Monday, December 22, 2014

Must Try Cakes this Christmas Season by Purple Oven!

Hello Everyone! 2 days to go before Christmas! Do you any particular cake that you're planning to put on your feast? The biggest question for me way back whenever we have celebrations at home is: "What cake I should buy?" Since for me, every celebrations especially birthday needs to have cake
I got a 4 personal message through my personal facebook account and 1 PM to tetadventurer's facebook page and asking for ideas when it comes to cake this coming Christmas and New Year. I immediately thought of Purple Oven. I don't have to stress it out, but yes, for those who didn't know, Purple Oven is the one that supplies the Cake, Donuts and Savory pies at Starbucks. (shhhhhh!) Well, it's not a secret anymore in the internet right? haha! 
 When I discovered them years back, I didn't think twice going to their pioneer store which in Oranbo, Pasig I got overwhelmed with the number of cakes on their display (well, in that picture, it's half empty already. haha!) I promised myself that I will try all of their cakes! Because of so much love with their cakes, I was being asked if they are sponsoring me for this, but NO,  HOW I WISH! hahaha!
 Rustic Chocolate Torte (780 pesos) - My number one favorite from all the cakes I've tried from Purple Oven. I even labeled it as BEST.CAKE.EVER. This cake has different thin sans rival-like layers, cream in between, huge chewy chunks of chocolate, generous amount of pecan nuts and their famous light and milky whipped cream with almond slivers on the side. I'm telling you, YOU MUST TRY THIS. (Click here for the full post)
 White Chocolate Sans Rival (780 pesos) - If the previous one was my favorite, then this is boyfie's number cake. Since he's a fan of white chocolate and fan of sans rival, combine into one, what more he can ask for? During my high school days, I am sucker of sans rival and I have to say, this is way beyond than other commercialized sans rival out there. Light butter cream icing on the side, then topped with gooey white chocolate icing!
 Banoffee Pie (680 pesos) - A memorable cake indeed. Why? This is the first cake I've tried at Purple Oven that made me love the store up to now. I am a fan of Starbucks Banoffee Pie and when they told me that Purple Oven has a huge version of Starbuck's, I immediately go to Pasig and devoured myself to this one! (Click here for the full post)
 If you always bitin with Starbucks version, then why not have this one for a cheaper price? The layers of cream, banana, chocolate, and butterscotch-like cream! Heaven in my mouth!
 Grandma's Chocolate Cake (600 pesos) - I'm sure this cake is the most popular since it's still part of the regular cake in Starbucks. I honestly don't mind taking even a slice because I find it too plain just by looking, but when boyfie gave me a box of this one, it proved me wrong!
Soft and moist chocolate cake enveloped in chocolate icing with layers of not too sweet yema/caramel filling that makes the cake more enjoyable!
 Turtle Pie (680 pesos) - This one was the least favorite from the list. I'm not sure if it's because we had a bad batch or what, but when we tried this one the chocolate crust was really dry and the worst part is, the pecan nuts were stale already. :( Click here for the full post)
 But then, the whipped and chocolate cream was equally enjoyable. Still open to trying out this one the next one! :)
 Oreo Cheesecake (820 pesos) - I quite expected a lot from this cake but this one was so-so to me. I don't know if I'm just used with no baked cheesecake or what, but I find this one on the dense side.
But if you prefer the denser side of the cheesecake with the layers of oreo crust, chocolate ganache with whipped cream on the sides, then try this!
 Honeycomb Crunch Cake (720 pesos) - Since my Dad is not a fan of sweets, I decided to give this to him during his birthday. A really white and light cake that was served with huge honeycomb candy separately.
 It's up to you if you want to decorate it just like what I did above (haha!). Two soft chiffon cake with light icing all over the cake with bits of honeycomb in between is surprisingly enjoyable to me! (Click here for the full post)
 Dark Mocha Sans rival (780 pesos) -This one was the other sister from another mother of the White Chocolate Sans Rival. Since I am in outside event, I wasn't able to take a whole shot of the cake. :( Credits here for the photo.
 But just like what you can see, the cake has thin layers of sansrival, cream, bits of chocolate and covered with dark chocolate. The chocolate was good, but as a fan of Dark Chocolate, I'm still looking for more bitterness of the chocolate outside.
 Chocolate Campfire (600 pesos) - One of the cakes that I don't even bother tasting. I even wondered why other people love this cake so much? All I can see is a cake with marshmallow icing. *ack!!* Just by looking at the picture, I know that this cake is tooooooo sweet! Credits here for the photo.
 But upon receiving a slice and trying just a bite, now I know why a lot of people loves this. Though I still give my vote for Rustic Chocolate Torte, this is pretty good as well. Moist chocolate cake with thick chocolatey icing in between plus bits of chocolate too! Credits here for the photo.
 Chocolate Dome Cake (680 pesos) - This is the cake that I've been meaning to try because I was intrigued with the dome shape it has and pretty designs outside. But I'm quite disappointed when I tried it. Credits here for the photo.
 I was surprised to see that there's two different layers on this one, but the mousse didn't suffice. It has an odd texture that it seems like a marshmallow icing at all. meh. But if you like those kinds, then gow! :D Credits here for the photo.
Chocolate Lava Cakes (6s / 450 pesos) If you're not in a mood for cake then you can also try these gorgeous. Mind you, it's better than it looks! This is really chocolatey that you will tend to cloy upon consuming more than 1! haha! Inside was a gooey and thick chocolate that it perfectly paired with vanilla ice cream! :) 

