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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Located right next to the Starbucks in Cash and Carry in Makati City, Contessa Dolce provides an interesting counterpoint to the coffee chain behemoth’s offerings — good, old-fashioned, freshly-milled (strong) brewed Arabic coffee and pastries that hit the sweet spot without going overboard on the sweetness.Continue reading
Tourists hiking up in Maligcong, going to the hot springs of Mainit, or breaking up their trip to Banaue or Kalinga have a good reason to make a stopover at the Bontoc poblacion: good food and coffee as well as craft beer at the new Bontoc Bed and Bistro.Continue reading
The table is set for Baguio’s bounty and the highlands flavors
The crux of international hotel chains lies in the homogeneity of its offerings – it’s good when it comes to expectations regarding service and facilities. However, it’s less than welcome if we’re talking about food. At a time when locavore eating is encouraged, it’s a pity that oftentimes when you eat in different branches of a certain hotel or restaurant chain, you get more of the same flavors, same dishes, same offerings. It’s even more lamentable when we’re talking of Baguio as a branch location, as the city offers a bounty of produce as well as traditional food from the highlands.
What do you do when you find yourself in Anilao on the eve of a brewing tropical storm? You pray for better weather and find other things to do while on staycation. For your Happyfoodies, it was a good excuse to foodtrip at the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant and Bar of Eagle Point Resort, perusing the menu and asking the friendly staff for recommendations and suggestions. We haven’t been anywhere around here for a long time so it was nice to find that the resort’s eating venue offers a great view of the sea (roiling as we sample the fare the two days we stayed there).
Happyfoodies has been on the road recently and traveling through towns we normally pass through on the way to Bontoc and Sagada brought some surprises to us. One of these is finding a place to have good coffee in Abatan, some 80 or so kilometers away from Baguio. Billeted at Garden Breeze in Bangad, we wanted to find out what else is out there, attractions- and food-wise, so we walked along the town center. After a hearty lunch of beef broccoli and soup at Kadan-Tom, we decided to find out if there’s a place where we can grab a cup of coffee and some dessert. Maybe it was a stroke of serendipity that we found Cafe Lounge 85 at the fringe of the town center where the coffee along with the view gave us a pleasant surprise.