Thursday, October 31, 2013

KFC Cake Krushers

Who wants some yummy liquified cake?

KFC presents the Cake Krushers!  These refreshing dessert drinks come in two flavors: Blueberry Cheesecake and Mango Torte.

Both variants have the right thickness and creamy texture.  Taste wise, the two drinks are not too sweet and are bursting with natural tasting flavors.  The Blueberry Cheesecake has fresh blueberry bits, adding the needed tartness to temper the saccharine, ice-cream-like drink base.  The graham bits provide a good layer of crunch, making the Krusher more fun to sip.

The Mango Torte has good, authentic, vibrant mango flavor.  The crunchy sugar bits complemented the fruity flavor of the drink.

An order of the Cake Krushers costs Php 69.

Try them and judge for yourself.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

New McFlurry

McDonalds offers two new flavors of their famous McFlurry: Strawberry & Oreo and Cookie Butter.

The Strawberry & Oreo is delicious.  The tart, fruity taste of the strawberry blends well with the slightly bittersweet Oreo cookie bits and sweet vanilla ice cream base.  It's not too sweet, the flavors are just right.

The Cookie Butter McFlurry is O-K; it's not bad, but not great either.   The ginger flavor is a little too pronounced, a tad overpowering.  But we must admit that every spoonful reminds us of Christmas.  We also love nibbling at the cookie bits; the crunch adds good contrast to the creamy ice cream.

Try these new flavors of the McFlurry and judge for yourself.

Crispy Butter Chicken

KFC, the popular fried chicken fast food chain, features another delicious variant of their fried fowl.  Presenting, the Crispy Butter Chicken.

Well-seasoned chicken, fried and made crispy with butter.  Yes, butter!  As if KFC's chicken was not sinful enough!  It is served with butter rice.

The chicken is good; its aroma and taste are teeming with dairy goodness.  The skin is made more flavorful and crispy, while the meat remains moist and juicy.  What we really love though is the butter rice.  We can't get enough of it!  It's packed, delicious, and oozing with butter flavor.  YUMMY!

This new offering just proves Julia Child's claim that everything is #BetterWithButter!

A meal of the Crispy Butter Chicken (Php 99) comes with a drink and a serving of equally delicious mashed potatoes topped with corn.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Look who's joining the bandwagon!

The French Baker finally gives in and creates its version of the ubiquitous baked hybrid.  Presenting, the Croinut, the croissant-doughnut with a cream filling and that comes in three variants: dark chocolate, white chocolate, and strawberry.

The bread itself was O-K.  It was a little tough to eat.  Taste wise, it tasted like your good old bicho-bicho, a little too sugary.  The cream filling was not bad.  At least it wasn't too saccharine to the palate.  

The frosting was pasty but tasted good.  The white chocolate was the best.  The strawberry was the worst not because it tasted bad but because it was misleading; it didn't taste like strawberry but like good, candy-like, sweet frosting.

A Croinut costs Php 68.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hershey's Kisses Mix-ins

A delicious dessert from Jollibee y'all!

Yummy vanilla ice cream with crunchy chocolate bits, made sweeter by Kisses, the famous chocolate treat from Hershey's.

What we loved about this new Mix-Ins variant was the ice cream base.  The vanilla ice cream was tasty and creamy, and it served as a good base for the chocolate components.  And despite all the saccharine components, the whole thing wasn't cringe-inducing.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Cheesy Bacon Mushroom Champ

Jollibee presents another variation of its famous burger.  Presenting, the Cheesy Bacon Mushroom Champ!

One beefy, juicy, 1/3 pound Champ patty, topped with soft button mushrooms and sliced smoky and tasty bacon, smothered with a creamy cheese sauce.

DELICIOUS!  All of the ingredients complemented each other.  We expected it to be salty but it wasn't.  It was teeming with savory meat flavor, tempered with the dairy taste of the cheese sauce and blandness of the mushrooms.  Each bite was very satisfying.

Our only complaint?  The cheese sauce was runny, making the burger a little messy to eat.  But taste wise, this is the best Champ variant to date.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

First bite at Green Pastures

There's a new restaurant in the equally new East Wing of the Shangri-La Plaza.  It's Green Pastures, a place that boasts of dishes with organic food ingredients.

Place: Rustic decor (barn-themed) with touches of modern (steel chairs and tables).

Food: Generally delicious.  We ordered the Duck You, Organic Mushroom Toast, Sliders, and a glass of Salted Caramel Tropical Smasher.

Duck You! (Php 185): fries fried in duck fat, topped with a mixture of confit, crispy duck skin, and chili, served with a sherry vinegar spray.  Delicious!  There's a good mixture of flavors.  All the main ingredients were well seasoned.  The duck meat was juicy and tasty.  The heat from the chopped chili added the needed kick to whet the appetite.  The sherry vinegar added a new layer of flavor and punctuation.

Organic Mushroom Toast (Php 210): sautéed mushrooms over a fresh piece of toast, with ricotta and quail eggs.  This dish was also delicious!  The woodsy and beefy flavors of the mushrooms were well-complemented by the subtle tastes of the cheese and runny egg.  The bread had the right toughness to add contrast to the soft toppings.

Sliders (Php 395): a sampling of the restaurant's three burgers: the 80/20 (80% wagyu, 20% double smoked panchetta), the Blue Ribbon Burger (grilled Kitayama wagyu), and the Vegetarian Burger That Doesn't Suck (chickpeas, mushroom, leeks, celery, and eggplant), served with Fresh Fries that come with a cumin dip.

The 80/20 Burger was OK.  The patty was moist and flavorful.  It was served with cilantro, leeks, and blue cheese.  All these other ingredients added a touch of vibrancy to the burger.  The brioche was perfectly toasted and buttered.

