What do you do when you need a change of pace?
It’s always nice to fly off to somewhere new or somewhere adored. Or roost at home and do nothing. Or meet and jabber with friends you are most comfortable being with. That’s what I experienced recently.
The last time I saw blogger-friends Pam and Kei were about six months ago. So, we decided to meet again; this time, it was at Podium Mall at Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong. I’ve passed by the place a number of times but never entered it because I never had a reason to do so.
After meeting at the ground floor, we headed up to our destination: Corner Market. It’s a food hall that opened last February 12 that houses 17 stalls which offer various dishes from Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Spain, Mexico, and others. Everything from soups and salads to rice meals and BBQs to cakes and ice cream could be found there. A customer could even have their choice of meat or seafood cooked just the way they like it—just look for the store that offers it.
Flocks of people packed the joint. There were two areas where people could sit and eat but only one of them had a stronger flow of AC. The aisles between stores were narrow for the number of customers waiting and walking; kept the market feel authentic enough. We toured the whole hall and noted items from particular stalls but the one place we all ordered from was Birdhouse. The first branch opened in September 2016 at Uptown Place Mall in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig. The one at Podium is their second. Birdhouse offers chicken served many ways: various flavors of wings and rice meals that come with different chicken pieces in different sizes.
My choice was Barnyard B: one piece chicken, spicy; crispy chicken skin; honey BBQ sauce; and dirty rice. If I wasn’t talking in between spoonfuls, I would’ve finished the meal in less than 10 minutes. My only complaint: I did not ask for extra rice. The chicken was so good and spiced just right that I wanted to have more it. Pam and Kei dined at the BGC branch before so they knew to add another serving of rice to their meal.
Our late lunch was good. We were twittering about it, just like birds of the same feather. And they were glad I liked it as well. If that weren’t enough, I saw more familiar faces: at the table near Birdhouse sat who I thought was a flock of strangers. Turns out, among them were a girl I met over a year ago. Or I thought it was her. I was unsure so I used taking photographs of Birdhouse as an excuse to get closer to confirm. And it was her! We had a chat, which was when her brother showed up, who was also my contact. In fact, it was because of his post about Corner Market the day before that inspired me to suggest it to my friends.
Because we had our meal, it was time to have dessert. But that is for another post. Before that though, while we walked around the mall and entered various shops, I saw this blue bag shaped like the head of an owl.
Corner Market, 2/F, The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong