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    Patricia

    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.


    I've read about Egg-It from Spot.ph and was instantly curious about the hype. Egg-It is supposed to be a play of the word egette which are famous street-style waffles from Hong Kong which, as I've also read, are surprisingly very cheap. I've never been to HK and the peculiarity of this food sure made me interested to try it.

    Being frequent visitors of Kapitolyo, it didn't take us long to find Egg-It. We first dined on the restaurant beside it, Pomodoro Pizza, (read about it here) and decided to have a sort of waffle dessert at Egg-It after.


    Egg-It is a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant. Their space was pretty limited (but kudos for not making it feel cramped), there a few tables and chairs set-up, and the vibe was more of casual. Nothing fancy schmancy here. MJ, who was in the resto, was kind enough to let us borrow their menu while still in Pomodoro so we could decide what we would order later.


    Egg-It's menu
    I already had my heart set out for Mango Caramel, Ian chose Blueberry and Charm picked Cookies and Cream. Minutes later, the place was enveloped with the smell of pancakes cooking (which instantly puts me in a good mood~). We were all so enthused with trying the egettes, we may have overlooked that it was indicated that servings were good for sharing. Hahaha. So when our orders were served, we were a bit overwhelmed by the size.


    The Mango Caramel was a fitting combination of the soft, generous mango chunks, and chewy and crunchy-on-the-edges waffle, made even better by the ample drizzle of caramel syrup. Yum! Dessert and breakfast in one! My second favorite would be the Cookies and Cream. I found the chocolate waffle really chocolate-y (for a lack of a better term, hahaha) which was enjoyable, as well as the crunchy texture because of the crushed bits of chocolate biscuits. Lastly, the Blueberry was a mix of cream, blueberry preserves and strawberry syrup on top of a fresh off the griddle egette. Looks really yummy but I'm just not very fond of blueberries. :)

    For something delicious, filling and hassle-free, try Egg-It! I know I'll be back for the Black Pepper SPAM with Cheese variety!

    *

    Egg-It Hong Kong Style Waffles is located at 6F San Rafael Corner Santa Rosa Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
    Contact No.: +63 915 269-6424
    Operating Hours: 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM
    Official Facebook Page
    @eggitwaffleshop at Instagram
    . Tuesday, September 30, 2014 .

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    . Tuesday, September 30, 2014 .


    I've read about Egg-It from Spot.ph and was instantly curious about the hype. Egg-It is supposed to be a play of the word egette which are famous street-style waffles from Hong Kong which, as I've also read, are surprisingly very cheap. I've never been to HK and the peculiarity of this food sure made me interested to try it.

    Being frequent visitors of Kapitolyo, it didn't take us long to find Egg-It. We first dined on the restaurant beside it, Pomodoro Pizza, (read about it here) and decided to have a sort of waffle dessert at Egg-It after.


    Egg-It is a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant. Their space was pretty limited (but kudos for not making it feel cramped), there a few tables and chairs set-up, and the vibe was more of casual. Nothing fancy schmancy here. MJ, who was in the resto, was kind enough to let us borrow their menu while still in Pomodoro so we could decide what we would order later.


    Egg-It's menu
    I already had my heart set out for Mango Caramel, Ian chose Blueberry and Charm picked Cookies and Cream. Minutes later, the place was enveloped with the smell of pancakes cooking (which instantly puts me in a good mood~). We were all so enthused with trying the egettes, we may have overlooked that it was indicated that servings were good for sharing. Hahaha. So when our orders were served, we were a bit overwhelmed by the size.


    The Mango Caramel was a fitting combination of the soft, generous mango chunks, and chewy and crunchy-on-the-edges waffle, made even better by the ample drizzle of caramel syrup. Yum! Dessert and breakfast in one! My second favorite would be the Cookies and Cream. I found the chocolate waffle really chocolate-y (for a lack of a better term, hahaha) which was enjoyable, as well as the crunchy texture because of the crushed bits of chocolate biscuits. Lastly, the Blueberry was a mix of cream, blueberry preserves and strawberry syrup on top of a fresh off the griddle egette. Looks really yummy but I'm just not very fond of blueberries. :)

    For something delicious, filling and hassle-free, try Egg-It! I know I'll be back for the Black Pepper SPAM with Cheese variety!

    *

    Egg-It Hong Kong Style Waffles is located at 6F San Rafael Corner Santa Rosa Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
    Contact No.: +63 915 269-6424
    Operating Hours: 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM
    Official Facebook Page
    @eggitwaffleshop at Instagram
    . Saturday, September 27, 2014 .


