I feel really fortunate to be living near Maginhawa Street, one of the best go-to places for a food trip around the metro. There’s a great range of restaurants and types of cuisine to fit any mood and craving. Some restaurants in the area have this laid-back and artsy vibe which I love, it’s like a huge theme park of food stops, only it’s not as pretty as Disneyland or Ocean Park. I’ve been meaning to visit UP Teachers Village for a long time now and finally, last weekend, my friend and I made time to ask me to go out for tea with her. Other than the ungodly belching and the yummy food I got from the trip, we had so much fun just talking, laughing, taking pictures, and walking around the street.
And here’s a quick rundown of what we did last weekend:
We drove in a motorcycle along Maginhawa to look for our first food stop. There are several restaurants in the area and honestly it’s so hard to choose where to lay ourselves to eat.
So first, we had an afternoon snack at COOL BEANS LIBRARY CAFÉ.
One of the first things you’ll notice at this place is the large bookcase brimming with reading material. You could literally park yourself in a seat for hours buried in books. A good place to study or chill with a pretty diverse array of dishes, it’s a good place to visit. It is also a self-service café. And who needs Wi-Fi anyway if you have interesting books to read? Like The Walking Dead comics.
- COOL BEANS LIBRARY CAFÉ – #67-A Maginhawa Street
A mini-library/cafe that serves highland coffee (Sagada, Kalinga and Cordillera roasts), specialty frappes, rice meals, pasta, panini & desserts. There’s a rack of National Geographic magazines and a shelf full of books, comics & graphic novels that dine-in customers are free to browse through.
• Good for: coffee & dessert, snack, lunch, dinner
• Recommendations: Pan-grilled Pork Belly, Sagada Coffee, Banana Cake, S’mores
• Price range: P150-300 per person; coffee is P80
• Facebook: Cool Beans Cafe, Tel. No: 0917.7064711
*I ordered their café latte and it is so roasty. I love the aroma and the taste of it. It only cost me P90
(photo by krystal)
Second stop at FRESH SELECTIONS when we had our “healthy” dinner. The place is cozy although small with a nice couch for a big group and lovely seats for couples or small group of friends. It has an atmosphere of classiness to it. It’s clean and most importantly for me, it’s cold. But the crews are the ones I don’t like. When we got there one of the crew was seating on the counter, the others were too noisy even the girl who got our order was too busy talking with her other crews until we are ready to order. They did the same thing after our food was served. They were all seating at the counter and very noisy playing “pinoy henyo”. And when I asked for a cup of ice the girl who got our order told me “Ayan yung ice oh!” It was on a small cool man container, and I was like “Seriously? Sige kuha na lang ako ah!” But she didn’t noticed me but instead she got back with her friends and continues to play “pinoy henyo”. As a customer I felt disrespected. And the one thing I also noticed was that the restaurant doesn’t have a cctv camera, maybe that’s why the crews are all free to do whatever they want because no one is watching. I suggest the management or the owner to put up a cctv camera so they can keep watch of their staffs.
- FRESH SELECTIONS – #87 Maginhawa Street Corner, Magiting Street
Fresh Selections serves healthy and affordable fast-food prepared with no MSG and no preservatives. They also sell organic and hydroponic fruits and vegetables and fresh meat and seafood.
• Good for: lunch, dinner, ready to cook meal packs for take-out
• Recommendations: Lemon chicken, Pork Asado, Fresh Lumpia, Cha Misua
• Price range: P75-110 for rice meals, P160-300 per dish (big servings)
• Facebook: Fresh Selections – Maginhawa, Tel. No: 3309526
* I ordered their house specialty fresh lumpia. It was ok but the sauce was too sweet until I finished eating it I didn’t know they put sugar on it. Where is the “healthy food” here? It cost me P60 for that crap.
(and the crews)
Last stop Bookay-Ukay. I’d been wanting to go to Bookay-Ukay since college when a friend told me about it. Then just last weekend, I went excited because my friend and I went on an “adventure” trip and finally set my feet and eyes at this dream place of mine. So let me explain its name. Bookay-Ukay, “Book” and “ukay-ukay”, those are the two terms. “Book”, we have no problem about its description, but “ukay-ukay” is a Filipino term for “thrift store“, so put them together, and we’ll know that the shop sells second-hand books that are still in good condition. It has been visited by some local celebrities like Saab Magalona and Mercedes Cabral. Not that I want to look and be labeled as cool because some celebrities visited the place, but Bookay-Ukay is a must-visit simply because it has books and its very affordable price, I must say.
The store is quite small, in fact, it’s only a room full of books. But at least its interiors speak of what it offers, unlike the formality and plainness of its rival book thrift store Book sale. The dirty white wall on the left is filled with I believe handmade bookmarks and other stuff like a poster of local pop punk band and the shelves just below contains other stuff sold in the store like magazines, CDs, and more books. Then after those, everywhere else was filled with nothing but books, books, and yes, books on the shelves resting on the remaining walls and even on the floor just the perfect haven for book lovers like me. For some time, my friend and I seemed strangers to each other as we both engaged in separate solitary quests for the books we like (well she mostly took the pictures) from novels, both local and international, Bookay-Ukay has second-hand books for everyone. But at the end, I wasn’t able to buy myself a book as I remembered my pile of unread books at home and how I’ll just decrease the chances of finally reading them if I buy more. At least now I know where Bookay-Ukay is. Meanwhile, my friend and I just took more pictures and if ever I wanted to buy books now I know where to find one.
So are you a fellow bookworm who loves to hoard and read books for less? Visit Bookay-Ukay today and satisfy your book addiction!
- Bookay-Ukay– #78 Maginhawa St, Teachers Village East, Diliman Quezon City
Mobile #: 0905.428.3125
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/bookayukay
Operating Hours: 10:00am – 11pm
(photo by krystal)
my ootd that day
riding a motorcycle with my friend krystal
So yeah, that’s pretty much what happened last weekend!!