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The Brunch Files: Maple

Have any of you been to the new and improved San Antonio Plaza lately?  Not only is it a waaaaaay better version of its former self, but its also got a lot of new shops to browse, and food establishments to try! 🙂

One of the new kids on the block is Maple.

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I’d been hearing a lot about their breakfast items–especially their fluffy pancakes!  So one Saturday morning, the H and I, along with the little one, decided to have brunch there.

Maple is on the second floor of the plaza, right next to a much bigger Starbucks, and Golden Spoon Yogurt.  I was quite surprised to find out that the restaurant is by the Pancake House Group.  In fact, it is meant to be a more upscale Pancake House!  Well, no wonder the pancakes (in particular) had been receiving a lot of good reviews :).

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To be honest, I’m not a pancake fan, but I do love a good eggs benedict so I was pleased to find out that they had it in their menu.  Both the H and I wanted very much to try their steak and eggs, but unfortunately, it wasn’t available that day. So I decided on the eggs benedict anyway.  The H ended up ordering a stack of chocolate chip pancakes–same as what he usually orders in Pancake House. Hahaha!  What can I say–we’re creatures of habit! 🙂

By the time my food came, I was really, really hungry!!!  But I managed to capture this shot right before I dug in.

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Looks yummy, right? 🙂

It was actually not bad, although I have had better :).  This version did not make use of the regular english muffin and spinach.  Instead, it had a croissant-like bun and lettuce.  Because I’m not into flaky pastries, I ended up leaving the croissant bun and just ate the egg, lettuce and ham.

The fries were nice and crisp, though, and both the H and A could not resist munching on them :).

H’s pancakes were also quite good :).  They were served as a stack of three, with chocolate shavings on top!  The difference from the chocolate chip pancakes of Pancake House, this version had much bigger chunks of chocolate inside!  Nice to see that they didn’t scrimp on this :).  The portion was also quite big–for once, the H couldn’t even finish it and had to take the rest of his breakfast home!

One of the things I loved about Maple is their placemat!  Hahaha!

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Pretty, right?  Can you guess what it is? 🙂

While the restaurant space is very small, I also liked that the interiors are quite homey.  The seating is plush and comfortable, although I’m not too sure how I feel about their choice of tangerine for their upholstery.  Maybe an ode to the Mother Company?

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So if you haven’t yet, do give Maple a try, especially if you find yourself in the area.  They had other interesting stuff in their menu that look like they deserve another visit! 🙂

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Pinoy Eats World Guerilla Dinner # 9 (Part 1)

I’m very excited to share with you a unique experience the H and I had last week :).  For semi-new parents such as ourselves, getting out of the house and going on dates like we used to is quite the luxury nowadays.  So to have the opportunity for a night off…well, we just had to make the most of it! 🙂

I had been hearing (and reading) a lot about Pinoy Eats World and their guerilla dinners lately, mostly from friends and via Facebook.  What is a guerilla dinner, you may ask?  The concept is very simple.  A group of people (the diners) meet at a designated place and time, then are brought to an undisclosed location for an eating experience that promises to be a fun gastronomic feast!  A sense of adventure, and a hearty appetite are certainly required. 🙂

I was very much intrigued by the mystery of it all, although I have to admit, I’m not very adventurous with my food.  I do love meeting people though, and enjoy new experiences, so I excitedly booked a slot for the next guerilla dinner which was scheduled for November 29.  Tamang-tama, the next day was a holiday, so it was okay to have a late night :P.

The contact person of Pinoy Eats World (the group that stages these guerilla dinners) is Marfee Dizon.  I sent her an email conveying my interest, and she quickly replied with a confirmation of our slots, payment details, and the specifics of our meeting place and time.

At precisely 630pm, the H and I arrived at the Blessed Sacrament of Sanctuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, and joined a group of 20 other males and females that were already gathered there.  Some of them were first-timers or PEW “virgins” like us, others had already done it many times over, but were still as “in the dark” as we were about what the night had in store for us.

I never knew Sanctuario had such a beautiful Blessed Sacrament 🙂

The hungry and excited bunch

Once the group was complete, we were further instructed to follow a lead car, that directed us to a home in nearby Dasmarinas Village.  During the short drive, I could feel my anticipation mounting, and my stomach starting to growl.  Haha!  To prepare for this experience, the H and I decided we would eat a small lunch to make room in our tummies for the multi-course dinner that we were about to partake.  We were definitely ready for the gorge-fest–kainan na!

To give the guests a little hint about the experience that awaits them, PEW usually gives their dinners a theme or title.  Tonight’s dinner was called “Eat.Sing.Dream”.  No need to guess why “Eat”, but “Sing” and “Dream” got me thinking.  My guess for the “Sing” part was that it was going to be a night of karaoke.  For “Dream”, I thought this had to do with an outreach type of thing since Marfee had mentioned in her email that part of the evening’s proceeds would be donated to the Pangarap Foundation.

Was I correct?  Please stay tuned for my next post… 🙂