Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chumbos

Jack N Jill offers some cheese-covered corn balls y'all!  Chumbos!


We actually liked this snack because one could sense authentic flavors, as opposed to just salt.  There was a good mixture of tastes; the sweetness of the corn flavor blended well with the dairy and salty aspects of the cheddar (we couldn't sense the blue cheese part).


All in all, Chumbos is yummy!

Perfect partner: ice-cold soda.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, February 25, 2013

New Magnum

Selecta's much-hyped, overpriced ice cream bar has two new flavors.  Presenting, the Magnum Chocolate & Strawberry and the Magnum Chocolate Brownie.


Magnum Chocolate & Strawberry: vanilla ice cream with strawberry ripple and a Belgian-chocolate coating.  This one is delicious.  The ice cream is smooth and velvety, its flavors, well balanced.  The strawberry tastes authentic, not cough-syrupy.  And we usually complain about the Belgian chocolate shell being saccharine but for this variant, its flavor works well with the strawberry.  Maybe the fruity tartness tempers the sweetness.


Magnum Chocolate Brownie: brownie ice cream covered with Belgian chocolate and chopped cashew.  The ice cream is good.  Its flavors are mellow, subtle.  Too bad these tastes are being overpowered by the milk chocolate coating (this time the Belgian chocolate flavor doesn't work well with the ice cream).  And since Magnum is already being marketed as something luxurious, why use cashew?  Walnuts please!


Try these new Magnum flavors and judge for yourself.  

Warning: they're still overpriced.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sérye

Place: A bit small, but clean, well lighted, cool, and organized.  Chairs are comfortable, dining tables are spacious.


Food: Generally, delicious.  We ordered the Hototai, Fresh Lumpiang Ubod, Boneless Crispy Pata, Ensaladang Manggang Hilaw at Kamatis, Java rice, and some Tsokolate "Eh."


The Hototai (Php 145) was a winner.  The broth was hearty and tasty; it had a good combination of egg and vegetable flavors.  And the dumplings were equally flavorful.  The soup was satisfying for its taste was punctuated.


The Fresh Lumpiang Ubod (Php 165) was good.  The ubod filling was well sautéed yet not soggy.  The lumpia wrapper was fresh, well made, and had the right blandness to highlight the filling.  The dipping sauce needed more flavor though.


The Boneless Crispy Pata (Php 130 per 100 grams) was perfectly fried; the meat was juicy and the skin was crispy.  The meat was well seasoned.  The atchara that came with it was perfection!  This dish though was a tad pricey.


The Ensaladang Manggang Hilaw at Kamatis (Php 55) had crisp green mangoes, juicy tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.  It was the right side dish for the crispy pata.  Its taste was refreshing and vibrant.


The Java rice (Php 50) was pleasing both to the eyes and the palate.  Yummy!

Lastly, the Tsokolate "Eh" (Php 95).  We had this as dessert.  Rich, dark, bitter chocolate in a cup.  It was really good!  It also had the right consistency; it was velvety, smooth.  Delicious!


Must-eats: Hototai, Ensaladang Mangga at Kamatis, Java rice, atchara, Tsokolate "Eh"

Price: Considering taste, serving size, and originality, food is a tad expensive.  There's "service charge" too.

Service: Good. Waiters were attentive and knowledgeable.  Food came promptly.


Sérye Café Filipino is at Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jollibee's Garlic Bangus

Remember Jollibee's Crispy Bangus?  Well, now it is being served with a twist.  Presenting the Garlic Bangus.


Perfectly fried bangus (milkfish) belly, smothered with a tangy soy-based sauce, topped with fried garlic bits.  It comes with rice and a tomato slice.

Was it good?  Well, the fish itself was delicious; it was well seasoned and moist.  It's the sauce that we didn't like.  It didn't taste bad. It was a little sharp though.  And its flavor wasn't punctuated; it lacked a certain je ne sais quoi.  A hint of sweetness perhaps?

A serving costs Php 89.


Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nissin Pasta Express

Nissin offers some spaghetti in an instant with its latest product: Pasta Express.  It comes in two flavors, Sweet Filipino Style and Creamy Carbonara.



Good points: the two variants are delicious.  Their flavors were authentic.  The Sweet Filipino Style lived up to its name; it's sweet and cheesy.  Good combination of flavors!  The Creamy Carbonara was even better.  It had the right balance of smoky and dairy flavors.  It actually rivals those of fast food restaurants.



Not so good point: the noodles were a little soggy.  Despite being cooked according to package directions, they come out a tad soft and mushy.


Try Pasta Express and judge for yourself. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mr. Choi Kitchen

Place: Clean and well lighted.  We liked the modern furnishings, especially the orange chairs.  It's one of the few Chinese restaurants we've been to that's not too kitschy.


Food: Generally, ordinary.  We had the Wanton Noodle Soup, Roasted Duck with Soy Chicken Rice Topping, Steamed Prawns with Garlic Sauce,  Birthday Noodle, and Yang Chow Fried Rice.


The Wanton Noodle Soup (Php 165) was a letdown.  Sure, the noodles were firm and of high quality and the dumplings were delicious and satisfying, but the broth ruined everything.  It was weird; it was fishy and bland!  And imagine having a big bowl of that...


The Roasted Duck with Soy Chicken Rice Topping (Php 200) was good.  The chicken was really tasty, well marinated.  And the ginger dipping sauce made it more delicious.  The duck was equally flavorful but a little tough.  The rice was well cooked and was smothered with a yummy soy-based sauce.  This dish was satisfying for its flavors were punctuated.


