Saturday, March 30, 2013

First taste of Sebastian's

We came from a french fries binge one afternoon and started craving something sweet.  So we made a quick stop (because there's no parking space) at Sebastian's.  We asked for their bestseller.  The cashier told us to try the Salted Butter Caramel (Php 100) ice cream.  So we bought a small cup (because we were still full) of that.

How was it?  Not so good.  There was no good balance of flavors.  The saltiness was a little overpowering.  And for some reason, the ice cream was slightly nakakaumay, just a bit too much for the palate.

But hey, that's just one flavor, and we heard, Sebastian's has other DELICIOUS flavors.  Maybe ours was just a case of lack of beginner's luck.  Definitely, we'll come back.

Sebastian's Ice Cream is at the Regis Center, Katipunan, Quezon City.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Best of the Philippines Collection: Coffee Mangosteen

Yet another addition to Magnolia's famous line of ice cream flavors.  Presenting Coffee Mangosteen.

Creamy coffee ice cream with bits of Davao mangosteen.  Interesting right?  But is it good?

It was OK, primarily because of the delicious coffee flavor of the ice cream.  There's a good marriage between the slightly bitter, deep coffee taste and the sweetness of the whole dessert.  What we could barely sense was the mangosteen.  We didn't know what its contribution was, taste wise.  Come to think of it, mangosteen has a subtle flavor...

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Best of the Philippines Collection: Strawberry Shortcake

It's one of Magnolia's newest frozen treat for its famous ice cream line.

Strawberry and cream ice cream, dappled with chunks of Benguet strawberries.

It's delicious!  The sweetness is just right, the strawberry flavor doesn't taste like cough syrup, and the tartness of the fresh fruit adds vibrancy to the dessert.  It's a must eat!

Suggestion: eat it with sliced bananas.  Yummy!

Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Iced Asian Dolce Latte

Starbucks has a new drink.  And it's really good!

The Iced Asian Dolce Latte: shots of espresso, milk, espresso whipped cream, and espresso dusting!  COFFEE FLAVOR OVERLOAD!

How was it?  DELICIOUS!  There's something about the combination of bitterness and coldness that made the drink really irresistible.  The deep, robust coffee flavor was a delight, and it was well complemented by the drink's sweetness!  And the velvety texture was perfection!

We think it's Starbucks's best cold drink to date.

Try it before it's gone!

A Tall order costs Php 125.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Place: Cool, serene, rustic, very homey.  Maaliwalas.  We love the high ceiling and the comfortable chairs!

Food: Delicious Filipino food!  We ordered the Halaan at Tahong, Kangkong with Lechon Macau, Fried Pla-Pla with Mango Salsa, and Dinuguang Bagnet.

The Halaan at Tahong (Php 280): fresh clams and mussels, all swimming in a hearty, tinola-tasting soup.  This one is really good.  The soup had a good balance of flavors; it was sweet, salty, and a little spicy because of the ginger.  The ginger flavor however didn't overpower all the other ingredients of the soup.  Yummy!

Kangkong with Lechon Macau (Php 260): fresh kangkong smothered with an oyster-garlic sauce, topped with pork belly pieces.  It's O-K.  The vegetable was fresh and crisp.  The pork though didn't taste like lechon macau (it wasn't pungent enough.)  And the sauce was just a little too sweet, but bearable with rice (Php 115, good for 4).  A little more saltiness would've made the dish better.

Fried Pla-Pla with Mango Salsa (Php 380): fresh pla-pla, fried to perfection, served with a soy-vinegar dip and mango salsa.  A very interesting dish, all because of the salsa: juicy mangoes, tomatoes, and onions, drizzled with a spicy, curry dressing.  It was tangy and had some kick, and it went really well with the fish.  We even forgot about the dip because of it.

Lastly, the Dinuguang Bagnet (Php 375): Crispy pork belly pieces on top of thick dinuguan with isaw. Now this one's a winner!  The pork was well seasoned and fried flawlessly.  The dinuguan was really tasty, and it wasn't too acidic.  Great marriage of flavors!  Warning: may require A LOT of rice!

Must-eats: Halaan at Tahong, Dinuguang Bagnet

Price: Considering taste, quality, and serving size, the food here is just a tad pricey.

Service: Needs improvement.  Sure they were courteous and knowledgeable, but sometimes, they were not there when needed.

