Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cornetto Black & White

Selecta presents Cornetto's new variant: Black & White!



Milk chocolate and white chocolate ice creams in one cone with a chocolate tip, topped with semisweet chocolate shavings.  Chocolate overload, right?

But is it good?

Well, not really.  The ice creams are a tad too sugary sweet.  The white part makes us cringe.  What we like are the chocolate shavings and the chocolate tip, for we love our chocolate semisweet, not super sweet.



But maybe kids would like this.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nestlé Drumstick Duo

The famous ice cream treat goes 2-in-1!  Presenting the Drumstick Duo: two ice cream flavors in one cone!  There are two variants: Strawberry & Cream and Chocolate & Vanilla.



Strawberry & Cream has velvety strawberry and "cream" ice creams topped with chocolate shavings and mini marshmallows.  The strawberry ice cream is good, delicious; its taste is authentic and not cough-syrupish.  The cream one is bland.  The chocolate shavings provide a good bittersweet contrast, aside from adding a welcome crunchy layer to the creamy ice cream and chewy mallows.



The Chocolate & Vanilla is a letdown.  Both flavors are bland.  If not for the chocolate shavings and crushed cookie bits, the whole thing will be utterly flavorless.

Of course, because this is Nestlé Drumstick, expect a delicious, crunchy sugar cone and an equally yummy chocolate tip.


A Drumstick Duo costs Php 25. Try it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Terra Crinkles

Some Yukon Gold potato chips y'all!


Thick, ridged tater treats flavored as your good, old garlic mashed potatoes.  Are they good?  Well, they're O-K.  The garlic flavor was just too strong; it overpowered everything.  But we've tasted pieces that weren't covered too much with seasoning and we found them delicious.  Sometimes we would sense sour cream, sometimes a perfect combination of all flavors, but generally, all garlic.  Too sharp!



Try it and judge for yourself. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Vikings Experience

So Vikings, the famous buffet restaurant, opened a new branch near our area.  And, of course, we trooped in for lunch (Php 688).


Place: beautifully furnished and stylish.  The light fixtures, chairs, and tables are chic.  The food stations are organized.  Also, the washrooms are squeaky clean.


Food: Generally delicious. There are hits and misses of course.  There are some dishes that are ordinary taste wise.

Vikings features Japanese, Chinese, European, Middle Eastern, and Filipino cuisines.  We find the appetizers the best group; we particularly love the crostini and cold cuts.  We also like the dim sum and Chinese savory dishes.  The sushi section is also impressive.  



The Japanese, Korean, and Filipino dishes are OK; they're delicious but not unforgettable.  The same thing can be said about the dessert (their cakes are from Red Ribbon).  The panna cotta are a tad too sweet, but the crêpe is yummy.




We think the noodle soup needs improvement: the noodles itself are salty and the broth, flavorless.  The skewered balls and isaw also need to be seasoned some more.


Here are some of the dishes to be enjoyed:

Appetizers:

Oysters Rockefeller
Chicken Galantine
Asparagus with Bacon
cold cuts
crostini
caviar

Salad:

Waldorf
Macaroni



Japanese:

Sushi and Sashimi
Ebi Tempura
Gyoza
Yakiudon
Miso soup
Japanese fried rice
Teppanyaki



Chinese:

Dim sum
Nido soup
Noodle soup
Sweet & Sour Fish
Sautéed Chicken and Mushroom
Yang Chow fried rice


Italian:

Calzone
Pizza

Filipino:

Seafood sa Gata
Crispy Pata
Lengua Estofado



Other cuisines:

Potato Chips
Calamari
Chicken Lollipop
Kebab
Roast Corned Beef with Gravy or Truffle sauce





Dessert:

Panna Cotta
Chocolate Mousse
Coffee Jello
Walnut Bar
Lemon Bar
Pichi-Pichi
Sapin-Sapin




Drinks:

Oolong tea
Espresso
fruit shakes
soda
beer

Must-eats: Appetizers, sushi, dim sum


Price: Php 688 for lunch, PHp 900+ for dinner.

Service: The waiters were courteous, even kind enough to give us a tour before opening.  The only problem was that the staff (cooks and waiters) weren't knowledgeable about their products.  For example, there was a chef who didn't know what kind of caviar was being served.


Vikings is on the 2nd floor of SM City Marikina.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nathaniels Puto Pao

It's a 2-in-1 snack: it's puto and siopao.  



