Are you a planner or spontaneous when it comes to trips?  When I go on solo trips, I am quite am a planner.  But, the family is so spontaneous that when we got to Tagaytay, Cafe Vio La popped out in Swarm and we ended up checking it out.

cafe vio la
After all, I haven't been back to Crosswinds for the past seven years.  It is the first time for the family to visit Crosswinds.  

cafe vio la cafe vio la
Seeing beautiful things like this makes me grateful to have a spontaneous family.  Had I planned going here, I wouldn't be as pleased by this wonderful surprise. 

cafe vio la
Each section has a different vibe somehow...

cafe vio la
although the general theme is colorful and lively.

cafe vio la crosswinds
I especially like the al fresco area.  If only it wasn't hot outside, I would definitely want to hang out here.


cafe vio la tagaytay
Even though we just had lunch, our eyes glittered as we saw a chiller filled with cakes.  

Bricked Oven Pizza

Cafe Vio La Special (395 php)

Even until now, my family surprises me.  They say they are are full and then they order pizza.  I'm glad they did because the Cafe Vio La Special is a really good pizza.  It was so fragrant and the cheese would stretch when you pull out a slice.  I also thought I was full but turns out I wanted more of this as soon as I tried it.  

apple crumble cheesecake
Apple Crumble Cheesecake (215php)
The Apple Crumble Cheesecake is one of the best cheesecakes I've tried.  I've always loved apple pies, I didn't think it would work so well as a cheesecake too.
ube cheesecake
Ube Cheesecake (215 php)
There aren't much places that offer ube cakes in Manila so I am so glad that to find that they have one.  Being the ultimate ube fan, I instantly flew to heaven with the rich. sweet and smooth Ube Cheesecake.  

key lime pie
Key Lime Pie (215 php)
The Key Lime Pie had a nice tartiness to it.  It's another rarity to find a dessert like this so I'm so happy we discovered this place.

Fresh Fruit Shakes
cantaloupe shake
Cantaloupe (175 php)
I wanted to try a non-caffeinated drink so I ordered the Cantaloupe.

cinnamon coffee
Honey Cinnamon Au Lait (145 php)
But then, I saw my sibling ordering tempting coffee drinks so I ended up ordering one too.  Being both indecisive and greedy are traits I'm not proud of but I was glad to order this.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Escaping from Manila and hanging out at a cool and colorful like Cafe Vio La with delectable cakes and drinks, sounds like an irresistible idea right?

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cafe Vio La Menu
Ambiance N/A
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cafe Vio La
Business Address Crosswinds, Tagaytay City
Business Hours 7am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 246-9069 ext:128
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Do you have a struggle that you have a difficult time to shake?  I have.  I've always been so sickly.  Being stuck at home is a frequent thing for me.  On most days, I go out when I'm lazy and I prepare healthier meals when at home.  But when I'm sick, its hopeless for me to do anything so I resort to food delivery services like Delivery Guy.

delivery guy

Delivery Guy is available on the website and through mobile applications.  There were a lot of options and I chose Chinese food with Mongkok Dimsum and Noodles.  

The interface is smooth and its fool-proof.  

You can see the breakdown of the food you ordered together with the delivery charge.    

If you want to avoid charges, keep in mind that they have three types of extra charges:
1. Below Minimum Charge - the minimum order cost should be at least 500 php or there is a delivery charge 
2. Off Zone Charge - Delivery Guy is headquartered in Makati so having it delivered in Manila incurred 100 php charge.
3. Online Payment Charge

Once you're done with ordering, just wait for the confirmatory email.

As you can see, my total bill is 660 php.  My ordered food items is worth 500 php.  The delivery charge from Makati to Manila is 160 php (basic of 60 php and Off Zone Charge of 100 php).

As a person who is used to food deliveries, I have also tried Grab Food, Grab Delivery and Lalamove from the same area and so I can compare the charges.  Grab Food (120 php but you are confined to Grab Food partners), Grab Delivery (140 php but no insulation bag) and Lalamove (135 with free insulation bag but plus 100 php for pabili service).

While waiting for your order, you can view where the rider is.  The same feature is available for Grab and Lalamove.  But with Delivery Guy, you can also see the status of your food being prepared (and not just logistics)
delivery guy
After an hour and 20 minutes the driver arrives in yellow polo and perky bow tie. 

mongkok dimsum
The food is well-packaged and still warm.

As you can see, its the same as if I've ordered for dine in.

spinach dumpling
Spinach Dumpling anyone?

