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I missed Craft! I really enjoyed their Broadway and Katipunan branches. I hesitated visiting their latest branch in the new building along Missouri when we first found ourselves here... Only because of the strong smell of cement in the first floor at the time... New building smell! We found ourselves hanging out here after a very late lunch at Dohtonbori today... Lovely interiors as usual... I tried their iced caramel latte... I already asked-- they have no non-fat or soy options. Beware to the lactose intolerant caffeine lovers. My bf, who is not much of a coffee drinker, asked me to choose a cake for us to share... I decided on their Macadamia sans rival, though it is not part of their best sellers who you ask... I think I craved for it when I was writing my review for Betty's... I liked the strong latte, however there was a lot of caramel syrup, making it a very sweet drink. Again, just let the ice melt to dilute the coffee... I loved their macadamia sans rival! The macadamia works well as an alternative nut for the sans rival... Would definitely order this again!🏻
No plans of eating out last Thursday but I suddenly got a call from JP G. that he’s in the area with Chichi T. and Kirby G. and they’re about to have lunch. I just finished eating but I told me them that I’ll drop by. So hard to say no. Hahaha! We met at Your Local but they were full and we were put on the waiting list. No patience to wait and the three were already starving since it was almost 1PM, so we just waited for Yina M. to arrive before moving to Bondi and Bourke. They two guys and Chichi ordered a Steak and Bacon Pie and an Australian Burger to share. The burger was huge and it looks really epic! Piled high with prime beef patty, egg, cheese, bacon and strip steak. Meatlovers rejoice! Not a big fan of pies, but the Steak and Bacon Pie looked delicious too. Puff pastry stuffed with bacon and beef ragout, topped with more bacon. Sounds sinful, right? I’ll probably reconsider to try this on my next visit. Yina wanted dessert so she ordered a lamington and shared it with me. I don’t remember how the chocolate lamington tastes like anymore since I think I enjoyed the strawberry one more the last time we ate here. Moist chocolate sponge cake filled with a thin layer of cream, coated with desiccated coconut. Not too sweet, very light. Yumm!️
Finally!!! The Dessert Kitchen is now open in Manila! They also have different branches in China, HK, New York and Melbourne. You cannot leave this place without trying their best-selling dessert, The Purple in Love. It is made with Kyoho grape seaweed balls, grape shaved ice, mini rice balls, grapes, and taro mochi ice cream. This is heavenly good! I love it! :) The Dessert Kitchen is a franchise from Hong Kong and serves light Asian desserts. Their ice cream is made using fresh, natural and sustainable whole ingredients sourced locally and globally. Must-try: - Taste of Uji — For Matcha lovers out there! - Cocoa Kiss - My favorite.. so far! - Kanten with Kyoho Sauce - It’s like a noodles that you have to dip into the Kyoho sauce - Chilled Mango Sago Cream with Pomelo - Sakura Soft-serve Ice Cream I also love their JAPADOG!!! Woooooh! The eggettes serves as the bun. We also tried the Durian Banana Serradura which is my least favorite because I’M NOT A FAN of Durian. For the drinks, Citrus Soda and Apple Cider is also a must-try. The place is very instagrammable and cutie! :) Follow @Thedessertkitchenph for more updates. The Dessert Kitchen is located at the 3/F of Rockwell Powerplant Mall between Muji and Fullybooked. Follow @CHEFFYMITCHYU for more food/drink photos and to discover new restaurants in the metro.
I have always been a fan of Toby's Estate. I love its Flat White coffee as I need not add sugar to make it drinkable. I still remember the first time I tried it in Century City Mall after exploring Hole in the Wall, then a new foodie place. It was love at first sip. But I never get a chance to try its other offerings such as savory dishes and desserts till last month. Hello, Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters! I finally got to visit the Salcedo branch of Toby's Estate which serves savory and sweet dishes! Yay! But since we were all full from our Tsumura Sushi Bar & Restaurant lunch, we just focused on drinks and desserts. I was planning to order Toby's Estate's popular dessert Bucky's a la mode (PHP260) but J mentioned that it is not as good as the Sticky Toffee Pudding (PHP190). I trust J's taste so I went with the latter. For beverage, I went with my favorite Flat White (PHP150) and R ordered the Iced Chocolate (PHP150, 16 oz). First served was the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Served on a dented tin bowl, the others commented on its poor presentation. "It looked like a dog's dish!" says one of my companions. And to be honest, it does look like one. Some restaurants do the same but manage to pull it off nicely. I'm just not sure if it was the dents that made it look so sad. But as the saying goes, do not judge a book by its cover. The dessert tastes fantastic! Moist cake, warm toffee and lovely caramel taste. It was not overly sweet so even auntie loved it! My flat white coffee, as usual, was divine and a great drink with the dessert we ordered. R's iced chocolate was great too! It had a rich cocoa taste mixed with a bit of milk or cream. But what I loved most about it was the powdered chocolate topping. I must visit this place again to try its savory dishes and the talked about iced mocha! See you again, Toby's Estate.
