#KabiseraNYC: The not-so-new-kid in Lower East Side

Situated at the Lower East Side (LES) of Manhattan, Kabisera Café is one of the most trendy cafes along Allen Street. It opened its doors in December of 2017 and it recently moved to a newer and bigger space (just right beside its previous spot which is now Angela’s Ice Cream & Desserts).
 
Kabisera still takes pride in its specialty coffees and other Kabisera-curated favorites such as: Iced Espresso Oat Latte, Almond Chaitado, Affogato, Ube Latte, Matchube (Matcha cum Ube), Golden Latte (Turmeric infused beverage), White Spice Mocha, Vitalitea and many more.
 
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It has become the go-to place by Lower East siders and tourists alike, either to hang out, dine or grab a to-go cuppa. “Our regulars know their coffee and we’re happy to slush their favorite beverage to jumpstart their day. It just feels great to become a part of their daily routine.”, shared Carla Mongado, Actor/Singer and part-time Barista at Kabisera.

The Menu

This Filipino-inspired cafe has pioneered in introducing the Purple Rice Bowl (Tofu bowl), Pork Longganisa Quesadilla and Chicken Adobo Panini in New York City. Their menu includes interesting fusion of contemporary and traditional Pinoy flavors. As for desserts, they have pastries like Lemon squares, Smores brownie, Pecan pie, Maja Blanca, Bibingka, Cassava cake and Ube ice cream which perfectly complement their food menu. Kabisera also features seasonal desserts such as Halo-halo, Frozen Brazo de Mercedes and Palitaw.


 
The Kamayan

Kabisera is also known for its successful Kamayan lunch and dinner parties. Kamayan is the Filipino traditional way of eating sans the knife and fork. The dishes are served on top of a banana leaf and it’s meant to be shared and enjoyed as a family or as a group. You may contact Kabisera for their available Kamayan packages or if you want to customize the menu and style for your feast.

 
For huge groups who need space for closed-door soirees, the place easily transforms from a cafe into an event venue with a seating capacity of 20 to 30 persons and a maximum room of 35 pax. Meetings and parties may be booked at least two or three days before the event schedule.

The Beans

Kabisera has teamed up with a roastery in Brooklyn to customize three coffee bean varieties: Kaulayaw, Silakbo and Dalisay. Kaulayaw is the balanced and smooth variety which they use for their espresso-based drinks. Silakbo is strong and full-bodied which make for their iced coffee, drip coffee and cold brew. The Dalisay roast is the fruity and sweet variety. Kabisera’s coffee beans come from Central and South America with its roastery in Brooklyn, New York.

The Heads of the Table

The term Kabisera means the head of the table. Hence, let’s introduce you to its heads of the table–the hospitable couple Augee and Joey. Augee aka Dj Chinita is the big wheel when it comes to the coffee, food and banquet departments while Joey takes care most of the purchasing and the physical attributes of the cafe. Together they formed an awesome lot of personable baristas and kitchen crew to take care of their customers.
 
When asked about what made them decide to open a Filipino cafe in Manhattan, Augee Francisco, owner of  Kabisera said, “I want Pinoy flavors to have a representation in the New York City’s food scene–in such a way that’s casual yet inventive and high quality yet affordable.”
 
 
Kabisera for Everyone
 
While it’s the first Filipino establishment in LES to introduce the Filipino hospitality to the neighbourhood, it has already gained patrons of diverse culture and ethnicity since it opened. Kabisera continues to embrace and respect everyone’s individuality as it is one with the Women and the LGBTQI community in the struggle for gender equality.
 
“It is a joy to be able to share with everyone who comes to Kabisera, what Filipino hospitality is like. As I always say, we value, respect and take good care of our customers, otherwise, we won’t be living this dream of ours now.”, Francisco added.
 
What they say about Kabisera
 
“I live on the other side of the street and there’s also a cafe near my apartment building but I choose to come to Kabisera because of the good service. They’re all friendly and they treat me like family.” — Nenad, Manager at The Box NYC

“I start my day at Kabisera with my cortado, perfectly prepared by genuinely friendly baristas.”, Hugo, LES Resident.

Visit and follow #KabiseraNYC on social media. For every coffee-based beverage you purchase, you get your loyalty card star-stamped and your fifth drink is free. Ask your barista for your own personalized card.

Kabisera Café
151 Allen St., Manhattan, New York City 10002
Contact: 929 920 8250; kabiserakape@gmail.com
 
Photo credits: Kabisera, Carla Mongado
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Savouring Singapore: Happy Eats – A Holiday Roundup

Gula Melaka Log Cake by Sinpopo

 Gambas al pil pil by Sabio

Paella Negra con Sepia by FOC Sentosa

Cafe Latte by Patties & Wiches

Sakae Sushi

Sushi lunch package by Sakae Sushi

Hello Chocolate

Box full of Chocs by Hello Chocolate

Furama Hotel Singapore

Santa Log Cake by Furama Hotel

Violet Oon Singapore

Peranakan dishes by Violet Oon

Auchentoshan

Good Old Fashioned by Auchentoshan

蓼食う虫も好き好き (Tade kuu mushi mo sukizuki) Literally: There are even bugs that eat knotweed. Meaning: There’s no accounting for taste. / To each his own. (Kassandra)

Savouring Singapore: The 2015 Roundup

Enjoying a great meal is one of our greatest pleasures in life; and, that’s why we always wanted to indulge ourselves with new flavours and different food places to try. So this year, we’ve come up with a unique blog series called: Savouring Singapore; with a mission to promote the delicious food places (big and small players) that you may find in and around the Lion City.

