Food

Gimme, Gimme That Ice Cream

Summer in Manila is scorching. As in like very hot. Though, as per the weather agency, summer will soon end and we only have until the second week of June to enjoy or hate this climate. For other countries, summer is just starting; but for us here in the Philippines, summer is almost over. Anyways, do not overthink it, we have summer almost all year long with the exemptions of the days/ weekends/ weeks we have a tropical storm in our territory. We have officially the months of March, April and May as our summer months but in fact you can hit the beach almost any day of the year.

All summer long, I’ve noted all the ice cream places I’ve visited. I’m no food blogger/ specialist but all of us have that foodie inside of us. Ice cream has always been my guilty pleasure and my to go to dessert (or sometime snack, lunch?). Aside from that, ice cream looks good on your Instagram feed. They are my favorite food subject for all those #Nomnom or #FoodPorn. Are you guilty of that? Yes, I am!

So here goes my shortlist of my favorite ice cream stops I’ve had this summer 2015:

MILKCOW – Located in Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
   


  

Milkcow is a popular ice cream chain from South Korea that serves soft serve ice creams. What makes it standout is the variety of unconventionally toppings that you can add or choose from like honeycomb, macarons, cotton candy among others. To make it easier for you, they have their menu so that you easily select which combinations you like. Not enough toppings or wanted that cute macaron on topof your sundae? Fret not as you can add those sweet things ala carte. 🙂 And Lee Jong Suk all over the shop, add on!

MAGPIE CAFE – Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City

  
Magpie Cafe is part of a new neighborhood food complex in Maginhawa Street called “Streat”. This cafe has some serious Korean vibe in it. Small space who can only accommodate less than 10 people at a time. Though it has a very limited sitting, that gives a relaxed vibe and ambiance. Magpie Cafe serves coffee, pastries and bingsu. Ever wonder what a magpie is? Magpie is actually a type of bird that can be found in Korea.

RITA’S – UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

  
Rita’s Ice is a gelato parlor that originated in the Unites States but gelato are Italian desserts. You need to go to this place multiple times as they have great variety of things to offer. They have gelato, custards and all sorts of sweet things. You can even have a bubble gum flavored iced water!

COLDSTONE CREAMERY – Branches all over Metro Manila.

  
Variety. They have a lot! You can choose from all those flavors. Good thing is that you can have different size for your ice creams and you can try up to 5 flavors in one cup or serving. Craving for the same flavor? Worry not, just tell the them that you want all your 5 scoops with the same flavors. Just after they took your order and prepared the ice cream, make sure that you are literally ready to catch your ice cream as they will throw it to you. Don’t worry if the ice cream falls in the ground, they will make a fresh one for you. All just for fun!

KOOL KIDS – SM Mega Fashion Hall, Megamall, Mandaluyong

  
Ice cream made using some experiment and done in front of you. Think of Dexter’s Lab meets ice cream. Once you have ordered, they will make your ice cream while you wait. It’s not a long wait by the way, just around a minute or two. They just put the ingredients together and some cold smoke comes out from all the chemical reaction, viola you have your ice cream!

FLAFE (FLOWER AND CAFE) – Cityland Tower, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

  
One of my most fave coffee shops in Ortigas area, aside from the fact that the owner is very friendly and nice, Flafe offers different things and all sorts of Korean sweet treats. I have done an article about Flafe before. They have updated their menu, so when you haven’t visited Flafe the longest time, feel free to drop by and enjoy their new offerings. Of course, the patbingsus (bingsu) are a must-try. Pick a flower on your way out, they have such great flower arrangement. That’s a cute combination, flower and coffee!

SNOW CREME – Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City

  
Shaved flavored ice are the best coolers. Every country in East and Southeast Asia has their own version of shaved ice. Snow Creme is a concept from Taiwan. Taiwan has been known as one of best shaved ice in the world. So it only means one thing. Try their milkteas and snacks too, you will not be disappointed.

CAFFE BENE – Citywalk 2, Libis, Quezon City

  
Caffe Bene is known as Korea’s most popular coffeehouse chain. No wonder why they are named such as. Aside from their very unique coffee offering, they also have tons of things to offer like gelato, toasts, pastries and bingsu! All items are Instagram worthy. Aside from how cool everything looks like, the taste is as cool. You want to stay in this coffee house as long as you can. Daydreaming like you are in a K-Drama scene. Literally, the ambiance is among the best I ever experience in a coffee shop. Or maybe at that time, it was not a primetime when we visited the place and we were the only visitors. Best time to visit is during opening time. Though Caffe Bene opens a little late for a coffee shop.

