Feeling low lately? Van Gogh Is Bipolar is ready to serve!
Maginhawa Street in Quezon City has become a go-to place for gastronomic adventures and chill-out sessions.
Why not? We seriously wanna thank the universe for bringing every cuisine from all over Asia and Europe in this formerly unnoticeable street. This food hub has all the unique experiences for our taste buds!
If you think you have already hopped in and out of every restaurant here, think twice.
In a quiet corner of an apartment, Van Gogh Is Bipolar is waiting to get all the attention it deserves. It is indeed the owner’s home that transforms into your own home once you stepped in.
The owner would definitely greet you warmly and confirm you’re not into a trespassing case.
So, what more makes it stand out from the rest? Take a look:
5. The interior gives us a trip to the Wonderland.
The collection of tea sets, clocks, mirrors, chandeliers, chairs, memorabilia and everything nice give a feeling of nostalgia with a modern touch.
It takes an artist by heart and soul to put all of these together. Guests can’t help but take a photo in every spot! And while we’re busy smiling in front of the camera, we’ll see letters like this:
How dare this place make us remember the one that got away?! But hey, reality will eventually be on our side to remind us it’s all in the past. The place is too pretty to not celebrate the present.
4. This is definitely for an intimate dining experience.
Only 12 guests at a time can be let in. There’s no way a 13th guest can be accommodated since tables and chairs are really limited.
Jetro shares a lot of stories to guests. It won’t be awkward. Trust us when we say he’s a good conversationalist.
3. Culinary therapy is at the heart of this venture.
There’s a saying that we are what we eat. So what happens when this serves us literally happy food? The ingredients used in the food and tea come from Jetro’s family’s farm. That’s why the menu changes depending on the season.
But then, this always makes us eat food that is not only for the body but more importantly, for the spirit. Upon some studying, Jetro came up with putting mood-altering ingredients altogether to produce food that will trigger happy hormones.
An example is this tuna steak. When you’re feeling anxious these days, you might lack selenium. This tuna has that selenium.
Another is this dish with black mountain rice. Lack of folic acid causes mental sluggishness. This black mountain rice is rich in that folic acid.
We also need to mention the wide selection of tea. Each has a specific mood-altering purpose. For example, drinking banana tea, our favorite here, leads to a calmer mood.
2. Jetro Rafael is an inspiration.
The owner, Jetro Rafael, was working as an art director when things got out of control. He was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder at 28. People say he could have achieved more if he didn’t have the illness.
But Jetro chose to achieve more with Bipolar disorder. He quit his job and rented an apartment that served as his healing sanctuary. After taking medications, he still didn’t feel okay.
Doors to self-healing opened when he started cooking mood-altering dishes. This is what he gladly shares to dopamine-hungry guests.
1. Exciting activities for the soul are present.
The Kind Wardrobe (an initiative of the Van Gogh Is Bipolar Love Project) allows visitors to share a piece of them. It can be poems, sketches, photos or pre-loved items.
On the other hand, anyone can take home anything from the wardrobe. How awesome is that? Celebrating our talents by showing them at Van Gogh Is Bipolar is also welcome every day, except on Tuesdays, from 3-5 pm.
Here’s another way to share the good vibes: for every pot of Van Gogh Is Bipolar’s Mood Tea, this resto pledges one free meal that can be claimed by anyone.
This can be street children, students and workers on a tight budget or just someone who had a bad day. The best part? The pot of Mood Tea just costs 99 pesos! Cheers!
Van Gogh Is Bipolar is located at 154 Maginhawa, Diliman, Quezon City.
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