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Favorite Things #9

1. Breakfast and the comfort it brings
2. Elevator rides
3. Dogs and their emotions
4. Light rainshowers
5. Magic macarons by Alchemy
6. Mango-flavored treats

Quick Bites: Weekend Dessert Finds

For most of the people I know, nothing makes their heart skip a beat than a great pair of shoes. That includes most of my girl buddies, my boyfriend, my mom and even my brother. I don't get that at all. And I think that goes the same for them. Sometimes they don't understand my craziness over food, specifically desserts.

I spent my Saturday sampling over desserts I've just discovered and been wanting to try for a long time. You say one can only eat so much sweets but I have to disagree.

I'm not really sure if my mom reads my blog but if ever you do, Ma, I promise I'll cut down the sweets from now on. And to my friend, Joyce, I promise to fit the dress just in time for your wedding. (*crosses fingers*)

1. The Cake Club by Diamond Hotel's Vanessa (PhP 250)

Seriously, who could ever resist that?
Here's the story: After work (8:30 AM), we (Ian + I) went to Naci Comfort Food to have breakfast but surprise, surprise, it was still closed! So we went to GRAM's Diner instead. Dessert was a requirement for us so we ended up Google-ing restaurants in the area that have great desserts. The Cake Club kept on popping up on the results so after our breakfast, we WAITED for them to open by staying at Jamba Juice. I know, right? The great lengths we go to for great food.

Praise the heavens, it's already 11:00 AM! So we went to The Cake Club with no other intentions in mind but to have dessert, so I was really glad to be greeted by glass displays of all kinds of gorgeous desserts and walls of Royce's products. No initial awkwardness of sitting there and ordering just the desserts. I was so excited! Hahaha.

June, come hither.

I wish I could just fast forward the days and when I wake up tomorrow later, it's already June. I have so much stuff pending for posting here because I never get to finish an entry when I start it. It's either I fall asleep while doing it or my brain's too fried to function after work.…

CAB Cafe

Another pastry shop to feed my life long affinity for desserts. Yes, yes. After a hearty breakfast at Poco Deli about a week ago, we went straight to CAB Cafe to sample their desserts.

CAB Cafe is located in the wonderful food haven of Kapitolyo, Pasig, right across Poco Deli. It's apparently an extension of CafĂ© Bob's which is a famous family-run restaurant business in Bacolod City.

I've been reading (and drooling) so much about their gorgeous cakes and desserts, I was glad I finally found someone to accompany me back to Kapitolyo and try out their bestsellers!

Look at this shelf of beauty.
We were immediately drawn to the glass shelf holding all the available desserts that morning. I was just so happy to see the colorful display of the chocolates, the cheesecakes, cupcakes and everything in between. 

Hello, I am Patricia and I am a sugarholic.

Someone's cranky early in the morning.
The interior was roomy and quiet. It's one of those places you can definitely have your peace and quiet for yourself. The only other people there was another couple having breakfast. I also read that they have WiFi available, so it's great for those that just want to chill and dwiddle with their gadgets, or work (whatever suits you.)

YUMMY Magazine's Yummy Eats 2013

Spent our morning in NBC Tent at The Fort for this yummy event. I honestly thought I was going to go alone but then I was able to convince my epicurean friend, Ian (who convinced another friend, Charm), to go with me. Yey! Tasting food from 50 different concessionaires for PhP 200 is such a steal, right? Of course, I just have to attend this event.

Image from Yummy Magazine's Facebook page
And apparently, this is the 3rd year Yummy Magazine has done this food fair. Man, what have I been doing in the past 2 years?

Armed with our golden paper plates and Yummy Eats passbook of sorts, we started this supposed day long food fiesta. 

We were determined to taste each of the 56 concessionaires but failed to do so. We came here straight from work and an hour past lunch time, we were super tired and drained BUT full. Haha. The place was packed by 11:00 AM! I included a sort of review of the samples provided by each restaurant, and their contact details as well in case you want to know more about them. 

Here are my top picks:

1. Alchemy

The best French macarons everrr! Had a bite of their salted caramel flavor and I am not kidding when I say it's the best out there. I mean, you can disagree with me but for me, it was pure magic. It's got that delicately crispy but at the same time chewy transition of textures with every bite. And the flavors hits the right spot. I don't even know how to explain it further. Oh, and their packaging is so pretty! Hahaha. All I hear from people leaving their stall is, "Ang sarap!" This is without a doubt, a must try! 

