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Eats in Cebu: Treat Street Café

After more than a year of delighting customers with delectable cakes and pastries, Treat Street Cafe on the 2nd floor of the Ayala Center Cebu Expansion Wing hopes to invigorate Cebu’s dessert scene once again as it introduces specialty coffee to its offerings.

Treat Street Cafe opened in the middle of 2014 as a natural extension of proprietress Trina Ang Kokseng’s thriving specialty cake business. “We’re very humbled and inspired by the response of the market,” muses Trina. “One thing we often hear from our regular customers is they come back because of the quality of their favorite cakes,” Trina shares. A philosophy which Treat Street Cafe has always espoused from the start is adherence to only the best quality ingredients. Popular customer choices include the Treat Street Pie, Honey Toffee Crunch Cake, Spicy Lechon Pie, and Brownies A La Mode. New cake creations are also introduced monthly so customers have something new to try at each visit.

Treat Street Café's calamansi cheesecake goes well with Toby's Estate's flat white coffee

Treat Street Café’s calamansi cheesecake goes well with Toby’s Estate’s flat white coffee

The Toby's Estate long black coffee brings out the flavors of the Treat Street Pie

The Toby’s Estate long black coffee brings out the flavors of the Treat Street Pie

During interactions with customers and just from simply observing customer buying behavior, Trina noticed an opportunity to add more value for Treat Street Cafe patrons. “When we started Treat Street, I knew coffee was always going to be part of the dessert and pastry experience, but I did not realize that it could play this big a role. I attribute it to the growing awareness and consciousness of the entire coffee industry, from sourcing to serving, that has made customers more discerning of their cup of coffee.”

“When I heard about the story of Toby Smith of Toby’s Estate, I was fascinated,” recalls Trina. “I was inspired by his passion,” she added. During one of her trips to Manila, Trina went to one of the first branches of Toby’s Estate Philippines to try their coffee beverages. After that experience, Trina found it hard to find the same level of quality in local coffee shops, so she was motivated to bring the experience to Cebu by making Toby’s Estate coffee part of the Treat Street Cafe menu.

Treat Street Café's mango black sesame cake is perfect with a café mocha

Treat Street Café’s mango black sesame cake is perfect with a café mocha

The honey toffee crunch cake, paired with a Toby's Estate iced latte, makes for a refreshing snack

The honey toffee crunch cake, paired with a Toby’s Estate iced latte, makes for a refreshing snack

Outside Australia, the Philippines is only the third country in the world to have a Toby’s Estate presence. Currently, there are 6 Toby’s Estate cafes in Metro Manila. In Cebu, Treat Street Cafe is the first establishment to offer Toby’s Estate coffee. Aside from the coffee beverages, retail packs of coffee beans will also be offered for sale.

Treat Street Cafe’s cakes and pastries are a perfect pairing for the coffee concoctions of Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters. Both brands share a passion for using only the best ingredients and processes to provide best dining experience for the customer.

 

TREAT STREET CAFÉ
2/F Ayala Center Cebu New Expansion Wing
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LADY CYCLISTS HIT THE ROADS AND SLOPES OF CEBU.

Cycling has been a growing sport and hobby for many years but it’s popularity has erupted since the Covid pandemic.  People biking to work and for recreation is an everyday sight in Cebu.  More and more are joining the ride.  Many are quite serious about cycling.  I know three ladies who are among those who’ve gone long distances across Cebu.

How did you get into serious cycling?  What was your motivation?

Blinky de Leon.  Event Host, Product Endorser & Influencer

“ I’ve been into cycling since I was a kid. A little backstory, I was around 10 years old when my dad surprised me with my first custom-made mountain bike. I still keep it until now, in fact I had it refurbished. It’s the most sentimental thing I ever received since it was his way/gesture to catch up with me after not seeing each other for almost 6 yrs. My dad is based in Germany and he also loves cycling and makes his own bamboo bike.”

