Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Exit Bar.

Can you keep a secret?

Across Greenbelt 1, in the Corinthian Plaza lies a secret bar in the heart of Makati known as the Exit bar - the Rolex shop can be a good place to start. From the name itself, you will get where the entrance of this hiding place is but choose wisely on which door you’ll enter as you might end up outside the building.

If you chose the correct door, you’ll be devoured by darkness, soft music and good vibes. The hostess will accompany you to your table and hands you the menu.  The place is not that big, just right if you’re going for a romantic date or seeking for a place wherein you can talk with your closest squad and avoiding the crowd.

When I visited – weekday, the place is not full wherein there will be moments you’ll feel you have the whole place as people come and go for quick escape, drinks and food although the place is also perfect for those long conversations you want to have.

They have a limited food served in the bar, mostly finger food but you can actually order from the cafĂ© outside. Their signature cocktails are really good with a reasonable price. We ordered De Rigueur, Old Sport and Easy Street – they never disappoint me and my friends. Their cocktails are really good which I’ll recommend you to try when you get there.

Remember that not all exits are endings; sometimes it is an entrance to somewhere else to begin something more.

Read intently, clues are everywhere. Seek and you will find.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Coffee Shop.

*Late post - February 2014
Subic, Zambales

Subic has been known for its beaches. It has been one of the spots to spend summer with but other than its beaches, Subic is also rich with some good restaurants and food that are waiting to be explored. Today’s blog post is about “The Coffee Shop” which is famous for its jumbo tacos.

The Coffee Shop is located along Barrio Barretto (just outside the main center of Olongapo City), you will not have a hard time finding this place as it is just sitting by the road. The photo above is the view of the restaurant entrance from the national highway.

Huuuuuuuuuuge Taco!      

 Still standing since 1984, serving cheap good food 24/7 (they also have rooms for rent - haven't tried them). This is worth trying for when you pay a visit in Subic, Zambales.

L-R: Kirsten, Achee, Tita B, Me, Aris

 Our meal cost us almost Php 600.00 all in all. Pretty reasonable for a group of five.

Thank you for reading.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ben's Kitchen.

November 23, 2013

Me and my sister decided to see our much awaited movie of 2013 - Catching Fire at Harbor Point Subic. The movie is really really awesome! I'll definitely going to watch it again. 

Anyway, when we went out of the movie house, we looked for somewhere to eat our early dinner. She remembered Ben's Kitchen where in the family dined in sometime this year. Since I haven't tried it yet, I said why not try it now?

I like the interior of the place, I feel like I'm in a doll house. The kitchen feeling is really there.

Time to satisfy our stomachs! We checked the menu and there are really plenty of choices. I don't know what to try first. So we come up with nachos - my all time favorite, their bacon cheeseburger, some chicken and frappe's for the drink. While waiting for the order and enjoying the ambiance, they'll serve one bowl of plain popcorn. Me and my sister (Hae) can't stop talking about how perfect the book adaptation of Catching Fire was. And finally, food's server. Time to eat! 


                                             Bacon cheese burger - it is really huge! We didn't expected it this big for a single served burger.

                                                                                                       The chicken


We enjoyed the place really, talking about our favorite movie with some really good food. So when you got a chance to visit Harbor Point in Subic, try Ben's Kitchen.

                                                               my instagram (@iamkencastillo) post for this Saturdate with my sister.

 For today's outfit of the day (OOTD), a v-neck plaid top, my favorite mustache watch, a vintage belt - Mom's, brown pants plus boots!

Thank you!
All pictures in this blog post is under my ownership. Copyright on board.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Beanery.

October 26-27, 2013

I'm really into coffee shops, because of it's relaxing feeling and I love breathing into the aroma of coffee. So when I heard that The Beanery opened their new branch in Orani, Bataan, I got excited 'cause finally there's a coffee shop nearby in our provincial home.

This is another shotgun moment for me, and guess what? I'm in The Beanery for two consecutive nights - the first time is with Ate Pet and the other night is with my highschool best buddies. 

On my first visit, we arrived at around 6:30 PM at The Beanery, the place is not really loaded that time. The first time I heard of it was way back in highschool and just recently was the time for to try this one out. We landed ourselves in the couch and took turns to order, it was another new for me so I asked for their best seller - frappe which is Java Freeze, it is like the coffee jelly of Starbucks but the sinkers are not really coffee cubes. I also ordered Cordon Bleu as recommended by Ate Pet and of course my favorite food in the world - Nachos! 

We talked about personal stuffs and of course dreamed of traveling together domestically next year.

