CRAFT COFFEE WORKSHOP (with The Manila Review)
A Homey, Creativity-inspiring Hangout for Coffee Connoisseurs, Nomad Managers & Friends :)
I first visited Craft Coffee Workshop last December 15, for the launch of The Manila Review, an independent publication that aims to promote critical thinking on today’s culture and issues, catapulted by Leloy Claudio and Mara Coson. Check it out here. Yes, December 15. Backlog, I know.
As a sucker for aesthetic (and gender neutral) rustic design and great ambiance, I instantly fell in love with the place without having sampled the coffee yet.
The Cheapest Round-The-World Trip for P1,500
November 9, 2012
Our minds are our greatest travel benefactors. It allows us to sail seas and cross continents with mere visual, olfactory or gustatory suggestions. And that’s the experience that the Lifestyle Network and Nestle’s Around The World In Small Plates benefit dinner for I Can Serve Foundation at Rockwell Tent attempted to give to its guests.
Japanese-style Black Sesame Okra Salad :)
Because of my kitchen deprivation for the past 2.5 months, I created this on the same day I made Coconut-Peanut Ice Cream and my Coco Loco Vegan Waffles.
I felt a shortage of vegetables, particularly of the green, and relatively un-greasy variety, while I was in Sri Lanka. So, I attacked all green and/or leafy vegetables in sight. One of my first tasty victims was the Okra in this ridiculously easy, surprisingly tasty, simple and fresh salad, which some of its early doubters now claims could rival movie food and/or pulutan. Simply:
COCO LOCO: Vegan Waffles with Coconut Meat and Home-made Coconut-Peanut Ice Cream!
My take on one of my most favorite breakfasts in life ever (from Hariharalaya Retreat Centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia). :D
I’ve been away from the kitchen for so long since my 2.5-month trip around Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Sri Lanka, that cooking was the activity I immediately sought out as soon as I had time away from sleep and get-togethers.
A week before leaving, the ice cream maker I had ordered had just come in and I only had 2 chances to experiment with it then. This time, I made some rather delightful home-made Coconut-Peanut Ice Cream, which I later decided would go well with this waffle. :)
As mentioned in my post on the epic clouds at Little Adam’s Peak, I was pleased to find a little town in which it was relatively inexpensive to stay and eat. And my did I eat well in Ella. Let me count the ways. :)
Utopia in Luang Prabang, Laos
August 2012 - Luang Prabang, Laos
Tucked away somewhere inside the small and narrow streets from Phomma That Road is this dreamy, almost surreal, hidden (yet popular) Eden in Luang Prabang aptly called Utopia, a peaceful and inviting environment for everyone, whether you’re into yoga, reading, writing, having alone time, enjoying good food and drinks, or hanging out with friends and playing board games.
Cheap Vegetarian Eats in Chiang Mai, Thailand
A pleasant surprise I’ve come to realize on this trip is that it really isn’t that hard to maintain a vegetarian diet while traveling. You can always find yummy vegetable dishes or salads, and you can always ask people to omit the meat in your Phad Thai or replace it with veg-friendly tofu.
I’ve also found that vegetarian dining can be the easiest to your pocket, and that was especially true for me in Chiang Mai.
Magic Bread Bakeshop: Cheap Vegetarian Food & TVP Source
After my often referenced vegetarian food cooking session, I went on a quest for the “strange” vegetarian ingredients, the first one being TVP or Textured Vegetable Protein. Alessa referred me to the Magic Bread Bakeshop, which I later found out also offered some cheap vegetarian eats. Not being of burgers, veggie or non-veggie ones, I didn’t find the food particularly compelling, specially since I went there with one goal in mind: to buy TVP. What’s TVP?