Tag Archives: dessert

Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Baler is in our travel bucket list for one simple reason — surfing and the good vibe that goes with this sport. We’re not surfers. We’re simply curious about the huge interest in Baler’s surfing scene. We’ve long resolved to cover Baler, almost eight years from the time we finally found the right time and the perfect reason — the perfect storm, if you will — to go there. It was a few days after a strong storm, Typhoon Lando, hit Baler. Here’s our trip itinerary and story (we’ve sandwiched the helpful information, tips and suggestions in the text of the article, just for fun). Continue reading Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Photo of the Day: Chocolate-coated Strawberry

On top of being called as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is known for a lot things — pine trees, fog, Good Shepherd halaya and, of course, strawberry. For those who have traveled to Baguio a couple of times, however, the sight of strawberries has become a common sight, so much so that these all-year-round fruits are hardly given a second glance. But what happens if strawberries are given a new twist, as deliciously shown by the gorgeous photo of Ces Hernandez (ig_undersij)? We have to take a second look. And a second bite of the chocolate-coated strawberry by Cafe by the Ruins. Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Chocolate-coated Strawberry

Dessert Heaven at Purple Oven

We don’t love dessert. Really, even if you torture us with more chocolate cakes, we’re going to stand by our words — we don’t like dessert. This mantra, we tell ourselves almost every chance we get. We have to convince ourselves that we don’t like dessert. Diabetes has made sure we mend our ways and steer away from dessert. But how can we resist going into, and running around the goodies, at the Purple Oven? Continue reading Dessert Heaven at Purple Oven

Fast and Furious: How to Destroy a Banapple Blueberry Cheesecake

It has been ages since we last visited Banapple. What better way to have a #ThrowBackThursday than to go back and check if the banoffee still tastes the same? The banoffee was still there, alright, but it didn’t receive a second glance from us. Our quick gaze got stuck on the cheesecake, the Blueberry Cheesecake. Lovely! Even before the Banapple staff finished preparing our cheesecake order, we already came up with a plan how to dominate the world and totally destroy the Banapple Blueberry Cheesecake along the way. Don’t fret, lad, we’re going to share the strategy with you. Continue reading Fast and Furious: How to Destroy a Banapple Blueberry Cheesecake

Matamis na Sampalok (Sweet Tamarind)

Sometimes it’s more fun to go with the flow rather than overthink something. For instance, there’s no special reason why we’re posting an article about the ordinary sampalok (yes, that’s the same plant used for sinampalukang manok, but you use the leaf for that; you use the fruit for the minatamis o matamis na sampalok, or simply sampalok). Maybe because it has been a long time since we came across sweet tamarind. We happily found some in a pasalubong corner on the way back to Manila from Baguio. Continue reading Matamis na Sampalok (Sweet Tamarind)

Red Velvet of Vanilla Cupcakes Bakery

V is for Red Velvet. Yes, we know Red Velvet starts with R, but there’s no recall in that, is there?. Think “V is for Victory,” which figured in a movie and we use on a daily basis by flashing the middle and index fingers. Do the V sign with the back hand and it’s hip-hop cool. Do the V sign the other way and that’s pa-cute for teenage girls. Do the V sign with sugar-coated smile and you have Red Velvet or, if you insist on sticking to the alphabet, the Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. Continue reading Red Velvet of Vanilla Cupcakes Bakery

The Brownies of Becky’s Kitchen

Looks can be deceiving. That’s true in life or one of its enjoyable aspects, food. Take, for instance, the Becky’s Kitchen. You haven’t heard of it in all probability. And if you pass by an all-white wooden house along 1061 P. Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz) corner Bautista Streets (Singalong, Manila City), with the chipped paint, you’d hardly notice the old-school signage which quietly proclaims that this is the original and main branch of Becky’s Kitchen. Continue reading The Brownies of Becky’s Kitchen

The Cassava Cake of Shiela’s Sweet Shop

A lot of times, we discover good food by simply relying on the choices of others and tasting what they’ve brought for us to sample. Some times this results to a bum stomach, food poising at worst, but many times it results to a “eureka!” moment. The latter could best describe our reaction when we tried the cassava cake of Shiela’s Sweet Shop. Continue reading The Cassava Cake of Shiela’s Sweet Shop

Sweet Tooth Heaven at Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe

“What started off as a family pastime for a mother and daughter tandem has now developed into a full fledged bakery café business with the aim of satisfying our customers’ cravings for traditional home cooked meals and fresh out of the oven pastries and baked goodies. Prepared with only the freshest ingredients and no preservatives, much care is taken in order to make sure that every dish that comes out of our kitchen stimulates your palate and leaves you with a sense of comfort and satisfaction only good food can provide.” Continue reading Sweet Tooth Heaven at Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Mango Bravo, Fabulous Cakes at Conti’s Pastry Shop & Restaurant

Fabulous desserts. Fabulous cakes. That’s how Conti’s Pastry Shop & Restaurant say in its menu. And if the photos are enough to induce a mouth-watering craving, it describes one of our favorites: Layers of wafer, cream and fresh mangoes coated with whipped cream icing topped with fresh mangoes and drizzled with chocolate syrup. Continue reading Mango Bravo, Fabulous Cakes at Conti’s Pastry Shop & Restaurant