What I loved with Purple Oven is the affordable cakes that they offer. Sure, they are not priced like the pioneers cake store here in the Metro, but with Purple Oven, you'll surely be satisfied with every spoonful and bite of you! Don't worry if you're not in Pasig Area, they also expanded their branch in San Antonio Makati, Tomas Morato, and Nuvali! :)

Let's Go Vegetarian @ Agico Vegetarian Cafe!

Okay, you know how much boyfie and I spends our money and time eating. I am personally really cheapskate when it comes to material things, but for some reason, I don't feel the exact same thing with foods. Maybe because of the satisfaction and fullness we feel right after. We're not picky eaters at all, especially vegetables, I LOVE THEM! I really do! I guess that's why I am proud of myself when I also influenced boyfie to love veggies too! Connection to that one is the recent invite we received from Agico Vegetarian Cafe by Zomato Philippines. I was personally ecstatic when I received the news, because to be honest it is our first time trying out a Vegetarian Restaurant. But at the same time, I feel a bit worried for boyfie since you know, He's not yet a master when it comes to veggies. haha! (There's still veggies that he don't like as of the moment: Ampalaya, Okra and Talong)--but we'll get to that! *wink*
The wall interiors were filled with colorful and really cute drawings of foods that you can see in their restaurant! :)
They told us that they can maxed out the place at 45 pax, but then when we asked for the second time, they told us that it's around 60. Better go there to see for yourself. haha!
You may also notice this wall since they don't just offer cooked foods, but also coffees and vegan pastries.
Philadelphia Torch Maki (248 pesos) -  The feast was started by serving a classic California maki topped with torched cream cheese. I set my bars high upon tasting this one. It's a contrast between the fresh cucumber filling, their "meat", and the creamy tangy cream cheese. This is actually pretty good! :)
Crispy California Maki (248 pesos) - When I already gave my vote to the previous rolls, we were insisted to try their Crispy California Maki, then I realized that I am torn as to where I should give my vote. This roll may seem ordinary, but they put the crispy tempura batter on top to make it crispier, plus the super sweet mangoes inside really makes a lot of difference!
Ramen Burger (288 pesos) - This one was okay to me. Literally a ramen noodles that were formed as a burger patty, their homemade vegetarian patty, cheese and mushroom. I knew that there's a ramen burger that is existing around the market, but the number of restaurants that offers Ramen Burger were limited. So if you are curious with this one, better go at Agico. Funny what I indulged myself in is the miso soup that was served together with the ramen burger. It was flavorful since they put mushrooms on it. Really delicious! :)
Tofu Steak (220 pesos) - If you're going to ask me for my favorite dish, then it would surely be this one. A silky and delicate soft tofu, slightly battered outside to give it a nicer texture on a sweet mirin sauce then generously topped with mushrooms and bell peppers. Really good dish! 
Gyoza (158 pesos) - I am no master when it comes to gyoza but from all the gyoza that I've tasted, this is the one that I will go back after. It may look like the simple gyoza but once you've tasted the vegetarian filling inside, you'll realize why it sets apart from the other gyozas around. It's really tasty!
