Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Plain Vanilla Cupcakes, Singapore

One of the best cupcake places we've ever tried in Singapore is the Plain Vanilla Bakery. They now have two branches: one in Holland Village and another in Yong Siak street near Outram Park.

Our favorite flavors from this bakery are the Red Velvet & the Salted Caramel cupcakes. We love their cupcakes because the cakes are soft, moist & have the right amount of sweetness. The frosting on top of the cupcakes is delicious, too!

This weekend, aside from the Red Velvet & Salted Caramel, we also tried the Milk Chocolate Chip & the Raspberry cupcakes. The Chocolate Chip cupcake was absolutely delicious, with each bite filled with tons of tiny chocolate chips. We loved how tangy the raspberry cupcake was, too.

So, if ever you are in Singapore and had a craving for something sweet, try out Plain Vanilla Bakery's delicious cupcakes! For 19 SGD, you'll get a box of 6! Check out their website for more info!


Photos also posted in here.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lapid Foods Beef Tapa

Who knew that the store that sells the best chicharon in the metro also sells meat products?  Presenting Lapid Foods Beef Tapa.

Lapid's tapa is juicy, tender, and not salty; its taste relies heavily on the natural flavors of the meat, not on preservatives and tons of sodium.  So those folks whose palates have grown accustomed to the usual tapa found in the frozen section of the grocery might find Lapid's bland.  As for us, well, we like it.

A small tub (1/2 kilo) costs Php 95.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Emborg Sandwich Cheese

Some yummy sandwich cheese y'all!

Emborg Sandwich Cheese is tasty and creamy.  Its flavor is authentically cheddar, compared to those other cheese brands (e.g. Eden) that are all salt.  Emborg has some sophistication and depth, taste wise. It falls apart easily though; we find it hard to separate a whole piece of cheese from the plastic.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Emborg Sandwich Cheese is available in leading groceries.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cream-O Chocolate Chip Cookies

OK, let's make this quick.

Cream-O Chocolate Chip Cookies are not bad, but they're not great either.  They are forgettable, taste wise.  We wish there were more pronounced flavors, more interplay of sweet and bitter chocolate.

Disappointing, to think these cookies came from one of our favorite brands.

Oh well...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Arce Dairy Buko Sherbet

A delicious way to beat the heat y'all!

Presenting Arce Dairy's Buko Sherbet: buko juice and meat with pandan flavor, all frozen to delight the taste buds!

It's light, yummy, and so refreshing.  The flavors are authentic, it's not too sweet, and the texture is not heavy on the palate and the tummy.  And we loved nibbling the crisp coconut meat!

Suggestion: add some toasted pinipig.

Try it and judge for yourself!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Piranha Golden Hash Potato Grills

We were at the grocery one afternoon, looking for something to munch on.  A pack of Piranha Potato Grills caught our eye.  And we haven't tried this snack before.  So we grabbed the Barbecue & Cream Cheese variant and bought it.

How were the chips?  Not good.  Flavors were too intense.  We blame the barbecue component; it was too tangy, it overpowered everything.  And the saltiness of this snack.  Yikes!

We loved the cute look of the chips though.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

La Filipina Corned Pork

A new breakfast/snack option y'all!  Presenting La Filipina Corned Pork.

Canned, salted pork that's packed, flavorful, and healthier.  It has no trans fat, is bursting with authentic pork flavor (as opposed to being all salt), and is all meat, no extenders.

It's really delicious.  Best eaten with rice.  Lots of rice.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A small bite of Chuck's Deli

We were at Eastwood one morning and decided to have some sandwiches for brunch.  We chanced upon Chuck's Deli giant menu and got enticed by their fare.

We asked our attendant for her recommendation and she suggested that we try the Reuben Slabwich.  So we did.  And we chose the Chorizo Burger, just because we want to.  Hehe.  For sides, we chose Onion Rings and Potato Chips, the only two options.  Then we had a glass of Raspberry Iced Tea Slush because it's just too damn hot that day!

The Reuben [Slabwich] (Php 355 for 1/2 slab): Angus corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, with a mustard & spicy garlic sauce, all nestling between fresh ciabatta.  It's delicious!  The meat was tender and well seasoned, and the sauerkraut and sauce combination added just the right tang and kick.  And the cheese provided the necessary subtle saltiness.  YUMMY!

The Chorizo Burger (Php 245): spicy chorizo patty, lettuce, tomato, mayo mustard, and Chuck's Deli special sauce.  Also delicious!  The patty was packed with flavor and meat!  And the mixture of sauces complemented the strong flavor of the chorizo.  There was a good marriage of flavors; no one ingredient was overpowering the others.

The Onion Rings were yummy!  The onions were sweet and fried well with a light batter and Japanese bread crumbs.  The Potato Chips were also a delight to eat; the chips were thin, well-seasoned, and not oily.  

The Raspberry Iced Tea Slush (Php 75) was cough syrup in a glass.  Flavor was too artificial.  Good thing it's served super cold and refreshing, kaya puwede nang tiisin.

By the way, we liked the look of the place; it's pretty cool!  Modern furnishings with a big splash of red.  Very inviting!

Based on our first experience here, we would definitely go back to Chuck's Deli.

