I don’t go to Boracay very often but when I do, I make sure to stop by Lemoni Cafe, my favorite restaurant on the island. I only order two things: A cup of brewed coffee (Php75) and a Classic Lemon Tart (Php150). I love the tart because it’s quite sour, enough to make your lips pucker just a teeny bit. The dense lemon filling is enclosed by a sturdy crust with just enough flavor to balance the tartness without diluting its flavor.
I get my love for tart desserts from my mom, who I took to the Cafe during her first trip to Boracay. She was a bit skeptical at first, because aside from Earnest Bakes’ calamansi tart, she’s never tried a tart dessert that’s met her asim requirement. I ordered her a tart and a cup of coffee, then watched as she spooned a bit of pastry into her mouth.
It’s true what they say about a person’s face lighting up during a moment of pure joy, because that’s exactly what happened. She had been feeling down because of the heat but when she tasted that tart, a smile appeared in her eyes and the rest of the tart was gone in an instant.
We ended up dropping by once a day during the duration of our trip (and on one day, we went twice), always ordering the same thing. I tried another lemon-based dessert (I forget which) but it didn’t come close to the lovely tang offered by the Classic Lemon Tart. My mom asked about it after we got back, and was disappointed to learn that it can only be found in Boracay.
I may not be in Boracay a lot, but every time I’m there, I have a list of go-to restaurants, and Lemoni Cafe is right there at the very top.
Lemoni Cafe and Restaurant
D’mall Square, D’mall D’Boracay
Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines 5608
(+63 36) 288 6781 to 288 6782 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday to Sunday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Corregidor Island has always carried a hint of mystery. Also called “The Rock”because of its terrain, the tadpole-shaped island takes its name from the Spanish word ‘corregir,’ which means ‘to correct.’ It was used as a customs area during the Spanish period, when all ships entering Manila Bay had to stop by the island to have their official papers ‘corrected.’
The island’s current fame comes from World War II, when its strategic location at the mouth of Manila Bay made it an excellent place to build fortifications. Corregidor, also called Fort Mills, played a big part in the liberation of the Philippines. The structures and weapons that the Americans built in WWII still stand today, a doorway to the past.
Now, you can visit The Rock in style as Manila Hotel and Sun Cruises launches Experience Corregidor, a package that combines history with luxury. Take a tour of the historic island, then relax overnight in Manila Hotel, where you can also take a peek into the MacArthur Suite, which Gen. Douglas MacArthur called home while he was in the Philippines.
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A surprising number of visitors discover the province, which, despite its strategic location between Luzon and Visayas, isn’t part of the tourist trail and is almost-but-not-quite bypassed by the nautical highway.
Many foreigners end up in Rombon because they took the wrong boat getting to nearby Boracay. Most of them end up staying.
Taiwan has been gaining popularity as a destination because of its culinary haunts and tourist attractions. But it offers a different kind of R&R as well.
Everyone knows about Taiwan’s night markets and burgeoning food scene, but what many are now discovering is that the country has a spiritual side that draws more and more people every year.
The Fo Guang Shan monastery is in what was once a bamboo forest on a mountain in Dashu, Kaohsiung province. The monastery was established in 1967 by the Venerable Master Hsing Yun, with four goals: to propagate Buddhism through culture, to foster talent through education, to benefit society through charitable programs, and to purify the mind for Buddhist practice.
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I accompanied my mom to a wedding in Boracay, which essentially meant that I spent a lot of money so that I could be slightly miserable outside Manila. I love traveling with my mom and her friends are generally cool, but after three days stuck in the Shangri La with no time to myself, I needed a drink, if only to get into my own space.
When we finally got the chance to go to White Beach, I said that I wanted to go to Jonah’s, hoping that my mom and her friends would think it too much of a ‘youngster’s place’ and not come along. They didn’t take the hint and followed anyway, but that didn’t stop me from ordering a piña colada shake in the middle of the afternoon.
Jonah’s Shake and Snack Bar in Station 1 is a Boracay institution, and serves the best shakes in the world. This is not an exaggeration. They have a long list of fresh fruit, cocoa, and dairy combinations, all of them extremely thick in a didn’t-scrimp-on-ingredients way. My favorite is the Avocado Shake, a mix of avocado, milk, and sugar. The texture of semi-melted ice cream, it’s both a thirst quencher and comfort food. This is normally my first choice, but it wasn’t the kind of com for that I needed that day.
The Piña Colada Shake combines pineapple, my favorite fruit, and alcohol, which I severely needed to stop myself from going crazy. It was sweet, but didn’t mask the pineapple’s tartness, and enough alcohol to get just slightly off-center.
I also ordered the Jonah’s Seafood Taco, a giant taco shell packed with vegetables, cheese, and shrimp. It’s a weird pairing, I know, but the taco filled me up and took a bit of the edge off the alcohol.
I finished my shake, tipsy and in a considerably better mood, ready to endure another two days in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.