Best Bites: 7 of My Most Awesome Finds This August

August passed by in a blur, and without even noticing it, the start of the Christmas season (well, for Pinoys) is already here! Despite being busy at work, appointments left and right, and uhm, social obligations, I still managed to squeeze in some leisure time -- which involves food and drink of course! Below, my top finds for August:

1. Pivo Praha Dark Lager from The Perfect Pint (PhP220/pint, PhP150/330ml)

Fans of dark beer will surely take delight in this roasted malt craft from The Perfect Pint. It’s like Guinness, but not quite, and ten times better. The Pivo Praha Dark Lager has a dominantly bitter taste, but it surprises you with a hint of caramel. After tasting this, I swore that I will never buy those diluted, overpriced caramel beers that come in macho mugs from pretentious bars EVER AGAIN. Oh, and if this brew doesn’t make you fall in love with craft beer, I don’t know what will.

The Perfect Pint
2/F Crossroads Bldg., 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Facebook: ThePerfectPintPH
Instagram: @thePerfectPintPH

2. Banh Mi (PhP175) from Pho Hoa

If soup is not your thing, then you might want to try other items from Pho Hoa’s extensive menu—specifically, the Chicken Banh Mi. Huge chunks of grilled chicken breasts lend this sandwich a smoky, savory, and slightly sweet flavor, which incorporates well with the greens and the crusty baguette. Don’t forget to add a generous squeeze of Sriracha for that perfect bite!

Pho Hoa
G/F Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
Other branches: click here

3. Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins from S&R Membership Shopping

I’m not normally a fan of muffins because most of the ones sold in cafes are humongous, crumbly, and just bland, but my perception changed when I bit into S&R’s Dark Chocolate Chip Muffin. It’s incredibly moist, not crumbly, has just the right amount of sweetness, and generously filled with fudge and dark chocolate chips that spell H-E-A-V-E-N when they melt in my mouth. I’m running to the nearest S&R branch right now.

S&R Membership Shopping
Facebook: SnROfficial
Branches: click here

4. Labuyo Dark Chocolate from Theo and Philo

Anything dark chocolate is meant to come straight to my mouth, but when it’s combined with my other favorite—spicy food—the results can be totally spectacular! Theo and Philo delivers exactly that, with an ingenious creation made from the finest cacao beans from Davao. Locally sourced and lovingly made, their chocolates are perhaps the best in the country.

Theo & Philo
Facebook: Theo&Philo
Website: Theo&Philo

5. Silvanas from Dumaguete

It’s hard to declare something as the best in the world ever, but there are times when you pop that something into your mouth and you just know that IT IS. Such is the case with the silvanas from Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries from Dumaguete, which is what happens when meringue and buttercream come together in perfect harmony. These munchies were so addicting, I doubt if non-dessert lovers don’t get converted.

Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries Dumaguete

6. Ayam Goreng from Indonyaki (PhP120 half/PhP220 whole)

Discovering a really cheap place that serves incredible food is enough reason to burst into tears, and Indonyaki in Maginhawa Street proved this. Take the Ayam Goreng—the Indonesian fried chicken. Deep-fried with no breading, it’s reminiscent of hearty family meals in Max’s Restaurant. The chicken is flavorful and perfect with the spicy sambal sauce, while the crispy flakes add an interesting texture to the dish.

54 Maginhawa Street, UP Teachers' Village, Quezon City
Facebook: Indonyaki

7. Key Lime Pie from The Sweet Spot Café

A sweet and sour dessert? Why not! The Sweet Spot Café in Maginhawa may be known for its cheesecakes, but their Key Lime Pie deserves equal attention. For lovers of desserts that are not too sweet, this is the perfect choice. The tartness of the pie just explodes inside the mouth with each bite. Make sure to pair it with your favorite coffee!

The Sweet Spot Cafe
189 Maginhawa St. cor Makadios St., UP Teachers' Village, Quezon City
(0917) 824-5454
Facebook: SweetSpotPH
Twitter: SweetSpotPH

Have you tried these restaurants? What are your food finds for August? Tell us in the comments section below!

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