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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Wild For Wildflour Cafe + Bakery @ The Fort

The intersection of 26th Street and 5th Avenue at the Fort is no stranger to locals and foreigners craving for an elegant yet casual dining experience. Here in this food strip, Wildflour Cafe + Bakery reigns supreme with its exquisite breads and rave-worthy western cuisine.

Diners have been raving about Wildflour's great food, terrific service and cozy ambience for sometime now, and we can't help but concur. The complimentary freshly baked bread to an array of refreshing drinks and satisfying desserts are a testament to the cafe's dedication to please its customers' ever discriminating taste.

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Complimentary Bread & Butter.

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Agua Fresca (Green). Php 130
Watermelon Iced Tea. Php 185
Passionberry Iced Tea. Php 110

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Lamb Meatballs. Php 330 

Offered as an appetizer, this classic Moroccan dish sizzles with energy, thanks to classic ingredients such as spiced greek yogurt called labneh, tomatoes, almonds and mint.

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Crispy Duck Confit. Php 590

For this french dish, Wildflour chose cured duck's leg and cooked it in its own fat maybe even with some port (Portuguese wine) resulting in a deeply flavorful piece of meat, beautifully balanced by some boiled lentils and apple julienne in classic french remoulade sauce.

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Rustichella Squid Ink Spaghetti. Php 450

Even in the absence of the popular squid ink pasta, the dish still managed to impress with its deeply flavorful and immensely delish symphony of chorizo pamplona, prawns and pistachio. Seasoned just right for the palate as evidenced in our failure to drizzle some lemon; but when we actually did, the result was an even lighter and fresher version that is both appealing and satiating at the same time.

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC


Bucatini all' Amatriciana. Php 390

Wildflour recreates this classic dish from the town of Amatrice in Rome with trademark ingredients such as tomato, chili and cheese with the guanciale (cured pork cheeks) at the heart of it all. Instead of pecorino romano, Wildflour used freshly grated parmesan which may seem unorthodox to purists; but, still vibrates with sharp intensity. The richness of the guanciale in some inexplicable way blends well with the tomatoes' tangy nature; and, with a bit of zing from the chili, Wildflour's version is truly an homage to Roman cooking at its best. 

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC


 Happy tummies @ Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Valrhona Chocolate Pot de Creme. Php 205 (Above)
Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie. Php 190 (Below)

The bittersweet Valrhona dessert blends well with the pie's rich and creamy nature. The unlikely combo provides a great finish to an already fantastic meal.

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

FYI: To take hold of your fave Wildflour Cronuts, place your orders 2 days in advance. A minimum of 6 cronuts is required.

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery @ The Fort
Cronuts to choose from:
Wildflour Dulce de leche Cronut Php 150
Wildflour Tiramisu Cronut Php 150
Wildflour Hazelnut Cronut Php 150
Wildflour Maple-Bacon Apple Cronut Php 150
Wildflour Chocolate Cronut Php 120
Wildflour Strawberry Cronut Php 120
Wildflour Mixed Berry Cronut Php 120
Wildflour Vanilla Cronut Php 120
Wildflour Vanilla Cronut Php 120

GALLERY:

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery @ The Fort

 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

  Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

   Breads-to-go from Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC
Branches:
The Fort - (632) 856-7600
Podium   - (632) 571-8588
Salcedo  - (632) 808-7072

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Of Christmas Frappes & Croughnuts

The Philippines holds the world's longest Christmas celebration and it's only fitting that popular coffee shop chains such as Starbucks and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, among others, have special concoctions to complement the Pinoy's unique way of upholding the Blessed Season.

When you think about it, it's like Christmas in a cup ; but, in my case, since I only consume frappes, it's more authentic to say, Christmas in a giant plastic cup with a slot.  :)

Starbucks.

Christmas Cookie Frappe. (Tall: 170; Grande: Php 180; Venti: Php 190)

Loved for its creamy, buttery taste infused with shortbread and butter cookie bits and sauce, this particular Starbucks Holiday coffee-based blend, ranks first in my list of faves.

  Starbucks Philippines Christmas Holiday Menu 

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. (Tall: 170; Grande: Php 180; Venti: Php 190)

A significant drizzle of mocha sauce provides an interesting twist from last year's well-received peppermint concoction.

 Starbucks Philippines Christmas Holiday Menu 

Starbucks Toffee Nut Frappe. (Tall: 170; Grande: Php 180; Venti: Php 190)

Very much liked for its toffee nut syrup and crunchy toffee sprinkles, Starbucks' Holiday Menu won't really be complete without its signature Toffee Nut Frappe.

