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!!!

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

IL Mercanti – Metrowalk, Ortigas

Another food mecca for foodies can be found in Pasig City. IL Mercanti Food Bazaar opened last September 2011, catering to families and friends as well as employees from call centers/companies nearby. It operates Wednesdays to Fridays, from 7pm to 5am.

Metrowalk has a wide parking space but it may still be hard to find a place to park your car, with a lot of people coming and wanting to try out the food here in Il Mercanti…most especially on a Friday night. As for us, it took us 30-45 min from Greenhills to Metrowalk. Whatta TERRIBLE traffic we got there! We had to wait for 15 to 20 minutes before we were able to park. Luckily, we found a table right away. We cooled ourselves down with iced tea while waiting¬† for our table to be cleared.

We roamed around and tried to search for something new, something interesting. There’s a large variety of food choices and one will absolutely enjoy “exploring” – it’s delightful to the senses. At very affordable prices, one can sample products such as: Mexican food, Chinese food, Filipino food, Mexican food, Korean food, Roastbeef, Lechon, Tapa, Steak, Mixed Rice, Barbecue. For snacks and drinks they have Burger, Corndog, Pizza, Pasta, Shawarma, Fish and Chips, Ice cream, Cakes and Pastries, Empanada,¬† Churros, Crepe, Bubble Milk Tea, and Fruit Juices.

Whew!!! I could hardly remember all the food I saw. Here are some photos of what we had for dinner.

 

The Spaghetti with Pesto sauce with Chicken tenders and Garlic bread was okay. Same goes for the Baked Macaroni. The serving was just right but it lacks flavor.

Crispy liempo thinly sliced somewhat looks like crispy bacon. It’s crunchy and a bit salty. It would’ve been perfect if served with soysauce and calamansi or vinegar. Uhmm… just a suggestion.

There’s a number of people gathered around this stall. Hmmm… the sight of the pans make me wanna try ’em all. Deep dish pizza for pizza lovers!

The pizza looks inviting… enticing… but sadly, it failed to satisfy our palate. The crust was thick and has a texture of a tasty/american bread, that absorbed the sauce. The topmost layer of the pizza did not have enough sauce which made the pizza dry and a bit hard to chew.

Oh man! You will get some sugar rush with the huge selection of sweets in IL Mercanti. We tried Blueberry Cheesecake… one of my favorites. The taste was ok but not as good as the ones sold in some famous bakeshops in the metro.

This must be the best among what I had that night. This is… AMBURGER’s Juicy Lucy with Bacon Mushroom Melt. OOOHHHLALA!!!

The patty itself is stuffed with cheese making every bite oooozing with cheesy goodness. The huge cheeseburger has generous servings of crunchy bacon, lettuce, mushroom, blue cheese, cheese sauce, onion, relish, and the thick Juicy Lucy patty.

It was awesome!!! As much as I like to finish the entire burger, I couldn’t because I had little of everything we ordered and I’m stuffed. I find this the most delish burger in town. It’s OUTRAGEOUS, I tell ‘ya!

Hurry up and experience good food and fun with your family and friends here in IL Mercanti. I know the bazaar just started and a lot of improvements will take place as they settle. I will definitely go back for some more Juicy Lucy burger and try out other food they offer.

 

IL Mercanti

 

Address: Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City

New Schedule: Wed-Sat , 8pm – 5am

Best Food Forward 2011 – NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City

What a great weekend it was for foodies, families and friends who enjoyed fun-filled activities and food tasting in Global City, Taguig. This event showcased gastronomic creations of culinary experts and newcomers in the industry. For only Php50 entrance fee many were able to help build funds for the farming and feeding programs of Gawad Kalinga and Unang Hakbang Foundation.

