Sunday, December 14, 2014

Made in Candy: I got to make candy at SM Megamall!

Have you seen this candy shop in SM Megamall? Unlike most candy stores which sport a colorful, toy shop-like feel, Made in Candy which originated in Singapore, flaunts a more sophisticated, mature and edgy vibe with its sleek store front. Actually, if it wasn't for my friend Berylle, I wouldn't have noticed that this is indeed a candy shop!
Made in Candy SM Megamall

But it's not to say that Made in Candy isn't enticing. In fact, when the candy-making session starts, a lot of people would flock the open candy workshop through the store's ceiling-to-floor window. And this is just what I got to experience with my friends Berylle, Stacy and Roch last Saturday as we got to try our hands on actual candy making.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Harina Artisan Bakery Café: All-Day Goodness at White Plains

Not sure if you already know. But despite my smaller frame, I'm actually a lover of all things carbs. Rice, pasta, breads -- name the carb, I probably love it! So when I had the chance to visit a homey bakery cafe along Katipunan in White Plains, Quezon City, I knew I just have to grab it like how carbs grab onto my belly and thighs for its life.

Harina Artisan Bakery Café at White Plains Quezon City

Previously known as Monsees Café, Harina Artisan Bakery Café is a neighborhood shop with a cozy dining area and a takeout corner where guests can buy fresh breads, pastries and other baked goodies Harina has to offer. And while I never got to go to the cafe back when it was still named Monsees, I'm sure glad I was able to check it out now after its re-opening. Heard it's now more spacious and offers more dishes for dine-in.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Beehive Pastries: Sweet Holiday Treats and Goodies

The holidays is already here. And if you still don't have an idea what to give to friends and co-workers, this might just be the post you need to read! 'Cause while I love the happy and festive vibe of December, I dread the shopping part. Don't get me wrong, I love shopping in general. However, Christmas gift shopping is another matter. But today, let me help you out as I share with you home-baked goodies you can proudly gift to friends.
Beehive Pastries KitKat Cake (P650 Junior; P1,050 Regular; P1,450 Large)

Gift giving, especially in big quantities, can be problematic. It's hard to think of gifts which can please the receiver yet won't hurt your pocket at the same time. But for a while now, gifting baked treats has become a good solution. It would definitely be special if you made the goodies yourself. But if you don't have the time, the skill, or both, then you're in luck 'cause there are quite a few notable home-bakers in the metro who can help you out.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Osaka Ohsho: What's New on the Menu + Giveaway!

Earlier this year, I got my first taste of the world's number 1 gyoza restaurant. And before the year ends, it was as if fate meddled, as I return yet again to Osaka Ohsho to try the new items on their menu -- new gyoza flavors and new Fuwatoro Tenshin Han offerings.
New Gyoza Flavors

I won't type much about Osaka Ohsho's history and background anymore as I already did that on this post. However, I have to say that as a restaurant that specializes in gyoza, Osaka Ohsho definitely lived up to its expectations with its Original, Cheese, and Nori gyoza flavors. Both my first and second visit were filled with oohs and ahhs as I devour a few pieces of their gyoza, especially with my favorite nori variant.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nest Modern Table & Bar: Bar Bites, Cocktails and More at BGC

Bonifacio Global City has been home to many bars and clubs for the past few years. But for good friends looking for a more chill and laid-back one that also serves equally good food and offers a nice view of the city skyline, there's a new roof deck bar at the W Building, that goes by Nest Modern Table and Bar, you ought to check out.
Nest Modern Table & Bar The Fort

Located at the roof deck of W 5th Building, the aptly named Nest Modern Table and Bar is an escape nestled on top of the city. It's unlike most of the bars in BGC that spells nothing short of nightlife. Nest on the other hand, takes the other side of the spectrum and makes good use of its location to offer a more laid-back experience. Interiors are donned in neutrals and earth tones, and follows a more serene garden resto setup.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dippin' Dots: New Limited Edition Prepacks + Mini-Giveaway!

Anyone here doesn't love ice cream? If you're a fan of this cold sweet treat like I do, you might've already be familiar with Dippin' Dots. It's an ice cream brand that originated in Kentucky, USA and offers an innovative way of enjoying this famous dessert.
Dippin' Dots Prepacks

What makes Dippin' Dots different, you ask?

