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The Nook Cafe with Harry Potter (and the Maginhawa Hub)

Disappointment is a tough concept to predict, we’ve learned throughout our travels, primarily because it largely depends on the level of expectation that has grown root in one’s mind. What may be disappointing to some may be outstanding to others. What may be disappointing to someone may have been satisfactory to the same person if the expectation was correctly set. We’ve been badly burned by resorts and destinations that are made to glitter like diamonds in their websites, only to find a lump of semi-precious stone. We didn’t set any expectation when we set out to search for The Nook, coffee and books. Continue reading The Nook Cafe with Harry Potter (and the Maginhawa Hub)

Photo of the Day: Alamid Coffee

Some things are wonderfully confusing. For instance, Ms. Chelsea M. Portillano says she likes “taking naps and eating pizza” yet she’s gone all the way to Sagada to try, not pizza, but civet cat coffee — better known as kapeng alamid in the Philippines. Then there’s alamid coffee itself, which is more expensive than ordinary coffee yet, in the words of Chelsea, is “made from undigested coffee beans from civet cat poop! Basically, I’m drinking poop!” Thanks, Chelsea, for being so adorably graphic. It’s expensive because you don’t encounter a civet cat on a daily basis and collecting the coffee beans (stuck in that civet “stuff”) it’s not really a walk in the park. It is said to taste good because the stomach enzymes of the civet cat seeps into the coffee bean, giving it a totally awesome taste (if you’ve tried it, please tell us how you’d rate the taste). Not for the weak of heart (or, more properly, weak stomach). Here’s an awesome photo (click to enlarge) of the civet coffee served in an immaculately-clean white cup, with the civet, uhm, “stuff” at the left side. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Alamid Coffee

Take Two at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City

Love is sweeter the second time around. We can start a whole new round of debate on whether love is indeed sweeter the second time around, but we’d rather focus on something else: food. Is food better the second time around? We’ve visited Bag of Beans before, you see, and we’re trying to figure out if things have changed for the better. Continue reading Take Two at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City

The Famous Calamansi Muffin of Real Coffee and Tea Cafe (Boracay)

There’s an abundance of food choices in Boracay. Which is just great, considering the expected heavy loss of calories after the endless physical activities during the day. And through the night. Visitors from the metro will immediately notice the disturbing fact that almost all, if not all, the major food chains and restaurants in the metro are now in Boracay. The reverse, however, is not true — you cannot find many of the home-grown Boracay food offerings back in the metro. Take the Calamanci Muffin of Real Coffee and Tea Cafe, for instance. Continue reading The Famous Calamansi Muffin of Real Coffee and Tea Cafe (Boracay)

Cheesecake and Kapeng Barako at Bag of Beans (Tagaytay)

A bag of beans. This phrase doesn’t sound much. It may conjure memories of making addition and subtraction more visual in earlier learning, with the old-fashioned bag of beans as a tool. It may conjure other things to different folks. For me, it’s linked with cheesecake, kapeng barako and a relaxing place to consume the two. It’s found in Tagaytay. Continue reading Cheesecake and Kapeng Barako at Bag of Beans (Tagaytay)