Cocina peruvia

You have to taste a culture to understand it. – Deborah Cater

I know its been years that Peruvian cuisine have been introduced to the Philippines.

Trivia:

Did you know that potatoes before are considered only as livestock feed in Europe until French chemist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier began serving dishes made from the tubers at his lavish banquets. His guests then were convinced that potatoes were fit for human consumption. The varieties used in Europe and most of the world, however, derive from a subspecies indigenous to Peruvian Andes, namely Solanum tuberosum.

I remember one of my colleagues telling me to be more adventurous when it comes to trying dishes that I am not familiar of. And I really thank her for telling me that, each new taste I’ve tried and discovered is so exciting, it buoyed me into trying more.

I came across Cocina Peruvia from their very enticing Instagram account, and fell in love with their Galera de Chocolate, it is so pretty and I can’t wait to have the actual thing in front of me.

Galera de Chocolate: Baked chocolate tart with dark chocolate ganache, topped with salty blue (or purple) chips and dried figs. 

So, finally, we made it. Looking at their menu list, I really am confused as to what I am having because everything looks so delicious. As a blogger, I should invite more friends to dine with me because if its’ just me and Jen (my foodie/ travel buddy), we can only consume as much.

So what we’ve had are these:

I had Anticucho de Pollo, it came with Chimichurri and Aji Anticucho sauce.

I actually can’t forget those two flavorful condiments. They really enhanced the taste of chicken that was really tender and a hint of smokey flavor coming through.

We actually requested for additional chimichuri, later we found out, we can buy from the bottles. =)

While according to Jen, she really enjoyed her Seafood pasta because everything she’s craving were on it. And the taste of them all layered together was really exquisite.

we instantly loved our starters, the mixed Patacones.

And since I can’t do without rice, we tried their Cilantro chicken rice as recommended by their attendant being one of their best sellers.

Don’t forget to squeeze that slice of lime. =)

And I must concur with their recommendation, I definitely love the Cilantro rice. We all know for a fact that Cilantro has a very strong pungent flavor, though their version is mildly and tastefully translated. We totally forget the word “diet”.

And this for our dessert. =)

I can’t find the right word to describe what’s it like after we dined, let’s just say it via a hashtag: #happytummy

I told you it’s purple. =)

Interiors/ Ambiance

You will find the many colors and patterns of Peru creating a festive feel. =)

Next time we visit, we agreed to try Ceviche for Jen which is one of Peru’s staple dishes, the Lomo saltado for me and those attractive Brochetas. Oh, they have their versions of pizza too! =)

Hats off to Chef Him Uy de Baron, clients will keep coming back to Cocina Peruvia. =)

Their addresses:

  • Fifth Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Ground Floor, Bonifacio One Technology Tower, Rizal Drive Corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Level 2, Ayala Malls – Vertis North, Quezon City

Little Flour Café

Little Flour Café

“Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone, It had to be made like bread, remade all the time, made new.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin~

It was just accidental that I discovered Little Flour Café, it is the brainchild of Wild Flour Cafe, that charming country-style bakery which instantly became famous for the Cronut (Crossant + Donut) craze as they were the first one to do it, but I remember a hotel in Makati did Dossant (Donut + Crossant) too. Still, they captured the discriminating taste of Filipinos (4 branches in less than 3 years) but with some tweaks that are intentionally executed to create a signature distinction, still, both has achieved the same recognizable theme.

Very country-side signage.

“Off-mall.”

However, it saddened me when the “Pistachio Au lait” isn’t available during our visit.

Originally, I was eager to witness how those chairs were hung and instantly created a different and unique form of art.

One of my fascinations.

It isn’t peak yet, there are a few guests in some tables, so I was free to have my photo taken with those hanging chairs. You know how much I love chairs!

It’s almost lunch, so we kinda have like a brunch:

I had my mushroom bowl, it is packed with roasted mushroom, pickled vegetables, grains with fried egg. It is a bit spicy for me but I can manage. Besides, I am in front of half a dozen sweets ordered for me by my other-half.

My mushroom bowl…

They also do coffee art. You can even request your name be spelled on it. =)

Latte art. =)

These pastries that we personally choose from the display area, with an attendant who helped us decide by describing each and what sells best, so we came up with 5 different items. Both of us love “ube” (purple yam) so we get that one too. They call it “Ube Bomboloni”. Bombolini are doughnuts in Italy.

