An Exceptional Coffee Experience @ Cafe Esse

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“Life Begins With Coffee”

“Life begins with coffee,” that’s what coffee addicts like me believe in.  No matter how complicated life is, one cup of coffee will definitely ease your burden and would make you feel better.  I’ve been in several cafes and there were times that I was disappointed with what I expected from the quality and taste of the food and drinks. I must say that my visit in Cafe Esse is one of the best experience I had.

 

 

Cafe Esse is located at the 2nd floor of CEO Building, L. Sumulong Circle, San Roque, Antipolo City.  My colleagues hang out here once in a while and now I know the reason why they keep coming back– it’s because of the superior quality of coffee and delectable food that they serve.

 

The word esse came from the word EXISTENCE or essence.

Cafe Esse was established in May 15, 2014.  For four years now, they continue to satisfy their customers.  It caters not only to barkadas who would like to chill, but to families who would like to spend quality time together and even for colleagues or business partners who would like to have their meeting.  When we arrived at past 4pm, there were different groups outside in the smoking area (barkadas).  Inside, there were few tables which can accommodate 20 pax.  Near our table, there was a college student who was doing her assignment or research work while sipping her coffee.  (There is FREE WIFI that customers can use).

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It’s very obvious that I enjoyed their coffee 🙂

 

Cafe Esse has a function room for special events which can be rented for P5,000 (P1,500 for 3 hours use and P3,500 for consumables).  Extension per hour is P500.

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Here are their bestsellers:

HOT DRINKS

Hazelnut Latte

Hazelnut Latte  (  16 oz  P130 /20 oz P140.)

vanilla machiatto

Vanilla Macchiato   16 oz P130 / 20 oz P140

matcha latte

Matcha Latte  (16 oz. P145/ 20 oz P155)

Of the hot drinks, I like the Vanilla Macchiato next to the Hazelnut Latte.

FRAPPES

 

I remember the famous choco-banana fruit shake in Boracay (Jonah’s fruitshake) when I tasted the banana choco-nut frappe.  I prefer the choco mint frappe though because it was very refreshing.

MILKSHAKE

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Strawberry Milkshake   P155

Because we brought a 4 year old kid with us, this one is the perfect drink for him.

THE FOOD

I super loved their pasta!  I loved both the Spicy Seafarer and the Creamy Carbonara.  The kids are not pasta lovers like me but they loved both also.

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Spicy Seafarer  P195

creamy carbonara

Creamy Carbonara   P195

choco ala mode waffle

Choco ala Mode Waffle P115

I felt like a kid again–I loved the combination of chocolate syrup and the waffles topped with cream.

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Cheesy Meat Fries P110

We love french fries, but we love it even more when it is topped with cheese.  In a span of less than 3 minutes, the plate was emptied.  I was about to get another round but the food just vanished instantly.  I didn’t scold the kids for that– actually, it was already a big achievement if you let them finish eating in a matter of minutes.  Usually, it took a long time for them to eat.

3 little pigs

3 Little Pigs   P190

This is one of the most popular bestsellers, this sandwich comes with potato chips.

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Classic BLT P190

Classic BLT is short for sandwich with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes.It is also served with potato chips.

all day breakfast

All Day Breakfast  P195

Since the cafe opens at 10am, the All Day Breakfast can be your brunch.  For breakfast, I’m already solved with one sunny side up egg and one regular sized hotdog, but in Cafe Esse, they have 3 small pancakes with a sunny side-up egg, jumbo hotdog, and bacon strips.  This is perfect to be paired with a cup of hot coffee.

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Hahaha!  It’s evident in the photo that I really love the food.  One sandwich can already fill your tummy so it’s worth every penny that you will spend in the cafe.

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Cakes and pastries

Unfortunately, we were nnot able to taste the sweets but definitely we will when we come back.

CR/Washroom Inspection

In my feature about Comida China de Manila, I have mentioned that I was impressed with their washroom.  Well, in Cafe Esse they have a small but very clean washroom.  They have quotes and note written on the wall creatively.

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The staff were very friendly and polite.

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The Cafe Esse Staff

Recommendations Button                             HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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You will definitely love their drinks and food and I assure you that you will come back.  For reservations, you may call the contact numbers below.

CAFE ESSE

2/F CEO Building, L. Sumulong Circle, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City

Tel. no.: (02) 507-3956 ; 0927 8610571

 

 

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Celebrations @ Yellow Lantern Cafe

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Few cartwheels and somersaults away from my home in Antipolo City is the Xentromall, but my brilliant discovery that I would like to share with you is the Yellow Lantern Cafe, a cool place where you can hang out with your friends, chill during weekends, bond with your family and celebrate your special occasion.  I had my pre-birthday celebration here last weekend and we really had a blast!   Yellow Lantern Cafe is situated in Comoda Ville in Mambugan, Antipolo City (near Cafe Lupe).

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Upon entering the cafe, you will be filled with positive energy and happiness because of the yellow vibrant color that eliminates all the negative vibes. The cafe is furnished with tables and yellow chairs with a mini yellow lantern and sartin cup on top of each table.  I couldn’t help but to notice the creative yellow chandeliers made of bottles.

