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Do you love to read? Or better yet, to eat? Then FOOD and FOODIE Magazines are for you. I came across these magazines, since my brother, who’s almost a Chef in his own right, owns them. Some of them he did buy himself; some of them were given by generous friends.

FOOD and FOODIE Magazines are both published by ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. Whilst FOOD is released on the 15th day of each month, FOODIE is published on a bi-monthly basis. What’s not to love about these magazines? Let me count the ways.

Though these two magazines initially project an air of class and sophistication for anything culinary, surprisingly, when you go deeper into the pages, they are actually a balanced view between the classy and what may be ordinary. The recipes are both for the upper class and the average Filipino homemaker.

Next amazing thing about them is that their stories on food and people, surrounded by the love for food and cooking, are truly engaging and strike right through the heart – of cooking, that is! Besides, you will surely learn something new from their helpful tips.

Third, if you love looking at sumptuous dishes, this is definitely it! Or if you have a passion for photography, especially food as the subject, you can refer to their photos as wonderful basis. So it’s actually not just about cooking, it’s also about picture-perfect food.

And, of course, if you just love going on a food trip with your partner, best friend, or anybody you can tag along with, then the adventure awaits in the line up of restaurants regularly featured in each issue. When you see them around the bend, and are reminded of how these magazines talk about their cuisines, don’t just pass them by. Check it out for yourself!

Buy them, and don’t keep them  to yourself.  Put these magazines in a fancy gift box and surprise a friend or two! For something as affordable as P95 each, FOOD and FOODIE Magazines are not painful to the purse.

tsokonut3I had long seen Tsoko.Nut (pronounced choco-nut) on Dela Rosa St. in Makati City for years, but that’s how exactly I had been doing–just look at it. I had been looking at it, but in my mind, I had actually been curious.

My curiosity ended last Saturday, as I got down at the Dela Rosa parking after a half-day tour of a real estate development in Paranaque City, which awed me no end, but that’s another story.

Sandy and I thought to have lunch in Pancake House, but we found ourselves at Tsoko.Nut instead, after looking at the huge menu banner by the entrance; not that we didn’t like the classic Pancake House dishes.

It was a first for both of us, and it was like beginners’ luck.  Daing na Bangus with Pinangat was great. At P109 per order, it was a winner–not too heavy, not too light. Just enough to tide you over till snack time in the late afternoon. I would think that the other dishes were great, too, as most of them were traditional Filipino food.

I had coffee after, as I always do after a meal, but Sandy, who had the chocolate drink, told me it was too good to pass up. I decided to have one to-go, and thought it would be good to take sips in between green and red lights on the way home.  Sandy was right–it was creamy, nutty, and rich, so naturally tasty!

Why haven’t I discovered it long before? I had tried so many choco drinks before, but Tsoko.Nut’s is best so far.

This is choco cafe is for the Pinoy’s taste. And perhaps for the rest of the world.

This was my second alone-time on a Saturday morning…nice to have some time by yourself. Good for going back to your center after a hard week’s work.

I found myself at one of the tables in Cafe Mary Grace, one of my recent favorites. You feel like you’re home at this cozy cafe, despite being in the monstrous newest mall in the city, Trinoma Mall. It’s just tucked away from the noisiest part of the mall anyway, and is strategically located across National Bookstore–buy a book there and sit down at the cafe.

Despite the really appetizing soups and pastas and sandwiches, I settled for three-cheese ensaymada and brewed coffee. Three-cheese because the Filipino sweet bread is topped with cheddar cheese, kesong puti (white cheese) and grated keso de bola.

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A bite of the soft, sweet ensaymada and the salty cheese, drowned by brewed coffee was heavenly, while reading inspirational quotes from empowered women from a book I took out of one of the cafe’s bookshelves, 100 Years of Women’s Wisdom. Pure pleasure priced at P244.00, rather an inexpensive way to center yourself.