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    Majority of my friends call me Trish, I guess you could call me that too. I'm a transcriptions editor with a really messed up body clock and never ending affinity for films, food and written words. I like street art, sweets, neutrals and monochromes, sushi, window seats, golf carts and lazy weekends.

    Some of the things that completely preoccupy me are my fixation with the now defunct The Civil Wars and their beautiful art of sadness, Oh Sehun, sleeping, CSS and HTML, @iameden, and those damn hypnotizing Tasty videos. Top country in my travel bucketlist? Iceland. But the one that will always have my heart? Hong Kong.

    Instantly, right after our foodie meet-up here at Roadster Roasters, I mentally categorized it under my "Where to Take Friends to Stress-eat" folder and became one of my new favorite places in the metro. With the type of work we have at the office, stress-eating is a norm after days and days of peak periods. My friends and I always look for a place that can satisfy our cravings after a hard day's work: something meaty, salty and crunchy. And this is the perfect place.

    Firstly, the interiors. A lot of wood, concrete and bricks, neon lights and some wall art. Drop lights hung in knots and with the use of old tires and a small part of the wall was filled with vintage embellishments. On the left you'll see the phrase 'Fueled By Meat' in luminous pink light and on the right are the words 'Embrace the Toxicity.' A few minutes in, I'm already in love with this place.

    Second, the music. They consistently played '90s alternative music for an hour or so, and I really enjoyed it having in the background while taking food photos and while we were eating. Though the pace changed at the latter part and they began playing different songs. Lol. Please don't stop playing alternative music in the future!

    And now the best part, the food!

    The okays 👌:

    Roadster Salad. Okay, you have to give them props for trying to incorporate something on the healthy side, but since it had big pork belly chunks on it, does it count? I think not! This dish seemed a little out of place for me. It was okay but I think a lot of people would skip this and just go full blast on the their meats.

    Hand-cut Fries and Onion Rings. Both, I think, would be perfect for a few rounds of beer (they offer alcohol here so best pair these appetizers with those!) but if not, they were just 'sakto lang.'

    Roadster Chicken. It looked golden and perfectly cooked! The skin had that crisp and flavor but the meat needs a tad of tweaking flavor-wise to give it a little more oomph. It was a little dry, too.

    The wows 😍:

    Roadster Nachos. It was a heap of flavors with the crunchy nachos, ground beef and cheese! (I might have forgotten a few more ingredients in the mix.) It was a great way to start out food trip.

    Roadster Chicharon. It was freaking sinful and I love it. I was careful not to munch too much of it though, considering the plethora of food I have yet to taste that day. So good!

    Smoked Corn. This was certainly something new and I thought the presentation was great. I enjoyed the bacon bits on top of slightly charred on the outside corn kernels, all dressed with mayonnaise. Will definitely order this when we come back.

    Mashed Potato and Sweet Potato. The consistency was perfect and the flavor was spot on. Not too buttery or salty!

    House Blend Iced Tea. A lot of restaurants claim they make their own iced tea but the taste says otherwise. *cough*powdered*cough* But Roadster Roasters' signature blend actually had a different taste and it was refreshing and enjoyable to drink!

    The faves ⭐:

    BBQ Pork Ribs. It was everything I could ask for. It had beautiful presentation and you kind of fall in love with how it looked. You just know it's going to be great. The meat was really tender and it had a burst of flavor with every bite. I could never get tired of eating this! Can't help but crave for its meaty goodness while writing this review!

    Texas-style Slow Cooked Beef Brisket. Never judging thin strips of meat again! Though the presentation was simple, this turned out to be my absolute favorite. Now I've always been partial with pork and I'd have it any time of the day, but this -- the texture, the taste, everything was such a surprise, I wish I'd eaten more of it! Best dipped with the sauce that came with it, I kid you not, you'll never get enough of it. I'll definitely come back for more of this and I'll pair it with rice!

