Gateau de Manille Bakeshop- Katipunan Ave.

I was craving for one of my favorite cakes from Gateau de Manille, White Chocolate Mousse, so I asked my brother to drive us in Katipunan Avenue. Without hesitation, he got the keys and drove to the bakeshop in no time. Thanks bro!

Here are some of the cakes on display. We bought White Chocolate Mousse mini (php 95), Oreo Cheesecake mini (Php95), and Blueberry Cheesecake mini (Php 95). They all taste good but we love the white chocolate mousse most.

The photos below were taken using Ipad. Yeah, I didn’t bring my cam. ūüėõ

If you want delicious, moist, and delectable cakes that will tantalize your taste buds, go to Gateau de Manille. Awesome cakes at affordable price.

Plus, they serve rice and pasta dishes and other kinds of desserts too (pre-order).

The bakeshop is open Mondays to Sundays from 9am to 9pm.

Gateau de Manille

Address: 117 Katipunan Road, Quezon City, Philippines

Contact Numbers: 9116547/9116750/9128573

Facebook: Gateau De Manille

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Best Food Forward 2012- NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City

Finally the most anticipated food event has taken place! I was present on the first day of the food fair to taste the best gastronomic creations in town. The NBC Tent was fully packed with foodies, families, and friends.

My friend Malou and I arrived around 2pm and decided to have lunch first before scouting for what might interest us.

I had Pork Liempo and Malou had Pork Sisig, both from Cuisiniers. The meals are affordable and grilled on the spot. The serving of the liempo is good for 2 but the sisig seems sort of bitin. We didn’t like the way the pork was minced to small that we missed the crunch and small chunks of pork to chew.

Just like the previous BFF event, tables are provided outside for guests who like dining alfresco. Just right after having lunch, we went to the stage area for some cooking demo. Chefs Dino Guingona and Raymar Reyes of Moderne Culinaire Academy showed their cooking skills and shared some tips to the audience while preparing a fish dish. I missed to take note of the name of the dish; those who tried it said it was delicious.

They have a wide variety of items lined up; we made sure we strolled through every aisle. Here are some noteworthy items that we’ve tried.

From L-R: Sugar Cakes by Anna’s Kitchen, thumbs up for their Red Velvet and Banana Walnut. Yum!!!, Bale Dutung’s Pan de Bagnet is incredible. The crunchy bagnet on ciabatta with kamatis, bagoong, onion and mustasa doused with sukang Iloko. Kate Bakes’ premium cookies are the best. They use only the finest ingredients like pure belgian chocolates, premium nuts, and organic sea salt. Mama Lou’s Panzarotti is a must-try. Panzarotti is a mini calzone or closed pizza. Sweet Vanilla’s cupcakes with unique flavors such as blueberry bacon pancake, mojito, rootbeer float, wasabi white chocolate mango, and more! Casa San Luis Pastries will make you ask for more. We tried their Butter Crisps which are thin butter cookies with walnuts and pecans. I’d like to try the Cookie Surprise next time, that is a huge chocolate chip cookie stuffed with an oreo cookie. Exciting!

I noticed that there’s more cake and pastries being offered on this year’s BFF, majority of them are CAKE POPS. The ones that caught my eyes were The Lollicake Factory and Blue Sugar. I like how the cake pops are creatively crafted and can even be customized to your own design.

Here are my some of my favorites for this year’s BFF:

1.Crunchy Belly by Carlos Kitchen Р399-2715 /  0916-4033495

email: mychefdad@gmail.com

This is the bomb! Though it looks like it’s easy to make, I can’t get over this thin sliced liempo. I even ordered 1 pack to go so that my brother and sis-in-law can try ’em. I like it because of its crunchiness and its flavor and because it is NOT oily.

2. Chicago Popcorn Shops- 556-6625

Almond Caramel Crisp and Chicago Mix surely hit the spot. Taste this delicious and one of a kind air crisp popcorn.

3. Little Miss OC’s Kitchen853-1321/ 0917-8126833

109 Magallanes Avenue, Magallanes Village, Makati City

I’m impressed with the exquisite designs of these moist and flavorful cupcakes from Little Miss OCs Kitchen. Too beautiful it may take a while before one take a bite of it.

4. Mio Gelati- 0917-5827124/ 3536675/ 9643023

email: miogelati@yahoo.com

If you are the adventurous type in trying out ice cream flavors, try Mio Gelati’s Italian ice cream. They have tequila, baileys, and chili chocolate for some kick.