Tiyo's is at 29 Almond St., Marikina East Subd., San Roque, Marikina City.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A very small taste of IHOP

We were strolling at BGC one morning and saw that there was no line in front of IHOP (International House Of Pancakes).  So we decided to go in and try a pancake and a drink (See, it wasn't part of our plan to eat here.  Our destination was Slice.  So stuffing ourselves with pancakes and other breakfast items was definitely a no-no.  We were saving room for cakes and cupcakes.)

We ordered the Double Blueberry Pancakes (Php 275) and a glass of Splashberry (Php 175)

The Double Blueberry Pancakes: two thick pancakes teeming with fresh blueberries, topped with blueberry preserve and cream.  It was good enough.  The pancake itself was a tad bland (maybe more butter and sugar?).  The blueberries were delicious.

We ate the pancakes with four kinds of syrup: Classic (think McDonalds), Butter Pecan (delicious!), Blueberry (Think Dimetapp, the cold medicine for kids), and Strawberry (natural-tasting enough).

The Splashberry: soda (Sprite, according to the waiter), orange juice, and fresh strawberries.  We didn't like it.  Had it not been carbonated, we would've enjoyed it.

Oh yeah, we found the two items OVERPRICED.  Seriously.

Place: Nice interiors.  Comfortable seats.  Lots of flies though.

We're still thinking about coming back, to try the hash browns and have some bacon.  But fall in line and wait for hours?  Hell no!  Heck, our mothers make better pancakes!  And we're not that eager to be cool and "in."  Hahahaha!

IHOP is at BGC, Taguig City.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A word on Slice

So we were in BGC one time and decided to finally visit Slice and try two of the famous items of their sweet fare: the Double Chocolate Yema Cake and the Red Velvet Cupcake.

The Double Chocolate Yema Cupcake (Php 240): moist chocolate cake with a yema (Philippine candy) layer, topped with ganache and even more yema.  Well, the cake itself was delicious, the ganache was heavenly, and the yema eqaully sinful.  But together, twas all too much.  Too sweet, too decadent.  Nakakaumay.

Red Velvet Cupcakes (Php 80): moist cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  The cake was OK; twas delicious but it didn't really blow our minds.  The frosting was yummy; it had the right balance of salty and sweet.

Oh yes, we found those two treats overpriced.  And the other food items, we thought, were overpriced too.  But we might come back to try them

About the place: it was cute, cool.  Some tables were wobbly though.

P.S. We love the free lemon water!

Slice is at Bonifacio High Street.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Knorr Kare-Kare

We were craving Kare-Kare one afternoon but we didn't have enough time to prepare an authentic, homemade version of the dish.  So we relied on Knorr's Kare-Kare Recipe Mix.

We followed to the letter the directions at the back of the package.  And what's the result?  Delicious Kare-Kare!  The sauce was natural-tasting, not all salt and sugar.  The dish also had the right consistency.  In fact, the product of this Knorr Kare-Kare recipe was better than those of some restaurants.

Try it and judge for yourself. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

BB Garlic Coated Peanuts

Some yummy peanuts y'all!

BB Garlic Coated Peanuts are sweet, crunchy, and delicious!  And they're not [that] greasy because these peanuts are baked.

Perfect partner: ice-cold soda.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Purefoods Star Corned Beef

Corned beef with Star Margarine, the famous margarine that helps kids become taller because of its height-building nutrients.

Is it good? Uhm, not really. It's not as delicious as the classic Purefoods Corned Beef, that's for sure.  Star Corned Beef has a hint of anise flavor.  Well, if you like that taste, then this variant might be for you.

Also, expectedly, Star Corned Beef is greasier.  Kinda disgusting.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

KFC Chicken Chop

It's KFC's newest dish.

The Chicken Chop: deep-fried chicken fillet, stuffed with cheese and ham, covered with a creamy white sauce.

That's on paper.

Now the actual: the fillet didn't taste like chicken.  It was salty, similar to those "chicken" nuggets found in the supermarket.  There was barely any cheese and ham.  And the sauce?  Well, does it look white?  To be fair though, it had good consistency.  It was sweeter than the regular KFC gravy.  The carrots and the herbs were a nice touch.

An order costs Php 69.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Jollibee's Ultimate Burger Steak

It's Jollibee's biggest burger steak yet!

A Champ patty (1/3 pound beef) on a bed of crispy french fries, smothered with mushroom gravy, served with rice and a sunny side up egg.  It's steak and eggs, fast food version!

It's DELICIOUS!  The patty was moist, packed, and bursting with beef flavor.  The french fries were perfectly fried and well seasoned.  The gravy was tasty and not too salty.  The rice and egg were cooked well.  Every component was yummy!

Best eaten immediately after serving.

Try it and judge for yourself.