Everything’s just fantastic! I was overwhelmed with so many delectable treats…Imagine a child in a toy store, that’s how I felt.¬† I wish I could buy everything…all the chocolates, cakes, and ice cream. Too bad I’m not fortunate to have that much of moolah nowadays.¬†¬† :/

There’s just so many things to do, like face painting and craft for the kids; watching cooking demos and having your photos taken at the photo booth. As for us, we sampled those that caught our senses, especially those with decorative booth displays. From sweet chocolate cupcakes to pig breads, nachos and chili beans, mini puto to fried siopao, and bubble tea to liquer bonbons…the list goes on.

We then decided to have lunch. Baloogs had Spiced Xocolat Chicken with rice and potato gratin for Php100. I wasn’t able to take a photo of that. My bad. I was too busy looking for a seat. Anyway, the chicken is almost black in color as it was covered with chocolate and some seasoning. It tasted a bit salty for me.

I ordered 6pcs chicken wings from Manang’s chicken. No fancy brand name or tag line just lip smacking deep fried chicken covered in special sauce and sesame seeds. It was so good I couldn’t shut myself from the ooohs and mmmss coz of it’s goodness. Definitely better than other soy-fried-chicken.

We were having lunch while private chef Sau del Rosario prepared a summer concoction, a pan-fried tuna with salsa, and pasta marinara (i just named it). We were sitting on the second row and had a chance to taste the pasta dish. The shrimp, squid, and fish were in just the right amount of firmness as well as the squid inked pasta. Al Dente! The taste is enhanced with Beringer wine.¬† Perfecto!¬†¬† ūüôā

Chef Luis Chikiamco prepared a pan fried Angus beef with 3 mushroom side dish. The oil from the pan grilled beef with thyme and garlic was used to make the sauce which made it tastier. We sampled the steak cooked medium rare. It was sooooooo good! I like how warm and soft the meat was. The top and the bottom were beautifully charred and the sides browned. Yum!!!

The organizers gave away raffle prizes and awarded merchant for different categories. No one went home empty handed/hungry.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

Move over Royce…Risa’s here for the same chocolate delight. These premium chocolates are so velvety smooooth. I especially love the creamy texture of the tiramissyou ( their version of tiramisu) and their melt-in-your-mouth classic truffles. It’s rich chocolate sweetness will make you want more. Cuadro bars are priced P170-180 and Php 130-360 for truffles.

heavenly goodness

Risa

Visit them at Mercato Centrale every Saturday and Sunday.

Check on their site : http://risachocolates.wordpress.com/about/

Get that sweet chewy chill of ice cream filled mochi by Mochiko. Mochi is a japanese mixture made of rice flour “mochiko” with a sweet filling. An innovation in ice cream varieties, this mochiko is filled with ice cream flavors you don’t usually find in grocery stores such as their top 3 best sellers: green tea, azuki or red bean, and black sesame. Other flavors are mango, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and caramel.

I tried green tea and found it interesting. I only had green tea with my starbuck’s frappuccino and thought it would taste the same.¬† Prized at Php70 each, it’s a great steal!¬† ūüôā

simply irresistible...mochi ice cream

Mochiko

Unit 3 Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Maharlika East, Aguinaldo Hway, Tagaytay City

Other Branches: ATC, Boracay, BF Paranaque, Angeles City, and Subic

Contact #s:  0917-8310624/ 0922-8118771

Last but definitely not the least, Manang’s Chicken. Try to believe. It’s goooooooooood! Seriously.

This doesn’t have the sauce yet…i ate the chicken wings right away i didn’t get a chance to take snaps of it.

Manang’s Chicken

Visit them in the following location:

Fridays
Midnight Mercato – 10:00pm to 3:00am

Saturdays
Mercato Centrale – 7:30am to 2:00pm
Alabang Saturday Market – 7:30am to 12:00pm
Midnight Mercato – 10:00pm to 3:00am

Sundays
Mercato Centrale – 7:30am to 2:00pm
Legaspi Sunday Market – 7:30am to 2:00pm

Contact #: 0920-9210935

sinfully yummy...

UPDATE: Manang’s Chicken opened their first store. Hooray!!! Please visit:

Manang’s Chicken
AIC Gold Tower, Garnet Road corner F. Ortigas St.
Ortigas Center, Pasig City (Near Jollibee Center)

Operating Hours: M-Sat  10am-12pm

 

See you all next year for another gastronomic feast!!!

