Bibet (from left), Kyla and Glenn Rosales run Little Seed Corner Shop, one of the more interesting restaurants along Katipunan Avenue outside St. Ignatius Village. Rick Olivares
Bibet Rosales at the time her family started the business: “We were surprised that a lot of young people are looking for vegan alternatives and healthy meals.” Rick Olivares
Run by the Rosales family, Little Seed Corner Shop is, as the residents of the villages around the area call, “a blessing to the community.” Rick Olivares
For all the commercialization of Katipunan Avenue that used to be mainly residential and partly educational, you’d be hard pressed to find these little “nooks and crannies” of life’s tiny delights.
There’s 78-53-86, a hidden jazz bar in front of the Belitudo Lifestyle Strip. There’s Ineng’s Special Barbecue a few steps away. And there’s Little Seed Corner Shop right in from of Vets in Practice and by the corner of the entrance to St. Ignatius Village.
Run by the Rosales family (conceptualized by daughter Kyla and co-run and managed by her parents Glenn and Bibet), Little Seed Corner Shop is, as the residents of the villages around the area call, “a blessing to the community”.
Little Seed is a restaurant that offers healthy and relatively inexpensive alternative food for those on the go or those willing to pass by along the busy thoroughfare.
The idea for the shop was borne out of several factors.
“I had friends saying it is difficult to find convenient and healthy food,” bared Kyla who took up culinary arts at Enderun College. “So maybe there was a need for something people can easily take home or bring to work instead of getting fastfood.”
Added mom, Bibet: “Our kids would surprisingly ask why was there a lack of vegetables on our lunch or dinner table to that has us adjusting our home cooking.”
“For me, living a healthy lifestyle meant exercise,” enthused Kyla. “But that isn’t enough. We decided to make it a part of our eating habits. Now don’t get me wrong, we have our cheat days where we eat the stuff that well . . . everyone’s fatty favorites, but it is important is there is a conscious step in the right direction for healthier living.”
At first, Little Seed offered the usual simple fare — salads, vegetables, wheat bread. But within two months, the Rosaleses adjusted their menu.
“We were surprised that a lot of young people are looking for vegan alternatives and healthy meals,” added Bibet.
A new menu was whipped up that was divided into what the family calls Blissful Bowls and Premium Bowls.
“The Blissful Bowls is our healthier take on the usual favorite such as adobo as well as grilled chicken,” bared Kyla. “We also have spiced beef wrap and salad and chicken wrap and salad. There are there green bowls and soups and stews.”
The Premium Bowls, on the other hand, have the Chi-Qui Bowl, which is a combination of grilled chicken and Quinos salad the Vegan Fried bowl that is Cauliflower fried rice with oriental tofu and mushrooms. And of course, their take on the Caesar’s Salad to name but a few.
The yogurts and sauces are all homemade as well.
The response has been pretty good. “The best thing we have heard from our fellow residents is that the shop has been a blessing for the community,” glowed Glenn of the feedback they have gotten. “And we strive to provide something that benefits everyone.”
As it is right by the corner of such a busy road, there’s hardly probably for one car and several motorbikes. To address the concern, Little Seed has now partnered with Honest Bee for deliveries within a five kilometer radius. They also have had customers from as far as Paranaque and Alabang who were incidentally passing by order their food.
“The store physically opens at 9 a.m. (and closes 7 p.m.) and we already get a lot of orders through Facebook for takeout,” noted Bibet. “So we prepare them early for our customers pick it up on their way to work.”
“And through Little Seed, we have made many new friends and I think that makes for an even better experience.”
Author’s Note: For more information about Little Seed corner Shop, look them up on Facebook.