Finding the New Coffee Spot in and around BF Homes (Part 3)

Excited to share the third batch of a good coffee spot around BF Homes. Coming from my first two lists, some café shops are still around, some moved to a new location while some are now close. It just shows how tough it is to maintain the operation in the midst of so many coffee stores (from foreign to local to niche artisan competition).

To my disappointment, some of my previous lists fail

to brew consistency. During the time of writing them, they were good but we have a couple of visits since then with a frustrating cup. One day, coffee is great; the next, bland. But this new line-up seems to remain consistent so far with the three stores opening last 2016 and the other back in 2014 . Taste is espresso-strong with a fair hint of milky-richness. Venue is also ideal for an intimate meet-up with friends, polish a work deck, or just study and get a corner for reading.

Here’s the new pick with flat white (an espresso based coffee beverage prepared by pouring microfoam, a steamed milk consisting of small fine bubbles with a glossy or velvety consistency, over a shot of espresso. It is somewhat similar to the traditional 140 ml cappuccino or latte although smaller in volume, therefore having a higher proportion of coffee to milk—allowing the espresso to dominate the flavour*) as the common order for the first three and hot latte for the last two.

Address: #29 Presidents Ave, BF Homes, Sucat, Parañaque

Bowen 24 Cafe at Presisent Avenue - BF Homes

Address: #196 J. Elizalde Ave. BF Homes, Sucat, Paranaque (beside Scooter Depot)

Lusine Cafe at Elizalde St BF Homes

Address: Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Exchange Alley Coffee House Molito Alabang

Address: 273 Aguirre Ave, Parañaque, 1720 Metro Manila

It took a while before I get to drink my latte, coffee art is just way too adorable.

I should have included this on my earlier list but we haven’t really decided to try and go up to their second-floor store until just recently when we’ve learned that they supply the same dessert at Toby’s Estate. Apparently the brownie which is “not a brownie” has their own coffee shop and it’s good!

Address: Mezzanine Level, JJACC Building, 169 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

Not a brownie dessert at Toby's Estate

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_white

Photo Source: Images via the FB page of each Coffee Store except Farmer's Orchard.

BF Home’s Thrifty Meals (Order Below Php100)

Trying to be thrifty as we start the New Year? How do we begin exactly? Start with small things, agree. The realistic target. The doable plan. The clear goal—to save!

Maybe less frappuccino purchase and more home-made brews or instant coffee?

More recycled get-up than shop for a new batch of clothes?

Limit the cinema experience to DVD nights at home?

Go to a more affordable restos than the fine-dining type?

Perhaps, yes to all? Let me explore the last one especially when inside the village where dining becomes a euphoria to many.

The challenge is to find a place where meal affordability is available without compromising the food quality. Seldom do we find a not pricey but yummy venue to eat (while offering decent facilities, too).

Here are the inexpensive below Php100 meals inside BF Homes, Paranaque that you can check in alphabetical order (can’t rank which is which—all seem so fair-priced and yum):

atoys porkchop bf homes restaurants below 100 writenowna (2)Address: 195 Aguirre Avenue

Not Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Porksilog – porkchop with fried rice and egg at Php70 (or plain rice with egg at Php50)

What to expect? Thin slice of porkchop yet I enjoyed the distinct a-bit-salty taste of it. Ideal match with rice and the sunny side up egg.

boss chief bacolod bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 318 Aguirre Avenue

Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Bacolod Batchoy (or 2 pork barbeque, garlic, rice and drinks) at Php85

What to expect? A good hot bowl of batchoy while the barbeque has a fair portion for its amount.

Dusadee Thai

dusadee thai pork bagoong bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 40 Aguirre Avenue

Not Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Pork Bagoong Rice Meal at Php95

What to expect: An honest, no-pretensions, no-frills serving of Thai plate.

eans burger bf homes restaurants below 100 writenowna (2)Address: 265 El Grande Avenue

Not air-conditioned

Suggested Meal: Single Quarter Pound at Php50 and add nachos on the side for Php35

What to expect? Excellent taste for its price versus your usual fast-food burgers plus their patty is actually juicy.

lugawan republic bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 33 Aguirre Avenue

Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Basic Lugaw at Php60

What to expect? Hot Pinoy comfort food with garlic, onion leaves, quail egg, and tiny goto slice that is so delicious! For me, the best congee ever (even against the more expensive competitors)!

