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/

 

CATHERINE’s Cakes and Pies

Catherine’s Cakes and Pies

“Take your pleasure seriously.” ~Charles Eames~ 

Okay, reaching 40, I then came into a conclusion that my awareness has to go further even to how I feed myself. I noticed lines in my face, and remembered the years when they are not there yet.

I noticed sagging skin, my being weakling in some tasks that used to be very easy for me. How I love to walk years ago and I dread them now or maybe because I was in the wrong pair of shoes.

Nevertheless, I had to remind myself to be more conscious, simply because I am no longer in my twenty’s.

However, life is short and during occasion, I sometimes give in to my vices and indulge. =)

I am so excited to share with you how I discovered one of the best apple pie in my country as declared by spot.ph as of 2014.

spot.ph
Courtesy of: http://www.spot.ph

We had two different cakes come New Year’s Eve.

2 boxes
Both from Catherine’s!

While I listed down brands as to where I will get my New year’s eve desserts on top of my home-made salad, I finally decided to get it from Catherine’s. I saw them from spot.ph. Stalked their Facebook page and as impressive as they are in the photos. It is exactly how it is in real life. They are also very cooperative on-line. My queries were immediately answered which prompted me to choose them this year.

catherines apple pie
Courtesy of: https://www.facebook.com/Catherines-Cakes-Pies-258772997534621/photos_stream
catherines 1
“Delish!” Courtesy of: https://www.facebook.com/Catherines-Cakes-Pies-258772997534621/photos_stream

For these two different cakes. They were my dessert for almost three consecutive days after New year’s eve and honestly, I didn’t get tired eating them. I indulged in every sense of the word. And was emotional while eating like have them tried by my besties and that we will eat them together while sharing many stories.

And If I may describe the apple pie, believe me, the caramel sauce isn’t too sweet. You will catch some bits of walnuts in each bite and I’ve come to appreciate more the benefits of walnuts not only for my cravings but for my body as well. I forget to mention, I saw a lot of apples, and apples and apples. And the crust is so flaky, which tasted heavenly for me. It is really worth it. If you will find out how we were able to get them and went all the way to Sucat, Paranaque on Dec. 30 just to get them.

apple pie
Sweetly comes with personalized cards and pretty ribbons that I wouldn’t want to throw away. =)

While the blueberry cheesecake, you know how I love it, and if I can have it as often as I can, I will surely do.

my bb
Loved the cheese!

It is nice to know that they weren’t frugal in topping them with real berries. They even topped them with cheese which created a different but nicer taste for me, my son didn’t like the idea but since I’ve always love cheese, it tasted better for me. And the fluffy texture is just so right. The creaminess of the cheesecake is not tiring, which allowed the natural taste of blueberries to still be dominant. Besides, it is blueberry cheesecake with a twist. It was my first to try one with cheese on top of it.

I forgot to have a photo with the owner, they were so pleasing and thoughtful too. They even left instructions inside the box like a serving suggestion.

Soon, I’m going to get the sampler box. It is sugar, spice and everything nice. It is a happy new year indeed!

new year spread
My New Year’s Eve spread wouldn’t be complete without the sweet ones! Thank you Catherine’s!

For your reference, here’s an updated copy of their menu:

menu price list

PS

Plus the apple bars too! =)