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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COFFEE TALKS , Seoul Edition | Fritz Coffee Company

COFFEE TALKS , Seoul Edition | Fritz Coffee Company

When traveling in groups, like with friends and family, a well-laid out itinerary should include at least one free day. People have a lot of individual interests that may not necessarily fit everybody else’s taste. Sometimes it is a waste of time to force everybody to do things they’re not really up to. The easiest solution is to dedicate a day to split up and seek each personal indulgence. Some people make it a point to hit up shopping centers when they travel to a new city. Others would like to see obscure museums. I like to waste my day in cute coffee shops.

It’s always a habit of mine to hit up the web and search for the top coffee shops in the city where I am. And since I do not want to induce a stomach flu and overdose in caffeine, I settle for two or three in one day and choose based on the following criteria:

– Cute in pictures – My palate is not sophisticated enough to determine if it is indeed the ‘best coffee’ in the city, but I do know what I like in coffee shops. I like them urban, industrial, and cozy. I did say I was on the hunt not for the best coffee but the cutest coffeeshops.
– Location – It has to be relatively accessible by the public transport system. Uber and cabs are not options. If it’s 2 km from the nearest station, that’s fine. I can walk. It’s my free day and I have all the time in the world
– Not starbucks.

So for my first stop on my free day in Seoul, while the rest of the city succumb to the rush of the early morning hours to work, I took three trains and leisurely walked my way to Mapo-gu to visit Fritz Coffee Company.

Seoul is a coffee loving city. The big chains — from local brands like Tom N Toms and Mango Six to international staples like Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts — thrive here. And even them step up their cute coffee shop game here, so it would take a lot of convincing for me to travel that far for coffee. But write ups for Fritz basically says it’s the brainchild of what seems to be the best of the best in the Seoul coffee scene — the Avengers of Korea coffee industry. And the pictures on the internet were so good.

And boy, it did not disappoint.

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It’s a L-shaped, two story coffee shop in an enclosed compound. It’s big for a coffee shop but it never felt big. The first floor houses the coffee bar and the pastry section as well as a small seating section. I got the latte and the cranberry walnut scone, which was divine. They make their own baked goods in house in the basement, so not only does it look glorious, the whole place smells heavenly as well. The entire second floor is pure seating area with mismatched industrial chairs and tables. The whole place is well laid out and artistically lit. It’s cozy but well-lit in the right places. Heck, everything is like art-directed, from the unfinished exposed brick walls to random wall postings. When the coffee place give serious consideration on what bathroom stall hardware you ultimately would stare at when you do your ‘business’ because of such great coffee, you know they’re serious.

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Fritz Coffee Company
179-9 Dohwa-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울시 마포구 도화동 179-9, Seoul, Korea

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Coffee Talk | Craft Coffee Revolution in 8 Missouri

Coffee Talk | Craft Coffee Revolution in 8 Missouri

Coffee or milkshake? Coffee or milkshake?
Coffee…and then milkshake?

Sure.

Forget my shotty lungs and barely functioning feet. If there’s one body part I’m particularly proud of, it’s my stomach. I often disregard best before labels. It’s not something to boast of, but somehow, I take pride is that. As long as they don’t smell funky and nothing curdles, that is still good and my tummy can take it. There was this one time when we went back home to Samar and because of water issues, my whole Manileno family went down. They all had to be rushed to the hospital, but me with my champion stomach slept like a baby at the hotel.

My stomach is strong AF.

So, it’s not unheard of for me to wash it all down, yes, even cold sweet milkshakes, with coffee.

And coffee in Craft coffee is not bad. Not bad at all.

Craft Coffee Revolution
Craft Coffee Revolution
Craft Coffee Revolution

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COFFEE TALK | The Bunny Baker Cafe

COFFEE TALK | The Bunny Baker Cafe

There are fine prints to this marriage: he takes me to car shows, while I take him to warm, fuzzy and atrociously pink coffee shops.

This time, it’s at Hemady Square. The Bunny Baker Cafe is a charming little coffee on the third floor that perfect for family sunday lunch, studying and/or cramming, and pokemon hunting. Also, it’s one of those cafes that tests the manliness of your man.

I mean, the fak is this shiiit?!?

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The Bunny Baker
3F Hemady Square
1193 E. Rodriguez Avenue Corner Dona Hemady Street
New Manila, Quezon City

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COFFEE TALK | Local Edition at Perea St. Makati

COFFEE TALK | Local Edition at Perea St. Makati

I asked the guy seated on the long bench if the table next to his was free. I don’t know how much of that he caught. He was wearing over ear headphones but I guess pointing to an empty, yet-to-be cleaned table and smiling ear to ear is a universal coffee place sign language for ‘help a person out?’. He gave me smile back and a thumbs up sign. We coffee people understand each other.

I placed my heavy leather bag on the bench and headed to the counter. I have decided early on that I would not order black coffee when I’m in cute coffee place — except when terribly needed, like “calming my nerves” for a meeting, or on a mission to do some heavy writing. Ordered a large flat white and asked the server if they had anything to bite. She pointed on the front sides of the counter. I stepped back and my quick scan zone in to the porchetta sandwich. Of course, I’m going to have the porchetta sandwich. That’s practically a given.

I returned to my seat and quickly assembled my coffee shop arsenal: My laptop first, then my pocket ruled moleskine,and my camera. I pulled out my magical white pouch and got the external hard drive and my wire and attached it to the laptop. I got my charger in the bag, attached it to my phone and slid it to the outlet beside my left calf. Local Edition Coffee and Tea is a nice place to settle down for coffee, to have a quick bite, to work or maybe just to pass time. Wooden table, warm white exposed bulbs, metal chairs —— all screaming industrial hipster chic. The loud group in the corner (at least, louder that you should be in a coffee shop) seems to be conceptualizing a play, the guy to my left is highlighting the shizz out of his book, while the guy on my right, thumbs up guy, is watching football videos.

Local Edition is a small cozy shop tucked away in Perea St. in Makati. I assume the area, on a normal day, would be busy, but this was a rainy Sunday afternoon. The streets here in Legaspi were silent and succumbing to dusk.  I brisk walked here to beat the drizzle after a fun talk at Ayala Musuem. This was part of my Makati itinerary. I don’t go on this part of the Metro that often and I treat it like I’d treat an out of town trip. There has to be an itinerary. Go to a movie talk (but that another blogpost — I have notes!) and then Local Edition. To chill, to escape the heat or the rain (whatever the crazy Manila weather feels like that afternoon) to have coffee — and I kind of looked forward to it.

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Local Edition
116 Perea Street
Legaspi Village, Makati City

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