Friendships are born from common interests. Wency and I have two – running and food : he runs ultras, I support; he manages cafes, I eat.
I first met Wency, Jael to some when BZ requested that we ‘adopt’ a runner in one of the initial test runs of the 102km Bataan Death March. A quiet guy, Wence did his own thing in the run, never really needing anything from the test run support crew. What struck me most about him was his fair skin-hahaha. In my head, is he sure he wants to darken that alabaster skin? Apparently, he was sure. He finished the test run with no qualms and the rest of his ultramarathons thereafter with a passion for running and a discipline for it like no other.
Fast-forward to 2013 when he asked for some taste testers to try out the menu they were developing for their new café, the 100 Miles Café. Buti na lang I had some experience with taste testing when I was working for the Cravings group years ago – it didn’t hurt that I loooove food too.
Wency and his family manage a couple of Figaro franchises, Cafe Bonifacio and Oriang. All with delicious menu to choose from.
Not in the pictures above are the malunggay soup and the mushroom, basil, and feta cheese pasta. Ang takaw kasi namin ni Kokoy naligtaan mag picture 🙂
Suffice it to say that we enjoyed it. All the pasta were cooked al dente, just the way it should be. The bolognese and the carbonara were classic recipes that you will love! I will definitely order the 100 Mile Salad with its 3-dressing and the broccoli and asparagus pasta as soon as the Cafe opens.
Pero parang may kulang…..
I can’t wait for the 100 Miles Café to open and you can be sure Wency’s ultramarathon comrades will be there to support his new project and to maybe just carbo-load, recover, hydrate, chill, hang-out.
Nota Bene: (The 100 Miles Cafe is located at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=483100015085406&set=a.483067385088669.112464.483060431756031&type=1&theater)