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Third Wave Coffee Shop : Firefly Coffee

December 26, 2017

Third wave coffee shops are slowly growing in the Philippine market. Over the years, Filipino people are starting to appreciate third wave coffees because they are different from the typical coffees we get in Starbucks and Coffee Bean. They are able to create this quality taste which makes Filipinos crave for.

In the past, coffee selection was simple. People would usually base it on a 3-in-1 sachet, plain black coffee or to put some cream and sugar in it. In its present time, you can expect a lot of people order different kinds of coffee drinks. Due to these different drinks, you can expect to recall what the other names are of these coffee drinks.

Before I go on, let me ask you a question. Do you have any idea what third wave coffee is? Based on my research, third wave coffee is more of a way to appreciate quality coffee. They use different kinds of beans and has their own brewing process to bring out the rich flavor of the coffee. Instead of calling the people working in third wave coffee shops “baristas”, a proper term is “ artisanal bartenders”. They are the reason why we get to taste quality, handcrafted coffees.

I have always been curious about third wave coffee shops in the Philippines. I get to hear about them but never got the chance to visit one because majority of third wave coffee shops can be found in Makati. As you all know, the traffic going to Makati from Quezon City is unbearable. Good thing I was able to discover this 3rd wave coffee shop within the area. This is no other than Firefly Coffee.

Firefly Coffee is own by Aldrich Shih, a fellow La Sallian. Before he could actually put up a coffee business, he had to take lessons on how to create quality craft coffee. From what started out as a simple stall in DLSU, it now has an actual store you can visit to. Firefly Coffee is located in Sto. Domingo, near a few schools which makes it a good location.

When you actually pass by the area, the first thing you will get to think of is how his business will grow. It’s a quiet and secluded area (try to remember pre-Maginhawa St.) which makes it quite hard for his business to get known to other people. But you will get surprised that Firefly is actually having good sales. It’s a mixture of students and working adults that can afford Firefly Coffee.

Upon arriving the coffee shop, you will notice how minimalist the place is. That is what Aldrich wants to convey with his coffee shop. His interior designer got inspirations from Japanese designs – something simple and pleasing to the eyes. You will also notice that Firefly’s logo is simple. Shih got the inspiration through a famous NBA team, Charlotte Hornets. He also decided to put up a bar area where customers can have a sit while enjoying their cup of coffee and interacting with the bartenders.

Since August 2017, Firefly has been able to incorporate different beverage and food choices. To start off, affogato is their best seller. If you are not familiar what affogato is, it is a coffee-based dessert. It includes a scoop of ice cream with a shot of espresso. Firefly’s kind of ice cream is homemade. For the first order, they let me try their Cookie Butter Affogato. It consists of cookie butter ice cream that has this rich flavor to it and their espresso known as 2401 (DLSU’s address). To make their affogato different, they placed banana lacatan underneath the ice cream to balance the flavors.

Another kind of affogato that they made me try is their B-52. It consists of housemade Triple Sec + Irish Cream with orange zests and their 2401 espresso. I highly suggest ordering this affogato if you want something strong.

For their espressos, Shih made me try their Dirty White (150php) and Latte (145php). Their Dirty White consists of ristretto over iced milk. Their Dirty White is a perfect drink for those people who came from the scorching heat and just wants to feel refreshed. Their Latte, on the other hand, has the right balance to it. It is not too strong, which I highly recommend.

Dirty White

Latte

For their Craft Tea, I was able to try their Dirty White V2 (150php). I am a big fan of craft teas and I highly recommend their Dirty White V2. This drink is perfect for non-coffee drinkers. It consists of 24-hr cold brewed Earl Grey tea with shaken iced milk.

Dirty White V2

Aside from espressos and craft teas, they also have different selections of craft juice sodas, milkshakes, handmade coffee and food.

With the selection of food and drinks they have, you can expect that Firefly Coffee will get known in the industry. You can trust Aldrich and his team to whip you up with quality drinks which will make you see third wave coffee in a different light.

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Food

A Festive Celebration in Ilustrado Restaurant

December 7, 2017

Ilustrado is a fine dining restaurant tucked in the hidden walls of Intramuros. This fine dining restaurant serves Spanish-Filipino dishes. Since 1989, they make sure to serve food that is top-notch and can pass as world-class.

The ambiance of Ilustrado brings you back to the past. It is evident through the architectural design of the place and its setup. The place will make you feel like you’ve experienced what it is like to be in during our grandparent’s time. They can also cater to your events. With that said, it is perfect not only for tourists but also for those who enjoys food and culture.

E X P E R I E N C E

Christina and EJay invited me to this event and I am glad I said yes. All of the bloggers who attended this event got the chance to meet the owners, Bea and Bernice Pimentel. Their goal is to introduce Ilustrado to the millennial market since it is usually our parents and grandparents who knows about Ilustrado. Since Christmas is around the corner, Chef Bernice whipped out a course menu that is perfect for a festive celebration.

While waiting for the other bloggers, we were served a bread basket with a few of their specialty dips. Among all the dips served, I would have to go for their Boursin Cheese (Php165, 4oz).

For our appetizer, we were served Baked Eggplant in Filo Pastry. I enjoyed this dish because I am a fan of eggplant. It also has white cheese which creates this creamy taste. Aside from white cheese, there’s also olive and sun-dried tomato.

