Thursday, 24 January 2013

"Love their Milk and Cookies"

"Love their Milk and Cookies"

(Or how this writer enjoyed their Sweet Ecstasy)

Well, it all started last year when this writer had went to one of the familiar places in Cubao district, Quezon City. Quite strange and curious though at first that, within every stall that featured booze, beer, fish n'chips or any other sizzlers lies a different yet interesting one: Milk and Cookies.

from it's humble chair and table...

to a stand  (and some cartoons on the wall to add fun!)

Quite Interesting indeed as this writer had enter that place, that once all plain white and weeks later with cute figures of milk and cookies complimenting the once-existing plain white walls that made its appearance cozy, of featured artworks displayed, and had even ordered one of their featured cookies such as their "salted caramel" alongside chocomilk for a respite, quite yummy indeed for the sweet and salty taste of that cookie and the fine sweetness of chocomilk different from the usual ones what most people bought from a convenience store made this writer wanting to visit the place again and again.

Same goes on the other side, once plain as white...

...Given some child-like imagination reminiscent of day care centers
 with cookies and milk playing together

And somehow made this writer think that, true to their quality of cookies and milk, and its enough amount of sweetness yet a good alternative from the usual food featured in Expo, would say their name of the stall fits for itself: Sweet Ecstasy.


....Peanut Brittle
(Sources: Sweet Ecstasy Facebook page)

Well, admittingly speaking, although this writer had visited the place everytime he visit Cubao Expo, he haven't dig much lately about what comes behind their interest other than it was being founded by two Fil-Ams that seemingly had the idea for an alternative since most of the restaurants-cum-art galleries in Expo features beer or crispy pata; they do have beer in their menu later on, but most rather preferred the familiar ones shown in their menu such as a carafe of full cream or chocomilk, cookies like "Oreo overload" or "salted caramel", or even an "Oreo Milkshake" with cream and cherry on top; they do have new ones created straight from the kitchen such as a concoction of Cerveza Negra and Milk (although this writer haven't tasted yet but interesting) and peanut brittle cookie; however, the good thing is that during the discussions, the owner had even shared this writer's love for the salted caramel although it didn't been featured lately in their menu! Quite sad isn't it? But of course they'll return it!

Double Burgers and an Oreo Milkshake
(Source: Sweet Ecstasy Facebook page)

But as time goes by, the shop had featured new ones that make its customers old and new satisfy further in entering Cubao Expo, that other than their finely-sweet milk and cookies, they came out with something meaty and juicy such as their fresh, cooked Burgers although they once had "Lechon de Leche" being featured as part of their menu months before; yes, this writer haven't tasted their Burgers (and the earlier Lechon de Leche) yet, but the owner explained that they prefer good quality burgers, fresh from the kitchen being served, that is, different from the ones in the fastfood chains around Metro Manila - that some even started from what Sweet Ecstasy did today (for sure one knows about it such as the one also situated in Cubao area).
But seriously, the shop prefers much to be unique in its creations as well as creative on how to make things possible for their customers, especially that aside from its cozy ambiance with paintings made from their artist-friends to show the pleasant, artistic side of the shop, they also wanted good quality food such as their burgers, milkshakes, and even their cookies people took interest and satisfy upon as they enter and leave the coziness Sweet Ecstasy has to offer. 

As for the gallery, with its paintings made by the owner's artist-friends, it also adds colour that pleases especially to those who wanted to look while eating one of the shop's featured treats; the shop, true to its name also serves as an art gallery for the promising artists who wanted to feature their paintings in Cubao Expo. Quite amusing though isn't it that the owner has an artistic taste that would make people curious enough what goes in it aside from the food being served. Certain personalities like Raymund Marasigan also visited the shop  and having chitchat with the owner while Brisom had a music video at the gallery months earlier.

For sure someone knew this guy wearing a black tshirt and busy doin somethin?

Quite enjoying as this writer, while drinking his milk
was watching "The Hobbit" being shown in the shop's flatscreen.

That somehow this writer would say "this fits for a nice watering hole" for those who have interest in art and culture like Cafes in Paris goes side by side with art galleries and even painters who love to paint their clients on the sidewalk, and few places like Cubao Expo or Bside Makati had done that. Amazing!

This writer's milk's nearly finished...

The childlike drawings of milk and cookies captures the mind of everyone
...especially those whose nostalgia made them go to.

And since from the start, he simply felt the simplicity of the place, its love for art (from the canvas to the childlike wall paintings), and creating new ideas involving food, would say that he would like to revisit again anytime; especially that the shop had continuously experiment for a long time, especially for their next's food attraction to be served weeks, or months later, with this writer would possibly think "would it be burger steak with some gravy?" Well... hope so? But for now he's contented in the "Peanut brittle" cookie being served that seemingly sweet and nutty, as well as others such as the familiar salted caramel he asked for. There are also people who, as they enter and savor the mouthwatering burgers and milk reminisce their childhood especially that those are the same food being packed in their lunchbox, quite interesting indeed that from the cute cartoons, sweet cookies and chocomilk, to the nostalgia people think of made them enter and enjoy what's been served from the menu.

Quite strange indeed, but this writer's love for something tasty and sweet  as well as having a good respite from a long day's work had made this writeup; he rarely goes out this time, but in entering Cubao Expo meant going to this kind of shop that somehow children would dare to enjoy the food on, Cubao Expo isn't all about shoes, antique goods or Beer and Pulutan, there's even Cookies and Milk for the kabataan what Sweet Ecstasy had made for! :)

Anyways, for inquiries, Sweet Ecstasy is located at Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Quezon City (Past Bellini's and in front of Allan's Grill); or text at 0916 594 1229. Bon Apetit!