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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IS IT WORTH IT? | Pablo Mini Cheesecake

IS IT WORTH IT? | Pablo Mini Cheesecake

I always believe that you have to try it before you knock it. You should try everything once, before you can lay judgement on it. Even if I know I am going to hate it after, if I’m offered something for the first time, I will take a bite of it. This way, if I like it then that will be my lovely discovery for the day. If I was right and it failed me convince me otherwise, I’ll be able to tell you why I don’t like it.

I admit I was a little bit too late to this Pablo cheesecake game. The hype has died down and the lines have already disappeared. The reviews have been mixed but bad reviews never hindered me from trying things. In fact, bad reviews draw me to restaurants. I mean, I love loving the unlovable. I’m sure it’s not all bad. Also, I am a lifelong masochist. It’s not that I don’t like to try Pablo because I know I won’t like it. I just don’t feel like shelling out 599 pesos for a cheesecake. Especially when I know I alone will eat it.

Sometimes, I don’t like buying Nutella or cream cheese, just because if I find myself scraping off the bottom of the jar or tub, I will realize that I alone ATE ALL OF THAT. In what most likely is in a span of a week. Or maybe 3 days, to be honest.

Recently, I went to BGC to have dinner with friends, and there on Bonifacio High Street stands a Pablo Mini kiosk. Along with the big 499 cheesecakes (did they lower the price or it this a smaller portion? I am not sure.), they sold mini cheese tarts at 100 a piece. My friends and I were up for dessert and I guess this would be the time, finally, that I get to try the much hyped cheesecake.

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My friends went for the chocolate and the matcha while I ordered the original cheesecake. We ordered 6 minis and it came with a well thought out box. Jr and I decided we’re sharing which is a good thing because as soon as I took a bite, I realized it was a little bit too rich for me. It’s good, don’t get me wrong. The thick crust balances out the soft custardy consistency of the cheese cake. The cheese is too soft that it practically oozes out and it could get messy if you weren’t prepared for it. My friend says it’s better chilled — the cheese holds better and there more of a bite to it. But this is the same friend who compared a chilled Pablo cheesecake with the 12 peso eggpie we love from Los Angeles bakery, the nearest bakery to our school in Gagalangin, Tondo.

Pablo cheesecake is good, but my unsophisticated tastebuds like the LA bakery eggpie better.


Pablo Mini
Bonifacio High Street
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.

Watch the video here:


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

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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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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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