The Manila Creamery

The Manila Creamery

“Life is sweeter with Ice cream!” ~ unknown

I have been hearing a lot about this cool ice cream parlor for years, though I haven’t tried it yet.

For a country like ours, ice cream is definitely a staple. I myself, would scream for ice cream! =)

The Manila Creamery is an inkling of 2 Filipino Chefs who studied abroad (specifically in Italy) to specialized in creating ice cream or gelatos. What made it more amusing is the thought of combining the traditions from both countries (Philippines and Italy).

Our first visit was in Alabang Town Center, you know it’s always the nearest from my place. But they have branches in Vertis North, Glorietta, Malingap Central, and the newest of which is at SM Megamall.

The smiling attendant welcomed us sweetly and offered that we can taste some flavors and so we did.

I just noticed, I myself, being from the F&B industry, they had us tried them with washable spoons whereas for sampling activities such as this, disposable spoons should be used for safety and sanitation purposes.

I mean, most ice cream parlors I’ve visited who had me tried their flavors, are equipped with disposable spoons, usually, the wooden ones.

Anyway, going back to the flavors we’ve tried, we liked several flavors, but Jen, my foodie buddy was looking for her favorite, which is salted caramel, unfortunately, they do not have it.

And instead of figuring out what to order, we opted to choose parfait like these two traditional Filipino charmers. Jen had the Mais con hielo and I had my favorite Halo-halo.

Jen had me tried her choice knowing I will blog about it and it’s just the creamiest I’ve tasted, the strong hint of corn is so natural.

My halo-halo came later than Jens’, I watched them painstakingly preparing it and its’ even prettier than the advertised picture.

Typically, the actual one is less prettier than the advertisements, so hats-off to the one who prepared my halo-halo! =)

The topped toasted rice crispies added a different flavor, and of course, what I love most is the dominance of the ube and leche flan. The rest of the ingredients like lanca and saba are just good enough for me. As most of the time, I just left the other ingredients of the usual Halo-halo. However, I’m quite “bitin” (not that satisfied) with the concept of “Razon’s” with just saba and macapuno on it.

We spotted a Mexican restaurant nearby, and intend to try it soon. Then, we go back here to try the unique flavors of their gelatos. =) You might just want to treat yourself the sweeter Manila way too. =)

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I’m under spell by CARMEN’S BEST Ice cream

I’m under spell by Carmen’s Best Ice cream!

Photo grabbed from: http://memoheader.com/ice-cream-quotes/

Hello Summer!

I could have written this weeks ago and make an introduction that sounds like “Summer is just around the corner”, etc, etc, etc. But it already is! So when everyone’s looking for activities for this special and favorite season of most of us, what better way to enjoy Summer just in case you’re not yet in the outdoors or still in the warmth of your homes, is to indulge in the sweetest way possible.

Treat yourself with Carmen’s Best Ice cream. The first one we’ve tried is the salted caramel. And yes, it is the best salted caramel I’ve tried (so far), maybe I have to make another evaluation if I get to taste some from different countries, although I’ve tried Ben and Jerry’s, Rita’s, Bunny, Gelatissimo to mention a few, but I won’t forget mentioning that Carmen’s Best is truly “made in the Philippines” (the flag waver in me), a local product brand which originated from a quaint dairy farm in Laguna.

It is a bit pricey if compared with the other staple brands of ice cream in our country. However, when you get the chance to taste it, it’ll immediately justify the price. It is made of the best quality ingredients which resulted into a very tempting, and addicting version of ice cream.

Take a look and try it as soon as you can! It is definitely a Summer treat =)

Here are the complete list of flavors:

-Cookie dough
-Cheese
-Ube 
-Turkish Baklava
-Cereal milk
-Rocky road
-Pistachio
-Malted milk
-Madagascar vanilla
-Green tea
-Salted caramel
-Nuts about you
-He’s not worth it
-Dark chocolate
-Coffee almond fudge
-Butter pecan
-Brown butter almond brittle
-Brazilian coffee

Photo grabbed from: https://www.carmensbest.com/index.php/partners

I highlighted those that I’ve tried and been eyeing to try the Brazilian coffee and Rocky road.