    If there's one thing that I cannot give up eating, it would be chocolates. I live and breathe for chocolates. Fun fact: I once went with friends to a ~*~fashion bloggers~*~ bazaar and instead of buying clothes, I bought chocolates worth a thousand pesos. Everyone was just astounded. Hahaha. I could tell you a lot of other times when I was chocolate-crazy but I'd rather not bore you with that.

    I first had a taste of Coco Dolce through my friend from work, Cath, which at that time was in its most generic form: the plain milk chocolate variety, no labels and packaging yet and not even a name (or as far as we know). She just told us her sister's a part of the business and that the chocolate was from Davao.

    We all fell in love with it because it's not too sweet unlike most available chocolate candy bars in the market today. The first thing that came to mind is that it had a certain depth and richness in flavor, like a toned down version of Cadbury but actually better.


    The second time Cath brought the chocolates to the office, it's the one with Pili nuts, which, I think, was exponentially more enjoyable than the plain one. Kind of how Magnum Almond is way, way, waaaaay better than Magnum Classic! And since, this time, it came with a cute box, we found out more about this gourmet chocolate.

    Coco Dolce is manufactured by a company called Free Food Coconut Manufacturing which is based in Davao and is said to have pioneered the use of pure organic coconut sugar and virgin coconut oil with cocoa beans. (I've done a bit of research about coconut sugar. To learn more, click here.) Coconut sugar seems to be the "lesser evil" of sugars so this chocolate might actually be a teeny bit kinder to your body. Also, according to this article, "Coconut sugar is caramel colored with a taste that is similar to that of brown sugar..." so maybe that explains the richer flavor.


    Coco Dolce was such a delight to eat! I just wish it would be more readily available here in Manila. I'd be the first in line! I also do hope that they soon have other flavors, like the ones from my other favorite local artisan chocolates brand, Theo and Philo.

    Shoot me a message if you're interested in purchasing these sweet treats. :)
    . Wednesday, September 24, 2014 .

    Original illustration by Tara Jacoby
    One So What's Your Art? I found this funny blog post (okay, I follow Ely Buendia on Twitter) by Chelo Bacarro. For those who don't really fit in any creative mold (draw, photograph, sing, paint, you know -- relate!) but has great appreciation nonetheless. Is food art? Because that's the only thing I think I could be useful at.

    Two Karen O and Julian Casablancas interviewing each other. :)

    Three Read this interesting and intriguing article in Jezebel titled What Former Sluts Tell Their Daughters About Sex. An interesting point of view from different people from reddit as well as the author, Tracy Moore, of course.

    Four Everybody seems to be taking this personality test lately. I was curious (though I've always known that my personality result always started with an I through the Myers-Briggs test before) and took it. I'm an ISFP which means Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving.

    Five I can't believe I'm at the age where I'm beginning to say, "Back in the day..." LOL. So for your 90s music nostalgia and because I believe that the 90s are the best decade, click on this link. You're welcome.

    Six The Devault-Graves Agency releases the first J. D. Salinger e-book. And while you're at it, you may also want to watch the documentary Salinger released last year. You won't regret it.

    Seven I'm soooo looking forward to watching The Theory of Everything. Just watching the trailer makes me all teary-eyed and sad. A movie about Stephen B. Hawking! Plus, Felicity Jones is in it!

    Eight This hypnotic bit of food porn~ ugh!


    ROSE by Carte Noire from ))) datafone on Vimeo.
    . Sunday, September 21, 2014 .


    Kapitolyo definitely doesn't disappoint. It's a neighborhood of diverse cuisines that caters to everyone's quirky definition of delicious in a wide range of prices. Every now and then, different restaurants pop up waiting to be discovered, for everybody's dining pleasure. What was supposed to be just a visit to Egg-It (will be discussed in another post) turned into a 2-course meal. We ended up trying Pomodoro Pizza first and had the Hong Kong-style waffles as dessert.

    Pomodoro Pizza is located in the more unknown street of Kapitolyo (well, at least for us), and it's one of the few restaurants lined up there. They opened around March this year, and just recently, they announced that they are open until Sundays, 6:00 AM to 12:00 MN.


    Though they offer an authentic Italian dining experience, it's a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant so expect it to be no-frills and simple. It's also specified on their menu that their pizza is hand-made and their other ingredients are fresh and not pre-cooked, so you may have to wait a little bit.