The Blue Ribbon Burger was a winner.  The wagyu patty was so moist and tender that it melted in our mouths.  And it was so delicious that it just needed to be between slices of buttered bread, with no other help from other ingredients.  It's a must-eat.

The Vegetarian Burger That Doesn't Suck was O-K; it's not bad, but it wasn't great either.  We had no problems with the taste; it wasn't weird or bland.  We just found the texture weird: charred and hard on the outside, then smooth on the inside.  Weird.  It was served with tomato, lettuce, and fried battered okra.

The Fresh Fries were perfectly fried and dusted with cheese.  They weren't salty, compared to fast food fries.  The cumin dip had a good, deep, smoky taste.  Yummy and unique!

Lastly, the Salted Caramel Tropical Smasher (Php 245): a creamy smoothie made with salted caramel, mango, pineapple, and banana.  DELICIOUS.  Very pronounced fruity taste tempered by the salty caramel.  No one ingredient was overpowering anything.  And the smoothie was not muted by ice.  It's a refreshing must-drink.

Price: Food is pricey.  Well, organic food doesn't come cheap.

Service: It needs improvement.  We were seated outside the main restaurant and it was difficult to get some service for there were no waiters around.  We even brought our bill to the cashier because no one was around to get it.  To be fair, the waiters were friendly and courteous.             

Sunday, October 13, 2013

FIC Speculoos Cookie Butter ice cream

The famous ice cream store joins the speculoos cookie butter bandwagon.

Good points: the ice cream has good, velvety texture.  And the ginger flavor is pronounced, making the dessert interesting.

Bad points: a little too rich and a tad too sweet.

A scoop costs Php 85.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Choochoo Cake Pie

Yummy sweet treat y'all!

Choochoo Cake Pie from Lemon Square!  Soft, moist chiffon cake with a creamy mocha filling.

Are the pies good?  Well, they taste like Rebisco's Hansel Mocha Sandwich.  So if you like that, then you may like this.  The sweetness is just right and the mocha flavor has good depth.

Try a Choochoo Cake Pie and judge for yourself.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kinder Joy

We were in the supermarket one afternoon when we saw a whole rack of egg-looking treats:  Kinder Joy, chocolate snack with a surprise inside.  We got intrigued and bought one.

So we cracked the egg and got a small portion of chocolate concoctions and a toy (a tic-tac-toe one to be exact).  The sweet edible surprise consisted of two chocolate-covered wafer balls and a river of milk and chocolate cream.  We liked the wafer balls; they were crispy and had the right sweetness.  The cream however was a bit too much for us.  Too saccharine!  We cringed actually.

But of course, who are we to complain, for we are not the target customers of Kinder Joy.  And we figured kids would love it.  Then again parents, do you really want to feed your kids something that may give them early diabetes?

Kinder Joy is available at leading supermarkets.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lola Nena's Special Pichi-Pichi

Some Filipino dessert y'all!

Nestling inside Brgy. White Plains is Lola Nena, a food store that sells yummy pichi-pichi, a sticky gelatinous treat made mainly of grated cassava.  Lola Nena's Special Pichi-Pichi is really delicious!  Its sweetness is just right and one can really sense the cassava flavor.  And it's TEEMING with cheese, and that's what we like about it.  The saltiness of the cheese complements the pichi-pichi really well, making each bite satisfying.

A piece of pichi-pichi costs Php 10.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Red Ribbon Macaroons

The famous bakeshop offers a new treat: macaroons!

They're cute and beautifully golden.  More importantly, they're delicious!  The butter and coconut flavors are pronounced and married perfectly.  The macaroons also have the right sweetness.  And the texture!  Each piece has the softness and roughness (because of the desiccated coconut) of good, homemade macaroons.

A pack of 10 macaroons costs Php 50.

Perfect partner: coffee.

Try Red Ribbon's Macaroons and judge for yourself.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

MINCO Durian Yema

Yummy sweets from Mindanao y'all!

It's the classic Filipino custard candy, infused with the flavor of durian, dubbed as the King of Philippine fruits.

We like them!  There's a good mixture of sugary sweetness and fruit flavor.  Nothing is overpowering or cringe-inducing.  We thought the durian flavor would be too strong but it's not.

We just wish though that the yema were softer, but that "problem" is negligible.

Try MINCO Durian Yema and judge for yourself.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Spicy Calamansi Yakisoba

Another Yakisoba variant from Nissin.

Good point: noodles are of high quality.

Bad point: the calamansi flavor is too much.  It overpowers everything.

Advice: Skip this one.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tokyo Tokyo Ramen

The famous Japanese food chain reintroduces to the public their contribution to the ramen craze.  There are three variants to choose from: Spicy Chicken, Braised Pork, and Tempura Miso.  We chose the last two.  We ordered the Braised Pork Ramen as part of a Combo Pack (Php 150), meaning it comes with a glass of Red Iced Tea and Gyoza.  For the Tempura Miso, we bought a Snack Size (Php 99).

The ramen is served with thin, high quality noodles, shredded cabbage, nori, and half of a hardboiled egg.  The broth of the Braised Pork Ramen tastes a little like cardboard; it lacks the heartiness of made-from-scratch broth.  Good thing the meat pieces are juicy, flavorful, and a little sweet.

The Tempura Miso is better.  The miso adds the needed flavor for the one-dimensional broth.  This ramen has a punctuated and deeper taste.  This ramen comes with one piece of well-fried ebi tempura.  Delicious.

The Gyoza is OK, good enough.  It is yummy, but not extraordinary.

Try some Tokyo Tokyo Ramen and judge for yourself.