I have glad and sad news for you. I’m glad that there are bakeshops now that are catering to the healthier lifestyle trend. Sugarnot along South Super Hiway is a blessing for us. I first heard of this from Carlos’ who recommended it in his blog. Their bestseller, Last Temptation Cake is sugar-free and they are using maltitol powder instead. This powder is a sugarless sweetener and green food with pure sweet taste. The sad news is, the taste needs a lot of getting use to and there are no crowd every time I pass by this place. So I’m worried that this might not survive specially in the Philippine’s high-carb diet scene.
I must admit that Crepes & Cream will surely become a dessert destination from now on in The Fort (There is also a store in the ground floor, The Podium in Ortigas). It is besides the UCC Cafe Terraces which is now famous for that great night cap conversation with friends. The concept is simple, Great Crepe wrapped in a cone + Delicious Ice Cream + Yummy Toppings! Their main tagline is “Crepe wraps bursting with assorted filling, delectable ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, coffee, and a whole lot more… “
Although, I would say that the photos in their main advertisement above well lacks the artistic touch — people bowing their heads, looking at the ice cream, or it lacked that authentic look of “I love crepes & cream”. So we also decided to make our own version of the photos… just a suggestion 🙂
When Queens opened along Jupiter St. in Makati, there was a lot of buzz about how great the food and a bit on the pricey side. It has a fine dining atmosphere, that is not intimidating, and perfect for that dinner conversation with friends. I’m glad Vivian and Marge treated the entire barkada to a Sunday Dinner treat at Queens! It was a perfect dinner event for that priceless reunion with friends.
I heard a lot of raves about the novelty of eating beside a petron station but I’ve never tried it and probably never will. I’m a vegetarian for 2 weeks now (yes, you heard me right) and I can only read reviews about it. Particularly interesting is Firefly | Zephyr’s review of Everything @ Steak. If my vegetarian experiment works, I don’t mind missing raving about this steak. 2 more weeks…
Here is another best kept thai cuisine secret for all those food adventurers out there. This time, this is a hawker style (just along the road- turo turo in short) place, where it serves sukho-thai food at a very cheap price! I’m really a food adventurer and sometimes I’m criticized for only trying the expensive ones (so here’s a cheap find for you). The food is cooked or supervised by a retired Sukhothai Chef who is a thai and has a family here in Makati. Som is the name of the grand daughter of the Chef. I’ve decided to check out Som’s Noddle House instead of going to the World’s longest dinner buffet in Eastwood (and the World’s most unsatisfied guests – I’m glad 🙂 Then, the next day, I also checked out SukhoThai in Megamall which is one of our favorites but we heard that it will be closing shop soon (hopefully just a rumor). Here is a blow by blow boxing match between Som’s Noodle House vs. Sukho-Thai before you even try to check this one out.
Asia Band 3 College, Singapore ( September, 26-30, 2005 )
Singapore has been my second work home. All of my trips this year have been in Singapore and this week is no exception. We had a leadership training for all the senior managers in our company in the asia region. Whenever I travel, I bring my hobby with me: Photography, Badminton and Culinary Adventures.
Night Photography. My first attempt at night photography of Clarke Quay, Singapore. I wished pasig river could be as beautiful as this. This place have always been a tourist winner ever since.
Chili Crab or Pepper Crab? I’ve always craved about these singapore favorites that nobody can match in the Philippines resto. For some reason, ever the Palm Beach in the Fort or Singapura Rasa cannot even compare to these authentic dishes from Jumbo Seafood Restaurant. The JUMBO chili crab has always been a winner over the JUMBO pepper crab because of its rich yummy sauce with fried or steam buns! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re missing on one of the culinary adventures of your life.
I can’t imagine that I’ve eaten in a Jumbo restaurant on two consecutive nights both in Clarke Quay. Their most famous restaurant is in East Coast — most of the taxi drivers know this place. Recently, I learned that there are other recommended dishes that are sooo delicious in Jumbo. Don’t forget to order Bamboo Clams with minced garlic and Crispy Baby Squid!! Equally Yummy!
Badminton. When visiting Singapore, I always make a point to play Badminton. Also, I always bring my badminton racket when I travel. It affects my game if I don’t use my Armortek 800. There’s a certain feel to it that I’m able to make excellent drop shots or control the flick of my wrist.
RC Airplane. On my way to Jumbo, I saw these Singaporeans flying RC plances that look like UFO sightings in the photo above. One day, I’ll take up this hobby 🙂
Official Photographer. The problem with having photography as your hobby is the fact that people will leverage your hobby during meetings and ask you to be THE official photographer. One of my difficulty is asking a group to do a fun shot aside from the normal formal shots. I’m happy that I was able to talk some sense into the team and inspire them to have this wacky pose. (I’m the middle person on the first row)
My Wife loves it but too chocolatie for my taste :)
It’s the first time I encountered the word ganache and by defition it means rich paste of chocolate, cream, and sometimes butter. Now this taste and sounds more fattening than an icing 🙂 The entire cake tastes like death by chocolate because literally it is sooo good and sooo sweet that even if you know that it is not good for your health, you still try to eat it !
Anyway, I’m starting to taste all these best desserts in manila but this one was not even included in the list but it was tucked away in the comments of lori’s readers. We ordered one during Aidan’s 8th month birthday last Sept. 19. My wife loves it! most of the women loves it! But still I don’t get what’s with women and chocolates? can anybody explain?
Here’s the contact information:
Karen E. Young/ Gigi
Karen’s Kitchen (KEY Specialty Foods)
428 Adalla St. Palm Village
Makati City, Metro Manila 1211
Cell# 0917-key4you (5394968)
email: [email protected]
(and yes, we have to pick it up in Palm Village near Rockwell. They also make the Xanadu cake of UCC but it is almost P1000. So, we’ll save it for a special occasion…)
I love new and wonderful things manila has to offer and she does not fail to surprise me. I’m glad that wysgal linked to this great dessert blog by a food writer, lori entitled dessertcomesfirst blog. Her articles are very witty about food and desserts that I totally forget my goal of losing weight (I warned you). Check out her entry on great home based desserts in this blog post –>The 10 best desserts in Manila (and the vultures who eat them). I only know Estrels and Bizu’s macaroons but I think I’m missing on all the other great desserts/cakes. I’m glad that my son Aidan, celebrates his birthday monthly and my wife’s family’s birthdays are normally in october/november time frame. Just a test, how many of these great desserts have you tried already?
Chocolate Decadence Cake by Dennis Hipolito Banana Toffee Pie by Roselyn Tiangco Chocolate Rum Cake by Joyce Aragon Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion by Baba Ibazeta Macaroons by Bizu Polly’s Chocolate Cake by Polly Garilao Chocolate Carrot Cake by Melissa Lim Mango Torte by Tony Cuerva Strawberry Shortcake by Baby Yulo Caramel Cake by Estrel’s
My friend Tanya introduced me again to this healthy low fat nut snack. Introducing Wheat nuts! This is very timely because on Sunday we will be going on a culinary tour of Quezon and these nuts would keep me awake when driving. This is really perfect for me because I loved nuts — I craved for it but with my recent blood exam, my uric acid is way above the acceptable limits. Also, I know that nuts is fattening and I’m trying to lose weight. So these wheat nuts are perfect 🙂 Thanks, Tanya!
These wheat nuts grows on you but it is not like nuts/junkfood where the more you eat, the more it gets addicting. These nuts would somehow be able to tell your brain that you’re eating too much and be satisfied already. These healthy nuts are available in Aisle 48 of Landmark supermarket. Get yours until supply lasts.