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.  :)


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


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.


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.

  • 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

Blog on Cue: Wild For Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC


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

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


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


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

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


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


 Krispy Kreme 's The Original Glazed Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Philippines
Other Branches
Bonifacio High Street, 9th Ave.
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

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.


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


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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

Shangri-la Plaza
L?G East Wing Shangri-la Plaza
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

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.


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

KIX TAEKWONDO Offers Full Gear Promo This Christmas!

Taekwondo jins are in for a treat as Kix Taekwondo offers its much awaited Full Gear Promo this Christmas!

Kix Taekwondo Full Gear Promo for Php 5490

At first, we weren't really aware that such promo existed. It was only during a visit to Eljan Sports' Baesa Office (official distributor of Kix) that we found out all about this great deal.

It was rather timely that my six year old was up for his Taekwondo Promotion Test a few weeks ago. From being a white belter, he was eventually promoted to a yellow belter which required him to have his own protective gears during trainings.

Allow me to show you the different gears included in the promo:

Kix Net Bag (Free)

Kix Net Bag

What's inside the bag:

Kix Taekwondo Full Gear Promo

Kix Armor (Php 1,175)

Kix Armor

Kix Head Gear (Php 1,440)

Kix Head Gear

Kix Hand Gloves (Php 950)

Kix Hand Gloves

Kix Kids Unisex Groin Guard (Php 475)

Kix Groin Guard

Kix Instep Guard (Php 350)

Kix Instep Guard

Kix Arm Guard (Php 425)
Kix Shin Guard (Php 475)
Free Guard Bag

Kix Arm and Shin Guards with Net Bag

Kix Gum Shield (Php 200)

Kix Gum Shield

Kickpad DLX SR (Php 515-not included in the promo)

Kix Kick Pad (Not included in the promo)

During the initial fitting, we asked the kind sales rep for the armor in size 1 which turned out to be waaay bigger than expected. I was told that the armor should only reach the torso and not the legs.

Tutapel trying out his first armor

We opted for the XS sized-armor instead which proved to be a perfect fit.

Tutapel's Very First Taekwondo Gear

I've also asked Tutapel's multi-medalist classmate and friend, Julian, to share with us his usual #OOTD during trainings.

Six year-old wonder kid Julian Mercado in full gear 
while draped with his many medals!

Thanks Mommy Cha for the photos!

Eljan Sports
For more info: 990-1656
Head Office (Sta. Mesa Heights Branch)
24-A Atok St. Sta. Mesa Heights, Q.C.
Phone: (632) 414-3784; (632) 743-8001

Baesa Office:
# 76 Mendez Road Brgy. BAesa, Q.C.
Phone: (632) 4456-34