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In Which One Finds Churros in a Most Unlikely Place…


“What do you eat whenever you’re stressed?” a friend asked recently, seeing how I was having another case of the sulks – one bad enough to make Grumpy Cat look bloody cheerful.

“I don’t,” I reply with a shrug.  “I can’t eat when I’m stressed; my appetite disappears whenever I’m stressed.”

“Come on; surely there must be something you crave whenever you get pissed off!”

Actually, yes: I do crave something whenever things seem all shot to hell and my temper is none too sweet: churros.  Yes: those crunchy deep-fried choux-paste crullers one dips wantonly into thick Spanish-style hot chocolate. Nothing seems to bring a deep sense of comfort into my harried soul faster than these crispy golden fritters; that’s why I crave them even whenever things go into the deep south and I’m surlier than a bear with a migraine.

There is just one small problem: working in the BGC as I do, where in blazes does a girl get a churros fix?!?

Into chocolate!
Into chocolate!

Las Flores, a Spanish establishment that does jim-dandy churros, is at least five or six blocks away.  As if that weren’t bad enough, there isn’t a Dulcinea anywhere close by and I’d have to hop a shuttle over to Glorietta in order to get there.  Now, much as I’m craving the good stuff, I am not about to traipse down five blocks for a fix.  It just isn’t done and, given my current state of mind, it may already be too late by the time I get there.  (I may have already clobbered some poor innocent bystander in a fit of pique!)

The closest, most reasonable substitute would have to be the baked churros sold over at Pan De Manila. These, alas, do not have the crispy crunchiness that gives the fried original much of its appeal.  But, you have to admit that these are pretty darned good: tender, not at all sweet despite the sprinkle of sugar on top, and rather moreish.  Plus, they aren’t greasy the way too many mediocre churros tend to be.

These babies go for only P 10.00 apiece (per stick); dips go for an additional P 10.00 a tub.  Very reasonably priced, if you ask me.

All gone!
All gone!

Grab a few, make yourself a milky cup of coffee, and feel the tension slipping out of you.  Keep nibbling till you’ve either A) reached a reasonable state of Nirvana; or B) your nerves have been soothed and settled down.




Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

2 thoughts on “In Which One Finds Churros in a Most Unlikely Place…

  1. have your tries la lola churreria? they just opened a branch in sm aura. haven’t tried the churros but people line up for it. i tried the xuxos (stuffed churros) and it was good.

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