A Meatless Monday! It was an invitation I couldn’t turn down, and I am so glad I went (and indulged). In the lovely, quiet nook along Katipunan in White Plains, we settled in Harina Cafe with Atty. Marina (Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe owner) and 5 other foodies for a green treat.
I used to pass by the area on the way to work, and I was always curious about the artisan bakery cafe. Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe opened in November 2013, sharing the space with Monsee’s which is known for assorted breads, breadsticks and Spanish bread. Harina Cafe offers classic sandwiches, rice meals and pasta. And just recently, Harina Cafe introduced the Meatless Monday. I think it is the first restaurant cafe in Manila to promote and support this campaign.
Sally Yunez, (who was also in the cafe during our visit), who is an advocate of vegetariam iand has helped develop the vegetarian recipes shared that Meatless Monday is an international campaign. Although they are not connected to the proponents of the international movement, they decided to adapt the name since they have the same aim. The goal is to encourage people to not eat meat at least once a week to improve their health and help the environment. Monday is the best day for this because it is the start of the week, and people are usually enthusiastic and raring to begin something new, and something good on Mondays.
Harina Cafe will be setting aside their usual menu and offer unique dishes every Monday. If you think that the menu is all about Adobong Kangkong and Boiled Sweetpotato (Kamote), I am telling you that carnivores would even be tricked with how interesting the dishes are – both the presentation and taste.
We were first served with this slab of (not meat) warm watermelon topped with cheese, arugula and crushed walnuts drizzled with balsamic oil. They call it the Red Planet (Php 180). It was love at first bite! The warmth watermelon burst with flavors of cheese, arugula and balsamic oil. The contrast of flavor, temperature and texture were amazingly good. How would one know that watermelon can be served warm, and can pose like a thick slice of red meat? It did whet the appetite, and was surprisingly filling.
To complement the good food, we had two special drinks on the table – Red Electrolyte (Php 150) is a mix of fresh apples and watermelon juice.
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The Melon Celery Salad (Php 160) worked like an appetizer and dessert. The cream yogurt dressing was perfect with the melon cubes and crisp celery. It made a good “breather” from all the different flavors. After a bite or two, you would be ready to taste the new dishes and flavors.