Their ice cream itself, basically. Dippin’ Dots are tiny little miracles that burst of pure frozen deliciousness one spoonful at a time. They're small, uniformly shaped bits of ice cream, flash-frozen in a cryogenic process that involves exposing them to liquid nitrogen at minus 320 degrees. In short, they're "dot" ice cream that melts in your mouth. Yum!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dulcelin Gourmet: More than the Mango Torte at UP Town Center

When most people hear about Dulcelin Gourmet, there follows the stigma that it's the home business selling the famous and well-loved Mango Torte. Well, that was the only thing that I know about Dulcelin Gourmet too prior to visiting their full service restaurant in UP Town Center. But after a trip to try their sumptuous dishes, I now know better.
Dulcelin Gourmet at UP Town Center

Located on the 2nd floor of UP Town Center, Dulcelin Gourmet is a restaurant owned by brothers Ricky and Mico Morelos. From what I know, the Morelos family has long been in the business of made-to-order gourmet food. And if you're in the loop, you've probably heard of, or even tasted, their best-selling Mango Torte. But more than the desserts, their savory dishes has been a hit too -- a favorite at the first Ultimate Taste Test, which even won them the title of Overall Winner. But the problem back then is that Dulcelin Gourmet doesn't have a restaurant, nor offer catering. You can only place an order in advance and pick them up from their home-cum-headquarters in Quezon City.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Giveaway: CBTL Giving Journal 2015

'Tis the holiday season! The nights are longer, days shorter, traffic heavier, and malls are more packed. But, it's very evidently happier and colorful already. And would you believe? We're only 22 days away from Christmas! Sometimes I can't help but get scared of how time can pass so fast. Anyhow, let me stop rambling now and deliver you good news.
CBTL The Giving Journal 2015

I'm probably late on this yet again... But if you haven't started the race to get your dream planner for 2015 yet, or if you want another one, then you might want to consider this planner, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Giving Journal 2015. I've used one a couple of years ago, and even gave away one (which I acquired fair and square) 2 years ago.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

10 Things To Do in City of Dreams Macau

While I love going to beaches and appreciating the beauty of nature, I have to admit that I'm quite the city girl, a true urban dweller. So when I first heard that City of Dreams is coming to Manila, I was ecstatic! And you know why? Because City of Dreams Macau has been a memorable urban resort for me. And I can't wait to relive the experience when City of Dreams Manila finally opens! Which is very, very soon, by the way.
City of Dreams Macau

But for the mean time...

Let me share with you the 10 Things To Do in City of Dreams Macau besides gaming, 'cause we already know what big boys and big girls do when in this casino resort.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Catch The Purple Doll on CHInoy TV's Chinoy Charts!

Hi guys and gals! Just wanted to update y'all that I'm in a lot better state now than when I first went through topical steroid withdrawal. I still can't eat everything and anything, but I'm now in a better shape to live life to the fullest again. And that includes TV guesting. Yay! With a clearer albeit still imperfect skin, I can now face the cameras again.
The Purple Doll on CHInoy TV Chinoy Charts

This time, I'll be a guest food blogger on CHInoy TV which is the only Filipino-Chinese television show that doesn't only feature the Chinese heritage, but also how it harmonizes with the Filipino culture. One of its many segments is the Chinoy Charts where they feature food choices of a particular category.

Friday, November 28, 2014

TriNoma Food Crawl: 5 Yummy Restos You Should Check Out!

After professing being a northie -- someone who lives in Northern Metro Manila, you'd already know that one of the malls I usually frequent is TriNoma. Actually, I'm normally in TriNoma every other week... So when I was invited by the Yummy Magazine Team for a tour of the trendiest restaurants in TriNoma, there was just no way I would refuse!
Trinoma Food Crawl co-presented by Yummy Magazine

Dubbed as the TriNoma Food Crawl co-presented by Yummy Magazine and Yummy.PH, the plan was to have us participating bloggers try out two dishes each from the five restaurants TriNoma with the help of the Yummy Team, hand-picked. And it wasn't until the day before the food tour that we found out which TriNoma restaurants we'll be visiting. How's that for suspense?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Pearl River Cafe: A New Cantonese Discovery in Trinoma

Whenever my little sister and I are in Trinoma, we'd usually go straight to our tried-and-tested restaurants. However, upon finding out what this fairly new restaurant is all about, we decided to take our tummies and have a light dinner at Pearl River Cafe.
Pearl River Cafe Trinoma

I've only heard about Pearl River Cafe when an acquaintance invited me for a meal. Unfortunately, I wasn't available back then, so it was only recently through the TriNoma Food Crawl co-presented by Yummy Magazine that I got a preview of what this restaurant is all about. It's still a mystery as how Pearl River Cafe came to be as there's only limited information about the restaurant on the internet. But as I'm still intrigued after the food tour, I decided to bring my little sister here to try more of their Cantonese fare.
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