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Caffe Puccini at the Fort Strip

Cafe Puccini..

I love places that have an incredible history.
I love the Italian way of life, I love the food,
I love the people, I love the attitudes of Italian.
~Sir Elton John~

My foodie buddy and I were thinking of where to dine-out come Sunday of this particular week. We ended up at the Fort Strip and opted to try this authentic Italian Restaurant on this corner block somewhere in Bonifacio Global city.

Welcoming and attractive...

Welcoming and attractive…

From the inside...

From the inside…

Adorned...

Adorned…

Cafe Puccini reflects all that is Italian, without you reading it’s name, you will know instantly that it’s an Italian restaurant. There are murals everywhere depicting some icons of Italy. Various knick-knacks are all over the place giving us a hint of Italy.

Entrance...

Entrance…

They specifically themed their interiors like it’s the 1920s.

We actually found ourselves craving for pastas and pizzas. And so we ordered those for this late Sunday lunch. I must say it is a place that will satisfy all your Italian cravings. Skipping the antipasti (the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal), zuppe (soup) and insalate (salad). They have a wide selection to choose from and are partnered with premium wines. Pastas are of different kinds: penne, spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, gnocchi, fettuccine to name a few.

This vintage pasta maker caught my attention and I visualized how the chef was forming its’ dough and laid it there to create pastas in different shapes moreso spaghettis! =)

Pasta maker...

Pasta maker…

As we wait for our orders, our eyes were already filled with experience of Italy. Each item that you see in all corners and walls are reminiscent of what a typical authentic Italian restaurant is.

The bar...

The bar…

To the kitchen...

To the kitchen…

West wing...

West wing…

East wing...

East wing…

I am always amazed with chalk written menu boards..

I am always amazed with chalk written menu boards..

The feel is truly there, even in their menus, and even if some terms are unheard of, I didn’t have a hard time recalling them as I encountered them in my recipe books and other Italian restaurants in the Philippines.

Is he Mr. Puccini? (--,)

Is he Mr. Puccini? (–,)

I even saw their Sommelier assisting this couple across our table as she removes the cork from the wine bottle with a vintage cork borer. As she poured the sauvignon wine to their glasses, it clearly shows, she was trained to do that.

I have estimated that the inside of this restaurant can accommodate more than 50 guests, I especially loved their deep-buttoned scarlet upholstery on their “settee”.

Scarlet buttoned seats...

Scarlet buttoned seats…

And the patio outside can sit more or less than 30 guests.

Their chands...

Their chands…

Having been to many different Italian restaurants including Guiseppe’s in Tacloban City, where the Italian owner mans the place himself, interacts with his guests and reminds me of those wedges and logs of cheeses in their display chiller. He would normally boasts that he bought them himself directly from Italy.

Cafe Puccini on the other hand minus the Italian owner to entertain you, created an Italian ambience like no other.

Most of the guests at that time are foreigners. It was such a good time to bond with one of my best buddies who loves to eat just like me. She had her favorite seafood: lobsters. And ordered for black raviolis filled with minced lobsters’ meat topped with tomato sauce with chunks of lobsters too.

Black Raviolis and lobsters..

Black Raviolis and lobsters..

We shared with each other 10 slices of pizza Italiana with ricotta cheese which aroma I can smell as the waitress was about to bring it on our table. It was topped with salami that are lightly spicy and so the menu said.

Pizza Italiana...

Pizza Italiana…

Since we are not wine persons, we ordered for their bottomless iced tea that comes with a slice of lemon which enhanced its’ flavor. Just like saying what’s an iced tea without the lemon slice?

Thirst quenching...

Thirst quenching…

This late lunch at Cafe Puccini was satiating and we left the place with happy tummies.

I want to try their steak too!

I want to try their steak too!

Not to forget mentioning the complimentary breads neatly placed on a basket with 2 kinds of spreads. A pate and tomato salsa.

