After having enjoyed our deliciously good meal at Manong Papo's, it was time to move on with our very quick Marikina food trip. Taking a short drive along the main thoroughfare and heading off to parts unknown, our group finally stopped in front of this quaint little house. Apparently this quaint little house is now a bakery and coffee shop called Sweet Apple Creations.
Thanks to Rizza and Carlo, Tricia, Brian and I were once again introduced to an entirely new coffee tasting experience. From afar no one would suspect that this house in Red Cedar street in Marikina actually houses a coffee shop, from all sides there is no giveaway and for those unfamiliar or not intrepid enough to explore this part of Marikina they would have never suspected that something magical would be brewing here.
When we arrived, the coffee shop already had that feel of closing up, thankfully we were the last customers in the shop and had the place all to ourselves. The ambiance of the place was very homely and since we had the place to ourselves, very quiet and peaceful. Entering the store we were greeted by a multitude of colors and bric-a-brac that made the shop more interesting. Mugs hung on the window grates, little Vietnamese hats served as the number order, and herbs hung on the wall by the garden.
Now for some reason, I once again became the food outlier by ordering something totally different from the others. While Brian, Carlo and Rizza had iced coffee and Tricia ordered her Vietnamese coffee, I ordered red iced tea. Our drinks arrived in no time and from the smell of Tricia's coffee, there was enough caffeine in it to jolt someone back into the land of the living. The smell was very rich and also quite fruity, the color a deep brown that had the same hue as that of a Pinoy favorite - tsokolate.
Since we arrived a little late in the evening, we did not have the chance to try out any of the pastries that Apple (who happened to also be our barista) baked that day. Nevertheless, the absence of pastries was reason enough to come back to Marikina and visit the shop just to try it out. Apart from the drinks, Apple's Sweet Creations was really a nice place to hang out and chill for the evening, away from the hustle and bustle of Marikina's main road, the place was quiet enough to have a relaxed (in our case, loud) conversation.
My name is Alfonso your nerdy history teacher, bookworm and lover of all things cultural and exciting. You can find me in a weekend market, in a bookshop, or eating in Japanese restos during the weekends.