 

“Just a year ago though, my friend Gazini randomly, out of nowhere, picked me up from home to bike with her to the South of Cebu. I felt really excited and motivated to get back on track because it’s very nostalgic and brings back so many great memories. And since then, the rest was history. We’ve been joining different groups, tried different routes and conquered different heights. I’ve met so many cyclists with very inspiring stories in the bike community who kept me feeling motivated too. I also look forward to the sights and the adventure that comes along with it.”

 

Yumz Mariot. Branding & Marketing Consultant

“I used to bike along with rock and wall climbing. I am lousy with ballgames which is why. Our usual route were Talamban and Mactan but one time, managed to ship gears all the way to Dumaguete for a quick ride to Valencia, the next town located at a higher elevation. Those were days when I did it for fun and what bike I was using did not matter.”

“Fast forward to 2021, a year after the pandemic lockdown began, I realized I have been lazy to do any fitness routine. Too caught up on juggling between house chores and Work from Home deliverables (I work as a Branding and Marketing Consultant), I started to feel my body needs to move as much as my brain does. A hysical fitness routine is as important as what I eat, or what I read or watch. So I decided to invest on a decent MTB, just very recently and got myself a much necessary restart. What motivates me even more is the area where I currently reside at. It is vast, fresh, green and safe for solo bikers like me.”

 

Prime Sarino. Digital Media Creative

“I started biking as a young teenager and I got the idea to start it as an adult hobby 3 years ago. I was already into running and I thought it would be great to venture into another outdoor activity to keep me occupied after work hours and weekends. I was set to travel for a year so I had to put aside the idea first but came pandemic. We were all forced to stay put and everything was put on hold. Cycling became my diversion. My cyclists friends invited me to quick and short rides. I enjoyed my first 50km ride and the sceneries and routes most of all. It also helped channel a positive mindset during the hard hit season of the pandemic. Not to mention it’s also another way to stay fit when we were forced into inactivity during the quarantine.”

Next in Part 2, we ask the ladies about their cycling experiences and memorable moments…

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Netflix Original Releases We’re Excited for This August 2021. Part 3

Our selection of Netflix Originals for August Part 3.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

Coming to Netflix: August 23

 

Netflix’s The Witcher series gets an anime prequel film focusing on the origin story of Geralt’s mentor and fellow witcher Vesemir. While we’re still waiting for the second season of the series, we’re sure this film will be more than enough to tide us over.

 

He’s All That

Coming to Netflix: August 27

 

From the director of Mean Girls comes another teen comedy starring TikTok star Addison Rae. He’s All That is a remake of the 1999 film She’s All That, proving Taylor Swift right in her theory of the 90’s coming back stronger than ever.

 

Sparking Joy

Coming to Netflix: August 31

 

We all remember when Marie Kondo helped us declutter our houses and better our lives with her hit show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. This August, she’s back with another show called Sparking Joy which follows her helping people struggling to balance work and home life.

 

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Netflix Original Releases We’re Excited for This August 2021. Part 2

Exciting Netflix Original Releases for this August 2021
Here’s the upcoming Netflix Originals we like for mid-August.  Great fun, exciting, and binge-worthy Netflix original releases.

Sweet Girl

Coming to Netflix: August 20

This is another Netflix action thriller film we’re excited for. This film stars Jason Momoa as a devastated husband determined to avenge his wife’s death while protecting his daughter and is sure to put us on the edges of our seats the whole way through.

 

The Chair

Coming to Netflix: August 20

Sandra Oh stars in this upcoming comedy-drama miniseries as the new chair of the English department at a major university, struggling to meet the demands and expectations of her new position. We’re sure this is another great binge-watch from Netflix.

 

The Loud House Movie

Coming to Netflix: August 20

The popular Nickelodeon animated series gets a film which features the characters of the series on a holiday trip to Scotland. This film is perfect if you’re a fan of the series or you’ve got kids who are.

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