Heaven in a waffle

Heaven in a waffle

We’ve found Bean & Yolk in Alabang’s Westgate Hub, a place that sets the bar for all-day-breakfast places. Cozy interiors you’d want to hang out in for hours; check; healthy and delicious dishes; check; and the best cuppa made farm to table coffee beans; check.

This unassuming exterior will welcome you to brunch heaven.

Bean & Yolk, in case you haven’t caught on from reading the name, is a place that serves coffee and eggs—the kind of food that you’re certain to find at any breakfast table.

It’s the kind of place that serves food for people who aren’t too keen on being tied down to office desks. It’s a feast for the eyes for someone who loves minimalism, with its Scandinavian-inspired design dominated by whites and browns with a touch of blue from the low-hanging lamps.

Stay hungry, be humble. Wise words to live by.

Quotes adorning walls combined with the colors turn this place into a mini-haven for those with a curated Instagram feed. Seating options are as varied as a lady’s closet: long tables, a long couch on the far wall, bar stools by the entrance, and your standard table-and-chair.

The ambiance makes you want to sit down and chat—or work—they have outlets for those with laptops and mobile phones—all while you enjoy a cup of premium roast, a sandwich, a rice bowl, or even a full meal.

Eat

This is probably the HEALTHIEST tocino you will ever find in Metro Manila.

Healthy eats is the name of the game at Bean & Yolk. They’re proud of serving dishes with all-natural ingredients, like their B&Y Chicken Tocino. It’s a filling bowl of rice topped with tender, homemade, nitrate-free chicken tocino, fresh atsara (pickled vegetable), mango salsa, spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes, and a perfectly poached egg.

We wouldn’t blame you for being eager to devour this bowl, especially if you like your meat sweet and savory.

There’s also the sweet, fluffy and crunchy Cereal Waffle. No, the waffles do not have cereal in them but are served with a healthy sprinkling of Froot Loops, mixed berries, and two scoops of vanilla ice cream. It’s a good way to end a meal or start your day, especially when you drizzle their waffle syrup onto the waffles. It’s almost like eating a cloud that’s had a bit of sweet rainwater left on top.

It’s called Cara’s Fave for a reason: it’s beyond delicious.

A definite favorite is the aptly-named Cara’s Fave. It’s their interpretation of what a grilled cheese sandwich ought to be: a creamy, gooey, delicious mess. 

We won’t mind if you drool.

Picture this: a medium-fried egg with a slice of mozzarella on top and cheddar cheese on the bottom, sandwiched between two slices of buttered brioche. Add a bit of honey and you have yourself a sandwich you can’t resist.

Drink

As a cafe/brunch place, coffee pretty much dominates their menu. They’ve got milkshakes, lattes, and teas, but we still recommend their coffee. They get their beans from Common Man Coffee Roasters, a specialty roaster based in Singapore, which procures beans straight from farmers—a perfect partner for Bean & Yolk’s push towards high quality, all-natural ingredients.

A flat white goes well with Cara’s Fave.

Ask for their flat white if you’re looking for something to enjoy, or get them to brew one of their uncommon beans for a different flavor.

The basics
About Php400 (USD7.5) per person
Westgate Hub, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Facebook.com/beanandyolkph, @beanandyolkph on Instagram

Words and photos by Andronico Del Rosario

Eat (and drink) the 80s & the 90s

Eat (and drink) the 80s & the 90s

We are saying “Yes Please” to this new place in hip The Fort, which is like it’s cut for the Gen X. From 80s and the 90s inspired decor to great cocktails named after the era’s icons, the newest concept bar by celebrity vlogger Erwan Heussaff will definitely, as Queen’s song goes, “rock you!”

 

Maverick cocktail, also tagged as the Perfect Wingman

Celebrity food vlogger Erwan Heussaff’s newest concept bar, Yes Please in hip Uptown Bonifacio in The Fort, is putting a playful spin on retro fun, specifically on all things 80s and 90s.

Yes Please celebrates the things we love about that decade. It’s alive with neon lights, pastel-colored murals, and sofas upholstered in a mishmash of velvet and floral.

Hail to the best pizza place in Siargao

It will be a shame to visit Siargao and skip Kermit, the island stop for wonderful cocktail concoctions, the best pizza in town and perfect tropical resto-bar setting.

Kermit’s hands on owner Gianni Grifoni with his little one at Kermit

Kermit in General Luna, Siargao, is a lively resto-bar where it seems everyone around knows everybody. But it’s not for this reason alone that you should go. The open deck you walk onto barefoot fitted with loungy seats and sunken chairs is prolly the most relaxed spot I’ve been to recently. While the area is exclusive to guests staying at Kermit and the affable owner Gianni Grifoni’s personal guests, there is a rustic tropical space next to it where you can grab a seat to eat or drink or both.

Local curates Siargao

When islander Elaine Abonal is on a break from teaching surfing in Siargao, you’ll catch her on road trips, swimming in wild islands and eating at her favorite dining places

Elaine enjoying a day out in Dako Island

I was born and raised
 in Manila but I’ve been frequenting Siargao
 for the past 13 years.
At first I would stay for one month, then one month became two, and later on it stretched longer. In 2016, we started renting a house and got ourselves a dog.

My goal is to provide the best way to teach surfing in Siargao.
At Surfista Travels, we cover all bases when we teach, from theory to safety to etiquette. We do photo analysis. Surfista’s emphasis is for one to become a learned surfer.

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