Maty’s

matys tapsilog bf homes restaurants below 100 writenowna (2)Address: 289 Aguirre Avenue

Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Tapsilog at Php75 and Barsilog at Php40

What to expect? This is my preferred tapsilog place than the other more famous tapa chains. Serving is small (as the usual) but taste is way better.

outbox bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 318 Aguirre Avenue

Not Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Quicky Cheesy Beef at Php65

What to expect? Pocket friendly meal but you might need to order extra rice to make sure you leave with full stomach. Beef is served right for its amount and the taste is A-okay than expected.

shawarma snack center bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 42 President’s Avenue and El Grande Arcade, El Grande Avenue

Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Special Shawarma (beef, chicken, or mix ) Php75

What to expect? Such a satisfying wrap but servers at President Avenue are consistently not very enthusiastic—giving cold service vis-a-vis the warm shawarma.

UPDATE (as of February 2017)

  • New address of Maty’s is 273 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
  • Outbox – closed

Photo Source: Images via Facebook page of each establishment.

HollerMall: Home to 44 PH Online Brands

BF Homes especially the stretch of Aguirre Street is known to satisfy the seekers for gastro adventures and I’ve been writing about some fascinating restaurant encounters. Other than great food, shopping for some exclusive finds is a highlight here too!

We’ve all purchased something via the internet at one point. Perhaps even going from one website to another for specific brands and designs of bags, shoes, accessories. The catch is, 44  trendy e-commerce shops in the Philippines are formally launching their physical display all set in one place and within the neighborhood.

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HollerMall will officially hold its concept store’s grand opening on November 28, 2015, from 2PM to 9:30PM and everyone is invited to join in the fun! Tagged as “your favorite brands now under one roof,” home to 44 online-based brands in the country. From retail space, to marketing, to delivery handling, HollerMall is the partner in further establishing their brand. Shy Shop, Backdoor Studios, Caia the Label, Maven Manila, Zach and Ross, and Jukaykay atbp. are only some of the famous names available.

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“I feel that HollerMall shows promise in terms of helping the sales of the brands we handle, and our popularity will grow because of our honest and effective services, as well as the perks we offer,” says Chesca de Mesa, the HollerMall Marketing Head. “I have huge hopes for the grand opening, and our team is working very hard to ensure that you will be able to enjoy the activities when you drop by!”

Besides the open store, raffles are to commence every hour and tons of freebies will be given away. If you feel like joining the contest, the organizer suggests to start purchasing GCs for the raffle starting today (November 25) until the grand opening on Saturday at 4:30PM; winners to be announced at 5PM.

The event is co-presented by Craft Box PH and Englicom with the official media partners When in Manila and Clozette.

HollerMall is located at 32 Aguirre Avenue, Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque City. Regular mall hours are 11AM-9:30PM daily.

The establishment is right before Tirona Street coming from Pergola. It is always a good time to visit if you are in the search for unique and wide range of quality labels. Let me know if you enjoy their pool of products!

UPDATE (as of February 2017)

  • No longer at BF Homes. Moved to 866 Ocampo St, Malate, Metro Manila, 1004

The Next 5 Coffee Stopover Inside BF Homes (Part 2)

More coffee beans are brewing up inside BF Homes. I’ve already listed my five caffeine-filled stopover from previous post and now adding up the next five; all coffee shops are new with an exclusive village address and there is no overdose here. Wait, it’s not solely about the coffee anymore but also the rice meals, pastas, pastries, and desserts too!

