Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blueberry-licious Cheesecake

It's by Starbucks.

Creamy, smooth cheesecake dappled with fresh blueberries, resting on a thin, Danish cookie-tasting crust, topped with blueberry preserve.


It's not too sweet nor too tart.  The combination of flavors was just right.  The cheesecake had the right balance of sweetness and saltiness.  We loved the touch of fresh blueberries; it made the treat more vibrant.  And although we would've preferred a thicker bottom layer, we liked the buttery flavor of the crust.

It's one of the best cheesecakes we've had.

Perfect partner: coffee!

A slice costs Php 130.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

First bite at Quiznos

We were in the mall one afternoon and were looking for food to take home.  We passed by Quiznos, and decided to try some of their subs.

Unfortunately, most of their Signature subs weren't available (problems with supplies).  So we asked the attendant for his recommendations.  He told us that their bestseller was the Double Cheese Cheesesteak.  So we ordered that, and we also went for the Chicken Ranch and Swiss.

Both sandwiches were delicious.  The Double Cheese Cheesesteak (Php 295 for a Regular size) had very tender, juicy, and flavorful meat.  It also had soft, sautéed onions that provided sweetness to the sub.  There wasn't too much mayo, which we loved, and the double serving of Swiss cheese added the welcome saltiness.

The Chicken Ranch and Swiss (Php 125 for a Small size) had tender, well-seasoned chicken pieces, coupled with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and a Ranch dressing that had just the right amount of tanginess.  Twas good, really tasty.

By the way, we liked the bread used for our sandwiches.  It was of high quality, although a tad too thick.

All in all, we liked our first Quiznos experience.  We will definitely come back for more.  Hopefully, they have supplies when we return.

Quiznos is on Level 3 of Robinsons Magnolia.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

First taste of Pan-Tea

Who wants to taste Pan-Tea?  Apparently, we do.

So we stopped by Pan-Tea, a milk tea place along Matalino St., Quezon City.  We asked the attendants what they would recommend for first timers and they told us to try the House Pan-Tea and Juicy Couture.

The House Pan-Tea (Php 110) is a winter melon-based milk tea with rock salt and cheese.  It was delicious!  It had a good balance of flavors.  And the drink had good consistency.

Juicy Coutour (Php 70) is a lychee-flavored tea that comes with taro balls.  It's also good.  The fruit flavor was really pronounced and the drink wasn't too sugary sweet.  Some of the taro balls though weren't cooked well; they were grainy, not chewy.

Pan-Tea also sells coffee and savory dishes.  Too bad we weren't hungry when we paid a visit.  

A second trip is in order.

Go ahead, have a taste of Pan-Tea!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Texas Chicken BBQ Pizza

It's the latest pizza variant from Shakey's.

On paper: tasty chicken barbecue pieces, red onions, cheddar cheese, smoky barbecue sauce, and cilantro pesto, all on top of the pizza parlor's signature crispy thin crust.

Reality: the chicken pieces were indeed tasty, well seasoned.  The red onions were sweet.  The cheddar cheese had the right sharpness.  The barbecue sauce wasn't smoky but sweet-tangy.  And the cilantro pesto barely had cilantro flavor.

Was there false advertising somewhere?  Well, try the pizza and you be the judge.

Don't get us wrong: we liked the pizza; we found it delicious.  But the pizza described on the poster wasn't really the same pizza we ate.  Just saying...

An order of the Texas Chicken BBQ Pizza costs Php 255. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Golden Chinese Pork Rice

It's the latest dish by Chowking.

Crispy, golden, well-seasoned pork pieces, served with egg fried rice.

This latest offering was delicious.  The pork pieces were flavorful; they didn't need any dipping sauce to be satisfying to the palate.  And the new egg fried rice was equally tasty; it's actually better than Chowking's Yang Chow.  It wasn't too oily too.

Our only complaint though was that the pork pieces had too much fat in them.  We wish they were meatier.  Sometimes, what we're eating was too gelatinous.

An order of the Golden Chinese Pork Rice costs Php 75.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Amazing Aloha is back!

Guess what's saying "Aloha!" again at Jollibee!

The Amazing Aloha is back!  Two tasty and moist patties, a juicy pineapple ring, smoky bacon bits, soft cheese, and fresh lettuce, all nestling between two soft buns.

DELICIOUS!  Good mixture of flavors and textures.  And one order is very satisfying.

Try it now before it says "Goodbye!" once more.

An order costs Php 99.