The rice cake (puto) itself is soft, tasty, and not too sweet.  The salted egg topping is buttery and provides a good, salty contrast to the puto.  

The siopao asado filling is meaty and flavorful.  We just wish though that the snack had a tad more of it. 



Perfect partner: pansit!

Try it!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A word on Cha Dao

We finally had the chance to try some Cha Dao milk tea.  We asked the cashier what she would recommend for first timers and she said Assam.  So Assam, we chose.

The Assam milk tea (Php 65) is black tea mixed with milk and black sugar.  It had a delicious marriage of earthy and dairy flavors.  The sweetness was just right, so was the creaminess of the drink.  We added some nata bits (additional Php 10) so we could have something yummy to nibble at.



We enjoyed our first taste of Cha Dao and we will definitely come back to have some more.

Cha Dao is on the lower ground floor of SM City Marikina. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chocolate and Starbucks Via® Crumb Cake

It's the newest cake from the famous coffee shop.

Layers of chocolate and coffee sponge cakes, coffee buttercream, and cashew meringue, covered with more coffee buttercream and shreds of chocolate.



It tasted OK but forgettable.  It would've been better had the coffee flavor been stronger; this cake needs more umpf, taste wise.  And we barely sensed the meringue.  Plus points though for not being too sweet.

A slice costs Php 140 (Too steep for a boring cake.) 


Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mac and Cheese Bites



KFC has a new delicious snack!

The Mac and Cheese Bites!  Well-seasoned, perfectly fried blocks with YUMMY mac and cheese filling!  They're not salty and [literally] oozing with cheesy goodness.

A solo order costs Php 49.



Try them now! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Zesto Slice

Zesto presents its new array of refreshing cough syrups, we mean, fruit juice drinks: Slice.



Slice has 4 flavors: Grapple (grape and apple), Mango Burst (mango and strawberry), Orange, and Dalandan.  All of these are too sweet and too artificial to be labeled "fruit juice."  The only one with a passably natural flavor is Dalandan.  The worst is Mango Burst; it reminded us of our favorite cough syrup when we were kids.

Tip: Drink Splash with ice.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Choi Palace

One time, we were in a mall and we were craving for dim sum (And we didn't want to eat fast food. Again.)  So we decided to go to Choi Palace and tried some of their fare.



Place: Classy with a touch of tacky.  They had good dinner ware; good, well, china.

We ordered the Shark's Fin Siomai, Hakaw, Sioa Long Pao, Chicken Feet with Taosi, Fried Spring Roll, Dried Scallop and Sea Cucumber Soup, Kingdao Spareribs, and Yang Chow Fried Rice.





The Shark's Fin Siomai (Php 100) wasn't shark's fin but pork and shrimp siomai (So what's with the false name, right?).  It was meaty, packed, and very tasty.  So was the Hakaw (Php 110); the shrimp filling was fresh and delicious.  The Sioa Long Pao (Php 120) features dumplings that have soup inside.  They were NOT good at all; they tasted like they came from the toilet bowl and not the steamer.



The Chicken Feet with Taosi (Php 95) was delicious; we expected the taosi sauce to be salty but it wasn't.  It had a good marriage of salty and sweet.  And the chicken feet were well seasoned.  The Fried Spring Roll (Php 90) was the best among the dim sum dishes.  The rolls had a meaty filling whose taste was punctuated, satisfying.  They came with an equally tasty, almost sweet and sour dip.



The Dried Scallop and Sea Cucumber Soup (Php 350) was O-K.  The broth itself was bland; the flavor only came from the meat components.  Good thing they were not tough to munch on.



The Kingdao Spareribs (Php 320) had small pieces of pork spareribs smothered with a sweet-salty sauce.  This one's delicious too.  It didn't come short, taste wise.  We just wish though that all pork pieces were meaty; some were all bone and ligaments. 



The Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php 320) was OK, just a tad too oily.  But it was delicious enough.

The thing with Choi Palace is that its food is too pricey, considering taste and serving.  For their prices, we expected food with unforgettable flavors (like Good Earth's).  We could easily think of other places that serve the same food with lower prices (King Bee, North Park).



Must eats: Fried Spring Roll

Price: Food is too expensive.

Service: Our waiter wore a basketball jersey when he took our order.  He was a little dismissive too.  Waiting time was well within 15 minutes.





Choi Palace is on the third floor of the Eastwood Mall.