Friday, September 30, 2011

Nestlé's Fruit Selection Yogurt + Jelly

Yes, you read it right, yogurt and jelly.

It's an innovation from the maker of "good food." It's a big jelly submerged in yogurt. We can't say it's something we hear everyday...

Was it good?

Yes! It had a nice, refreshing, not-so-artificial strawberry flavor. It had a good balance of sweet and tart. And it was fun to cut up the big jelly into smaller pieces and to eat such pieces with the yogurt.

Fun and delicious. What more can you ask for from a dessert snack?

The Fruit Selection Yogurt + Jelly is available in leading supermarkets.

Monday, September 26, 2011


They're by Lucky 21 Food Products. They're cute, miniature versions of the empanada (stuffed baked/fried pastry), a famous snack item.

These Empanaditas (Php 10/piece) are delicious! The crust, which we LOVE, is perfectly cooked, has a good balance of chewiness, flakiness, and crunch. It's also bland enough to be a good shell for the pork filling.

The pork filling has ground meat, potatoes, and minced vegetables for main ingredients. It's well-seasoned and has a hint of sweetness to appeal to the Filipino palate.

All in all, these Empanaditas are great for nibbling and snacking. With a glass of cold soda, of course.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lucky Me Pancit Pares: Beef Asado

It's Lucky Me's latest addition to its line of instant noodle dishes.

It's instant pancit made even easier to prepare. How so? There are no more separate flavor packs, i.e. the oil pack, the soy sauce pack, and the powder pack. The new Pancit Pares comes with a Sarsa Pak, or a sauce pouch, the contents of which you just pour over the noodles. Thus, no more messy mixing!

The Beef Asado tasted OK. It's beefy and savory. We just found it odd though that the sauce mix had hints of ginger flavor (do we put ginger in asado?). Nevertheless, the taste was satisfying punctuated. And because it's Lucky Me, the noodles are of high quality.

The Lucky Me Pancit Pares: Beef Asado is now available in leading supermarkets.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dunkin Premium Donuts

We're so happy to know that our favorite doughnut store has taken their goodies to the next level. Presenting, the Premium Donuts.

We tried three flavors: Quezo Duo, Blueberry Cheese, and Black Forest.

The Quezo Duo: freshly baked doughnut with butter cream frosting, topped with delicious salty cheese (parmesan or cheddar?). The frosting and cheese complemented each other well. And the doughnut itself, delicious! Classic Dunkin!

The Blueberry Cheese is a glazed doughnut breaded with crushed Graham, then topped with cream cheese frosting and blueberry preserve. DELICIOUS! The sweetness was just right and the blueberry preserve is not too tart. It's perfect with coffee.

Lastly, the Black Forest. Our favorite! The classic Dunkin chocolate doughnut topped with cream and bittersweet chocolate shavings. Heaven!

There are many other flavors to try and enjoy. And we can't wait to do so.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monterey Sisig

Monterey offers a ready-to-cook version of one of the best dishes to be partnered with beer. No need to slave for hours boiling pig cheeks, chopping those cheeks, along pork liver, and other ingredients, then sauteing them all to the point of crispy. But the question: is Monterey Sisig as delicious as a home made one?

No. There's too much pig liver flavor in it! The liver taste is overpowering! Plus, when cooked [according to package directions], the sisig gives out a lot of liquid, making the whole dish almost mushy and a tad too wet.

The only thing we liked about this Monterey product was the heat; it's hot enough to whet one's appetite, but not too much to burn the tongue. But all in all, if you want delicious sisig, make one yourself. Or better, go to a restaurant that cooks it well (we suggest Sisig Domeng of Ken Afford).

The Monterey Sisig is available at leading supermarkets.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Stuffed Nuggets: Chicken and Cheese

They're by Purefoods.

We found the Stuffed Nuggets odd, for they taste OK, sure, but the they didn't taste like chicken. We actually felt like we were eating nuggets of amply seasoned extenders (tofu, bread, etc.). No chicken flavor! Plus, there was too little cheese. We expected cheese to ooze when we cut the nuggets, but it came in trickles.

Based on what we experienced, we say these Stuffed Nuggets should change its variant name to "Kinda Chicken and [little] Cheese."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

KFC Streetwise Spoonfuls

Four desserts in little cups, each costing Php 29.

First off, the Chocolate Mousse. The pasty chocolate cake bottom has a slightly deep chocolate flavor, providing a good contrast to the subtle chocolate mousse middle layer. The creamy top adds the needed bland component to bring home the flavors of the dessert.