Neatly arranged goodies.

Are those flowers for sale too?

There are jams too. =)

Almost half a dozen goodies in front of us.

A very simple menu board.

There is a waiting area furnished with different types of chairs, in anticipation of guests waiting to be sitted while waiting during peak hours.

Nice chairs.

With its’ cozy interiors and well-appointed furniture, it is surely a place to linger with both colleagues and friends. And of course with a loved-one. =)

=)

PS

They also have special wines and beers. =)

But no Blue moon. =( Just Stellas.

Little Flour Café is at the ground level of World Plaza Building, 4th Avenue, corner 31st. Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

         You can contact them at 02-777-7383. They’re open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm                 daily.

And they call it “Brekkie”!

And they call it “Brekkie”!

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” ~John Gunther~

Nowadays, I hear things that I don’t practically understand, millennial terms that I need to ask my son its’ meaning even how it is pronounced. He helps me update my vocabulary especially that I blog/ write. Like “rad” (cool or edgy), “meme”, “sepanx”, “salty”, “fleek”, “bae”, “adulting”, “chill”, “squad goals”, “instagrammable”, “yolo” or “fomo”, “FC” (feeling close), to mention a few.

There’s one term that I’m really loving lately: “Brekkie!”

I see it everywhere!

So since I’m loving this word, and literally loving having it, I might as well blog about it, I only have a few photos as references, but I’ll start collecting. You may contribute and add one here if you wish so, and I’ll try it if time (and budget) permits me!

Thanks in advance! =)

My birthday breakfast! ❤ sausage, pepperoni, bacon, sauteed mustard leaves, and sunny side-up. =)
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That famous “Spam” puts smile on our faces, my son used to ask what is it about Spam, it tastes so good for so many.
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And another we really love is bacon! =) Dried fish or “dilis” with tomatoes is a winner for me too. =)
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We aren’t much of a corned beef lover unless it’s our preferred brand: Purefoods. =)
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Hotdogs have always been a favorite. Let’s face it, it’s been there since we’re still kids.
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And pancakes are better when you put some cheese bits on the batter. Try it! =)
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Pork tapa specially done (and marinated for a few days) by my late father is one of  our favorites too!
I loved the mushrooms from “The Gardens”…
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I had this on our first day at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan.
While this happens to be a breakfast buffet at “Rustic Mornings” in Marikina.
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Bad Late night breakfast… #chicharonbulaklak
From “Just like Home”…=)
Sulyap Gallery Cafe
Acua Verde, Batangas
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And my favorite bacon & cheese omelet from Sunrise buckets…=)
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2 kinds: Dangit and longganiza at Casa Almarenzo, Bolinao, Pangasinan
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Purple tree. A simple breakfast composed of rolls and mushroom omelet paired with hot chocolate and coffee.. =)
Daing na bangus from Pancake house. =)
Omelet from Pancake house! =)
From the “Morning After”. #alldaybreakfast

Jen my foodie buddie promised me weeks ago that she will treat me to another breakfast place: “Eggs for Breakfast”, she has spotted it on her way home to Antipolo and we’ve been meaning to visit it soonest. And definitely I shall add it here. =) I recently found one in Alabang too, “Bean & Yolk”.  Any suggestions please? =)

Come on to “ANDALE”! =)

Come on to Andale!

“Eating is one of the great beauties in life. One of my favorite recreations… Eating with friends, the service, the ambiance.” ~Leroy Neiman~

One of the good things I like best in my country is the wide choices it can offer when you wanted to give in to your cravings.

I have been postponing a trip to Enchanted kingdom (heaven knows I only wanted to eat Chimichanga there and meet my old friends) for several reasons.

Luckily, I found the nearest option at SM Aura. Foodie buddy and I found “Andale by Agave” literally on top of this faddish mall in BGC (Bonifacio Global City) which honestly I haven’t gotten around yet the whole of it since its’ conception a few years ago.

We found Andale from their touch-screen mall guides and the name itself denoted that I finally found what I’m looking for. Yey!

So off we headed to the Sky park. There are other choices of course, there’ s Lugang cafe, Coca and Mesa. Foodie buddy asked me if there’s a slim chance that I changed my mind and showed me the other places. As she herself didn’t have any cravings at that time, all she knows is she’s hungry. And we just had soft pretzels (coated in cinnamon sugar) a few minutes ago! =)

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We’re here!!!!