5. Smoochies – 0947-2215458

email: smoochiesph@yahoo.com

Malou and I tried Smoochies’ best-sellers, the Mango Smooch and the Buko-Lychee Smoochies. You may think that it’s just a simple fruit drink but mind you, there’s something special about this drink… these smoochies come with basil seeds that give it a twist. Basil seeds are antioxidants which makes each fruit drink more healthy. Aside from that, what I like about this unique drink is the texture of the basil seeds; once mixed with the drink, the basil seeds swell as the size of a mini “sago”. I like how the frozen basil seeds at the bottom of the cup melts in the mouth.

SEE YOU AGAIN ON THE NEXT BEST FOOD FORWARD EVENT!!!

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe- Katipunan

How do you relax after a long day? As for me, I just eat and eat and eat. It was a bit more challenging this time because the fridge is empty and no one cooked dinner. My friend M and I have been working in front of the computer for hours, we definitely deserve a good meal. To give our strained eyes a break, I asked her out for dinner. We hailed a cab and drove along Katipunan Avenue. The sign Mom & Tina’s caught my attention. In an instant, I told the driver to drop us there. I heard good things about this bakery cafe and I thought we should give it a shot.

Inside has a cozy country feel—with wooden tables adorned with flowers in bronze cans, cushioned seats, dimmed lights, with walls decorated with blue and white china and lace doilies. The area is quite small, seats are close together one could actually hear the conversation from the next table. The place is a perfect after school-hang out place for students from nearby universities. Families and friends can enjoy¬†great tasting homey comfort meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

On the table:

While waiting for our meals to arrive, we quenched our thirst with ice cold blue lemonade (bottomless: Php70) and lemon iced tea (bottomless Php 70). The waitstaff was kind enough to give us a glass of water together with our drinks.

We skipped on soup and salad and starters; I chose a pasta dish and a potato instead. As recommended by the waitstaff, I ordered Shepherd’s pie and Chicken Spinach Lasagna… their bestsellers.

Shepherd’s Pie (P195) is a casserole made of ground beef and mushrooms in a creamy tomato¬† based sauce topped with a layer of mashed potatoes. It is served with 2 garlic cheese rolls that best compliments the creamy and meaty taste of the dish. It is a delightful potato dish that is a meal in itself.

The Chicken Spinach Lasagna (Php 175) consists of homemade spinach pasta with chicken, tomato, and cream sauce. It’s so flavorful and filling. I could actually feel the warmth and texture of the lasagna, beef, and mushrooms as I savor every bite. This dish is lip smacking good! It came with 2 garlic cheese rolls.

M wanted to eat rice, so we ordered for Salisbury Steak (Quarter lb- Php230) as recommended by the waitstaff. It wasn’t disappointing, as we enjoyed the grilled sirloin patty, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables. They give a generous serving of gravy that covered the patty and mashed potato. It came with a cup of rice that we could hardly finish. The serving is good for sharing. I like this dish the most. It is insanely delicious!!! It’s no wonder this hearty meal is one of their bestsellers!

We had no room for dessert, but I could not resist the cakes and pastries displayed on the counter. We shared a cup of Toblerone Walnut Torte (Php 110). I wanted to see what’s underneath so I tipped the cup over and let the cake fall on the plate.

The cake looks kinda messed up now. Hahaha… Well now we can see the layers of meringue, chocolate cream, whipped cream, walnut and small toblerone chunks. Sweet Heaven! Definitely a must try!

If you are for warm, homey, rich, and hearty meals, head on to Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe. I give it a clap, clap, clap, for their great tasting food.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Address:  2/F Regis Center (Katipunan Ave.), Quezon City

Bono Yaki Family Restaurant- Libis

Two big events in one day. First was the Canon Photomarathon 2011 held in Pasay City.¬† My nephew Vandyke and I, together with more than 2,000 photographers, participated in the event. We woke up 4:30am and ate hot pandesal and spanish bread for breakfast. I brought some chips and bottled water for snacks because I knew it would be an exhausting day; the contest required a lot of walking aside from photography skills.¬† Lunch and snacks were provided during the event. We had 1pc chicken from Mang Inasal and cup noodles for merienda. We left the place 5:30pm for a family dinner in Libis as it was my niece’s 2nd birthday- the 2nd big event of the day. Traffic was heavy that we arrived past 6:30pm in Bono Yaki Family Restaurant.

What welcomed me was the spread of Asian dishes that are festive to the eyes. The sight and aroma of the food seemed to liven up my tired body.  I immediately brought out my camera and took photos of the buffet table.

