Best Chocolate Ganache in Manila! ?

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
Tel# 898-2280
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…)


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Chocolat Cakes — Best Chocolate Dessert Place in Mall of Asia!

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Sonja’s Cupcakes— Creating the Cupcake Craze in the Philippines?

Viaje del Sol

Carlito’s Workshop 2 –Photogenic House with an Outstanding Garden :)

Photogenic House with an outstanding garden!

When we went to Carlito’s, we were hesitant to go in because we are literally walk-ins because we did not call in advance for reservations but the brochure said it is open on Saturdays. When we arrived, the place looks quiet with only one red pickup car parked in front of the house. Now, the main reason we went here is to have coffee and this is right after the rambutan festival in Tiaong.
The picture above shows the facade of the main house and the back of this nice house.

It was really intimidating because the house is very beautiful. The leftmost picture is the view of the well manicured lawn from the main door of the house. Upon entering the house, you are greeted by the picture in the middle where there is a fountain statue behind a glass encarving. We were invited to the living room where there are alot of art pieces as well including a patis tesoro doll (see right most photo above). At this point, Carlito met us and we felt right at home and we felt like a guest of a long time friend.

At the back of the main house is a small structure that has dining tables featuring Carlito’s work. At this point, Carlito was explaining to us what he is doing, his work, and the story behind Carlito’s workshop. Apparently, he is a very good friend of Patis Tesoro and she asked him to open up his very nice house for people visiting San Pablo. Viaje del Sol, was a very nice concept where the insight was people who would love to eat at Kusina Salud needed to have other site seeing places in the area. Thus, Carlito was convinced, and he opened up his nice home.

Having said this, Carlito’s workshop is still not a full pledge coffee house (yet) since viaje del sol is just 6 months old. I actually like going to these places when they are young when there are not alot of people. In this particular case when we visited, we were the ONLY people and we were entertained very well 🙂 Carlito lives with his wife and daughter but they were out in San Pablo city when we arrived. After looking at the magnificent (first time we’ve seen such) steel brass artwork, we finally tasted the coffee that we came for and much more in his workshop place.

The structure above is his workshop where he creates his masterpieces. This is where we spent our afternoon coffee time — Carlito’s Workshop ala Starbucks with a Filipino touch.

to be continued… 2/3


Viaje del Sol

Carlito’s Workshop 1– Intimidating House with Surprisingly Hospitable Host!

Excellent artist place and perfect for afternoon coffee and chit chat :)

This is another Viaje del Sol posts. We vowed to complete and visit all the Viaje del Sol locations and blog about them. In the viaje del sol map, we saw this Carlitos Workshop area which is very intriguing just along the maharlika hi-way in between Villa Escudero and Kusina Salud. In the brochure, here is Carlito’s Workshop description:

” Carlito Ortega is a sculptor who works in welded steel and brass, as well as with old hard wood. He creates figurative works in both intimate and monumental scale inspired by Laguna folk art and lore. An avid art collector, he has a striking collection of contemporary art.

He is also a land artist whose garden is his masterpiece. Come and visit his artist workshop and garden. Inspired by the American Southern-style plantation homes, his house sits on a 1.5 hectare property. His garden boasts of a collection of plam trees and rare plants. “

The above photos are just some of Carlito’s awesome welded steel/brass art. His place is intimidating at first because of the big steel gates and grand driveway to his house. According to Carlito, a lot of people get intimated to the point of turning away once seeing the gate and the driveway.

to be continued… 1/3



Can you resist not to click?

Interesting proof-of-concept on “zero clicks” user interface. I thought this cannot be done, but this website have been able to achieve the dream of most users to have a simplified web application interface. Although, after some time, I can’t resist clicking 🙂 can you? try it out here.



My P&G Days...

Shopwise Manila Now Open!! Not your usual supermarket :)

tion Finally, a supermarket with a refreshing design and totally alot better than the Rustan’s supermarket located originally in Harrison Plaza Manila. Shopwise Manila (Harrison Plaza) did a supplier’s launch last friday and the grand launch in ASAP yesterday (Sept. 18). Personally, I like the the new design of the health & beauty section branded as Essense of Wellness where Raymund’s Isaac Photos were used. Also, the House of Care design for the household section is implemented where the products are arranged based on how you use it at home ( laundry, bathing, cooking, and general cleaning). BTW, both of these setup were designed by our company 🙂

The store was launched last friday in a 70’s fashion and it was one of the fun supermarket launch that I attended. See shots of the owner of Shopwise, Cricket Tantoco (in green), Ralph (owner of Ralph’s wines) and Tanya Lim (orange) from our company as well (see center Photo).

If you are from the Manila area, check this out since we only have two options currently which is Robinson’s manila and Cash n Carry. I’m not sure if the prices are competitive, but it would be tough matching Cash n Carry prizes. Hey, shopwise has a wise card anyway so hopefully the points for prizes would compensate for it.




My Latest Awesome Stuff on the Web

I’ve been reading alot of blog feeds lately (190+) and here are some of the awesome stuff in the web that interests me over the last few days:

1. HK Disneyland Review. A disappointing review of the disneyland experience in HK which opened to the public last Sept. 12 by littlecardnoodles. The review provided a warning on long queues and potential health hazards for people planning to visit: Sunburn, Dehydration, and Injury by umbrella spoke. Not to mention, entrance fee costs (HK$ 249 on a weekday, and HK$ 350 on a weekend) which is about P2,000 per adult!!


