Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kirkland Cashew Clusters

Some healthy treats y'all!


Present Cashew Clusters: almonds, cashews, and pumpkin seeds all clumped together to form crunchy blocks of deliciousness.  They're flavored with honey, giving each piece the right amount of natural sweetness.  YUMMY!


Best with coffee or vanilla ice cream (There goes the "healthy" part...).

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Croughnuts by Le Cœur de France

The famous bakeshop/patisserie now offers its version of the dessert du jour.

Croughnut, the croissant-doughnut hybrid that comes in three flavors: Mixed Berries with Cream Cheese, Double Belgian Chocolate, and Parmesan Cheese.


The Mixed Berries with Cream Cheese has a blueberry compote topping and some cream cheese as filling.  It's good, delicious.  The compote has a good mixture of tart and sweet, furthered highlighted by the creamy dairy filling.  Nothing is too sweet or overpowering.  it's our favorite.


The Double Belgian Chocolate is topped with chocolate sauce and chocolate chips, and has a Bavarian cream filling.  This one's OK.  The semisweet chocolate taste blended well with the vanilla flavor of the Bavarian cream.  Again, nothing too saccharine.  The flavors are just right.


The last one, the Parmesan Cheese is the Croughnut with Bavarian-cream filling and generously showered with grated parmesan cheese.  Its flavors are subtle; the cheese is not too sharp, and the filling isn't overpowering.  Good contrast of salty and sweet.

We enjoyed eating the Croughnuts.  Although they were just a little tough, they weren't messy to eat.  And we really loved the authentic flavors.  With one bite, one could sense that each croughnut was of high quality.  Our only complaint?  The price!  Considering the size, these treats are too pricey (Php 89 apiece).


Drop by Le Cœur de France, try a Croughnut, and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Yummy Loaf

A new delicious treat from Dunkin Donuts.


Moist, buttery cake loaf that comes in four flavors: Blueberry, Choco Marble, Apple Cinnamon, and Strawberry Mint.  We had the first two flavors (we're not fans of mint and cinnamon).


Both loaves were delicious.  The cake itself was oozing with butter flavor, and wasn't too sweet.  The blueberry compote had ample tartness and wasn't too artificial tasting.  The gooey chocolate for the Choco Marble had good semisweet flavor; it complemented the butter cake well.

Perfect partner: coffee

A Yummy Loaf costs Php 40.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

FaBurrito

Place: Clean, colorful, with sturdy and spacious chairs and tables.  The kitchen counter was also clean.  Though the space was small, it didn't look cramped.


Food: Delicious and fresh!  We had a Chicken Burrito, some Beef Tacos, Veggie Chips, and a tall glass of Lemongrass Tea.


The Chicken Burrito (Php 180) had fresh corn salsa (our choice), delicious brown rice, well-cooked beans, crisp lettuce, tasty Jack Cheese, and pieces of flavorful and fruity Mango Chicken Barbecue, all wrapped in a thin whole wheat tortilla.  It was YUMMY!  All the ingredients complemented each other, with every flavor blending well together.  Nothing was overpowering anything.  One could taste the freshness of each high quality component.  It's a must eat.

Our burrito came with a mango vinaigrette that was bursting with good, tangy, fruity flavor.  Delish!


Next we had Beef Tacos (Php 195): tomato salsa, vegetables, and tender, moist beef steak, nestling in a whole wheat tortilla, topped with Jack Cheese.  This one was not bad, not as tasty as the burrito though.  Same superior ingredients, but the flavor of the whole thing wasn't punctuated.  It lacked something.  Maybe it was the meat; a little hint of sweet-salty would've done the trick.

We had our tacos with Garlic Aioli, another delicious dressing.  It had pronounced garlic flavor but not repulsive.


They have an offer: get one side dish and one drink for only Php 75.  For this one we picked the Veggie Chips with salsa and Lemongrass Tea.  We loved the chips!  Crispy, well-seasoned, really good!  And the salsa!  Again, fresh ingredients with authentic flavors!  YUMMY!  The tea was OK; it wasn't teeming with sugar, so we got to savor the natural lemongrass taste.


Price: Considering food quality and taste, prices are reasonable.  Very reasonable.

Staff: One of the nicest that we've met.  Always smiling and accommodating.



FaBurrito is at Eastwood City, Libis.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Outrageous Cheesecake

A new dessert treat from Starbucks.

It's cheesecake with mango, blueberry, and strawberry bits, then topped with the compote-version of the said fruits, and white chocolate.


Is it good?  The crust and the cheesecake (i.e. the middle) itself are.  But the compote topping ruined everything.  They all taste like meds: the yellow is Strepsils, blue is Dimetapp, and the red is cough syrup.  And we don't think that this dessert has a mango component; the yellow part is citrusy.  Lemon perhaps?

