Sometimes, you just want to shut off the rest of the world, isolate yourself in a quiet nook and be alone for an intimate "me" time. If you're a bookworm like me, I'm sure there's nothing like a place where you could cuddle up a good read while sipping a warm cup of chocolate, infused tea or coffee in between. The good news is, there's such a place where you can enjoy life's simple pleasures called Book and Borders Cafe. A themed cafe where time stops amidst the aroma of brewed coffee wafting in the air. If you're a regular reader of my food blog, you must remember that I once wrote about the opening of their first branch in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Now, people from Makati would be happy to know that Book and Borders opens a new branch in the upscale Tuscany, Mckinley Hill in Bonifacio Global City.
Book and Borders seem to know too well the things a typical book lover need. The chairs are so comfy, you'd easily feel cozy and it feels like you never left home. If there's a piped music, you can be assured it's the cool kind and unobstrusive yet still familiar and pleasing to the ears. If you ask me, it's even a good place for a first date. Even if you're not into books, there are available game boards such as the good 'ol Snakes and Ladders for you to play with.
Like I've said, as a certified bookworm, I like going to Book and Borders not just for its relaxing ambiance and a hearty selection of excellently executed pastries, pasta and sandwiches. But more so because of their extensive book selections that makes the travel more worthwhile. From the classics to contemporary best sellers--they've got it all covered! The library is free and open for everyone. Guests and customers are invited to use the books on the shelves of the cafe.
While you're at Book and Borders, sink your teeth on their sweet treats with a variety of cakes and pastries. Their best seller remains to be the must-try Queso de Bola Cake. Although personally, I love their mini doughnuts (How I wish I'm not diabetic) and I truly recommend you to try them. They remind me of J.Co's mini doughnuts. To satiate your hunger, you can also grab a bite of their delicious pasta (they've got Truffle Mushroom, Tuyo Pasta, Seafood Aligue Carbonara, Chicken Parmigiana Au Gratin with creamy pesto) or try their equally yummy sandwiches like Beef Pastrami Panini, Tuna Apple Melt in Ciabatta or their Shrimp Sandwich which is perfect for the Lenten season. I highly recommend their Ginger Raspberry drink as well as their Ginger Turmeric Iced Tea. You can even try their Ginger Lychee. The drinks I've mentioned aren't that sweet. You'll surely enjoy it on a hot summer day. And I assure you, it will satisfy your thirst.
At the grand opening of Book & Borders Tuscany, from left to right; Benjamin Alves, Michael Lao, Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon, Kristine Joyce Simisim and Chef Dennis Apostol
From left to right; Michael Harris Conlin of Henry & Sons, Eric Lim of Conlins Coffee World, Mary Simisim, Kristine Simisim and Nancy Go of Book & Borders.
While it's true that coffee shops are now a dime a dozen, Book and Borders is as genuine as the more expensive ones serving similar cuisine on that side of Makati. It's put together and borne out of the owner's love for coffee and books. "Here, you can relish the moment, tucked in your quiet little corner and discover how time flies," says Kristine Simisim, cafe owner.
Book and Borders Cafe are located in 281 Tomas Morato, Quezon City and RD-RDM Building 5, Tuscany Estates, McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City.
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