Strike a Pose… Be Glamorous…Be a Diva!!! 500 peso promo

Pinkz Photography is offering this fabulous deal of P500 photo shoot until December 2010. Grab your phone and contact us for more details/reservation. No tricks whatsoever… It’s time to release the diva in you.

All glam shots are saved in DVD format so you can print them wherever, whenever, however you want.    Cool huh?

RESERVE your slot now…¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ūüôā

Secrets of the Masters- Studio 4, GMA 7

I was uber excited when Mama told me we would be watching Secret of the Masters with Tita Heidi and Maane. I’m fond of watching cooking shows and this time I got to watch it live.

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Host Issa Litton and Appetite Magazine's Editor-in-chief J. Lorraine Belmonte

As instructed, we went to GMA around 10 am to meet Mico. We were asked to stay in the canteen until it was¬†time to start taping. Big thanks to Tita’s daughter Astrid and her friends… we got the front seats.

Three episodes were taped that day but we only stayed for the 1st one. I didn’t know it would take 6 hours to tape a 40-minute show. I’m not complaining or anything…but sometimes waiting isn’t just my thing¬†(or was¬†I¬†hungry that time).

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Chef Avelina Florendo shares her secret.

Chef Avelina Florendo was the featured chef for that episode.¬†She’s a renowned chef whose expertise in baking and cake decoration has made her ICES’ Hall of Fame awardee last 2005. At 77, she has created a great number of masterpiece that brought delight and satisfaction¬†in every occasion. No doubt…she’s¬†¬†an institution¬†when it comes to baking!

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Chef Avelina demonstrated how to create natural looking flowers and leaves cake decorations using Isomalt. Isomalt is used as a sugar substitute in decoration. It is edible and very durable;  Isomalt is effective in areas where heat or humidity is a concern.

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Chef was very mindful about the temperature; Isomalt is a bit expensive and cooking it above the required temp is like putting money down the drain. The hardened isomalt mixture is warmed in a collapsible warmer made by her son, Chef Jun. According to Chef Avelina, she has to wear two layers of gloves (1 latex and 1 cloth) since the mixture is very hot.

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Issa Litton joins Chef Avelina and her assistants in making porcelain cake decorations.

Next, Chef showed us how to make decors using porcelain…this time it’s not edible. Different ingredients were used and mixed together. Chef and her assistants painstakingly rolled, pulled, and molded the porcelain. According to Chef Avelina,¬†the mixture is clay like and ¬†can be recycled by melting it and molding it again into another decor whether a flower, leaf, bow, or anything imaginable.¬†

I could remember chef telling Mercy (one of her assistants) to be careful… “huwag mong pilitin”. It was really funny because she kept on calling and telling Mercy what to do while the cameras were rolling.

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Porcelain flowers for the audience to keep

And the result… was a very elegant looking masterpiece. Chef was really patient and creative, at her age, to make something extravagant like this. NICE!

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Her son Chef Jun Florendo also showed his skills in baking. He made a fondant cake and decorated it using the porcelain flowers made earlier.

For the finale, Chefs Avelina and Jun Florendo together with their assitant Mike made TRES LECHES cake. The name itself means a cake composed of 3 kinds of milk. This is the first..and the only dish we got to eat that afternoon. It was definitely worth waiting and keeping myself seated for hours just to eat this tres leches. I can’t wait for the quatro leches, Chef Jun!

Sorry guys, I wasn’t able to take photos of this cake; we were asked to eat it right away once served (to capture how we savor the dish). It was totally delish! To describe you how it was… think of it this way… eating a light and creamy cake with a pudding like texture covered with fluffy marshmallow like icing with the right amount of sweetness. Mmmm…

Everyone got to taste the tres leches that left us speechless for a minute or so. So scrumptious!!!

The said episode will be aired sometime November, probably the first week.

Watch Secrets of the Masters, Sundays at 7pm.