Good Pizza, Good Coffee at Lucas Cafe

I am eager to be inside my room 24/7, working relentlessly on editing paperwork whose payments are long overdue, but this has taken a toll on me, especially since I was a girl who sought for peace in discovering new places before the pandemic started.

I am always anxious when I go out since (1) the delta variant is just around and (2) I am a freelancer trying to make do of what I have. But there are also times when I am persuaded by my concerned connections and friends to go out for a while to take a breather (after seeing my artworks implying dark thoughts on Instagram). I agreed on a few conditions: places will only be in Rizal, preferably near my hometown; we won’t stay too long outside; it would be on a weekday so there’d be fewer people; and there is coffee . . . which led us to our discovery of Lucas Cafe.

How to Go to Lucas Cafe

Across Valley Golf subdivision is a narrow street, a part of Gen. A. Ricarte road. Walk toward a tricycle terminal, and then tell the driver to drop you off at Mars Street (PhP 30–40), which is a street away from Taytay United Methodist Church. Walk straight until you find a cozy cafe.

What to Expect in Lucas Cafe

The above pictures show how the exterior of Lucas Cafe looks like at four in the afternoon. It had a rustic and welcoming ambience, with air-purifying plants and wood accents beautifying the venue.

At six in the evening, they open their LED lights whose warm tones add to the coziness of the cafe. The pictures below show how their al fresco dining area looks like. They are only limited with three tables that could accommodate at most two to three people if protocols are followed.

We dined there at around four in the afternoon of a Wednesday, and it was one of our best decisions that week, I guess. It was not too hot, and there were few dine-in customers. The cool wind, along with the serenity and coziness that Lucas Cafe brought forth, refreshed and calmed our stressed selves. For the first time that week, I felt relaxed.

What to Eat in Lucas Cafe

We ordered macchiato iced coffee (PhP 100), noncaffeinated cookies and cream iced blended drink (PhP 120), and their best-selling spinach pizza (PhP 210).

I loved both the drinks, especially when eaten with the pizza. Though if I had to recommend only one of the few things we ordered (I am sorry, coffee), I highly recommend their spinach pizza. Must try! I wanted to go for the bacon flavor, but the spinach flavor was highly rated, so we took the recommendation. Never have I thought that I could taste both sweetness and saltiness in a pizza (since most of the pizzas I order are fully loaded with either cheese or meat); this may have been the best pizza I have ever tasted.

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Lucas Cafe
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
3 Mars Street, Taytay Rizal
https://www.facebook.com/LucasCafeTeaPizzaDessert/

Jill and Pops: A Hidden Hangout Place in Taytay, Rizal

My cafe hunting in the past years has proven me that many instagrammable cafes and restaurants in Rizal aren’t discovered by many yet. True enough, Jill and Pops popped up on my Facebook feed last December. They’ve been in the dining business for two years already, and as of 2020, they already have two branches in Taytay.

How to Go to Jill and Pops

Anywhere from Ortigas or Felix Avenue, ride a jeepney going to Angono Highway or Binangonan Double Highway (don’t mistake it with Binangonan Floodway). Tell the driver to drop you off at Meralco Village (nearest landmark is Puregold). There are tricycles going to Jill and Pops, but I highly recommend using Google maps and then walking from the gate instead.

Place and Ambience

The venue was filled with bright primary colors that made the whole area look lively. It somewhat gave a Selecta 3 in 1 + 1 ice cream vibe, if you know what I mean. You can’t really work here though, as sockets and Wi-Fi aren’t available. But if you’re looking for a place you can hang out with your colleagues, Jill and Pops might just be perfect for you. When we went there, a group of students were jamming OPM songs on their acoustic guitars, and another set of friends were drinking beer outside.

What to Eat in Jill and Pops

Their sizzling sisig (Php 125) tasted okay: well-cooked meat, nicely topped with egg yolk. However, I wasn’t a fan of their lion sugar milk tea (Php 120); it tasted like condensed milk with brown sugar, and the flavor worsened as time passed by. I recommend their caramelized brownie ala mode though. The cashier recommended this dessert after telling me that cheesecake on a stick wasn’t available. Check their menu here.

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Jill and Pops
275 Rizal Ave. Brgy. San Juan Taytay Rizal
https://www.facebook.com/jillandpopskitchencafe/

Pixcone: Ice Cream, Anyone?

I’ve been looking for instagrammable spots around my town and was lucky to discover Pixcone in Taytay, Rizal, an ice cream shop near a hospital where my father and I are “frequent, loyal customers.” Really, why have I found this only now?

Directions

Lucky for me, I only had to cross from Primark Town Center in Cainta to Gen. A. Ricarte Street and find tricycles that could lead me to Pixcone. From those coming from the side of SM City East Ortigas, there are Taytay-Cainta jeepneys that could take you there. Ask if they can drop you off at Taytay Doctors or anywhere near it, as Pixcone is just a minute away.

Place

They had two floors, enough for a surge of students coming from the center of Cainta. No worries if you prefer to eat outdoors, as there are also tables and chairs for dine-in guests.

Inside are more playful colors, with used electric-fan parts decorating the light bulbs. One part contained a wooden platform, with cute decorations on the wall perpendicular to it, though I’m not sure of its purpose. Performances, probably?

The second floor seemed to be a favorite spot among the students. There were more seats for group studies, a bookshelf, more murals, and pastries.

Food

The choco almonds sundae (Php 69) plain and simple, but I enjoyed it nonetheless as almonds were my favorite. Paolo’s mojos (Php 88) was also worth a try, although I would have ordered a warped waffle, only if my diet allowed me to. An 8/10 for both.

However, I was surprised by how expensive this small cupcake was. If I remember it right, this costs Php 65 (or 95). A 7/10 for me.

Check their menu here.

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Pixcone Coffee Shop and Ice Cream
9:30 a.m.–12:00 a.m.
#32 Rizal Avenue, Brgy. San Isidro, Taytay, Rizal
https://www.facebook.com/pixconetaytay/