Working in Cebu for the last four
months have been a whirlwind of emotions-- sometimes enjoying with
friends, often working too hard. But if there's something to enjoy
about the city, it would definitely be its broad selection of
cuisines and restaurants to choose from. Indeed, it is one
consolation I can reward myself whenever I feel homesick. After not
being back in Bacolod since the Holidays, I had a deep urge to go
home one weekend. Almost three months later, and I was in a hurry to
go back-- at least for a weekend.
Taking a photo of Mt. Canlaon while on board Cebu Pacific-- felt like a bad ass!
Arriving at the crack of dawn on a
Sunday, I was too excited to explore how much the city had changed.
After reading about newly opened restaurants and the booming economy
sector of my hometown, I was eager to see how things have changed
during my short absence. Surprisingly, I can name at least two new
restaurants and cafes, a hotel, and even a newly renovated
restaurant-- indeed, life was bustling in the city.
I made it a point to visit one of these
new establishments so I could revive my food blog. After having been
working and writing non-stop for a company, my weekends have been
spent “trying” (emphasis on trying) to relax and of course,
attending to my Church duties. So after spending nearly three months
of following a weekly routine consisting mostly of
work-sleep-church-laundry-and-repeat, I decided that this overnight
stay in Bacolod would be my official rest weekend.
Seeing as to how much I missed cooking
and in turn, the number of people that have missed me, my objective
of 'resting' turned into a series of hanging out with different
members of my family and friends. If you've never been to this
laid-back part of the country, “hang out” actually means either
eating lunch/dinner or having coffee/cake. In my case, it was all of
the above! Without my approval, my arrival quickly turned into just a
few minutes before my scheduled plane ride back to my temporary
“home.” But not before I visited the newest cafe, Tiffany's
Along 8th St. Lacson
The cafe is actually a converted garage
It was one of those days-- where I
couldn't decide where to go for coffee; where my demand for a
delicious cup of Joe reigned higher than just having a quick fix. One
of those days where I wanted a quality cup of coffee and just not to
be seen. Yes, definitely not to be seen. The years I've spent as a
freelancer has taught me to get to know myself and identify that when
days like these arise, no amount of coffee from Starbucks or Coffee
Bean can appease. It was one of those days when I actually wanted to
slowly savor and enjoy my hot cup of coffee without worrying about a
deadline; or whether or not the seat I took was nearby a power
outlet; or if the cafe had free Wi-Fi.
Yes, it was definitely one of those
Accompanied by my sister, it was
actually she who told me about this newly opened haven-- a remnant of
one of our favorite cafes in Manila, Mary Grace. Complete with
its steel patio seats and dainty interior, the cafe looked like an
actual Pin brought to life: with its decorative chalkboards and
carefully prepared text, serving trays, among other things. Tiffany's
gave us a flashback of the garden area of Mary Grace in Serendra.
Only this time, it was away from the hustle and bustle of both
vehicular and on-foot traffic. Oh and yes, the absence of delicious
pasta and salad selections from the menu. Thankfully, there was
cake-- and coffee too!
My favorite part of the cafe!
Entering the quaint cafe, my sister
introduced me to the young belle behind the counter, who turned out
to be the owner-- Tiffany. While stirring a fresh batter, she looked
up and gave a warm smile. 'Di ba taga St. Scho ka?'
she asked. (You're from St. Scho, right?) I smiled back and told her
about our common friends-- the Consing sisters.
My sister ordered the Leche Flan,
a typical Filipino dessert made from caramelized egg yolks,
evaporated milk, and condensed milk. Served in a souffle dish, the
dessert resembled crème brulee; with a clear layer on top and its
caramelized sugars enveloping it. The amount of sweetness it had was
the perfect accompaniment to the freshly brewed cup of coffee served
Leche Flan (P 50)
I was in on a mission. I wanted to try something different, anew to
my liking; yet light enough to keep me happy. The waiter pointed out
the new items on their menu and one of them caught my attention: the
Kalabasa Cream Cheese Roll.
I settled for the Kalabasa Cream Cheese Roll simply because it had
two ingredients that I loved: Kalabasa (Squash) and Cream Cheese.
Upon its arrival on our table, I expected the taste of the roll to be
similar to that of mashed squash-- though a bit weird, it may have
been the reason why I decided to go for the roll. Much to my
surprise, the roll actually tasted decent. Its amount of cream cheese
went really well with the kalabasa sponge to the point that it felt
like eating a regular cake. Despite finding it delicious (and
strange), I kept searching for a more pungent taste of the vegetable.
Kalabasa Cream Cheese Roll (P 70)
also ordered a Kalamunding Bar (Calamansi),
simply because I loved to eat Lemon Pies. Though I expected it to be
more sour, its taste was balanced by sweet flavors; remembering that
this was, after all, Bacolod City. Locals would be more akin to sweet
instead of sour tastes.
Kalamunding Bar (P 12)
having been drinking 3-in-1 coffee for the past three months, it was
such a delight to have been served a freshly brewed cup of coffee
that I found myself smiling as I inhaled its aroma, delighting myself
before taking a sip-- afraid that my cup would soon end and I would
be reminded that it was time to go back to my life in Cebu.
Brewed Coffee (P 35)
then Tiffany's. Until then. I shall be dreaming of that delicious
Kalabasa Cream Cheese Roll again tonight.
is located at #6 8th
Lacson Street, Bacolod City. It is in the small street along Chowking
Lacson. They are open from Monday – Saturday from 11:00am –
7:00pm. For inquiries, call 09228008178.