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Alamid (Philippine Civet) Coffee
Greenbelt 5, Makati
What is a burp? The voluntary or involuntary, sometimes noisy release of air from the stomach or esophagus through the mouth. Technically it is called Eructation. (sounds like erection, which makes it a normal occurrence for everyone. Yes, to the uninitiated, women also have an erection, but sex is not our topic- but post eating activities).
We burp at least 4 times, depending on how and what we eat. My best bet to having a good burp is always carbonated drink, because literally, we are swallowing carbon and releasing some back.
There are countries which doesn't frown from burping after meals to show pleasure to the cook after a good and hearty meal. Some say this is ok in Mongolia and Portugal. But I haven't been to both countries so I can't say that it has been 100% validated. :P
Omaha, Nebraska is the only US City that has outlawed burping in churches.
So the "kita kits" was great and turned out to be a lamon feast. JO and Linnor met for the first time and we enjoyed the short time with JO and hubby moving on to their next dinner as we continued on with our gorgefest.
If you saw the movie "The Bucket List", Jack Nicholson mentions that the rarest and thus most expensive coffee in the world is "Kopi Luwak". Could be true.
Further research showed that Kopi Luwak, Weasel Coffee and Kape Alamid are one and the same. And the process that it undergoes can be considered as unique as they come from the ripest coffee berries that are ingested, processed and later defecated by the civet cat locally known in the Philippines as Alamid (Paradoxurus philippinensis).
Price at Travel Cafe: Php 220 per cup of 8 oz. Not bad, di ba?
Some of the dishes we tried (the others were less memorable) last Friday : Longanisa Fettuccine and the Batangas Beef Ribs (which is really the Tadyang, that we all crave). Both we're served quicky even with a good Friday night crowd and were distinctly pinoy in taste - spicy and all. You can taste onion on the fettucine and garlic in the tadyang. Great smell and not over powering.
Halo Halo at Travel Cafe can be shared between 3 people (see pic above) and has the right amount of Leche flan, ube and vanilla ice cream, beans, flan and macapuno strings, halaya, sweet banana, and jack fruit. Compared to the more commercial Chow King fiesta, you can't tell the difference if you need a treat after a hot and tiring day with Manila temps reaching as high as 34 to 36 at mid day.
Of course, Kape Alamid to end the meal right.
My burp didn't taste like civet droppings though. :)