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Sweet Ecstasy @ Cubao Expo

A simple yet truly inviting chill-out place that offers superb tasting milk and deliciously GREAT (yes, it needs to be capitalized for its goodness) melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Their cafe’s walls are painted white and sprinkled with cutie-patootie doodles on the side. The place also exhibits awesome artworks. My eyes loved them!

I tried out their fresh milk + Blueberry Cheesecake Cookie Pie while Bestbud went for Choco Milk ‘cause he’s not much of a cookie lover. Our orders were served in less than 5 minutes or so. I let him take a bite of my ordered cookie and damn, he turned into an instant fan! That’s how awesome it is; Fast service + Yummy food + Cozy place, what more can you ask for? :D

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Sweet Ecstasy

Since Shake Shack and In-N-Out aren’t available in Manila, it looks like burger stores like Sweet Ecstasy (Makati) are trying to fill in the gap. Here you get no frills burgers, fries and shakes (they serve chicken wings too), in a quirkily decorated, open-air space. During busy times, it takes a little longer to cook the burgers - we were told to wait for 30-45 minutes and got ours precisely after 39 minutes! G ordered the Double Burger with Grilled Onions while I ordered the Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions. We also ordered some Fantastic Fries (homemade, handcut potato French fries), and a Classic Milkshake (vanilla, with malt). The brioche buns melted in your mouth and as you ate through the burger, you get the juiciness of the meat with a slight sweetness from their Ecstasy Sauce. Of course, the caramelized onions were made just the way I wanted it, thoroughly cooked with all the sharp oniony taste gone and replaced with a deeper flavor. The milkshake was okay, pretty much what you would expect from a vanilla-flavored milkshake, and the fries had the right thickness and were perfectly cooked.

We would definitely come back here but maybe just for take-out, as the eating area is small and can get hot and humid.

The Misadventures of Porky Ponge and Purrina Chows: Sweet Ecstasy

Every time we want to “escape” from the norm there is only one place we go to and that is Cubao Ex or Cubao Expo (or whatever you want to call it).

Cubao Expo is so different during the day, it’s quiet and less crowded. A whole different site to see and appreciate. For this very random visit, we decided to check out Sweet Ecstasy

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(photo from their facebook page)

The Menu:

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They have burgers and other stuff during weekends. (Mental Note: Must visit during the weekend)

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That is Ponge enjoying the view. :p

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I find this artwork really cute. hehe

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The Art gallery side

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Being the good blogger that I am, I forgot to ask who the artist is (sorry naman guys :D)

What we ate

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Nuttela and Choco chips + Compost Cookie + Milk

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I obviously fell head over heels in love with their milk bottle. hehehe 

The VERDICT: I really enjoyed the milk+ warm cookie (who doesn’t?). Perfect combination! They have really nice artworks too! Its fun quirky and modern. The only downside is the cookies are a bit expensive. Guess we were actually paying for the artworks and not the cookies. If you want to try the other food on the menu, you have to visit on a weekend. Other than that, it was a pleasant experience. It is a great place to chill, hang out and appreciate the arts. And that is what I love about Cubao Ex.

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(All photos are by yours truly and Ponge, unless otherwise specified)

Rouse us, and shoot into our veins fresh fire,
Till we in their sweet ecstasy expire.
   Then, as the empty bee that lately bore 
Into the common treasure all her store,
Flies ‘bout the painted field with nimble wing,
Deflow'ring the fresh virgins of the spring,
So will I rifle all the sweets that dwell
In my delicious paradise, and swell 
My bag with honey, drawn forth by the power
Of fervent kisses from each spicy flower.
I’ll seize the rose-buds in their perfumed bed,
The violet knots, like curious mazes spread
O'er all the garden, taste the ripen’d cherry, 
The warm firm apple, tipp’d with coral berry:
Then will I visit with a wand'ring kiss
The vale of lilies and the bower of bliss;
And where the beauteous region both divide
Into two milky ways, my lips shall slide   
Down those smooth alleys, wearing as they go
A tract for lovers on the printed snow;
Thence climbing o'er the swelling Apennine,
Retire into thy grove of eglantine,
Where I will all those ravish’d sweets distil  
Through Love’s alembic, and with chemic skill
From the mix’d mass one sovereign balm derive,
Then bring that great elixir to thy hive.
   Now in more subtle wreaths I will entwine
My sinewy thighs, my legs and arms with thine; 
Thou like a sea of milk shalt lie display’d,
Whilst I the smooth calm ocean invade
With such a tempest, as when Jove of old
Fell down on Danaë in a storm of gold;
Yet my tall pine shall in the Cyprian strait85
Ride safe at anchor and unlade her freight:
My rudder with thy bold hand, like a tried
And skilful pilot, thou shalt steer, and guide
My bark into love’s channel, where it shall
Dance, as the bounding waves do rise or fall. 
Then shall thy circling arms embrace and clip
My willing body, and thy balmy lip
Bathe me in juice of kisses, whose perfume
Like a religious incense shall consume,
And send up holy vapours to those powers  
That bless our loves and crown our sportful hours,
That with such halcyon calmness fix our souls
In steadfast peace, as no affright controls.
There, no rude sounds shake us with sudden starts;
No jealous ears, when we unrip our hearts, 
Suck our discourse in ; no observing spies
This blush, that glance traduce ; no envious eyes
Watch our close meetings ; nor are we betray’d  
To rivals by the bribed chambermaid.
No wedlock bonds unwreathe our twisted loves,
We seek no midnight arbour, no dark groves
To hide our kisses : there, the hated name
Of husband, wife, lust, modest, chaste or shame,
Are vain and empty words, whose very sound
Was never heard in the Elysian ground. 
All things are lawful there, that may delight
Nature or unrestrained appetite;
Like and enjoy, to will and act is one:
We only sin when Love’s rites are not done.
—  Thomas Carew, from The Rapture