Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jollibee Beef with Mushrooms



Stir-fried beef slices and button mushrooms, topped with fried garlic bits.

The dish was delicious, very flavorful. It really went well with rice. Problem was, a lot of the beef slices were tough to chew, for most of them were actually ligaments. It was like eating leather. Not that we've eaten leather...


An order of the Beef with Mushrooms costs Php 39. Not bad, considering serving size and taste...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Starbucks Hazelnut Mocha Frappuccino



It's like ice cream in a cup!

Who knew that putting hazelnut syrup would turn the Mocha Frappuccino into a DELICIOUS drink that tastes like double dutch ice cream?!

It's not too sweet, the chocolate flavor is just right, and the creaminess makes the whole thing a pleasure to drink. It's our new favorite.


A Grande Hazelnut Mocha Frappuccino costs Php 165. Try it!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Chocolate Cakes from Red Ribbon



First off, the new Triple Chocolate Roll.



It's chocolate chiffon covered with milk chocolate. It's O-K; it's not bad, but it wasn't great. The chiffon was too soggy, and the frosting was a tad too sweet. And we expected to taste 3 distinct chocolate tastes, but it's the same milk chocolate taste all over. We were a little disappointed but we think kids would like this cake.

Next, the Chocolate Fudge Cake.


It's a chocolate pound cake with a ganache filling and frosting. This one's better than the one above. The chocolate was bittersweet, and had a deeper flavor. Plus, the cake was firmer. Nevertheless, just like the first cake, this one's not great.

A slice of the Triple Chocolate Roll costs Php 29.50 while a slice of the Chocolate Fudge Cake costs Php 52.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Double Chocolate Walnut Brownie

It's by Starbucks.

Moist brownie, rich bittersweet chocolate, lots of chopped walnuts. Delicious! What more can you want from a brownie, right?


The Double Chocolate Walnut Brownie goes perfect with your coffee, hot or cold.

An order costs Php 50. Try it. And enjoy.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Jolly Crispy Fries



Crispy, crispy flavored french fries from Jollibee.

One can enjoy these perfectly fried potato treats either in Four Cheese flavor or Sour Cream. The Four Cheese one was good; it had the right amount of saltiness. I highly doubt that the flavor cheese powder contains four kinds of cheese but hey, it's cheesy enough and delicious.


The Sour Cream was a little odd. It didn't taste like Sour Cream but sweet & spicy onion. No sour, no cream, just hints of strong, pungent onion. Weird.

Try the Jolly Crispy Fries now at your favorite Jollibee branch.

Perfect partner: ice-cold Coke.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Jollibee's Chicken & Mushroom Pasta



It's Jolly Spaghetti for adults.

Spaghetti noodles coated with a spicy tomato sauce. The sauce actually tasted like your typical meat sauce sans the sweetness. Nevertheless, it's good, very tasty. And the grated cheese provided the subtle, dairy flavor that's a good contrast to the strong flavors of the sauce.


The Chicken & Mushroom Pasta also had a generous serving of button mushrooms. I just wished it had an equally generous amount of chicken; that would've made eating the dish more pleasurable.

An order of the Chicken & Mushroom Pasta costs Php 55. Try it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bibingkinitan



Bibingkinitan. Or small, cute, and delicious rice cakes or bibingka.

Bibingkinitan rice cakes have the right balance of air and cake; they're not too dense nor too light. Also, these cakes are delicious! They're buttery, have the perfect saltiness from the cheese and salted egg, and have the right amount of that rustic, burnt flavor from the charring and banana leaves. Yummy!



A box of 6 costs Php 120. Try Bibingkinitan now!

Perfect partner: a good cup of coffee.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mylene's Ensaymada & Banana Cake



One afternoon, we were asked to try Mylene's Ensaymada and Banana Cake. And since we NEVER turn down free, delicious-looking food, try we did.



The Banana Cake was delicious; it was teeming with good, authentic banana flavor, as opposed to just having white sugary flavor. The cake was also moist and had good integrity. What was a little odd though was its appearance; it looked like chocolate cake for it was darker than the banana cake we're accustomed to. Then again, it's delicious, so the slightly odd look, we ignored.


The Ensaymada (Php 160 per box of 6) was equally delicious. Buttery, cheesy, with the right balance of sweet and salty. It's also soft and a pleasure to eat. What we liked was the cheese -- it's not quezo de bola, making the salty cheese flavor subdued. It's perfect with coffee.

If you want to try these two yummy treats, call up Mylene's. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, August 19, 2011

First Time: Razon's



At last, Razon's! I've been wanting to try their food for a long time and I finally got the chance to do so a few minutes ago.

I ordered the Halo-Halo (Php 90) and Pancit Luglug (Php 90), their specialties.


