My first trip down Sta. Rosa, Laguna last June 29, 2012 introduced me to a new, serene, eco-friendly residential community called Nuvali. So after two days, I was back in the area with Raymond, my long unseen first love who came back to visit his house in Sta. Rosa Heights after attending church service in my homeward in Deparo. It was my first date on a Sabbath, I should say!
As in any dating, today involves sitting, sipping and dining but we decided to keep it simple to still be in tune with Sabbath day observance. We were spoiled for options in the growing commercial area of Nuvali located along the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, with Solenad 1 and 2 complexes that offer diverse selection of dining establishments among other businesses and shopping options. With ToastBox we didn't have a problem choosing a quiet and relaxing place for our dinner date.
ToastBox was first opened in Singapore and said to be a reflection of coffee shops in the 60's and 70's. It was brought to the Philippines in 2007 with the intent to bring back the good old times of a bygone Singapore era while introducing a new Singaporean feel and flavors to Pinoy eaters with the inclusion of Singapore's usual staples in addition to coffee and toast.
We ordered Hainanese Chicken (quarter P219), Nonya Laksa - spicy soup with shrimps (P215), garlic rice, cold chocolate and ginger drink. Since the place has a cozy ambiance, Raymond and I were able to talk like in the old days and reminisce the many good times we had together. The food is simple yet tasty and reasonable.
For our first Sunday dinner, ToastBox perfectly fits the bill, not only because of its relaxed atmosphere but also because this franchise mirrors the "old is back" concept that Raymond and I were trying to recreate and reinvent. After being separated for two (2) decades and meeting out of the blue barely two (2) days ago, we both feel that we can bring back the good old times and create a new chapter in our lives!