Sun, sand and fun in Boracay. Boracay is the place where Filipinos can interact with people and cultures from all over the world. A short description of Boracay. Boracay is hailed as one of the best beaches in the world becuase of its long stretch of white and powdery sand, turquoise water and best sunset. It is located in the Province of Aklan by some 315 kilometers south of Manila and can be reached via a 45-minute flight or an 8-hour boat ride. Boracay can be reached via Caticlan or via Kalibo if you are going via plane. Caticlan tend to be slightly more expensive than those of Kalibo. From Kalibo Airport, there are few ways to get to Boracay. Shared van transfer to Caticlan Jetty (gateway to Boracay) will cost 250 peso per person. While a private car transfer will cost 1000 Php which is recommended & worth it if you are 4 people traveling together as it is much more comfortable. The price includes ferry ticket but you are required to pay for Caticlan Terminal Fees & Boracay Environment Fees which is 175 Php per person. Pre-arranged transfer might include the fees so do double check. Travel time from Kalibo to Caticlan is 1 and a half hours. And if you’re coming from Caticlan airport, you can take a tricycle to the port. You can also walk, it will take around 10 minutes. The main beach is divided into three sections named after the former boat stations: Station 1, furthest north, is home to luxury resorts. Station 2, in the middle, is a huge commercial hub and home to tons of shops, restaurants, and hotels, as well as DMall, a massive shopping complex. Station 3, furthest south, is much quieter and more relaxed. Just south of Station 3 is Angol, an even more chilled out neighborhood. There are few other beaches, Bulabog Beach in the east is popular with the kitesurfing/windsurfing crowd in high season, secluded Puka Beach in the north is a big day trip destination and Diniwid Beach which is a kilometer past Station 1, is a secluded place which is a bit pricey. The main beach teems with tourists from all over the world and it is dominated by Chinese and Koreans. Sunset. Boracay has the most beautiful sunset that I have ever seen. Picture perfect because the setting of the sun's rays was reflected off the turquoise water. Activities. Boracay is the best place to do nothing and relax. You can lay down and have a tan or just read a book while lying on its powdery white sand. Boracay offers different types of activities for each tourist. You can go diving, snorkeling, island hopping, parasailing, windsurfing, helmet diving. mermaid swimming, sunset watching, ATV, Biking, ziplining, stand up paddling to name a few. Prices per activity ranges from 800Php to a thousand depending on your ability to haggle. The only way that activities in Boracay can get really cheap is when you split the costs with other people and also prices in Boaracay should be uniformed to avoid overpricing. Sand Castles. You can pay tips to take photo on the ready made ones or ask them to create a custom made sand castle for you. If custom made, do ask for the exact price & negotiate before agreeing. Locals. Genuine and friendly. Restaurants. You can never be hungry in Boracay since there are so many restaurants to choose from. You can choose from Greek, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Filipino, American foods, anything that you wish to eat can be found there. Average per meal is around 250 Php but if you want to cut down on cost, you can opt to eat in fast food chains. Boracay offers everything from fine dining to Filipino turo-turo or street-side food stalls. Here are some of the restaurants that I have tried during my last visit. Merly's BBQ Known for its Chori burger, it also offers uric acid friendly food like Longganisa (Spanish sausage), Isaw Manok (Chicken Intestine), Chorizo (Pork Sausage), Pork Barbeque (not seen in photo), Isaw Baboy (Pig Intestine) and Hotdog. Los Indios This cozy place serves delicious comfort food that makes people go back, over and over again. They also serve local craft beers. Smoke Resto Deliciously affordable. Lazy Dog Sit and lounge and choose from their breakfast all day menu. Sunny Side Cafe Best pancake in the island Spice Bird Piri piri sauce a must try. Real Coffee and Tea Cafe I love the calamansi muffins and the real coffee. Le Soleil de Boracay (Buffer dinner) Delicious food and accommodating staff. Night Life. Boracay is also well known as the party island of the Philippines, bars and hangout spots can be seen everywhere. A trip to Boracay won’t be complete unless you experience the bustling nightlife on the island. Fine sand under your feet, and no dress code will stop you from enjoying an awesome party. There are so many parties to choose from and you can also sign up for pub crawl which offers everyone a way to visit five bars in one night with an opportunity to celebrate with newfound friends. Accommodation. Just like restaurants, there are hundreds of hotels, resorts and guesthouses in Boracay, you can choose anything between budget and high end. Backpackers hostels are also starting to have a following in the island. If you're going there between the months of June to September which is considered as low season, you can just show up without booking and negotiate a price. Room prices ranges from 500 Php to 800 Php, most likely around Station 3, in Bulabog area or along the main road. But if you're visiting on the months of October to May, book in advance to get the best price. Boracay is becoming different now, fast food chains are sprouting like mushrooms. I have noticed the presence of Mc Donald's, Italiannis, TGIF, Subway, Kuya J's and Mang Inasal in the island. Though it is becoming commercialized, I think Boracay has its own charm that tourists still loves.