Barbecue (138 pesos) - This is their healthier approach the usual pork barbecue drizzled with vegetarian bbq sauce. As per the owners says who were vegetarian with their entire lives, they promise that they purely use vegetarian ingredients like on this ones' substitute for the meat. Texture wise, it's a bit odd since it has this gamey feeling and sponge like texture, but I must say, it really tastes like the usual BBQ! Of course the sauce played an important role with this. :)
Grilled Salpicao (246 pesos) - Crisp vegetables tossed in their special sauce and their "beef". It actually reminded me of meat loaf for some reason. :)
Takoyaki (258 pesos) - I remembered the reason why me and boyfie were not a fan of Takoyaki since when we first tried a takoyaki, it's so slimy and has a foul smell. But our trauma with takoyaki was replaced with Agico's Takoyaki. Others in our group were also saying that it's really better than others. And yes, we really agree! Crispy on the outside, but soft and moist inside drizzled with their vegan mayo. Nom! Make sure to order this one! :)
Bacon Mushroom Burger (288 pesos) - From all the burgers that was served, this was my favorite. The burger patty was good with hefty amount of vegetables that I really enjoyed! Plus the homemade veggie bacon that they made! Actually, if you're going to serve it to somebody, they wouldn't even know that it's a vegetarian burger at all!
Samurai Wakami Burger (276 pesos) - This was their take for a Japanese burger. Served with wakame, Japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce and the nori chips that I can't stop myself from munching on! :P
Crunchy Mushroom Burger (286 pesos) - A burger on a crispier side since the patty is made up of breaded mushroom burger patty served with vegan mayo and salads on the side. What I also loved with this place is they took an effort to put different sidings on every burger. :)
Vegan Cupcake - Since this one was a vegan cupcake, this is done without using eggs. So how they do that? Better go there, or google it. hehe. But honestly, since I'm such a sweet tooth, I find this just okay. I don't say it's not good, in fact, the vegan cupcake was really soft and moist and had chunks of walnuts and apples. But then, you know how I'm such a sucker of icings. haha! But if we're on the other side, then try this! :)
Dark Belgian Chocolate (160 pesos) | White Chocolate Mocha (160 pesos) - The White Chocolate Mocha reminded me of Starbucks' version, but the good thing is that, it's not too sweet. But MAKE SURE, to order the Dark Belgian Chocolate! It's REALLY REALLY GOOD!
Cucumber Apple Detox (168 pesos) What is vegetarian restaurant without detox right? Especially now that it instantly boomed for the healthy eaters out there. :)

See Agico's menu below:

I don't have a basis to compare this to the other vegetarian restaurant since this was my first vegetarian restaurant that I've tried. But I really commend this place because all of the dishes that was served to us was really good. Honest to goodness, If Vegetarian foods were this GOOD, I don't mind switching to vegetarian at all! 

Visit their page here

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Milk Cow finally here in the Philippines!!!

