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Family Food Trip : Mom & Tina's Bakery Cafe

For this first quarter of 2009, my family and I have eliminated the usual mental jig of indecision as to where to eat during weekends. Weary from the usual, "Where do you want to eat?" runaround, we've decided to make our default selection point us to Mom & Tina's Bakery Cafe.

The warmth of a country-style atmosphere greets you when you enter Mom & Tina's Bakery Cafe located at the complex of Panciteria San Jacinto along C5. Although they've moved into a larger space these days within the same complex, the homey feel remains with a number of sofas quaintly positioned amidst the usual oak finish tables and chairs. Their interior design easily reminds one of the Little House on the Prairie settings brought forward into modernity. The overall feel is that of a laid back Sunday afternoon with good home cooked recipes.

Items on the menu which seem to want us coming back for more : Baked Cheesy Macaroni for my son, Pasta Carbonara for my daughter, Mango Kani Salad for my wife, and Paella Valenciana for me. Between the four of us, we all take turns sharing a piping hot Shepherd's Pie.

Of course there's more on the menu such as soups and salads, and steaks and sandwiches. However, desserts and sweets keep the customers coming back for second servings or take out bags. After all, it is a bakery cafe which has charmed discerning tastebuds with the kind of pastry cooking most of us have been accustomed to. For lack of a better term, I'd like to call it "colegiala cooking", as born out of those intimate kitchen experiments between mom and daughter.

For those of us who would like to rejuvenate our palates, and reminisce good old country cooking, Mom & Tina's is the place.

They've also expanded to Makati being at the Legazpi Village area near the Shang Grand Tower. That kinda makes it worse for me as I tend to be a glutton for the overall experience of not just the good food but the homey feel perfectly tailored to a country restaurant. Its many temptations will have you wanting to come back the next day to ravage it some more.

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