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Yummy meets healthy in a cozy caffè, bakery and commissary run by two budding Filipino chefs who enjoy traveling and always putting a Pinoy accent on their European and Asian travel-inspired cuisine. Taste the intense Vietnamese signature drip coffee pair with their freshly-baked warm pandesal dip to condensed milk.

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Other than coffee, their mains are mouth-watering too especially the House Roast TKC Pork Liempo-chon, slow oven roasted pork belly with a Cebuano twist.

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Address: B6L7 Tropical Avenue BF Homes International Las Piñas (neighbor with Kapeng Mainit)

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Barako Haus is a fresh choice to the nearby Starbucks along President and Aguirre Avenues. The store is serving your typical beans but also alamid (pre-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the civet), considered as the most expensive coffee beans in the world. The Filipino facade adds up the comfy feel of the place. Also, introducing “sungka” to my son while sipping a hot mug is the kind of to-do activity while here. Sungka is a traditional Filipino game played wherever Philippine migrants are living;  playing it is also known to improve mathematical thinking and observation skills.

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Address: Unit 102 Presidents Arcade Presidents Avenue BF Homes, Parañaque (neighbor with Cafe IF)

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The tiny space along Tropical Avenue is worth the stop if craving for something strong and sweet. They serve a so-called “Kapeng Mainit Special” compose of barako coffee with cinnamon, cocoa, and crème brulee creamer. But for me, the hot mug of black barako is perfect as it is, no need to add anything! The oozing chocolate “Beignets of Kapeng Mainit” will complete the treat. Beignets is a French doughnut covered with powdered snow-like sugar and stuffed in the middle with either chocolate or green tea filling.

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Address: B3L6 Tropical Avenue BF Homes International Las Piñas (neighbor with Test Kitchen Caffe)

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Korean cafe with coffee, milk snow, fruit smoothie, and tea on the menu list. What’s more fascinating is the ambiance, like transporting you somewhere else… and yes, perhaps one of the gardens in Korea. Other than coffee, I also enjoyed the strawberry milk snow (pile of shaved ice, milk, and sliced strawberry tops).

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Address: 2F GLT Bldg., President St., BF Homes, Parañaque (neighbor with Barako Haus)

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Operated by an Austrian Chef, the cafe serves authentic pastries and coffee from Austria. Get your hot brew and take a pick of their array of Styrian sweets like the Apple Strudel, a traditional Viennese pastry filled with apples, cinnamon, raisins served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on the side.

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Address: Suite 201 Greenworld Plaza, 79 Presidents Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque

UPDATE (as of February 2017)

  • New address of Kapeng Mainit is at #3 Pablo Roman, BF Homes, Las Piñas
  • Café Styria – Closed

Photo Source: Images via Facebook page of each Coffee Store.

It’s Friday the 13th Scare! (Or Not?)

writenowna-on-friday-the-13th-factsWhat’s with Friday and 13 that makes most people jitter? Some would rather stay home and do nothing for the fear that something “unlucky” would occur to them while many blame Friday the 13th for whatever misfortune they encounter for the day. There is a worry of a sinking luck meant to take place which cannot be controlled (scary!).

My possible new client meeting did not push through today and was cancelled the last minute. My son has tonsillitis with fever and can’t come to school. Learned some bad news from a friend. At the least, I’ve been into a couple of ill-starred scenarios though very  minor. Say, my coffee milk is out of stock at the 5 nearby grocery stores, namely: SM BF, Robinson’s Pergola, Tropical Hut Aguirre, One-Stop Mart, Puregold President’s Avenue. It is the first time all these supermarkets run out of it.

Shall I put the point finger to Friday, the 13th of November for all the so-called mishap, big or small?

No, my faith tells me not to believe it. But there are many with a strong inkling to such event and is somewhat interesting to find the “why” behind people’s behaviour given the date.

