My Third Harry Potter Butterbeer [Tweedle Book Cafe]

My third Harry Potter butterbeer experience took place in the serene and less traveled streets of Tomas Morato, at a cozy, not-too-crowded place called Tweedle Book Cafe. My BFF slash butterbeer buddy, Ayen, found the place and, as self-proclaimed butterbeer connoisseurs, we decided to check it out.

She also realized something that I didn’t realize before. We have been doing this butterbeer tasting/hunting every year for the past three years. The first butterbeer we’ve had was at The Royal Piccadilly and Cakery in Katipunan. The second butterbeer tasting happened in a Harry Potter-themed cafe in Maginhawa Street, called The Nook.

They say that third time’s the charm, so here we go.

Getting to Tweedle Book Cafe at Tomas Morato was pretty easy, thanks to the wonders of modern technology and that thing called GRAB CAR.

We went there on a Saturday but, to our utter surprise and delight, there were only 3 customers in the cafe. It was pretty much empty. The moment I walked in, I felt an inexplicable thrill ran through my veins. It was like I was a young kid stepping inside an amusement park for the first time.

Tweedle Book Cafe does not just cater to Harry Potter fans so even if you’re not a fan of the series, you would still enjoy hanging out in this cafe.

The moment we got to the counter, we immediately checked out the menu. Like The Royal Piccadilly’s, Tweedle Book Cafe also offers two different kinds of butterbeer: a PG-13 one and a spiked one. The Tweedled Butterbeer (no alcohol) costs P170, while the Tweedle Jack’s Butterbeer (with alcohol) costs P200. Their butterbeers also contain nuts and cinnamon powder. So if you have a nut allergy, you better tell them outright.

We were not very hungry, but we wanted to eat something salty while drinking our potentially-too-sweet butterbeers. The owner recommended one of their appetizers: 3 Lil Pigs, which is Hungarian sausage, Schublig and bacon flakes tossed together. It costs P190 and it’s good for two not-so-hungry people. 🙂

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The ambiance is very laid-back and snug. There are two bookshelves, one in the corner and one by the door. There are many “photo op worthy” areas, like the wall with the clocks and the homey couch outside. The most noticeable feature, IMO, is the Platform 9 3/4 glass door (which, I assumed leads to the kitchen). We were also mesmerized by the unique wooden ceiling with the last names of some famous writers printed on it. I kept on throwing glances at it and I even contemplated copying the idea for when I have my own house. A girl can dream, right? Haha!

On to the main event… the Tweedle Book Cafe Butterbeer! The presentation of the butterbeer was not as aesthetically pleasing as the others. It seemed like it was made higgledy piggledy. It was, by far, the most delicious butterbeer I’ve tasted. It wasn’t too sugary or caramel-y like the first two butterbeers. The sweetness was just right. The alcohol, though, was kinda strong for me. I forgot what alcohol they put in it but I think it was some kind of whiskey.

So if I have to rate all the butterbeers that I’ve tried so far, the first one was the most pleasing to the eyes, the second one was closer to the butterbeer that I’ve imagined, but was awfully sweet, and the third butterbeer was just the tastiest.

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Staying at the Tweedle Book Cafe for almost 2 hours was a wonderfully relaxing experience. It was not crowded or noisy. It’s the perfect place to de-stress, do some home-based/online work, school project, etc. or simply unplug from the outside world.

 

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Ayen and I really enjoyed reading one of the books there: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by Joseph Gordon Levitt and this “tiny” story was our fave. 😀

 

 

~Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick~

I thought this book was safe from the “BELLA CURSE” a.k.a. the infuriatingly annoying female character curse. Turns out it wasn’t. I wasn’t even halfway through the book when I started thinking… “What the heck happened here???” Hush hush was such an amazing book, with almost realistic and like-able characters. But this follow-up just screwed up most of the reality that I want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so I can understand how unstable and emotional girls can be… but REALLY??? Like, REALLY? I’m pretty sure I wasn’t THAT moody. And that’s saying something because I’m extremely MOODY. The story’s interesting alright. It’s a page-turner and most of the revelations were pretty much mind-boggling. But there were more irritating and ‘skip-able’ parts here and there. It makes it almost unbearable to continue to the next chapter.

 

It makes me sad to see Nora transform into this Bella-ish character who cannot make up her mind and who’s becoming more and more self-centered. First she loves Patch, then she hates him. Next thing we know she breaks up with him, then she wants him back, then she pushes him away, then she tries to get his attention, then she ignores him, then she craves for his kisses & hugs, then when he comes knocking on her door, she literally kicks him out. What.the.heck. Nobody changes their mind THAT often. She’s like a whirlpool of emotions. It made the story draggy and almost too intolerable to peruse. I couldn’t understand why she lets her pride and emotions get in the way ALL THE TIME. Once or twice is okay, but, really, ALL THE TIME??? I almost feel bad for Patch even though he did have his ‘cold-hearted jerk’ moments. But I honestly believe there was a reason for everything, with him dating Marcie and being secretive and all that. I just couldn’t quite put my finger to it.