    When we visited Roadster Roasters, they were still in their soft opening, so yes, defo there's aspects that can still be improved. But overall, I loved the food, I enjoyed the music and was pleased with their service. I've already mentioned the place to my office colleagues and I can't wait to wow them with all of the meaty goodness when we go back! Big thanks once again to Zomato and of course to Roadster Roasters for having me!

    Roadster Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Roadster Roasters is located at Ground Floor, TV5 Media Center, Sheridan Corner Reliance Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
    Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
    Contact No.: (02) 246-9069
    Accepts credit cards 💳
    . Friday, September 01, 2017 .

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    . Tuesday, August 08, 2017 .

    If you knew me personally, you're aware of the fact that I have this certain dependency on the Internet: I rely on the world wide web for daily news, anything about movies and music -- basically anything that involves information, I get online. I don't watch much TV or listen to the radio. So when I begin to like a musician or a band, it's either I discovered it through a film I was watching, or a friend recommended it to me, or someone I follow on social media kept talking about it, I had to check it out.

    I remember Sherlock introducing me to LANY last year while I was still deeply engrossed in EDEN's music. I fell in love with EDEN's music hard. I still listen to his albums as much as I can up to this day. Days and weeks went on and I never get tired of playing i think you think too much of me. (Please, please, please do check his music out!) Then he then recommended LANY's ILYSB (the Stripped version specifically). I was hesitant at first (because I was still enjoying being knee-deep obsessed in EDEN's music and I can't be bothered with anything else) but when I did, it was an "Oh my God, I think I'm in love." moment. (See what I did there? LOL)

    I remember tweeting this too way back because how one can be equally talented and gorgeous, I don't know, but it seems like both Jonathon (a.k.a. EDEN) and Paul (of LANY) got it all figured out. I began knowing more about the band and their EPs and songs, and I am a simple girl, all it takes is one song to turn me into a physical-album-buying and concert-going fan and their song pink skies did it for me. I'm gonna go ahead and say it: they had this ~*~aesthetic~*~ that appealed to a lot of people. But it's more than that. I can't quite explain it but somehow they managed to settle comfortably into my Spotify account with their songs about love, of course, and all the little things in between.

    . Wednesday, July 19, 2017 .

    My Singapore experience was more ~relaxed~ compared to Hong Kong. I still haven't figured exactly why that's the case. Maybe it's because I'm with my college friends this time around and there's that feeling of familiarity even though I haven't been there ever? Maybe because Hong Kong is my first international travel and I am just the worst when in comes to overthinking? I still don't know, really. 

    Since I knew very well that my SG trip was going to be extremely short (but sweet!), I've already set one thing that I absolutely must do while I'm there: look for as much street art as I can. I've told myself if I've ever to set foot in another country again, street art is #1 on the list, next is watching a film at a local theater.

    From the same blog where I've found that map for Hong Kong street art, there's also one for Singapore! I've told my friends this is the only activity I wanna do with my limited time and they could leave me wandering Haji Lane if they want to do something else, but since they are such good people, they accompanied me and we did a sort of walking tour around the area. We didn't got around much though, there were too many people and it rained really hard in the afternoon.

    . Saturday, July 15, 2017 .

    Food styling by John Bunag
    The first time I went to Village Tavern was around late last year when I had to cover a bloggers' event that was held there. Unfortunately, I was not able to sample their dishes so I figured this foodie meet-up by Zomato was a good opportunity to finally try their food.

    Opened since 2012 (yes, they're on their fifth year already!) under The Bistro Group (TGIFridays, Italianni's, Denny's), this is their first branch that is outside the U.S. What to expect? Well, they have an 8-page menu, then there's a separate menu for drinks so yes, they offer a whole array of American dishes with twists!

    . Friday, July 14, 2017 .

    It has been 147 years since Cafè Barbera opened their first coffee house in Southern Italy and up to this day, their tradition of serving fresh coffee with passion and dedication is still carrying on. If you're one of those people that needs a shot or 2 of espresso to jump start their day, or a coffee connoisseur that's looking for that authentic Italian coffee experience, I have good news! Cafè Barbera Company, the oldest coffee company in Europe, and their five-generation premium roasted coffee beans (now on its sixth!) is finally in Manila -- in Uptown Parade in BGC to be exact.

