Sunday, January 27, 2013

Goya Choco Hazelnut Spread is a Nice Alternative to Nutella

I previously raved about Nutella. The only thing I don't like about this popular spread is the price. My Twisted Recipes mentioned a cheaper alternative a while back and finally I got to try that: Goya Choco Hazelnut Spread.

Goya Choco Hazelnut Spread

Nutella is still the leader but Goya's version is good too. Plus, with a selling price that is less than half of Nutella's, Goya is a lot friendlier to the pocket.

I got to buy my jar of 400g Goya Choco Hazelnut Spread from SM Hypermart for P114. In contrast, the 375g Nutella jar was priced P237.

The Goya spread's label indicates that the product is made in Germany. The emphasis makes a good selling point, as German-made products have an implicit promise of good quality.

Like Nutella, Goya Choco Hazelnut Spread goes well with breads, crackers, and even suman.

nutritional info of Goya Choco Hazelnut Spread

Ingredients: sugar, vegetable oil, sweet whey powder, fat reduced cocoa powder (5%), hazelnuts (2%), soya lecithin (emulsifier), and vanillin (flavor).

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Unlimited Ice Cream Buffet at Blissful Delights Ice Cream Station

Blissful Delights is an ice cream parlor located in Sta. Cruz, Manila, just a short walk away from Rizal Avenue. The place serves different kinds of ice cream creations such as parfaits, splits, and sundaes, but also offers other food stuff like coffee, teas, pearl milkshakes, rice meals, burgers, and sandwiches.

Blissful Delights ice cream station facade/entrance

The resto also has an unlimited ice cream buffet that costs P200/person (all you can eat ice cream for two hours). We were able to buy vouchers for the buffet through Metrodeal and redeemed them last month. The experience was okay overall but slightly disappointing.

Expectation: lots of ice cream flavors and lots of toppings to choose from

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sakuramochi Ame Japanese Chewable Candy

The Sakuramochi Ame candy was given to me by a friend who came from Japan. I'm not sure where you can buy it here in the Philippines. Maybe they're available in Asian grocery stores.

Sakura means cherry blossom while mochi is a sticky snack made from pounded glutinous rice.

The Sakuramochi Ame candy comes in a an attractive pink box with a floral design. Before tasting the candy, I was expecting it to be soft and chewy, sort of a cherry-flavored Potchi.

the pink box of the Sakuramochi Ame Japanese cherry blossom candy

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mongkok Dimsum & Noodles @ Robinson's Ermita

Mongkok Dimsum & Noodles failed to give me a good impression last 2011. When we stumbled upon their branch in Robinson's Ermita several weeks ago, I decided it was finally time to try their food. The menu listed a lot of items: soups, congee, noodles, rice toppings, around 40 kinds of dimsum, viands, beverages, and desserts. We ordered the following: Plain Noodle Soup, Shrimp Broccoli, Shao Long Bao, Stuffed Tofu, Mongkok Siomai, iced tea, lemonade, and rice.


We were expecting the plain noodle soup to just be a cup since most soups below P100 tend to be that size. So we were surprised to learn that it was much bigger than we expected. It was almost big enough for two people.

noodle soup at Mongkok Dimsum & Noodles
Plain Noodle Soup - P70

I'm partial towards "X with broccoli" kind of dishes (beef with broccoli, shrimp with broccoli, seafood with broccoli etc). Mongkok's shrimp broccoli did not disappoint. It looked good; it tasted good.

shrimp and broccoli at Mongkok Dimsum & Noodles
Shrimp Broccoli - P280

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ube Hopia Love: Nova Bake Shop vs Mister Pullman

I don't know about you, but I love ube hopia. Our love affair started with Eng Bee Tin and has now graduated to two other brands: Nova Bake Shop and Mister Pullman.

Nova Bake Shop ube hopia dice

Nova Bake Shop's ube hopia comes in a pack of six cube-shaped (diced) pieces. The whole package measures around 3-1/4" x 2-3/4".

Friday, January 4, 2013

Yoshi's Teppanyaki Ice Cream and More at Robinson's Ermita

I have a weakness for ice cream. There's something about a creamy food item that is both frozen and sweet that's hard to resist. For me, it's almost impossible to be disappointed with ice cream. The only one I've disliked is the green tea ice cream by Arce (even though I like their other flavors).

When we went to Robinson's Place Manila last November, we finally got to check out Yoshi's Teppanyaki Ice Cream.

Yoshi's Teppanyaki Ice Cream and More in Robinson's Ermita

"Teppanyaki ice cream" has a nice ring to it, sounds very exotic and intriguing, but what is it?

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