Monday, September 30, 2013

SLERS Chicharon

Some yummy pork cracklings from Cagayan de Oro y'all!


They're crunchy, well seasoned, and DELICIOUS.  We tried three variants: Regular, Special, and Hot!  The Regular one has the skin, the second one, the skin with crispy meat, and the third, skin with some heat.


The Regular variant is yummy; it isn't too salty, and one can sense the pork flavor.  And each skin is fried well; no piece is too hard.  The Special is even more delicious, satisfying, and sinful because of the crispy meat and fat.  The Hot is equally good.  We like that it isn't too spicy; it's just hot enough to whet the appetite.


Perfect partners: ice-cold soda, arroz caldo, palabok. 

Try SLERS Chicharon and judge for yourself.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Copabanana!

It's the latest doughnut variant from JCo.

Shell doughnut with cream filling, topped with a chocolate sauce that has hints of banana flavor.


It's good, delicious.  The chocolate-banana sauce has a good blend of tastes; nothing is overpowering.  We just wish though that the Copabanana were a variant of the regular doughnut, not the shell one.  The cream filling is just a little too much.

Perfect partner: coffee.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pastel

Yummy bread from Camiguin, y'all!


Soft, buttery rolls with delicious, creamy yema (custard candy) filling.  Nothing is too sweet or too overpowering.  The flavor of the bread is subtle enough to highlight the taste of the yema inside.  And there is enough filling to leave anyone satisfied.


Perfect partner: coffee.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Jamocca Fudge Supreme

One of the country's leading bakeshops, Goldilocks, has a new sweet treat!


It's the Jamocca Fudge Supreme: chiffon cake slathered with mocha cream, topped with chocolate pieces.


DELICIOUS!  Goldilocks has always been good in producing yummy mocha, and this new dessert does not disappoint.  The sweetness is just right, and there's a good contrast between the semisweet coffee taste of the cream and the bittersweet one of the chocolate components.  The cake itself is bland enough to highlight the star of the treat, the mocha flavor.

Perfect partner: coffee.


Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tipco Aloe Vera Juice

Finally, something as refreshing as Mogu Mogu, only healthier.


Tipco's Aloe Vera juice features white grape juice with aloe vera pulp.  Its flavor has hints of wine (We wonder why...), coupled with the right amount of sweetness.  And because the ingredients are all natural, this juice doesn't leave any artificial aftertaste.  The pulp is fun to nibble at too!


Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn

A delicious snack y'all!


Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn has perfectly cooked popcorn, dusted with authentic cheese [flavor].  Each morsel is light and crunchy, and each bite gives the right combination of dairy and salty tastes that good cheddar has.  YUMMY!


We can't stop munching this popcorn, movie or no movie!

Perfect partner: ice-cold soda.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mild & Tasty Chippy

Finally!  Chippy that we wouldn't mind eating!


See, the problem we have with the old Chippy is its saltiness.  It's like devouring the Dead Sea!  That's why we're happy that now there's Mild & Tasty, Chippy with less salt.  Now that there's less salt, one can taste the barbecue and corn flavors of every chip.  One can now sense the Chippy deliciousness.

Perfect partner: ice-cold soda.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Mochi!

They're glutinous rice cakes with mung-bean filling, made by Regent, the company that gave us delicious sponge cakes.



Are they good?  Hmmm, not really.  The cake itself has an artificial fruity taste, like the one sensed in jelly or candy.  And the filling is a little bland.  The only Mochi that tastes good is the one with the sesame seeds, the one that looks like buchi.  Its cake just tastes like rice (palitaw, actually) and its tasty dark mung bean filling is similar to the one inside a hopia.  It's delicious!  Too bad there's only one inside a pack.


Although Regent's Mochi is fun for the teeth, it is not for the palate.

We figure that kids will like this.  But we say, skip this snack.

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Miso-Ten

We were in a mall one morning and were craving ramen (again).  So we went to Miso-Ten and decided to sample their Japanese noodle soup dishes.  We haven't heard of the place so we figured to try their food and have some small adventure.


The restaurant was quite small, but the glass walls made it look bigger.  We liked the modern decor and style with the wood finish, as well as the orderly counter.

