Going through the same grind on a daily basis can sometimes be tiring and not to mention boring. It’s a never ending cycle of getting up for work in the morning, making the dreaded commute to work, and clocking out at the end of the day just to go home and repeat it again the next day. There are days that we stare blankly at our computers, longing to get away from the stress and just take a break. For us, that usually means we going on a long drive to someplace new, and maybe have a peaceful and delicious meal at the same time.
Fortunately for us, Motor Image Pilipinas read our weary minds and invited us out for an installment of what they call “Boxer Brews”. At first, we thought that since our office was situated in the food haven that is Tomas Morato in Quezon City, we would end up at one of the establishments scattered in the area. Motor Image Pilipinas had other ideas though. Instead, we found out they’d be taking us further and up towards the mountains in the east: Antipolo City.
We were picked up at our office at around half past 11am, and as we made our way down we were greeted by 3 of Subaru’s greatest hits: the Forester, XV GT, and the rally inspired WRX. Of course, we salivated as the keys were handed to us (causing a bit of a competitive albeit gentlemanly argument at who got to drive what car) and once settled, we started our engines and off we went. We agreed to form a convoy, but as soon as we settled in and got familiar with the machinery it got harder and harder to keep the convoy together. Not that we broke off recklessly, of course. There’s just something about Subaru’s “Confidence In Motion” slogan that really gets your motorhead blood pumping, is all.
It was as if God heard our plea and parted the roadways for us as the traffic was unusually light, and realizing that the cars we were piloting are derived from decades of performance heritage we started to inject more “spirit” into our driving.
The Forester being ever dependable as Subaru’s true SUV with ample ground clearance and the peace of mind of having all-wheel drive, took the lead. Despite being fully loaded with occupants, it was no slouch as car number one, easily driving through and managing traffic and passing all the other slower vehicles on the road. The XV GT crossover, on the other hand, being slightly smaller than the Forester, made use of its nimbleness to keep up with the convoy. Also, allow us to say that it’s quite the looker as well in white with the optional GT trim.
Most of all though, through the twisties and vertical climbs of Sumulong highway one car was just a cut above the rest: the WRX. While it may be a detuned and slightly sedated version of the rally road car that is the WRX STI, it more than lit our pants on fire; it set them ablaze. Being a sedan, the center of gravity is low, removing the problem of body roll in the corners. At the same time, we were aided with Subaru’s renowned all-wheel drive system keeping us glued onto the pavement along with a plethora of performance bits such as a limited slip differential and grippier tires. Then there's the mighty turbocharged “Boxer” engine thumping out 268PS and 350NM of torque. The WRX truly is a joy to drive on straights, and even more so on the twisties.
After a spirited journey out of the metro and into the mountains, we finally made it to our destination: Burrow Cafe. Located in Beverly Hills subdivision deep in Lower Antipolo, they’ve done a stellar job of keeping the place hidden, giving a true “out of city” vibe. Making our way down to the main restaurant was a trip in itself. We descended a staircase through a garden, and down another lone staircase into a cellar door; it truly is a “burrow”. In months, this was the first time we were surrounded by greens, sunlight, and fresh air, instead of the usual buildings and pollution. Thank God for opportunities like this!
Swinging the door open, we were greeted by an interior that can only be described as “rusticly bohemian”. The walls were brick and the support beams on the ceiling were aged, raw, exposed steel. The furniture consisted of picnic-styled tables and chairs, and to the side was a corner with colorful hammocks and comfortable lounge seats.
The whole ensemble had us all “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing” obviously following the “time to relax” vibes down our spines. The place felt so light, and so right. Natural light illuminated the place through enormous windows that gave the illusion of space. Even the menu was in-character, it fits in with the theme so well. Instead of using run of the mill paper, Burrow fashioned theirs in the form of old books. Hooray for #biblichor!
Being the generous and caring hosts that they are, the folks from Motor Image Pilipinas took the reins when it came time to order. Once the food started getting laid onto our table, we chowed down plate after plate; to say we were famished is an understatement. The food is in line with the whole motif, featuring a healthy homemade “from the ground” approach. Some of the most notable dishes were the flat bread with an assortment of dips, Salmon with Chimichurri sauce, (legit) 14-Day Aged Corned Beef and the Mushroom Cauliflower rice bowl.
To quench our thirst we had an assortment of fresh fruit shakes and Burrow’s homebrewed iced tea. And as with any proper meal, it was capped off with a proper dessert in the form of the Dayap Creme Brule and Signature Cheesecake. By the time we’d finished putting on extra weight, we took in the sights around the grounds of Burrow Cafe which isn’t short of Instagram worthy angles and backgrounds. Perfect for families and couples looking to commemorate life’s milestones.
This mid week getaway was exactly what the doctor ordered as we quickly made our way back into the grueling rush that is December in the Philippines. To be able to just drop everything (for a few hours), take a drive with such capable cars to a relaxing location with great food and even greater company to boot was a privileged experience that we are thankful for. It is likewise something we highly encourage others to do once in a while in order to slow down and take a breather from the fast-paced modern life that we all live.
Okay, that last statement is a bit hard to really live by, especially given that this episode of Boxer Brews was powered by Subaru, but hey, we were just lucky.
Here’s to good food, great company, and a friendly reminder for everyone to remember to Eat.Sip.Drive.