Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu Change/Diet Shift

Tofu Nuggets with Sweet Chili Soy Sauce (Php 159) #CafeAntonioWeeklySpecials #CafeAntonio #LuntiangLunes
The Blackeye: Doppio Sleepy Time Blend espresso with 4 oz pourover drip coffee. Ang sarap ng tama! (Php 110) #CafeAntonioWeeklySpecials #Blackeye

Dark Chocolate Apple Mint Shake: Homemade apple sauce blended with fresh spearmint leaves and milk (Php 120)  #CafeAntonioWeeklySpecials

At last, the reality of price hikes have hit us hard. It was bound to happen anyway. Vegetable and meat prices have sky-rocketed while people hide in their homes trying their best to save money. 

If you have noticed, our menu is gradually morphing. The idea has been hovering for a couple of years now but we decided not to make any abrupt changes. Instead we took baby steps leading to a grander plan.

We significantly reduced the number of our flavored and blended beverages. We stopped using food coloring. We started using organic produce. We set up a garden for our veggie supplies. We added a vegetarian menu section. We introduced vegetarian dishes for Luntiang Lunes. We started using malunggay in our dishes. And we will be releasing a line of local and sustainable dishes at the end of every month for our #CafeAntonioWeeklySpecials promo.  And we started planting coffee seedlings (arabica and robusta)

The grand plan is to get all of our food ingredients locally. And it should be organic! And we should know the farmer! Along with this we would like to develop a healthy menu that is more resilient to price hikes.  

It's gonna be a long-term project, no doubt. But it's gonna be a good future to look forward to. And work hard for.

Cafe Antonio's garden at Kainos Farm

Growing sweet basil, lettuce, cherry tomato, cucumber, and other herbs, fruits and vegetables at Kainos Farm

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