We ordered their bestseller, the Miso-Ten Original, another ramen, Sesame Miso, and an order of 5-piece Tempura.  For appetizer, we had their Mango Kani salad, and for our drinks, we had their house tea.  One order or a big bowl of ramen was good for two people, and it could be divided equally using two bowls.  So we asked our waitress to do just that for both ramens.


The Miso-Ten Original (Php 275) had good firm noodles, soft-boiled egg, green onions, chashu, and some sesame seeds, all swimming in a miso-based broth.  It was ordinary, forgettable.  Blame the broth; it was bland.  The other ingredients were OK: the noodles were of high quality, the pork was well-seasoned, the onions were vibrant, the egg was well-cooked.



The Sesame Miso (Php 275) was delicious.  It was similar to the Miso-Ten Original, but this one had roasted chicken for its meat, and some drops of sesame oil.  YUMMY!  The flavor had depth, was hearty, and very satisfying.  And it wasn't salty.  Really good.


The Tempura (Php 380) was OK.  The prawns were fresh and juicy, the batter was light and amply flavored, and the dipping sauce had a balanced taste.  Each piece were fried perfectly; nothing was too oily.


The Mango Kani Salad (Php 150) was good too.  The veggies (lettuce, cucumber strips) were fresh and crisp, the mangoes were juicy and sweet, and the mayonnaise was bland enough to highlight the main flavors of the salad.  And the dish was teeming with kani, adding the right amount of seafood taste.


The house tea was a delight to sip and drink.  It had deep, rice flavor, with a hint of sweetness to tickle the taste buds.

The crew made our stay more pleasant.  They were attentive and really nice.  And they were ready and confident for all our questions about the food.



Miso-Ten is at the Al Fresco section of Robinsons Magnolia.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

First bite at WildFlour

We've been trying different cronuts (the ubiquitous croissant and doughnut hybrid) lately and this little gastronomic activity has led us to WildFlour, the place that houses the best cronuts in the metro, according to some people.  So we woke up early and drove to BGC to verify this cronut comment.


The cronuts, we learned, were served between 9 AM and 10 AM.  Having arrived an hour too early, we decided to munch on some Wild Flour goodies while waiting.  We had a plate of Belgian Waffle and an order of Crispy Potatoes.


The Belgian Waffle (Php 340) was huge, topped with generous amounts of banana and candied walnuts and served with really good maple syrup.  The waffle itself was delicious; it was fresh, of high quality, and didn't taste stale.  The banana slices were fresh too.  The walnuts were a bit of a letdown though because some of them were bitter and past their best.


The Crispy Potatoes (Php 160) were delicious!  We loved the texture of the taters, crispy on the outside, mushy on the inside.  Each piece was well seasoned.  And the skins!  Those were a delight to eat.  The sour-cream-bacon dip however was a tad too bland and a little watery.  We asked for ketchup instead.


Now came the hour for the cronuts.  We had a Chocolate cronut and Mixed Berry cronut (Php 120 each).  The bread itself was OK.  It wasn't too sweet, and it really taste like a fresh out of the oven doughnut.  It was a little tough to bite into though.  The Chocolate has bavarian filling that was delicious, good vanilla flavor.  The chocolate frosting was equally nice because of its deep, bittersweet flavor.  The Mixed Berry had good frosting too; the strawberry flavor was authentic and did not resemble cough syrup.  The berry cream filling however was a different story; it tasted like cold sopas for some reason.  It wasn't bad, just not berry, just weird.

So were they the best cronuts?  Hmmm, not for us.  When it comes to texture, Vikings has the best.  For taste, Le Coeur de France.


What made our WildFlour visit more enjoyable was the friendly staff; generally they were nice, cheerful and accommodating (props to Ate Connie, Ate May, Ate Ruth, and Ate Alona!).  They were all smiles, unlike the slightly standoffish receptionist.  These fun waitresses gladly responded to our requests, and even paused for some humorous banter.  And they were so patient (there was this incident with an ignorant customer who clearly didn't know the "rules" about ordering cronuts and yet insisted that he was right.  Ugh.)!

All in all, our first WildFlour experience was good.  Though we found the food a little too pricey, we wouldn't mind indulging once in a while.  Once a month, perhaps?  Or two months. 



WildFlour CafĂ© + Bakery is at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  Or is it Makati?  LOL!