Chuck's Deli is at the Eastwood Mall.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

New Zealand Natural Premium Ice Cream

We were at the mall one morning and dropped by New Zealand Natural to try their ice cream.  We were able to taste some flavors and bestsellers, and here are our comments:

Spotty Dog: Vanilla and chocolate ice creams teeming with chocolate chips.  We found it too sweet.  It would've been better had the chocolate ice cream been bitter, for depth and contrast.

Macadamia Supreme: Macadamia ice cream with chopped Australian macadamia nuts.  Also too sweet.  We sensed more sugary flavor than macadamia.

Hokey Pokey: Honeycomb ice cream dappled with mini butterscotch balls.  Too sweet, almost cringe-inducing.  But the butterscotch bits were fun to nibble at.

Strawberry Cheesecake: Delicious!  Flavors were authentic.  We loved the tartness of the ice cream itself and the sweetness of the biscuit.

Café Espresso: Another delicious variant!  A must-eat for coffee lovers!  The marriage of the bitter coffee flavor and the sugary sweetness was a delight to the palate!


Mocha Almond Fudge: Mocha ice cream with fudge and chopped almonds.  The mocha ice cream was good.  And we loved the fresh, crisp almonds!  But the fudge was just a tad too much.  Too sweet, nakakaumay.

New Zealand Natural ice cream boasts imported, all-natural ingredients.  As for us, we didn't find anything extraordinary about it.  Because of that, we found it overpriced (Regular size, Php 95; Kiddie size, Php 75). And yeah, we found hair in one of our ice cream variants.

Try them and judge for yourself.

New Zealand Natural Premium Ice Cream is at the Health and Wellness Area of SM Megamall, 5th floor, Building A.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dimsum Break

We were in a huge mall one day and craved some Chinese food.  So we decided to drop by Dimsum Break and gorge on, well, dimsum.

Place: Classy enough.  Nice modern furnishings and color combinations.  We loved the steamer lights!  Some tables were a little wobbly though.  And the floor near the restroom was dirty.

Food: Generally O-K, puwede na.  We ordered Garlic Pork Spareribs, Spring Rolls, Fried Wanton, Fried Shrimp Balls, Shaomai, Steamed Hakao, Yang Chow Fried Rice, and The Original Steamed Fried Rice.

The Garlic Pork Spareribs (Php 65) were good.  The meat was tender and well seasoned.  The garlic flavor wasn't too strong, making the dish a delight to eat.

The Spring Rolls (Php 65) were O-K.  The filling was meaty, and tasty enough.  The thing is, we've tasted much better spring rolls than Dimsum Break's.  Maybe some minced vegetables with the filling would've made these rolls more remarkable to the palate.

The Fried Wanton (Php 65) was also O-K.  The filling was like a slightly more pungent version of a siomai's; it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.  Now the wrapper: it's cute too look at, but a little too much to eat; it was a tad too thick and too floury to the palate. 

The Fried Shrimp Balls (Php 65) were, hmmm, interesting.  They were crunchy (because of the bread-pieces coating, kinda like croutons), well seasoned, and yummy.  But we barely sensed any shrimp flavor.  The balls tasted more like pork.  Weird right?  Oh well...

The Shaomai (Php 65) was not good.  The filling didn't taste fresh, lasang luma.

The Steamed Hakao (Php 65) was DELICIOUS.  The filling was firm and flavorful.  The wrapper though tended to break easily, but we didn't care that much, because the dish was just yummy!

The Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php 68) was not good!  The shrimp flavor was too strong, and the dish lacked the distinct meat flavor (from chorizo) that good yang chow rice has.  Disappointing because the rice itself was of good quality.

Lastly, the Steamed Fried Rice (Php 68): rice smothered with a brown (soy-sauce-based?) sauce, topped with shrimp and meat pieces.  YUMMY!  The flavors were punctuated, and each spoonful was satisfying.

Must-eats: Steamed Hakao, Steamed Fried Rice

Price: Considering serving size and taste, food here is cheap!

Service: Good.  The cashier and waiters were friendly, cheerful, and attentive.

Dimsum Break is at SM North EDSA. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Second serving of Sebastian's

Just a quick rave.

We were able to make another quick stop (i.e. no parking space, again) at Sebastian's to buy our second cup of ice cream.  This time, we had Mangga't Suman.

How was it?  Really good!  The mango part was bursting with vibrant fruit flavor.  The suman part had authentic yet subtle rice cake taste; even the texture of the frozen treat was reminiscent of the famous sticky delicacy, thanks to its rice bits.  Together, these two components formed a delicious dessert.  YUMMY!

Try it and judge for yourself.

A quick word on Taters

We were in a mall one afternoon, looking for some salty fare to munch on to counter the sweet coffee we had.  So we headed to Taters to try their, well, taters.

First, House Fryes, barbecue flavor (Php 50).  These are for those who want their fried potatoes the classic way: long french fries, cooked crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  They taste O-K, ordinary.  And there's a little too much flavor powder, making the food saltier than necessary.  But no doubt, the potatoes were of high quality.

Next, Tater Chips (Php 55).  Thin, freshly cooked potato chips.  They're good!  Not too oily, not too salty, just right.  One could taste actual potato flavor, not just salt.  And the chips were HUGE!  Yummy!

Lastly, the Munchers Cheddar (Php 75).  Perfectly fried potato cubes with a cheesy center.  DELICIOUS!  We loved that the cheese used wasn't too sharp; it complemented the potatoes well.  This one's a must-eat!

Perfect partner of all those Taters food: ice-cold soda.

Taters is at the Cinema area of Robinsons Magnolia.