121 – On Celebrating With Mama’s Cooking: Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen, UP Town Center

CJ and I have a tradition of treating our younger siblings out; last time we did so, it was at Gino's Brick Oven Pizza at the Podium. We opted for something nearer this time, however. Given that all four of us wanted some Italian fare, Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen over at UP Town Center was … Continue reading 121 – On Celebrating With Mama’s Cooking: Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen, UP Town Center

120 – On Global Coffee Just Around The Corner: Equatorial Coffee, F. Dela Rosa Street

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Upon checking with a college acquaintance based in Loyola Heights and the restaurant's Zomato page, Equatorial Coffee has indeed closed and another establishment -- Butcher's Cafe -- has taken its place. Timestamp: 17 February 2020, 15:47. I've been frequenting the Katipunan area for the past few Sundays, mainly because I've been bringing CJ … Continue reading 120 – On Global Coffee Just Around The Corner: Equatorial Coffee, F. Dela Rosa Street

114 – On Pursuing Pork Loin Steaks: Tokyo Tonteki, UP Town Center

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: This establishment is already defunct; thus, its original address was never indicated in this entry. However, you can visit Tokyo Tonteki's Greenbelt branch – the only remaining one – at 2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City 1226.) UP Town Center has been a noticeable presence along Katipunan Avenue, ever since its inception in … Continue reading 114 – On Pursuing Pork Loin Steaks: Tokyo Tonteki, UP Town Center

102 – On Eating And Reliving The 90s: Wooden Spoon, Katipunan Avenue

(EDIT: Confirming that this establishment is officially defunct after seeing the storefront. Wooden Spoon's Katipunan Avenue branch has closed. Also forgot to mention that the Kapitolyo branch has long shuttered. Timestamp: 9 November 2017, 07:54 am.) (AUTHOR'S NOTE: All pictures in this post courtesy of CJ Andres.) Before I begin, I would like to ask … Continue reading 102 – On Eating And Reliving The 90s: Wooden Spoon, Katipunan Avenue

97 – On New Takes On Ice Cream Sandwiches: Triptych 13

Let me share my earliest memory of ice cream sandwiches, though I'm sure most of you have experienced this in your younger days. My childhood friends and I would eagerly wait for the sorbetero (ice cream vendor) to arrive at around 4:00 in the afternoon; he sold sorbetes—the so-called “dirty ice cream”—perfect for a treat … Continue reading 97 – On New Takes On Ice Cream Sandwiches: Triptych 13