  • The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, “originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion” in which they were 13 in the dining hall for the “last supper” and a prelude to his death on a Friday.
  • Another suggested origin of the superstition—Friday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar.
  • There is also a name of the freaky Friday the 13th phobia called paraskevidekatriaphobia (from the Greek words Paraskeví meaning “Friday” and dekatreís meaning “thirteen”).
  • Fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name “triskaidekaphobia”.
  • Most, if not all, buildings skip the 13th floor.
  • According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history.
  • There is a Friday the 13th movie franchise and 12 films are created from 1980 to 2009 starring the horror-icon, Jason.
  • Today is the 3rd Friday the 13th of 2015—February, March, and November. Apparently, we survived the first two pretty well and blessings continue to come our way after that, right?

Reference:
Wikipedia

Photo Source:
Images courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Have You Done Your Shopping at the Good Shepherd Bazaar (aka Ruins)?

And just like that, here is the start of the BER months—commencing the Christmas season for most of us in the Philippines. You’ve probably read a holiday greeting FB posts, heard jingle bells being played while on the mall, or perhaps started buying (or at least canvassing) for Christmas presents.

If you feel like browsing what’s hot yet affordable on the market and you just live around BF Homes Parañaque then visiting Ruins is the closest venue to (window) shop.

The Good Shepherd Bazaar (while the locals still call it Ruins) is tag as the mini-Greenhills/Divisoria of BF residents selling almost everything you have in mind— uncaught pirated DVD-DVDs (more interesting to actually hear sellers either shout or almost-whisper their movie selections to passers-by), all types of clothes, shoes for all ages, beauty stuffs, toys for big and small, mobile units and accessories, game consoles and related gadgets.

These products are mostly available at a low price and can even go further if you have a charmed talent in bargaining but limit the expectations for most of the items may not be original and/or just a good imitation (so better check and inquire which is which). There are certainly good deals and great finds to feed your curiosities but just make sure to stay on guard.

What to eat? Once done with shopping, munching over Pinoy street food should be part of the plan with isaw, kwek-kwek, sago’t gulaman, fruit shakes, shawarma, pizza, sisig.

When to visit? Some Tiangge stalls are open daily starting early afternoon until midnight but better come in the evening instead. The place is not air-conditioned so it can be totally hot and humid during day time. You should really go if you equate shopping to working-out and sweating.

Where is Good Shepherd? Ruins is right beside Tropical Hut, Pergola Mall, and Robinson’s Supermarket (before Aguirre’s main gate guarded entrance).

Just a sample few of what’s at Ruins

Just a sample few of what’s at Ruins

15 Must-Know Facts about BF Homes

BF Homes trivia2 - writenownaLast week, I invited a friend for lunch along the Aguirre Food Hub and got caught up when she popped a question not about where to eat (she seemed to trust me enough that I would take her to a yummy restaurant) but rather what does the BF means to BF Homes (she is from Quezon City, by the way). Oops… I’ve been residing here for years and even writing about the community but still uncertain with the meaning of BF (blush). Sure I heard or read it somewhere.

After the sumptuous meal and lovely chat, I promised to text her the BF meaning. I asked help around the neighborhood and most are quite clueless too! Ay.

So I have to formally do a research and gather some relevant trivia. Whether you are from here, a random visitor, or a major fan of the establishments within the village—it won’t hurt to know a little background information about our place.