Razon's Halo-Halo is unique for it only has three main ingredients: minatamis na saging, macapuno, and leche flan. Another thing that makes it different from other halo-halos is the crushed ice used; the ice is fine and melts faster in the mouth. The halo-halo is delicious and has the right amount of sweetness (the sweetness comes mainly from the banana in syrup concoction). One can also taste the distinct flavors of the main ingredients.


As for texture, one isn't shortchanged. There's chewiness from the macapuno shreds, bite from the firm banana pieces, and velvety texture from the delicious leche flan.

Razon's Halo-Halo may only have three ingredients but it sure gives full satisfaction.



Next, the Pancit Luglug. Fat translucent noodles, red orange sauce teeming with meat flavor, and crushed chicharon. Yummy! What I love is that the chicharon flavor is all over the dish. The sauce has the right thickness and does not have the overpowering shrimp flavor. My only complaint is serving size; for Php 90, I want more luglug.

Try these Razon's treats now and you won't be disappointed.


Razon's is on the 2nd floor of SM City Masinag.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Century Tuna Paella



Canned tuna with flavored rice and veggies. But is it good?

Well, it's good enough. It has good tomato flavor, has enough herby flavor, and its fishy taste is not too strong.


Century Tuna Paella is also less oily than San Marino's. Still, the rice is a tad too mushy to be enjoyed. The peas are also mushy. Good thing the tuna pieces are firm and well-cooked. They also come in ample amount.


Century Tuna Paella is available at all leading supermarkets. Try it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

San Mig Coffee (Original)



It's San Miguel's version of instant coffee.

And how is it? Well, the taste is not punctuated, bitin. But the coffee element is more pronounced, compared to Nescafé's 3-in-1 Original. Still, San Mig Coffee Original is bitin.

Coco's Martin's yammy coffee, Nescafe Brown N Creamy, is still the best instant coffee mix out there.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Coffee Drink



It's coffee in a bottle, Frappuccino on the go.

But is it as delicious as the one you order at your favorite Starbucks branch? No. It has too much milk. The mocha flavor is too subtle to be enjoyed.

Good thing the bottle is cute, the packaging pretty.


If you want your Frappuccino fix, better go to a nearby Starbucks and skip buying the bottled version.

The Mocha Frappucino Coffee Drink is available at Rustan's Supermarket.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Serenitea



Place: We love the shades of green and the comfortable couches. But the flies, no.

Food: Generally delicious. We tried the Okinawa, Nagasaki, Assam Milk Tea, Hokkaido, Mango Serenifruit Tea, and the Chicken Chop.


The Okinawa is milk tea with black sugar flavor. It's really good. One could actually taste the Assam tea flavor; it's not lost in all the sweetness. And the drink had a nice, just-right-creamy consistency.


The Assam Milk Tea features the original milk tea taste. Assam is Indian black tea and has a deep, robust flavor. We had it with 100% sugar, to provide some balance to the full flavor of the tea. As the Sinker, we had egg pudding, to have some fun, soft, and pulpy texture, and a layer of custard flavor.

Next, the Hokkaido, or Assam Tea with a very pronounced coconut flavor. It's like drinking macaroons actually. Good thing we only had 50% sugar with it, or else the flavor of the whole thing would be too dense. As the Sinker for this drink, we went with the fun Crystals (nata).



The Nagasaki is the original milk tea with honey. Actually, its taste is the same as the Assam Milk Tea's. Our taste buds couldn't find the honey.



Next, we had the Mango Serenifruit Tea. We chose black tea for this drink (one may have green tea) to see if the robust tea flavor would go well with a sweet mango taste. And it did! The drink was delicious and refreshing. And to make it more fun to drink, we chose Crystals as Sinkers. We only had 25% sugar with it so we could taste the marriage of tea and mango better.



Chicken Chop: They're crispy, fried chicken fingers, dusted with pepper, salt, and spices. These delicious treats had enough heat to make them appetizing, and, oddly enough, hints of cinnamon. They went well with the cold milk tea drinks.

Must-tries: Okinawa, Mango Serenifruit Tea, Chicken Chops

Price: Considering food quality and taste, prices are reasonable.

Service: The crew members should loosen up a bit.


Serenitea is at the Eastwood Cybermall, Libis, Quezon City.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Twist



A fun treat from Mister Donut.

Long, swirly strips of delicious dough topped with chocolate goodness. We tried the Choco Wafer and Rocky Road variants.


The chocolate frosting for both Twists has the right mixture of sweetness and bitterness. The Choco Wafer has bits of wafer, adding a fun layer of crunch. The Rocky Road also has crunch from the chopped nuts, and a layer of chewiness from marshmallows.


The Twist also comes with Cookies and Cream frosting.

A Twist costs Php 20. Try one now.