Showing posts with label breakfast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label breakfast. Show all posts

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Eggs for Breakfast, Antipolo City

The wife had been telling me about this restaurant/cafe in Antipolo that she wanted to try eating at. One time she was able to do so and with our daughter as the opportunity presented itself after doing some errands a couple of months ago. Eggs for Breakfast is located at the Velada Estate in the Villa Cecilia Subdivision along Sumulong Highway. The junction where you turn right is immediately after the Caltex Station a short distance from the Masinag Junction. 

I finally was able to eat there after an appointment in Marikina. This time, I was with my wife and kid and my in-laws. Here are a few photos I took.

The path from the parking area to the restaurant was a very pleasant one as a nice garden suddenly appears before you.
The restaurant/cafe is found inside a compound or estate, which is also an events venue.
Eggs Benedict - this was among their signature dishes and it did not disappoint
Caesar's Salad - the greens were fresh and crispy while the dressing was just right and, I thought, was lighter than the usual dressing.
Tapsilog - their take on this popular item on Filipino breakfasts
Carbonara - the shiitake and truffle gave this version a thumbs up from me.

The food was good and the service was also good. It is a good choice for those wanting to have breakfast, brunch or lunch. I thought that their selection of items featuring their "eggs" theme suits them well. I have yet to try their French toast but I hear it was also good. Price-wise, the items won't certainly put a proverbial hole in your pocket. I look forward to eating here again sometime soon to try other items on their menu. I think I am not alone in this regard for the restaurant as they sure had a steady stream of diners there. Perhaps they should consider having a bigger area to accommodate more people?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Cafe Inggo, Sto. Domingo, Quezon City

I was having our vehicle serviced at our dealer along Quezon Avenue and instead of waiting at the dealer I decided to go to nearby Sto. Domingo to have some quiet time and have breakfast out the cafe at the shrine complex. What was previously Cafe Dominic is now Cafe Inggo. The name change is obviously a play on Domingo (Dominic in English) that has several nicknames in the Philippines including the popular Doming/Domeng and the playful (sometimes funny) Inggo.

Two friars greeted me as I was seated at my table
A collection of prints of old churches in the Philippines
A painting depicting the familiar scene of the Pieta hangs above the main door
Cafe operating hours
The interior of the cafe had enough tables for groups or individuals. Each table had a coffee table book for browsing by customers.
I had Spanish sardines with an egg sunny side up. They actually serve breakfast meals with 2 eggs but I requested to only be served one. I also had thick iced chocolate of the "tsokolate-eh" kind
Spanish sardines cooked with onions and spread over lettuce, sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumber
I had leche flan for dessert as I had some time left before I headed back to get our vehicle. The leche flan was topped with macapuno, whipped cream and had a slice of orange on the side.
I returned again after a few days to have our other vehicle serviced. That time, I ordered their longganisa (native sausage from Tuguegarao, Cagayan I was informed).
The food is good and the service very attentive. Price-wise, the cost of meals will not hurt your pocket and the servings are just right. It is definitely a nice place to consider for dining when one is in the area. 

Cafe Inggo is located at the far end of the Sto. Domingo complex along Quezon Avenue. The times I've been there it was never crowded and you can easily get a table. I just wonder though if it is crowded on Sundays or feast days of the church.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Breakfasts at Enschede

The Intercity Hotel where I stayed at in Enschede last March served a really good buffet breakfast. The selection was good considering it was a business hotel and one could have a complete meal to start the day. I always like to have cereal and particularly love to have muesli in the mornings. They had that and fresh milk likely from the farms around Twente or perhaps from across the nearby border with Germany.

My first breakfast in Enschede consisted of muesli, bread, sausages, bacon, cold cuts and cheese. I had some tea and orange juice on the side. Not shown are the fruits I had after my hearty meal.
I adhere to the saying that one has to start the day with a good meal. It sets the tone for your energy levels during the day. And for me while I'm traveling, I like to do a lot of walking and commuting via public transport so I need the nourishment for me to keep moving without getting hungry immediately.

Friday, January 26, 2018

On hotel breakfasts again

Traveling to Tacloban again last week, we were fortunate to be able to stay at a decent hotel that served breakfast buffets. I took a photo of the relatively good variety of viands we had for breakfasts so you can have a good one before going out to work. In our case, work required a lot of walking and traveling so a good meal was important for us.

