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. =)

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Larcy’s Cupcakery – Mastering the Art of baking cupcakes…

Larcy’s Cupcakery – Mastering the Art of baking cupcakes…

I would definitely love it to get a head start and fill my surroundings with pretty things I love. To start off, we found a place in my favorite color, then we shop for some girly and vanity stuff and then head to this shabby chic spot at Aguirre street and voila, I fell in love with the hearts in all sizes and all shades of pink which you will find all over the place. We were at Larcy’s place. All pink and pretty.

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Larcy’s welcoming facade..
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Pretty in pink!
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Second floor is under-going renovation.

To be honest, with all those lovely and dainty cupcakes, we really had a hard time choosing what to have. Jen even wants to get everything with a sugared heart on top, whatever is pretty, she will go for it, though we opted to get their recommendations and had limit our choice to the list of best sellers.

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Menu board..
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Tough choices…ahaha
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Tough choices…ahaha
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Not bad at less than a hundred..

Of course, my own blueberry cheesecake is included in the list, however, they ran out of it, and they’re currently baking it. In all fairness, they apologized and asked if we can wait for less than an hour as of course they bake it in batches.

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Baking area… Where’s my blueberry cheesecake? =)

We thanked them for the offer, we know that we can’t wait that long so we got the others from their list.

We had the following:

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Rocky road for me!
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Chocolate brownie overload..
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Caramel for Ms. Caramel!

And pair them with two of their drinks:

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Iced mocha for Jen and latte for me..

The ambiance of their store if I can use the term “happy”.

As more guests are coming, everyone is at their best, smiles on their faces and laughter with their friends or families. Like we did.

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Our spread…
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Merchandise..
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That pretty logo..
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So shabby chic..

Even their attendants, their being “nice” isn’t canned and the initiative to do something in order to please the guest is innate in them. Reading people’s actions seems to be their turf. One attendant offered us to utilize a stand fan since the air-conditioning unit couldn’t accommodate the whole place, it isn’t defective, it is just so scorching hot during that afternoon.

And another attendant while we were taking photos, volunteered that he take a picture of us on that awesome wall with the logo of Larcy’s with hearts in all shapes.

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Can it be considered a mural?

They also served us glasses of iced water due to the fact that the temperature is awful as if despite of it, they all wanted their guests to enjoy their stay at Larcy’s.

We actually did, and in most of my blogs, I often say, I’m gonna come back here, We’re going back here, etc, etc. And I’d like to say it again, we’re definitely going back here. Larcy’s is without a doubt addicting.

Go and visit Larcys:
178 Aguirre Street, Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, Metro Manila

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I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Larcys too. ❤

 

 

Dayrit’s Through the Years…

Dayrits’ Through the Years…

It was such a week and a “staycation” is the next best thing that we thought of.

What made it more exciting is the place where we are staying surprised me to find out that “Dayrits” is their tenant which cater to all of their guests’ cravings.

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Yey, Dayrits! It’s been a while!

Gone are the moments when each time I’ll pass by Magallanes, I would see their restaurant below the fly-over and most of the time I would wish to jump-off the bus and head to Dayrits and devour on their famous roast beef steak.

Some years ago, when I used to work in Makati, Dayrits have been one of those places that has become one of our favorite spot. We hang out there for a hefty lunch or dinner, and young as I was (I am barely 30 years old then), the bosses will treat us there and established it as a habit.

I’ve missed their line-up a lot. There’s tocino with atchara, roast beef and baked potato and even spam steak with pinapple slices on it to sweeten it lightly. I will not forget their gravy, it was a stand-out.

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Over 40 years..

Coming across the current menu, I instantly noticed that there have been some changes over the years.

If some could correct me (as the staff is no longer aware of it, like the skiletti of Shakeys, no one remembers it anymore), the rice that they pair with the roast beef is java rice.