 Starbucks Philippines Christmas Holiday Menu 

Starbucks Peppermint Frappe. 
Starbucks Gingerbread Frappe.

Starbucks' 2013-2014 Holiday Menu included Gingerbread Frappe and Gingerbread Latte; but, unfortunately, these variants are not available here in the Philippines as they are only being offered in Starbucks' satellite branches in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

Starbucks Philippines Christmas Holiday Menu (2013-2014)

Starbucks Philippines


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

CBTL Red Velvet Ice Blended. (Ice Blended: Regular: Php 165; Large: Php 185. Hot Cocoa: Php 120; Php 135; Php 150). 

Known for their sweet 'n' creamy taste quite reminiscent of a red velvet cupcake, Red Velvet Beverages (Ice Blended or Coffee-based and Hot Chocolate) are CBTL's best bets for Christmas.

The good news is, unlike the Starbucks Holiday Concoctions made available only until January 8, 2015, CBTL offers its certified Red Velvet Drinks all year round.

 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Philippines

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf  (CBTL) Philippines

Dolcelatte.

To this day, Food for the Gods remains to be a must-eat confection during the holiday season. Dolcelatte, a popular cafe and gourmet bakeshop here in the metro, continues to offer these chewy, nutty and fruity creations sans the liqueur so that even kids can fully enjoy them.

Dolcelatte Food for the Gods.



 Dolcelatte Philippines

Dolcelatte Croughnuts.

Dolcelatte has reinvented Chef Ansel Dominique's popular croissant-doughnut pastry by offering a plethora of sweet and savory croughnuts both for dine in or on the go. Liked for their flaky or crunchy nature, Dolcelatte is supposedly being credited to have the most number of croughnut varieties in the metro.

SWEET CROUGHNUTS:

Dolcelatte Custard Creamcheese Croughnut (Left) (Php 110)
Dolcelatte Chocolate Caramel Croughnut (NEW) (Center) (Php 110)
Dolcelatte Oreo Milkshake Croughnut (Right) (Php 110)


 Dolcelatte Philippines

However, the process of acquiring a croughnut these days can be quite tedious. You can't just walk-in and purchase a box right that moment.

In Dolcelatte's case, you need to order and reserve the SWEET CROUGHNUTS (not the SAVORY VARIANTS) over the phone. To preorder, call 332-3407 or 0906-5526297.

Remember:
  • One box contains 6 croughnuts. 
  • Since there are limited quantities of croughnuts produced daily, a customer can only order/reserve up to a dozen croughnuts.
  • Preorder croughnuts one day in advance.
  • Reservation is done via phone only.
  • No Sunday pick-up.

By the way, Dolcelatte also offers a variety of SAVORY CROUGHNUTS daily from 2 pm to 5 pm. For more info, click this.


Dolcelatte Philippines


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Friday, December 26, 2014

Baskin-Robbins PH Invites You To Its DRAW YOUR OWN SNOWMAN Promo

As a way to perk up your child's productivity during the holiday season, Baskin-Robbins Philippines invites all 5 to 12 year olds to participate in its latest promo dubbed "Draw Your Snowman!"


Here's how to join the contest in two simple steps:

          1.   Let your child create a unique drawing of a Snowman.

          2.   Post your child's entries on Baskin-Robbins' Official Facebook Page.
  
Baskin Robbins Philippines' Draw Your Snowman Promo

 Remember: One winning drawing will be chosen every week. It will be simultaneously featured on Baskin-Robbins' FB Page for a duration of seven days. The winner will also receive a half gallon of his or her chosen flavor of ice cream as well as Baskin-Robbins' lovable Snowman stuffed toy.

Baskin-Robbins Plethora of Yummy Flavors

Curious on what other kids have done so far? Simply click this.

More than the prizes, make sure your child's primary motivation is to be able to enjoy the art and process of illustration itself.

As American novelist Kurt Vonnegut once said:

     "To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly, 
                        is a way to make your soul grow.                
                       So do it."               

