Thursday, April 28, 2016

First lick of Kuya J's Halo-Halo Espesyal

It's Kuya J's new dessert offering.

Caramelized banana and langka, kaong, macapuno, and ube, smothered with milk-flavored shaved ice, then topped with leche flan, ube ice cream, and cereal.

The shaved ice's milk flavor is too subtle. All the other ingredients are mediocre. The banana slices are a little hard to the bite.

The only delicious component is the ube ice cream.

An order costs Php 99.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First lick of Magnum Infinity

Selecta's premium ice cream bar brand Magnum offers a new variant. Presenting, Magnum Infinity. This variant has two flavors: Chocolate & Caramel and Chocolate & Raspberry.

The Chocolate & Caramel features a smooth chocolate ice cream flavored with some caramel sauce, nestling inside a chocolate shell. The chocolate components are good, not too sweet, and are luxurious enough. The caramel sauce's taste however is too subtle to be enjoyed.

The Chocolate & Raspberry also features the same chocolate ice cream and chocolate shell. This time, the ice cream is flavored with some raspberry sauce. This raspberry sauce though does not taste like raspberry. It lacks the tartness and slight sharpness of the said berry. It's just a pink, sweet sauce.

Try Magnum Infinity and judge for yourself.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

First lick of Rita's Halo-Halo Gelati

Rita's has a new summer offering made especially for Filipinos: the Halo-Halo Gelati.

The Italian ice is made with some of the ingredients of the famous Filipino dessert treat: ube halaya, red beans, langka, and buko. The ice is then topped with nata de coco, sweetened bananas, pinipig, and Vanilla Frozen Custard.

The components of this concoction taste good individually: the pinipig is nice and crisp, the bananas are deliciously flavored, the nata de coco tastes like, well, the usual nata de coco. And, the Halo-Halo Ice is not bad, initially at least. But as we get to the bottom of the cup, we sense an artificial-tasting aspect that tastes like cough syrup. Making things worse is the Vanilla Frozen Custard that is a tad too sweet.

Considering the taste and our overall experience, not too mention the hefty Php 195 price tag, we say that the Halo-Halo Gelati is not that good of a dessert option.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

First sip of the Roasted Marshmallow S'Mores Frappuccino

The Roasted Marshmallow S'Mores Frappuccino.

It's coffee with chocolate sauce, marshmallow whipped cream, and Graham bits.

The chocolate sauce is too sweet. The marshmallow whipped cream has hints of candy flavor. One can hardly sense the coffee.

All in all, this drink is a letdown. And yeah, it's not for diabetics.

A Tall order costs Php 180.

Try it and judge for yourself.

First bite of the Bacon Mushroom Jalapeño Melt

It's the classic Bacon Mushroom Melt burger with chopped jalapeño chili pepper. 

Delicious! It's bursting with good and satisfying meat flavor. It's not excessively salty. And the jalapeño pieces add the right level of kick.

An order costs Php 95.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

First sip of McDonalds Creamy Mushroom Soup

McDonalds now offers a new soup to its customers: Creamy Mushroom Soup.

Is it creamy? Yes. Is it a soup? Yes. Is it mushroom? No! There's a SUBTLE HINT of mushroom, but it's really all salt and, surprisingly, sugar. Yes, sugar! There's a sugar aftertaste.

Sana man lang, naglagay ng sliced button mushrooms para kahit papaano, may mushroom component talaga.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Quick bite of the Flavored Jolly Crispy Fries

Jollibee's crispy french fries now come with some flavor...Two flavors to be exact: Super Cheese and Sour Cream & Onion.

The Super Cheese is not salty and its cheese flavor is not too strong. It also has sweet and buttery undertones. The Sour Cream & Onion is also not salty, and its tastes are authentic, especially the pungency of the onion component. Quite good, actually.

A Large order costs Php 65, Regular is Php 40.

Try some Flavored Jolly Crispy Fries and judge for yourself.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Quick bite of Julie's biscuits

Assorted biscuits from Julie's y'all! Straight from Malaysia!

First, we have Le-Mond. It's a biscuit sandwich with a cheddar cheese cream filling. The biscuits themselves are good; they're light, crispy, and perfectly salted. The cheese filling is smooth. The taste though is quite odd because it's a little sweet, a flavor not associated with cheddar cheese. The filling doesn't taste bad, but it's not authentically cheesy.

