The 8th Mug: Your Industrial, Elegant Cafe and Diner

Happiness? Your choice, your coffee 🙂

I understand that everybody is talking over cafes and coffee shops these times. I, myself, have been hopping from cafe to another in search for the best place and best cafe to be. There’s this cafe somewhere in Capitol Site that until now I still can’t get over with, no jokes aside! Why? They serve the BEST FOOD and BEST CUISINES I didn’t expect to have on cafes or coffee shops, ever! THERE, I SAID IT, RIGHT AWAY! Capslock para intense 🙂

I tell you, these foods are yummier than you thought! I swear!

If you happen to pass by at the capitol, or if you are looking for a place to hangout or chill with family, friends and loved ones, consider dining at THE 8TH MUG! You will surely love the place and the food, I assure you!

A Little History

The 8th Mug was conceived on August 8, 2018, hence the name, obviously 🙂 But aside from that, they also offer 8 different varieties of coffee drinks, still sticking with its brand name – The 8th Mug. They were opened for public last November 2018 with a coffee shop concept, serving the people with mostly coffees and simple meals with moderate prices. As time goes by, this cafe had evolved into producing and serving best, freshest and comparably world-class international cuisines while still having a Filipino palate.

Loving this frame I saw in one of the shelves. I guess these are the founding chefs?

The 8th Mug gives you the feeling of a prim lady or gentleman in a modest industrial setting. The minimalist but elegant interior design gives you peace and serenity, just a perfect place for some ME time especially for students and young professionals, freelancers or digital nomads who just wanted a quiet place to be.  

See the light and the elegance in this pic? I personally love the ambiance here. It’s very quiet. This girl has been here before we came to the cafe and was still here when we left. Really, she was having her time reading and studying, comfortably!
When you are at 8th Mug, you will surely feel this modest industrial setting.
The 8 different coffees serve here is reflected on this wall art. I find this wall very artsy and instagrammable.

The 8th Mug takes pride of their high-quality foods because why not? They have 5 baristas in the cafe plus 6 chefs, with Chef Lehner as the head chef, who has been there from the start and foundation of this cafe. They are proud to say that the foods they serve are products of the creative conceptualization and imagination of some fine, young chefs of Cebu City.

The fries are the best! It’s a mixed of potatoes and sweet potatoes! I love the natural sweet fries from kamote (sweet potatoes). No dips needed! It just tastes good!
My personal favorite – Linguine X.O.P. This is a pasta with a twist of Filipino palate! It has a taste of dried fish. The one you see on top is a small dried squid.
These mocktails are worth a try – Tropical Cooler (left) and Safe Sex on the Beach (right)
Our fully-carb meals plus the mocktails: Tropical Cooler, Safe Sex on the Beach, Kiwi Lemon Soda and Strawberry Daquiri. Forgot to take a pic of my Mango Margarita.

Their foods are also claimed to be served as fresh as it could be, as they take the purchase of the crops, vegetables and meats, on a daily basis – all fresh, mostly bought straight from Carbon Market, supporting our local farmers.

The famous coffee drinks of The 8th Mug: Cold Brew, White Brew and The 8th Mug Lemon Brew

THE MENU

OTHER INFORMATION:

Operating Hours: 8AM – 10PM

Facebook Page : The 8th Mug

Instagram: @the8thmug

Email Address: the8thmug@thinkingmugs.com

Contact Number: 09158403528

Some Important & Fun Reminders:

  1. Every Wednesdays, they have a “Trivia Night”, mostly about pop and culture.
  2. Wifi is free but is limited for 2 hours only (unless you order gain to get another wifi code/voucher)
  3. They accept exclusive bookings for special gatherings, occasions or events like meetings, seminars/workshops, birthdays, etc.
    • 25K good for 50 pax good for 4 hours. Food is in buffet type which includes 3 meats, 1 soup, 1 salad, 1 vegetable, 1 pasta 1 cup rice and 1 dessert
    • 15K good for 30pax only
  4. They have coffee cart available for rentals for your special events like weddings, parties, etc.
  5. Coffee Stall “Thinking Mugs” also available at SM Seaside
  6. For the month of October, they have this “October Deals
    • October 1 – 3, 2019  (International Coffee Day) – Get 10% discount in any hot or iced coffee
    • October 15-17, 2019 (Lunch Deals: 11AM-1PM) – Order any pasta and get FREE SIDE of your choice  – Yam Fries, French Fries or Garlic Foccacia
    • October 26, 2019  (1st Annual Trick or Treat @ 6PM) – Kids Halloween Costume Party /Beer Drinking Contest/Spoken Word Poetry
    • October 28-30, 2019 (Dinner Deals: 5PM-7PM) – Order any dish from their ALL IN and get 10% discount with free mocktail
Coffe on wheels perfect for events and gatherings 🙂