    Ate Michelle working on our House Special Pizza
    On the table:


    We had the House Special Pizza since Ate Michelle told us it was one of their best sellers. For myself, I ordered Stuffed Tomatoes (LOL dodging carbs like it's a freaking bullet), Charm had the Tuna Fusilli and Ian had the Bataan Tinapa Pasta.

    The House Special Pizza is a thin crust pizza with their signature Pomodoro sauce, onions, ham, bacon, olives, bell pepper, basil, cheddar, mozzarella, and another "secret" cheese. The pizza was delicious. *insert A-OK hand sign emoji here* For sure you could taste that the quality of the ingredients were not compromised despite it leaning on the affordable side. The Bataan Tinapa Pasta is light, with a really nice smokey tinapa flavor to it, not scrimping on the tinapa flakes and cheese, and also wonderfully seasoned with herbs and tomatoes. Yum! Lastly, the Tuna Fusilli is pasta topped with tuna simmered in home-made Bechamel sauce, pesto, bell peppers and cheese. It was a great balance of creaminess of the sauce and the generous tuna flakes, nothing overpowering the other. It was a super enjoyable treat that you'll not easily get tired of.

    I'm really glad hole-in-the-wall restaurants are becoming a staple in Kapitolyo. Imagine enjoying quality dishes without shelling out too much. Pomodoro Pizza is certainly our new go-to place for affordable, delicious Italian food. That secret sauce got us hooked, and I can't wait to try their dessert, Cani-late! Everything we ordered was satisfyingly good. So whenever you're in the neighborhood and want to try something new, be sure to drop by this place. :)


    Pomodoro Pizza is located at 6G San Rafael Corner Santa Rosa Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
    Operating Hours: 6:00 AM - 12:00 MN, Mondays thru Sundays
    Contact No.: +63 927 589 4426
    View their full menu here.

    Official Facebook Page
    @pomodoropizzaph at Twitter
    @pomodoropizzaph at Instagram

    . Thursday, September 18, 2014 .


    1. Bed/snuggle/ramen/sweater weather the past few days. I just want to curl up in bed all day.
    2. Pistachio Berries n' Cream cupcake by Cupcakes by Sonja.
    3. This random vandalism inside a jeepney
    4. I have a thing for Chinese and Japanese... food. Hen Lin's siomai and takoyaki forever~
    5. Dear Photograph, this was 20 years ago. So much has changed and so much remained the same.
    6. Krispy Kreme x Cadbury doughnuts. Triple Chocolate FTW! 

    I have been totally pre-occupied with work the past 2 weeks or so, and I cannot stop stress-eating again. The upcoming weekend will be spent sleeping and watching Orange is the New Black and Penny Dreadful. (OITNB reminds me of The L Word, and Taylor Schilling could pass as Katy Perry's twin IMO!) Also, I can't believe September is almost coming to an end. Next month, I'll be a year older again. Right now, I'm just looking forward to our dinner buffet and out of town trip next week! It's going to be FUN!

    . Tuesday, September 16, 2014 .


    Between Lenses is a blog link-up initiated by Tara of Tara Victoria and Trina of Of Trees and Hues. I'm so excited to participate in this one because I think it's such a creative collaboration, and it's the first time I'll be joining a photography challenge. Tara and Trina will be posting a word as a theme and people are invited to share their photographs inspired with the current prompt. Just capture it the best way you can! And it's definitely fun to see the different interpretations by different bloggers.

    For this week, the word is Silence.


    It's those moments between dreaming and waking up early in the morning, those sudden pauses that came with unanticipated realizations. Just savoring that point in time that's completely empty of words and thoughts while at the same time listening and learning from it. Silence pretty much took over my life lately. It's not that I'm complaining. Actually, all this absence of complications and turmoil inside my brain is very refreshing. I guess you could also see it as a moment of clarity. My life has been a series of ups and downs and hits and misses this past year, and I think, this may be exactly what I need.

    When words and images fail, there is always the unexpected comfort of silence.

    *

    According to Trina's blog, Between Lenses' goal is "to capture & reflect upon life, to cultivate inspiration among one another and to connect with other bloggers." If you want to participate in this blog link-up, please click here.

    . Monday, September 08, 2014 .