Photos courtesy of chehzhaimeen’s

2. Awesome Jessica Alba. Simply awesome 🙂 Paparazzi photos of Jessica Alba in bikinis in these posts Jessica Alba White Bikini and Jessica Alba wears bikinis to beaches via


3. Framer (flagrantdisregard’s new flickr tools). Another cool flickr photo tool from flagrantdisregard.


4. SLIDE!! A personal broadcasting service. I created one here –> and you can download a slide desktop client and I use it to get feeds from engadget and gizmodo.


5. — cool new AJAX Application which is basically an instant messenger on the net! You can now access your Yahoo Messenger while traveling 🙂



Beat Ateneo, ANIMO Lasalle!

Top 10 Things Why I Love the UAAP & The La Salle Green Archers !


I love the virgin spirit of trying to win for our alma matter no mater what it takes.
I love it when Lasalle beats the Ateneo Pride and crush them during the last three minutes.
I love the excitement every time Arana scores beneath the goal with Japeth Aguilar defending.
I love the comedy of the Lasalle Pep squad that Ateneans cannot comprehend.
I love making the wave and seeing Ateneans with envy that they want do it too.
I love it when T.Y. Tang is not anymore afraid of Tenorio and it looks like the other way around now.
I love it that even with the height disadvantage, Lasalle would make Ateneo look small.
I love it when Franz Pumaren would make Norman Black an amateur in college basketball.
I love the play of the day when Arana started dancing to the tune of Go Lasalle Go Go Lasalle.
I love it when Ateneo Blue Babble makes an L sign during halftime which stands for LOSERS 🙂

Congratulations to the Lasalle Basketball team for beating Ateneo (again) 72-55 in yesterday’s Ateneo – Lasalle 2nd round game and winning all the Ateneo-Lasalle games this year! Whether it is the Legends game, All-Star game, or the double round robin games, you guys make us so proud 🙂 ANIMO LASALLE!!


Viaje del Sol

Rambutan Festival 3: Harvesting 10kg of Rambutan

This is the best picking experience we ever had :)

Coming into this rambutan festival, all of us where wishing that it should have been lansones. We did not realize that the rambutan variety that they have is imported which means it is really sweet. Also, one thing I hate about rambutan is that the coat of the seed which is hard part sometimes stick to the soft part of the fruit when you eat it. ( now I had a hard time explaining this ) But, lo and behold, their rambutan variety is extremely good that totally changed the way I looked at rambutan. I’m glad we bought 3.3kgs each @ P100 only — wow what a bargain 🙂

We hiked for half a kilometer to the rambutan trees. We were really expecting that we picked 10kg of rambutan but fortunately there are folks who were willing to assists us. So we commissioned a guy to get the rambutans for us while we snap these shots and enjoyed eating rambutan while we wait. Of course, we wouldn’t miss the fun and experience so we tried picking some rambutan ourselves.

This was really fun and the weather was just perfect. Since we are under the rambutan trees, it is very cool. Unfortunately, we decided that this might not be a place for Aidan to go to so he was left with his mom in the main house.

This is the end of the rambutan festival series. By this time, it is just about 2pm so we decided to visit the other viaje del sol places. You need to check this out really really great places — Carlito’s Workshop and Casa San Pablo.


Viaje del Sol

Rambutan Festival 2: Agri Seminary & Adobo Packed Lunch

Farm Style Lunch & Seminar ala Fresco :)

When we arrive, we are really not expecting anything because we have not read the newspaper article or seen any pictures. This is simply a leap of faith hoping that the entire experience would be great and not a waste of our time. We arrived in a jeep to the main house where the seminar is already going on. Now, we just listened for a while and cannot relate to the farming methods. Although, Di, Maong and I are already entertaining the idea of buying a farm lot and starting our own farm in San Pablo. My dad would have loved to visit here and listen to the farming tips — maybe next year.

The packed lunch included in the P150 is a adobong manok / baboy rice topping wrapped in banana leaves. It was delicious and you have to use your hands because no plastic utensils provided ( we don’t mind this). Although, one of the difficult part was finding a table because there are only a few like 4-5 so people just look for a spot, sit, and eat lunch. Fortunately we were able to secure a spot at the back of the house where we met and chatted with Atty. Lazatin and guess what, mr. Imbestigator himself — Mike Enriquez.

I leave you with a picture of a farm tractor.

to be continued…. 2 of 3


Viaje del Sol

Rambutan Festival 1: The best Rambutan I ever picked & tasted :)

Picking the sweetest Rambutan fresh from the CLSU-Dizon Farm!

After our Tina Decal’s Quezon tour, we went back to Tiaong last Saturday because we learned from my friend Diwat got raving reviews from her officemate about the Rambutan Festival in Tiaong, Quezon. Now, this gets me immediately interested since I’m starting to fell in love with Tiaong and San Pablo. I’m glad that we went and I wanted to share with my blog readers about this wonderful experience. Now, this only happens once a year during the first weekends of September and this was the second and last weekend already.

We are a small group this time because we are not sure what the rambutan festival is about. It costs P150/head which already includes the entrance to the farm, a packed adobo lunch, free eating of rambutan within the farm, and 1kg of rambutan as take home. It really looks like a great deal already so we decided to go. It is located along Maharlika (national road) hi-way just right after the Tiaong Market and even before reaching Ugu Bigyan’s Potter’s Garden. The signs are small and we actually missed it, so I posted a picture here so that you know the facade of the farm that you are looking for. You have to park your car outside the farm, along the highway. In the entrance, we were picked up by either a yellow jeep or a jeepney to go to the main house.

Some more information:
11 hectares farm owned by Atty. Victor P. Lazatin
The farm does not have a phone number but you can email the owner [email protected]
It only accomodates 200 people/day so it is best to go during the daytime

to be continued…. 1 of 3


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