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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
TIME to pack up and have your passport ready; you’re going on a trip.
Tucked in a quiet neighborhood in Guadalupe is a café that will fly you from one country to the next. Aptly called A Little Piece of Sky (Alps), it is fashioned after the idea of wanderlust—possessing travel-inspired décor, and souvenirs acquired by the owners from their trips abroad.
A Little Piece of Sky is owned and managed by the Zosa family, whose patriarch is a pilot. His profession brought the family to countless places around the world, some of which they had even resided in for a couple of years like Dubai, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Their extraordinary experience as a family was what essentially spurred their plans for the café—for starters, the signpost at front indicates names of the places they’ve been to and wish to go to.
According to Patty, the fourth in the brood of five, the family developed the café gradually, setting things piece by piece, from the menu to the furnishings to the lighting. Located in the ground floor of a building her family owns, the cafe took off for its soft opening flight last May 1.
Patty describes the cafe’s interiors as “semi-industrial,” with modest concrete floors and faint-colored brick walls. Yet with the little decorative accents that she and her siblings put together—their dad’s old aviator caps, the wall clocks showing different time zones, the pieces of luggage on the floor—they’ve managed to create a comfy, charming little nook.
Patty, who’s a fine arts graduate, also tapped the local artists’ community for the artworks on display, such as the world map painting and the restrooms’ signage.
Fronted by glass doors and walls, the café is also well-lighted and feels spacious—making it an ideal spot for hanging out, studying, or dining.
On the dining side, the cafe has a menu that features familiar international fares. It is quirkily divided into ‘short-haul’ meals for the finger food, and ‘long-haul’ meals for the main course, which are mostly pastas and steak. The cafe also offers homemade chocolate brownies, mocktails (non-alcoholic beverage), milk tea and coffee.
In less than four months since it first opened, A Little Piece of Sky already plays hosts to special events, such as the ongoing multimedia art exhibit The Little Secrets: Venus. Then every Friday at 7 p.m., diners are given a chance to tread across continents with Foreign Film Fridays, as the cafe screens foreign language films for free.
A Little Piece of Sky Café is in M. Veloso St., Guadalupe, Cebu City. It is open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 21, 2013.