Morelli’s Gelato – Shangila Mall East Wing, Mandaluyong City

  
Been eyeing this place for quite some time but always failed to go there as it’s either we already had dessert somewhere or my friend already have something in mind where to get their sweet fix. Morelli’s offers a great deal of classic sundaes in a very fancy packaging. Don’t be fooled by how it looks as how tasty and delicious their sundaes are, Morelli somehow is quite reasonable for it’s price. They have usual classics like chocolate & strawberry mix, you can order gelato by the scoop and correct me if I’m wrong as I might have seen someone having a banana split in Morelli’s?

And my top picks are:

FARMACY – Net Lima, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

  
Think old school ice cream parlour. That’s heaven, right? Farmacy is the same group who are responsible behind Wildflour Cafe and Bakery. Farmacy indeed bring us back to the golden time of the 40s and 50s. Though it is not my generation, I can relate to the real ice cream classics. The classics really are for the young at heart and young alike. Classic knows no generation especially when we are talking about ice creams.

CAFE SEOLHWA – 2nd Floor Forum South Global, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

  
Been here multiple times this summer, Cafe Seolhwa is a newly opened Korean desserts cafe. Cafe Seolhwa has been my automatic to go to desserts place for Summer 2015. I love everything this cafe offers but my forever favorites are the bingsus. My recommendations: Injeolmi Bingsu and Mango Cheesecake Bingsu.

Not too late to have an ice cream and I hope I gave you an idea where to get that cold and sweet fix. Cue Red Velvet’s song “Ice Cream Cake”.

‘Til the next pose & post!

Sober or Tipsy Coffee?

Growing up, I am not a fan of coffee. I like my drinks frothy and milky. So any day you would ask me: milktea? OR coffee? My automatic response would be milktea.

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Coffee!

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Wall Art

Later on, I developed a taste for coffee. Though if you’ll see me ordering one in a coffeeshop and ask the barista what I usually order, they always say, “That drink is too sweet!”. Like I said, I prefer my coffee frothy and milky plus a loads of sweet added- that is why Splenda is my coffee bestfriend. 😉

Just a few days back, my college friends introduced me to “hole in a wall” coffeehouse which coincidentally located where our family used to live like 12 years ago. I never had the chance to revisit “my hometown” and it was really nostalgic to finally revisit the area. Too bad that we agreed to visit the coffeehouse a little late, I was not able to drop by or visit some of my childhood friends’ place.

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2nd Floor Coffeehouse

Tipsy Beans is coffeehouse that of course serves coffee with a little bit of twist. They have a whole line where coffee or drinks are mixed with liquor. Though the idea of mixing liquor with coffee is not a new thing for me as I tried it some years back. I have to say that their coffee really tastes nice and milky (just the way I like it). The place has an ambiance of privacy though you will never feel claustrophobic. The lights are not dimmed but still very homey and relaxing.

One of the reasons I like going to coffeehouses is to oogle to their interiors and designs. Countries like Japan and Korea have small coffeehouses that are well designed. I even watched somewhere that in Korea, those little coffeehouses can only accomodate 5 people the most at a time. Philippines, specifically Manila, is following that trend. Remember Subspace Coffeehouse? (You can read about Subspace by clicking HERE) Hopefully more and more coffeehouses like Subspace and Tipsy Beans will open soon. Anyways, I am eye-ing one coffeehouse in Manila and I am dying to visit the place for a year now but I don’t have the chance yet. Maybe next month or next week?

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Small Space But Comfortable

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Some Designs

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Coffee Grounds = Environment Friendly Fertilizer

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Literal: Liquor Over Coffee

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Agree

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Freedom Wall (Paper)

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What I Wrote

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What Jhen Wrote (Explain?) 😉

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Korea Inspired?

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Blacks and Whites: Perfect Color Combination

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Wall Half-Full of Quotes and Ehlaine is Ready for the Camera

Of course food and drinks are part of the reasons to visit coffeehouses. What differs Tipsy Beans from others is their line of food and drinks with liquor like rhum, whiskey, vodka among others.