 

That’s probably the only reason I continued reading this book. It sparked up my curiosity. I keep on thinking about the possibilities but it was too difficult for me to keep on guessing. The author made a great job of hiding the facts in plain view and yet… making it seem like there’s more to it than that. I never would’ve guessed what happened in the end. I kept on visualizing a different ending. NOW I really have to read the next book ASAP to avoid getting confused with the facts and info and reviewing the story all over again.

 

All in all, it was a fun and exciting read. Mostly because of the hilarious & bubbly BFF, Vee and the HOT, bad dude,  Nephillim Scott Parnell. 😀

 

I’d give it three out of five stars though since I didn’t quite enjoy the whiny, oh-woeful-me, attention-seeking lead character.

~Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl~ {Review}

FINALLY finished this wonderful novel! And my, was I totally stunned by the ending! 0_0 So, let me get this straight, it’s NOT a 3-part series? I thought it was! I was expecting that there will be a closure as the end drew near but there were still some stuff that needed to be explained. Not that I’m complaining. I like surprises. And this is THE GOOD kind of surprise. 😀 I admit, this series is definitely a page-turner. I’m not just biased towards ‘magic-centered’ plot okay. Yes, it kinda reminds me of Harry Potter in more ways than one but it’s the NOT-FOR-KIDS type I suppose.

So the whole world – or maybe just Gatlin county – is coming to an end. I can imagine how extremely agonizing that must’ve been for the high and mighty, righteous and selfish people there. In the last book, Lena broke the order by choosing neither light nor dark. We find out later on that there is ‘light and dark in all of us’. Basically, it’s a whole new story twisted around the same plot and involving the same characters.

What I like about this book was the fact that it can stand alone. Although it is of course advisable to read the two books before this, you won’t get so confused and lost when you read this. I like the fact that it didn’t just revolve around the main characters – Lena and Ethan. There was a story for every character, Everyone is equally vital to the plot. Each character evolved, not just physically but also emotionally, mentally and perhaps spiritually. I think another reason that made me love this was because it didn’t bore me with too much lovey-dovey scenes between Lena and Ethan or Ridley and Link. Everything was just the right amount — nothing over the top, nothing exaggerated. I like the mix of fantasy, romance, magic, action, drama and even darkness here. It was a complete recipe for perfection IMO.

I just adore Macon Ravenwood from book 1 until now. I love how he’s sort of like the equivalent of the ‘fairy godmother’ here who’s always to the rescue whenever the kids are in trouble. His powers are just amazing and it makes him an even more prominent and admirable character. There’s nothing ‘UNLIKEABLE’ about this man. He’s now on my top 5 best fictional characters ever.

In this book, however, I kinda started to like JOHN BREED. Before I just like him coz I kinda imagine him as this really hot and gorgeous dude. But now, I just love his personality. After finding out about his past and what REALLY happened to him, I felt sorry for the guy. I empathized with him. He is that irritatingly arrogant character who’d get on your nerves but you can’t help liking. I guess I can relate a bit to his character — what he went through and how he felt throughout his ordeal. The tension between him and Ethan cracked me up so much. XD And dang, John and Liv??? I never would’ve thought that! Genius!

I like the fact that, although Lena is still the main character here, it did not focus on her. It was all about Ethan. The story definitely progressed in a great way – from Ethan-Lena to more on Lena to more on Ethan. Sarafine’s past was equally as surprising and interesting as Macon’s past. I like how snippets from her past weaves in and out of the plot making every detail juicy and hauntingly beautiful. There might be some loopholes here and there but they were insignificant and I guess it would be explained in the next book. 😀

It was a wonderful love story between two innocent teenagers shrouded in mystery, doused in magic with a dose of mystery and darkness and a bundle of fantastic supporting cast! It kept me on the edge of my seat. A very compelling read and worthy of my precious time.

The only thing that bothers me is… I have no idea what’s gonna happen on the NEXT book. Dang. I REALLY didn’t see that coming! That caught me off guard! Haha. I kinda expected Ethan to die and that’s it. LOL. But then again, that’s a good one. Now I’m craving for more! ^^

Some quotable quotes from the book. 😀

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” ~ Winston Churchill

“I will love you until the day after forever.” ~ Izabel — I am so gonna say this to my next boyfriend. Haha!

When I fi rst met you, that’ s what I remember. I looked up at the sky and thought, I’m going to love this person because even the sky looks different.” -Lena to Ethan – Aww. I swear this moment was just… *sighs* I was totally moved. So, do I have to look at the sky the next time I meet a guy? 😀

“Do you believe in love after last sight, Ethan?” – Lena

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – Macon