Situated in a quiet neighborhood in Project 4, Quezon City is a coffee shop called Cydnei’s Cafe. It’s quite difficult to look for because there are no other establishments around the store, but once you see it, you’ll know that it’s The One.
Once you step inside Cydnei’s Cafe, you will find coffee, food, music and of course, books. The interiors are simply a reflection of the owner’s personal aesthetic. Overall, the atmosphere has a great homey touch. The bright lighting looks adorable. With plenty of seating, Cydnei’s Cafe is a good place to study and chat with friends. One immediately feels this vibe when entering the shop. And oh, Wi-Fi is accessible for free!
For the first time ever, the Bordeaux Rendezvous, an annual series of wine tastings featuring Bordeaux wines, was held in Manila, the last stop of its Asia tour.
French wine merchants under Bordeaux Rendezvous, keen on raising the French region’s profile in Asia, embarked on the tour in the region to mark its fifth year.
The wines from eighteen classified growths from the Bordeaux region, the largest wine-producing region in France, come care of French wine merchant Barriere Freres in partnership with local wine importers.
In the Philippines, we have fine wine importer AWC Philippines to thank for the Rendezvous.
Spain is one of the countries in the world notable for its culinary arts and cuisine. However, there is one iconic and traditional product that has stood the test of time as a gastronomic favourite: Jamon, pig’s hind leg cured with salt and time.
Anyone who’s tasted jamon knows that the Spanish jamon, silky in texture and deeply savoury, is better than ham made anywhere else. Take note: they are not smoked or cooked in any way. The salt essentially plays an important role in the curing process from salting or “salado” to drying and maturation or “secado”. And when ready, the jamon is served thinly sliced, either on its own or with some good bread. Txanton, the first jamoneria in the Philippines, carries three kinds of jamon: Jamon Serrano, Jamon Iberico, and Jamon Iberico de Bellota.
Have you ever heard of a gastronomic place here in the Philippines where Spanish jamon and wine take center stage? I bet you haven’t. Lucky for us, this is exactly what Txanton has brought to our country. Txanton is the first jamoneria in the Philippines, opening its doors last November. Apart from the finest and rarest wine collections, Txanton have taken the best Jamon Iberico Bellota from four regions in Spain–Guijuelo, Huelva, Valle de los Pedroches, and Extremadura. Now we can have a taste of these otherwise foreign destinations. After all, there is no better way to get to know a certain culture than through its food and, of course, its wine!
Located along Pasong Tamo Extension in Makati, Txanton’s one-of-a-kind shop feels like a museum where all wine cultures and quality Spanish jamones meet.
Paco dela Rosa Torello, a cava wine maker, came to visit Txanton last Oct. 27. His mission: to train our palates to sophistication with his fine range of wines. Born in Barcelona, Spain, the father of three came from the Torello Family Winery tradition. At present, the Torello family owns around 8 to 9 hectares of vineyards, the products of which are 100% organic and natural, carefully harvested and processed by human hands and not by machines.