I used to eat ice cream on the bus. =)

If you want to learn about this brand and where to buy them, you may visit their website:

https://www.carmensbest.com/

 

AMICI – Learning Italian…

AMICI-Learning Italian

“I’ve never met a dish of pasta I did not love.” ~Unknown~

The tagline “Its more fun in the Philippines” is all true to me. Especially for foreigners. Why did I say that? The country caters to different dishes from almost every nationalities. Be it Japanese, Italian, Mexican, French, American, Swiss, Thailand, Vietnamese, to mention a few. You will likely prove it by the foods that Philippines offer to their visitors. Probably why a lot have made their sojourn in the country since they won’t have a hard time looking for their favorite food back home should the craving attacks.

One of which is Italian food. It is actually available almost anywhere. Even when I was in Tacloban. I used to have my dinners at Giuseppe’s, an authentic Italian restaurant where the owner who hailed from Italy mans the place himself.

One restaurant in Mandaluyong – Cantina Sicilianita’s chef even learned how to make home-made Ricotta cheese in Italy and brought the recipe here.

I’ve tried a lot of pizzas and pastas and gelatos. And I am having difficulty to choose who among them is the best.  Because each offers a different twist and you will definitely fickle making a choice when it comes to which one is the best for you. It benefits you from the endless alternatives to choose from.

One of which is Amici. Specialty: Italian food. Pastas and pizzas. And an ice cream parlor to go with it – Caramia.

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Elegant menu..
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Amici/ Caramia – ATC..
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Pizza. Pasta. Gelato.

I was lucky enough to taste all the variants because the Store Manager of their branch in Alabang is a former colleague of mine.

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Courtesy of: http://caramia.ph/

My favorite from the many flavors she had me tried, a teaspoon full for each, is the pistachio, sansrival and of course blueberry cheesecake! (–,)

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Sansrival… courtesy of: http://caramia.ph/
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Blueberry cheesecake. She knew it and had me try this first…<3 courtesy of: http://caramia.ph/
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Pistachio as recommended. Promise it’s good! Courtesy of: http://caramia.ph/

Amici originated back in 2001 with their pilot branch situated in Don Bosco, Makati. It was managed by the Salesian priests and started small until they became famous. My passion for anything vintage captured by their mosaic floors in this branch. And that tree that they didn’t cut and became part of the interior is just so amazing. It was extraordinary to me because personally I can not cut a tree. The place for me acquired a soul.

Their best seller is Spaghetti Al Tesori Del Mare. But I especially loved the Spaghetti Al Promodoro which is tomato-based. They made it so creamy I could just pull the sauce all off from the pizza and eat them on its own. For pizza it’s Pepperoni (as always) with three kinds of cheese (provolone, mozzarella and parmesan). During this visit, we tried Napoletana..

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We tried Napoletana for a change..

For pastas, I like their Raviolis too. The pasta is al dente and I can right away separate the taste of the fillings (we usually get pesto or shrimp) and I’m already good. =)

My health buff bff would never get tired of her Aglio olio e pepperoncino.

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Too oily yes, but as my BFF said. It’s still healthy.. ehehe

One friend commented that it is too oily though she justified that the oil is as well healthy. Amici uses olive oil in all their dishes.

I also like Italian restaurants with free-flowing parmesan cheese. I use it to take the place of salt. It makes my palate creamier. So less star for me if an Italian restaurant doesn’t have it. Additional star for the freshly ground pepper. And another additional star if the attendant volunteers to ground the pepper for you usually with a wooden pepper grinder. Amici have all of these. And I don’t mind dining there again and again. This picture is actually my 5th visit to Amici. And I’m looking forward for more visits when my “Amici” (friends) and I craved for Italian restaurant in Alabang. =)