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CRESCENT MOON CAFE: ART, FOOD and NATURE

by 11:35:00 PM
ART, FOOD, and NATURE, this are the three elements that can sum up ANTIPOLO. Over the years, different establishments were built in Antipolo to provide Filipinos this three elements. Some build museums that show the creativity of Filipinos while others created restaurants that bear breathtaking view of nature and the metro.

Among all these establishments in Antipolo, we found one cafe that can provide this three elements in one sitting- Crescent Moon Cafe.




Crescent Moon Cafe is located at L. Sumulong Memorial Circle, Sitio Parugan, Dalig, Antipolo.



How to go:

From Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

1. Ride a jeepney going to Morong.
2. Alight in Rizal Provincial Hospital System Antipolo Annex II.
3. Walk until you reach Sapang Buho.
4. Turn right to Sapang Buho.
5. Walk or ride a tricycle until you reach Crescent Moon Cafe.

From Cubao, Quezon City

1. Board in 13th Avenue or P. Tuazon Blvd a jeepney going to Rosario.
2. Alight at Ortigas Extension
3. Ride a jeepney going to Morong.
4. Alight in Rizal Provincial Hospital System Antipolo Annex II.
5. Walk until you reach Sapang Buho.
6. Turn right to Sapang Buho.
7. Walk or ride a tricycle until you reach Crescent Moon Cafe.


Crescent Moon Cafe is the brainchild of the late Chef Bey Fernando. Chef Bey is the husband of the artist and ceramist Lanelle Abueva-Fernando. He is a lawyer by profession and loves to cook. In 1997, Chef Bey together with his wife Lanelle opened a restaurant and a pottery studio and named it after their children's make-believe restaurant, "Crescent Moon Cafe."





Entering the Cafe is like an escape from the hustle and bustle metro. Lucious trees and bushes surround the area. A Koi pond that was once a World War II bomb crater together with the trees and bushes at the back of the cafe serves as a panoramic view of nature, a paradise in the middle of the city.









The cafe has a serene ambiance with the vibrant and artsy decor. Pots and ceramics made by Lanelle line up in the corners of the cafe.





A buffet table is placed near the entrance of the cafe. Asian cuisine and the cafe's staple dishes are served in the buffet.



All dishes serve in Crescent Moon Cafe incorporate the natural flavors of their ingredients. They shy away from preservative and enhancer because Chef Bey wants each of their guests to smell the real aroma and taste the true flavors of the dishes that they serve.


Among the staple dishes of Crescent Moon Cafe is Alagao Appetizer. Alagao Appetizer is Chef Bey's version of the famous Thai street food, Miang Kham. It is composed of basil, dried coconut, chili, ginger, green mango, onion, shrimp, sweet peanut sauce and alagao leaf. You can mix and match the fillings of the alagao leaf depending on your preference.





Another staple dish of Cresent Moon is the Pumpkin Coconut Soup. The soup is creamy with a tinge of sweetness coming from the pumpkin. It has bits of coconut meat that added texture to the soup.


Along with the staple dishes of the Cafe is Chicken Wings with Mulberry Mayo Dip. The chicken is seasoned well and has a crunchy breading. The meat is tender and has a tinge of sweet flavor. The dip, on the other hand, has a sour and fruity taste.




Along with the chicken wings is the Pork Indian Curry. This dish is oozing with flavor and spices. It has tender and juicy meat. This dish of Crescent Moon Cafe is definitely a MUST TRY!




For vegans, they also serve Stir Fried Glass Noodles and Vegetables. The noodles are al dente while the vegetables are crunchy. This dish has a flavorful and distinct taste.


A visit Crescent Moon Cafe is not complete without savoring the famous Suman or rice cake of Antipolo. They two varieties of Suman. The first one is with manga and the second is the Black Suman.


Suman with manga is served with a slender shaped rice cake wrapped in banana leaf and a slice of ripe mango. The Suman is well cooked, has a tinge of sweet taste and perfectly blend when eaten with mango.





