Tell me I am old. At 32, I am looking for “Straight up good food and a place to chill” which is exactly the brand promise and tag line of the latest Cavite discovery of Tapa hunter couple also known as me and my husband. And today you stumble upon a good review and a place to go this weekend. You are welcome. 

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As of today, 130 people are talking about it on Facebook. There are 23 five star reviews. 1,180 total page likes – that says a lot.And today – one amazing blog review by yours truly, jadecranemom.

Please visit their page at Ftrip Kay Mam Reyes

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And do not forget their Instagram account:

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Run by a chef and an HRM graduate couple, JM Reyes and Jen Villamil, named after mom, Ma’am Myrna Agahan Reyes, who is a teacher by profession in Noveleta, Cavite – the place is perfect for a homebody like me who is looking for really good food and homey atmosphere which would not intimidate any diner who wants a quick fix for their craving or grab some Mexican goodness with a bottle of beer, or a choice  your classic -silog meal. Who cannot resist a place run by family members who will welcome you in their home. My fondest memories of our home in Batangas is our front porch. The place indeed feels home.

After a hefty meal, you will feel full in your stomach with scrumptious food and your heart with joy of familiarity and close knit community – a family which is the smallest unit of society. My heart is singing. I had to have a selfie with Mam Reyes and I did!

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A small chat before we leave left us exhilarated upon knowing that she was the teacher of my husband’s cousins and Mam Reyes knows the Titas as well. To top it all, JM is also a counterstrike player who knows my husband and a string of common friends they recall in a warm nostalgia and young fun only youth of the 90’s would understand.

In Cavite, I’d say, “Tropa pala yan si idol.” or sometimes “Dre” or maybe “Dangkilala ko pala yun anak ni Mam Reyes.”

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They started with a few really intimate tables. There is free wifi but with cozy two seater table, you diners have to talk and enjoy the moment. Take in the surrounding, savor the time away from your daily hustle in the corporate world like me or whatever it is you are doing.

It opened on February 1, 2016. Staff were only family members until they hire 2 or 3 helpers in a span of 5 months. They offer pick up and are very responsive in social media and phone. They are open from 4PM to 11PM, Tuesdays to Sundays.

Here is the intimate photos I capture on a quiet Sunday night when me and my husband wants to have a date that is reasonably priced and is definitely not fast food. Happy campers, we are.

On a Thursday, I post the latest food trip I had for dinner which is Shawarma Rice from Baga Manila. A friend of mine commented on my Instagram post if I tried @mamreyesfoodhaus – tagging the real account of Mam Reyes.  The rest as they say is written on this blog entry. Haha. It is never gonna be history because I plan to go there on weekends when we are at my mother-in-law’s place in Noveleta.

I received a direct message on how to go there. Gracias. Saturday came and there were thunder and lighting. For a homebody like me, you cannot pull me out of bed on such a weather. Sunday, there is still bit of drizzle but the craving is too strong. As Debie, my friend, said in one of her comments: “Yung cordon bleu talaga ang nag-seal ng deal eh”

Off we go. My husband just came from his long bike ride – Bacoor to Tagaytay and I can say he is 40% hesitant on commuting to Noveleta but I was sure he did not regret our trip.

Something that I love about living in Cavite is the Baby Bus ride from SM Bacoor. We commute and seldom bring a car on our weekend adventures. So here is how you can go there. Straight from my direct messages in IG:

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The landmark:

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If you have a car, you may follow Google map. If you commute, just ride a baby bus going to Cavite City and get off at Noveleta. From there, look for Luzon Development Bank. That is the best landmark I can give. Beside it, there is a tricycle terminal with friendly drivers who will gladly tell you the way to Mam Reyes’ place. There is actually a tarpaulin near LDB which will tell you, you are on the right track.

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When we arrived, I took photos. We ordered. A chat with Jen and I introduced myself as a freelance blogger who goes around Cavite for best food and places. We ordered 2 sets of cordon bleu, Tapsilog, Quesadillas, Angelisas (their own recipe of open-faced crunchy tacos) and chocolate chip ice cream cookie. We devoured the food. Literal na food trip ito. Budget is P300-600 for two.

I highly recommend Cordon Bleu and Angelisas. I searched all of Alabang for the best cordon bleu and this one beats all of which I tried. The sauce made the difference and their signature triple side dish which includes classic atchara, cucumber ensalada and tomato with onion. Angelisas is only P50 with 4 servings. It beats the Taco bell’s pricey ensemble – my taste bud says so. No offense Taco Bell, I still love you.

I am definitely going back and I seldom say this on my reviews.

Date nights will never be the same again. Happy campers. Look at that smile. 😀

Tell me I am old. At 32, I confirm that I don’t only look for “Straight up good food and a place to chill” but also the heart and story of a place which throbs near the aorta and vena cava, that reminds you of home. I remember Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street. This is the part where I create the story and invite you to read the anatomy of a place.

ENJOY THE FOOD AND SEND REGARDS TO MAM REYES AND HER FAMILY. 

Here’s  one photo collage just like a school project dedicated to Mam Reyes (and her family), even if I was not her student.

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