The ice cream entrepreneur reveals what’s in his travel bag
1. Jacket. “Inflight temperatures can vary, so I always pack a hoodie or jacket to make sure I don’t feel too cold.”
2. Camera. “I love to take pictures while out on an adventure.”
3. 8mm fish-eye lens. “This is a really fun way to look at a place.”
4. Phone. “It has translation apps that I use when I get stuck in a sticky spot.”
5. Laptop. “Can’t shoot and not edit the pictures, right? I also have to keep up with my emails.”
6. Cash. “I usually carry a couple of different currencies just to be sure.”
7. Business cards. “I always pack these because I never know who I’m going to meet.”
8. Wireless headphones. “I’m a nervous flyer. Listening to my playlist helps calm me down.”
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Q&A with Brett on his ice cream biz
Late last year, Brett, along with three business partners, Anton, Ben and Shav, took on a master franchise of Adelaide’s St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert — famous for its ice cream, waffles and crêpes — and set up shop in Bonifacio Global City where it’s fast becoming a dessert hotspot.
What are the café’s best sellers?
Brett: For food, I recommend the St Louis-flavored ice cream, made of dulce de leche, honeycomb and white chocolate, and the strawberry Nutella crêpe. For the drinks, Australian-style coffee, of course.
Anything new that we can expect soon?
Brett: We’re working on a new mobile unit so we can also hit the local events catering scene and show what our ice cream is all about. We’re also in the process of reducing our single-use plastics and moving away from things like plastic straws.
Watch out for the café’s ice cream cart around Metro Manila from September 2018 onwards.
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Top three cafés around Makati City
- Yardstick. “I love the coffee there. They actually supply the roasted beans at St Louis. It’s my go-to café whenever I need a pick-me-up.
- The Curator. “It’s great for coffee. I also love that they turn into an awesome little cocktail bar at night — the best of both worlds!”
- Bucky’s. “They’re more of a bistro, but they do a great soft-serve ice cream, and their brownie crossovers are great too.”
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As a former bartender, Brett can be quite particular about bars. He names five around Makati and Taguig cities, with a selection of unusual booze and digestives
- The Belle & Dragon. “I love the atmosphere and the personable staff go the extra mile. Mandalay, their beautiful ‘secret’ whiskey lounge is where you can find me often after work.” The Belle & Dragon, 100 Carlos Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City; fb.com/thebelleanddragon
- LIT Manila. “Japanese whiskey is such a beautiful expression of what can be done when one tradition meets another. Also their concierge Francis Tosei, is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on all things whiskey.” LIT Manila, G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; fb.com/litmanila
- Handlebar Bar and Grill. “I got served my first beer in this ‘biker bar’. There’s something romantic about being able to go back to a place I was so fond of as a kid. I take most friends who visit there so they can see something from my childhood: the beers are cold and cheap, the live bands are great, they do a mean steak, and the characters that float around there are pretty interesting.” Handlebar Bar and Grill, 31 Polaris Street, Makati City; fb.com/handlebarbarandgrill
- Run Rabbit Run. “This one’s a new bar around the Poblacion area and they partnered with a Singaporean bar, Bitters and Love to bring in their unique selection of drinks. I love that they have a keen attention to detail, which is lost on a lot of cocktail bars.” Run Rabbit Run, 4991 P. Guanzon Street, Makati City; fb.com/runrabbitrun.ph
- ABV. “It’s a classic oldie, but goodie. It’s one of the local industry pioneers, which very much reminds me of bars in Australia, having set a high standard for every other bar to try and adhere to.” ABV, 22 Jupiter Street, Bel Air, Makati City; www.abv.ph
This article first appeared in the August 2018 issue of Smile magazine.