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Traffic is worsening.  Demand for food delivery is on the rise.  Although I feel that Metro Manila is never short of delivery service, Delivery Guy is a great option for food delivery especially for those near Makati.  For sure offices will benefit a lot from it.  Charges are hardly negligible if it is shared within a group.  So costing is not a problem, it just has to offer more options.

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I work in a very cool office where I have to wear a thick coat every single day.  Yet, my life seems not cool enough so I decided to chill out at Cold Layers Cafe.  

cold layers cafe
Despite sounding ironic, there are really times in our lives where we find ourselves in a cafe freeing ourselves from our life of computations and complications.  

cold layers cafe
So off I go to Fishermall to share a meal with fellow foodies. 

cold layers cafe
I have passed by Cold Layers Cafe countess times...

cold layers cafe
and all those time, I thought they only served snow ice.  


Savory Meals
creamy chicken pesto
Creamy Chicken Pesto (268 php)
Turns out, they have a menu for savory meals too.  Charging off our meal with the Creamy Chicken Pesto.  Let me just point out that this pesto-spiced pasta is as creamy, cheesy and chicken-y as stated.

chicken teriyaki
 Chicken Teriyaki (268 php)
The savory options comes in a worldly variety.  Yes!  There's Chicken Teriyaki!  It was soft, sweet and saucy, served in a way that could sweep your soul away.

Weekday Specials 
cordon bleu
Set B: Chicken Cordon Bleu  with Iced Tea (199 php)
There is also Chicken Cordon Bleu.   How is that for a French meal?

Hotmeals & Sandwiches
cheesy meat lasagna
Cheesy Meat Lasagna (266 php)
If there's a Pinoy-style spaghetti, this has got to be a pinoy-style Cheesy Meat Lasagna.  It's got the sweetness that will bring you back to joyful childhood sensations.  

slow cooked beef ribs
♥ Slow Cooked Beef Ribs (340 php)
Because life is fast, I do appreciate everything prepared slow.  Thus, my favorite amongst the savory meals is the Slow Cooked Beef Ribs.

fish n chips
Fish n' Chips (220 php)
Since I wouldn't share the Slow Cooked Beef Ribs, good thing there the Fish n' Chips for sharing.

Special Series Fresh Fruit Snow Ice
lets split milk
 "Let's Split" Milk (175 php) 
Sure, the savory meals were a pleasant surprise.  But, my eyes shines upon the sight of snow ice.  

I found the "Let's Split" interesting.  I have thought of two perspectives for this treat.  One is to order this for sharing.  The other is to order it for as a foreshadowing treat before delivery a breakup speech.

summer fling mango
 "Summer Fling" Mango (185 php)
I feel "Summer Fling" is inappropriate for this one.  Sure, it might be light but it's so captivating  that you'd want to have it longer than just one summer.  

meant to be matcha
 "Meant to Be" Matcha (195 php)

The Snow Ice selection that really spoke to me was the "Meant to Be".  A spoonful of this and I knew it was destiny!  This matcha really got me.  I bet it will mean the same thing for other matcha lover.

first crush soy
"First Crush" Soy (200 php)
The "First Crush" is light and Chinese-influenced just like my first crush. 

sweet surrender  horlicks
"Sweet Surrender" Horlicks (210 php)
Ahh... I do love horlicks.  We used to alternate plain milk, Milo, Ovaltine and Horlicks every night when we were kids.  So yes, the Sweet Surrender is Tsinoy Foodies approved!

Bubble Tea & Coffee
chocolate frappe
Chocolate Frappe 22oz (110 php)
They have cool drinks too.  I was expecting frappes to be caffeine loaded and stuff.  But, the Chocolate Frappe was rather sweet and chocolatey like Chuckie or Moo served with whipped cream on top.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Cold Layers Cafe is a cute, colorful and a cool place to chill out for savory meals and snow ice.  The food is good but it doesn't come cheap.  Is it costly because it is a cafe?  Not sure about the savory meals but I am super sure I would shell out for the snow ice.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cold Layers Cafe Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Weekday Specials |
Bubble Tea & Coffee |  Milk Tea |
 Hotmeals & Sandwiches | Hotmeals & Sandwiches 2 |
 Special Series | Original Series |  
Taste ★★
Service ★★
Price ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cold Layers Cafe
Business Address 3rd Floor, Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue, Del Monte, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge N/A
Budget/Person 250-800
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 361-1431
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