Bacon, beef tapa, hotdog, danggit, eggs and rice - the breakfast of champions!

They also had cereals, bread and fruits but these were the usual cornflakes and cocoa puffs as well as the watermelon or bananas. Nothing as fancy or plentiful as those offered in big hotels but the food was good and sustaining. Of course, I would have preferred to have some bircher muesli but this is much better than what other hotels offer for the same price range we got for our stay.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Flatbread Cafe, Marikina City

The Clairvoyant was always telling me about this restaurant in Marikina City and I thought it was along Lilac Street. I was trying to spot it as I made my way through my alternate route to the office via Tumana and couldn't find it. We finally got the chance to try it out one morning we had to leave one of our dogs at the vet for grooming. It turned out that the Flatbread Cafe was not in Lilac but actually closer to Gil Fernando Avenue and a few minutes drive from the vet (near our former home along Marcos Highway).

View from within the cafe
The interior of the restaurant is quaint and cozy. The decors are already Christmas-themed.
The artwork on display added color and character to the restaurant's interior
There are boxes containing toys that children can play with
A bar-type set-up for individual customers or perhaps groups who opt for the higher chairs
Bacon, eggs and fried rice
Yakiniku beef tapa
Flatbread Cafe is along Sparrow Street in San Roque, Marikina City. The only hitch is the limited number of parking slots in the area. I say area because parking is generally on-street and there are other establishments there that share parking demand with the cafe. We went in the morning so there wasn't much traffic along the street and we could park across from the cafe. The food is good though and I hear their flatbreads are definitely the must-try items. That's for the next time we eat there...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tsokolate from tableya

With my social media news feeds full of people on vacation in their hometowns or in some resort, or of people camping out or visiting loved ones who passed away, I thought I would have a different take for All Saints Day. It rained last night and it was gloomy and cool this morning. It seemed to me like the perfect morning for hot chocolate and pandesal, which are popular morning fare in the Philippines. The hot chocolate though is not the instant one like the Swiss Miss dark chocolate that we have at home. Instead I decided to make hot chocolate from tableya or the cacao tablets that we had. There was a small box of it that was good for 3 to 4 mugs of good old hot chocolate like what we had during our childhood.

I boiled water and added the tableya. Once melted, I turned down the heat a few notches for a slow boil while I stirred to make sure all the cacao had been diluted. The result was a little viscous so I had to add more water (some of course evaporated as the chocolate was cooked).
We had enough chocolate for 3 and a half mugs. The half was served to our daughter who had a smaller mug. We added muscovado sugar and milk as the chocolate was on the bitter side. The wife and I were actually surprised that our daughter liked the concoction. We also had some oatmeal while we put some emmental cheese for our pandesal before I heated them. The cheese melt sandwiches were a hit on this gloomy morning.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Breakfast Plate, Maginhawa Street

We tried one of the restaurants in a new building along Maginhawa Street in UP Village. The Breakfast Plate is located at the 2nd Floor of a new building along Maginhawa near the junction with Magiting Street. The serve all-day breakfast including Filipino favorites like longganisa, tocino, tapa and sardines with 2 eggs and pickles.

Entrance to the restaurant at the 2nd Floor
The kitchen is at the back
Decors on a floating shelf and wall clock
Sardines in tomato sauce and scrambled eggs
Pork tocino and sunny side up eggs
Homemade garlic longganisa and sunny side up eggs
Vigan longganisa and scrambled eggs
We thought the food we ordered was okay. It was not extraordinary but definitely better than ordinary in terms of the popular silog combinations Filipinos have for breakfast. Service was okay and the prices were on the budget. No wonder we found many students eating at the restaurant. I'm just not sure though if they would be popular for dinners (silogs for breakfast and lunch are okay). The place is well-lighted and clean. I thought it was conducive for breakfast or lunch meetings or perhaps for students to hang out at (tambay).

Monday, June 13, 2016

Chocolate de Batirol at Camp John Hay

We were talking about where to have breakfast the following morning when we arrived in Baguio. One idea was to buy food, heat it and eat at our hotel suite. The decision where to have breakfast became simple as we saw the Chocolate de Batirol restaurant along the road to The Manor in Camp John Hay.

