White bean salad in three simple steps
Barring the occurrence of holidays, long weekends, and the release of your favorite series’ latest episode, it’s usually hard to find a reason to be happy about Mondays. The day marks the beginning of another work and school week, as well as the end of our rest and relaxation from the weekend—a reminder to come back to reality and attend to responsibilities.
Lucky for us, a café that just opened in Kapitolyo is dedicated to all the reasons why we should give loving Mondays a chance.
Love Monday Café is the brainchild of Daene Luna. Luna used to be just another member of the workforce that dreaded Mondays. To reignite her passion for life after a couple of years of working in the corporate world, she made a pact with herself in 2015 to find all the reasons to enthusiastically get up on Mondays. Her personal resolution evolved into a movement on Instagram, the #LoveMondays, which in turn led to her café today.
When she was still working in corporate, Luna had traveled a lot, staying in countries like Vietnam, Seoul, and Melbourne. She discovered the vibrant brunch scenes in Melbourne and Singapore, and found something comforting about the ambivalent midday meal. That’s how Love Monday became a brunch place that serves the types of cuisines that had comforted and inspired her Mondays abroad.
The café has Filipino favorites, such as the garlic longganisa made by a couple from Tuguegarao, and it is used in the patty for the Breakfast Burger. Challenged by two of her friends who did not like Spam, Luna also came up with Spamghetti, a pasta dish with tomato-based sauce topped with the canned luncheon meat.
Luna was also inspired by the ombré drinks that are big in Thailand, another country she had stayed in. The ombré milk tea served in Love Monday is made of organic teas, with the colors coming from the natural dye of the loose tea leaves. The Vanilla Blue Chai, for example, is made with Blue Pea Flower, found only in Southeast Asia, while the pink Strawberry Hibiscus is pretty selfexplanatory. These drinks have no caffeine because they are steeped from organic tea leaves, and their sweetness level can be controlled according to your preference.
Making the café more comfortable is Luna’s love for horticulture, translated into an outdoor mural. Made by two artists from Batangas, it features leaves in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Inside the café, potted plants and cute little succulents decorate corners, tables, and shelves, providing a homey ambiance overall.
Love Monday’s cool, clean interiors are made homey by indoor plants; Waffle pops with cookies & cream (upper left) and chocolate and strawberry (lower right) toppings