I still find it hard to believe that something so prisitine exists somewhere near Manila. This was one of the most beautiful sceneries I've seen in my life! Tinipak River is located in Tanay, Rizal. Once you get to Daraitan, you'll have to ride a boat/raft for Php 5/head to cross the narrow river. From there you'll ride a tricycle (Php 10/head) to Daraitan's barangay hall. You can get a tour guide there (for a fee of course) and choose your destinations. In all fairness to their barangay staff, they're organized and very accommodating. My friends and I went down the long trail to Tinipak River from Mt. Daraitan Summit to complete the experience package. 2.5 hours going up the mountain, and about 3 hours going down and walking to the river. It was dead tiring. But if you're not after the mountain climbing experience, you may opt to just trek to Tinipak River coming from the barangay hall. You'll have to pay an environmental fee of Php 10 and the tour guide will bring you to this safe side of the river where you can swim or take a quick dip. We stayed here for about an hour just appreciating the beauty of the place and the sound of streaming waters. It was almost magical.
For PHP1750 Travelfactor provided our transpo, trusty mountain guide Kuya Wilson and fun coordinator Jessica C. 4am ETD fr. El Pueblo at Ortigas. 6:30am ARRIVAL at Ternate Cavite and commenced hike. 9am ARRIVAL at Pico De Loro's summit 11am ARRIVAL at Pico De Loro's monolith 12nn LUNCH at the local sellers camp grounds, right below the summit. 1:30pm ETA back to the camp grounds 2pm RECOVERY food at a local bulalo stop 8pm ARRIVAL at home The hike is not easy but not super hard it is intermediate for people who don't normally hike. It is a good beginner experience for the hard parts to ascend are manageable still and it will ready you for climbing other mountains if you plan on adventuring a lot! It was a great workout and the view is worth the body ache. I went up the monolith and it was such a great feeling to conquer it as well as the summit! The thrill of being on edge with a spectacular view was such a rush of excitement. Hiking up or down is a great way to reflect and appreciate nature. It is a very popular destination now since by the time we were descending hordes of people were ascending. Some people bought speakers and played tacky hot 100 billboard music as if to throw an impromptu party. Those were ridiculous mountain antics of tasteless people.
New restaurant alert! I was actually walking past Yushoken and on my way to Hermano's to grab a burrito. Then, I noticed this trendy looking place called Soil. The beauty of the place attracted me enough to try it out. I grabbed a seat by the bar and was greeted by the friendly chefs and servers. Pro tip: opt for the bar seats. You won't regret it! This is where you can see first hand the passion of the chefs in preparing your Instagram-worthy dish. Check my picture as proof. It's also a nice opportunity to chat with the chefs and ask how they make their dishes, if you're curious like me I ordered the Tea Smoked Salmon with potato gnocchi. The salmon skin had the right amount of crispiness to it that compliments the soft fillet of pink meat. Surrounding the fish was a nice spread of potato gnocchi, vegetables and apple puree. I got carried away mixing and matching these sides with the salmon meat. Hats off to the chef that did a great job in the plating. For the drinks, don't miss out on the Estrella Damm Inedit beer. My god. This is so good! Pairs well with the food that we ordered. Think beer that is as smooth as a glass of white wine. All in all, I had a great time in Soil. I came in for the trendy looking place. I stayed for the beer and the good food. I will definitely come back because of the good experience that the staff has provided. It was a Friday night well spent in the South.
