Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chicco di Caffee is OK

I've been seeing this new coffee shop in town, Chicco di Caffe, for a long time now because it is right smack on my route from the office to our house. I've heard it's somewhat jazzy bordering cool radio ad a lot of times. But I've never really been there. So on one idle night at the office, me and one of my supervisors decided to try it out. Besides we had an excuse, we need to surf non-work related websites to get some pics for our office event.

Upon entering the coffee shop, you can see that they have all the elements of a cozy coffee shop. The lights are not bright, which is good. I ordered a hot cafe mocha and a rocky road brownie.

The coffee, was also good. I was not disappointed. The rocky road brownie, I like very much. Although it fell off my fork and it was a mess to eat because of that, in the end, it's the taste that counts. And it was good.

Chicco di Caffe has nailed all the elements of a good coffee shop. If this coffee shop started during the time BluGre and Basti's Brew started, I would say, it was outstanding. But it came at a time that we already have a clear idea what a cafe should look like, hence I would say the look is more "formulaic" than innovative. I still feel that BluGre is cozier and a lot classier. Chicco di Caffee is ayt, it's ok. But only that, it's just ok. The coffee is ok, again, just ok. To borrow Simon Cowell's line, I am not jumping on my seat. But yet again, ok is good. Betten than Kangaroo and Yellow Haus.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Unblogged Escapes

Fireworks and ticker tape explosion @ the Eraserheads: Final Set concert

Borgy and Jingay @ Feliz Beach Resort, Matina Aplaya

Jean, A-an, & Joanne @ Matina Town Square

Mt. Apo (center) as seen from High Ponds Resort, Binugao, Toril

The Globe @ SM Mall of Asia

My cousin Nin on the foreground with IMAX (MOA) in the background

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Coffee Shop in the Sky

I've been wanting to go an a road trip, for catharsis. I don't want a long road trip, just a short one. Just for a change in scenery, albeit, for a while. When one of my close friend whisked our house guests to Buda, it gave me an idea. The mountains on the border of Davao and Bukidnon is the perfect destination for a short road trip.

I asked two friends from Sutherland to join me, Paul and Jake. Our destination was the Seagull in the Sky coffee shop. It was just an hour and a half drive from the city but the scenery is so much different that one would think that it's no longer Davao City. We arrived in Buda at a little past 6 o'clock in the evening. It was not yet really dark but the wind was blowing really hard on the mountain top. It was cold and the quaint coffee shop was an inviting sight to see.

We immediately orderd coffee, capuccino for both Paul and Jake while I had a French vanilla latte. We also ordered for clubhouse and tuna sandwiches. We went out to their outdoor tables as we are going to smoke. The wind was blowing really hard and it sends chill to our bones. The wind had the pine trees in the area create some really scary but cool noises. We lit up and when our order came, we immediately started sipping our coffee to combat the pleasant but really cold wind. The coffee although was on an interesting plate, it was just average, nothing spectacular. The sandwich was not bad but there was also nothing to gush about. But I guess when people go to this coffee shop in the sky, they are not there for the coffee and the food, they're there for the place itself.

We spent less than an hour in Buda then we headed back to the city. The trip back was not that eventful aside from our talk about how spooky the dark highway had become. I wish we'd arrived earlier to spend more time there.

French Vanilla Latte and Tuna Sandwich

Twilight-ish Pine Trees

The coffee shop in the sky