Though I have a lot to do over the weekends, I still managed to squezeed in a Valentine's date with my girlfriend, Anne. I requested that we dine in my one of my favorite restaurants in my hometown.

Cafe Lidia is situated at Calederon Street of Calumpang Marikina City. Cafe Lidia is found in an area where business establishments are unlikely to be constructed. Calderon Street is comprised of houses, school and some small factory warehouses. Though it looks a misfit in the area, Cafe Lidia managed to establish the typical ambiance of an Italian restaurant.

Cafe Lidia gives me an impression of a typical Italian restaurant. Clay bricks, wooden interiors and tables decorate the area.

Pizzas, pasta, finger foods, cakes, hot and cold coffee drinks are its best sellers. If I were to compare it with other restaurants, its direct competitors include Shakeys Pizza, Don Henrico's and Italiannis. However, food prices differentiate and strengthen Cafe Lidia. The taste and quality of their food can be equated to such restaurants. But their prices are way lower and better.

Here's what Anne and I had for our date

House Speciality Pizza

Buffalo Wings

Mocha Sansrival Slice
We paid only Php 525 ($13)  for our meals, including the two cans of Coca Cola.
For those who want to try Cafe Lidia, you can take a tricycle from the City Proper of Markina  (those tricycles bound to Sta. Elena or Calumpang). An alternative is a tricycle ride from the Robinsons Metroeast Overpass.

Happy Hearts Day to all!