Then, the Oat 25 cookie. It's an oatmeal cookie with real strawberry bits. The cookie itself is not bad; it's not too hard to bite into. The strawberry component is too subtle though to be sensed. In fact, the dominant flavor of this cookie variant is a lemony one.

Next is the Cheese Sandwich, which is a biscuit sandwich with cheese filling. The biscuits are good, but the filling is bland. Really bland.

Lastly, the Peanut Butter Sandwich. It's a biscuit sandwich with peanut butter filling. The biscuits are golden, well salted, and delicious. The filling is not too sweet and has the authentic flavor of good peanut butter.

Try these Julie's products and judge for yourself.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Quick bite of Lotus Biscoff

Biscoff are shortcrust biscuits from Belgium. They're also known as "speculoos." They used to be served only during special occasions, but are now available to everyone.

They're made with caramelized sugar, with hints of cinnamon. Biscoff cookies are usually paired with coffee.

The cookies are not too hard to bite, and has a good mix of sweetness and spice. Each bite tastes like Christmas, actually.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Quick bite of the Sakura Sumo Meal

Tokyo Tokyo celebrates this year's Sakura Festival by painting the town pink with its Sakura Sumo Meal.

So what does this Sakura Sumo Meal consist of? Well, two [pink] bowls of rice, it has a small serving of Beef Misono, three pieces of the Chicken Karaage, two pieces of Ebi Tempura, two pieces of potato tempura, one onion ring, a small serving of Yakisoba, two Mochi Balls, a serving of Sakura Potato Salad, and two glasses of Lychee Fizz. Now THAT is a meal!

The Beef Misono, Chicken Karaage, Tempura, and Yakisoba are familiar to regular Tokyo Tokyo customers. But of course, it doesn't hurt to mention that the beef is tender and flavorful, that the kaarage is well fried and well seasoned, and that the Tempura pieces are perfect. The Yakisoba has firm noodles, but the sauce is just a tad too sweet.

So what are the new items? First, the Sakura Potato Salad: it's a PINK salad with potato and beet cubes, and some lettuce leaves underneath. It tastes O-K, not bad, but not good enough that you would order it again and again.

Second new item is the Lychee Fizz: it's lychee-flavored soda with lychee jelly. The fruit flavor is authentic; each sip is bursting with a vibrant lychee taste. Refreshing, this drink is perfect for summer!

Last new item, the Mochi Balls: Japanese rice cake with a peanut butter center. Now these are yummy! The mochi itself is of high quality and has good texture. It's not overly sticky. And that peanut butter center? A pleasant surprise to the palate (Spoiler alert! Hehe.).

With the manifold flavors it has, we say that, all in all, this new Sumo Meal is satisfying!

A Sakura Sumo Meal costs Php 449.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

First bite of the Very Cheesy Macaroni

A new pasta dish from Greenwich Pizza!

Elbow macaroni smothered with cheese sauce, topped with grated cheese and pepperoni pieces.

The noodles are firm. The sauce is indeed cheesy but not salty. Each bite is satisfying. The dish is delicious actually.

An order costs Php 90.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Quick bite at Outside The Box

We were at SM City Masinag one morning and went to the food court for some fare. Outside The Box caught our eye, particularly their offer of "Build Your Own Pizza." So that's what we did, we built our own pizza, and along with it, we ordered their bestselling pasta dish, the Linguine Alfredo.

For our pizza, we chose the Red Sauce (tomato sauce with Italian herbs and spices, Php 99), some Ham (additional Php 20), Bacon Bits (additional Php 25), and Ricotta Cheese (additional Php 15). We also wanted some Garlic Chili Olive Oil (additional Php 10) to be drizzled on our pizza after baking.

The result? A bland, disappointing pizza! The Red Sauce was watery and sharp, and there are no "Italian herbs and spices" flavor. The meat toppings could barely be sensed. And the crust? Too chewy and soft!

For our pasta, we had the Linguine Alfredo (Php 159), but we asked that the noodles be changed to penne. The noodles were not soggy, thank goodness. The sauce though was too oily, and it was oddly sweet. The chicken and mushroom pieces were OK.

All in all, based on our experience, we wouldn't mind not coming back. Sayang sa pera.

Outside The Box is at the food court are of SM City Masinag.