  1. BF is an acronym of Banco Filipino
  2. In 1964, Tomas Aguirre founded Banco Filipino and by around 1966, BF had become the premiere bank in the Philippines.
  3. Aguirre, figured that with such earnings, it was time to venture into the next phase and to consider land development. With that, he put up the BF Homes Incorporated (BFHI) arm to further realize his goal.
  4. Tomas Aguirre owned numerous companies dealing in banking, finance, real estate, construction, marketing, insurance, water utilities, among many others.
  5. Prior to the formation of Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa, Aguirre already envisioned that a suburban community in the south of Manila would be ideal.
  6. It was the first gated community of its kind in the 70s.
  7. The first subdivision to have its own movie house with a bowling alley as well as a few commercial complexes; all unheard of at that time. The now closed Torama Theatre located along President’s Ave., at the back of Tropical Hut.
  8. It also featured two premiere 4-star hotels developed consecutively:  El Grande Hotel and the Tropical Palace Resort.
  9. In 1978, the Parañaque portion of BF Homes was regrouped with neighboring subdivisions, by decree of President Ferdinand Marcos, as Barangay BF Homes.
  10. Sometime in 1985, Tomas Aguirre fell out of favor with the Marcos government, and Banco Filipino ceased operations, citing insolvency, causing BFHI to suffer as a result.
  11. Around that same year, the Tropical Palace, a popular venue for the residents, mysteriously burned down. A year after, the El Grande Hotel (almost abandoned for nine years before once again operating, albeit for a few months) was also damaged by fire, though was not as severe.
  12. By March 1989, management of BF Homes was then transferred from BFHI to the residents, under the aegis of United BF Homeowners Association Incorporated (UBFHAI).
  13. With the residents now in control, clusters of streets in the vicinity were split and fenced from each other, BF Homes trivia - writenownaforming their respective associations. This caused the subdivision, which was up until then a large community with streets connecting with one another, to become a collective of eighty-two enclaves.
  14. BF Homes Paranaque is said to be the biggest subdivision in Asia.
  15. Barangay BF Homes is the largest barangay in the Philippines comprising BF Homes Paranaque subdivision, Tahanan Village, Maywood Village, Jackylou Ville, Goodwill II, Teovile subdivision, Ireneville, RGV Homes, St. Rita Village, South Bay Gardens, Camella Homes Sucat, portions of Sucat road, mission areas i.e. Clinic site, Ipil site, Masville, Sampaloc site and other areas.
Reference: 
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BF_Homes_Para%C3%B1aque
http://www.bfhomes.net/bftrivia.htm

Photo source:
All images courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

BF Homes Heavy Traffic

No need to go to Edsa to feel miserable over the daily heavy traffic in the country. Just within BF Homes, the stretch of President’s Avenue and Aguirre Street is enough to make your happy day gloomy. And no, I am not ranting but just narrating the status of the daily drive here. What could have only taken eight to ten minutes can apparently consume 30 to 45 minutes now.

Not right. So much effort and time wasted. Sometimes, I just hold the steering wheel in disbelief; shaking my head, trap to where I am. This is happening everyday and to think I’m not yet at the main roads (Dr. A Santos/Sucat Avenue is another story).

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To get a general picture of the current traffic scenario in the Philippines, here is a portion of an interview of Francis Tolentino, chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), he said that Edsa at the moment is already operating way past its full capacity, explaining that on an almost daily basis, some 520,000 vehicles pass through it going both directions but this is way too much.

The 24-kilometer thoroughfare from Caloocan to Pasay was designed to only accommodate 320,000 moving vehicles going both directions daily. This means, said Tolentino, that a single vehicle stalling on the middle of the highway or a bus dawdling, waiting for passengers, can already have enormous impact on the rest of the traffic, leading to massive delays. (Source: http://motioncars.inquirer.net/38156/when-you-have-to-avoid-edsa-like-the-plague)

Okay, that is the description of Edsa and yet a good representation of the Metro’s entire traffic scenario. Economy is improving and most people can now buy their own cars but our pathways are not prepared for the outpour of vehicles.

Perhaps BF area is no exception. No more rush hour here too, heavy traffic happens consistently from early morning to night.

Experiencing the gravity of road delay every single day, as a commuter/driver, I have listed my personal observations. I don’t claim to mention all the causes with precise measurement or to even sound scientific about it; this is just a plain thought from someone stuck inside the car for more than what’s right, feeling miserable but struggling to remain optimistic and hoping the problem will be solved real soon (by the local government and the community including all the drivers).

Given the perspective of a resident and usual driver,  what’s the root of the chaos?

1.  Cars lining at the gate requiring “With Stickers” upon entry when the drivers are well aware that they have none. Such attempt to sneak on the guards can actually cause delay for those with valid stickers.