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2. Manila Q

I love pork. That's no secret. And if you could find a way to may pork twice as amazing as it already is, I'll love you even more. And that's what ManilaQ's team of geniuses has come up with. Bagwang is something in between of bacon, chicharon and fried liempo. The three best things in life = party in my mouth! Perfectly flavorful and crrrispy! 

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The Hierarchy of Taste

Do you ever wonder why some people go to great lengths just to try new food? Why there's some people not hesitant to jump on the bandwagon just to feed their curiosity for a gastronomic fad? And why some dishes look so simple but tastes so complex to some? Here's something to read and pond…

Favorite Things #8

Since this list may not be appropriate to post on Wednesday, I'll just do it a day earlier.

Some little things in life that make us really, really happy, also are little signs that make you realize that life has indeed changed for the better. Or just those day-to-day things that's so simpl…

Via Romana Restaurant

I was looking for a new restaurant to visit just in time for a Mothers' Day celebration. Luckily, I knew about Via Romana a few weeks before and told my parents and my brother to reserve their May 12th so we could eat out.

After looking at other options for our celebration, my mom chose to eat at Via Romana since the food looks delicious and it's nearer our place. I went straight home after work yesterday and arrived there past lunch time.

Via Romana is located inside a compound called Paradiso Terrestre which is a huge events venue. In here, you could also find different events spaces for all your needs: Cafe Nenita (the elegant space; the structure with glass walls on the right of the photo), Patio Verde Garden (more of a terrace, outdoor feel), Villa Estrella (for company conferences and private meetings), La Veranda (roof top events space), De Cor Azul (for swimming parties) and Cabana Jarden (a small garden venue for intimate gatherings).

Other establishments include La Terraza Bar & Grille (for those parties with a splash of alcohol and loud karaoke music), La Vista Deck (if you're a romantic) and Cafe Paradiso (well, yes, a cafe). So basically, everything you need for a grand and well prepared event is here. Pretty neat, eh?

The place is really cozy and modern at the same time. I really, really like the contrast of the different materials that they used in their furnishings. Warm tones were evident due to the native materials but the elegant vibe is there as well.

We even called up a few days before to make a reservation because I was afraid the place would be too crowded when we get their. Apparently, not a lot of people know of this place yet. But one thing I noticed the entire duration of our lunch, the place may not be packed but it never ran out of customers.

Click the arrow on the photo below to see more of the photos of Via Romana's interiors.

Blushing Cupcakes Cafe

I was pretty stoked when I found out that a branch of Moonleaf opened in Ortigas Home Depot and that there was a cupcake shop around that area, too!

We dropped by Blushing Cupcakes Cafe last March and was all giddy to taste their cupcake offerings. We were pleased to know that aside from being a cupcake shop, they also offer pasta and rice meals. The store interior was actually cute with all the prominent pops of pink.

I was a bit disappointed when the cupcake trays were almost empty considering it was 12 noon (and they open around 11 AM). I was expecting trays of colorful, freshly baked cupcakes but this is what we saw when we got there.

But still, it didn't stop me from buying a few pieces to try. Haha!

In the box: Red Velvet Surprise Cheesecake, Black Velvet, New York Cheesecake, Banana Split
Okay. So I've read too many great reviews about Blushing Cupcakes but I was surprised that somehow the experience was not the same for me. The cupcakes indeed look delicious but the taste fell short. I was kind of anticipating that wow factor but it fell right under the just okay category.

Food Guide: Salcedo Village, Makati City

The vicinity of Salcedo Village must be one of the busiest parts of Makati, not only because it's near the business district but it's also brimming with a lot of great restaurants that caters to all types of budget. If you're just like me, most of the time clueless of where to go, this…

Go Greek!

I met up with the boyfriend last Thursday morning so we could watch Iron Man 3. Since it was almost around lunchtime, we decided to eat first before watching the movie so we wouldn't be so hungry after. Looking for a place to eat always ends up with, "Ikaw na bahala. Kahit saan." He …