From Pundaquit Beach, we went to Capones Island to see its historical lighthouse. We trekked for ~10-15 minutes to get to the lighthouse. This magnificent work of architecture was built in 1800's. It was saddening that it was not preserved well. We climbed the rusty spiral stairs leading to the lighthouse tower. It was slightly shaking whenever someone takes a step but we were glad that we all reached the top of the lighthouse tower safe. On top of the tower, we enjoyed the amazing view of the sea surrounding the island 🏻
Tucked away at the ground floor of Alabang Town Center, you'd find this hidden gem. It's a dessert place specializing in wafflessss! (pancake's more interesting cousin haha) The place looks downright adorable - bright lights, white brick walls, mint green chairs and a big comfy couch. However, it's quite small with only a few tables both inside and outside the establishment. I talked to the servers at the counter and they were nice and helpful, giving me suggestions on what to order. On the menu, they offer waffle sundaes (waffles topped with ice cream), wonuts (waffle-donut hybrids that are fried to make them crispier and then jazzed up with toppings and cream), waffle sandwiches (savory offerings with a hint of sweetness), specialty coffee (by Yardstick!), ice cream (by FIC!) and their Cwazy Shakes (pimped-up milkshakes). Honestly, didn't think any were cheap though, with prices ranging from 210 to 385 php per item on the menu. However, decided to give them a shot. Finally settled on one of their best-sellers - Tres Leches Waffle Sundae (275 php for two scoops of ice cream, 370 php for three). Serving time took quite a bit of time, since they make the waffles on the spot. When it arrived though, it looked really pretty! Two scoops of ice cream (I picked Cereal Milk and Cookie Dough flavors) sat atop two fairly thick waffles and then sprinkled with crumbs and mint leaves (no flowers at the time since they were out of stock haha). The order also came with a bottle of mixed milk that you can pour over this creation, making it sweeter and way more indulgent. As the milk bath soaks into the waffles, you're left with each bite being soft, creamy and delicious, very reminiscent of a tres leches sponge cake. As the last milk and ice cream-soaked waffle bit was cleaned from our plate, I felt a sense of fulfillment haha. This plate was actually good for sharing btw. It was definitely a nice, heavy snack/dessert that tries hard (and kind of succeeds) in making you forget all those calories. Would like to try their Cwazy Shakes next time!
Can't think of any new restos to visit near the office and my boss suggested we try The Girl + The Bull in Guijo Street. They recently opened their pop-up store and is currently serving lunch at 12/10. Although they revamped their lunch menu, they still have their bestselling Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Faux Twix. It was my first time here and I dunno what to expect. I've heard mixed reviews about the place. I was just hoping I'd get a good meal coz I was already hungry. We started our meal with a serving of Rocket Salad with orange, walnuts and miso ice cream. I had to pick out the oranges, but I didn't expect I'd enjoy the miso ice cream on top. It was a very refreshing addition to your usual salad. For our main dish, we were torn if we should get the Fried Chicken or Mussels. We asked for their staff's suggestion but she said both were worth a try. We ended up getting the latter because it's "healthier." HAHA whatever! Though the chicken might be more filling and enjoyable, the mussels didn't disappoint tastewise. It was served in green curry sauce with coconut, lime and basil. The curry flavor wasn't too strong and it'll surely make you eat more rice because it's so tasty! (Bawal saken yung curry but deadma na.) We couldn't leave this place without trying their signature dessert-- Faux Twix. Layers of shortbread, caramel and chocolate topped with sea salt. IT WAS SO GOOD!!! More chocolatey than the real thing, while the sea salt balances the sweetness out. I can probably finish the whole serving by myself (but I know I shouldn't haha). Coffee nalang kulang!🏼
It's nice to share a good dessert with someone. But when I really want to try something new (or not so new) and could not drag anyone to get fat with me, I turn into the-heck-with-it-imma-try-it-by-myself-coz-I'm-independent. And that was what happened when I got to leave work early and went to SM Aura to do some grocery shopping. After months of waiting, I finally got (or decided) to try Honey Creme. Hello, Honey Creme! I was planning to pay Honey Creme a visit with R but every time we plan to have dinner at SM Aura, we turn lazy and just eat whatever's available or nearby. But a few weeks back, I had some time to spare so I decided to drop by this ice cream place that has one of the most Instagrammed walls. The place was quite empty when I passed by around 4 p.m. on a Tuesday. With 10 varieties to choose from, I went with Caramel Popcorn (PHP165) as I was in the mood for some popcorn. It was such a treat to see how they prepare my cup. The server was very generous with the toppings and even struggled to pack more popcorn in my cup. (Thank you!!!) Now to do a mini pictorial with my delectable cup! The place is very small and there are no tables available for diners. There is a bench though against the grass wall which was occupied by an elderly and her grandchild. Since I really want to have a nice backdrop for my ice cream, I asked them if I could hold my ice cream pictorial beside them. The old lady just smiled and moved her paper bag to the other side of the bench. *Click.* *Adjust for better lighting.* *Click* (x10) Now for a spoonful... It was delightful! The caramel popcorn was rich in flavor. It was thickly glazed with caramel making it a lot crunchier. It was a challenge to get a spoonful of ice cream without having a popcorn or two fall. But when I finally got to the ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce, it was divine! The soft served ice cream was smooth and creamy. It went really well with the crunchy popcorn. And despite the caramel overload, I didn't find the dessert overly sweet. It was just right for my taste. I felt sad though when I finished off my popcorn topping. I missed its crunchy goodness. And then I saw... MORE POPCORN! They actually put popcorn at the bottom too! Yay! More crunch!!! And yes, this one is way better than Milkcow's M12 Milky Pop. See you again soon, Honey Creme! #gluttonshopper
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