They offer a lot in there, like some finger foods, main courses and of course the usual food served in coffee shops - desserts such as cakes, muffins and various kind of beverages - frappes, coffee, juices and many more.
                                                        Photo courtesy of Danna. L-R: me, Jaz, Danna, Renz

On my second visit, I tried their lemonade and I love it 'cause it is really refreshing - tastes fresh. We ordered nachos (again), cheesecakes and we enjoyed some really good conversations; laughing at the memories back on our younger years. 

I can say the place is a good one and it is somewhere I can stay in even when I am alone. If I want to relax, I'll definitely going to go back here. 

We left the place pretty late and decided to extend our night at Jaz' house. Fine, we drink and we got drank and passed out - end of the night. It feels great waking up with these guys again, had breakfast with them and chill for a while after a long time.

                                                                             Photo courtesy of Danna. L-R: Renz, Jaz, Danna, me

Thank you!

Mom and Tina's Bakery Cafe.

October 26, 2013

After a stressful office day, catching up with friend/s felt really good especially when you missed and haven't seen each other for a couple of months. Yet, this is another shotgun coffee/dinner/bonding with friends. As suggested by Sherene (college friend/co-officer/classmate), we are trying Mom and Tina’s in Makati that night since she's really curious that the place is always loaded with people everytime she pass by. Meg Sherene went there first since I went for a quick workout before heading to the Cafe.

 Photo courtesy of Sherene, L-R: Me, Meg, and Sherene

Arriving to the place, I looked for my dates for the night and I spotted them outside already enjoying their food and good talk. Sherene had a Rum Butter Cupcake and Caffe Mocha as you can see on the picture above. The place looks good and sophisticated while Meg had lasagna (which unfortunately I wasn't able to took a picture) if my memory served me right. 

Since I am already starving, I already ordered. Since this is my first time I scanned the menu for a couple of minutes and finally chosen Chicken Relleno for dinner (I dunno if this is a recommended meal for post workout). While waiting for my order, we talked and asked how's life goin'. 

                                                                                    L-R: Me, Treng, Meg and Sherene

The Chicken Relleno is served with coleslaw, a choice of java rice (as recommended) or steamed rice and goes with an oil (dunno what it's called). While having my dinner and catching up conversations, I unexpectedly saw Treng (my forever seatmate in college) and Cheng  (Treng's boyfriend) maybe from the mall and on their way home. Literally, I ran and shout for them to notice me. Since we (me and Treng) missed each other, she couldn't help but hugged me and her usual squeak echoed in the place. They joined us for a while in our table and of course took a picture of this unexpected happening.

The food was okay for me - maybe I'm just expecting for more but I'm looking forward to trying other main course, dessert or maybe pasta from them some other time. The food is a little on its peak yet it was a place worth visiting and trying.

You can click here for their official website >>> Mom and Tina's Bakery Cafe 

Thank you! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cafe Breton.

October 21, 2013

A shotgun bonding with the best girlfriends in the world - Meg and Jhulz. We love doing this, shotgunning each other that made me believe that unplanned nightouts/dinner/coffee or whatever it is are always the best and ones which push through, do you agree? can you relate?

We are really fans of coffee shops and we love trying and exploring different things together. This time, it is Cafe Breton in Greenbelt 3, Makati City. 

Cafe Breton is known for their French crepes and fine coffee. So for the crepe fans out there, this is the place for you.

L-R: Jhulz, Meg and me

The place is nice and cozy, perfect for some deep conversations between friends, families and couples. The dim effect of the place made the environment to be somehow romantic.

 We tried the "fireball" - flaming crepe due to the rum added to it. I found it entertaining while the French dressed waiter lit the crepe and watched it until the flame was fully out. The white forest (frappe) is really nice and just mixed perfectly while my girls cappuccino is a bit strong so they needed some sugar (syrup) added to it to avoid them being up all night.

I can say the price of their dishes, frappes and crepes are just right considering the compositions of each crepe.

Thank you.

Caffe Ti-Amo.

October 15, 2013

Since it is a holiday, me and some of my office mates decided to relax and chill for a while after office hours and we landed ourselves in Caffe Ti-Amo located in Greenbelt 5, Makati City.

Caffe Ti-Amo offers Italian gelatos, caffelato frappes, waffle gelatos, sandwiches, coffees and teas. I can say that they serve a really affordable and good deal to satisfy your cravings for ice creams/gelatos with a wide varieties to choose from. The place is really simple yet the ambiance is perfect for chilling out after a stressful work day.

photo collage courtesy of Roselle. L-R: Roselle, Aprille, Erika and me.

 Mocha Frappe and Gelatos

Waffle gelatos, egg sandwich, tiramisu caffelato frappe

you can visit their facebook fan page here >>> Caffe Ti-Amo
also you can follow them in twitter @CaffeTiAmoPh

Thank you!