What about the white chocolate topping?  Wait, what white chocolate?!

A slice costs Php 130.  An outrageous price for an Outrageous Cheesecake that has outrageously artificial tasting fruits.

Friday, July 19, 2013

White Chocolate Pudding Frappuccino

The latest Starbucks offering!  

Basically, the good old Dark Mocha and Green Tea Frappuccinos are [allegedly] made more exciting with a white chocolate pudding layer.


What's the verdict?  Hmmm, here's the thing: the pudding had good texture, making the Frappucino more interesting to drink.  It did not however taste like white chocolate.  It's bland, so bland that it tempered the sweetness of the Starbucks concoction, which we liked.  But there was no hint of white chocolate whatsoever.

The new Starbucks treats should be called White Pudding Frap...

And they're pricey!  A Tall costs Php 190, Php 200 for a Grande, and Php 210 for a Venti.  Too dear for a drink with bland pudding.


Try them and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Terra Blues Potato Chips


Yes, you read it right.  Blue potato chips.  And they're good!  Not just to look at, but to eat as well.


Terra Blues chips are not too greasy, crunchy, and, most of all, delicious.  They're seasoned in such a way that natural flavors and sweetness of the Avatar-looking treat are highlighted.

These are arguably the best potato chips we've had.


Try Terra Blues and judge for yourself.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cookie Butter Doughnut

They're by Krispy Kreme.

Doughnut shells filled with vanilla cookie butter cream, topped with chocolate and sweet bits of choice.  There are two variants: Dark Chocolate Vanilla Cookie Butter and White Chocolate Vanilla Cookie Butter.  The first one is dipped in dark chocolate then sprinkled with crushed French Biscuit.  The second, white chocolate, then dappled with Belgian chocolate chips and caramel crisps.


Are they good?  Well, the cream filling is too sweet; it has a nice velvety texture but it's too sweet.  The doughnut itself is OK, fresh and delicious.  The toppings?  Well, the dark chocolate is nice, the white chocolate is a little cringe-inducing and the rest are just ordinary.


A Vanilla Cookie Butter Doughnut costs Php 45.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Krak!! Krak!!

Look who's running out of ideas!  Hehe.


Presenting Lucky Me Instant Pancit Canton Krak Krak!  It's the good old instant noodle dish topped with salty pellets, pellets that taste like Chippy.

To be fair, the pellets are not bad; they complement the taste of the pancit, not to mention the texture.


But seriously Lucky Me, pellets?!  The money for R&D should translate into better ideas.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Red Velvet Donut

Another new treat from Dunkin Donuts.

Red, caky, honey-dipped doughnuts that are not too sweet and are delicious.  One can have them with or without cream cheese frosting.  


We bought the one with the frosting and it's more cream than cheese.  But it didn't taste bad.  But it didn't taste like cream cheese.


A Red Velvet Donut costs Php 35.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Donut Croissant

The latest treat from Dunkin Donuts.  It's a cross between a doughnut and a croissant.  It's multilayered, slightly tougher to eat than the regular doughnut  There are two flavors: Apple Cinnamon and Choco Almond.


The Apple Cinnamon had apple compote filling and was dusted with powdered sugar.  It's OK, tasty enough.  And it wasn't too sweet, and the cinnamon flavor was just right, not overpowering.  Just a little messy to eat though.


The Choco Almond was the one we liked.  The doughnut-croissant was honey-dipped, drizzled with delicious chocolate sauce, and topped with fresh almonds.  Yummy!  Again, not too sweet, but flavorful.  Good combination of tastes!  


An order of the Dunkin Donut Croissant costs Php 75.

Try it and judge for yourself. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Popchips!

Presenting Popchips, a [supposedly] healthier alternative to the regular potato chips.  Say what?  Healthier?  Because Popchips are not fried, not even baked.  They're, well, popped, cooked with pressure and very high temperature.  This treat therefore is not greasy, unlike the chips we grew up knowing.


Are they good?  Well, delicious enough.  Flavors are believable, not synthetic tasting.  They're not loaded with salt, so one can really taste starch and seasoning.  And the Popchips are thicker, so there's more potato flavor in every bite.


We chose Cheddar and Parmesan Garlic Potato.  We liked both, but in terms of taste, the Cheddar was better; the Parmesan Garlic Potato's taste was somehow not punctuated.

Perfect partner: soda.

Try Popchips and judge for yourself.

 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Knorr Adobo

Want to eat a true Filipino dish but have no time for all the gastronomic guesswork?  Then try Knorr's Complete Recipe Mix for Adobo.


If one follows the package directions, one will have a savory and sumptuous adobo.  The marriage of tastes is well balanced.  There are hints of laurel and pepper flavors, staples of the classic adobo.


Warning: one may need CUPS of rice with this Knorr adobo.

Try this mix and judge for yourself.