Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Laughing Cow cheese

Nice name for a cheese brand, right? The Laughing Cow. But, is it fun to eat?

Well, no. We didn't like it. We found it too milky and sugary. It lacked the saltiness we always look for in a good grocery-store-bought cheese. Then again, we are not part of the brand's target market; we think it's peddled for kids. Well, with the white sugary sweetness, kids might like it.

We loved the texture though; the cheese was buttery smooth, easy to spread on hot bread.

The Laughing Cow cheese is available at leading supermarkets.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Carb Trim

It's a drink that supposedly blocks up to 66% of the carbs that we eat. It's iced tea that comes in two flavors, lemon and apple. Its main ingredient is white bean extract, a preparation that, according to studies, prevents the enzyme Amylase from breaking down carbohydrates into absorbable glucose components.

We tried Carb Trim and drank a glass everyday for 10 days, before a carb-filled meal. We were expecting something to happen to our poop (where else will the unbroken carbs go?). Surprisingly, we saw no change. We just became gassy and peed a lot.

Did we lose weight after drinking Carb Trim? No. Not a single pound. So we wondered: does Carb Trim really work? Is the ten-day period too short? Or maybe we're eating just the right amount of carbs, that there's nothing to block? We must admit, we became suspicious.

Nevertheless, we enjoyed drinking Carb Trim. Both flavors were delicious. The fruity flavors were pronounced. The sweetness was also just right.

Carb Trim is available at leading supermarkets and drugstores.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chef Tony's Pop Corn: Southern French Herbs with Cream Cheese

Some fancy tasting popcorn y'all!

But what are the French herbs really? Well, they are basil, thyme, lavender, fennel, and savory. But we doubt if they're all present in this snack. Sure, the morsels have green specks and they have a generally lemony taste, but we don't think all the herbs are there. No doubt though that this variant gives a burst of flavor.

The cheese component adds the right amount of salt and smooth texture. But cream cheese? No, we don't think so.

Chef Tony's Pop Corn: Southern French Herbs with Cream Cheese is available at SM Department Store.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Place: The area is clean and beautifully furnished. The fishing-related decor adds charm and fun to the place, especially the fishing net ceiling. The dining tables are not that spacious and sturdy though, so are the chairs.

Food: Generally delicious. We ordered the Giligan's Grilled Platter Special, Giligan's Combo Platter, Boneless Crispy Pata, Chopsuey, Kare-Kareng Gulay, Mango Float, Leche Flan, and Buko Pandan Salad.

Giligan's Grilled Platter Special (Php 575) had different kinds of meat, all grilled with the same tasty, slightly sweet marinade. The platter has tuna belly, squid, pork belly (liempo), chicken barbecue, and some relish. The grilled pork belly was delicious, juicy, and tender. The tuna belly wasn't fresh so its flavor wasn't clean. Same was true for the squid, although the pieces weren't tough. The chicken was juicy and perfectly grilled. Its flavor however wasn't punctuated (we thought it was inasal).

Giligan's Combo Platter (Php 495) had different fried goodies: lumpiang shanghai, calamares, and fried chicken. Plus, this platter also had grilled pork belly. Now this one we liked. The fried food was cooked perfectly; each piece was golden and crispy. Each was also well seasoned. The lumpiang shanghai's our favorite!

The Boneless Crispy Pata (Php 210) was disappointing. Sure, the pieces were crispy and juicy, but they were bland.

The Chopsuey (Php 105) was OK. The vegetables were fresh and well sautéed, and the sauce was flavorful and sweet (maybe they put coconut water).

The Kare-Kareng Gulay (Php 132) was a winner! The sauce had the right creamy consistency and the right amount of peanut flavor. We couldn't stop pouring it over rice! The vegetables (eggplant, pechay, and puso ng saging) were fresh and not overcooked.

Then came dessert. The Mango Float (Php 55) was delicious. The mango cubes were fresh, the cream wasn't too sweet, and the crust wasn't bland. The dessert was served too hard though. The Leche Flan (Php 35) was equally delicious. The caramel had the right sweetness and the flan itself was smooth. Finally, the Buko Pandan Salad (Php 55) was O-K. The coconut meat was fresh, the jelly cubes were fun to eat, and the sauce had the right consistency. Problem was, the dessert was a tad too sweet because of the nata de coco pieces mixed into the thing.

Must-eats: Kare-Kareng Gulay, Giligan's Combo Platter

Price: Considering serving size and food quality, prices are reasonable. There's no service charge, by the way.

Service: OK. The waiters were attentive. Wished they were neater though, and friendlier.

Giligan's is on the 1st floor of SM Masinag.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

First Time: Tea-rrific!

From the company that gave us the fruit shake stand Fruitas comes Tea-rriffic!, the newest place to get milk tea.

We asked the attendant what milk they use for their drinks. He said that they don't use milk but a non-dairy creamer (love that!). We ordered a small cup (Php 39) of their bestseller, Oolong (black tea). So it's black tea, creamer, tapioca balls, and ice.

How was it? It was good enough, delicious enough, considering the price. A little more tea flavor would've made the drink perfect but we were satisfied anyway. We liked the good consistency of the drink, and we loved those tapioca balls. The balls were well cooked, of good quality, and fun to chew!

Our first Tea-rrific experience made us want to go back and try more drinks. We're setting our eyes, and mouths, on the fruity teas...

Tea-rrific! is on the 2nd floor of SM City Masinag.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cornetto Disc

It's the new Cornetto variant of Selecta. There are two flavors, Chocolate and Vanilla. We chose the latter.