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yellow lantern and sartin cup for each table

Christmas is already in the air!  They have the Christmas tree and Santa Claus in the entrance door and we couldn’t let the day pass without having a photograph beside it.  The atmosphere creates a homey feeling wherein you can simply stay and enjoy the place with your friends and family.

The interior design of the cafe is impressive– it actually displays the artistic side and showcases Filipino touch in their furnishings and displays.

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Each table inside the cafe can accommodate 5-6 pax.  They also have tables in the veranda wherein you can enjoy watching the overlooking view and sunset.

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In time for meetings, videoke sessions, celebrations or special events, YLC has two function rooms (Simone’s Room and Sadie’s Room) which can be rented for P5k for 3 hours (with consumables and videoke) and can accommodate 20 pax.  The 2 rooms can be combined to accommodate more people (10k for 3 hours with consumables and videoke).

So, what else made YLC exceptional?  Aside from the charming and homey ambiance, what you should check here in YLC are their bestsellers.  Traditional dishes are complimented with Filipino touch– It’s comfort food presented in a classy style and affordable prices.

 

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THE APPETIZERS:

gambas

GAMBAS P230

We had Gambas for the starter.  The kids and I loved this shrimp dish because of its sauce. (What makes the marinate special is the shrimp extract that gives the dish extra tasty flavor) I am not much into seafood but this definitely is a must try 🙂

battered chicken fingers

Battered Chicken Fingers P385 (3-4 pax)

Battered Chicken Fingers is served with camote chips.  For picky eaters like me, this one is a life saver! It is also best to order this if you have kids with you.

MUST-TRY SPECIALS

umaapaw in paellera

UMAAPAW IN PAELLERA  P450 (5-6 pax)

This is YELLOW LANTERN CAFE’s  signature dish.  We were amazed to experience having the traditional paella served in Filipino style.  Instead of the usual seafood and meat in Spanish Paella, Umaapaw in Paellera has bagoong rice, topped with dilis, scrambled eggs, salted duck eggs (itlog na maalat), longganisa, eggplants, onions, and mangga.  They serve it with homemade spiced vinegar and chili garlic.  Instead of lemons, it is served with calamansi.

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american bbq ribs

American BBQ Ribs with Hickory Sauce   P585  (5-6 pax)

This is also one of the kids’ favorites in YLC.  The meat is so tender and tasty.  We loved the potato wedges as well.

DESSERT

chocnut cheesecake

Chocnut Cheesecake  P145

This is their signature dessert– cheesecake combined with Chocnut.  I couldn’t help but to reminisc my childhood days wherein I used to eat a pack of Chocnuts (hihihi!).

fruit platter

FRUIT PLATTER     P275

We had a platter of fruits for finale –  slices of watermelon, apple, orange, pineapple, etc.

DRINKS

The drinks were refreshing, but I prefer the fresh lemonade.  Thank you, Sir Oliver for preparing these drinks!  They also have a bar wherein you can enjoy having your favorite drinks with your friends.

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The meals I presented above are their bestsellers.  They still have other dishes in their menu which you can check out here.

YLC is open everyday except Mondays from 11am to 12 midnight.

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We really had a blast!  Aside from the family bonding and the sumptuous meal that we had, we felt at home.  We would like to express our gratitude to the YLC staff  especially to Chef Carl Bautista in making my pre-birthday celebration extra special.

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The YLC Staff

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With Chef Carl Bautista, Operations Head of YLC

What are you waiting for?  Come and check this out!

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267-268 Comoda Ville, Sumulong Highway, Brgy. Mambugan, Antipolo City

(02) 631-5648 / 0995-0898538

YELLOW LANTERN CAFE LILAC

84 Lilac St., SSS Village, Marikina City

(02) 231993 / 0923- 4471158/ 0995- 0898538

Email:  yellowlanterncafe@yahoo.com

 

 

 

My Baguio 4-Day Itinerary 2017

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It’s been a tradition for me to go to the City of Pines every year and probably it was blessing in disguise when we rescheduled our trip after Christmas due to the typhoon last August.  We were not able to refund the bus tickets, but thanks a lot to Microtel Baguio because they granted our request to rebook.

I have already experienced to go to Baguio City after Christmas and as expected, the places were jampacked with people.  It was very difficult for us to have taxi or private car rides. Anyway, though the case is like that, it’s relaxing to bond with your family and lucky for me— it’s like hitting two birds with one stone!  It’s actually family bonding and press trip at the same time 🙂  To be organized, I designed a 4-day itinerary for out Baguio trip.

baguio day 1

9:00 am-  Arrival to Baguio City

9:00-9:30 am– Leave the luggages to Microtel Baguio Frontdesk

10:00am–  Cafe Review

12:00 nn.–  Lunch

1:00 pm- Check in and unpack

3:00 pm– Camp John Hay Strolling

4:00 pm-Spa Review

8:00-8:30 pm-  Restaurant Review

9:30-10:00 pm-  Back to the hotel to have a good night sleep

baguio day 2

7:00 am- Breakfast

8:00-12 nn– Strolling and lunch

(Mines View Park, Burnham Park, Wright Park, Botanical Park, The Mansion, Grotto, etc.)

