Quantcast
Latest Stories

Word of Mouth

Birthing pains and Italian comfort food

By

Two Sundays ago, we opened our second branch of Wooden Spoon at Rockwell. Since we were on soft opening mode, we got a lot of minor complaints. Service at times was slow, orders didn’t arrive, the wait was too long, etc.

All these are being addressed. The place is almost full every day and the kitchen preparation has not been able to cope with the turnout.

Just the other day, our meats and vegetables were not delivered. Tylenol time! Fortunately, I have found the root of the problem: lack of preparation! So, with the approval of Rockwell management, we are starting a bakery schedule.

We will have a staff work from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. just to prepare. That way, by the time we open with the mall, we will be ready for the hungry diners. Our staff at times gets to eat lunch only at 4 p.m. It’s that busy.

Unlike them, I walk around the mall looking for a place where I can have my peaceful meal. At times, I just have two tuna sandwiches at Dunkin Donuts, a chicken sandwich at KFC, ramen just across our outlet or, when I want something special, I go to my special restaurant.

I take the escalator, out the Starbucks door to my hiding place. Cibo has been around for 16 years. It is where one finds dependable, delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. At times, many of us look for good Italian cooking without realizing it’s right under our nose.

Touch of class

Here, the food is consistent, pastas are done perfectly al dente, pizzas are nice and crusty and everything is very well presented.

Every dish has a touch of class. I love the presentation. I call the creator of all these dishes a culinary Einstein.

Amazing how chef Margarita Fores comes up with surprises. Loving and enjoying what you do, I guess, brings out your creativity.

Being a creature of habit, I always order the tuna sandwich. This is flaked tuna, with alfalfa sprouts in grilled ciabatta bread, served with chips, mayonnaise and a tiny cup of sea salt on the side. I love the presentation and the functionality of it all. I pinch some salt and put it over the sandwich.

I also enjoy her pastas. The garlic-chili pasta, vongole and  truffle pastas are the ones I prefer. After this quiet meal, I head back to the war zone and do what I love to do most: feed people.

There, too, is satisfaction in seeing a happy and satisfied diner.

Cibo is in Rockwell beside Starbucks on the ground level. Simple, authentic, consistent and very masarap!

Shared endeavour

In the previous administrations of Marikina mayors Bayani and his wife Marides Fernando, Marikina became the most awarded city in Metro Manila. The place was kept clean and garbage was picked up regularly.

But more than that, residents were all involved in this endeavor. I hope it is still the same today.

Meanwhile, a friend says that, in Cagayan de Oro City, the 12 steps to getting a business permit has been cut down to four steps, and getting a permit is now so easy.

In the end, it benefits the applicants and the city, too, with additional taxpayers to support the various projects of the city. I wish our entire country could follow this example.

Visit the author’s blog at sandydaza.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @sandydaza.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Lifestyle , Restaurants , sandy daza , Wooden Spoon at Rockwell , Word of Mouth



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  3. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  4. No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  5. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  6. The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  7. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  8. Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  9. What has happened to Barrio Fiesta and Singing Cooks & Waiters?
  10. Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  4. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  5. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  7. This is not just a farm
  8. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  9. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  10. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer

News

  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • [VIDEO] No assurances on Janet Lim-Napoles’ bid to become state witness
  • South Sudan president fires long-time army leader
  • Grenade explodes outside MPD Station 1
  • 25 cops ordered relieved over links to drugs
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao can dodge tax issues
  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
  • Big Chill freezes Cafe France to arrest skid
  • Pacquiao has to go through PBA Rookie draft
  • Guiao summoned by PBA for name-calling incident
  • Lifestyle

  • Gongs and southern dances star in a workshop at San Francisco Bayanihan Center
  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • Metro Pacific acquires stake in Victorias
  • How ‘one percent’ economic elite was uncovered
  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Technology

  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  • Fil-Am youth conferences unite under one theme
  • Embassy advisory: Filipinos still need visas to enter US
  • No travel restriction to Mideast, DFA clarifies
  • PH-HK relations repaired, but families of victims still being courted
    Marketplace