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Small Talk Cafe in Legazpi City: Alex made me drool over the photos

On Monday evening, I posted tons of photos from Alex’s Bicol trip except the ones taken at Small Talk Cafe. I was reserving them for last because I thought they deserved a separate post. Less than twelve hours later, Mayon Volcano spewed ash 500 meters into the air killing at least five people, four of whom were foreigners on a mountain climbing adventure. The fifth fatality was a Filipino tour guide. All died as a result of falling rocks.

It was Speedy who told me the news. My reaction was totally confused. I was scared and relieved at the same time. Less than 48 hours before what Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) executive director Renato Solidum termed as a phreatic explosion or a hydro-thermal explosion, Alex and her friends rode ATVs to the spot called the Lava Wall — less than six kilometers from the volcano’s crater.

By the time Mayon Volcano exploded, Alex was home and sleeping peacefully. If you’re a mother, you will probably understand when I say I couldn’t touch any of the Bicol photos much less upload more. I needed time to internalize how fortunate Alex and her friends had been. They could have been there, posing and taking photos, when Mayon exploded.

It’s been over 36 hours since the incident, my heart rate is back to normal and I’m blogging again. Now, about Small Talk Cafe… Small Talk Cafe in Legazpi City

Small Talk Cafe is located at 051 Dona Aurora St., 4500 Legazpi City. There is a Facebook page. Small Talk Cafe in Legazpi City Small Talk Cafe in Legazpi City Small Talk Cafe in Legazpi City

It’s impossible for me to describe the experience because it wasn’t I who dined at Small Talk Cafe. But I’ve got the next best thing — Alex’s reaction to the food and the tone of her voice and facial expression when she relayed it to us. In a nutshell, “Napakasarap.” Her words, not mine.

That’s laing in the photo at the top of the post. Laing is almost an “official” dish in the Bicol region so it’s not a novelty. Small Talk Cafe in Legazpi City

What Alex raved about was the pasta (below) which is the second item in the menu (above). Small Talk Cafe in Legazpi City

Pasta pinangat/laing: taro leaves and ‘gata’ (coconut milk) blended in white sauce and mixed with pasta. I am so intrigued that I want to try making my version soon. Small Talk Cafe in Legazpi City

Alex said she wanted rum cake for dessert but chocolate mousse was the only cake available. She described it as “okay lang” which really translates to “let’s stick with the pasta.” And so we will. Stay tuned for my version of the pasta pinangat/laing.

Again, thank you Alex, Chesca and Ardy for the photos.


  1. Karen says

    Pasta pinangat/laing looks yummy. Will definitely wait for your version Ms. Connie, ;-)

  2. Archana says

    OMG!! It must have been terrible! how is your daughter reacting to this? I know I would ve been terrified. Very unfortunate for those who were on the mountain.

  3. Crisma says

    Definitely “napakasarap.” coming from Alex says it all.

    We’ll be waiting for Pasta Pinangat Laing ala Connie very soon.

  4. Susan fabia says

    Whew Connie! As a mother, di nyo man ako kilala, please give Alex a hug from me. Am really glad she is safe at home. I shudder at the thought of what could have been. Maybe an extra hug pa?

  5. says

    Archana, she’s very cool about it. The first thing she said was she would have called us at once to let us know if there was anything wrong. Then, she said there was a helipad in the area and, jokingly, that I would have sent a chopper for them anyway. As though we own a chopper!

    Crisma, you know how unforgiving my daughters are when it comes to food standards hahaha So, yes, it must be really good.

    Thanks, Susan, three hugs with kisses pa. :D

  6. says

    OMG! Connie! I cannot begin to imagine the thoughts that went through your mind. So sorry for the people that lost their lives…

  7. Ai says

    So glad you’re daughter and her friends were safe. I think it’s just normal for mothers like us to be OA if we’re talking about our children’s saftety.. Last week my son had a big cut on his face, he was punched. I’m already thinking of suing them for physical injury. My father almost punched the kid’s face. The Mom was just very apologetic and paid all the bills. But after thinking more about it, lugi pa rin even if they paid all the bills, the scar on my son’s face will be forever na.

    Naku irrelevant na ba? Anyway am also looking forward for your version of Pasta pinangat/laing. For sure it’s going to be delish. :)

  8. Didette Peralta Factora says

    Dear Ms. Connie,

    I am so happy that your daughter liked the Pasta Pinangat. I am the owner of Small Talk Cafe and a great fan of yours. Since I am not a chef (I just love to cook), I am able to get cooking tips from your blog. I hope one day you can come to Bicol and eat at Small Talk. I would love to meet you personally and have a picture with you :-)
    Thank you very much for your blog and all the cooking tips.

    Didette Peralta Factora

    • says

      Hi Didette. :) You know, we spent a few days in Albay a couple of years ago and we felt we were not able to eat everything that we should have haha. My daughter is lucky because her friend hails from Albay and was the best and most natural guide. I hope to go back there soon too. And when I do, it’s a date. :)