Makan! Makan! Makan!

While we aim to publicise Singapore as a ‘food trip’ destination, and since Singaporeans are known for their penchant in eating out (with family or with friends); this blog series was conceptualised with the main intention of helping those small food stalls in the Hawker Centres and Kopitiams with little or no digital access/capability.

Savouring Singapore

Though some of our featured restaurants serve foreign cuisine, they sure were customised to be palatable to the meticulous Singaporean taste buds. We have opened the submissions to anyone (locals, tourists and foreign workers) who wants to share their food photos and gastronomic experiences.

Here’s a roundup of this year’s and here’s looking forward to more new places in 2016. We hope that you will continue to join us in our mouthwatering journey of Savouring Singapore!

1. The Tea Party – ONE-NORTH, SINGAPORE

2. Heng Ji Chicken Rice – CHINATOWN COMPLEX, SINGAPORE

3. The Bravery – JALAN BESAR, SINGAPORE

4. Yoshimaru Ramen Bar – HOLLAND VILLAGE, SINGAPORE

5. Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge 夜上海潮洲粥 – BUKIT MERAH, SINGAPORE

6. Mad For Garlic – SUNTEC CITY, SINGAPORE

7. Yayoi – BUGIS+, SINGAPORE

8. Ann Chin’s Popiah – CHINATOWN COMPLEX, SINGAPORE

9. Gurkha Palace – LITTLE INDIA, SINGAPORE

10. Aura – CITY HALL, SINGAPORE

11. Aeiou – JALAN BESAR, SINGAPORE

12. Day & Night Bistro – TIONG BAHRU, SINGAPORE

13. Niqqi’s – CLEMENTI, SINGAPORE

14. Food Street Fried Kway Teow Mee – CHINATOWN COMPLEX, SINGAPORE

15. Tolido’s Espresso Nook – KAMPONG GLAM, SINGAPORE


Though we believe that good food/restaurant easily spreads by word of mouth, we hope that this will further promote especially those who don’t have a website, a Facebook page or a Twitter account.

How many from this list have you visited? Let us know where do you think we should be going next. Email: eugephemisms [@] gmail [.] com

*Makan is a Malay term which means: food or to eat.

Most Flavourful Restaurants of 2015

From Hawkers Centres to National Galleries to 24-hour food joints, here are the best restaurants we’ve ‘inspected’ this year; and as always, we have ranked them in terms of the food, ambience and the overall experience we have had with some of the very special people in our life.

To all our fellow foodies and bloggers whom we follow, thank you and may you continue to inspire more people with your fresh ideas and your brilliance in writing; and to those who’ve been following us for a couple of years now, “thank you, thank you for the love.” May Hope, Peace and Prosperity reign upon you and your loved ones in the coming year ahead. Cheers!

Aeiou Collage

Here’s the TOP 10 food establishments which really worked the treat for us this 2015.

1. La Llauradora de Loreto – DENIA, SPAIN (tie)

1. Kakiden – HIROSHIMA, JAPAN (tie)

2. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – ONTARIO, CANADA

3. Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge 夜上海潮洲粥 – BUKIT MERAH, SINGAPORE (tie)

3. Talan Dam Seafood – BANGKOK, THAILAND (tie)

4. Aura – CITY HALL, SINGAPORE

5. GRAND Caffé Concerto – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (tie)

5. Tolido’s Espresso Nook – KAMPONG GLAM, SINGAPORE (tie)

6. La Trastienda Tapas – MADRID, SPAIN

7. Aeiou – JALAN BESAR, SINGAPORE (tie)

7. Day & Night Bistro – TIONG BAHRU, SINGAPORE (tie)

8. Anna & Sons Cuisine – BANGKOK, THAILAND (tie)

8. Shima Uta Raibu (Live) Ryūkyū – OSAKA, JAPAN (tie)

9. Niqqi’s – CLEMENTI, SINGAPORE

10. Kings Diner – BROMLEY, UNITED KINGDOM


Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.
Hippocrates

What’s your favourite food establishment or food trend of 2015? Share them with us here: Email: eugephemisms [@] gmail [.] com


The Anna Restaurant & Art Gallery

In a recent short (food) trip to Bangkok, we were focused on only three things: eat, shop and party. We championed these three goals, rather effortlessly, and in that same order too.

For those who have been before, you know you have actually arrived in Bangkok when you suddenly get immersed in the City’s peculiar hustle and bustle. You’ll instantly feel the festive mood of it; while its distinct character and encroaching warm vibe wraps on your persona.

Is it the aura of the Thai people? Is it the street food and street scene? Is it the smell in the air? Whatever it is, just embrace and enjoy it. We surely did enjoy it with, as we said, just eating, shopping and partying.

On our first night, one of our travel buddies suggested that we take our dinner at Anna & Sons Cuisine. He’s been there once and he finds the food delicious and the prices reasonable; it’s also very near to where we stayed at. Their menu mainly consists of Thai Food but there are many other Asian Fusion cuisines that you can choose from.

That weekend was also about birthdays. Three from the group is celebrating their birthdays and that makes the other two–the very special guests. And so the first triple celebration happened here at Anna & Sons Cuisine or The Anna Restaurant & Art Gallery. Happy Happy Birthday: Kenneth, Tin and Mickee!

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine

Anna & Son Cuisine


ANNA & SONS CUISINE
27 Soi Piphat, Bangrak, Silom, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Telephone: +662 2372788
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