me and mr. jones

Dearest ______,

“That… is one… long… queue.”

My exact words when we showed up at Jones the Grocer for brunch.

Apparently, everybody goes to Jones the Grocer for breakfast and brunch. And when we started wolfing down our orders, I began to understand why. But I am getting ahead of myself here.

For now, the wait. Oh yes, The Wait…

Being that Mr. Jones is, after all, still a grocer, I was compelled to walk around and check out all of his merchandise… And what did I find? Only some of the loveliest product- packagings I have seen in my life! I wish I spent more time in my kitchen, if only to visit my cupboard on a regular basis and see these beautiful things, all lined up inside:

Hello, darlings…

What sort of job do I have to take, in order to draw and paint things on biscuit boxes like these???

Premium extra virgin Olive Oil from Greece. This 500ml bottle is sold at 90.00 SGD… that’s 70.00 USD… that’s 3,000 PhP… Am I the only one who finds this a little ridiculous?
Chocolate wrappers that will actually prevent your dieting girlfriends from eating the chocolate inside.

Jones the Grocer is modernly Industrial- looking, with high ceilings, white walls, and bare cement screed floors. This sparse minimalism is housed inside one of the old Colonial buildings at Dempsey Hill. Charming.

Possibly some illegitimate bread, sans the S.

Before you know it, you’ve already been ushered to your table… orders taken… orders served… then BAM!

You forget all about The Wait.

Traditional English breakfast set. Just look at the shape of those poached eggs!
Good morning, Mochaccino!
Coconut pancakes with mangoes, vanilla ice cream, vanilla beans. Drenched in palm sugar syrup. Thick but unbelievably light and fluffy.

Of course you never realize how full you really are, until you try getting up from that chair.
Then: “Damn.”

Happy Easter, little bunnies!



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