Just before New Year’s eve, we had a chance to visit Eastwood mall after a long long time. Since most of the Sunday Markets that week were closed, we decided to visit the food stalls located on the second floor of the mall. I love this mall. Aside from the fact that pets are allowed inside the mall, there is wifi connectivity mall-wide. Too bad my cellphone that day was wonky and couldn’t access the internet properly. A cell phone booster would have helped though.
So I was trying to look for food items to serve for New Year’s eve dinner or Media Noche. It was lunch so we decided to eat first. It was my third or fourth time to eat at Momo Cafe and I’ve forgotten how much I liked their Cheese Pimiento spread that they serve together with the complimentary bread basket. I love that the restaurant serves this instead of butter…
It was so delicious and addicting. I couldn’t get enough of it so I bought some and brought it home. And I’ve been eating it regularly with bread ever since.
Yes, I want the real kind and not some ready-to-drink or ready-to-mix variety. That’s why I gravitate towards restaurants and cafes that serve homemade brews. I hate it when pricey restos (200 php++/person a meal) serve only Nestea or similar iced teas. Ok so you have to know this about me. When I go out to eat, I want the real deal, the full experience. Now if you serve me that to-die for parmesan crusted fish and a hefty serving of side vegetables, don’t you think it’s kinda disappointing if you give me a so-so drink? And I hate colas with my drink. Water is not even an option because I have that at home. My craving for fruit shakes is as seasonal as most fruits. I just want homemade iced teas. Is that so hard?
This is the reason why I love Cyma, Uno Restaurant, Mamou, MoMo Cafe, Cafe Mary Grace, even Pancake, Wendy’s and Toast Box. Not only do they serve great food, they also serve great iced teas.
Uno Restaurant Tomas Morato Area
Ted P’s Maginhawa St. UP Sikatuna Village
Momo Cafe Eastwood
Charlie’s Angus Burger Ronac Center
Cafe Mary Grace (Sangria)
Pino Restaurant Malingap St. Teacher’s Village
So you see how serious my family is about iced tea. We want the brewed kind. We want the real version and not some lame imitation ofthe original. I hate fake iced teas as much as I hate fake designer bags.
Here’s one iced tea recipe that the owner of a Spa in Quezon City uses to serve its clientele and it’s so simple and good that I can’t understand why other restos don’t even bother making their iced tea from scratch.
6-8 tea bags (Lipton or any favorite black tea)
8 cups cold water
In a saucepan, boil 4 cups of water. Remove water from heat before adding the tea bags. Cover and let it steep for 4 minutes, more if you want a stronger tea taste. Remove tea bags and transfer to a pitcher. Add another 4 cups but cold this time and stir. Add honey or sugar and the lemon slices. Add ice cubes last before serving.