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/

 

My blueberry days…

My Blueberry Days

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Photo grabbed from: http://bestellipticalsmachine.us/2017/09/02/wedding-quotes-love-food/

Valentines’ Day is fast approaching which reminds me of my single-blessedness. I must admit, I definitely miss dating. As in “Dating”! The kind of which you prepare for the dress that you’re going to wear a few days (or even weeks) in advance, with the matching pair of shoes, whether you’re using a big or just a small bag and the scent as a final touch. I truly miss it! And on the day itself, you’re seeing yourself undergoing last-minute changes! The sweetness of being a “girl”! (oh well, I’m referring to myself as a “girl” at 40 something!)

Yes, I miss holding hands with a man I look up to (because he is 5’9″ tall and that I have to tiptoe just to be able to kiss him), I miss getting flowers and chocolates packaged in heart-shaped boxes.

During the old days, they used to come in transparent plastic boxes, nowadays, they usually come in attractive printed carton boxes, or beautifully wrapped in recycled pastel papers, in any way, I miss it. And those were the days! So darn sweet!

A man so crazy for you, he will promise you heaven and earth! Well, much as I want to write something about falling in (and out of) love, I opted to write about being single. And all the sweet things that comes with it. I’d rather write about my “Blueberry Days!”

I secretly planned to buy myself a whole cake of sweetness this Valentine’s day (just to fill the emptiness of that specific day, anyway, it’s just a day) and have it as a surprise to my family after dinner, just a sort of sweet treat from me to them. Just to taste something special and extra sweet if not by heart, at least by my palate.

I have listed the places as to where I can get them and probably write it down here too. I’ve stumbled on some inspiring blogs as to where I can get my cake! and the flavor? You guess! By all means, you are right! Blueberries! Always blueberries!

Could it be the color? Could be yes. As obviously, I’ve loved the color purple, violet, lavender, periwinkle, name it! Perhaps, it could be the anti-oxidant properties that comes with these tiny weeny fruits known as blueberries. I don’t like it raw. I liked it most as jam.

Collating those times that I’ve taken photos of the slices (sometimes a whole of it, or in cupfuls, or as toppings, as long as they’re blueberries!). I was more than glad and surprised that I did. For I’ve got plenty. And yet, I want mooore!!!! More awesomeness! Just to make life a little sweeter perhaps.

I must have picked the best one and would come back to it from time to time or voted for my favorites or those that made difference. I do not have pictures from the others like Sugar house (which we frequent during college), Starbucks, Cravings, Becky’s Kitchen, The Old Spaghetti house, the rectangle version of UCC, etc.

But isn’t it but natural to treat ourselves every now and then a slice of sweetness to create balance right?! I hope too that I get a little better and sweeter in my writing. Particularly sweeter as it’s the month of love. And even if I am single, I’m still completely happy, I have my soul sisters to share my life with, my son, my mom, my cats, my dog, my friends, my work and God. What else can I ask for?

Sharing with you all the sweetness..

1. Ice cream cake from Amazon Grill, Enchanted kingdom

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Blueberry ice cream cake from                            Enchanted kingdom is a must…

2. A slice from “Bag of Beans”..

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Bag of Bean’s version…

3. Conti’s..

I had my first try at Conti's BF Paranaque.. They're now famous for their Mango bravo, though this is still my favorite.. Courtesy of: http://www.foodspotting.com/places/155831-conti-s-serendra-taguig-city/best
I had my first try at Conti’s BF Paranaque.. They’re now famous for their Mango bravo, though this is still my favorite..
Courtesy of: http://www.foodspotting.com/places/155831-conti-s-serendra-taguig-city/best

4. La Preciosa in Laoag, Ilocos Norte..

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I got a slice from La Preciosa in Laoag…

5. Our very own Lindens from Southwoods, San Pedro, Laguna.

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Lindens..

6. I took this away (my second slice), as I’ve consumed the first one while reading some books at Libro, a dainty cafe in Tacloban..

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Take away from Libro Tacloban…

7. Mc Cafe at Southwoods..

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Recently, Southwoods McDonald’s came up with their own corner for cakes and cafe…i hurriedly tried mine..

8. I could not get enough of it, so I tried doing my own. Not bad for a first timer..=p

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First try…very costly..

9. Arabela cafe, Liliw, Laguna..

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From Liliw, Arabela cafe… Courtesy of: http://www.pinterest.com/aut232/food/

10. Heart-shaped waffles from “Red Mango”..

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From red mango..

11. This one is from my soul sis! She truly knows what melts me!

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Home made mini cheesecakes where I can take one in just one bite (joking!)…the creamiest I’ve tasted..

12. Coffee bean and tea leaf‘s version..

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From CBTL..

13. My favorite frozen yogurt topped with blueberries. I remember requesting for more that i’m willing to be charged extra, though they do not allow it as they measure by the grams per order basis, in short I will ruin their inventory monitoring procedure..ehehe!

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My favorite frozen yogurt..

14. I forgot the brand, though this I got from SM Makati..

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Forgot where is this but I never missed getting a cupful each time I passed by SM mkati..

15. Royal Touch, SM Aura, BGC..

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It’s Blueberry highness on the left..

16. Mom and Tina’s, Greenbelt, Makati..

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Mom and Tina’s..

17. Bizu, Alabang..

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Another take away from Bizu..

18. Fig tree

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I’m just saying: Cheeeese!cake!lol! – is all I’ll ask for this Valentine’s day! Besides, life is truly very sweet after all! Happy Valentine’s day everyone! <3<3<3