Category: Light & Hearty

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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SaladStop! Eat Wide Awake Movement

Chocolate Chia Pudding

More often, salads play the role of the sides or appetizers but never the main course. As September is officially a “Salad Month”, SaladStop! brings salads and mindful-eating in the spotlight. Known for their hearty fresh salads, wraps and tasty yet nutritious snacks, SaladStop! launched their “Eat Wide Awake Movement” with activities running throughout the month to encourage people to go on a healthy diet and proper fitness. New offerings are also introduced in their menu.

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Plato Wraps Introduces the Peri-peri Latino Wrap and Crabby Rappu

Peri-peri Latino Chicken

Hand-baked goodness and a healthy alternative snack is readily available on the go. I have long been a patron of Plato Wraps. This plato-shaped bread with a variety of choice for filling is one of my go to snacks when I see one. My staple orders would be the Yummy Tuna, Beef Gyro and Chunky Chicken on on pesto wrap. Other choices are Very Veggie, Wrap and Roll Dog as well as Ham and Cheese. After 16 years in the business, the family-owned venture adds a couple more flavors: the Peri-peri Latino Wrap and Crabby Rappu.

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Cafe Shibuya Salted Egg and Green Tea Lava Toast

The Green Tea Lava Toast

It was a year ago when we were introduced to the one-of-a-kind toast from Cafe Shibuya. Their 2  1/2 inch thick rectangular bread toast were not only sumptuous but has a pleasant interplay of flavors. With the colder season coming, who wouldn’t yearn for a good toast along with afternoon coffee?  It’s also a good time to try Cafe Shibuya’s new offerings, the Salted Egg and Green Tea Lava Toast.   Now, there’s even more variety of toasts that people can enjoy in the cafe.

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Coffee at Tagpuan sa San Juan

“A meeting place”, if you’re wondering what “Tagpuan” means in English. Tagpuan sa San Juan, the humble street corner eatery with a couple of tables and crates as chairs serves cheap comfort eats from kansi, goto to tapa and more. We weren’t actually looking for a meal that morning since we had breakfast but was delighted they serve real brewed coffee. Yes, not the instant 3-in-1 kind we had earlier. Even with the sweltering heat, I savor the warmth of a quality brew. I’ll take it any day warm or cool. But what made is visit this unpretentious eatery is not only for the food but their unique movement for the La Union community.

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Isla Casoy de Palawan: Cashew infused Drinks and Goodies

Butter Latte

The whole region of Palawan has cashew trees in abundance. Even in El Nido where I stayed for a while has people freely picking out fruits of these trees by the roadside. It is no surprise Isla Casoy de Palawan, a humble cafe at Mercado de San Miguel in Puerto Princesa has a menu offering based on the local favorite Casoy or cashew nut. It has become a favorite stop for me in the city not only for pasalubongs (take-home presents) but also its cashew-infused meals and drinks.

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