2.  The boom of so many establishments inside the village has added to the frustrating traffic situation. Thanks to those deliberately parking at a no-parking lane in front of the store that they are supposed to visit. There are also some inappropriate double-parking strategy, extremely slow u-turning, sudden dropping off of passengers without proper signal and halting at what “should be” a passing lane.

3.   I appreciate their eagerness to assist on the road (many are truly helpful) but some traffic aides seem to add up to the burden of traffic than lessen it. Some would allow a continuous flow on one street despite the build-up while stopping the cars to move on the other side for long (imagine being at Elizalde corner President’s Avenue). They are times too that they pass a quick chat with car drivers they probably know, although there is nothing wrong to chat, but they are doing it in the middle of the street.

4.   Cars on the right lane, for example, and they are not turning right (say, Elizalde corner Aguirre or Tirona corner Aguirre). Yes some drivers will defend their action by saying that there is no actual sign to do otherwise but come on, have some courtesy!

5.   Inexperienced street children attempting to be a parking aide or vendor street children blocking the way to sell their sampaguitas. I don’t understand why they are allowed to sell and beg inside the busy areas of the village. Should they be at home studying and not unsafely scattered on the streets of BF? (Hmm…)

6.   Sudden stop of some tricycle drivers to drop/load passengers while almost in the middle of the road and others have the habit of inserting their trike in tight gaps.

7.   Portions of the road with deeply uneven surface or random holes.

8.   Neighboring subdivisions taking the shortcut route to BF Homes.

9.   Vehicle drivers not giving way and blocking the street corners when ahead of them is not moving thus creating a pendulum road-block effect.

10.  The notorious “Pinoy Driver Attitude” also applies and so we need to try harder to achieve discipline, exude more patience, remain courteous, stay calm. Filipinos are loving people by nature and we always have a smile despite hardships but sometimes I wonder what is with Filipinos and holding a steering wheel… why when a Pinoy driver casts his hand on it, he seems to be stripped by goodness and is suddenly possessed by negativity—not giving way, no respect, proper behavior omitted, even heartless, always mad on the road like any other driver is an enemy.

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We can always get to our destination safe and happy, shouldn’t we start fixing our over-all system right now?

All images courtesy of basketman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

5 Coffee Stopover: Now Brewing at BF Homes

There are tons of Starbucks stores wherever we go. Just around BF Homes, there are about five branches (two along Aguirre Street; one in SM BF, Santana Grove, and Molito, respectively). Other known coffee brands are also within reach—Figaro (Posadas and San Antonio Avenue), Caffee Benne (SM BF), and Bo’s (Molito).

I am a fan of such coffee franchise and would repetitively come over for that desired espresso cup. But it is like a breath of fresh air to have a quality coffee-experience exclusively located within the neighborhood; giving a more personalized service, less commercialized product.

No need to go far—whether you are tired after work, needs a break after school, just longing for an intimate chat with friends, or a random caffeine boost is a must… sure you will enjoy an espresso-escape right inside the village!

They all offer the same product but each store has its distinct character—from the taste and the way they present each quality beverage, their food line-up (bread, pastas, and sandwiches), unique brand concept, and creative themes.

Ready to have your caffeine-overload with these brew-boosting establishments exclusively located inside BF Homes? Here’s a quick rundown.

This artisan coffee shop vouch for customers to “experience a masterpiece in each cup”.

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Windy or cold night at their veranda for a delicious mug of my traditional favorite hot latte is something to look forward to. Oh wait, the Belgian Heartbreaker is also another drink to anticipate.

Despite the occasional heavy-traffic view of Aguirre and Elizalde Streets, I consistently find solace while sitting on any of this spot as long as I have a mug in hand.

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Address:  #115 2/F The Prime Building Aguirre Ave, Parañaque

Cafe Alezon is a quaint bistro-cafe with lovely interior and almost every piece of furniture, fixture or artwork has a story (that huge Mona Lisa painting is a beauty to look at). The place is a refuge to the busy street of Tropical Avenue made catchier with the word “Turkish Coffee” flashing.

