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iCafe the Cafe that cares!

Let’s have coffee! – One of the famous lines when it comes to connecting with new business partners to sit down and talk for a cup of coffee. Now there’s a Cafe where connections and talks goes beyond “business” and aims to create more meaningful connections beyond your usual coffee break.

iCafe is a unique cafe located at the Church of God building. The 1st time I heard about the place was when my daughter had an assignment and have to feature a church. So we went to the Church of God and was amazed by the highly visual, high-tech building and instagrammable design of the whole building itself. That was last October, 2018. Coming to iCafe that time was not intentional. Since after going to Church, there were youth members then who are offering “free coffee.” Since I wanted to try and taste their coffee I agreed to sit down with the girl member of the youth fellowship. She were giving away free chocolates and coffee in exchange of a short talk, a short time for her to discuss the Programs of the Church. So we sit in and tried. The experience was great – coffee and fellowship blend perfectly well since the mood is relaxing, the mind is open to accept ideas and to connect.

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1st visit to Church of God – on the left side is the iCafe
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Me and  the kids took a quick shot after our iCafe experience

Now, just last month, March, 2019, I’ve been lucky to visit iCafe again and get to know the more about the Cafe this time with Ms. Mei Cahigas, COO of iCafe, Church of God and the Southbloggers team.

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Ms. Mei Cahigas of iCafe

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What is iCafe?

i – I

C – Connect

A – Assist

F – Fellowship

E – Enjoy

This is what iCafe stands for, and relating my 1st experience was good to understand the connect, assist and fellowship aspects of the cafe. I really enjoyed the connection built from that and having someone to sit down and talk about God and His Plans is something unique over a cup of coffee.

The food and drinks in iCafe

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They boast of various flavors of frappes to choose from. I tried 8 of their frappes and I can tell they are all deserving of the praise. You can ask the level of sugar to put in and I recommend you just try the 50% sugar level. The frappes offers distinct taste and you can easily distinguish the flavors one from another. Unlike the other Cafes I went to, which seems to have same the same flavors (but different names). iCafe got me for their authentic mix of blends for their cafe, adding the instagrammable presentation makes it a perfect Cafe experience.

My best picks are:

Mango Tango are their version of Mango float with graham. One big order is enough for 2 persons. Their version is really yummy! I suggest you request just 50% sugar to go with you mango tango shake.

Cherry choco berry

Butterscotch frappe has a taste that I cannot fully describe, it’s taste like cake only mixed into a frappe. It has a unique blend which I haven’t tasted yet on other cafe.

If you want a real matcha experience, you can try theirs. It is really tasty, that it tastes like “wheatgrass”. For tea and natural herb lovers, they may actually like their version of matcha tea.

iCafe Cakes and pastries

Again, this is a BIG PLUS for me. Imagine going to a Cafe where you can actually Choose. You can choose which cake to eat because you have a CHOICE not because you are left with just 2 to 3 choices. They have 6 cakes and pastries like banana muffin, cookies, ensaymada and brownies.

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My best picks are

Ube Macapuno – it has real ube and macapuno filling at the inside of the cake, leaving you craving for more.

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Banana Muffin – Soft, yummy muffins topped with chocolates. Best served hot. There’s a yummy goodness in every bite.

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Blueberry Cheesecake – Comparing to other cafe’s offering blueberry cheesecakes which are too sweet. I love how iCafe baked it right.

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Other food choices

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For strong coffee lovers, you can try Shakarato with whipped cream. It is black coffee with 3 shots of espresso.

God Bless Sausage

Get full with this big sausage, prepared just right. I suggest they add pickles, cheese, chilli beans, or jalapeno to make it more delicious and to add variety to the meal.Wish they will also have pasta and salads.

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iCafe space is good enough for 70pax, perfect for seminars or group meetings. Anyone can visit iCafe, it is open to all members or non-members of the Church. The profit derived from iCafe goes to the continous construction of the Church and its other needs.