    I'm not really big on coffee though I enjoy a cup every now and then if needed, but to sample something genuinely Italian? Sign me up!

    The interiors, which are predominantly wood, is consistent with every other branch in the world and exudes that cozy but elegant ambiance. My favorite would be the Cafè Barbera neon sign. One, I'm such a sucker for these bright lights; and two, it added a romantic finish to the cafe -- the pink light bouncing off the surface of their Futurmat espresso machines. So pretty.

    Here's one of their barista, Jem, teaching us how to properly drink an espresso.
    This upscale coffee shop also offers their own freshly cooked and prepared food (except for their pastries), here's a couple that we had:

    Chef's Salad (PhP 375)
    Suprisingly liked this salad (not very fond of the greens LOL) because of the vinaigrette used as well as the hefty chunks of salmon and chicken. The walnut was a nice touch too since it added more crunch to the dish.
    Chef's Club (PhP 290)
    The club sandwich was just okay. Nothing too out of the ordinary.
    Spaghetti Bolognese (PhP 285)
    A delicious classic. 
    Fettucine Funghi (PhP 285)
    My second favorite pasta dish! Very creamy but still light.
    Penne Arrabiatta (PhP 275)
    I'm usually biased towards pasta in white sauce but out of these three, my pick is the Penne Arrabiatta. It had that amount of heat that just hits the spot and makes you crave for more!

    Barbera's Pizza (PhP 570)
    Though thin crust, this 12-inch pizza is packed with flavors from the bacon and mushroom! I really enjoyed eating this because there was a balance in the toppings and crust ratio. No soggy pizza here!
    Vegetable Pizza (PhP 390)
    As for the drinks:

    Matcha Green Tea Freddo (PhP 150, 12 oz;  PhP 160, 16 oz)
    Cappuccino Freddo (PhP 145, 8 oz; PhP 155, 12 oz; PhP 165, 16 oz)
    Nutelloto (PhP 195, 8 oz; PhP 215, 12 oz)
    Since I don't possess a refined palate that can differentiate a great coffee from not (my default coffee choices are anything mocha), I opted to have their Nutelloto (because you can never really go wrong with anything that has Nutella in it). It was sweet and refreshing! There still was little hints of bitterness due to the coffee but overall a chocolate-y one. If you knew me personally and how I go loco with chocolate, this is just the way I like it!
    Tomatino Iced Tea (PhP125)
    Here's something new: a tomato-infused variation of iced tea! It may sound weird at first but this was pretty good! A perfect complement to the Spaghetti Bolognese and Penne Arrabiatta dishes that further elevates the tomato taste. Fruity and refreshing.
    Milky Frozen (PhP 185, 8 oz, PhP 205, 12 oz)
    Strawberry Milkshake
    Not in the photos was their Americano. All the rich history of Cafè Barbera's coffee and how they still adhere to tradition of roasting each and every bean made me really curious to try it. One thing that was glaringly absent was the fruity acidity, which is what I usually taste in the far more known brands.

    Coffee lover or not, you will find something you'll like here in Cafè Barbera. I thoroughly enjoyed the food, even the cold drinks, and I have to be back to try their pastries. Their nook is located somewhere quiet in Uptown so you can bring in your work while sipping a cup of their coffee (they have WiFi). Ambiance is excellent and the baristas are super knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Want an authentic Italian coffee experience within the metro? Please do drop by Cafè Barbera.

    Cafe Barbera Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Cafè Barbera is located at Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    Contact No.: (02) 246-9069 extension 528
    Operating Hours:
                                 Mon    10 AM to 1 AM

                                 Tue      10 AM to 1 AM
                                 Wed     10 AM to 2 AM
                                 Thu      10 AM to 2 AM
                                 Fri       10 AM to 5 AM
                                 Sat       10 AM to 5 AM
                                 Sun      10 AM to 1 AM