Sweets from my sweets!

So I chose a baduy title. ūüėõ

But hey! I think it’s sweet when people give me food. Except when they obviously can’t finish it anymore and they think I’m a trashbin. :\

These are some of the desserts given to me by family and friends this 2012 captured via Instagram.

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1 First Baker Silvanas from birthdaymate Ava. These came from Nueva Ecija. It’s not so sweet and the creaminess is just right. Hindi nakaka-uta. Ang sarap. sana available rin ito sa Manila. Bibili ako ng isang truck.

2 Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans from bespren #2¬†Alex. If you are familiar with the Harry Potter series, you would know that there are beans that are delightful like those flavoured marshmallow or licorice, and there are those that will make you turn green like snot or earwax. Sa Sg yata nabili ito.

3 J.Co Donuts from Ate D. Though my donut of choice will always be Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed, I cannot binge on it when “needed” (depressd, pms-ing, or with takaw friends) because it’s just too sweet. J.Co donuts is better for those like me who likes dessert but do not like super sweet stuff. My binge-donut of choice is AlCapone. It has white Belgian chocolate and almonds. I also like Berry Spears and Avocado Dicaprio. Not only because of the names but because masarap. Anobeh.

4 Royce’ Fromage Blanc from Pastora Jan. Nakaka-adik itong white chocolate potato chips na ito.¬†I love the sweet-salty combo.¬†I wish someone would come up with a cheaper version of this. Magandang ipang-regalo ito.

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5 Bibingkang Kanin and Suman sa Lihiya from my Mama and Tita Nida. My mom and her besty always make these native cakes when there are special occassions. These are also the usual pasalubong I give my friends. I am not fond of kakanin, but these two have made it to my nomnom-list.

6 Espasol from Atty. Argel. He calls this world class espasol from the Guimba Espasol Dream Team. It’s less sweet and it’s chewier than the ones from Laguna.¬†Masarap ito¬†i-pares sa matapang na¬†kape.

7 Cibo Tiramisu from my archenemy Dave. Hands down, my most favorite dessert (after leche flan)¬†is tiramisu. Cibo’s is one of my most faves even if its texture is… flaky. Their Mango Panna Cotta (yep, that yellow orange stuff over there was just so-so.

8 Mary Grace Cafe’s Grilled Ensaimada from my fellow-triad member Carlo. I’m including it here even if it tastes savory because it also tastes sweet (duh). Eat this with their Tsokolate Eh. Or is it Ah? Basta, the hot tablea hot beverage. Perfect for rainy evenings.

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9 Ferrero Kusschen from kapatid na Joel. Chocolate covered hazelnuts from Germany that my bro bought in Singapore. Hehe, labo. My friend Katharina told me that kusschen means kisses. Mwaaaah to bro for giving me these. Peyborit ko ang hazelnuts!

10 Turones (mini turon) from Jolly Jeep na nilibre ng hindi ko na maalala kung sinong teammate ko. This is my favorite merienda. I like to pair this with lomi. Cheap thrill. Ten pesos lang itong turones, 5 pieces.

11 Abe’s Sikreto ni Maria from Babe Homer. This is very easy to make. It’s just suman topped with vanila ice cream and bucayo and served with ripe mangoes. I am thinking of making this for media noche (kung sipagin, probably not, nyahaha). I will add buco strips and sago.

12 Starbucks Truffle Cheesecake from Shani Black. Hah. This is probably the best cake in Starbucks. Hello, truffle na, cheesecake pa. Self explanatory na dapat, di’ba? :p ¬†Shani and I call this “non-metaphorical celebratory cake”. Please don’t ask why.

I’m positive that 2013 will bring more¬†desserts. Friends, don’t fail me. Hehe!

Thanks for feeding me and making me fat! ūüôā We’re all in this together. :p

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listening to: Tonyo harrassing Rals

I <3 Zubuchon

I like lechon Cebu. I like it because I can enjoy it even without the hideous looking liver sauce that I really find blech.

CnT was probably the most popular roast pig from Cebu until acclaimed author and chef Anthony Bourdain called Zubuchon “the best pig in the world”.

Haters Friends told me Zubuchon is¬† saltier, more expensive (+50-70php… so it’s around 480-520 a kilo?), and less fatty (an atrocity to my cholesterol-loving bud na itatago ko na lang sa pangalang Dave Abelarde).

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Thanks Zo for the pasalubong!

When my friend Enzo went to Mactan and asked if I wanted otap or lechon for pasalubong, of course I answered lechon!!! Kasi hello, bakit naman otap ang pipiliin ko? Haha, it was the opportune time to try Zubuchon and see if my friends were right.

Zo gave me a kilo of frozen lechon. I fried it. Three words- FRIED.LECHON.SKIN. Thanks to my Cebu-based friend Carla for introducing me to this gastronomic delight! Bless all piggies for making me a happy little foodie.

I served the fried Zubuchon with white rice topped with garlic chips, sliced cucumbers with a dipping sauce of cane vinegar, red onions, cracked black pepper, and brown sugar.

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fried Zubuchon for lunch (the first of many hahaha)

Did I like Bourdain’s favorite pig? Yes! I didn’t find it too salty. I was able to enjoy it without rice. Ewan ko lang ha pero sa CnT ako naaalatan. I like CnT lechon pero hindi ko kayang papakin kasi feeling ko magkakasakit ako sa bato on the spot. Zubuchon’s less fatty. Yay for me, boo for Dave. My bad cholesterol’s slightly elevated so I’d like to believe that this lechon is diet-friendly. I also liked that the lemongrass taste was more pronounced. But hey, I got it frozen so I have yet to eat and judge when it’s freshly roasted.

And so, for that… Cebu, see you next year! ūüėČ

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listening to: Don’t Go BACON My Heart

Real Coffee Calamansi Muffins

Last year, my buddy Jeeves brought some Real Coffee Calamansi Muffins for me and Joko to taste.

It was love at first bite. Calamansi has always (and probably will forever be) my favorite citrus fruit and I like desserts but I’ve never really been a fan of anything too sweet!

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So when my friend Argel said he’s going to Boracay, my auto-reply was, “Calamansi Muffins!!!”. Being the good person that he is (or being the nakakaawang patay gutom that I am), he came back to Manila with these¬†quickbreads that I craved for almost a year!

Real Coffee & Tea Caf√© has been around since 1996. It’s in White Beach, Station 1 and it’s open from 7am to 7pm. That is, according to the¬†blogs I checked. :p

I have not been to Boracay yet so I don’t know exactly how to get there. I just googled and unfortunately, the directions I gave Argel are if he’s coming from the beachfront. Eh hindi. Gaaaaah. Kawawa naman. Nagkaligaw-ligaw tuloy. (Sorry! Mwaaah! Fistbump!)

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I called the store and they told me that coming from the main road, at the Milflores gate (in front of Metrobank) is a small walkway that will lead to the café.

Another thing that one ought to know is, boxed muffins should be reserved a day in advance. If not, you can have the muffins put in a paperbag. A calamansi muffin costs 45php. The paperbag says it’s made with love…

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Well… Nalasahan ko naman!!! :p

I had it with a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino. The soft, zesty muffin and the creamy sweetness of the drink… Panalo!

Aprubado rin sa mga pinatikim ko sa office. Kahit doon sa mga hindi mahilig sa maasim. All agreed that it goes very well with sweet and creamy coffee.

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So to friends who will be going to Boracay, kindly take note of what pasalubong I want. I promise to also get some of these little pieces of dessert heaven for you when I finally have my Boracay vacay. :o)

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listening to: Snoop Dogg & David Guetta – Sweat

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