Bash Café : Unabashedly Good Coffee in Sibuyan Island

Al fresco area at Bash Café

It’s always a delightful surprise to find a nice little cafe on some remote island that’s quite good too. Cajidiocan in Sibuyan Island, Romblon seems to be shaping up as the island’s food destination to compliment the other municipalities’ natural wonders. Bash Café in Cajidiocan, poblacion is the place to find quality coffee and pastries. A cozy place to hangout too.

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Craft 1945: Spanish Cuisine and Craft Beer in Baguio

Beer and food spread at Craft 1945

Braving the holiday traffic in Baguio, foodie friends, Kara, Tin and I were bent to try Craft 1945 in Baguio. A merry collaboration of Spanish food from Casa Marcos and craft beer from Baguio Craft Brewery. Set in the quiet and old town of Baguio at Outlook drive, it’s a dining experience that promises to bring the Baguio ambiance to dining like a good pair of beer and tapas.

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Yani Café – Finding Good Coffee & Comfort Food in Pasig

Risotto, Vegetarian Pasta and Smoked Whitefish

I didn’t notice the sign on the building facade nor saw any on the stairs and hallway leading to the second floor (why no signs of the nice bird logo I wondered) but the spacious area fronting the Office Warehouse store could only be it. I’m rarely in the Pasig area but if I find myself here, Yani Café could be as good as any reason to do so.

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Mt Kalugong Kape-an: Bringing Benguet Coffee to new Heights

Pancake and Waffles at Kalugong Kape-an

A cafe found 1,400+ meters above sea level among the cliffs and the clouds? Now that’s an interesting prospect to climb up a mountain. Mt Kalugong Kape-an in La Trinidad, Benguet is nestled among the limestone outcrops at the peak of Mt Kalugong. The cafe has a magnificent view of La Trinidad valley and offers third-wave quality coffee utilizing high-altitude grown Benguet Arabica. Now that’s worth climbing up a mountain for is it?

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Ritual Ph Philippine Vinegar Discovery: In a season of sweetness, why not try some sour

Ritual PH Vinegars

Happyfoodies have been loyal customers and fans of Ritual Philippines since it started out in its original location, the now defunct and demolished The Collective along Malugay Street in Makati. It was a bit of a homecoming of sorts visiting them now in another location, this time along Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road) in front of New World Hotel and finding more of the stuff that provokes our collective curiosities.

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Hiap Yak Tea Shop: Opium coffee anyone?

Kuchings buttered coffee

There’s a small, non-descript coffee shop named Hiap Yak Tea Shop, tucked somewhere in the alleys of Indian Street in Kuching, Sarawak, where the hot, steaming coffee is still served with a pat of butter. Of course, it makes for a creamy, buttery, if a bit strange, brew but there’s an interesting backstory (or tale, if you prefer to think it’s part-fiction) to why in this small shop, the coffee not the bread or biscuit is buttered.

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Black Bean Coffee and Tea: Java Goodness in Kuching

Black Bean Coffee cup

Happyfoodies had a blast covering the Kuching Waterfront Music Festival in Kuching, Sarawak in the eastern part of Malaysia. In between tasks and barring rain, we had occasions to wander off into the side streets and small alleys at the waterfront area leading to the bridge and parliament building. One of finds is this small coffee shop along Ewe Hai street, Black Bean Coffee and Tea shop while waiting for the sunset to shoot.

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Blue Wonder Coffee & Bean Roastery

Original Blend french press coffee

Happyfoodies have always been Cartimar regulars long before the time when it became the go-to place for pet lovers and owners. Not really venturing far from the pet and plant supplies blocks, Blue Wonder Coffee & Bean Roastery has escaped our attention until recently. It seems like an anomaly of sorts, a warmly-lit, cool stopover place among stalls of PX and other goods, like an oasis for those who know a bit more about coffee beyond the big brand cafes.

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