Baked Eggplant w/ Filo Pastry

After the appetizer came the main entrée. These were the Paella Ilustrado, Stuffed Chicken Relleno, Adobong Bagnet w/ Taba ng Talangka, Callos Madrilena, Twice Cooked Angus Beef Shortplate and Pasta Espanyola.

Among all the main dishes served, I would have to go for their Paella Ilustrado (Php 1,295) and Stuffed Chicken Relleno. Their Paella Ilustrado consists of the ingredients for a typical paella but they added local annato for a twist. I would definitely get Ilustrado’s Paella over Barcino. Their Stuffed Chicken Relleno consists of chicken relleno with tomatoes and banana on it. The way the chicken was cooked was splendid. I could still remember the taste of the chicken on my mouth.

Paella Ilustrado

Stuffed Chicken Relleno

Lastly, we had our dessert which consists of Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies, Baked Cheesecake and Chocolate Fudge Cake.

What I love about their cookies is that it’s not too sweet nor sugary. Improvements can be done on the Matcha Cookie. I was trying to look for the actual taste and look of the matcha cookie.  With their cakes, I would have to go for their Baked Cheesecake. I am not exactly fond of cakes but there’s something about this cheesecake that would make me want to get another serving. I highly recommend their Baked Cheesecake.

Ilustrado Restaurant is a perfect place to have a date or family gathering. Their food may be pricey but it is worth it and good for sharing.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

Address: 744 Calle Real del Palacio (Gen. Luna), Intramuros, Manila 1002, Philippines

Contact: 5273674 / +639399206822

E-mail: catering@ilustradorestaurant.com.ph

Facebook: Ilustrado Restaurant

Instagram: @ilustradorestaurant

Ilustrado Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food

Jeepney Stop Restaurant in Boracay

January 16, 2017

In the Philippines, the main mode of transportation is the jeepney. Jeepneys were made from U.S. Military jeeps from World War II. As the U.S. was starting to leave the Philippines, they sold these jeepneys to the Filipinos. Filipinos would start to accommodate passengers and decorate the jeepneys with vibrant colors.

In its present time, jeepneys are not only used as transportation. You can even see it in restaurants.  The concept of putting jeepneys in restaurants started with Gerry’s Jeepney. Located in Maginhawa, they would let their customers have the option to eat inside the jeep and do it “kamayan” style. Another restaurant that has the jeepney theme is Jeepney Stop.

Jeepney Stop Restaurant – D’Mall Boracay

Jeepney Stop is a new restaurant in Boracay. Located at D’Mall, they serve Filipino dishes and turned the jeepney into a bar area. When we saw this restaurant, my mom’s officemates and I thought that the owner of Gerry’s Jeepney also owns this branch. We decided to give it a try.

The food we ordered were sisig, chicken kawali and calamansi tart. If I were to rate the food, I will have to give it a 3.5/5. The sisig was just alright. The sisig in Manam and Gerry’s Jeepney is much better. I would have to commend the chicken kawali. It had a flavorful taste to it and made me want to eat more. For the calamansi tart, there was this refreshing feel to it and it was yummy as per my mom’s officemate.

Jeepney Stop is a restaurant that is perfect for Instagram-worthy pictures. But when it comes to the food, don’t expect me to come back soon. And ifever I do get back to eat here, for sure the chicken kawali will be the one I will order again.

Food

Lime & Basil Thai Restaurant

May 11, 2016

Tagaytay holds a special place in my heart. Ever since I was a kid, we would usually go up to Tagaytay and have family bonding with my other cousins and relatives. With our bondings, we would usually go to different kinds of restaurants within the area. As we grew older, we didn’t get to have the time to go up to Tagaytay because tourists are starting to flock in and it seems to be the same restaurants all over again.

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, the parents and I decided to have an early celebration knowing that there would be a lot of people who would be celebrating this special occasion as well. We wanted a place where we haven’t tried eating in, something healthy and fulfilling and a hidden place where no one seems to really have discovered about it. Lime & Basil Thai Restaurant fits these categories very well.

Lime & Basil is a Thai restaurant and located at Alfonso, Cavite. This restaurant is near Marcia Adams & Ville Sommet. The gate of this restaurant can be found at your right side. You can only dine in this restaurant through reservation. But, I was able to ask the waiter if it is possible to do a walk-in. You can do a walk-in but during weekends and/or if the reservation list isn’t full.

I am glad I chose the right restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day. As we went inside the venue, a big patio is located at your left side. At the back of the restaurant is their garden where they personally grow and handpick their ingredients. You can also buy through their small store located inside the restaurant.

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For our dinner, we ordered the ff: Fresh Spring Rolls (240), Lime & Basil Salad (290), Soft Shelled Crab and Chicken. The food that we ordered was just right for the 3 of us. There was nothing new to the taste – typical Thai food. But what made it different is the ambiance of the place. Since we went there during the night time, the wind was cool and it was a good day to eat Thai food that time. The prices were just right as well. We would be glad to go back & experience Lime & Basil’s different dishes.

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Lime & Basil’s FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/Lime-and-Basil-Thai-Restaurant-195949750479572/?fref=ts

Contact Number: 09156276393

Address: 9014 J. Rizal Street, Baranggay Sicat, Alfonso, Tagaytay City