Wakey Wakey Pancakey: Peanut Butter Banana and Ricotta Cheese Pancakes!

I am one of those who eat pancakes not just for breakfast so I consider it a treat each time I go to a place that serves all-day breakfast in the menu. Of the ones I tried this year, these two are the standouts:

I first tried The Kismet Cafe and Wellness Market‘s peanut butter banana pancakes last Holy Week and I instantly liked it. This small vegan restaurant in Kalayaan Avenue in Poblacion may have limited offerings in the menu but the serving size and taste definitely do not disappoint. 

This stack of pancake (P195) was so filling that it took me a long time to finish them. There’s generous peanut butter in between. I didn’t know much about vegan butter which was slathered generously on top but it made a difference, too. The syrup wasn’t too chokingly sweet. It paired well with their brewed coffee. 

The Kismet Cafe and Wellness Market is located at the ground floor of MBA Building, 5022 P. Burgos Street Corner Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday. 


This stack of ricotta cheese pancakes (P420) from Little Flour blew me away when I tasted it, and my only regret that time was that it wasn’t my order. It’s very fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth great; the berry compote and mango bits on top added to the flair. I have always been partial to anything with cheese and this one really delivered.

Little Flour is Wildflour Cafe + Bakery‘s kinda little sibling in BGC and I assume this pancake is also available in Wildflour locations. 

Little Flour is located at the ground floor of World Plaza Building, 4th Avenue corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City. They are open from 6 a.m. to around 2 a.m. They serve all-day breakfast!

Do you like pancakes, too? What pancakes could you recommend?

Picasso Once More

My mother requested for a city staycation because we lost our power supply last Thursday night and we were told it won’t be fixed soon. As soon as we left for the hotel, my uncle messaged us that the electricity was restored. Ang galing di ba? This kind of sudden gastusan makes me wanna pull my hair out of my head, but I realized, nanay ko naman ito, that I will also be enjoying it, and hello, I  can shell out more for toys and collectibles (my new crack — but that’s for another entry), so why not just enjoy this stay?

My go-to booking app for hotels has been Agoda since 2015. So far, I got good rates and no hidden charges upon checkout. For this weekend, I chose to stay in Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. First stayed there in 2011 and went back again late last year. It’s the cheapest option considering the location — smack dab in Salcedo Village, a few steps away from Salcedo Market if you opt to stay on a weekend, and walking distance to great restaurants and convenience stores.

FullSizeRender 2 I also like their gym! It occupies two floors, loft-style. They have the basic gym equipment, almost identical than the ones we have in the office gym. I went twice and I was almost alone both times so it worked well (pa-unsocial kunyari) for me. Iba din pala ang feeling when you have a not-so high view of the Makati BCD landscape. A breather from trees and waves of the Manila Bay breakwater, hehe.

We got the very same room we stayed at last time so it feels familiar. Hehehe. The first two stays I was with R, this time with my mom, and with the comfort this hotel gave me, pwede bang next time, jowa naman? Hahaha!

If I don’t let my kuripot side guilt-trip me over small luxuries like this, I can get used to this. It’s like getting a massage or a good mani-pedi We did not go far but seeing that we’re in something different can do good to the body and soul (whaaaat). I will do this again soon.

One Night In Malaga

My friend Rachel and I spent a night in The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences in Makati.  We were given one of the Malaga rooms on the 7th floor, thus the blog title. 🙂

The main purpose of an overnight stay was to find a place to watch the first leg of Philippines and Kuwait’s World Cup Qualifier game which aired at 12:30 a.m., Sunday.  We decided to pay for a place where we can be cozy instead of going to a restaurant to catch the game.  That way, we can also take a well-deserved rest with more amenities than we have at home. Hahaha 🙂

We got a good deal from AsiaTravel for P4,500 a night.  It did not include breakfast though.  The amount included free wi-fi access (which was a consideration in looking for a place, and a flat screen TV, which we got as well) and use of the gym, which we didn’t use anyway.

The Malaga Studio is a 45-square foot room with one king size bed, one 32″ flat screen LCD TV, iPod dock, kitchenette, big and clean T&B, balcony, among other amenities.  Our room did not have silverwares though and we didn’t bother asking for them because, well, tinamad na kami. We also had their technician fix our wi-fi access because each occupied room is equipped with a router but ours had none.  We were getting the strong protected signal of the other rooms (the password was all the same anyway) but we insisted on getting ours.  It wasn’t as fast as, say, the one I have here at home, but it was enough for us to live-tweet and do other online stuff during our stay.

The entire building is so artsy.  There are paintings hanging on each floor and in the lobby as well, some of which are for sale.

Since the place is smack dab in the middle of the business district, we were not left wanting for food places when we got down to have dinner.  If you want to have room service or not go far, the hotel has Brasserie Boheme, a fusion restaurant which is worth a visit some other time.

We grabbed a quick dinner at ArmyNavy in Valero and went back to our room to rest, rest, and rest.  We watched the All Star basketball game of our own PBA players versus the visiting NBA stars, the Azkals documentary on ANC, then the game itself after midnight.  We slept enough and checked out at 1 pm.  Except for an inadventent  mobile phone call charge (later, we just thought it was the tech guy who called his supervisor about the router), which was discovered on time, all else was great.  I wouldn’t have second thoughts coming back anytime.  Maybe next time, I’ll try one of the suites!

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is located in 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati.  For inquiries, you can call (02) 828-4774 or visit www.picassomakati.com.