They have a wide selection of dishes to enjoy… from soup, appetizers, salad, viands, and dessert.¬† You can start your meal with a Pumpkin soup or Crab and Corn soup. Both were hot, thick, and tasty.

There’s a salad station with the freshest veggies and greens. Mix and match the ingredients and¬† dressings for your salad. They have also prepared Caesar salad, potato salad, and coleslaw… all you have to do is dig in.

Right beside the salad station, you can find 19 different kinds of maki/rolls. There’s the famous California Maki and Philadelphia roll. There’s Black Mamba roll, Tempura Maki, and Norwegian roll, to name a few.

Next is the dimsum and steamed seafood (crabs,etc) station. Siomai dumplings and hakao (shrimp dumplings) are steamed on bamboo baskets. (Note: Hakao disappears instantly, they are so good!)

On the other end of the center table are some Asian dishes like Spareribs Salt and Pepper, Chicken Lollipop, Butter Garlic Chicken, and Tempura. It extends to one side of the center table where Jap Chae Korean stir fried glass noodles, mixed veggies, beef brisket, and pork ribs, etc. are. There’s a lot of food choices I wasn’t able to take photo of that part of the table… Ooops…

Oh! There’s also this small wooden ship filled with appetizers, cucumbers, sashimi and kani sticks. It’s colorful and creatively done no one wanted to touch it.

My eyes were fixated on this side of the table that I didn’t bother to try other dishes. As much as I wanted to try everything, my tummy was already filled with the “good stuff” a.k.a. all the meat I grilled. There’s rib eye marinated & plain, beef belly marinated & plain, pork belly marinated & plain, pork bbq, chicken teriyaki, yakiniku pork, gizzard bbq, chicken bbq and salmon belly.

I grilled bacon wrapped veggies and sprouts, pork bbq, chicken bbq and about 1/4 kilo of marinated rib eye and salmon belly. I ate it straight off the grill together with some fried rice.  *drooool*

Food is best enjoyed with family and friends. We shared stories and jokes, I took more photos, and teased those who already had 4 or more plates. I was still grilling and eating my favorite bacon and ribeye while most of them are already enjoying their desserts. I could hardly stand up now. (This is true!) I asked my nephew to get me 4 different kinds of desserts and these  were the ones he got for me.- choco bar (jello like), another jello (pink/yellow), mango graham, and pudding. It was okay. Not so sweet. The dessert line up is something they can improve on.

There’s ice cream with different toppings you can add on. There are mini cupcakes, I didn’t get to try. That’s reserved for my next visit. There’s halohalo and maja. There’s marshmallow and mini peanut butter cookies you can dip on the chocolate fondue. I like the cookies and the bitter sweet taste of the chocolate¬† dip… yum!!!

We were surprised when the staff greeted my niece with a birthday song. Thank you Bono Yaki. You made Vyone’s 2nd birthday extra special.

I like the ambiance, the good quality of the food, the friendly staff. The service is one of a kind. There will always be someone to assist you.

Bono Yaki is a perfect place for casual type family dining. It delivers great dining experience to customers with the quality of service they give matched with the delicious food and great atmosphere. I enjoyed my experience so much. It’s obviously a clap, clap, clap for Bono Yaki.

Make your reservation now!!!¬†¬† ūüôā

Bono Yaki Family Restaurant

Address: 2/f Corby Building, Bagumbayan Libis Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines

Contact Number: 6554353/ 631-0556

Schedule
Mon – Fri: 12:00 pm 2:30 pm
6:00 pm 10:30 pm
Sat: 11:30 am 2:30 pm
5:30 pm 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am 2:30 pm
5:30 pm 10:30 pm

Banapple – Katipunan too (Blue Ridge)

Last Sunday, after hearing mass, my friend and I went to Banapple for lunch. It was our first time to dine at Banapple since the last few times we’ve been there, we ordered our cakes for carry out.

I made sure I brought along my camera. I knew I would be taking photos of the unique thematic interior of the restaurant. The soft-soothing tones of the walls and curtains give its customers a wonderful cozy feeling of home.   The decorations, porcelain figures, and colorful glass marbled tables are pleasant to the eyes and truly inviting.

Known for their cheesecakes and pies, Banapple also serves sandwiches, pasta, and rice meals. I already had in mind what to order… I’ve been craving for bbq ribs for the past few days. Nonetheless, we still asked the waitstaff for their best-sellers.

