Friday, January 31, 2014

Giddy-Up! Art and Wellness Workshop at Satya Graha

Yvette Co Art Workshops 
in partnership with
The Health Walk 
Satya Graha Cafe & Restaurant 
and the
Department of Family Development Studies
College of Human Ecology - UPLB

bring you

Giddy-Up 2014
Art & Wellness Workshops

Join us in welcoming the Year of the Wooden Horse with a 
Taka Painting Workshop by Yvette Co &
Tai Chi Class with Ed Sevilla

Workshop Schedules:

February 1, 2014
Satya Graha Cafe and Retaurant

Taka Painting Workshop (Part 1)
10:00 AM - 12:00 NN & 
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Open to kids ages 4 & up
Art Workshop Fee: P450
Includes taka, art materials, and light snacks
(Limited to 15 participants per slot only)

February 8. 2014
CDL Grounds, College of Human Ecology, UPLB

Taka Painting Workshop (Part 2)
10:00 AM - 12:00 NN & 
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Open to kids ages 4 & up
Art Workshop Fee: P450
Inclusive of art materials and light snacks
(Limited to 25 participants per slot only)

Tai Chi Demo Class by Ed Sevilla
with Wellness Talk by The Health Walk
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Open to all ages (FREE)

Limited slots only!

Reserve now!

Specials thanks to:
The Health Walk 
Satya Graha Cafe & Restaurant 
Yigos Dough Box
Cafe Antonio 
Makiling Hillside Delicacies

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What is a Macaron?

Homemade French Macarons by Chef Marisse - Php 30 per piece; Php 150 for a box of 6. Available flavors: choco ganache, choco orange, vanilla, raspberry, pistachio, espresso. Also available this week: Mangoes and Cream Cake Slice.

macaron (/mɑːkɑːrɔːn/ mah-kah-rōn;[1] French pronunciation: ​[makaˈʁɔ̃][2]) is a sweet meringue-based confection made with eggsicing sugargranulated sugaralmond powder or ground almond, and food colouring. It is also calledLuxemburgerli.[3] The macaron is commonly filled with ganachebuttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two biscuits. The name is derived from the Italian word macaronemaccarone or maccherone, the Italian meringue.
The confection is characterised by smooth, squared top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the "foot" or "pied"), and a flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth.[4] Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavors that range from the traditional (raspberrychocolate) to the new (foie grasmatcha).[5]
The macaroon is often mistaken as the macaron; many have adopted the French spelling of macaron to distinguish the two items in the English language. However, this has caused confusion over the correct spelling. Some recipes exclude the use of macaroon to refer to this French confection while others think that they are synonymous.[6]


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Paleng-Cafe on Monday

Thirty kilograms (30 kg) of organic romaine and green curly lettuce from the UP Open University organic demo farm will be available at the Paleng-cafe at Cafe Antonio tomorrow afternoon. 
Please text me for reservations: 0906-455-0522 

From Emotional to Informative: The Evolution from a Blog to a Website

* I started this blog in 2008 as a way to share our experiences as young entrepreneurs to our customers. I would blog daily, telling stories about what transpired during the day, what we ate for lunch, and first time experiences such as a leaking ceiling, tornadoes, and other mundane and often whimsical stuff. 

* As stress from physical blue-collar work took its toll, I found myself blogging weekly instead of daily. I wrote about road trips, crossword puzzles, costume parties, and having a good time. My friends and I were having a blast and we wanted the world to know that having a cafe of your own is the coolest thing ever.

* Sometimes I would write about more serious topics such as growing up, quarter-life crisis, money matters, and finding a career. I tend to be very emotional in my blogs and I noticed that reading my blogs is as close as it gets to having a conversation with me.

* As time went by, life experiences just poured in like a heavy rain. I realized that I no longer had the energy or the time to write about our experiences at the cafe. The MS Excel spreadsheet already replaced the blog. This was the beginning of its transformation. Ever since our blog counter mysteriously restarted (it was close to 80,000 views), I became a little depressed and just posted blog entries only when I feel like writing anything. 

