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!

Recession Coffee Flat White

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A and I thought that Recession Coffee's "pay-what-you-can" scheme for their EDSA BDG brews is genius. It is the perfect opportunity to experience astounding coffee (we had Dark Matter Theory Flat Whites!) at a price you nominate. So whether you have budget for a third wave cuppa or you can barely keep up with your expenses, remember that this gem in Eastwood Mall is there to be your sanctuary from mediocrity. The best part is that it is within your reach. Just make sure to pay more when you already can. 

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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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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!