Bacon On Mud at Single Origin

Bacon On Mud at Single Origin

There are moment when you question how you got here. This time, I know exactly how I got here.

Jr dragged me to BGC. He wanted to go to a watch club meet, and it’s somewhere he’s not familiar with. We’re QC people. BGC is a strange place to us. He doesn’t have waze so when normally I would just stay at home and let him ogle for hours at watches, I got dragged here, to be his personalized (and patient) navigational voice.

But I always have an escape plan. I messaged Tessa, my homie from BGC and asked if she was home. She had nothing up and was game to hang out with me. It was my turn to drag someone, and Tessa will help me kill time and find some waffles.

For weeks now, I have a waffle craving that needs some fixing. I mean I could go to Pancake House to fix that, but Pancake house is safe and boring. I am BGC. BGC is an upscale place. Upscale people eat waffles. I should be able to find waffles here.

We picked up Tessa at McKinley and Jr dropped us off at Serendra. Tessa found us a waffle place at Single Origin at Central. We hope that walking the entire length of Bonifacio High Street can work up an appetite for waffles. After several pitstops along the way — the 3-storey Uniqlo, Muji for little bits of happiness, Beauty Bar for a quick pick me upper — we found ourselves at a table for 2 at Single Origin. It was 6:15 pm, and asked the server for a menu.

A quick scan and there was no waffles on the cardboard paper.

Apparently, they stop serving waffles at 6 pm for dinner service. Charm and shameless begging went nowhere. The nice server went to the kitchen twice to ask and to rely that the machine they make waffles on was already clean. We offered to clean it again after for them, but slave labor wasn’t really a good payment option for them.

So we ended up ordering this: Bacon on Mud — homecured crispy bacon to be dipped on chocolate on the side. I would’ve wanted the chocolate to be a little richer — like it would coat the well-cooked bacon and it would actually stick. It was too liquidy for me that it just slipped and dripped all over and we left a little mess. To be honest, I wish it came with champurado, because that salty, crispy bacon would just be perfect in that champurado weather afternoon.

I’d still like those waffles though…


Single Origin
2F C3 Building Bonifacio High Street Central
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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Craving for Fowlbread

Craving for Fowlbread

I think I was craving for Fowlbread for a good two weeks before finally getting my hands on it. My niece had her 9th birthday celebration at Kidzania with her cousins. Because we won’t be doing anything inside Kidzania and they’re going to make us pay 770 pesos to do nothing inside Kidzania, we just told them we’ll follow where we’ll be eating afterwards. And since we are hungry, we decided to pass time before eating by, uhm, eating. Fowlbread is my idea of a pregame.

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Fowlbread Chicken Sandwich

I finally had my chicken sandwich — and extra chicken skin — fix with one big savored bite. This is not a cheap sandwich, but it’s a chicken sandwich we wouldn’t even think twice about buying. However for us Northeners, scratching that chicken sandwich itch entails EDSA traffic suffering. The only branch right now is in BGC which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because I am logistically restrained from having it everyday and my lungs thanks me for it. It’s a bad thing because I can’t have it whenever I want it.

Actually when you think about it, I have to commend my self control. My go to craving will always be Mister Kabab, which is five minutes from my house. I could have it everyday if I want to but I don’t. One because I will blow up if I do that and two, because I want to miss it. Missing it will make me enjoy it the next time I have it. And I don’t want to lose the joy I have when I eat it.

Which I figured will be the case if Fowlbread opened up a branch somewhere here in the North. Gawd, please open up a branch here. I promise we’ll be very good patrons.

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Fowlbread
Building 3, Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
027992571

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Fowlbread’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

Fowlbread’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

If you happen to drop by my ‘hood (Scout area) for lunch or dinner and have no idea where to eat, don’t hit me up. For no apparent reason, if somebody asks me for a good recommendation for a restaurant, I go blank. I’d like to think that there’s just a ton of options and you asking me a simple question like “Where should we eat around here?” would entail me asking you back, “What are you in the mood for? Japanese, Persian, Chinese, Filipino…? Do you like buffets? Or ala cart? Or do you just want a coffee shop? Or a dessert shop?”