When I received the invite to feature Milkcow, I immediately googled everything which I usually do before going to bloggers event, so I would know what to expect and the background of the product that I will feature. Little do I know that, Milkcow is widely popular in lots of countries like Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan!
Milkcow is a premium organic dessert cafe that opened its doors for the Filipinos
on the 3rd week of December of this year at Eastwood City.
Since this product is new to me, what I expected is the usual tasting soft served vanilla ice cream. 
But it proved me so wrong on my very first bite!
With its theme having a black and white interiors, it makes the place really neat and vibrant to the eyes. 
And of course their adorable cow is something not to miss! :P
Upon arriving the store, you will notice the different sweets on the glass enclosed display.
Their macaron has lots of varieties such as Baileys, Peanut Butter and Jelly,  Chocolate, etc. But my favorite amongst is the Salted Caramel! The filling inside was really generous! I can eat Salted Caramel Macarons ANY time of the day!
But what got my interest is the honey comb on display that you can clearly see that some parts are still dripping! All of their honey comb was imported all the way to Korea! The honey that was being used in their ice cream is purely natural with no preservatives and no sugar added.
Before going to the cold ones, let's start first with the hot part! Milkcow don't just focus on ice cream alone but they do have coffees and breads. We tried their Cafe Latte and Hot Chocolate as per suggestion of their warm and friendly server.
Croissant with Pepperoni Pizza Spread - No kidding aside but so far, they have the flakiest croissants we've tried. They told us that they specifically added more butter so it will be more flaky and the bread can be enjoyable on its own.
Parmesan Basil Chicken - The pizza flavor is actually good, but then boyfie and I will give our votes to this one. The spread was really creamy and has chunks of chicken with basil and onions. Perfect for pesto lovers! :)
Milky Cube | M3 (170 pesos) - Labeled as their best sellers, I won't wonder why the moment I tried it. The interesting in this one is the cube of honey comb that was served with it. It's actually my first time trying out the "legit" honey comb. What I am familiar of is the one in the bottles and processed already! HAHA!  I asked the President of Milk Cow Philippines Mr. Seann Tan how to eat the honey comb. He told me that it depends on the harvest. (If you had the chunkier one or the softer one.) So it really depends whether you will eat the whole honey comb, or spit out the bits after. I can compare my experience of eating honey comb like eating a sponge soaked in honey. Once you take a bite, the honey extracts will oozes out! nom!
Macao Dream | M7 (170 pesos) - Okay, let's start first with the ice cream itself. What's so special with Milkcow's ice cream after all? Perfect description would be smooth, deliciously creamy and really milky! (IN A REALLY GOOD WAY) The ice cream was not too sweet that's why you will end up consuming your cup and wanting more of it!
This was served with almond crumble and macaron of your choice (take the salted caramel one!) This is purely my happiness in a cup! I turned the salted caramel macaron into bits and enjoyed it together with the crumbs of almond. Really delicious!
Snow Drop | M4 (150 pesos) - This will put a smile on a kiddo's face! (Even adults too!) Layers of Milkcow's delicious soft served ice cream, with jelly beans, sea salt and cotton candy! :D If you're ordering this for a kid, make sure to inform them to lessen or remove the sea salt (if desired). The only thing with this one is that, my braces won't cooperate with the jelly beans since it's hard already. haha!
Milky Pop | M12 (150 pesos) - Caramel popcorn, caramel syrup with Milkcow's perfectly sweet ice cream! 
Still can't get over up to this moment of writing!
Golden Angel | M11 (150 pesos) - This is boyfie's favorite because all of white chocolate pleasures are in one cup! Taste wise, it's still exceptional, But my only suggestion to this one is the chocolate that was used. What am I saying is the presentation, since the white chocolate nibbles and white chocolate morsels looked too plain when they are together, compared with the gorgeous presentation of the previous flavors. haha! :P
Yup, I agree! The best soft serve ice cream!
#SorryNotSorry! HAHA! I'm just really happy! You might wonder what's with Milkcow that made me rave this so much? Better visit their branch and see for yourself! I won't let you down! ;)
So this coming December 20, 2014, is the Grand Opening of Milkcow Philippines! Be sure to visit their store and be on the line at 2:00 pm because first 200 guests on the line will get FREE MILKCOW ICE CREAM OF THEIR CHOICE! :)
To the people behind Milkcow Philippines, for the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for bringing Milkcow here in the Philippines! This is surely my favorite ice cream up to date!
Milkcow's Menu
 Milkcow's drink and food menu
 Milkcow Philippines is open from 10 am - 12 midnight, located at the ground floor of Eastwood Mall (beside California Pizza Kitchen).

Visit their page here
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