The Cornetto Disc is ice cream topped with an amply thick semi-sweet chocolate disc, and chopped nuts. This same ice cream hides a bittersweet chocolate sauce surprise. All this goodness is then placed in a crisp cone with a delicious milk chocolate tip.

The vanilla ice cream was creamy and not too sweet. The chocolate sauce provided good contrast to the for-kids sweetness and taste of all the other chocolate components. YUMMY!

The Cornetto Disc costs Php 25. Try it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Century Corned Tuna Inasal

It's the latest offering of Century Tuna.

It's corned tuna flavored with that distinct inasal marinade (vinegar with spices, unpunctuated, vinegar-dominated taste). One would think that the saltiness of the corned tuna would complement the bitin inasal taste. But no! This product is all about the fishy, sour flavor! We didn't taste inasal; it's more like kilawing tuna.

If we wanted sour fish, we would order paksiw.

Skip this one folks!

P.S. We heard that the Century Corned Tuna Inasal is endorsed by KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual. Hmmm, no wonder it tastes bad. As fishy and sour as their sham romance.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Place: Clean and beautifully furnished. We liked the good lighting and cool colors of the restaurant. Chairs were comfortable and the tables were spacious.

Food: Delicious! We ordered some of their specialities and bestsellers. We had the Chicken and Corn Soup, the Minced Curry Chicken Cake, the Stir-Fried Ho Fan with Assorted Meat, and the Baby Back Ribs BBQ with Rice, plus the Lemongrass Tea to drink.

The Chicken and Corn Soup (Php 175) was good, hearty. It had the right thickness and the good balance of flavors, of sweet and salty. We loved the fact that the soup was teeming with fresh and crisp corn kernels and well-seasoned chicken bits.

The Minced Curry Chicken Cake (Php 195) was a good appetizer. Each cake was perfectly fried, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. And each one was perfectly seasoned. The curry flavor wasn't too strong and was complemented by cilantro. The dish came with a sweet chili dip that went well with the cakes.

The Stir-Fried Ho Fan with Assorted Meat (Php 305) was O-K. The wide rice noodles were sautéed with bean sprouts, carrots, pork slices, shrimps, chorizo, and a savory sauce, then topped with scrambled egg. The sauce's flavor was a little too subtle, and the bean sprout taste overpowered the dish. We loved the noodles though for they were of good quality.

The Baby Back Ribs BBQ with Rice (Php 295) is a must-eat! A big serving of well-marinated, perfectly grilled baby back ribs, nestling on fluffy rice, served with very tasty barbecue sauce and buttered vegetables (corn, carrots, and cucumber). The meat was really tender and delicious! The sauce was the one that made the whole dish exciting to eat. It's savory, just a tad sweet, and not spicy. Really, this dish was perfection on a plate!

The Lemongrass Tea (Php 105) is the restaurant's own concoction. For the drink, they mixed lemongrass and pandan. It's served hot or cold. We had it cold, and it was served to us in a tall glass, with slices of fruits (pineapple, dragon fruit, calamansi, lime). We liked it. It was refreshing, flavors were subtle, and it wasn't too sweet.

Must-eats: Chicken and Corn Soup, Baby Back Ribs BBQ with Rice

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

Service: OK. The servers were cordial and knowledgable about the dishes. Waiting time was acceptable.

Lemongrass is on the 1st floor of the Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Kettle Korn

After a few years of not eating this popcorn, we finally had the opportunity to buy some Kettle Korn. We chose the Cheese variant (there's Sweet Corn, Sweet and Salty, and Barbecue).

We were a little disappointed: sure the kernels were cooked well, popped perfectly. The popcorn however was a tad too sweet; the caramel flavor overpowered the cheese one. A little more saltiness could've provided the needed balance. Sayang.

A regular pack of Kettle Korn costs Php 50.

Monday, December 5, 2011

More chocolate Dunkin' Donuts!

First, the Choco Nutty Choco. It's the classic Nutty Chocolate (chocolate frosting and chopped peanut toppings) but with a honey-dipped chocolate doughnut. It's DELICIOUS! And it ain't too sweet.

The other, the Choco Wacko, from the Premium Donuts collection. Chocolate doughnut, sitting on a mildly sweet chocolate base, topped with tons of chocolate shavings, and white frosting stripes. Chocolate overload! It's a must-eat! And just like the Choco Nutty Choco, the sweetness is just right.

Troop to Dunkin Donuts and try these chocolatey treats now!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Highlands Corned Beef

It's by CDO.

A TV ad says that Highlands Corned Beef is the premium breed of corned beef, that it is a breed apart, different and better than all the others available in the market. Its selling point? It's made from Angus beef, making Highlands meatier, juicier.

To be fair, Highlands Corned Beef really is meatier and juicier than the other corned beefs we've tried. Unfortunately, in the taste department, it falls short of being the best one. Its flavor is not punctuated, leaving one unsatisfied. And it has a hint of sweetness that we find weird to taste in corned beef.

If we have to be blunt about it, Purefoods Corned Beef is the best corned beef in the market.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Zinger Double Down

It's by KFC.

Bacon strips, cheese, and mayo, all nestling between two perfectly fried chicken fillets. The bacon strips are half cooked, producing more smoky sweet flavor. The cheese isn't sharp, and the mayonnaise is delicious! And of course, the Zinger chicken fillets are crispy and have more than enough heat to whet the appetite. Whew!

Go to KFC and try the hot Zinger Double Down. It's SOOO good!