Here we go again, to antonio’s! =)

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The secret to living well is to eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.

Tibetan Proverb

It’s my only son’s birthday, and this time, we choose to dine at: Breakfast at Antonio’s. When it comes to picking a restaurant to bring loved-ones, my first choice is Tagaytay. Name it, they have it. It also gives comfort that they have recovered in no time after the eruption of Taal Volcano earlier this year. Not only that, the pandemic took its’ toll on most food businesses, some even had to shut down.

And when it comes to these three qualifications of mine: Good food, service and interior design. Any individual will of course look for good food when it comes to choosing restaurants. Next then is service when every concern is addressed with a smile. And not only what pleases our tummies but our eyes as well. I’d go for interiors. What I mentioned above have consistently met by Antonio’s.

The challenge here is going there and how are we going to enjoy eating out in pandemic times.

It was a surprise that it took us longer to get there, given that it is a weekend, we still expected that there”ll be less traffic. However, Tagaytay must have been loved by so many, most known food spots are on queue. To cut sharing this experience short, when sitted, we placed our orders from their menu without the traditional menu. We were directed to their menu from their website so as to limit contracting the famous virus.

For my son, he got Beef Tapa in Soya Garlic Semi-Sweet Marinated Sirloin, Kimchi Fried Rice (mild spice) and some beans which he gave to me. =p

It’s funny that we consumed first, this Apple crumble while waiting for our food. As usual, it didn’t take them more than 15 minutes to serve all of our orders.

Jen took the Housemade tortillas. With seven different dips. Green Salsa, tomato salsa, cheese sauce, guacamole, red Beans, ground beef and Jalapeños.

And just in time when we finished it, to our delight, all of our food were served. My original choice would take 20 minutes to serve so I had to make a second choice.

Apparently, I opted for pizza and it was everyone’s favorite especially my son.

Meatloaf for Gracee. =)

Jen’s roasted chicken and fries.

This soup came with waffles.

We opted for their specialty juice blends knowing they’ve been using the freshest fruits from different farms in Tagaytay. And because we were having coffee at Bag of Beans after. =)

Look how elegantly they do their packaging. ❤

Please keep in touch for my next blog: Bag of Beans =)

Believe me, there are other sumptuous dishes in their menu and it’s really just a matter of choosing your favorites. All safety measures were practiced, there are sanitizers and tissues in every corner. And time and again, I fell in love with their interiors, it’s my first time here at Breakfast at Antonio’s. And I’m so glad I did. =)

From where we park, is this. All of their locations has this signature name at the back of the restaurant giving guests a good view of the Taal volcano.

The Antonio’s Group of Restaurants is a Filipino owned restaurant. Setting forth gastronomic experience to its’ clientele.

It is located at Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Barangay, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite. You can contact them at:  (046) 413 0738.

Cafe ALEZON – Keeping on the quest for the best

Cafe Alezon – Keeping on the quest for the best…

“A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.”
~Thomas Keller~

<And I think, that place, wherever it is, must possess a soul too>.

For the foodies in us, it is more often that we tend to compare one preparation from another. The way it is presented. Its’ taste. And of course its’ impact on our budget.

In our search for a nachos salad that will excite us in a different way as we’ve tried more than a dozen. We ended up in this secluded Mediterranean themed restaurant in BF Paranaque. It still is a part of the Food Mecca which BF Paranaque is known for. It has been part of my bucket list for places loved by foodies. It is located at the farther part of BF Homes which connects to the other side of Las Pinas.

I actually wonder who started the progression of numerous queue of restaurants where guests couldn’t figure out who has the edge over the other. And they have it all. Pastry shops, American, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Coffee shops, name it. Believe me I couldn’t count them no more.

Honestly Cafe Alezon is enticing, not only because of that huge mural of one of my favorite artist from Mexico – Frida Kahlo. Which for me took center stage. While I am not the first one to blog about Cafe Alezon. Thanks to these bloggers who lead me to discover one such quaint place that offers delicious cuisine.

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There she is.

Most of those I’ve read were from artists (and foodies) like me. And it’s a colleague from Machuca tiles who encouraged me to visit and personally check their tiles at Cafe Alezon. So the reason why I need to go out of my way to go farther beyond Aguirre street is not only to satiate my tummy but to appreciate the decorative tiles (and the interiors itself, as a whole) which is all over the place and you can spot them even on their tables. If I didn’t mention in the past, I have once fallen in love with anything that’s black and white too. Floorings included. =)

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Those tiles are mesmerizing..

I must say that it was kinda tiring to reach the place by commuting. It’s just worth it when we arrived and the neon signage of all their best sellers welcomed us.

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Their facade is a head-turner..

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Interesting! =)

While waiting for our food, we were thrilled to take some photos to our hearts’ content. I must admit that I am so enthralled in seeing in actual this place that is loved by so many. Originally, my friend is  most proud to boast the one that they installed at Antonio’s in Tagaytay and I’ve been keeping it in my list for years now. Though, for now, Cafe Alezon is the one near at hand.