It’s a game of 20 questions.

Or maybe, I just think food is very personal. What I consider good around here for me may not be good for you. And what I consider good around here may not be the one I go most often to. Noooow, if you ask me where I eat here, that might be an easier question to answer — Causeway, Behrouz, that Pares place in Sacred Heart, Bagoong Club and somewhere further out West Avenue, Mister Kebab.

And since I know how difficult a question it can be, I appreciate it so much when somebody gives me a straight up answer. One time, we were in Bonifacio High Street and lunch time came around. Since the choices, like in the Tomas Morato – Timog area can be overwhelming, I asked Tessa, who spends her living daylight hours in BGC, on where she suggests we eat. “Try Fowlbread!”, she said.

Yeah. Fowlbread. I’ve heard about that. I’m also sure it’s in my list somewhere. We hunted down Fowlbread and found the stall with al fresco seating at Building 3 in BHS. We settled at the bar and watched the guys in Neon shirts printed with “Fried chicken Support Group” (I need one of those shirts) prepare our meals.
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It was a hot day so I got the Strawberry Hibiscus smoothie. The lady taking the order warned me that it’s just a little spicy because of the ginger, but it’s healthy and good for me. I told her I was curious to drink some gumamela, or the bubble maker of my childhood. Also, has she told me that it was good for me beforehand, I’d probably won’t order it.

I don’t like my drinks to be better than me.

For the sides, we went for the Garlic fries and the Garlic Noodles with Shrimp potstickers. Garlic noodles are pretty popular in the states in Chinese/seafood casual restaurants (Boiling crab, Kickin’ Crab) and I got so into it there that I’m sure I’ve scoured the net for a recipe and promised myself I’d whipped up a dish one of these days. Of course, as with many dishes I swore I’d tackle as a weekend project, I never got around to it. I never knew there was a craving, but somehow, Fowlbread’s Garlic noodles fixed it.

But the pièce de résistance of Fowlbread is the Fried Chicken Sandwich. We both got one and I got mine with extra chicken skin.

I like living on the edge. Because asthma.
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As far as chicken sandwiches go in the Philippines, and let’s admit it, the only ones I’ve tried was KFC’s and McDonald’s, this is the best. Although I’ll never be fully comfortable with not having rice with my fried chicken (and I doubt any true blooded Filipino ever will), this as a meal can be satifying. It can get pricey — it’s 245 pesos for sandwhich, 355 if you double up on the chicken (relative to a 160 pesos 2 piece Jollibee chicken joy), but it’s worth to try at least once.

Besides, you’re in BHS. Good and cheap does not exist here.


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Fowl Bread
Building 3 Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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Crispy Pork at a Coffee Shop, because why not?

Crispy Pork at a Coffee Shop, because why not?

The only reason why you will find me in places where I do not usually go is because I have been dragged against my will. This hot Saturday afternoon, it was decided that we go to Bonifacio High Street to ogle at cars.

It’s already summer — I don’t care what PAGASA says — and the European cars are displayed under the freaking midday sun, so no thanks. As a compromise, I was allowed to roam BGC and look for coffee.

I was seriously flirting with the idea of walking towards NAC tower because I saw a glimpse of Luna on the way to High Street (I can’t walk under the sun to look at cars, but for coffee I will, right?) and I really wanted to go to not Starbucks. I was aimlessly walking along the crowded pathway towards Fully booked and there a building before my intended side destination was Luna Specialty Coffee’s other branch. I’m lucky that way.

I went up the counted and asked for the strongest brew they have. “Try our Barako, Maam.” Not that inviting, but sure, I’ll bite. I was asked if I wanted a bite and since I’m a sucker for the upsell, and unafraid of my family’s history on diabetes, I went for the pastillas cupcake.

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My coffee and my cupcake came and I went on to spend the afternoon writing as planned. Every so often I would lift my gaze as people went in and out and look around this industrial, high-ceiling, new york chic coffee shop until something caught my eye in the chalkbord menu high above the counter.

Crispy Pork Pan De Sal.
Hindi pinapalampas yan.
And so I didn’t.
And it was glorious.

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Luna Specialty Coffee
Building 5, Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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