Pate and Salsa...

Pate and Salsa…

Buonissimo! (–,)

ps

They showed us their big display chiller with their specialty cakes lining-up and introduced us to each. Since we were craving for frozen yogurt since last week. We opted to give in to our indulgence and got this salted caramel flavored yogurt. Five toppings in all. Yey! ❤ And that is guiltless bliss! (–,)

Guiltless...

Guiltless…

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The Mind Museum – Amusing minds…

The Mind Museum – Amusing minds… 

“The painter has the universe in his mind and hands.” 
~Leonardo da Vinci~

If there’s a prize for the Filipino children of this generation. I must say its’ the museums kept intact in the Philippines like The Mind Museum.

It is classic and at the same time uber modern mix of art and science intricately rolled up into one, as if the other can’t do without the other. Moreso, a museum that makes us enjoy the best of both worlds.

The first time I went there, I was reminded of Enchanted Kingdom. There’s a wristband as pass with stickers that’s not as hard to peel off like those in Enchanted Kingdom. There’s an inviting souvenir shop acting like magnets attracting you to visit and bring home something as literally a souvenir.

I can’t recall if there’s a turnstile and upon venturing inside, it was truly awesome. For kids who are the hungriest to discover things that are still new to them, this place is like a beauty, dropping jaws, and shrieks of different kinds you will hear the whole time of your exploration. It is definitely a “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” thing.

Observing the other guests, especially the kids (and the ones who are kids at heart) I see them having fun the whole time.

I’m no so sure, how long this museum was constructed. Though, I am so sure, each work of art were carefully planned and executed – to painstakingly come up with this amusing chance for us to re-discover things that have been tackled when we were still in school is truly colossal. Museums nowadays are evolving. I am anticipating more modern stuff to come for the new generation to surmise and and expect in anticipation. By that time, ours is going to be part of the past already.

Creativity is a word that you can always yoke with this museum. The signage’s, the presentations, the series (or maybe I haven’t seen foreign museums yet though I see them in Google too) the concept and design is orderly and mindfully brought into being.

If I may, I am suggesting to all parents to encourage their kids into visiting the past, the present and their tomorrows by visiting museums such as this. It’s an experience they will really flip over and remember with a smile. It will stimulate their senses, help them be smarter in class and be able to correlate related subjects and be able to expound on a specific subject since they’ve seen the “What, How and Where” (and when) that were showcased in “The Mind Museum”. It is definitely gratifying. Come and see and let their senses(all of it) be awaken.

Please take a peep:

Art BGC 2013...

Art BGC 2013…

Camwhoring!

Camwhoring!

Hypnotizing..

Hypnotizing..

Butterflies!

Butterflies!

Big fish!

Big fish!

..did they really look like that?

..did they really look like that?

Huge!

Huge!

The human brain..

The human brain..

Deoxyribonucleic acid..

Deoxyribonucleic acid..

Mind power..

Mind power..

My favorite..listened to my heart..

My favorite..listened to my heart..

Philippines flora and fauna...

Philippines flora and fauna…

Sir Neil..

Sir Neil..

Baby astro..

Baby astro..

Cute!!!!

Cute!!!!

I remember this is our first car. The Volkswagen..

I remember this is our first car. The Volkswagen..

Series..

Series..

I enjoyed this!

I enjoyed this!

BOOOOKKKSSSS!!!!!

BOOOOKKKSSSS!!!!!

love this!

love this!

Vintage lanterns..My papa kept one just like that blue one..(which I painted violet!)

Vintage lanterns..My papa kept one just like that blue one..(which I painted violet!)

My zone!(--,)

My zone!(–,)

Kaleidoscope!

Kaleidoscope!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder..

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder..

A vintage press..

A vintage press..

Jurassic mode..

Jurassic mode..

If I am to post all of my photos, they’re more than a hundred. Please visit for a more personal encounter. There’ll be no regrets!