    I've been watching a lot of Asian films lately, and this bunch has been, so far, the cream of the crop:

    1. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. I've already seen Old Boy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance so I already had some expectations with this film. As usual, it did not disappoint. It's ghastly but beautiful. (μ)

    2. I Saw The Devil. Another revenge movie recommended by a friend. I'm not really a big fan of violence and gore but I think I may have to make an exception with this film. It was very graphic and brutal and would make you feel mostly uncomfortable but cinematography was excellent. The story's not that 100% original (movie would remind you of Se7en) but nevertheless a masterpiece. Definitely a must watch.(μ)

    3. A Letter to Momo. An anime that will remind you of Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro but it's nothing of a remake or rehash of the Ghibli films. It is delightful, magical and real at the same time. I loved the Japanese scenic landscapes. (μ)

    4. Time of Eve. There were points in the movie where I was really confused and I find highly improbable to happen, but it still raises some good controversial points around prejudice and beliefs. (μ)

    5. Confessions. Pure brilliance. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, holding on for dear life. One of the best films I've seen this year. I'm just glad to have watched this, there's a certain satisfaction in watching a film as great as this. (μ)

    6. Last Life in the Universe. I just had to quote this review from IMDB: "This is not a simple or straight-forward film, but nor is it complicated or pretentious. Last Life in the Universe is difficult to sum up without mentioning its imagery, of which you have to see for yourself to appreciate, or describing it with the words 'beautiful' and 'subtle' - I almost managed it." (μ)

    . Saturday, September 06, 2014 .


    The whole cronuts craze may have died down but Bronuts has proven they are here to stay. First launched September 2013, I've first heard of them on Podium's Manly Eats last year but never got the opportunity to try them out. The only other brand of cronuts I was able to taste was Wildflour's (yes, I joined the bandwagon and was one of those who got in line just to get my hands on those sinful treats), and last January, sadly, they announced they will be stopping production of their cronuts. *sighing in unison*


    So what is it about Bronuts?

    Bronuts looks fun, sounds fun and tastes fun. They have out-of-the-box flavors and they name each flavor with a different kind of twist! Also, they both have sweet and savory flavors! Such a treat!

    At long last, I was able to try a few of their flavors after visiting their new stall in SM Megamall. I ordered their best-sellers: PMS (pure melted Toblerone on what appears to be sort of red velvet cronut with cream cheese filling), Cream Cheese and Bacon (cream cheese and chives topping with sour cream filling with bacon bits inside) and Belgian Chocolate with Salted Caramel (belgian chocolate coating topped with toffee crunch plus salted caramel in the middle).

    I've honestly would've gotten one of each flavor but I got to have self-control! (~will power! halp meeh plz~) LOL. Otherwise, all the weight I've lost before would creep back around in no time. Man, these things are just so hard to resist! :(


    Being the sucker for chocolates that I am, PMS is definitely my favorite. Ugh. Don't get me started on that generous, luscious, thick coating of Toblerone. And with every bite, you get the sharp taste of the cream cheese in the middle. Definitely a great contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate. Yu-uhm. I could just lick my fingers all day from all that excess chocolate and cream cheese. That little triangle of Toblerone on top was a sweet bonus, too. Definitely will keep all your PMS and other womanly woes at bay. Hahaha.

    I can't wait to try their other flavors. UGH.


    Bronuts is located at Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Mega Mall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

    Other branch:
    Food on Four, 4th Floor, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


    To see their entire menu, click here.

    . Wednesday, September 03, 2014 .


    I think I can safely say that we're over our slight obsession with Kanto Freestyle Breakfast because we finally wanted something different to try for breakfast. A quick search using the app Zomato brought our attention to Harina Cafe, a place that serves breakfast that's located in White Plains, which is a stone's throw away from our office. Perfect.

    Without doing prior research and just relying on good ol' Google Maps to get there, I think we've driven along the stretch of White Plains twice looking for Harina Cafe. We almost gave up (and our cab driver obviously wasn't too happy with all the circling around which I don't understand because that's why you take a cab, right?) and decided instead to go to Banapple when we finally found the place. (I saw in most blogs that they had a signage hanging that you won't miss when driving along White Plains but for some reason, it wasn't there when we paid a visit.)


    I think they just opened when we got there because it's still quite hot inside. Though I really like the overall vibe of Harina. It's like the cozy, friendly neighborhood bakery that everybody in town keeps coming back to. (Well, after researching for this blog post, I found out that Harina Cafe used to be called Monsee's Chefs and Bakers. It was more of a bakery than a restaurant before, serving a wide array of breads and pastries.We saw the Monsees signage but since we weren't aware of this fact, we just kept passing by Harina.)


    They also offer different kinds of spreads, cold cuts and cheese, muffins, a whole variety of pastries and other products.

    I was expecting to catch a whiff of something cooking in the oven but I guess they aren't baking anything yet that morning.