Thursday, July 17, 2014

Maginhawa St. Gastronomic Walk #1: Leona Art Restaurant

When I first read about Leona Art Restaurant near Maginhawa St. in Quezon City, I imagined the place to resemble an art gallery with paintings and sculptures..and I thought, I'd like to eat there. Well, I'd really wanted to start a huge "food trip project" on Maginhawa St., which, along with its side streets, has become widely-known as a haven for food lovers because so many restaurants have mushroomed there in the past few years. And when I had the chance one day to go to Leona together with the kids, I grabbed it and never let go. Haha! There was no painting in there, nor sculpture to admire, however, and I only found a country-style place that's nice, alright..and cozy too. Well, there were hanged posters here and there and trinkets for sale, which somehow made me feel like being in an art restaurant. Well, yes, somehow. Haha! But their pizza..the pizza! It got me in. Okay...I'm now an official Leona fan..except for one thing which I'll tell later. Their pizza is thin-crust and oh-so-good! No fuss, straightforward, crunchy and delicious! At just P499, we got three 10-inch pizzas. We also had chicken pesto pasta which was yummy as well, with a serving big enough to feed two persons (if you have another order, like a pizza), at P165. I had ice cream for a sweet ending and it gave me a pleasant surprise.  You see, I didn't like, almost never ate vanilla ice cream but what could I do, they didn't offer any other flavor (which made me wonder). No choice but to eat vanilla ice cream. But in fairness, it got me hooked - very smooth and creamy. Yummy! Anyway, take a look at food at Leona Art Restaurant:  

Pepperoni Pizza
Onion and Pesto
Three Cheese
Thin and crunchy. Yum!

Pizza party!
Chicken and Pesto pasta 

Vanilla ice cream - a cup of happiness!
Melon shake
Pitcher of iced tea
Love, love, love the sunshine in my coffee. 

The bric-a-brac here are for sale.

There's a turtle in the glass tank at left.

As I said, I loved everything at Leona except for one thing - the coffee. For me it was downright bad. Truth to tell, I stopped drinking coffee after that cup, till after more than a week. I had such a bad memory of the taste of their house blend coffee. Was it just me? Maybe..I don't know..I hope so! Despite this, I know I'll be drawn back to Leona by that delish pizza and pasta. And vanilla ice cream. Haha!
(Note: This post also appeared in my blog The Awesome Grind 
which I've decided to discontinue)

Today's Word: Proverbs 19:21

It's Thursday and we're experiencing calm after the storm. Praise the Lord for a brand new day although many of us still have to finish clearing away the mess left by the typhoon yesterday. Well, have any plan for the day or for the future? Do not forget to pray and tell the Lord about it so that you may have His divine guidance and thus, success for your endeavor. 
God bless you.

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