Food Trip At Kantorini

It’s been a long time since I met up with my college buddies. I think the last time we met up was back in 2016. We didn’t have a chance to meet up last year due to our busy schedules.

So we decided to meet up yesterday and go to a food park. We’ve been wanting to go to this food park in Katipunan called Kantorini,, and so we went ahead with our plan. Kantorini is a small food park situated near Ateneo. Its aesthetics is inspired by Santorini in Greece. And the since this is right next to a street corner, hence, it was called that name (“Kanto” (corner in Filipino) + Santorini = Kantorini).


Signage at the entrance


Greek vibe

My friends wanted to go here because it was featured in a TV show. I got curious as well. I checked the menus of the stalls there, and the food they sell sounds promising. Unfortunately, when we got there, only a handful of food stalls are open. Some of the open food stalls had really pricey food. We’re not sure if all the closed stalls are already for rent, or they’re just closed because they know that not a lot of people will flock the area on a Saturday night.

We decided to order at Pizzanista, Bingsu Desserts and Potato Hub. We first got our Mango Cheesecake Bingsu at Bingsu Desserts, which is their best seller. We got the large serving for the 3 of us.


Mango Cheesecake Bingsu

We liked how it was filled with so much mango bits. The ice was shaved very finely, and the whipped cream cheese topping has just the right sweetness. As my friend put it, the mango just takes away all the stress she had. This is actually the very first bingsu I was able to finish.

We ordered the sample platter at Potato Hub. I’m not sure what the toppings are, but it seems like spaghetti sauce, cheese sauce, and sour cream.


Sample Platter from Potato Hub


fries and bingsu

I like how abundant the sauce are. The fries were very filling, as we kept on eating them as we waited for our order from Pizzanista.

Although we ordered first at Pizzanista, our food arrived after we finished our bingsu and fries. I joked that our dessert is pizza and chicken wings. A lot of people were ordering at Pizzanista, so our orders came late. We ended up waiting for the chicken wings for 2 hours.

We had Quattro Formaggi pizza and Honey Mustard chicken wings.


Quattro Formaggi Pizza

I think they bake their pizza by charcoal oven. I like how the crust is charred. I was surprised how soft the dough and crust is. I love the savoury and tangy combination of the sauce and the pizza.


Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

As for the chicken wings, we waited for more than an hour for this to arrive. However, it was worth it. We ordered 12 pieces, thinking that the wings are small. But we were again surprised to see how big the wings are. I love how sweet and saucy the chicken wings are. It tastes good together with their sauce. I think we were too full from the pizza and fries, or the wings are just big, that we were not able to finish everything and ended up taking it home.

It was fun to hang out at Kantorini. It’s vibe is very relaxing for anyone who is stressed out from work or school. It’s both for people who just want  to go  on a food trip, and for people who  wants to get a drink or two. It would have been nice if there were more options, and more food stalls are open. I enjoyed my food trip here, though.


Quick Stop At Tagaytay – Josephine’s and Rowena’s

Before going home to Manila, we made a quick stop in Tagaytay. It has been years since I last went to this place, so I gave it a go. My mission here was to buy some goodies at Rowena’s, and to find an affordable honey.

We were able to find a bottle of honey along the way. If you frequent Tagaytay, you’ll usually see vendors selling fruits and other goodies along the road. I bought a bottle of honey for Php 150. It was a deal, because I also bought a bottle of honey for my Team Lead.


Then, our next stop is Rowena’s Tarts. If you want to buy “pasalubong” from Tagaytay which is not Collette’s then this is the place to go to. I was planning to buy blueberry cheesecake tarts, but I preferred the sylvanas.


Sylvanas are Php 200 each pack, and I bought two. I saw a wine with nice bottle, but I didn’t buy it. Maybe next time I’m around the place.

Next stop is Josephine’s. We didn’t eat lunch before leaving Club Balai Isabel, and only ate pizza. So, we indulged ourselves to their great tasting food.


Lechon Kawali


Kare Kare


Baked Tahong


Seafood platter

We sat right in front of the overview. It was a very relaxing combination – Good Food + Beautiful View = Relaxing afternoon.


Bulalo Stop at Rose And Grace’s

On the way to Club Balai Isabel, we had a quick stop at Rose and Grace’s Bulalo in Sto. Tomas Batangas for an early dinner. We were all hungry by the time we arrived. Of course, we are in Batangas, and of course, we need a taste of Bulalo.


We ordered a big bowl of Bulalo. Unfortunately, the bowl served to us didn’t have any bone marrow.


Then, we also ordered two servings of grilled tuna belly. I was amazed at how big the serving is.


I already took a piece to eat before I realized I had to take a picture of it.

The food is great. Although we were a bit surprised by the price of tuna, but it’s worth it because of how big the serving is.


Loving The Taste Of Bread At The Breadery

We have been working in PST hours for the past 1 year and a half, and it was a fresh breath of air when we finally got the early morning shift. Being in the morning shift means we can get to try out the restaurants around Ortigas that’s usually closed during the wee hours of the night. Our only options during the night shift are convenience stores and fast food, and believe me, when we’re eating fast food every time we’re working at the office, we are craving for something new and something home cooked.

There is one store that I have been eyeing for a long time, but didn’t have the chance to go to – it’s The Breadery, a bakery along F. Ortigas Jr. Road (commonly known as Emerald Ave.) They sell lots of good, artisan breads and drinks. So since we are already on the morning shift and we are pretty sure it’s already open, we went there to check out their products.

The smell of freshly baked breads and pastries welcomed us the moment we came inside the store. There are a lot of breads to choose from. I know I had a hard time choosing what to order. You can also get a free taste on most of the breads to see which one you would like the best.


Look at how yummy the breads are!

I was looking for something sweet, as my sweet tooth mode is on again, so I checked to see all of their sweet breads.


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A lot to choose from, and I can’t decide what to order, as they all smell good. If I had a lot of money that time, I would have ordered at least one of each bread they had that day.

And so, I settled on these:


I ordered the canelé, cheese roll, and chocolate croissant. Plus, I had the strawberry frozen beverage.

The canelé, based on The Breadery’s website, is a pastry from Bordeaux, France. It has a crunchy texture on the outside, but the inside is soft and creamy. It has subtle amount of sweetness on it. When you eat it, this pastry seems to melt on your mouth.

Next is the cheese roll. It is soft both inside and out. The cheese seems like it has just melted, as it has a soft texture.

The chocolate croissant has a Belgian chocolate inside. It’s puffy and airy inside, and has that crunch when you bite on to it. The chocolate is not too sweet – just the right amount of sweetness for someone like me who ordered a lot of sweet breads.

Lastly, I ordered the strawberry frozen beverage as I had too many coffee that morning. It’s not as sweet as what Starbucks had. It’s more on the creamy side. Can’t taste much of the strawberry, if not for the strawberry syrup they drizzled on the side of the plastic cup.

Overall, I enjoyed eating at the Breadery, although it’s a bit expensive than BreadTalk and Tous Les Jour. Hopeully, I could come back here and try more of their breads and coffee.