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27 posts from November 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

Eating Turtle, a slice of Snake and a Water Bug in Guangzhou, China

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WARNING: Please don't read this post. The pictures are disgusting but I wanted to blog about this to serve as a blog memory for me on my exotic adventures in Guangzhou, China. Hopefully, it will never happen again.

In my post, Snake, Water Bug, and Centipede looking Shrimps...

Q. What do these animals have in common?
A. I ate all of them for dinner in Guangzhou, China.

This was the second time I ate snakes in China. It was tolerable, and the Guanzhou locals loved it. It actually taste like lamb ribs with fish bones. It looks slimy but is is not. The skin is tender instead of rubbery and if not for the stripes you will forget that you are eating snakes. But still, every time I look at the picture above, I want to throw up and I can't imagine eating these disgusting snakes.

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Duo of Serendra: Chef Mao and Larry Cortez

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"Duo means a combination of two... it's a combination of excellent food and impeccable service, to provide you the perfect dining experience in a comfortable setting.... From great food service to celebrated wines, with a team of seasoned and courteous staff, Duo offers an unmatched dining experience... Larry Cortez and Chef Mauro Arjona Jr. "

Literally this is French Corner in Serendra. Way before Duo opened, rumor has it that Billy King's protégé decided to start a Serendra restaurant. Expect the same level of food quality in their French cuisine but this time I must admit that the service was friendly and accommodating. Don't be intimidated by the vest and tie wearing waiters, they are ready to serve you. There are a lot of artsy fartsy effects on the wall and most of them are for sale. The photo above is a ceiling painting that gives a French ambiance and entices you to drink some wines. You might be intimidated to eat here because of the prices of the food and the "expat" crowd that it attracts, but reserve this for special occasions.

I love the baked sole that I ordered and the "gone-in-a-minute" Duo Surprise dessert. The Fish and Meat that we ordered tasted ordinary though and in fact, my wife was complaining that the Fish tasted like Mc Donald's fish fillet. I can't believe it at first, but when I tasted the fish, I felt like somebody stole the Mc Donald's fish fillet recipe. The steak was tender with the perfect sauce, but we should have ordered the Surf and Turf instead. I'm hoping to go back to get a full taste of a 4 course meal.

Lastly, the place is a little crowded and far from the luxury in space that French Corner offers. It feels like the other table can hear whatever you are talking and there is a tiny bar on the mezzanine floor. I like the long rectangular windows view of the Serendra piazza center from the resto. Overall, it is still far from a JSG experience and a toned down Le Souffle, but the Duo promise of excellent food and impeccable service is perfect for that dinner date or a special love one occasion.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Q. What is the Best Buko Pie in the Philippines?

A. Lety's Buko Pie in Los Banos, Laguna.

The doughnut taste test reminded me of the Buko Pie test we did last April.
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Krispy Kreme vs. Go Nuts Donuts

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The verdict is out! Krispy Kreme is the King of Doughnuts!

I was surprised yesterday that Krispy Kreme sent not only one box but enough doughnuts to feed our entire company during merienda. Thanks Krispy Kreme!! I actually missed it since I was working from home yesterday and I had to ask one of our guys to deliver one box at home. I heard they are giving away 100,000 doughnuts to test run their equipment and at the same time, to serve as their non-traditional marketing campaign since they don't plan to have a TV commercial. Well, I don't think they need any more advertisement because this was already done for them through word of mouth, won't you agree? Most of the big Makati Companies were fortunate enough to receive this most coveted doughnut :)

We had to conduct the taste test immediately while the doughnuts are still fresh. We had five people to serve as our panel for the event. I won't reveal their names but one is a culinologist by profession who runs kusina bilidad; a lady from the HR team of McCann Erikson; an IT project manager from one of America's biggest retailer Safeway; a dedicated and beautiful housewife; and a photo blogger. Unanimously, all of us agreed that Krispy Kreme is the best doughnut and I hate to admit it but it is true.

