Round Robin Cafe's Salmon Carbonara and Key Lime Pie

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I have always enjoyed eating at Round Robin Cafe in Maginhawa. They have recently moved to a bigger and more chic location, which made me more relaxed as I had dinner with A and my uncle. We all had light fare, and my personal favorite always wins whenever I am here. I can never dine here without having their salmon carbonara.

Their version of this classic pasta dish is very light and not cloying. It is comfort food without the guilt. I had to cap off the night with my favorite dessert there, which is their key lime pie. 

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Their take on the key lime pie is surprisingly good. They used a cheesecake base, which offset the tangy lime flavor. Everything in the cafe is homemade and they use fresh ingredients, so this baby does not taste artificial or too zesty. In fact, it is just right.  

They also have great coffee and fast internet. If ever you want to chill and spend a slow, light meal with your loved ones, go to Round Robin! You won't regret it.  

Intay Ag Pancit: From Tugueguarao to QC

I have been a fan of Pancit Batil Patong since I tasted it at a now-defunct restaurant along Maginhawa. I was heartbroken when that resto closed down and its other branch opened in Ortigas. The upscale location meant a price surge which made this Tugueguarao specialty beyond my budget. 

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This explains why I was overjoyed when Intay Ag Pancit opened in Quezon City. I was eager to taste their version of Pancit Batil Patong, which is made with beef and poached egg. For Php 90, I got a heaping serving which satisfied my taste buds. It is soul food. Meanwhile, A had Pancit Cabagan as he is allergic to seafood (Batil Patong has patis or fish sauce), and he said that this pork-based dish was delicious. He also had their version of tapsilog, which he quickly declared as one of the best he has ever had. 

If ever you find yourself in QC with a strong craving for Tugueguarao noodles, go to Intay Ag Pancit. You will have the best pancit for less than Php 100. Do not forget to try their houseblend iced tea!

Rodic's Tapsilog

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I graduated from Holy Family School along Maginhawa, the famous foodie street in Quezon City, which is why it is sacrilegious for me not to be a Rodic's tapsilog devotee. Their flaky beef tapa brings back good memories. The garlic rice and egg seal the deal. Their free soup is actually sinigang so you really get your money's worth. I always get two servings of their soup because it goes well with my favorite all day breakfast meal. 

They now have a branch at UP Town Center, which is perfect for mall rats who want to savor yummy tapsilog, while reminiscing on simpler times. It is the best cheat day idea, which is kind to your wallet and guaranteed to make your day a lot sunnier. 

SGD Etag Carbonara and SGD Black Coffee

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I am having breakfast again at SGD Coffee and I am officially in love with this cafe. It is perfect for finding your bearings after a chaotic week or a long night. In my case, I am feeling under the weather and I need a hug in a mug (or in this case, on a plate and a cuppa!).

 I ordered their etag carbonara and black coffee. Etag  is traditional Sagada smoked pork. It's a marriage between bacon and asado, and it is yummy with their tangy, yogurt-based white sauce. The country bread is freshly baked and balances the myriad of flavors in the pasta. Meanwhile, the SGD black is best enjoyed as is.

I cannot wait to try the more of SGD's soul food and coffee! 

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SGD Omelette and Black Coffee

I just had the freshest veggie omelette I have ever had here at SGD Coffee. Thanks to a navigation app, I was able to find this gem of a cafe near the Maginhawa foodie area. I was hungry from my workout, so I was keen to try a heavy breakfast in a place I have never been to before. Good thing I have decided to eat here because it has a rustic mountain feel which instantly sets the mood for chilling out and slowing down. 

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Their SGD Omelette is to die for. It has fresh vegetables and three eggs, and even their basil is otherworldly. I am not used to eating veggies this fresh and crisp. It is worth the price of Php230, which includes this cup of SGD Black. 

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It is the type of black coffee which you do not tamper with milk and sugar. It is that awakening and smooth. This is coffee in HD. 

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This place needs more love! Do visit them at 45 Maalalahanin Street, Teacher's Village, Quezon City. They also have a dreamy Instagram account. Do visit them soon and try their food and coffee!

Via Mare Puto Bumbong

Puto bumbong is my favorite glutinous rice cake. It is a Christmas staple in the Philippines, but I eat it all year round at Via Mare. Their version is follows the traditional recipe, and serves two rice cakes with muscovado, melted butter, and shredded coconut.

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I enjoyed drawing this because of the lovely mix between the purple rice cakes and melted butter. 💜💛 

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It definitely tastes like Christmas, even in the heat of summer. Go ahead and try it!

Testify Coffee and Rare Finds' Tinapa Pasta

Stumbling upon an indie cafe in crowded Manille can be commonplace. A coffee shop which celebrates rare finds such as a homey atmosphere and no-frills caffeinated heaven is harder to spot. I was delighted to learn that there was a cafe which has the said ambience and get this- talks which promote slow living topics such as paper quilling and writing. I heard that there was a talk on snail mail tonight. Since my boyfriend isn't feeling well, I braved the unknown side (at least for me!) of Quezon City and drove to Testify Coffee and Rare Finds for dinner and dialogue. 

Since I already had three cups of coffee today, I decided to skip the brew and just ordered tinapa pasta. Omg it's so good! The smoked fish was nicely cooked and mixed with al dente fettuccine. The result is a dish that's not difficult to love.  

The cafe itself is a rare find in the sea of commercialism in our city

The cafe itself is a rare find in the sea of commercialism in our city

I wish more people will try this tiny treasure trove of analogue traditions and tastes. I hope to try their coffee soon!  

Fariñas Ilocos Empanada's Longganisa Meal

I have been loyal to Fariñas for their empanadas (my favorite is their Special with extra cheese) and their plain miki. It is only quite fitting that I will find something more filling so I tried their longganisa meal before (along with their longganisang hubad meal) and I just keep coming back for more. Their vigan longganisa is legit and is a key ingredient of their famous empanadas. For Php99, you get three longganisas, sliced tomatoes, half a sliced salted egg, and plain rice. Not bad right?

It may not look photogenic but trust me it's yummy and filling! 

It may not look photogenic but trust me it's yummy and filling! 

It's value for money and satisfying. What's more, Fariñas is open 24/7 so you can have your longganisa fix anytime. Make sure to enjoy your meal with their spicy vinegar (sukang Iloko) which is provided in the condiments area. If you're a hardcore fan, you can even buy their longganisa for takeaway, along with their sukang Iloko. 

Their plain  suka   retails for Php100, while this spicy baby is Php110/bottle. Their packaging for the spicy vinegar makes it look more expensive than it really is!

Their plain suka  retails for Php100, while this spicy baby is Php110/bottle. Their packaging for the spicy vinegar makes it look more expensive than it really is!

Fariñas Ilocos Empanada is one of the most underrated all-day brekkie places in the metro. I hope you will try their food soon. It's yummy and very affordable!