The typical drill is to begin my Binondo Walk either in Sta. Cruz Church or Binondo Church. Ongpin Street connects the 2. And that's where all the "distractions" are. Not as simple as walking from A to B.
So if you're eager for an instant meal, get off just before Binondo Church where the Ongpin Statue is. Cross the street and walk towards HSBC. There is an alley beside HSBC leading to Po Heng Lumpia House.
After all, how can you go wrong with P50 Lumpia? Oh, there's Maki too. Chicken Maki, Pork Maki, Fish Maki. Each bowl costing P50 only. Mura!
Morelli's Gelato in Rockwell
And we thought we just had a heavy dinner! As it turned out, there was always room for a cup of gelato.
Mercifully, there wasn't a wide selection to "confuse" us. It also didn't hurt that they gave us samples of the different flavors -- my, those were too many teaspoon samples!
Mi favorito is the watermelon gelato. Very refreshing, like a sorbet, especially if you're looking for something "light" on the palate.
There was also the coconut gelato which tasted like it should -- coconut-ty. I should have tried the pistachio too but decided instead in favor of dipping my spoon on my friends' gelatos. Not a bad idea.
Coffee & Saints: Malunggay Coffee?
Don Bosco's Pugad Boys are now running a tiny coffee shop beside Don Bosco Church in Arnaiz Street (formerly Pasay Road). Most meals priced under P85 and that includes your coffee!
Barako or Malunggay? Priced at only P30, both are worth a breakfast, lunch or merienda stop. And so are their daily meals.
Just check the link above for the menu. You'd be surprised to find how budget meals can look and taste so good.
Colle de Don Bosco is the equivalent of Monte Cristo Sandwich. Yummy for breakfast or any hour of the day. Then there's the usual "silog" series : tapsilog, longsilog, etc. My personal favorite is the banggo -- bangus with munggo!
The Pugad boys are poor, needy migrant youth now under "apprenticeship" so to speak. So give them a chance to train and gain confidence.
Besides, value-for-money, Coffee & Saints is tops!
MUM ON SOPHIE's MOM
It happens to be my apo's favorite bake shop. Cookies, Cupcakes, Mocchi. There's more but those 3 are our typical takeouts from this place.
It's a tiny place at the corner of Santol and Aranga Streets in San Antonio Village, Makati City. Just a takeout counter where red velvet cookies, cookie dough cupcakes, green tea mochi and stookies rule. Priced from P50-60.
Each time, my apos would agonize over the flavors. Staff are very nice except for this one lady at the cash register who seemed impatient when Apo couldn't decide whether to get a cupcake or a mochi. She made sure she's not part of the staff. I hope that wasn't Sophie's Mom!
The Elves Love Bar Dolci!
These elves (my grandchildren) have their favorites. The eldest love macaroons (the French macaron) and both elves go gaga over ice cream and yogurt.
And yes, this Mamu loves spoiling them! We tried the Bar Dolci in Burgos Circle at The Fort. :-)