Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Starbucks Refreshers

New beverages to enjoy y'all!

Starbucks offers two new drinks, all made with Green Coffee Extract, obtained from coffee beans that aren't roasted. There are two flavors: Very Berry Hibiscus and Cool Lime.

Very Berry Hibiscus: Green Coffee Extract, hibiscus tea, and blackberries. It's delicious! It has a good combination of earthy and fruity flavors. It's not too robust but still satisfying. We loved munching on the blackberries! And the color of the drink! Yummy!

Cool Lime: Green Coffee Extract and lime. Again, good mixture of flavors. But this drink is more subtle, taste wise. The green coffee flavor is more pronounced here. And the lime just adds a burst of freshness!

By the way, these two drinks are served with LOTS of ice, making them truly refreshing.

Perfect partner: french fries. =)

Troop to Starbucks and try them now!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bissin Blueberry Wafers

Some delicious wafers from Thailand y'all!

Bissin Blueberry Wafers are light and tasty. The wafers themselves are airy and crispy. The blueberry filling is fruity and not sugary sweet. The flavor is authentic enough and the hint of tartness is welcome. It's just a little messy to eat though.

Perfect partner: good coffee.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wild Willy's Chicharrones

Some pork rind y'all!

Leslie's presents Wild Willy, Real American Chicharonnes (now say that with an exaggerated Spanish accent). Crispy, salted pork cracklings now found at the chips section of the grocery.

So are these treats delicious? Well, not really. The taste is not uniform; some taste OK, some taste like cardboard. We like the fact however that they are not too oily, are fried well, and are really crunchy.

All in all, Wild Willy's Chicharonnes is O-K, good enough.

Suggestion: grind them up and mix them with palabok.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow meets Datu Puti!

"Paltrow related that to give the vegetables that accompanied the grouper "an Asian flavor," they used a variety of condiments. Among them was Datu Puti Toyomansi."

Read the story HERE!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cream-O ChocoBalls

Want a quick, inexpensive chocolate fix? Then try Cream-o ChocoBalls.

Cute, small Cream-O cookie balls, covered in smooth milk chocolate.

They taste OK. They're not too sweet. We would've preferred a hint of bitterness though (maybe bitter cookies or a bittersweet chocolate center?) just to balance things out a bit. But they're not bad. Plus, we figure that kids will like it, what with the milk chocolate taste and the crunch to nibble at. In short, fun to eat.

Go to the cookie/biscuit section of your favorite supermarket and try this Cream-O treat.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Häagen-Dazs Philippines slashes ice cream prices!

"Many Filipinos now have a chance to sample the brand’s high-end ice cream products as prices have been slashed by as much as 50%, Haagen-Dazs Philippines announced on its Facebook page."

For more details, click HERE.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Big N' Tasty

McDonald's newest burger.

A quarter-pound beef patty, smothered with a special smokey sauce, nestling between soft buns along with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions, and cheese.

What we liked: the patty was juicy, packed, and well-seasoned. The bread was delicious. The vegetables, crisp and fresh.

What we didn't really like: the smokey sauce wasn't that smokey. A little peppery, but not smokey. Its taste wasn't punctuated. Good thing the meat was juicy and sweet, the cheese was salty enough, and the fresh onions added some pungency. At least the burger still had a good mixture of tastes.

An order of the Big N' Tasty costs Php 120. Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Army Navy

Place: Clean, well-lighted, has modern, simple furnishings, colors and design are cool. The kitchen is organized and spotless.

Finally, we got the chance to try food from Army Navy. We asked the waiters what their bestsellers are. They told us to try their burgers and burritos. And try we did. We ordered the Double Burger, the Steak Burrito with extra cheese, some Chicken Quesadillas, Freedom Fries, and the Libertea iced tea.

First, the Double Burger: two quarter pound patties, nestling between fresh buns along with veggies and condiments. This one's O-K. It's delicious sure, but there's nothing special about it. Its taste can be copied by a hundred other burgers out there. We liked the moistness of the patties though, and the fact that they were well seasoned.

Next, the Steak Burrito with extra cheese. Now this one's delicious. Juicy meat, fresh vegetables, puffy rice, soft tortilla wrap, tasty sauce, and cheese, cheese, cheese!. YUMMY! Flavors were balanced, no one taste was overpowering the others. And one order was very satisfying, both to the palate and the tummy.

The Chicken Quesadillas were O-K. The meat was just a little bland. We loved the quality of the tortilla though, and the freshness of the ingredients.

Next, the Freedom Fries. Now these ones, we loved. Not too salty, and with some kick! We couldn't get enough of them! Our only complaint was that the fries were cut too thin. Kakabitin! Haha!

The Libertea iced tea was delicious. It's freshly brewed tea, not the powder, sugary sweet kind. It had depth flavor wise; it was a little robust and earthy.

Must-eats: Steak Burrito with extra cheese, Freedom Fries, Libertea

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

Service: OK. The waiters were knowledgable about the products. The resto adopts a self-service style however; you're given a number, you wait for your number to be called, then you get your food from the counter.

Go to an Army Navy branch and try these treats!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mang Binatog

Another street food finds its way inside the mall. Presenting: Mang Binatog!

Binatog is boiled white corn kernels topped with desiccated coconut and salt. It is sold in dirty pails, peddled by men in bicycles.

Mang Binatog's corn concoction is sold in cleaner containers and comes in two variants: salty (coconut and salt) and sweet (condensed milk and sugar). Of course, we went for the classic, the salty kind.

The binatog was delicious. The coconut was fresh and crisp. We just had a little problem with the corn itself; they tasted OK but some kernels were too soft, mushy. We prefer kernels with a bite to them, kinda like pasta cooked al dente. But hey, it's still binatog, it's still our favorite street food, so we still enjoyed eating it.

There are 3 sizes to choose from: small (Php 15), medium (Php 20), and large (25).

Mang Binatog is on the 1st floor of SM City Marikina.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


As in, Oh My Juice! Dashing Dalandan flavor.

Well, the drink is refreshing and delicious. But the dalandan flavor is a tad too subtle. And if you look at the ingredients, the main ones are cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup. So diabetics, beware!

OMJ! is available at your fave canteens and karinderya. Hehe.

Friday, July 6, 2012

KFC Cheese Top Burger

Crispy chicken patty, slathered with garlic parmesan sauce, nestling in two fresh buns, topped with a slice of cheese.

It's delicious.

We thought it would be salty but it's not. The cheese wasn't too sharp. The patty, well seasoned. But the one we really liked was the garlic parmesan sauce; it was really tasty. It had the right balance of saltiness and pungency. It complemented both the cheese and the chicken, bringing home the flavor of the whole sandwich.

Perfect partners: cold soda and french fries.

A solo order costs Php 48.

Go to your fave KFC branch and try the Cheese Top Burger!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Butter Puto

By Goldilocks.

Soft, delicious steamed rice cakes oozing with butter flavor. Their sweetness is just right. We would have preferred though that they came with cheese, to have a good contrast of salty and sweet.

Perfect partner: Red Ribbon's Palabok. Seryoso. =) Or slather them with more butter!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tipco Beetroot Juice

Yummy veggie juice y'all!

Before you say "yuck," allow us to say that Tipco's Beetroot drink doesn't taste like the hard vegetable, for its main ingredients are carrot and orange juices. It's sweet and really refreshing. And it has no artificial aftertaste that irritates the throat. All natural, all good!

Perfect partner: Chips. Haha!