Around the corner from the seafood section of the Nasugbu market is our favorite rendezvous. Or â€œrun-des-voosâ€ as my Assistant/Chief of Stuff (COS) likes to pronounce it. No, itâ€™s nothing tryst-y, just the neighborhood Rendezvous Bakeshop with all the provincial or small town favorites on offer. Outlandish sweetish breads with red food coloring in the middle to mimic a jam or other more costly fillings or palaman, bread with coconut fillings, cheese bits, chocolate swirls, etc. These are breakfast and snack fare, fillers to be had with your Nescafe or Coca-Cola. We buy loads for everyone in the house. But what I really like at Rendezvous are the piping hot donuts. Let it not be said that I only feature only high-brow food â€“ at PHP2 per donut (USD 3.6 CENTS EACH), these are the economy food find of the yearâ€¦ sweetish dough rounds are all over the bakeshop rising until they are plunged into a huge vat of hot vegetable oil to create a golden crust that hides the soft chewy center.
The aroma of the hot fat and the frying carbohydrates on a busy market corner is just wonderful! These deep fried, street side delicacies are really very good when just out of the fryer and quickly rolled in sugar. At PHP2 a piece, they are superb value. I also like that they are so irregular in shape…there is something scary about the uniformity of a dunkin donut or gonuts donut. These streetside donuts loose their allure about 10 minutes after they are cooked. Sort of like cold McDonaldâ€™s French fries, yuck. But best of all, if you remember to bring a medium zip lock bag with a mixture of caster sugar (fine granulated sugar) and some powdered cinnamon, you can toss the hot donuts in your own mixture and you have a GREAT fat and sugar filled breakfast! Bring a hot thermos of English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea and have several donuts for a total cost of less than PHP10! If you had a similar repast at Starbucks it would run you nearly PHP200! Beat that, you penny pinchers!