On the other hand, the Black Suman is served with black sticky rice, drizzled with coconut sauce and topped with adobong casoy. This suman is sweet and full of texture coming from the casoy and the black rice. Black Suman has a mixture of sweet and salty taste.





Aside from their all natural and delectable dishes, Crescent Moon Cafe also provide great service to their guests. The staff, chef and the owners of the cafe always make sure that each guest is served well. Every now and then, they visit the table of their guests to check their needs.


Crescent Moon Cafe is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The lunch buffet is served from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Guests are advised to call or send a message to the Cafe a day or two before visiting the latter because they value the freshness of each ingredient that they put on their dishes. 


To experience art, food, and nature at Crescent Moon Cafe you may book your reservation on the following website and social media accounts:


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FOOD PARK GUIDE: WHAT TO EAT AT MADISON COMMONS FOOD PARK

by 8:30:00 PM



Madison Commons Food Park is one of the newest food park based in the food capital of Pasig City, Kapitolyo. Unlike the other food parks in the metro, Madison Commons has a serene and quiet ambiance where their guest can loosen up and unwind after a day full of errands or catch up with family and friends without being bombarded with loud music and noise from the crowded area.






HOW TO GO:

From Shaw Boulevard

1. Board a Jeepney going to Pasig. Jeepney fare costs PHP 8.00.
2. Alight in Pioneer Street.
3. Walk in Pioneer Street until you reach the service road.
4. Turn left to the service road.
5. Walk until you reach Brixton Street.
6. Turn right to Brixton Street and walk until you reach the food park.


The food park is spacious and has 30 food stalls that offer different kinds of  Filipino, American, Asian and Mexican dishes.


To guide you on what to eat in Madison Commons Food Park, Travel Eat Pinas listed the MUST TRY dishes that you can savor when you visit the food park.


SMORES FLATBREAD




Indulge in a sweet treat with Flat Bread's SMORES. Small Size costs PHP 70 and Big Deal is at PHP 130.


MIX BOODLE




Mix Boodle of Tata Boy's has Bagoong Rice, boneless Bangus, Liempo, Shrimp, Tahong and Bagoong with Manga. It is served in the traditional style of Philippine Military Academy buffet wherein the food is spread over a banana leaf and eaten with bare hands. This meal is good for 2-3 person and costs PHP 599.


CRAZY CALIFORNIA MAKI





Unlike the usual California Maki sold in the market, Oneesan Simply Japanese' Crazy California Maki has texture and crunch in every bite.


THREE SAUSAGE PLATTER WITH FRIES







Choose three sausages from Bangers & Buckets and two side dish. Three Sausage Platter costs PHP 395 while Two Sausage Platter costs PHP 295.


FRIED PIZZA




Indulge with Pipa House's mouthwatering pizza. Pipa Pizza has overloaded toppings, crispy crust and oozing with flavors. Fried Pizza costs PHP  149 and  PHP 199.


EOMUK





Taste one of the famous Korean street food, Eumok,  and other comfort dishes at Yeongyang Hansik. Eumok costs PHP 89.


GRILLED TUNA




Juicy and well season grilled Tuna perfect for dinner and "pulutan." Wow Tuna Bar and Grill's Grilled Tuna Belly costs PHP 205.


STRAWBERRY MARGARITA WITH TEQUILA SHOT




Ice cream with a twist that's strawberry ice cream with tequila base of the Daily Grind.


WAFFLE SUNDAE




Choose two scoops of ice cream, a topping, and syrup of your choice to create your very own version of  Joseph and Gelo's Waffle Sundae. Waffle Sundae costs PHP 80.


BARBECUE, ISAW at BULAKLAK







Ending the day with a bottle of beer and some Filipino street foods like Pork Barbecue, Isaw and Bulaklak of Grill Station will be a bliss. Pork Barbecue costs PHP 40, Isaw is at PHP 30 and Bulaklak costs PHP 120.


VIETNAMESE BREAD




Enjoy a flavorful and crispy Vietnamese Bread at Bon Banh mi. Large Banh mi costs PHP 199 while medium costs PHP 99.



FRIED CHEESE WITH PITA




Turn your ordinary pita experience to a next level by trying  Fried Cheese with Pita of Persiana. Fried Cheese Pita costs PHP 125.