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Vodka + Rootbeer = Vootbeer Float

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Bacon Milkshake

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Irish Creme on Coffee Rocks

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Tipsy Frappucino

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Different Pastas and Sandwiches

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Spicy Tuna Pesto. Anthing with pesto is love!

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Tipsy Beans Menu

I will definitely be back in Tipsy Beans soon. Maybe I can ask my childhood friends to have coffee there and do some major catching-up the next time I visit the area. A little bit of info, I visited Tipsy Beans twice now.

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First Time on Tipsy Beans with Amor and Ehlaine

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What I Wore The First Visit (It was a very rainy night)

Tipsy Beans is located at 50 Domingo M. Guevarra Street (Formerly Libertad), Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City

‘Til the next pose and post!

Instagram Dump: First Half of 2014

How time really flies so fast. It seems like it was only the other day that we celebrated New Year’s Day and here we are now almost at 50% of 2014.

The first part of 2014, gave a lot of reasons to be thankful for and at the same time gave me a lot of things to ponder on. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of memories that makes this year a 2014 a good year for me – so far.

Thanks goodness for Instagram that I was able to click and share some of these moments on the SNS.

Here are some of those captured moments:

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Start of the year: Thinking About Hair Color

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With Mama

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My pork of choice: Sangyeupsal

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Pink Hair Era

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My Prefered Coffee Mix. This perks me up every work morning.

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I love Korean Food: Dak Galbi!!!

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French Macarons from Chez Karine are the Best

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Post Valentines Lollies

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Loomband and Friends

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First Concert Attended This Year: 2NE1's All Or Nothing

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Kid At Heart: McDonald's Happy Meal. I got the Rainbow Dash Pony

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How I Wish That Manila Has Purikura. (Old photos way back college days)

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Manaoag Church in Pangasinan

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Pre-requisite Summer Vacation. This Year at Bolinao, Pangasinan.

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I Always Love Taking Photos of Sunsets

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Book Recommendation: The Fault In Our Stars

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Family Dinner Plus A New Member Soon

Like they always say, a photo can say a hundred things.

To the next half of 2014. Wishing that the remaining days of this year will exceed my expectations.

‘Til the next pose & post!

Shoes Inculturation

I really wanted to visit for the longest time the quaint city in Metro Manila dubbed as “The Nation’s Shoe Capital”. I just dont have the time (and effort) to go there even if it is just like a 15-30 minute drive from my workplace. Finally, I was able to visit the area because of the shoe exhibit/ fair they are annualy running.

Marikina City is known for their craftmanship for quality shoes. I have to be honest this is actually my very first time to buy a pair of shoes made in Marikina, and dont you worry I am planning to go back every now and then to buy some shoes and be proud of Philippine made products.

It started one Friday afternoon after work, me and my “ate” ( “ate” is a Filipino term for older sister, but this “ate” I was referring is we are not related by blood- mainly a co-worker) went to this small city because we wanted to visit the “Sapatos Festival”.

The late afternoon started in “Cafe Kapitan”. Known to locals as the home of the first ever sapatero in Marikina. They renovated the place and made it into a classy restaurant. We are not supposed to eat there and my co-worker only need to give something to the owner but we were invited to the banquet organized by the owner because of the celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. We experienced the generousity and warmness of the Marikenos. Thank you very much and we really enjoyed the food. If you have the time, please don’t hesitate to drop by “Cafe Kapitan” and enjoy the great food and ambiance.

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The entrance

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What we really planned to do for the afternoon is to buy some shoes. I feel like I am in a house full of shoes. I can go broke here buying all I want to buy – and the prices are so super affordable.

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Happy Shopper


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Very tourist-y shot

After enjoying some time shopping and trying on different shoes. We are so famished. We decided to eat at the renowned “Cafe Lidia”. To be honest, I dont know anything in Marikina and good thing that my friend / co – worker knows a lot of stuff around Marikina. He did all his research beforehand and I believe it was his 3rd time in Marikina to buy shoes and to enjoy the cuisine.
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Pasta Lidia and Marinara


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I enjoyed the local culture and one of my 2014’s resolutions is for me to experience more of this kind of education. I will do my best to support local stuff like shoes and clothes, and enjoy local cultures. Don’t forget to visit the “Zapatero Festival” in Patio del Zapatero in Shoe Avenue Marikina City just beside the Shoe Museum (too bad, we werent able to visit the museum because it is too late).

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Very nice art installation

Til the next pose and post!