Be that as it may, the chimichanga won’t stop rocking and rolling in my mind. Oh, cravings!

their spread
Time to choose!

The place is quite puny, probably just over a dozen can be accommodated on peak hours. We had ours on the corner, with bench on the side of the wall and single seaters fronting it.

andale interiors
Not that big..

andale lights
Attractive ceiling fixtures..

And yes, I ordered for my chimichangas. I had it called in advance as Jen is still determining whether she will get burritos or quesadillas or both. Lol!

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I have this like crush on Mexican food, really…

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But it’ll always be chimichanga!

pepper sauce extra hot
It says: extra hot!

And both of us are contemplating on getting nachos, when the attendant brought us a tray of it as complimentary. Wow!

nachos
Those are 3 kinds of sauces: A milder one, one that is the usual and staple, and one that’s super hot!

Besides as my order arrived, it is quite big and I might not be able to consume all of it if I’ll get another like the Nacho grande that is I guess good for more than 3 pax.

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My chimis with a very nice sour cream..

For the drink, we both enjoyed each of our preferred variants, Jen had yellow mango shake and I had the avocado shake. As expected: “Hi, simple syrup for my shake please.” And wish granted right away.

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Jen chose mango and I had avocado…

I asked Jen how is her quesadillas, she enjoyed it that much becausethe cheese inside are mozarellas. There are 3 degrees of spiciness forthe salsa which they will ask you to choose and it fits my palate andhers. I got the mild one and she got the second one, the one with “budra” spice (which originated from India), that pungent spice used for curries. The third one? It is super hot! And I didn’t dare to try it.

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Buen provecho!

I like the sour cream. I like the mozarellas inside my chimis too. I like the baked beans (there’s a lot!), and I like the mild salsa. I wasn’t forced to eat something I don’t really like but I have to because that is just the way it is. Here, they provided me options.

I’m really happy with my chimichangas. I can now delay another visit to the park.

Plus, they’ve got a wide array of spirits too!

tequila
Only from Mexico..

Andale by Agave is located at: Sky Park, Fifth Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 Road Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. They also deliver, you can contact them at: 828-0355.

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Those colorful chips reminded me of the violet nachos from Enchanted kingdom. =)

Black Canyon coffee.. =)

Black Canyon Coffee

“Coffee and friends, make the perfect blend.”

We just need coffee. Period. And we landed at Black canyon coffee.

Facade..
Facade..

I had my usual doze but with Oreos this time.

Mine for a change..
Mine for a change..

Foodie buddy, had her caramel. As usual.

Jen's as usual is caramel flavor..
Jen’s as usual is caramel flavor..

The place was cool. They actually have a wide variety of dishes to choose from. We thought it’s just coffee since their name is Black canyon coffee.

Looked like American restaurant at first..
Looked like American restaurant at first..

They have beef, pork, chicken, fish, even prawn, crabs and sausages. Teas and ice creams too.

However, it's a Thai restaurant..
However, it’s a Thai restaurant..

Theirs is complete with starters like soups, salads as appetizers. They have sandwiches too. Pasta. Rice dishes. And noodles. And of course desserts.

I was only looking for blueberry cheesecake to complement my coffee however they run out of stock during our visit.

Jen is a natural freak. Her vociferous rantings since our favorite cake is not available didn’t upset me at all. Moving forward, it was such a sunny day.

Al fresco..=)
Al fresco..=)

Had we are not still full from a hefty lunch, we could have tried some from their extensive menu and compensate for the dessert we’ve always wanted.

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Here?

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Or here?

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Loved the pillow..

Anyway, we just needed coffee. And we had something from Thailand.

Thai coffee..
Thai coffee..

BCC has more than 200 branches in Thailand.
This is the answer to my question why most of the items in their menu are spicy.

There will always be a next time. I’m eyeing to try their stir-fried noodles. =) Or “Bagoong rice”. It is fried rice with shrimp paste. Yum! =)

Till then.

We were at their Taguig branch: Mc Kinley Hills Ground Floor, Tuscany Bldg., Mckinley Hill, Taguig.

They also have one in Las Pinas, at SM Southmall.