Off-site work and good eats at 47East’s Discovery Cafe, Katipunan

Coworking spaces give freelancers or telecommuting employees environments conducive to both solitary and collaborative work.

With the concept of the “workplace” continuously evolving, coworking spaces like 47East in Loyola Heights provide workers on-the-go with a quiet and comfortable place to work as well as basic services to ensure productivity even when they’re away from their offices.

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47Easr

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Aside from these, 47East has something more to offer. With its in-house restaurant, Discovery Cafe, 47East also provides its visitors with tasty dishes to fuel them as they hustle through their workday.

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Together with my fellow bloggers, I visited Discovery Cafe to taste some of its signature offerings, all freshly made in its open-style kitchen.

Seafood Pasta. Fresh clams sauteed with garlic in oil, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Chili Cheese Dog Flatbread. Large links of cheesy frankfurters doused in chili con carne and baked on top of a flatbread.

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Porkchop with Creamy Mushroom. For those who can’t do without their rice meals, this dish combines a piece of pan-fried porkchop, buttered vegetables and gravy with a cup of steamed rice.

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Chocolate Chip Cookies. Something sweet to end the meal, these chewy and chocolatey treats are best after being dunked in a cup of vanilla milk!

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

With these tasty dishes and more available at 47East’s Discovery Cafe, you can work with a full tummy!

Do your best work and get your best ideas here! Sign up for a 1-year membership for only Php500 for individuals and students and Php1,000 for teams.

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Discovery Cafe at 47 East

Day passes for members are priced at Php400 for individuals, Php150 for students and Php900 for teams.

Membership entitles you to the following during your stay:

  • Unlimited coffee, tea or water
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Mail collection
  • Discounts on 47East events
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning services

Non-members are charged Php100 per hour of stay.

Discovery Cafe at 47East is located ar 47 Esteban Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, open Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 8pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 6pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 8660415.

Discovery Cafe at 47 East Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out another coworking space / study lounge I’ve visited: Quarks and Quills, Banawe

Introducing Spookie, the cookie dough you can eat!

Being an amateur home baker during my #BakingPhase, I’ve made my share of chocolate chip cookies. These kinds of cookies have almost universal appeal; I usually make them as gifts over the holiday season or as sweet snack treats for the kids.

(Well, back then, I had a lot more free time.)

When I baked these cookies, I sometimes give in to the urge to lick the baking spoon clean because the cookie dough just seems so yummy. The sticky dough is sweeter than the actual baked cookies (a weakness for a sweet tooth like me).

However, I have taken note of warnings against doing so: Homemade dough contains raw flour and eggs. Flour has not been treated to remove risks against E. coli and other germs. Raw eggs, on the other hand, may cause salmonella poisoning. Both of these leads to severe health problems such as abdominal cramps and other more serious digestive ailments.

So, how can we enjoy the same texture and taste of raw cookie dough without the risk?

Well, entrepreneur Alfred Ricafrente has the solution: Spookie, the cookie you eat with a spoon.

Spookie

Spookie

Leveraging his culinary training and his experience in a 1-hat restaurant (an establishment with the highest designation) in Australia, he conceptualized a way to keep all that we love about the cookie dough but render it safe for eating through sous vide.

Sous vide (“under vacuum” in French) is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a pouch or glass jar and cooked in a water bath for longer than usual cooking times. This method ensures that the food is cooked evenly and its moistness retained.

Alfred refined a recipe he found through his research and customized it to his taste, with the finished product retaining its dough-like appearance and texture despite actually being cooked.

Spookie

Spookie

A jar was delivered to my office where I enjoyed it during my coffee break and as a dessert with my officemates over lunch. Some of them found it too sweet, but that’s a matter of taste. In fact, some are already considering giving some jars away as gifts.

Spookie

Spookie is available for home deliveries at only Php120 per jar containing 170g of cookie dough. Orders may be coursed through Spookie’s Facebook or Instagram pages, or via email at spookiemanila@gmail.com or via phone at +63 2 2962387.

Spookie keeps for three to four days at room temperature and up to seven days when refrigerated.

Disclosure: A product sample was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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