The Steamed Prawns with Garlic Sauce (Php 350): fresh prawns, nestling on vermicelli, topped with garlic, and covered with a very tasty garlic sauce.  Now this one is for those who LOVE garlic.  Paired with plain rice, this dish gives anyone the right garlic fix.


Birthday Noodle (Php 240): hopelessly bland.


Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php 120): high-quality rice, not too oily, but the taste was ordinary.  There's nothing special about it.

The restaurant by the way has good house tea.

Must-eats: Nothing.

Price: Given serving size and taste, prices are reasonable.  There's no service charge.

Service: Waiters were a little inattentive.  Our food was served well within the acceptable 10-15 minute waiting time.


Mr. Choi Kitchen is at Robinsons Magnolia.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Imperial Roast Chicken

It's the newest roast chicken variant of Kenny Rogers Roasters.  It's "Chinese style," perfect for the Chinese New Year.

The Imperial Roast is juicy, moist, and has the distinct five spice powder taste (sweet, with a hint of cinnamon and anise flavors).  It comes with a salty hoisin dip, a perfect complement to the chicken.


We had the Imperial Roast with an Imperial Feast.  So our meat came with a serving of Asian Crab Rice, Asian Twirl, two tortilla wraps, slices of cucumber and carrot, and a corn muffin.


The rice was delicious and not too oily.  But it lacked enough crab flavor to merit its name.  It's more like "liquid seasoning fried rice."  The Asian Twirl: pasta twirls with an oil-based sauce, chili, and peanuts.  This one's a little bland.  But the noodles were perfectly cooked, and peanuts were of high-quality.


We liked the tortilla wrap because it allowed us to eat the Imperial Roast like Peking Duck: meat, cucumber, carrots, some of the dip, all rolled into one delicious treat.

An order of the Imperial Feast costs Php 225.


Try it.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Inutak

We were in the mall one morning when we saw a sign that says "Inutak."  We got intrigued and approached the table beside the big sign.  What we saw was a big dish of rice pudding.

So THAT's Inutak!


Ground sticky rice mixed with coconut cream, then baked.  It's really delicious!  Kristina's Inutak wasn't too sweet, and one could sense the deep coconut flavor.  It tasted like sapin-sapin.  And it wasn't too sticky, making it easy to eat.

What we had was the Classic variant.  Kristina's has other flavors: Langka, Tablea, Corn, etc.  A small box costs Php 150.

Perfect partner: coffee.



Try it.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mama's Treats Giant Ensaymada

It's soft, buttery, cheesy, delicious.


We liked that it didn't have too much butter, so it wasn't messy to eat.  The butter was also bland enough to highlight the saltiness of the cheese and eggs.

All in all, this one's a winner.


Mama's Treats ensaymada is available at CVC Supermarket.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Jollibee Flip Float

In other words, Jollibee's rearranged Chocolate/Coffee Float.  Ice cream at the bottom, drink on top.  But as you can see, ours had two layers of ice cream, top and bottom.  What a sweet mistake!


It's delicious.  The coffee drink was really good, had the right amount of depth and bitterness.  The ice cream and cookie bits weren't too sweet, just right.

A cup costs Php 50.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cream-O Cakewich

Another chocolaty treat from Cream-O!

Two soft, moist blocks of chocolate cake with a creamy vanilla filling.  It's practically the cake version of the classic Cream-O cookie sandwich.


And it is as delicious as the cookie sandwich.  Right sweetness, hint of bitterness, nothing cringe-inducing.  Yummy!

Perfect partner: coffee.


Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

J.Co

We've been hearing a lot of praises for J.Co doughnuts.  Fortunately, a branch opened near our area.  So we decided to drop by to see and taste what the fuss is all about.


We ordered a dozen (Php 350) to be able to try all flavors.  We even got a couple of Glazzy doughnuts, the plain, unflavored ones, to taste whether these doughnuts are delicious without any frosting and topping.

We didn't like the Glazzy.  It's bland, the taste, unpunctuated.  However, this lack of taste makes the doughnut a good canvass for all the flavors offered by J.Co.  And we liked its softness and freshness.  


The doughnuts were generally delicious.  The flavors were authentic, the various kinds of frosting weren't too sweet, the toppings were of high quality.  The treats with filling had a little too much cream in them; good thing the cream wasn't sugary.


Of all the flavors we tried, the one we didn't like was the Creme La Fame.  We found it a tad too much, flavor-wise, almost cringe-inducing, nakakasuya.

We liked the Berry Spears, Blue Berrymore, and Crunchy Crunchy.  We also liked the chocolate chips used for the Caviar variants.  And the almonds for the Alcapone! Yummy!  


Try J.Co Donuts and judge for yourself.


J.Co is at Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.     

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Puff-O's

Some organic, gluten-free snack y'all!

Presenting Puff-O's Cheesy Twists!  This treat is made from organic corn.  Each piece has NO added MSG, NO artificial flavors, NO artificial colors, and NO preservatives.


Is it good?  Yes.  One can taste authentic corn flavor.  It has the right balance of sweetness and saltiness.  And the cheese flavor is just right, not too sharp.  

After eating this treat, one will realize how incredibly SALTY and ARTIFICIAL those regular snacks are.

Who says healthy snacks can't be delicious?  Try Puff-O's!


Perfect partner: ice-cold lemonade.