On the table:

Caesar Salad is one of our favorite salads and is a usual request when we dine out. Though there are a number of variations on preparing it, we like the simple, traditional way of making it. Banapple serves Super Caesar Salad (Php 120) and the menu described it as “an all time favorite salad made more scrumptious with pecan praline bits”. Quite intriguing. I haven’t tried Caesar salad with pecan. Well, it tasted good! It gave a sweet caramelized nutty taste to the dish. YUMMY!

One of the best-sellers for sandwiches is the Migs Gallabergher (Php 170) sandwich served with potato chips. Right in between those buns is a juicy and herby all beef patty with lettuce, onion rings, melted cheese, and a special sauce. The garlic-sour cream- barbecue sauce gives a sweet and tangy combination of flavors that somewhat overpowered the meat.

There’s just so many things going on in the mouth for every bite; a burst of flavors coming from the herb, meat, cheese and the sauce somewhat like a “complete chaos”.¬† The sauce was just too much for the palate.

A closer look at the patty. Herby and peppery taste. -not so happy about it.

I was excited to order the Hickory smoked barbecued country ribs (Php 185). Description on the menu says “extra tender country ribs grilled in hickory smoke, glazed with our hickory barbecue sauce”

There are about 3-4 big chunks of meat slathered with barbecue sauce on the platter which I was delighted about. What made me disappointed with this dish is that the barbecue sauce was too tangy. Barbecue sauce should be smoky, sweet, and tangy but not too tangy. I ate some salad in between and drank water to wash down my palate.

The first chunk I sliced was tender and easy to bite. Sad to say, some parts of the meat were tough. They gave my jaw muscles some exercise.

The Fudge Banana Smoothie (Php 105) is sweet and chocolatey. It’s good and a perfect match to wash down our palate from the tangy sauces of the meals we had.

This is the Cadbury Old Gold Oreo Cheesecake (P135). A cheesecake with thick Oreo crust, creamy filling, and¬† a layer of Cadbury chocolate is truly golden! Just like what a cheesecake should be, Banapple’s Cadbury old gold oreo cheesecake is mild-tasting and it has the¬† right amount of sweetness and creaminess. Each bite tickles the taste buds with its sweet chocolatey taste.

It may not be a perfect lunch but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a perfect dinner. Heheheh…

Overall, I give Banapple two claps… for the ambiance, cleanliness, and friendly staff who readily refilled our glasses with water, for the good food (salad and dessert) and size of servings. I have yet to try other items on the menu.¬† And I promise to give you a feedback on that. ‘Til next time!

Banapple Pies & Cheesecakes

Blue Ridge, 206 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City +63 2 438 2675

225 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City  +63 2 439 2675

2/L Il Terrazzo Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City 1103  +63 2 413 2675

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City  +64 2 756 2675

 47 Connecticut St., 2nd level, Northeast Square, Northeast Greenhills  +63 2 477 2675

Best Food Forward 2- Food and Travel Series

With the overwhelming success of the very first Best Food Forward held last 2-3 April 2011, and due to insistent public demand, BEST FOOD FORWARD is back!

I couldn’t contain myself when I received an email about this great news! I am one of the thousands of foodies who enjoyed the BFF event last April and I can hardly wait for the next one. Best Food Forward 2 will definitely be more exciting as the best Food and Travel deals in the country will be offered by BFF2 participants.

BFF2 is set to be staged on March 24-25,2012, 10am to 8pm, at the NBC Tent. An approximate number of more than 5,000 participants are expected for this 2 day food and travel fair.

***If you are a foodie and you want to try out sumptuous dishes… you should mark your calendar and don’t miss out this gastronomic feast. New and upcoming products will be offered on the event. Definitely a lot of food choices to enjoy.

***If you are a traveler wanting to grab the greatest travel deals… don’t think twice… mark your calendar and get ready to pack your bags for some summer fun.

***If you are a food entrepreneur and you want to showcase your product. This is the perfect place for you to shine as foodies, media, family, and friends will all be attending this grand event. Whip up your best recipe because we all want to fill our tummies with the best food in town.

***For families and friends who want some place to bond and enjoy the summer season, I promise you total satisfaction as fun activities and booths will be available for you and your kids to enjoy.

SEE YOU ON MARCH 24-25, 2012!!!

To learn more about the event, you may contact:

Timmie Hilado‚Ä®

Organizer

Best Food Forward

Tel  +632 2119644      

MobileNo  +639177941984      

timmiehilado@gmail.com

bestfoodforward2@gmail.com