HOW TO GET THERE?

Exact Location: Ground Floor, Dacay Bldg., 72 N Escario St., Capitol Site, Cebu City (fronting AXA Building) – few walks across the Capitol Building

BY JEEPNEY: Ride any jeepney going to Capitol or jeepneys that pass through N. Escario (Axis). From Ayala, you may ride 12L or 14D jeepney, ask the driver to drop you off at AXA  near Capitol.

BY CAR/GRAB/TAXI: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and just search for “The 8th Mug”.

Below is the map when you travel from Ayala Malls to the 8th Mug.

For a detailed “moving” experience about The 8th MUG, watch out for my vlog soon on my channel Maistrang Laagan.

What are you waiting for? Tara Lets na, mga Laagans!

RCC Cafe & Resto: A Pastel, Chic Place Cafe for Everyone

Who’s up for another milkshake or frappe? 🙂

In today’s world where coffee shops and cafés are super trendy, we are always on the lookout for a new and good place to hang out with family, friends and loved ones. Personally, I’ve been hopping from cafe’s to another in search for a pinterest-y and as I always say, instagrammable ambience that’s very refreshing to one’s eyes. Once I see the place would be picture-perfect, then that’s the time I will check that spot and hang out with myself, most of the times. Honestly, my first impression goes to the coziness and good vibe of the place and how nice it would look on pictures; and when I’m there to see it myself, that’s the only time that I come to verdict with the foods they serve. What I say, is that, for most of us, we judge according to what we see first, so generally, it would always be “Place First, Food Second”. 🙂

Luckily, and by grace, I’ve come to scroll on Facebook this newest cafe opened in Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City – the place where I come to study. If you are living or familiar in Talamban, you’ll know how cafes are rampant in the area. Near USC or University of San Carlos alone, with just few walks, I’ve been to five different cafes already. I am happy now to include this newly opened and newly cafe I discovered, the 6th cafe on my list, and I can’t wait to share to you all. Fellow Laagans at heart, I introduce to you, Talamban’s newest craze –  RCC Cafe and Resto!

Welcome to a pastel world cafe and resto!

Formerly located in Banilad, this cafe is back to business with a larger space this time! RCC Cafe and Resto had just their soft opening last September 14 and is set for their grand opening this October 14, 2019! Although the place is still on its soft opening, a lot of people have been coming already, regardless of age or status. I’m even surprised but happy to see groups of friends and families, even with babies, coming to this place. That only means that RCC cater and are opened to different mass of people because as I always see, the cafes I went to are mostly filled with either students or young professionals.

I spot a mom feeding their baby over an ice blended drink.
Friends of all ages – come one, come all! Welcome to RCC!

If you come to this place, the first thing you’ll notice and for sure you’ll love is the cool, chic environment that is pastel-colored cubes or spaces, each space with its distinct huge pastel palette, very delightful to everyone’s eyes! You can’t miss to have your selfies all over the place!

AS you enter, you will see this very colorful walls of cubes or spaces!

The area on the second floor is perfect for students who would just want to chill or study as the place have enough space where you can work with school stuffs. Plus, the cafe offers its unlimited use of wifi when you order a minimum amount of 100php. When we were there, a group of teeners where actually doing their school project.

The area to the 2nd floor is even made lovelier with those balls of lights hang from the ceiling!

Aside from this cozy atmosphere, they also offer different varieties of food from meals to snacks, to cakes and pastries, to ice-blended drinks, coffees, frappes and milkshakes which are their specialty, by the way. Their flagship among the meals on the menu are the crispy sisig and chicken teriyaki. Definitely you can come to RCC Cafe anytime of the day!