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We were able to buy Go Nuts and the much raved about Cello donuts who fortunately have a store in front of DLSU. We did not include Hoops donuts anymore, as requested too, because it was not somewhere near where we can immediately run and buy one from it.

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Can you guess which one is the Go Nuts and which one is the Krispy Kreme?

The Final Ranking:

1. Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts (P30) -- (http://www.krispykreme.com.ph/)
The dough is super airy soft with the right firmness to still have the right form and "bite" that is unbeatable by any other doughnuts. The doughnut is thinly glazed over that literally melts in your hand when you touch it and with double joy, melts in your mouth when you bite into it. Everybody agrees that the honey glaze is too sweet which is both good/ bad in a way. So, it will be nice to have it with hot milk or hot coffee to serve as the break from eating those doughnuts. After eating the doughnut, the sweetness lingers in your mouth when the glaze melts but it does not make you feel thirsty. It has an addicting factor that I suggest you stay away from this temptation. Also, if you are trying to lose weight and trying to stay healthy, do not attempt to even get a taste of this because you might ruin your diet plan and health. Lastly, I think the price will be a factor when buying this one.

2. Go Nuts Donuts Amazing Glaze Donuts (P18) -- (http://www.gonutsdonuts.net/)
The dough feels a lot firmer and certain hardness than the Krispy Kremes. In fact, without the Krispy Kreme comparison, I'm sure you won't notice this. The glaze is a little thicker and has the right amount of sweetness. I think Go Nuts was able to perfect the right amount of sweetness for the Filipino taste bud. The taste feels like a duplicate of the Krispy Kreme when KK doughnuts are already in its 2-3 day existence. Unanimously, everybody agree that Krispy Kreme is way a lot better. But I'm sure that Krispy Kreme won't have Go Nuts pastilas version.

3. Cello's Original Doughnuts (P20) -- a far third and a little more expensive than Go Nuts, these doughnuts taste like margarine and the dough is more of a bread. So these should be called breadnuts with margarine :) Seriously, these kinds of doughnuts goes well with their different toppings. So if we just compare the original honey glazed doughnuts, this won't even compare. Also, once you eat them, you will feel thirsty since it makes your mouth dry as observed by our culinologist friend. But then again, when you just eat them without anything to compare it with, this may pass your taste bud too!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Penny Brown Smackers

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Our Awesome Planet Smacker
(P100) - Sinless Sugar-Free Cookies with Fruits-in-Ice Cream (FIC) Cafe Late Light Sugar-Free with Clifford dog, not included with the purchase.

That's the way I like my smacker! Now, these cookies are sounding like Starbucks coffee where you need to have 15 words to be considered cool. Ok that's the idea, why not have an extra hot cookie on an extra chilly ice cream. Or can we have an extra sugar-free whip cream on top too?

Seriously, these Penny Brown fresh cookies are making a lot of noise and I'm glad that this is just near our office. The keyword these days are fresh doughnuts, cookies freshly baked, and popcorn popped daily. The terms fresh along with the sugar-free low carb trend is here to stay and now, I'm glad that I'll be less guilty eating my dessert especially when I'm alone.

Actually, my favorite dessert in Glorietta are Subway's Oatmeal Cookie (P40 for 3) and Better than Ice Cream Pistachio on a sugar cone (P60). I can't resist these desserts and now, here's an addition to my list of favorites. I'm glad that I can order these sugar-free smacker equivalent from Penny Brown. If I have my way, this is my ideal cookie: Extra Hot Sugar-Free Oatmeal Cookies with extra chilly Fruits-in-Ice Cream Pistachio Light Sugar Free. I'm glad I beat the 15 words cool factor here :) Care to share your penny brown moment?

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The verdict? I surprised my wife with this penny brown smacker and lets just say I got another cookie points for it :) I love it for the fact that it is fresh and sugar-free. But admittedly, the ice cream overpowered the sugar-free cookie. The cookie itself does not have a unique taste, it is like eating the sweet texture of a cookie. Orange Outbursts heart Penny Brown and calls it heavenly-- I can't blame her :)

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