Sweet Tooth Heaven at Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe

“What started off as a family pastime for a mother and daughter tandem has now developed into a full fledged bakery café business with the aim of satisfying our customers’ cravings for traditional home cooked meals and fresh out of the oven pastries and baked goodies. Prepared with only the freshest ingredients and no preservatives, much care is taken in order to make sure that every dish that comes out of our kitchen stimulates your palate and leaves you with a sense of comfort and satisfaction only good food can provide.”

It is said that to truly understand something, we must know its past. This is why we’ve started this post by quoting a portion Mom and Tina’s official story from its website.

And this is why we now know why food tastes great at Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe.

On second thought, it’s actually not “that’s why we know”, but more of “now it makes sense the food tastes great” at Mom and Tina’s. We didn’t get the chance to read that writeup before we went to Mom and Tina’s along Katipunan Avenue, at the 2nd floor of Regis Center in front of Ateneo.

Hmmm, on “third” thought (if such a phrase exists), it’s not “now it makes sense”, it’s more of “it doesn’t have to make sense why the food tastes so good”.

Pardon me if I’m bumbling. This is exactly how it felt when we were at the restaurant, er, Bakery Cafe, of Mom and Tina’s. It was my first time to try out this place so I allowed my companions, all veterans of this sweet tooth haven, to choose the items for dessert. There are complete meals in Mom and Tina’s, but we just came from the adjacent BonChon Chicken, so it was all dessert business.

It’s like how a kid feels in a candy store. It would be like, “WOOOWWWW!! Mini Mango Cream Pie!!! Oh, look! Look!! There’s the Mini Strawberry Cheesecake!!! Can I have those? And, wow, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, chocolate, arggghhh. I want all of those!!!”

Each ounce of self-control had to be summoned to keep my composure; all the years of zen mind training paid off. I had to maintain a certain degree of Metro Gwapo, to use the MMDA term which is supposed to connote urbanidad.

A quick survey of all the tables here reveal a higher tier of the market. I really don’t know if it’s because the establishment simply attracts this kind of clientele or because it’s located in a location surrounded by Ateneo, Miriam College, the famous La Vista subdivision, and UP. Well, maybe not UP, but you get the drift.

Mom and Tina’s feels like a cozy kitchen in a loving home. There’s the crisp aroma that hangs in the air, pulling a sweet-tooth person by the tooth, er, nose. It’s clean and cuddly-warm; it’s tempting to get a pillow and curl on the floor after the first bite of dessert.

And the display of dessert goodies, well, how do I put it. It’s like your favorite cookie in a clear cookie jar. It’s hard to resist lifting the cover, preparing to put your hand inside the lid to grab a cookie, but then a whap fills the silent air. Your mother has just hit your hand, wagging her finger, saying, “You’ve eaten 20 cookies, that’s enough for today!”

We were told that Dulce De Leche Chocolate Cake is a bestseller. We’re not surprised that it’s a bestseller because it tastes great. However, it crumbles when cut by the fork (or knife, spoon or what you use to cut it) and we prefer our chocolate cake to be really moist.

The Mini Mango Cream Pie and the Mini Mango Cream Pie are just so heavenly. Might as well not go to Mom and Tina’s if you’re not going to try these. By the time we got to the cupcakes and the brownies, we already had our fill of dessert goodness for the rest of year.

On second thought, let’s say “we already had our fill of dessert goodness for the rest of the week” so we can go back and visit Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe ASAP. On “third” thought (again, if there’s such a concept), we love to go back tomorrow. So, you see, it’s not to be taken lightly (pun intended). We strongly recommend that you think twice (or thrice) before stepping inside this place because once you’re in, you’re hooked. And that’s a good thing.

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