I've noticed that many food places and bars have strategically positioned themselves near colleges and universities.  Perhaps if it was like that during my college days, I wouldn't be so anti-social.  Well, anyway there's a new Tex-Mex place called Coyotoe Cocina!

coyote cocina pop up katipunan
While many of the establishments are still closed, Coyotoe Cocina alone is worth the visit.  

the pop up katipunan
I really like the spacious and modern design as well as the spacious dining and parking area of The Pop Up Katipunan.   But, I can't imagine how hot this place is during the day time so I would suggest that you go at night.

coyote cocina katipunan
I think its really the ideal home for a Coyote Cocina.

coyote cocina
The ambience is minimalist.  Aside from a few wall arts and artifacts to hint of its tex-mex influence, there isn't much to see.

coyote cocina
It has a counter wherein you can see its open kitchen...

coyote cocina
and a few tables.  It offers two kinds of tables: (1) ordinary square wooden table (2) a long table with built in beer coolers.

This is the first time I've encountered a concept that uses quality local ingredients to make authentic Tex-Mex flavor.  I really like the idea because it still delivers satisfaction to the customers while boosting our local economy and it is sustainable for the establishment.  

I recall my former favorite Tex-Mex place: Orale! - a small hole-in-the-wall serving authentic Tex-Mex dishes which closed down.  Perhaps, it was because of the high price of its imported ingredients that made it impossible for it to survive.

coyote wings
Coyote Wings (160 php)
These Coyote Wings are deceiving!  It didn't look appealing to me but when I tried it I just had to grab more of it before my companions could.   Its unlike any wing I've tried before.  There's something magical with the coating.  The wings itself has subtle flavor but it really works with the dip.

Nachos Large (280 php)
The Nachos are also one of the best I've tried!  I think the secret is in the beans!

Coyote Rice Plates
beef barbacoa
Beef Barbacoa (250 php)
I definitely like more of its beans with these!  I know it doesn't look filling but once you eat it, you'll realize that this Beef Barbacoa platter is good for two.  If the meat could be more tender, this would definitely be better.

pork belly
Pork Belly (250 php)
There is not much disparity between the satisfaction you will get from either the Beef Barbacoa or Pork Belly Rice Plates.  It's just a matter of preference on which type of meat you want to go for.

Carnitas Plate (250 php)
On the other hand, the Carnitas was a bit dry.

Carnitas Trio (175 php)
If you want to try the Carinitas, go for the taco version with the Carnitas Trio.

Doble (185 php)
My favorite item on the Coyote Cocina menu would probably be the Doble Enchiladas.  I think the proportion and preparation of this is perfect!  I really like the 

Coyotes Macho Burrito (190 php)
If you prefer a handful one, the Coyotes Macho Burrito is an alternative to the Enchiladas.  


Tequila Shots
The best part is you can pair your food with alcoholic beverages.

Corona Extra
Ice cold beer anyone?

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
You can surely count on Coyote Cocina for authentic Tex-Mex dishes made from quality local ingredients.  Definitely check this place out!  The price is student friendly too!

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Coyote Cocina Menu
Ambiance ★★ Menu
Taste ★★
Service ★★
Price ★★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Coyote Cocina 
Business Address The Pop Up Katipunan, Xavierville Corner Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 5pm-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge N/A
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
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It has been quite some time since I shared about Old Swiss Inn in Paco where I used to frequent when I didn't work so far from home.  
old swiss inn flatlay
Little did I know that it also has a branch in Makati.  I noticed they have new dishes being offered.

old swiss inn makati
I can't pinpoint what it is exactly but the vibe is quite different.  I feel its brighter and more casual.  

complimentary bread
Complimentary Bread
As soon as the Complimentary Bread was served, I knew it was the same food I loved.

 Goulash (330 php)
The Goulash is my favorite soup in Old Swiss Inn.  I order this before every meal.

Signature Dishes
 Gnagi (860 php)
When with company, the Gnagi is an excellent choice for a centrepiece.  Based on all my dining experience, they consistently cook this perfectly each time.  It delivers a delicious crackle in every bite.  The savory, tender and juicy meat is another sensation that you can't miss.  Appreciating their tangy saurkreut is not a guarantee though.  It depends on one's preference.  

fresh corned beef
 Fresh Corned Beef (690 php)
Every companion I dine with at Old Swiss Inn has approved of its Fresh Corned Beef.  They have a secret way to bring out the best from each slab of beef.  

 Sausage Platter (1,550 php)
For group meetings, the Sausage Platter is a must order.  I assure you, it is fun to eat and share slice by slice as you shift from one variant to another.

Raclette Grill
la parisienne
La Parisienne (1,190 php)
There are two food items you can order in a Swiss restaurant to make your dining experience wholesome: (1) Raclette Grill (2) Fondue.

la parisienne
La Parisienne (1,190 php)
In the past, I've enjoyed the Fondue Bourguignonne because I love the fun of dipping in sauce variants.  But, recently I've had a change of heart or tongue.  I now enjoy the Raclette Grill more because I grew quite fond of raclette cheese.  

wagyu skewers
 Wagyu Skewers (1,490 php)
The  La Parisienne is good but the Wagyu Skewers is a way better upgrade.

wagyu skewers
 Wagyu Skewers (1,490 php)
Just watching and waiting for the Wagyu Skewers grilled slowly makes me salivate.

Wagyu Skewers (1,490 php)
 Wagyu Skewers (1,490 php)
The raclette cheese and other vegetables complements the Wagyu Skewers well.

chocolate fondue
 Classic Toblerone Chocolate Fondue (650 php)
I wonder why I never had the Classic Toblerone Chocolate Fondue before.  

chocolate fondue
♥ Classic Toblerone Chocolate Fondue (650 php)
My foodie friends and I enjoyed it very much!  I especially liked their home made marshmallows.  

It has a cafe in this branch.  I especially loved their ♥ Matcha Latte.

mango juice
Fresh Mango Juice (150 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
It's great that Old Swiss Inn Makati is open 24 hours to make quality Swiss dishes available.  If we need to vouch for this time-tested establishment to convince you to dine here to enjoy the fun in eating Swiss then you have our vote.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Old Swiss Inn Menu
Ambiance ★★★ N/A
Taste ★★★★
Service ★★
Price ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Old Swiss Inn Makati
Business Address Ground Level, Somerset Olympia , Makati Ave. cor. Sto. Tomas St., Makati, Metro Manila
Business Hours 24 Hours
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1,500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 818-8251
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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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