1:00pm- 7:00 pm – Cafe and Restaurant Reviews

7:30-8:00 pm- Go back to the hotel

baguio day 3

 

7:00 am- Breakfast

8:00-11:00 am- Strolling, Biking, Horseback Riding and Pasalubong Shopping

12nn–  Cafe Review

2:00-6:30 pm- Spa Review

7:30 pm- Restaurant Review

8:30-9:00 pm- Go back to the hotel

day 4 baguio

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00-9:30 am– Strawberry Farm

10:00-11:00 am- Buy veggies at the supermarket

11:30 am- Check Out

12:00 nn – Restaurant Review

2:00 pmProceed to the bus terminal

 

There might be some changes but at least there is something that we will follow for an organized trip this Christmas break.  I will be posting about this very soon.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

TBIP’s Upcoming Baguio Trip

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Hello!  Since December is the only month this year where I can have a short break and unwind, I decided to have my press trip in Baguio City.  We are really busy and we still have work until 22nd and a lot of parties and other events are also scheduled that’s why I have chosen to have our vacay on the 27th til the 30th of this month.  We will be staying in Microtel Baguio (one of my favorite places to stay when I am in Baguio).

In our four-day stay in the Summer Capital of the Philippnes, I will be featuring different cafes, restaurants, bakeries/pastry shops and spas to visit.  (Watch out for that- I will be posting these establishments in my Facebook and Instagram account as well.)

Aside from that here are the activities that we will be having:

  1.  The Lourdes Grotto Challenge
  2.  Pasalubong Shopping
  3.  Strawberry Picking
  4. Horseback Riding and Biking
  5.  Oh My Gulay (Vegetables)  and Fruits Haggling Challenge
  6.  Halukay sa Ukay-Ukay

Originally, we are booked only until the 29th but since I have a lot of businesses to feature, I extended another day.  Thank you, Microtel Baguio for granting my request 🙂    I will see if I can still squeeze some time to have more activities.  Any suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

TORMOJ CAFE- An Alternative Hangout in Ortigas Center

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It’s quite unusual to discover a cafe that offers inexpensive food and drinks. especially if you are in a business district like Makati or Ortigas Center– Well, I’m fortunate enough that I have discovered TORMOJ Cafe in 8137 Plaza, Escriba Drive, Ortigas Center, pasig City.   You might be amazed why the prices are affordable and you might think as well that they just offer the usual food that you see in sidewalk eateries or cafeterias.  The menu can be compared with the popular restaurants or cafes, but the difference in Tormoj Cafe is that even the students and ordinary employees/workers can afford to hang out here.

 

Just last week, my kids and I were able to try their bestsellers.   As a food blogger, a visit to a restaurant or cafe won’t be complete without trying chicken, dessert and the coffee.  We started with their rice meals since we arrived at past 1pm already.   When the lemon chicken was served, I felt the excitement.   I liked the blend of cream and lemon in their sauce.   Even my daughter who is also a picky eater like me enjoyed this and the Pork Belly.  (Usually it would take her an hour to finish her meals, but not this time!)

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Lemon Chicken for P139.50

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Pork Belly for P129.00

I tried the Pesto Pasta which was very tasty but because my son Kyle enjoyed it, I ended up having the Chicken Cajun Pasta instead.  I actually prefer it over the Pesto Pasta because I don’t get sick with the spicy and strong taste.   I do not have any complain at all– the noodles were cooked al dente and no unpleasant taste.

 

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Pesto Pasta for only P105.00

 

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Chicken Cajun Pasta and Iced Coffee

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Chicken Cajun Pasta and Choco Java Chip Fraffe

And because I am a certified COFFEE ADDICT,  my visit won’t be complete without trying their coffee.

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Iced Coffee

I loved the Iced Coffee– not too sweet and strong.  It was perfect to pair with the Chicken Cajun Pasta.

 

The kids loved the Choco Java Chip Fraffe and Halo-halo.  If you would just like to chill or have a place to do your assignment, finish a project or conduct business or group meetings, this place is perfect for you.

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Vietnamese Coffee with Kahlia

The highlight of my visit is experiencing their Vietnamese Coffee with Kahlia.  I couldn’t get over the taste- soooooo addictive!  Below is a video of the actual preparation of their Vietnamese Coffee (personally prepared by Ms. Sharen Mojares)- the daughter of the owner, Tita Mojares.

 

The only thing that they need to work on with in the future is providing more space to their customers.  They already have a clean, decent place with cozy ambiance, but it can only accommodate up to 15 to 20 pax.  Other than that, we do not have any issues at all.  They serve delectable dishes and you can even request them to cook a special dish if ever it is not in the menu.  They are open from Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.

I highly recommend TORMOJ CAFE– this cafe is worth a visit when you are in Ortigas Center or near the area.

TORMOJ CAFE

8137 Plaza, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center Pasig City

Mobile Number:  0917 4282879