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iCafe is also nearby to the Church’s Persion Gym so after finishing your routine work out, chill with frappe and pastries with friends or go solo. You can never feel alone.

Location and Contact Information

💒 Church of God, Marilag Subd., near Aguinaldo Hi-Way, Dasmariñas City

☎️ 0917-5869582

Fb page: iCafe Dasmariñas

iCafe is open from Mondays to Sundays, 10am to 10pm. There are days that they open at 12nn or just after their scheduled fasting.

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’till our next food adventure 🙂

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Hang out at Greenfield Weekend Market

Thinking of a place to go on weekends without overspending, a place just near the Metro and hang out with friends and kids? YES! You may bring your kids while chilling out at Greenfield Weekend Market!

We visited Greenfield Weekend Market last Saturday, and I found it really enjoyable especially that they have a big ground for kids to play with interactive toys for kids of all ages and even young at heart can get to enjoy to!

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Its playtime!

GREENFIELD WEEKEND MARKET

The Greenfield Weekend Market, with its home at the Central Park of Greenfield District, keeps a tradition of originality and variety when it comes to cheering habitues and newcomers every Saturday evening. For foodies, the dining adventure in the hangout goes beyond the conventional and traditional for a truly memorable gustatory experience.

We didn’t had the chance though to check out Emy and Ody Concepcion Fruits which I really expected to see a “market” like fresh fruits and veggies.

I enjoyed lurking at the wide variety of cooked and fresh foods to eat, which made it really difficult for me to choose which ones to try.

One of the food stall that really caught our attention is the Seafood Fest which boasts of the really yummy squid sizzled with special sauce partnered with rice and another viand of choice. I choose of course my favorite crablets.

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Other preferences are foodies such as shawarma from Habib’s, smoked barbecue from Carnivore Cookery, Hungarian sausages from The Cut Premium Meat, chicken fingers from Fingers and Flavors, Mexican favorites from the Real Mexicanos and even Japanese favorites like takoyaki and ramen from Shumagorath Takoyaki.

A food stall serves fresh drinks such as buko juice, melon juice, cucumber, lemonade, dalandan and red iced tea. For native sweets and desserts, there are lechen flan, cheese cake, Taiwan milk tea, ice cream and even yoghurt. It’s a weekend market so there are fruits, culinary herbs, spices, organic vegetables, brown rice, and salted eggs, as well for urbanites’ kitchen.

Other interesting finds are their non-food stalls. For art lovers like me, you will enjoy the art gallery booths and ask to be painted using charcoal or colorful paint. It is also interesting to see there’s an art booth for your pets, you can ask your pet to be painted on stone, keychain or bookmark.

There are stalls selling books, vinyl records, shirts, artworks, toys, toiletry items, and many others. I bought two books for my baby to read.

We found goers lining up on the fortune-telling booth, I haven’t got the chance to take pictures though because of the crowd flocking the booth. You can ask for advice, or get an insight of your future for free.

Enhancing our food and play leisure, are the jazz musicians playing on the center of the field. I enjoyed listening to a live saxophone play and live jazz music.

The Greenfield Weekend Market is Greenfield Development Corporation’s innovative way of giving a unique urban living experience for professionals and urban dwellers. Of the few weekend markets in Metro Manila, only this one at Greenfield District promises to be a treasure trove for foodies, art enthusiasts, shopping addicts and country-style nature-lovers. For those looking for a refreshing and wholesome bonding time with friends and loved ones, or wanting to enjoy the holiday vibe, the Greenfield Weekend Market is the best place to visit.

Check out their fb page at Greenfield Weekend Market.

Lunch Specials at Buona Vita Ristoranti Italiano!

Craving for authentic Italian dishes without breaking your budget? Wanting to have a quick but sumptuous lunch with family, friends or office mates?

Well this is a MUST TRY!

Buona Vita Ristorante Italiano is an authentic Italian restaurant with a cool, homey-feel atmosphere, which lies in the heart of Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa. Buona Vita which means Good Life is a concept by owner Thomas Moersheim.

