Where we hang.

B and I got to know each other more because of our mutual fondness of food and trying something new.

But over time, we noticed that there are places that became our default spots. Here are 3 that we’d go to for quick fixes or to while away the time.

Whoo-ooo? Whe-eere?

Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes

One, Two along Katipunan Ave. and another in Tomas Morato, all in Quezon City

When in need of comfort (and likewise feeling lucky with seating, as this resto never seems to run out of customers) – we’d seek the fast, hot and carbo-loaded meals of Banapple.

Dishes here are meant to be shared (unless what we’re going through at time of visit is truly major – like, major, major).

Fill the tummy, fill the spirit.

Their meals are so hearty that we usually don’t have enough room in our tummies for dessert – which is alright, since we’re not big fans of their desserts.*

* One exception – their double chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Have it warmed up before serving, then take a bite of its melted gooey goodness and wash it down with tea (or milk, but I’m lactose intolerant).

Like a snug hug in yer belly.

3 Hot Meals and Cookie pictures from the Banapple Kitchen website.

Dezato Cafe

100 Dona Hemady St., New Manila, Quezon City

OK. So maybe their meals are somewhat on the greasy side, seats are limited and one should expect to leave the cafe smelling like the cafe given its poor exhaust system.

Shiny, shimmering, splendid.

But their mochi desserts are one-of-a-kind, and I just can’t get enough of their green tea ice cream-filled versions.

Mochi Madness from Dezato

It also helps that it serves cheap, decent coffee in big heaping cups AND it’s the cafe nearest my house!

Caf-Pow in a mug! :P

Nomnomnom Happy Food

Unit 2 Lower G/F, GYY Bldg., 1 Tomas Morato cor. E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City

We first noticed Nomnomnom after we ate at the “world class” kabab place above it. Intrigued by its name, offerings (they serve popcorn with hemp seeds, among other things) and how they were cleverly named (such as VST for “Very Succulent Tomatoes” and Talong and Lasting Love) , we gave it a try.

Since our first visit (pre-renovation), we’ve been coming back for its ultra-thick, sauce-like soups (warning: you won’t be able to finish a bowl!) and its Tinapa Pizza. Yum. :)

Nomnomnom's Malinomnom Pizza

While you won’t hear us rave about all the dishes we’ve tried at Nomnomnom, we do recommend a visit. If you’d like to avoid the college crowd, avoid it on weekends or come in for dinner early, and save your dessert for another place within the area. They do hold events regularly, so for a listing please check out their blog.

You may also want to dilute the soup you just had with drinks at Guzzler (at the back of the Shell Station beside GYY, and if you’re still hungry they’ve got excellent beer chow too).

So where’s your “usual?”