Allow me to congratulate your child in advance...:-)


Baskin-Robbins Philippines
Branches:

Baskin-Robbins Ayala Fairview Terraces Branch
1st Level, Central Garden, Ayala Fairview Terraces
Quirino Hi-way corner Maligaya Drive, Fairview, Quezon City

Baskin-Robbins Central Square Branch
Upper Ground Floor Central Square Bldg.
5th Ave. cor 30th St, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
Operating Hours: 11 am-10 pm (Mon to Thurs); 11 am-11 pm (Fri to Sun)
Phone: (632) 500-1546

Baskin-Robbins Trinoma Branch
4th Floor, TriNoma, EDSA, Quezon City




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An Interesting Dessert Soiree at A Taste of Slice, OVN Bread Co. & Krispy Kreme The Fort

Someone once said, "STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS..."

So you might as well have some to chase the blues away. :-)

Keep Calm and Eat Dessert

A Taste of Slice.

If for some reason, your sweet tooth strikes while shopping at SM Aura Premier, simply head towards A Taste of Slice, a cupcake haven, found in the mall's posh food court. Choose from a plethora of flavors caught in alluring textures and colors. Some of their bestsellers include Choco Yema, Red Velvet and Sir Francis M. Bacon- which is as interesting as the famous English philosopher it was named after.

A Taste of Slice at SM Aura

SAMPLE MENU:

Slice's Sir Francis M. Bacon   Php 90  (Top-Left)
Slice's Red Velvet   Php 80  (Top-Right)
Slice's Very Berry  Php 80 (Bottom)

 Slice at SM Aura

Slice at SM Aura

A Taste of Slice
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Branches:

Foodcourt, First Floor, SM Aura Premier
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
Phone: 553-77-83


OVN Bread Co.

OVN maybe small in size yet bursts with ingeniously crafted breads and pastries. Loyal clients usually rave about their certified bestsellers such as Angus Beef Pot Pie, Bibingka Bread Pudding and Bibingka Creme Brulee which provide an awesome twist to recipes we've grown to love through the years.

 OVN Bread Co.@ SM Aura

SAMPLE MENU:

Angus Beef Pot Pie (Left Row).
Bibingka Bread Pudding (Upper Right).
Bibingka Creme Brulee (Lower Right).

  OVN Bread Co.@ SM Aura

"Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken." (Jonathan Swift, poet & essayist)


 OVN Bread Co.@ SM Aura
What's Inside the Bestselling Angus Beef Pot Pie


OVN Bread Co.
Unit 012 Lower Ground Floor
SM Aura Premier, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Phone: 0925-801-7588


Krispy Kreme.

Krispy Kreme may have opened only in November 2006 here in the Philippines, but the popular American doughnut company has been around sharing its "melt-in-your-mouth recipes" for the past 75 years. Adorned with sweet and enchanting toppings and fillings, fans prefer to buy a dozen or even two dozens of these confections to share with loved ones and friends. 

Krispy Kreme BGC

SAMPLE DOUGHNUT SELECTIONS:


 Krispy Kreme 's The Original Glazed Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Philippines
Other Branches
Bonifacio High Street, 9th Ave.
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Phone:856-1435

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Hyper-Sweet Dessert Soiree at Baskin-Robbins, Cupcakes by Sonja & CBTL @ Ayala Fairview Terraces

Legendary American Cartoonist Charles. M. Schulz, well-loved for his comic strip Peanuts where Snoopy and Charlie Brown became its resident characters, once said, "Life is like an ice cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time."


If only our fave sugar cones didn't run out that night at Baskin Robbins, then we could have done it the Schulz way. :-)

 Fam Bam @ Baskin Robbins Ayala Fairview Terraces

Any which way, we had a great time not only because the ice cream was superb; but also partly due to the magnificently-lit tree in the background, reminiscent of the ones found at the Ayala Triangle Light & Sound Show!

Replicating Ayala Triangle's Annual Festival of Lights is of course not an issue for Fairview Terraces, another Ayala Land development which was inaugurated barely ten months ago.

Spectacular Display at Ayala Fairview Terraces

Three of our fave desserts/coffee shops are located around the mall's imposing centerpiece which made our dining experience truly enjoyable, every single time.


Baskin-Robbins.

Avid fans of the legendary ice cream brand have waited for months and finally, just a few weeks ago, Baskin-Robbins has finally opened its third shop in the northern half of Quezon City.

Baskin Robbins Ayala Fairview Terraces


The newly-opened ice cream shop never runs out of customers eager to try out Baskin-Robbins' plethora of flavors. In fact, I had to wait for some time not only due to the significant amount of clients; but, also because of the overwhelming number of flavors to choose from!