I never missed a chance of ordering a frappe whenever I’m in a cafe 🙂

THE MENU

Choose your favorite drink and favorite flavor! They have it here!
Meals are also available in an affordable price.
My husband’s personal favorite, their pork sisig.
Seafood is life! My favorite – grilled squid.
Ice cream on cones are available, too! I will definitely try this once I get back to the place.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Store/Cafe Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday (7AM to 3AM)
  • Sunday (9AM to 1AM)

Facebook Page: RCC Café & Resto

Exact Location: Gov. M. Cuenco St., Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City (The place is the building next to EV Academy, with a signage of RCC Cafe), walking distance from USC – Talamban Campus.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

Mark your calendar and watch out for RCC’s grand opening set on October 14, 2019! Once it’s fully functional, the cafe plans for the following:

  •  student’s discounts
  •  open for bookings/reservations for special occasions
  •  unlimited coffee for working students/professionals

HOW TO GET THERE?

What a lovely place to hang out, isn’t it? Yung pakulay talaga ng walls sarap sa mata, pramis! 🙂

By jeepney and grab/taxi: Ride any jeep that will pass Talamban (13C, 62B/62C, 24G, 13I). Ask the driver to drop you off at EV Academy (Reviewer for IELTS). The building next to it is already the place for RCC. That’s infront of Goodyear. The place is along the road, so it’s very easy to locate.

CAR: If you’re bringing your own car, navigate the place via Waze or Google Map. Just search “RCC Cafe in Nasipit Talamban”. There’s a parking space but very limited.

RCC Cafe signage just after EV Academy

Yes, there’s a swing inside the cafe – something that Chasing James and I have enjoyed!
One last selfie before leaving the cafe. Definitely recommending this. Again, let us watch for its grand opening on October 14, 2019!

Watch my vlog about this fun experience on my YouTube Channel : Maistrang Laagan or you can watch it here (Please don’t forget to subscribe) 🙂

Unsa pay gihuwat? Ali na! Kaon ug tambay na ta diri! Tara Lets, mga Laagans!!!

ISLAND TEA COMPANY: HOME OF THE REAL TEA

My Impressions On Tea

Growing up, I have not been a tea fan or tea lover because I feel that the taste of it is so plain and it does not satisfy my palate (or maybe I have been tasting the cheapest teas before 🙂 I grew up loving sweets and sweet drinks, and tea is never on my list. However, the rise of milkteas changed my perspective. In Zamboanga, there’s this rising milktea store in the school where I have taught that really made every student and teacher crazy! On my first year here in Cebu City, I’ve been hopping to café shops to find the best milktea, and taste the best frappes and smoothies in town.

Early this year, I became conscious of my body and weight, and I promised myself to lose weight and look better on the outside. I went into a fitness gym and never rested except Sundays of the week. During my first week at the gym, I had a hard time controlling my food intake, and I remember I have a former student who’s now a registered nutritionist/dietician and a fitness instructor. I tweeted her and ask for some advice like the basic things to do when attending gym sessions. One of the things she said was to drink tea, specifically green tea, and more importantly to drink this before bedtime. That’s how I got to know tea better, and the health benefits it gives to our body. By that time, I forced myself to at least do the routines of drinking tea twice every day. But still, I only do that for the purpose of losing weight to partner with my gym routines, and because I still don’t love the taste of it, drinking tea did not become a habit and it did not last.

The taste of pure tea is finally here!

Checklist on the Health Benefits of Tea

  • Tea contains antioxidants.
  • Tea has less caffeine than coffee.
  • Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Tea may help with weight loss.
  • Tea may help protect your bones.
  • Tea may keep your smile bright.
  • Tea may boost the immune system.
Healt benefits of tea, ALERT!
Island Tea’s loose tea leaves that differentiates them from the market.
Yes! Keep that SMILE bright! 🙂

On Tasting the Best Tea

I realized that the taste of teas perhaps depends on the type of tea, or on the brands you take. I remember my co-teacher in Basilan, Ryan, who has been ordering and drinking tea whenever we go and eat out with some friends on the famous hotel and restaurant we have there in town, I actually love the taste of their tea there. Although I don’t order teas, but Ryan will always willingly share or let us taste the tea he will order every time we go there. There’s a smell and taste of sweetness that soothes perfectly to your nose and throat. I thought that was the best tea I will taste ever for the rest of my life, until I tasted the tea of Island Tea Co!

