Yes folks, this is my husband’s long time dream: to finally go to Jollibee and meet Jollibee here in New York. That dream has been elusive for quite sometime because when it opened in February, the place was too crowded, and with the very long lines outside the restaurant, we thought it was ridiculous to go, as it was in the middle of the winter.
Finally, we were there last Friday, a good 20 mile drive from our place and although it would normally take 40 minutes to get there, because of road congestion, we saw ourselves sitting in traffic on the way home for 1 1/2 hour.
Nevertheless, we had a great time as there were no lines. One word of caution, as I learned from the Area Manager – during weekends, expect long lines inside. Jollibee Corp. has got a gold mine here in New York. This branch is not a franchise, it is company owned.
One thing that I noticed was that, not everyone that works in the restaurant are Filipinos. I was almost certain that the lady behind the counter speaks Tagalog, but boy, was I surprised when she told me she didn’t speak the language. I then left my husband to take care of the order and let him buy ‘everything’ . He studied the menu online prior to going, just imagine that. The food he ordered totally deserves another post. Just so you know, he placed a separate take out order LOL.
Woodside, Queens in New York is a mecca for anything Pinoy. I, myself enjoyed shopping from the several Filipino stores along the strip. My pantry is now replenished with all the basic Pinoy ingredients, snacks and what nots. When I was finally done, we were kind of hungry again, so we ended our day at Krystal’s Cafe and Pastry Shop. As you would probably guess, I wound up bringing home tons of ensaymadas, chiffon rolls and ube rolls. I wrapped them good, and now they are in my freezer waiting to be thawed. I think I can skip baking this weekend.