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Cookie Shot!

Address: #146 Tropical Avenue, BF Homes, Las Piñas

Their tagline goes, “seize the day with good coffee and food”.

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Such a relaxing nook along the loaded commute of Aguirre Street but there is calmness inside while sipping their Iced Latte.

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Address: #122 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

The hand-brewed specialty coffee is worth-coming back with freshly baked pastries, pastas (love their pesto) and sandwiches (the roast beef). Good to bring along kids too because they have a small kiddie activity corner.

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Address: #29 Presidents Avenue Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque

Penny Lane Coffee (2015)

Ah, memories (of Beatles, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Bob Marley). And their coffee. (Plus the bacon and waffles!)

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Penny lane is just about six weeks old yet the kind of coffee they serve is as good  as the mainstream cafe.

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Address: 317-A Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

Suggested Article: You may also want to read The Next 5 Coffee Stopver Inside BF Homes (Part 2)

UPDATE (as of February 2017)

  • New address of Carpe Diem is at #153 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
  • Paume’s Pastry House – Closed
  • Penny Lane Coffee – Closed

Photo Source: Images via Facebook page of each Coffee Store.

Fresh Grocery Items at Your Doorstep

Yes, we all aim to eat a healthy-type of food but many reasons, perhaps a couple of excuses, take us out from the practice of eating right.

  • No time to go to the market?
  • Fresh items are way expensive?
  • Organic product is like a rare commodity?

So we resort to fast, easy fix, instant meal. Compromising our health as long as we feed our hungry tummies asap and without a hassle.

But what if there is a store that can address such issues? Organic produce deliver at your doorstep at a reasonable market price? And their main headquarter is just in BF Homes?

12 Laurel St., Teoville East, BF Homes

Nikki Herrea-Bharwani, the owner of Green Grocer, has been a strong advocate of healthy eating and has successfully introduce fresh-produce-delivery to her niche market; having fruits, vegetables and other groceries delivered straight to the customers from the farm is perhaps a new concept to most.

The Green Grocer is Manila’s first home delivery service of organic produce, grass-fed and all natural meats, farm-direct dairy products, premium deli items, and other grocery necessities.

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They provide only the freshest harvest at your doorstep straight from the different farms located in Tagaytay, Laguna, Batangas, Benguet, Negros and Bukidnon. The team synchronizes with the harvest schedules and ensure that the produce sent to you is within hours of its harvest. The Green Grocer guarantees that they know where their products come from and vouch for its integrity.

With fresh market delivery at your convenience, you can now cut down trips to the grocery and spend those extra hours with family or that much desired Me time.

The concept of Green Grocer is for real! Giving us no excuse not to eat right from here on.

Facts:

  • They do not have storage at their base
  • All orders dispatched to your home will be to the highest standard and quality
  • Vegetables come straight from partner farms and are harvested only upon order
  • You benefit from a product that is delivered in its healthiest, freshest form possible
  • All the products offered have been tried and tested and is currently being used at The Green Grocer home.

They have also aided in weekly grocery budgets. How? Let them know how much you normally spend on veggies and other groceries, identify items you want on your list, Nikki and her team will be happy to prepare and deliver it to you every week.

Plan out your produce with the Green Grocer.

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What’s in the grocery list this week?

Delivery route and minimum order requirements
(Every Wednesday and Saturday)

  • Paranaque Villages
    ₱800 minimum
  • Alabang Villages
    ₱500 minimum
  • The Fort, Makati Villages
    ₱800 minimum
  • ADB, Corinthian Gardens, Eastwood, Greenhills, Valle Verde, Wack Wack
    ₱1,500 minimum
  • For other areas not stated above
    ₱1,200 minimum

The Green Grocer & Curiosities Home Store
(Every Thursday and Sunday Pick-Up)

  • Main address: 12 Laurel St., Teoville East, BF Homes, Sucat, Parañaque

UPDATE (as of February 2017)

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Photo Source: Images via The Green Grocer website & Facebook page.