Getting to Know Island Tea Co. More!

Island Tea Co. is not just a typical milk tea store! For the information of everybody, they are not even a milk tea store. They are actually a TEA STORE that sells one of the finest tea in the country. Their edge over other tea or milk tea stores? They give us the best and finest Ceylon Teas that are ONLY produced in Sri Lanka! Plus, what you get are not just ordinary teas that are prepared on tea bags and concentrates, but theirs are teas that are prepared from loose, dry tea leaves! So, yes, you are tasting not only the imported and finest teas from Sri Lanka, but you know as well that the tea you are drinking are more organic, healthier and 100 % natural tea compared to other tea beverages you’ll taste on some café or milktea stores!

So, yes, they are proud to claim that they serve the real tea because of their loose leaf teas! And yes, after tasting their teas and milkteas, I am more than convinced, without a doubt!

One of their best sellers – wild berry tea!

At first, the idea only started with bringing and selling loose tea leaves here in the Philippines, until the owner, who’s by the way a Sri Lankan himself, thought of expanding it as a store that caters other trendsetting tea beverages.

Diffrent flavors of their loose tea leaves that are also sold per gram.

Today, what they have in their stores are the following: milk teas, black teas, green teas, fruit teas, tea mocktails, tea shakes and tea smoothies. They also serve pure ceylon hot milk teas that are very new and are not seen on other milktea or tea stores. Just as you thought milk teas are cold drinks only, they have hot milk teas here that will perfectly compliment your mood.

This nutella cream cheese milk tea tastes heaveeen – my personal favorite!
To fight with the warm weather outside, this cold tea mojito will quench your thirst! You must try this best selling iced tea!
The making of nutella cream cheese milktea
Proud to say that Island Tea Co. is “Serving Pure Ceylon Tea”<3

If you have tasted their tea, for sure you will love to come back. If you’re on tight budget, don’t worry because you can still get your finest teas and prepare it at home! They actually sell loose tea leaves of different flavors by grams.

Check out the prices of your favorite flavors which are sold per gram.

After having been gone to Island Tea Company, I honestly started looking online for tea infusers so I can start buying loose tea leaves from them and have a tea party any time at home! I am excited to share this best tasting tea to my friends, and to Ryan, when I get back to Basilan. 🙂

The Menu:

To go with today’s trendsetting tea beverages, they offer different tea drinks from hot teas to iced teas – all with the flavor of the purest tea from Sri Lanka!

They also offer other pastries that vary every day, to perfectly compliment with your favorite tea beverages.

Island Tea Co Branches:

Join their team as they are open for franchise! As of today, they have the following branches open nationwide:

Now Open – SM North Edsa Manila Ayala Feliz Marikina, Ayala Market ! Market! BGC, Taguig Outlets at Lipa, Batangas SM City Cebu, SM Seaside City Cebu, Robinsons Galleria Cebu, Parkmall Cebu, ICM Mall, Tagbilaran, Bohol, J Center Mall, Mandaue, Cebu, SM Uptown, Cagayan de Oro, South Town Centre, Talisay, Cebu Shopwise Batangas, H Mall, Mactan.

Opening Soon – SM Taytay, Manila, SM Masinag, Manila, Sundance Residences Cebu City, Gaisano Mall, Davao, Ayala Central Bloc – IT Park, Cebu, Ayala Abreeza, Davao, Festival Walk Mall, Iloilo, Pacific Mall, Mandaue & Many more locations nationwide !

For further information, and for some promos available in their selected stores, visit their Facebook Page here.

The wanna-be model of Island Tea Company! 🙂

Definitely I have changed my idea on teas after having been gone to Island Tea Co. It’s absolutely a must-try. If you’re like me who’s not a fan at first of tea, come and taste the purest Ceylon Tea in the country now and let me know your experience! This is something you don’t want to miss out!

Please make sure to check and subscribe to my YouTube Channel: Maistrang Laagan for the video of my Island Tea experience. Link is here.