Monday, June 29, 2015

The 'trailblazing' French Baker

What's your favorite bakeshop? Mine is The French Baker - yes, that old bread place that's been around long before Eric Kayser, BreadTalk and Tous les Jours came ashore. In fact, it's been in our midst for more than 25 years now since it opened its first store at SM North Edsa. 
Trailblazer? I believe so! 
I love going to The French Baker not just to buy their delicious breads but to actually sit and dine at their cozy stores. What comfort it brings to take a break from shopping at the mall, just sit there for bread and a steaming bowl of soup and sip a delicious cup of brewed coffee. 
Sounds like a perfect time? Yes, indeed it is. :) 
These are what I've loved at The French Baker: 

Chicken salad croissant with sour cream potato chips, P185.
Ham and cheese Quiche Lorraine with soup of the day and honey balsamic greens, P195.
Clubhouse sandwich with potato chips and honey balsamic greens, P245.  
Beef Lasagna, P195.
Soup Starter, P85. 
Blueberry cheese cake, P80.
Carrot cake, P75.
Brewed Tchibo coffee, P85.
Four seasons juice, P62.
Brewed Citrus Iced Tea, P58. 
Iced Mocha, P64.
I love that they put lemon into their service water 
The French Baker at SM City Manila
Among the food items/breads I've had here at The French Baker, my top favorites are the quiche, soup,  salad and garlic toast, the latter also a favorite of my kids. These are perfect for a light snack on a lazy afternoon after church service or in between shopping or errands at the mall. Delicious, lightly filling, comforting. Of course, their Tchibo coffee is one of the best for me and a must whenever I visit. And may I add, it's quieter at French Baker than in most restaurants I go to, giving also the perfect atmosphere for a nice chat to catch up with friends. 
The branches I usually visit are at SM City Manila and Robinsons Magnolia.
Well, whatever you're having right now, happy eating, folks!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Artsy Cafe: Second revisit

Last Saturday was the last before my kids' classes opened this week so it was, I thought, an opportune time to bond with them just before they become busy once again with school. And since work brought hubby out of town once again, only me and the four kids hied off to Quezon City that afternoon. I had scheduled a massage for me and the two girls. But before our time, we went to Maginhawa St. to let the kids try Artsy Cafe. I'd been in this lovely foodie place twice in the past but it was my kids' first time there. Same lovely place, surely, but there were some changes, one in the prices which are now a bit higher and second, in the way they served some of the food and drinks. Still, everything was delish and the kids enjoyed their afternoon meal. 
We had: 

Pumpkin soup, P75. 
Carbonara, P120. 
Club Decker, P150. 
Salisbury steak, P180. 
Lasagna, P170.  
Mojos, P95.  
Blueberry Cheesecake Crumble, P165.. 
House Iced Tea, P50; Iced Tea Slush, P80. 
Mint Calamansi, P70; Strawberry Mango Tea, P40. 

                                               Note: The following photos were taken during my previous visits

                                                               This one made me laugh :)

The hallway leads to the restroom 

                                                                    Roofed Patio

Artsy Cafe is at 36 Maginhawa St. in Diliman, Quezon City
The pumpkin soup was mine and I loved it. I knew it was good the moment it was served. The deep orange hue was inviting and I was sure I was in for a good thing. I was right, of course - the broth was thick and bursting with just the right flavors. Yummy! The hot soup brought comfort to my already growling tummy . Haha! I ate some of the clubhouse sandwich with my soup and a few of the mojos, the latter two my favorites here at Artsy. Meanwhile, I tasted almost all of my kids' orders (except for the carbonara) and they were good, too, especially the lasagna, which my two sons' both had. Well, this third visit reaffirmed my stand to hold Artsy Cafe as one of the best restaurants in Maginhawa St. and certainly my favorite Nice place, delicious food, affordable prices, friendly service. 
What more could you possibly want? 
Try Artsy Cafe if you haven't, folks! 
Happy eating!

Today's Word: Psalm 37:25

It's June! For most of us, our children have started their classes. Understandably, many parents are anxious about the expenses - tuition, school supplies, books, uniforms - the list may seem to go on and on! But before we go hurry over to someone to borrow money, let us be with our Lord God in prayer and lift to Him all our needs because He provides! Don't think He is not concerned with our financial needs because He is! He is, in fact, concerned with all the details of our lives. If us parents want to give our children everything that they need, how much more is our heavenly Father! He wants to give us life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Nothing is impossible to God 
who owns the earth and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). 
He is more than capable of providing for us. 
God bless you today. 

(Thank you, Digital Bible for this photo)