We were able to sample four flavors projecting distinct characteristics that left us wanting for more! With a creamy texture quite similar to Haagen-Dazs combined with Better-than-Ice Cream's (BTIC) unmistakable gumminess, the resulting frozen confection is absolutely amaaazing!



Baskin-Robbins Ayala Fairview Terraces

SAMPLE MENU:

Regular Double Scoop of Pistachio Almond & Mint Chocolate Chip (Php 199).

Baskin Robbins Ayala Fairview Terraces


Junior Double Scoop of Chocolate Mousse Royale and Chocolate Mint (Php 145) (Above)
Junior Single Scoop of Jamoca Almond Fudge (Php 85) (Below-Left)
Junior Single Scoop of Mango Yogurt (Php 85) (Below-Right)

Baskin Robbins Ayala Fairview Terraces

Baskin-Robbins Price List:


 Baskin Robbins Ayala Fairview Terraces

Baskin-Robbins Philippines
Branches:

Baskin-Robbins Ayala Fairview Terraces Branch
1st Level, Central Garden, Ayala Fairview Terraces
Quirino Hi-way corner Maligaya Drive, Fairview, Quezon City

Baskin-Robbins Central Square Branch
Upper Ground Floor Central Square Bldg.
5th Ave. cor 30th St, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
Operating Hours: 11 am-10 pm (Mon to Thurs); 11 am-11 pm (Fri to Sun)
Phone: (632) 500-1546

Baskin-Robbins Trinoma Branch
4th Floor, TriNoma, EDSA, Quezon City


Cupcakes by Sonja.

To satisfy every lingering sweet tooth, we always head over to Cupcakes by Sonja basically for its inimitable flavors and designs. True to its evolving nature, the shop now offers mini versions of our fave variants.

During our visits, every time we order Sonja's Pistachio Berri & Cream and Red Velvet, we can't help but rave about the lovely interplay of tastes and textures experienced in every bite.

Cupcakes by Sonja @ Ayala Fairview Terraces
SAMPLE MENU:

  Cupcakes by Sonja @ Ayala Fairview Terraces

Cupcakes by Sonja Pistachio Berri & Cream (Php 120). (Above-left)
Cupcakes by Sonja Lemon Drop (Php 80) (Above-right)
Cupcakes by Sonja Red Velvet Mini (Php 35)
Cupcakes by Sonja Pink Vanilla Sunshine Mini (Php 35)
Cupcakes by Sonja Mocha Motion Mini (Php 35)

  Cupcakes by Sonja @ Ayala Fairview Terraces


Cupcakes by Sonja
Branches:

Ayala Fairview Terraces
G/F Ayala Fairview Terraces
Quezon City
Tel. 956-89-64

Serendra
G/F Serendra Piazza
Bonifacio Global City
Tel. 915-29-36/856-03-08

Glorietta
2/F Glorietta 2 Bridgeway
Ayala Center, Makati
Tel. 625-48-84

Rockwell
P1 Level Power Plant Mall
Rockwell Center, Makati
Tel. 949-80-46

Shangri-la Plaza
L?G East Wing Shangri-la Plaza
Mandaluyong
Tel. 955-10-73

Rustan's Fresh
G/F San Antonio Plaza
Forbes Park, Makati

Greenhills Shopping Center
G/F The Promenade Extension
Greenhills, San Juan
Tel. 463-48-20

Robinson's Galleria
2/F Robinson's Galleria
Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Tel. 570-39-93

Trinoma
2/F Trinoma
Quezon City
Tel. 901-30-92

SM North Edsa
2/F Main Building SM North Edsa
Quezon City
Tel. 373-03-40

SM Manila
Garden Level, SM City Manila
Ermita, Manila
Tel. 353-31-12

SM Megamall
G/F Mega Fashion Hall
Mandaluyong City
Tel. 463-33-95


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

CBTL offers not only good coffee and tea variants but a respectable array of baked goodies as well. To perk up some downtime, CBTL's Trademark Chocolate Cake AND Scone- either raisin or chocolate chip in nature- is enough to energize. Don't forget to partner them either with a CBTL Frappe or Tea for a more satiating experience.

SAMPLE MENU:

CBTL Frappes & Cakes.


 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Ayala Fairview Terraces

CBTL Chocolate Chip/Raisin Scones & Muffins.

 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf  Assorted Goodies


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf  CBTL) Philippines

Ayala Fairview Terraces
G/F Ayala Fairview Terraces
Quezon City