I was one of the invited media guest for the food tasting of their latest “Lunch Specials”, which will be available from Mondays to Thursdays, 11am to 2pm. Of course, I have little Conan with me to check out the food, he does food review too (by thumbs up).

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We were welcomed with graffiti, menu on board located at both entrances of the restaurant. Instantly, I felt at home and at ease especially the crew were all nice and accommodating.

The newest dishes of Buona Vita are their Lunch Specials which you may also like to add Panini sandwiches, salads and sweet desserts.

You may choose from the 4 delicious staples which are all priced at just P250++

1. Pollo Alla Moda “Americana” – this is best eaten with the paella rice, the chicken sauce tastes sweet

Pollo Alla Moda “Americana” American style chicken barbecue served with Paella rice and mixed vegetables

2. Filetto di Maiale – the pork is so yummy and tender

Filetto di Maiale Pan-seared pork tenderloin with orange sauce served with Paella rice and mixed vegetables

3. Filetto Di Pesce – at last, our very own tilapia with a twist, already de-boned

Filetto Di Pesce Roasted Tilapia with Pomodor sauce served with Paella rice and mixed vegetables

4. Fegato Di Pollo – my favorite among the four dishes

Fegato Di Pollo Chicken liver stew served with Paella rice and mixed vegetables

Aside from their Lunch Specials, you can also try their tasty Panini Sandwiches which comes in 8 varieties:

  1. All Pollo
  2. Porchetta
  3. Vegetariana
  4. Tonno
  5. Prosciutto Crudo
  6. Prosciutto Cotto
  7. Salmone
  8. Allo Speck

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Salmone – Grilled fresh Salmon tossed with home-made mayo dressing served with fresh tomatoes and lettuce

Vegetariana – Grilled Zucchini, red bell pepper, eggplant, asparagus with pesto sauce served with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and pickles

Porchetta – Sliced roasted pork belly with home-made mayo dressing served with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and pickles
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Prosciutto Cotto – Thinly sliced cooked ham with boiled egg served with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, home-made mayo and pickles
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Tonno – Chunky Tuna with home-made mayo dressing served with fresh tomatoes and lettuce
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Prosciutto Crudo – Thinly sliced Parma ham with Fontina cheese served with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and pickles
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Allo Speck – Thinly sliced smoked ham with Provolone cheese served with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and pickles

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You will find him at the counter – he prepares the yummy Panini Sandwiches!

We also tried their newest desserts!

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Plus, they also have their newest vegetable salads!

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Insalata di Cesare and Insalata Mista all’ Italiana

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We really enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at Buona Vita! Aside from the meals I really enjoyed my short chit-chat with the restaurant owner, Mr. Thomas Moersheim, he have a good story to tell on how they all started and survived the business since 2009. How he and his wife loved to share the Italian dishes to the Filipino people. Buona Vita just like any other business went to its ups and downs, but the restaurant continuously copes with the Millennial times and always find something authentic, new Italian dishes to serve.

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With Mr. Thomas – the gracious owner of Buona Vita!
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All smiles for a great meal!
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the little kiddo gave his thumbs up sign! Watch his reactions at The Happy Tandem Channel

P.S. They also have other goods to offer, like what I found here on their counter:

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Roasted Organic Cacao Nibs
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Wines
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Pizzas

Already getting hungry?

Contact Buona Vita Ristorante Italiano at

  • For deliveries or reservations, call (02) 519 3868
  • Like and contact their fb page: BuonaVita
  • Visit their resto at Unit 19, Cluster 3 @Molito Lifestyle Bldg., Madrigal Avenue, Alabang
  • Get Directions
How to get there by commute:
FROM EDSA

  1. Take a ride going to Alabang South Station
  2. Take a multicab ride going to SM Molino (get downa

FROM CAVITE

  1. Take a ride going to SM Molino
  2. Take a ride going to Alabang (you will see Molito Lifestyle Bldg. just upon entering Alabang area coming from Daang Hari.
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