At present, they only serve steamed rice and pineapple rice. Still, we ordered for their famous roast beef and opted for a steamed rice. And for me to gorge on the gravy, I ordered for another beef dish and suggested to Jen that she order the famous roast beef.

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Years back, this was a hit!
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Tender & juicy!
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Iced tea (home-made too!)

In my humblest opinion, I knew Jen didn’t like it that much, because she mentioned another place where the gravy tastes best. And I understand where she’s coming from.

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My foodie buddy!

I was a bit disappointed too, however, it is very slight and I am more excited to have tried it after so many years.

Besides, there are a lot of restaurants nowadays to choose from. And speaking of tenderness, none so far can beat the one I tried from Duck and Buvette which soon I’ll let Jen try.

I must not forget mentioning. Their baked potato topped with bacon bits is still a show-stopper.

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They still have their cold-cuts to go..

When we were trying to figure out where to have our dinner that night, since we are a stone throw away from Aguirre St. of BF Paranaque. We all know that this particular street is a Foodie hub, we opted to dine at Dayrits so we would have more time to relax after and plunge in the pool before calling the weekend off…

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Selfie addicts!

I will no longer crave every time I pass by Dayrits, my cravings granted unplanned. =)

Glad to know there are 2 branches:

Makati – Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes Village,
Makati City/T8549943

Sucat, Paranaque – 35 President Avenue,BF Homes, Sucat/
T5034483

CARPE DIEM – We just seized the day!

Carpe Diem – We just seized the day!

When hunger strikes. The brain works a little less better. We were near BF Paranaque, famished and opted to have a quick lunch over this place which I’m eyeing (Alezon cafe) in Aguirre street and we told the driver to bring us to “Commune cafe”. I got mixed-up and later recalled that it’s not Commune cafe but Cafe Alezon. Since we can’t of course find “Commune” at Aguirre, we ended up at “Carpe diem.” Jen, foodie buddy hungry to death almost killed me. Ehehe! She and the driver. Oooops! sowee!

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Facade..

So it was a blessing in disguise. Carpe diem is so cozy, quiet and gives the feeling of being at home. Each guest has a world of their own and the attendants are “super” courteous or probably because boss is present. No, I guess they are naturally like that, because their boss is as nice too.

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Christmas feel..
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Loved the pillows!
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Courtesy of Carpe diem’s Facebook page.. This is the interior of the shop.. We had one of those soft couches all on our own. =)

So right away we head to their menu board, and I ordered for Carbonara and Jen had Marinara. I hope Miss Spaghetti is happy! =) And we ordered for our coffee as well.

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Wow Torani!
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They gave me my simple syrup just in case..
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Ours..=)

And voila. Happy tummies!

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Carbonara for me..
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Mine!
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Marinara for Jen..
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Jen’s..
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Isn’t she happy!?
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Close up! She is happy! =)

Both of our choices tasted really good. Jen’s red pasta was a little bit spicy and mine has a creamy taste that isn’t so tiring. I especially loved the garlic bread and ordered for another. The second one they served has more garlic on it so Jen had to help me consumed it. =)

Over-all rating. It’s worth a second or third visit. =)

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Always ready for additional orders.. this is under the glass top tables…=)

I secretly planned to have dessert from Larcy’s cupcakes, which happens to be just a few blocks away from it. But time is of essence. We can’t afford to stay longer due to several activities waiting for us dinner time.

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They have Al fresco…
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And free wifi..=)

So till then, Carpe diem and Larcy’s. This is by the way “Food spotting at Aguirre”.

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Photo courtesy of their Facebook page..

Visit Aguirre and you can spot anything your heart desires. I’ve tried the following already:

1. Toho Antigua – Authentic Chinese restaurant
2. I love yo – Frozen yogurt (although it seems they’re no longer there)
3. Pilot branch of Conti’s

And next on our list is Larcy’s, Cafe Alezon and Mama Lou’s.

Bon appetit! =)