THE BEAST




Smoke and Barrel's The Beast will surely make your mouth water with its juicy smoked Angus brisket, caramelized onions and mac and cheese in a bun plus shoestring fries and special house blend bbq sauce. The Beast costs PHP 180.



BACON-EATER LASAGNA ROLLS





Bacon wrapped lasagna roll with three cheese and tomato cream based sauce of Daddy's Favorite will surely satisfy your cravings for bacon and comfort food. Bacon-eater Lasagna Rolls costs PHP 180.


WAGYU 



Dig in to Ohana's flavorful steak rice topped with egg and perfectly seasoned wagyu cubes.Wagyu cubes with rice and egg cost PHP 210.


To taste this sumptuous dishes of Madison Commons Food Park, you may visit them at:


1 Brixton Street, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Monday to Sunday 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM












MANGAN RESTAURANT

by 3:30:00 PM
“Mangan” is a Kapampangan word that means “Let’s eat!” From the name of Mangan Restaurant itself, the restaurant is inviting Filipinos to savor traditional and home cooked Kapampangan cuisine in the metro.


Mangan Restaurant has a contemporary interior design that adapts to the current mainstream. Mangan wants each of their guest to feel the elegance of present-day restaurants while dining traditional home cooked Filipinos comfort food.


Mangan serves a la carte, platter and set menu.





Guests can start their Mangan Restaurant banquet with Pancit Pusit.





Pansit Pusit is not the typical pansit that you grow up with. It is a squid ink pasta with chunks of squid and al dented noodles.


It is also a must that the banquet includes Kare-Kare, Pinakbet with Lechon Kawali and Sisig ni Mely or pork sisig.




Mangan’s Kare-Kare has fresh “pechay” or Chinese cabbage, sliced eggplant, green beans, “tuwalya ng baka” or tripe,  tender beef and rich peanut butter sauce.  







Pinakbet with lechon kawali has sliced “ampalaya” or bitter melon, eggplant, green beans, okra and squash in shrimp paste sauce and topped with lechon kawali.


Sisig ni Mely or Pork Sisig, on the other hand, incorporate the rich kapampangan flavors of pork sisig.





Along with this dishes, Mangan also offers Crispy Pata in three ways- Crispy Pata, Patang Demonyo and Prichon Pata.




Mangan’s Crispy Pata is perfectly seasoned, with crispy skin and tender meat


For those who love spicy dishes, Patang Demonyo is perfect for you. It is perfectly seasoned, spicy and has crispy skin and tender meat.




Prichon Pata is served with  sliced Crispy Pata, sliced vegetables, pita bread and liver sauce. This dish is a new approach in savoring Crispy Pata and we can confidently say that this is a MUST TRY.




For desserts, Mangan serves “merienda” or light meal like Bibingka and Puto Bumbong.





Mangan's Bibingka is a rice cake topped with white cheese and slices of salted eggs. It is served with grated coconut  meat that can be eaten along with the rice cake. While the Puto Bumbong is served with butter, brown sugar and grated coconut meat. Unlike the usual Puto Bumbong that we grew up with, Mangan’s Puto Bumbong is chewy.




To date, Mangan Restaurant has five branches in Metro Manila,


GLORIETTA

Glorietta 2 Complex,
Makati City 
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM 


ROBINSONS GALLERIA

Robinsons Galleria, 
Ortigas, Quezon City
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM


SM NORTH EDSA

The Annex, SM City North EDSA,
Quezon City
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM


MALL OF ASIA

South Wing, Mall of Asia Complex,
Pasay City

Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM



ROBINSONS ERMITA

Robinsons Place Ermita,
Manila
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM



To know more about Mangan Restaurant you may visit the following website and social media accouts,

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Eat and Love Thai Cuisine at SOI Restaurant

by 7:01:00 PM
Thai cuisine is the national dish of Thailand. These dishes are known for their strong aroma, a perfect mixture of five fundamental taste in a single dish, texture and spicy taste.  Thai cuisine is one of the most popular dishes in the world. Through the years, different restaurants that offer Thai dishes opened in the Philippines and one of them gave us the chance to savor an authentic Thai cuisine.