Next comes Chocolate Tiramisu. It's like the Chocolate Mousse with coffee. Too bad, the coffee flavor is not that delicious. But the consistency of the different layers are good, smooth.

Next, the Mango Cheesecake. The Graham crust bottom is delicious and provides the rough texture that complements the smooth cheesecake layer. Unfortunately, the mango topping is not good; its taste is artificial.

Last, the Choco Banana Pie. It's the best among the bunch. Every component is good, from the Graham crust, to the bittersweet chocolate, to the banana concoction. Delicious!

For those who want to indulge without spending a lot, try these Spoonfuls from KFC.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Caramel Cheesecake Ice Cream

It's from the Selecta Gold Series. It's vanilla ice cream with cheesecake cubes and caramel swirls.

The vanilla ice cream base is delicious, flavorful. Its texture is divine, velvety, smooth. It's the perfect canvass for the fun, truly cheesy, cheesecake (or just cheese?) cubes, and the yummy caramel sauce. We like the fact that the caramel swirl doesn't hurt the throat, as is the case with badly-made, too-sweet caramel.

This latest flavor from Selecta was concocted by Annie Tanco of Bizu Patisserie, for your information.

The Caramel Cheesecake ice cream is available at leading supermarkets. Try it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jollibee Hash Brown Burger

It's basically Regular Yum w/ Cheese with baked hash browns for buns. No need to order fries and a burger separately. Sounds exciting, not to mention delicious. But was it...

It's OK, it didn't taste bad, but it didn't taste great either. We would've preferred a juicier, more flavorful beef patty (the Champ patty, perhaps?). But we liked the hash browns; they were crunchy but not greasy. Oddly enough, the thing we loved about the Hash Brown Burger was the ketchup. Its sourness was just right; it fit the patty and it fit the hash browns. Heck, its taste even fit the store-bought cheese of the burger. The ketchup was that good!

All in all, we weren't very happy with the latest Jollibee offering. We have a feeling however that this Hash Brown Burger is going to be a hit with the kids.

An order costs Php 64. With a drink, it's Php 80.

Lady's Choice Crispy Peanut Butter

Crispy?! Yup, you read it right. Crispy peanut butter.

It's peanut butter with crisped rice. Imagine this: Lady's Choice's delicious, velvety, peanut spread, made more interesting and fun with bits of crunchy rice. Yummy!

Try Lady's Choice's Crispy Peanut Butter now!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Century Bangus Sisig

It's basically minced milkfish with pork liver and chili.

It was O-K, taste wise. The liver flavor was too strong that it overpowered everything; we could barely taste the fish and the other spices and ingredients. The heat of the sisig though was just right, enough to whet the appetite.

Also, the bangus sisig was a tad too wet, making everything almost pasty. Whatever variation in texture was lost in all that liquid.

Then again, we can't deny that this product is a healthier alternative to the common pulutan out there.

The Century Bangus Sisig is available in leading supermarkets.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Caramel Biscotti

It's by Max's.

The Caramel Biscotti is the hard version of the Caramel Bar you get when you order a Max's set meal.

The biscotti is actually delicious. The caramel flavor is really pronounced, yet its sweetness is just right. The only problem, the hardness of the biscotti is not uniform. Some were harder to bite into.

Perfect partner: Coffee.

The Caramel Biscotti is available at Max's Corner Bakery.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pepper Lunch

Place: Clean and pretty. We loved the cool orange colors and the modern, sturdy tables and chairs.

Food: Delicious! We ordered the two bestselling dishes, Chicken Pepper Rice (Php 215) and Beef Pepper Rice (Php 215), and we ordered Salmon Pepper Rice (Php 275).

The Pepper Rice dishes were delicious. The sauce had a good balance of sweet and salty; it was very flavorful but not overpowering. We're guessing it's a combination of good soy sauce and brown sugar. It went well with the cracked pepper. The meat slices were fresh and, when cooked, very tender and juicy. The chicken pieces for the Chicken Pepper Rice came pre-cooked (to avoid Salmonella contamination). The salmon slices were fresh and had no fishy taste.

The rice used for the dishes was of good quality. And of course, we loved the crisp corn kernels!

Service: The staff members were neat looking, nice, and knowledgeable about their products. They were also attentive. Two thumbs up for them!

By the way, Pepper Lunch does not charge for service. Kudos to them for being fair!

Pepper Lunch is located on the ground floor of the Shangri-La Plaza.