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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VIDEO | Vlog #035 – The Best Crispy Pata Ever. Period. No Erase.

VIDEO | Vlog #035 – The Best Crispy Pata Ever. Period. No Erase.

My facebook saved tab is a graveyard of english bulldog pictures, motivational quotes that stuck a nerve or two and listicles upon listicles about food. There is a healthy array on articles proclaiming the ‘top 10 of something’ in Metro Manila that sits there waiting for my short-term attention. In the rare times that I actually remember I have unopened articles on that tab (or when facebook relentlessly reminds me), I would carefully examine each one and make a quick mental note of which to try next. Then, when more time permit, I go about confirming the article. There’s nothing scientific about the way I conduct my fact checking. I don’t go thru it in order as stated on the listicle, rather, I tick off the items one by one based on my current geographical location. Whatever is near me gets judged first.

Because as with everything you read off the internet, you always need to fact check.

But as much as I want to confirm every listicle I’ve encountered in social media, I’ll admit it’s more for discovering a new restaurant rather than a serious journalism pursuit. These listicles I take with a grain of salt. These websites whose advertising revenues depend on traffic know it’s a cheap but effective click bait more for easy targets like me. Also, I don’t take it for gospel truth when the author forgets to recognize that there are restaurants worth considering outside the familiar QC, BGC, and Makati.

Especially when it come to comfort food, like crispy pata.

There is not one listicle in the internet I trust who preaches they’ve found the no. 1 Crispy Pata in Metro Manila when in fact they have not listed Baby’s Crispy Pata of Navotas on the top spot. I am aware we are now living in a world where people don’t give a flying fuck about the proliferation of alternative facts, but the things I actually care about come few and far in between, and this one — crispy pata — is something I take very seriously. I am sorry, but whatever it is you’re saying is the best crispy pata, I am calling you out — it’s a lie. Actually, if you’re a card-carrying carnivore, if you haven’t tasted a bite of the crispy skin and juicy soft meat of Baby’s Crispy Pata, you are living a lie.

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Baby’s Crispy Pata
10th Avenue Caloocan branch
in front of Caloocan Judicial Complex

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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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The Burrito Bowl in Moe’s Southwest Grill

The Burrito Bowl in Moe’s Southwest Grill

I have a certain affection towards Mexican food. When I had my first tattoo, or tattoos — two phrases that are now permanently inked on my each of my wrist — my celebratory meal was at Ristra’s. And it was not a happy accident. I really planned it out that I’d have my tattoos done at Republic — the session lasting barely 15 minutes, and then I could have my beef fajitas at Ristras, a good walking distance from the tattoo shop in San Juan.

When I first went to the states, one of the many reasons I was there was because I want some Mexican food. I thought since California was so near Mexico, I can get all the good Mexican food I want at less the cost. Well, the closest thing I got to Mexican food was Chipotle (which I had in a food court in San Francisco) and El Torrito, which was basically Chili’s . They’re good but by no means cheap. I paid practically the same amount for Mexican food there as I would for the few good Mexican food places we had here. Also, if purist would read this, they’d be saying Chipotle and El Torrito are not places where you find genuine Mexican food. Fine, call it cali-mex or tex-mex if you will, but the food is basically what I would have here in Ristras (which I heard closed down all their branches. Sad.) and Chihuahua. The second time I was in the states, with the help of google maps and the very inefficient LA public transport system, I went to all the taco trucks I can cover with my limited time downtown. The quest led me to cheaper, good and more genuine mexican tacos. Take that purists!

But, I can’t go to the states whenever I have Mexican food cravings. So I am ever so grateful with the continuous dining imports that’s saturating the Manila dining scene. Especially when they claim they have the best nachos by blasting it on billboards on EDSA. It is what Moe’s Southwest Grill claims on their billboards near Kalayaan flyover. And if I see something like that, it goes on this list on my notebook of things to be verified.

And as with everything I put on my notebook, I forgot about it.

In an effort to the something new in Manila, J and I decided to check out the latest mall that opened in BGC. If you want to do something new in Manila, I’d bet there’s still a mall (or a new annex or wing) in the city you haven’t been to. To save you time and gas, I can tell you not to go to Uptown Mall just yet because it’s next to empty. There’s a Rustan’s grocery, National Bookstore, a Speedo, La Lora Churraria, and the full-frill cinemas, but other than that, practically the whole 2nd and 3rd floor are empty. We were figuring out where to eat but choices are limited. There is a cool food court space at the 3rd floor but only two or three were open and both things we are already familiar with. You don’t eat at Pepper Lunch when you go to a new mall an hour’s drive away when there’s Pepper Lunch in your neighborhood mall within a five minute drive. But then we get to the very confusing 4th floor and I saw Moe’s.

Hey, that on my list.

When I saw that they spelt out SALSA above a bar where they have a good selection of, you guessed it, Salsa, I knew I’m in for a good meal. In good, cheap mexican places I’ve been to, there is an all you can have salsa. As with all burrito places here in Manila, you have the option to build your own meal, if you know what you’re doing. J got the ground beef burrito. I got the steak burrito bowl — that’s steak, rice, black beans, with my add ons — grilled onions, jalapenos, and double sour cream. We got in with the combo — the one with the tamarind iced tea (good) and the queso (famous and delicious). Also, we got the guacamole. And yes, we know, guac is extra. But you can take our money.

If Moe’s is the only reason you’ll drive thru traffic for deliberately towards an empty mall, I can tell you you’re making a good weekend decision. It ain’t cheap by any measure — our meals at a little less of Php 1000, but that’s money that will make your Mexican food loving heart dance with happiness.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill
4F Uptown Mall
Bonifacio Global Center, 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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