Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Quick slice of the Yema Cake by Monica & Jett's Bakeshop

It's a chiffon cake with yema (custard candy) filling and frosting. 

The cake is soft, buttery, and of high quality. The custard is tasty but not too sweet. The grated cheese adds the needed subtle saltiness.

This treat is a winner!

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

First sip of VitaSoy

It's the latest beverage from URC (Universal Robina). There are three variants: Original, Chocolate, and Coffee. What we have is the Coffee one.

The drink is creamy and silky. As for the flavor, well, one can sense a bean component (like the beans one puts in halo-halo), but the drink is a little too sugary sweet. In fact, it has a sticky-sweet aftertaste. And yeah, the coffee flavor? Non-existent. It seems like they just made the drink dark to look like coffee.

All in all, quite a disappointment.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quick slice of Ka Melys Bibingka

Kakanin mula sa Cainta.

Masarap! Hindi masyadong matamis at hindi gaanong malagkit kaya madaling kainin. The best part is the latik. It has a good balance of nutty and burnt flavors.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

First bite of the Chicken-Nomiyaki

It's the Big Chicken Katsu topped with an okonomiyaki or Japanese pancake. This combo is then drizzled with teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise.

The okonomiyaki is like a sticky okoy or vegetable fritter. It is made with shredded onions, carrots, cabbage, and corn. It is well seasoned and perfectly fried. It provides some vibrant vegetable flavor that complements the saltiness of the chicken katsu and the sweet tangy taste of the teriyaki sauce. 

Para sa walang budget mag-Dohtonbori, pwede na itong okonomiyaki ng Tokyo Tokyo!

An order costs Php 200.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

First bite at Baker & Cook

Place: The decor is classy. The restaurant is a bit cramped though. The music also plays too loud. And there's a restless energy inside, making the atmosphere not conducive to quiet eating.

Food: Disappointing, overpriced.

First on our table is Savory Pair of Tart & Salad (Php 355), featuring the Lychee Walnut Salad and the Wild Mushroom & Bacon Tart.

There's nothing great about the salad. Sure, the greens are fresh and crisp, but the flavors are all too familiar (dressing is made with olive oil and balsamic vinegar). And the walnuts and lychee pieces are too few to be really enjoyed.

The tart is bland! Absolutely no flavor! We have to spread some salad dressing on the tart and dust it with black pepper for flavor! And with its price tag, this Not-So-Savory Pair feels like highway robbery.

For dessert, we have a slice of Chocolate Indulgence cake (Php 145). This one tastes like the Chocolate Cake Roll of Red Ribbon. It's not bad, but not indulgent either.

For our drink, we have the Dark Chocolate Espresso (Php 135). This is a coffee concoction that tastes like any of the 3-in-1 coffee mixes of Nescafe. It's TOO SWEET! Absolutely no bitterness from the dark chocolate or the coffee. Even its "salty cheese" topping is useless in tempering the sugary taste.

Price: Considering taste, quality, and serving size, the food here is OVERPRICED. The ordinary taste does not match the hefty price tags.

Service: Quite bad. The cashier seems clueless about her job. The waiters are stressed because they seem to be doing 10 tasks at a time. And the manager seems oblivious to the mess! And it takes a while to settle the bill.

Also, the male manager on duty keeps on putting his arms around certain female waiters. Isn't that sexual harassment?!

Bake & Cook is at UP Town Center.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quick bite of Neu Bake Super Slice

Gardenia presents a new line of breads: Neu Bake Super Slice!

Neu Bake features bread that is wide and thinly sliced. It is chewy and delicious! What we like is the charred taste of the crust. 

There are two variants: White Bread and Wheaten Bread. The first is for those who enjoy the classic white bread, while the latter is for those who want something with fiber and more substance.

With its taste, we understand why child star Baeby Baste enjoys Neu Bake Super Slice so much.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

First sip of the Nescafé Gold Latte Macchiato

It's one of the new flavors of the Nescafé Gold instant coffee mix.

Latte macchiato is steamed milk marked (thus "macchiato") or stained with espresso.

This one is really delicious! One can taste the distinct flavors of the creamy milk and the bold, strong coffee, perfectly mixed and balanced.

This is arguably the best Nescafé Gold variant to date.

Try it and judge for yourself.