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Festive colors.. and intricacy..

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This door leads to the bigger dining area..

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Dining table with the Machuka tiles…=)

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And you will be welcomed by that smile upon entry..

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I had to capture the books so you’ll see how big these cups are like..

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Vintage stuff..

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Magical stuff..

So what we’ve had is of course their Nachos Y Salsa.

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Delicious!

The attendant offered this sauce to us and I forgot to ask if its strong and it was.

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Philippine-made..

Then, we also tried the Cookie shot. It is something worth a second or even a third try. And it is new to me.

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I guess I can consume three (or more) of this..

The Turon are with sweetened lanca which served as our dessert though this is something we can always prepare at home. It is nothing extra-ordinary like the one I’ve tried at Kanin club.

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A staple dessert in the Philippines..

For our drinks, we tried their brewed and Turkish coffee, another take of the third wave coffee beans.

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(–,)

The ambiance of the place has its’ old feel and gives the impression of the owner to be a lover of art, probably a coffee lover too and a frequent traveler. It is prevalent in the stuff displayed in all four corners. It looked like a mini art museum to me. =)

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Interiors are well-thought of.

Upon interviewing their attendants which courtesy and geniality aren’t canned. There are weekends where there are Art shows by a conclave of local Artists which draw more crowds.

When we came, there are 3 tables occupied inside and 1 outside. After staying for almost an hour, they are still there maybe due to the “homey” feel of the place and during that hour, guests come and go and when we’re about to leave, there’s already couple who are about to occupy the table that we’ve had.

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I definitely had a great time..

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Spell h-a-p-p-y! =)

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And happy tummy! =)

I actually wont mind if Jen will ask me to go back. Not just because of their love for art but because of the other items in their menu that sounds and looks interesting to me too. I am looking forward to try their pizza and paella.

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Didn’t hurt our pockets at all. =)

Envisioning this pursuit befittingly makes me a foodie… I don’t mind. =)

The PATISSERIE at Solaire Hotel

The PATISSERIE at Solaire Hotel

“Bakers make the world smell better.”

This is the day or should I say the night that we’ve been waiting for. We are going to watch “Les Miserables” at the theater of Solaire Hotel.

Solaire is just in front of City of Dreams which cab drivers calls it as COD, so we didn’t have a hard time getting there.

Before everything else. We need to feed our stomachs prior to feeding our eyes much so our soul.

We landed at “The Patisserie”.

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French pastries and cakes…

It didn’t allow us to look no further as the display of pastries in their chillers are so inviting and we actually had a hard time choosing as well.

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Facade of “The Patisserie”..

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Transparent working area..

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flat bread pizza..

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Croissants..

ciabatta
If there’s white ciabatta, this one I’ll have..

beef pie
Or this Beef pie..

Jen all the more had a hard time choosing too…

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Delightful choices..

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I want this too! =)

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And this for an occasion..

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Cupcakes and macarons too..

On top of our usual doze of coffee. Cafe latte for me and as well know, caramel for my foodie buddy.

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We had this but the iced tea is still in my mind.

I had ciabatta (the white one) with ham, tomato and cheese.

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I’m hungry… or excited..

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Yey, there’s white bread..

And for weeks now, Jen is on a diet, so she just had a tiny weeny dome of chocolate which I made her promise to share with me.

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So tempting..

so chewy soft
Softest I’ve tried..

I do not want to miss mentioning that the iced tea at Solaire is one of the best I’ve tasted.

They’ve got ice creams too..

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Take your pick!

flavors
In any order!

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Yummy cones!

I honestly liked my grilled sandwich, with melted cheese on it and of course the tomatoes. I like anything with tomatoes.

My coffee was a bit strong so I had to request for a simple syrup.

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Less sugar if none..

Jen seems to be enjoying hers. It is with caramel anyway.

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She seems to be excited, questioned of getting something that will take me time to consume.

We were invited to try dining at the Oasis Garden cafe, however I am much into leaning to try it at Lucky Noodles because of it’s super huge mural. =)

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Cool! Courtesy of: teammanilalifestyle.com

Much to getting high on being able to watch a play I’ve been wishing to be in Manila, I also enjoyed finding beauty in every corner of this hotel.

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I love murals!

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And the colors they’ve used!

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All things that my eyes adore!

There are brightly colored flowers all around infusing me love for life, all the more.

I just got over the first quarter of 2016 and it has been big for me so far. And very soon after this, I know better days will come.

True enough, there’s always and always something to be grateful for. The sweet results of hard work and choices we make, of planning to make the best out of what I have in life. Giving a lot to it and life giving back all the elements making up the sweet life.

I’m telling you, just find beauty in the ordinary, everyday. I just did. =)