Monday, February 27, 2012

Starbucks Vanilla Latte

It's one of Starbucks's latest treats. And since we love vanilla, we decided to have a cup.

Deep, full coffee flavor paired with that subtle yet distinct vanilla flavor: YUMMY! It felt like having REALLY good ice cream, drinking good ice cream (HAHA!). The sweetness was just right and the flavors complemented each other perfectly.

And of course, we enjoyed playing with the foam. =)

Try the Vanilla Latte now!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cabbage Lumpia in Coconut Breading

It's one of four dishes from the hit show "Junior Master Chef: Pinoy Edition" that are now served at Pancake House.

Cabbage spring rolls with a perfectly seasoned, sautéed-spinach filling (lots of onions and garlic), resting on a bed of fresh, crisp vegetables (greens, red bell pepper, and carrots). The rolls come with a very tasty aioli dip.

What we enjoyed was the coconut breading! Instead of bread crumbs, dessicated coconut was used. The unique coating added a welcome layer of sweet, roasted, nutty flavor. Yummy!

An order of the Cabbage Lumpia in Coconut Breading costs Php 175. Try it! It's perfect for veggie lovers and for those who prefer something light yet satisfying for lunch.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Mars milk chocolate with a wafer shell and caramel filling.

The wafer is good, fun to munch on. We find the milk chocolate and caramel combination a tad too much, too sweet.

Honestly, we're not fans of caramel, so we didn't really enjoy Pods. But you might. So try it.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Butter Mamon

It's by Red Ribbon.

Moist chiffon slices that have the just the right amount of sweetness. The thing is though, the butter flavor is not that pronounced. What we sensed was more custard than butter. We wished for just a little more saltiness, to have the complete butter taste.

And to think this Butter Mamon has already been improved...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mary Grace's Velvet Cake

The cake is moist and delicious. But the cream cheese icing? Too thick, too sweet. Nakakaumay.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tea-rrefic's Wintermelon Milk Tea

It's delicious, refreshing, fun, and it has the right amount of sweetness. The thing is, it doesn't taste like milk tea. It's like a cross between taho and sago't gulaman. Weird, we know. But that's what we sensed.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

First time: Lutong Hinirang & Hyphy's

One day, we tried a restaurant at Robinsons Galleria. It's Lutong Hinirang, a place that serves Filipino food with a twist. We're surprised to find out though that another restaurant is adjoined to it, and this other restaurant is Hyphy's, which serves American food.

We ordered two dishes from each restaurant: from Lutong Hinirang, the Sisig Pasta and the Banana Duo, and from Hyphy's, the Cobb Salad and the Sloppy Joe's.

The Sisig Pasta was DELICIOUS! Angel hair pasta, smothered with a savory, oil-based sauce teeming with well-seasoned pork bits. The noodles were well-cooked, the sauce had a good marriage of flavors (nothing pungent), and the whole dish, hearty. It's a MUST-EAT!

The Banana Duo: three small pieces of turon (banana slices rolled in spring roll wrapper) served with saba slices submerged in light syrup, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The turon slices were a tad too sweet, and overpowering because of the presence of cinnamon. And they were too sticky, difficult to eat. What we enjoyed eating were the saba slices in light syrup, combined with the vanilla ice cream. The banana pieces weren't too firm nor too mushy, and the ice cream wasn't too sweet.

The Cobb Salad had fresh, crisp vegetables, well-seasoned chicken slices, and a tangy dressing. It's a good choice for a light yet satisfying lunch.

The Sloppy Joe's had a ground-beef-tomato-sauce concoction served between toasted hamburger buns, with cheese and crisp greens and tomatoes. The sandwich was served with french fries. The ground beef filling was sweet, its taste akin to a spaghetti meat sauce for kids. Good thing that cheese was salty enough to provide balance. We liked the bread and fries more though.

We hope for another chance to visit Lutong Hinirang cum Hyphy's to try other interesting dishes and treats.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


By Gigi Gaerlan.

Macaroons on top, custard at the bottom. Both layers delicious, both layers delightful to eat.

The custard part of each Custaroon wasn't too sweet and its taste wasn't overbearing to the palate. And the macaroon part? We loved it! We couldn't get enough of the roasted coconut flavor. Twas so appetizing!

We were also amazed by the look of each Custaroon, particularly the uniformity in color of both layers. We couldn't see a custard and a macaroon, but ONE delicious treat.

And the packaging? Cute and classy!

Gigi Gaerlan's Custaroons should be enjoyed by all!