Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday Wandering at 14 Four Cafe

It was a quiet Sunday morning, gloomy and the bed was still inviting, when I rose from the bed yesterday. Still felt the disappointment of my Cagayan De Oro trip that was cancelled.  Frustrated that we didn't plan out something for the loooong weekend, and planning in a jiff is without a doubt more stressful, with it facing tons of work Bhogs and I needed to finish.

But then again this thought came, Sunday is the day we get to focus on what's important. It's a reminder to us parents that the most important thing we can do is teach our children about Jesus Christ and enjoy every minute of our lives spent together.

Yes, my back was against the wall, but you see it is not the end,  it's God letting me know He's about to give me a new beginning, another set of good tidings.  So this is just my simple reminder that God will supply us with the opportunity, but it's up to us to do something with it.

So gone with the empty feeling, we had our kids dress up for church and had them excited for a long drive somewhere- off to a place of inspiration, of the beauty in arts and of  simple anti-depressing food.

The rain showers almost dampened my spirit, plus the factor that we will be traversing along heavily- trafficked areas.  But the kids and Bhogs were so game for it, they didn't actually know what to expect, since I was the only one who knew where we are going and how it might be.

The place is not hard to find actually, thanks to the trusty GPS on my smart phone.  When we got to the place, we were greeted by a gentleman who was ready to assist us with a large umbrella.  He however asked if we had a reservation, but we didn't.  Though he didn't also mind.

We entered a red painted eclectic-looking metal gate, and were led to the wide garden.  I instantly spied with my eyes patches of peaceful pleasures, pocket gardens with comfortable lounge chairs under huge, old trees.

Then, the gentleman led us to the first floor of the house with winged glass doors.   Upon entering, we all said Wow!  My kids immediately went to the end of the room and got themselves comfy with the lovely seats that were all over. The arrangement was random, no colors matching, no chairs are identical, but you will definitely enjoy the play of colors and design.

We got our orders and waited, good thing they have Wi-Fi, but Nica and I were just itching to round the place up.  I got a bit sad though, that I didn't have my SLR with me, because it's still at the repair center, nonetheless, my smartphone was able to capture some of the cafe's details.

Inside the house was a bit cramped, but if it wasn't raining you can opt to have your meal outside, I just forgot to ask whether they allow social gatherings and events at the garden, it would have been a very lovely birthday or intimate wedding venue.

But the judging does not end on how the place have invited you, it still would be up to how the food is served.

Let's see...

Notice that their water is served with old wine bottles.  This gave me an idea of using the olive oil bottles I have stacked under the sink.  We ordered Sage Carbonara, of course, as long as my kids are with me, it has to be on the menu.  Need to note that they were not disappointed, they loved every sip of the subtly cheesy and creamy sauce, and the bite of the spaghetti noodles.  Though, they could have at least put more bacon to it since the price is steep at P 230.
 Bhogs ordered Cinnamon Bun Pancakes.  Three thick yet soft cinnamon swirled pancakes served with a cream cheese icing on the side for P 170.  This is said to to be the cafe's bestseller.

Mine is Brunch Wrap.  Slices of !4 Four tapa, scrambled eggs, fried chunky potatoes, cheddar cheese are all wrapped in tortilla, flavored more with garlic aioli.  On the plate are nachos with salsa fresca. 

Of course my kids would have pancakes, so had another plate of it but theirs are the Old Fashioned Pancakes with  maple syrup.   I guess we drove all the way here just to have our fill of pancakes.

14 Four Cafe

Address:  144  Magnolia Lane, Barangay San Isidro,Gregoria Heights Subdivision,
               Taytay Rizal, Philippines 1920
Contact number:  0999.888.0144


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