Before I start this post, I would like to thank my friends in the blogosphere who wished me well. For some reasons, I just felt so down and lonely over the past days. Through your prayers and God's help, I'm feeling better now.
Today was a fun filled day for me. God perhaps wanted to make me forget all my worries and problems in life. My day started with my friend's wedding. I attended Jen and Marlon's wedding with my two High School friends, Anna and May Ann. My previous post showed some pictures of that event.
I spent the afternoon with my cousin, Annette and my niece, Alexia. We went in this beautiful restaurant in our hometown.
The shot of the facade was already perfect, if not only because of the improperly parked Chevrolet.
Here is a closer look of the shabby and rustic facade of the restaurant.
An antique wooden windmill greets every guest of the restaurant. The windmill is surrounded by a pond and different ornamental plants. I just love the idea of the windmill! Where else can you find this in the city?
Pan de Amerikana is the name of the shabby restaurant. The right side of the facade features a window that provides a view of the bakery. Aside from the restaurant, Pan de Amerikana also maintains a bakery that produces the famous Filipino bread called the "Pandesal." Pandesal is a round yeast bread eaten by typical Filipinos during breakfast. Here is how the Pandesal look like
|Photo source here|
Most of the neighborhood bakeries cook Pandesal using an electric or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) powered oven. Pan de Amerikana however bakes its Pandesal with the use of the traditional "Pugon." The Pugon is also called as the wood-fired oven. Instead of coal or electricity, all bread produced by Pan de Amerikana are baked using the traditional wood and fire. The facade window will give you a view of the traditional Pugon way of baking bread.
The right side of the window has a well, not really a "functioning well" but a "fountain well." That's me and my niece, Alexia.
The entrance of the restaurant with the kid fooling around Mr. Baker.
So what's inside the shabby and rustic restaurant?
|Main Counter of Pan de Amerikana|
There are picture frames that boasts the celebrities and other prominent personalities who have visited the restaurant. The colored tiled window serves as a cover to the restaurant's cooking area. If I am not mistaken, the tiled window came from an Antique house. Have you noticed the ceiling? They are filled with tree branches and a vintage glass chandelier. Whoever thought of using the tree branches is very resourceful and creative.
I was talking about the "Pugon" oven a while ago. Here it is,
A closer look of the Pugon oven
Can you see the colorful jars? Here's a closer look of the jar with a fake sink
The main attraction of the restaurant
|Annette and Alexia|
Some great antique pieces inside the restaurant
|Vintage Coal Powered Flat Iron|
|Vintage Singer Sewing Machine|
|Popeye with a Harp and a Vintage Ice Machine|
The pictures are not yet over. Kids will surely love this
There's a Hanging Bridge that leads to a resting place under a tree. If I were the owner of this restaurant, I might as well invest in building a tree house. Not all kids in the city are able to experience playing in tree houses.This might make another attraction to the restaurant.
Alexia enjoyed the Hanging Bridge
Well, even us grown ups.. hahahaha!
I hope you all had a great weekend. Tomorrow is Monday, rest is over and back to work. With a well spent weekend, I am praying and looking forward for a better week.