Last March, we were invited by Cabalen Group of Companies to try their Thai dishes at SOI. SOI is a casual full-service restaurant with over 70 varieties of authentic Thai cuisine. Ingredients of their dishes and Chef came all the way from Thailand to ensure that they provide Filipinos the real aroma, texture, and flavor of Thai dishes. "The aromatic essence. The exotic flavors and spices. The abundant texture," that is what SOI want each of their guest to smell, taste and feel whenever they dine in their restaurant. To date, SOI has six branches.



The first thing that we noticed when we entered SOI is the ambiance of the restaurant. The Thai chandeliers, Machuca tiles, wenge-finish furniture and wooden fan made us feel that we are dining in an elegant restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand.





We started our Thai banquet with their Fresh Spring Roll.


FRESH SPRING ROLL, PHP 168



What we love about SOI's Fresh Spring Roll are the al dente rice glass noodles crunchy and fresh carrots, cabbage, cilantro and bean sprout that perfectly blends with the peanut and hoisin sauce.


We were also able to drink one of the best Thai Iced Tea in Manila- SOI Thai Ice Tea.


THAI ICED TEA, PHP 85



This Iced Tea is always on our list whenever we go to SOI.


Another favorite of ours in SOI is their Crispy Catfish with Mango Salad. 


CRISPY CATFISH, WITH MANGO SALAD, PHP 258



Crispy Catfish with Mango Salad has crispy catfish crumbs, shredded green mango and served with a sweet and sour sauce.


For the rice dishes, we kick off with Bagoong Rice.




BAGOONG RICE, PHP 198


Bagoong rice has sliced cucumbers, salted egg, shrimp paste, pork, string beans, dried shrimp, shredded green mango, chopped chili, fried rice and topped with a scrambled egg. We mixed everything together and got a perfect harmony of sweet, spicy and a bit salty dish.


We also dig into Fried Rice with Seafood and Basil Leaves.



FRIED RICE WITH SEAFOOD AND BASIL LEAVES, PHP 278


What we love about this rice dish is the oozing seafood flavor in every spoonful. 



Dining in SOI is not complete without savoring their PAD THAI. This dish is neatly arranged and instagramable. 




PAD THAI SHRIMP, PHP 298


SOI's PAD THAI has a perfect blend of sweet, salty and sour taste.


After enjoying SOI's Pad Thai, we started digging their Chicken Satay and Seafood in Yellow Curry.


CHICKEN SATAY, PHP 238/ 6 PCS


SOI's chicken satay has tender chicken that is oozing with smokey and distinct flavor.


SEAFOOD IN YELLOW CURRY


Seafood in yellow curry, on the other hand, has a distinct taste with the right blend of spice.




After enjoying the delectable dishes of SOI comes the dessert. We tried Thai's version of a halo-halo.



THAI HALO- HALO, PHP 138


Unlike the halo-halo that we grow up with, Thai's halo- halo version is DIY or do it yourself. It is served with its four major ingredients and shaved ice. The taste of your halo-halo will depend on the ingredients that you put. Ours is not that sweet but creamy and full of texture.


SOI gave us a total Thai experience. Their ambiance made us feel and imagine that we are dining in a cozy and elegant restaurant in Bangkok. Their dishes, on the other hand, has a distinct taste and right blend of flavors. 



To savor SOI's dishes you may visit their branches at,


GLORIETTA

Second Floor, Glorietta 2, Glorietta Complex,

Palm Drive, Makati City
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM


ALABANG TOWN CENTER

Ground Floor, Alabang Town Center,
Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM


SM MEGAMALL

Fourth Floor, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall,
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM


SM MALL OF ASIA

Ground Floor, North Wing,
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM



ROBINSONS ERMITA



Ground Floor, Santa Monica Atrium,

Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM


SM SEASIDE CEBU

SM Seaside Cebu, South Coastal Road,

Cebu City


To know more about SOI you may visit the following  website and social media account,

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FACEBOOK







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