Banchetto: no tricks, just more treats!

It was such a short notice when my office mate Jolan and his wife Mhilet ( also my former officemate) asked me if I could help them in decorating their stall named The Good Grub in Banchetto at Robinson’s Forum mall in Mandaluyong City for a Halloween contest. Though I don’t have a lot of ideas in mind that time( since I’ve been very busy with a lot of things lately.. as if I am hehe)  I still agreed to help them ’cause I thought it would be fun!  So together with Joel(also my office mate) who did Jolan’s skeleton face paint, we hurriedly worked on for only an hour before Banchetto opens. Little did I expect that with only some orange and black cartolinas, multicolored webs and a pair of scissors that it would grab the judges attention, but it did! It won the Most Creative Halloween decor, yay !


Here’s Jolan and Mhilet with their little bewitchingly cute daughter Zitka in the mood for some magic in their stall called The Good Grub, where they sell Gourmet Burgers, Tacos etc. 


Banchetto in Robinson’s the Forum is located in the mall’s parking grounds, where people could enjoy variety of food choices from different stalls every wednesdays, thursdays and fridays from 8:30pm till 6am. It’s a cutting edge dining experience where you could sit, eat and talk with family and friends in a festive street stall ambience.

Anyway, if any of you haven’t been to Banchetto yet, it’s actually a night market which started in 2007. This place is a haven for many night owls( those who work night shifts, especially BPO employees) as well as for those who would take their meals before going home or those who simply enjoy evening food trips. The aroma of so many different food choices immediately welcomes anyone who enters this maze of stalls. There are viands for full meals, grilled specialties, street foods, local and international dishes, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pastries, cakes, refreshments and a lot more! Oh say good luck to your weight, who wouldn’t get tempted surrounded by all these right?


From home made pastas, barbecues to “turo-turo” specialties like “kwek-kweks”(flour coated eggs) and squid balls, Banchetto has it all!


Get dizzy in the flavorful and mouth watering aromas from a variety of delicacies, from vegies, meat, seafoods, pizzas and home baked sweet indulgences.

This night in Banchetto is more alive, I guess due to the Halloween party vibe where every stall are decorated and vendors are in their most creative, not to mention spookiest costumes. Mobile cameras are flicking everywhere, these guys are the main attractions of the night haha! Aside from these kids could also enjoy trick or treating, and of course they get more treats!


Vendors and stall owners are the stars of the night in their spookiest or quirkiest Halloween costumes attracting a lot of customers. This scene made me imagine how the Addams family and their relatives would look like if they become entrepreneurs,or imagine zombies making a living in a night market hehe 🙂

I’m also lucky to be able to meet Banchetto’s beautiful owner Liz Jose who was very nice and accomodating despite her cunning witch costume that night complete with fake green fingers. She introduced me to some of her friends from the Rotary International District 3800 who setup donation boxes accepting monetary as well as old clothes toys or anything to help those who were affected by the recent earthquake in Bohol.


Top photo: Banchetto’s Liz Jose looking bewitchingly sexy than spooky in her Halloween outfit gamely posed for the camera. Bottom: Together with her charitable friends from Rotary International District 3800.


It was such an enjoyable and fulfilling night  where I get to taste some of the good stuffs, meet people, witness everyone enjoying their food, mingling and taking photos as well as giving for a good cause. Oh of course I’d be back there again since a night would be too short for a food adventure, and besides Mam Liz told me there’d be more fun during the Christmas season very soon, see you in Banchetto guys!

* Banchetto ~ Italian word meaning a banquet, feast or a party of people assembled to have dinner together.

Banchetto : “The first and original food fiesta in the Philippines”



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Vanilla Cupcake Bakery: Sweet dreams are made of these

Have you ever pictured yourself having a coffee with marshmallows eating colorful cakes and pastries in dainty plates printed in chintz? Or maybe fancied entertaining friends in a soft fluffy armchair within a charmingly wallpapered room decorated in pastel painted furniture? Oh I’m pretty sure some of you did when you were still kids who imagined to be living in a doll house which you might have seen from storybooks,cartoons, or from a toy store. Okay most girls could probably relate to it, and I’m pretty sure you’ve outgrown that fantasy right? Well you might have forgotten all about it ages ago, but nostalgia would definitely strike you once you’ve entered the sugar and spice and everything nice ambiance of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe that looked like as if it was created from a childhood dream that magically came to life.
Now some boys may not appreciate the idea of being in such a very whimsically feminine looking place but definitely they would enjoy what the place has to of course!


Sugar and spice and everything nice: A cheerful atmosphere in pastel and candy colors, with cupcakes neatly arranged in a glass counter is definitely a feast for the eyes.
As sweet as its name, Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe offers a wide variety of luscious cupcakes in fancy designs. Aside from these sweet tooth’s delight they also have pastas, salads , sandwiches, breakfast specialties, and refreshing beverages to choose from.

V for Vanilla: In their menu they have about 96 cupcakes in assorted flavors and dainty designs!Their best sellers of course are their Vanilla cupcakes in different colors and flavor combinations.


Sumptuous and sweet indulgence: upper left: Me and my mom food bonding, upper right: Herbed bacon Carbonara (180php), center left: Crab and Mango Salad (150php), center right: Red Velvet cheesecake (115php), from, lower left to right: Vanilla blend, cucumber and kiwi drink(no price), Vanilla Blue cupcake (75php)

My goddaughter and some friends also dropped by to grab a box of Vanilla’s goodies. Here are their top 6 cupcake choices: Classic Smores(85php), Banana Cream Cheese (75php),Red Velvet (85php), Luscious Salted Caramel (60php), Valrhona Chocolate (85php), Vanilla Caramel (75php).



What gives Vanilla a fairy tale vibe are amusing objects like a pink bicycle with a flower basket, dainty bric a bracs and tablewares,crystal chandeliers, decorative frames on the walls, and all sorts of delicate ornaments give a straight from a bedtime story feel.

What caught my attention the most are the seating areas which is unique and different for every group which gives a feeling of having a space suitable for different personalities. There were high backed wing chairs in colorful quilts for the quirky, soft hued rococo furnishings adored by the classy, and chintz printed groupings that are uber cute and chic.



Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe is definitely a slice of the sweet life. Its comfy,chic and happy ambience to its saccharine goodies some childhood dreams could still come true. 🙂

Vanilla Cupcake Bakery and Cafe locations:

Level M1
Trinoma Mall, Quezon City

2/F Trinoma Mall, Edsa corner
North Avenue, Quezon City

2/F Glorietta 4 Ayala Center

Upper Ground Level, Corte de las Palmas, Alabang Town Center


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