The start of Simbang Gabi (for non-Filipino-speaking folk, this refers to the 9-day straight midnight novena masses leading up to Christmas) always reminds me of chilly mornings and puto bumbong (purple Filipino dessert popular during the Christmas season) so I had to have my fix earlier in Via Mare. I ordered the puto bumbong and asked for filtered water. For a reputable resto like Via Mare, I trust they serve real filtered water (again I am OC-cheap). I also believe that filtered water is way better than bottled water on so many levels (more on this on a future post).
The waiter brought me filtered water with ice cubes. Although I trust that the water is filtered, I have doubts whether the ice is. I spoke to some people from NCA Labs (a water quality testing lab) a few weeks back and they were saying that restaurants are required by the DOH to have their water tested. However, the DOH doesn’t seem to have rules when it comes to ice so there are cases where the ice fails the water quality tests. NCA Labs is trying to develop a Green Thumb Mark program where you will see their mark of approval in establishments which pass their water quality tests.
Until that time comes, I should remember to order filtered water without ice (it’s chilly this season anyway) … or better yet, bring my own filtered water from the house. We always do for our DD.