* As the cafe evolved from an energetic student and artists' hub to a quaint and cozy family restaurant with hints of eccentricities from the past, the blog started acting its age with menu announcements and catering packages. 

* For inquiries and reservations, please call or text 0906-455-0522 or e-mail us at Thank you! :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cafe Announcement

The cafe will be closed tomorrow afternoon (Friday, Jan. 17) for a staff meeting. 
We will open at 7 pm to 10 pm for dinner. 
Thank you! 

Call or text 0906-455-0522 for reservations and advance orders.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Preparing for a Birthday Party Reservation

10:30 AM - Setting the tables

11:30 AM - Adding party decorations

12:30 NN - Happy Birthday Ari! 
Our friends and lettuce suppliers, Turo and Andrea, celebrated their son's birthday at the cafe this afternoon. 

If you want to have a similar event at the cafe, please click on the following links:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Organic Veggies at the Paleng-Cafe Today

* Fresh organic produce all the way from Tarlac will be arriving today at 10 am. Thanks  to Hansel Calub for supplying us with these delicious veggies!

Today's Produce:
Romaine Lettuce
Green Lettuce
Potted Chives

Text 0906-455-0522 for reservations.

Layout and Floor Plans for Big Group Reservations



Monday, January 6, 2014

Of Wedding Marches and Health Walks

For the past few years, I realized that I didn't need to become a photographer or a musician to get into events or gigs. All I had to do...was brew. My team and I at Coffee Unplugged are "manual coffee brewers." And being a manual coffee brewer opened a lot of opportunities for us. So far, the highlight of our young manual coffee brewing career is to serve coffee at our general manager's wedding.

Newlywed couple, Edu and Marisse Foronda at the reception  (Photo by Melissa Rodriguez)

The Coffee Unplugged team (L-R): Jason (brewer), Elmer (brewer), Herbert and Jethy (grinder),
and Jabez (hot water).
* Nothing beats starting the year on a positive note like a wedding--the celebration of the union of a man and woman who love each other very much. And this is not just any wedding, this is our Ate Marisse's wedding! For those of you who don't know Ate Marisse, she is our general manager and chef since she formally joined the company in 2012 (she has been our baker since 2008). She's now married to her boyfriend of 13 years, Edu Foronda. 

* Of course the wedding wouldn't be a complete "Cafe Antonio Wedding Experience" without Coffee Unplugged...and beef lengua! Like true professionals, the Coffee Unplugged team stood behind their respective stations and brewed cups of coffee first before sitting down to join the other guests for the brunch. The kitchen crew also did a great job preparing the beef lengua early in the morning for the wedding!

* So congratulations Ate Marisse and Edu, I'm sure you guys are excited to experience the married life. 

Photo by Anna Cadiz

In Other News...

* This year, I will be spending more time in the garden during the day. That's because I'll be busy growing herbs and vegetables for the cafe and "The Paleng-Cafe"--our elusive organic produce section inside the cafe (Owl's Nest room). Yes, I'm now a full-time gardener. But I'll be at the cafe in the evening hiding inside the office. Elmer the barista is now our bar manager and he will attend to your coffee brewing needs. 

* Also this year, we're partnering with several healthy food shops and fitness and wellness centers around Los Banos to form what we call, The Health Walk: A Healthy Lifestyle Adventure. This is an advocacy campaign  and movement to encourage locals to live a healthy lifestyle and to patronize local products and services. The campaign will also help promote Elbi as a healthy lifestyle destination for tourists. As of now, "Health Walk Destinations" include restaurants and cafes such as, Ashoka Indian Healthy Cuisine, Satya Graha, Kaphe, Cafe Antonio, and Herb Republic; and fitness and wellness centers such as Red Gloves, Banahaw Heals Spa, and Living Life Well. Local organic products brand, Makiling Hillside Delicacies is also a partner. The campaign is supported by several groups such as Ato Belen's Farm, Good Food Community, Bayani Brew, and our respective suppliers. 

My friend and I embarked on a DIY "Health Walk" itinerary.
* It's going to be a very busy 2014 for us and we hope that everyone will have a great time at the cafe this year.

And oh, I'll be removing the Christmas decor this week.