A Resto with a Soul… Cafe Juanita


Cafe Juanita

The first time I’ve been to Cafe Juanita was a year ago. It was my soul buddy’s birthday treat. As far as I can remember we bloated ourselves then and consumed 2 orders of their famous mechado. T’was the best one I’ve tasted except that I still remember the mechado of my aunt Tasing – papa’s eldest sister. It was very famous in our clan. My papas brood are all good in the kitchen, most of them has something to be proud of – papa for one is famous for his morcon… My all time favorite.
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It’s Christmas!
In the Philippines, when a place is being built, it is lined with a church, a municipal hall, public market, a street long of food and if there’s more space, a commercial place will be intended for supermarkets, stalls and a movie house. It is still being practiced nowadays after hundreds of years only that a specific trend has been carried on for almost a decade now.
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The CBD that they call (Central business district) started in Makati. Makati was known to have everything that you will need. It is compared to a gold that shines bright especially to those in the provinces. It flourished on its own. The once field of wild grass became the center of business in the Philippines. This is why it is called “Makati”. It meant itchy in the English word. I witnessed its’ evolution as a place to visit during weekends. Top corporations, Private offices, Law firms, Call centers, Embassies, Consuls, Signature shops, etc.
Then, BGC made it better. This time with a twist. And a huge lift. They went back to the basics. Au naturel (All natural), being “green”, even hi-rise buildings had to pass certain policies (strict policies) for them to be able to put up business in BGC. Others followed. There’s Arca south in Bicutan, Vertis north in Quezon City, etc. Parts of the south wouldn’t wanna be left out there’s South park in Alabang, Southwoods City in Binan, Nuvali and Paseo in Sta. Rosa, Vista City in Cavite, I must assume this will go all the way to the provinces of VISMIN (Visayas & Mindanao). I sensed it is the direction.
Just like hundreds of years ago. when a place is built, it is complete with all the necessities specifically food! I hold great admiration to the endless list of restaurants  which I wanna try (had to lessen consumption of coffee that’s more expensive than my fuel) for me to be able to try if not all some of those in 5 stars.
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Filipinos are truly foodies. Cafe Juanita came up with several branches now and the newest is the one in Molito, Alabang. Let’s take a look at their branch in Kapitolyo…
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Kapitolyo branch..
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Dining area…Ground floor…
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Some stuff on their walls!
I think when I said that it’s a resto with a soul. There’s no need for me to elaborate. The photos says it all.
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Semi-precious stones…
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Buddha hear my prayers please!
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Guilded…
It’s a shame for a blogger like me not to be able to share the grandeur of the place and the food that they serve… Being in TIME magazine, I could imagine the fulfillment of whoever conceptualized the interiors of Cafe Juanita.
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They’re world renowned.
It is literally eclectic.
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Lots of red…
Eclectic – deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
If I may say – it’s so me. The gypsy in me. Cluttered and orderly. I was a gypsy remember? =) It’s interiors are pleasures that pleased me no matter what.
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One of my favorite subject-stairs!
Each detail, each color, each shape mesmerized me.
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Chandeliers…
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They have a lot actually!
I’m grateful to my soul sis for making me discover such a dining place with a soul. Absolute gratefulness of witnessing a place that has a lot of stories to tell. What else can i ask for? Bon Appetit! (–,)
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I shall post their offerings soon!
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-An only daughter. A mother of an 18 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! Though, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow, blue as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food as well, along w/ broccoli, prawns and mushrooms. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. As I used to write even when I was a teenager, and I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost my father a year before and I guess in one way or another, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son and mother, as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is so negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for them, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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