The place had a makeshift but homey feel about it.
A closer look at the structure shows outdoor tables for those who want to have space to themselves.
There are also chairs and tables inviting people to sit around (tambay).
There are many plants around the garden restaurant.
The view from the cafe to the main entrance and parking for vehicles.
Restaurant interior with locally made tables and chairs adding to the ambiance.
People come here for the native hot chocolate ground using a local implement (batirol).
Our order of Vigan longanisa, eggs and rice with tomatoes on the side.
That's our daughter Ally running towards the cafe. She was quite curious of the place and had some fun picking up rocks and twigs around the cafe grounds.
Chocolate de Batirol is located strategically along the main road in Camp John Hay. There are many people walking or driving around and so they have a steady stream of customers, particularly those wanting to have a cup of hot chocolate to drink and enjoy in Baguio's cool climate. You don't really go there for the food. It is okay but, to be frank, nothing spectacular. But the hot chocolate is really good and worth the visit.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tsamporado - chocolate porridge

Last Sunday, I decided to cook some tsamporado or chocolate porridge so our daughter could taste a classic breakfast that seemed apt for the stormy weather we were experiencing then. Antonio Pueo's Double Chocolate Champorado is probably the best instant chocolate porridge available in the market. There are others but they are not the same quality particularly when it come to the chocolate.

Instructions and nutrition facts
A pack of glutinous rice and unsweetened chocolate (the box contains 2 packs)
5 cups of water is added and mixed with the other ingredients from the pack
Medium setting to boil and then low fire for 18 minutes
The finished product, which requires some milk, preferably condensed, as a sweetener and to lighten up the rich chocolate taste of the porridge

My daughter and I enjoyed the chocolate porridge breakfast though I must admit that I enjoyed it more than her. Of course, the best champorado would be the ones made out of scratch with rice (preferably the sticky variety) and tableyas (cacao blocks or chunks). Also, champorado is perfect with dried or smoked fish (which our daughter likes). Only, we didn't have dried fish so I we had to make do with just champorado.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rodic's Redux

With the recent fires consuming UP Diliman's CASAA and the Alumni Center Hostel eatery, we thought about the eateries at the Shopping Center. There were several popular ones when we were in college in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Among these were Baroque's and Rodic's, which served typical food for students, the low-priced, quick meals that included the popular silog (sinangag and itlog /fried rice and egg) combinations as well as Filipino favorite viands like adobo, menudo and bistek. Only Rodic's remains of these eateries with 2 branches now on either side of the SC's single corridor.

Rodic's Jumbosilog - Jumbo hotdog, sinangag (fried ice) and itlog (egg - fried or scrambled)
I like to break up the fried egg and mix it up with the rice.

Back in the day (when we were university students) Rodic's had child flakes available on every table. We used to mix ketchup, soy sauce and chill flakes to come up with a spicy sauce to dip our jumbo hotdogs on. We always look back to those days when we enjoyed eating at Rodic's and the other eateries at the SC. But nowadays, we also laugh as we realized how unhealthy our meals were back then and how limited our tastes were and our preferences for breakfast or lunch. We didn't mind smelling of mantika (cooking oil) or prito (fried food) in those days while now we are so conscious about these things. Will we eat at Rodic's or the other eateries again? Likely and definitely for me as I am still with UP but also likely and definitely but less frequently for the Clairvoyant and me given all the other options and favorites that are available to us for meals out.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

iHOP at UP Town Center

We finally got to eat at iHOP one Saturday when we had brunch with a couple of friends including one we haven't seen for a quite some time (she lives abroad). They have a full menu with a lot of items to choose from including their version of Filipino breakfast for those who are looking for their 'silogs' in this otherwise foreign restaurant that specialises in pancakes (iHOP stands for International House of Pancakes).

iHOP has four syrups to choose from including classic maple syrup
French toast, fried eggs, bacon and sausages to go along with my pancakes.
Salad and toast
Blueberry pancakes
We had really good meals at iHOP. Their servings were generous and the quality is high. Such reasons make the prices acceptable and reasonable. We even ended up taking home leftovers as we ordered some food to share in order to maximise our brunch reunion. However, my opinion is that their pancakes are not that special. I have tasted pancakes at 5-star hotels and at their competitor, Pancake House, and I really couldn't say that there is a significant difference other than the toppings. Overall though, I would say thumbs up for iHOP. Hindi lang pwede pang-araw-araw (You just can't eat here on a daily basis.) partly because its a bit pricey.