant channel. We’re all for fun here and good experience. Yes? How about’ we tell you that you can skip the whole shenanigans and long haul of land travel?
From the typical 4-5 hours of travel by land from Manila to Bataan not including traffic! travelers can now reach the Mall of Asia (MOA) in precisely 50 minutes with the d Fast Ferry boat via Manila Bay.
Operated by the 1Bataan Integrated Transport System under its president Goody Ilagan, commuters will also be given free shuttle service from Orion Port all the way to Dinalupihan in the North and AFAB-Mariveles to the South, making the travel experience easier and more convenient. It is safe, fast and reliable.
- Manila to Orion – 6:30 AM / 10:00 AM / 1:30 PM
- Orion to Manila – 8:15 AM / 11:45 AM / 3:15 PM
- Manila to Orion – 6:30 AM / 1:30 PM
- Orion to Manila – 8:15 AM / 3:15 PM
Effective 15 March 2018, you can book online to reserve your seat when you travel to Bataan and Manila. The fare for those booked online is P450. Walk-in passengers fare is P799.
- Walk-in (an on-going process)
- Online (Effective March 15, 2018): https://its.1bataan.com/ SITE will go live on March 15th.
- Contact details: 0917-629-4766 (Open from 6AM to 6PM only)
- Facebook page: 1Bataan Integrated Transport System, Inc
- You’re helping out with the local tourism industry
- Commuters will also be given a chance to ride a free shuttle from Orion Port to Dinalupihan in the North and AFAB-Mariveles to the South.
Here are some of the few recommended places to stay during your visit with some of the best prices you could find online.
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What better way to spend late night jaunts til’ 3 am than at a coffee shop or perhaps while you finish that pitcher of Margarita.
Blocleaf Café Malate rests under Hop Inn Hotel just look for the millennial pink tower across the street, the area appears characterless and at some point, ordinary. It is an unlikely image from what is beyond this street. However, the appeal of this quaint café lies in the absence of aggressive assertion of signs leading towards ‘hey, look at us! We’re ultra hip and global’ pretentious mimicry of coffee shops abroad.
We arrived around 4 pm in the afternoon on a Saturday. Their space is quaint and inviting. Natural light floods in through its big glass windows. Ferns hang loosely above and thoughtfully placed pots of plants placed around the area. Bespoke and simple wooden furniture create a perfect symmetry of everything. Literally, there are wooden blocks and plants/leaves around the place which perfectly completed the Blockeaf name of the shop.
This neighborhood coffee shop is similar to neighborhood shops you see in Japan. Their concept might be foreign in nature, but their menu is everything Filipino. They source their beans from Kalsada who champions Philippine specialty coffee. Their top priority is to support Filipino coffee producers and their dedicated efforts to bring quality coffee to market. They serve savory dishes desserts that are intertwined with core Filipino staple ingredients like tuyo (salted dried fish) and longanggisa (Filipino sausage) perfectly accentuates their pasta dishes. They serve modest but dynamic pastries selection. Aside from their home baked specialty cookies and cheesecakes, Blocleaf also features seasonal cakes every month like Ube cheesecakes.
We ordered a cup of hot Americano (120php) and Cafe Mocha (150php). We were pretty satisfied with the depth of flavors and how good the roast was. We only planned to stay for a few minutes since we only need to have our afternoon caffeine fix, but because of that good cup of coffee, the interior and also the solid playlist of tracks playing in the background brings in calmness in the midst of Manila district’s chaotic character. This 20 (or 25) sq.m. in floor size shop, its well lit and very cozy ambiance made us stay for more than 3 hours.
Their mocha is also made with locally sourced chocolate.
The owners have a good collection of journals and magazines sourced internationally. We suggest you try enjoying at least 2 or 3 titles while having your coffee.
Just like what the folks over at Escolta are doing by breathing life yet again to Manila, Blocleaf goes beyond good coffee and design. We’re glad they didn’t settle for a more ‘hip’ city like Fort BGC or Makati. To be honest, these areas are too commercially congested. There is a growing interest by the general nostalgia public to bring back spots like Malate back to life. This coffee shop is a reminder to most of us that there’s so much to explore in Manila.
Blocleaf is still in its infantile stage and yet consciously made a solid statement with their venture. Del Pilar Street as a location of choice for a specialty coffee shop seems like an obscure business decision, and really going against the flow, but we admire them for seeing the potential of this untapped market.
There’s a lack of venturing specialty coffee shops in the Manila area, the futility of only seeing the green franchise coffee chains and these Korean bubble tea nooks serving pretty bad concoctions. We were this close to giving up.
But one lazy Saturday afternoon, we lurched upon Blocleaf Café.
Blocleaf Café is at 1850 M. H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila. It’s open from Sunday to Thursday, from 8 to 9 pm, and from Friday to Saturday, from 8 to 10 pm.
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