Teatime at Coffee & Pine
Well, hello there, eatsplorers!
Someone’s an eager beaver today. =D
If you only knew, the ants I had in my pants until I could tell you all about this quaint cafe that our foodie friend, Ela Katrina, discovered. It was a colony! (Ahh, so refreshing no, iba ka-date ko? *heehahaha)
It’s also largely due to her that we got these photos. As you know, my auto focus is long gone which makes me so shy to ask attendants to take photos for me. Turned out really fantastic, our photos, if I do say so myself (Hooray, Ela! Thanks to you and your trusty phone cam) … and that’s just what Coffee and Pine is: Fantastic eye candy everywhere you look. *stars in our eyes
Since this hang out just opened its doors the day before we made a visit, they gave us the heads up that they were still in the midst of ironing things out and tweaking – read soft opening/dry run. (Ela and I agreed though that the place already looked perfect from the outside to the upstairs to the balcony to the view of the Cordillera Ranges from that little open patch above the pine tree tops. *hihi) They didn’t have a menu printed yet but they enumerated that they have sandwiches, pasta, burger, and an intriguing pizza to offer for munchies. Their drinks menu is a chalkboard list (sans prices) of tummy warming greats like hot choco, matcha latte, and coffees.
We got ourselves a cup of hot choco and matcha to sip the afternoon away and for edibles, Ela got a chicken sandwich. (I wasn’t ready yet since I just came from another food-packed eatscapade that began in the morning and ended just a few minutes before I met up with Ela.)
Oh my, the Coffee and Pine drinks. Wonderfully frothy on top, every sip perfectly flavored (“,) (mine luxuriously chocolate-y; Ela’s, thick and milky with a nice matcha taste … very crucial to get the right green tea amount since too little matcha tastes like nothing, too much and it tastes like seaweed.) The sandwich was served with fries and was a regular but excellent sandwich.
Being the only ones in the cafe that time, Chef Tony checked up on us time and again. (A pleasure to meet you, Chef. Wake us up, when September ends. ♪ ♫ … and Ms. Lenin, Sir Ian and everybody!) One of our conversation topics was the C&P pizza which is an okonomiyaki, Japanese style pizza. He called this creation the dancing pizza. In our minds, we had images of squid tentacles or shrimp … or maybe an Under the Sea production by Sebastian. =))
This huge flattened takoyaki was a substantial dish with lots of fish cubes, crabstick slices, and squid squares and topped with lots of katsuobushi- bonito flakes. So who was dancing? I half want to tell you and half don’t want to give it away. Care to guess (after trying it out yourself preferably) and leave it in the comments section? ^^,
So Ela and I spent the rainy teatime till I saw again how it was in Outlook when it’s nighttime [this site was where the only store the English teachers took (smoking) breaks at used to be)] in this well thought out, beautifully decorated and furnished cafe. When I got home, I brought ants in my pants, dying to tell you about this new find. =b
I returned with Race a couple days later thinking they might have their menu up already (to complete this post). No such luck on that front but nothing to fear, as we were assured that no drink goes past P100 and so far, their most expensive (but not that pricey really) item is the pizza. =)
For breakfast, Race and I had just their carbonara and a cup of their brewed coffee and their mochaccino. They really have mad skills for making beverages in this cafe. Again, wonderfully frothy on top, every sip perfectly flavored. Other than Race wanting his cup to be scorching hot, our drinks were full bodied and strong. Magnifico! *fingertip kiss The pasta was an uber creamy dish with bits of bacon and slices of mushrooms and bell pepper. A nice little starter for the (scheduled brownout) day. *hee
X marks Coffee and Pine Cafe for good food in Baguio. It’s always (a memorable) teatime at Coffee & Pine.
I feel I have to give the drinks a separate rating, so here we go: As a cold beverage drinker, I enjoyed these warm ones very much. (My impatient tongue didn’t get burned because they were already kids temp. *harhar)
Ambiance: Find the fence shaped like coffee cups with hot steam coming from them. Love, love, the mouse hole painted on the wall lined with varied shaped light fixtures, complete with tree and bench for our imaginary Coffee&Pine friend. I shall name him Gus. *snickers
Coffee & Pine
Baguio City, Philippines
UPDATE 06/05/2017: They now have a Facebook page –
(Eng, WordPress! Took away the nice color options for linked words. Wehhh, you’re killin’ me!)
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