Posts Tagged ‘dessert’
Homemade Desserts are Love
Posted on: 11th of March 2009 | Under: Palate Pleaser

Cooking and baking is something that I really love to do (almost at the top of my list, like art, fashion and pretty jewelry). I like spending hours in the kitchen, mixing ingredients to come up with yummy dishes. Although, for the past several months, my time in the kitchen has dwindled down greatly. My work drained my energy everyday, that I would always be too exhausted to cook whenever I’m home.

I finally resigned from work (it’s been almost two weeks), so I’ve been happily cooking meals for the past few days. We don’t have an oven in our flat, so baking my cakes, biscuits and other desserts has been something that I can only think about. I miss baking. But being oven-less hasn’t stopped me from whipping up toothsome desserts.

I made yummy chocolate-dipped strawberries twice last week:


One can never go wrong with fruits and chocolate. =)

I’m also planning to make several other no-bake desserts next week. Will share them on here as soon as I make them. XD

Pacific Coffee Company
Posted on: 21st of October 2008 | Under: Palate Pleaser

I’m always in search for quiet little coffee shops in Singapore where I can relax and read a book. I love my Starbucks, but sometimes it’s good to have something different. I’ve also been looking for something similar to the wonderful BoNa Coffee back in Manila (I blogged about my wonderful experience here last month), and finally I have: Pacific Coffee Company. They have stores all over China, Hong Kong, and quite a few in Singapore too.

Okay, so it’s not as small and intimate as BoNa Coffee shops, but it still has the coziness that I’ve been searching for. The lovely interior (they have comfy couches and cute decors of over sized books and lamps) is so inviting, that one cannot just simply pass by without wanting to go in. Equipped with their espresso machines and other coffee paraphernalia, they have a wide variety of treats on their menu.


Anniversary Dessert
Posted on: 20th of October 2008 | Under: Palate Pleaser

What’s an anniversary date with no dessert, right? Right. So, after our dinner at Equinox Restaurant, we walked all the way to Esplanade to have our toothsome fix. The 10 minute walk (or was it 15?) did us good, because as full as we were from our belly bulging meal, we were hungry again by the time we reached our destination: Max Brenner.

Ah yes, Max Brenner: The famous dessert haven for chocolate lovers like me. With its tag line “Chocolate by the Bald Man,” I was expecting to see cleanly shaved waiters bustling from one table to another, just like back in Manila. But as soon as we entered, my excitement dwindled down to plain disappointment. What?!? No hunky bald men servers? Boo!!! Instead, the staff was composed of young waiters, in probably their early twenties, and an older guy who looked like the owner. They were all dressed casually, in their own and separate style of jeans and t-shirts, with no hint of uniformity whatsoever. We could only pick out the servers from the customers, because they were the only ones up on their feet. Other than that, it would’ve been impossible to spot them.


BoNa Experience
Posted on: 12th of September 2008 | Under: Palate Pleaser

BoNa Coffee, located in BF Parañaque, is one place that a lot of bloggers (including Venice) have been raving about recently. Since I myself am a sucker for good coffee, and because it’s just a quick drive from my house, I vowed to try it out while in Manila.

On my second day back, I found some time to spare, so I headed straight to BoNa to spend some quality time with myself. As soon as I entered the door, I was greeted by a group of extra friendly baristas behind the counter. I’m quite used to baristas greeting customers upon entering, but somehow the ones at BoNa were different. They were sincere with their greetings, speaking softly with genuine smiles on their faces; totally different from the “hello” and “good days” baristas usually just shout out to entering customers in more commercialized coffee shops (eg. Starbucks).

The place itself was slightly different from other coffee shops. It was dimly-lit and was embellished with eclectic furniture pieces and accessories. Contemporary chairs and sofas were paired with antique coffee tables and display cabinets. I loved it’s small and cozy ambiance, and how it made me feel so much at home.

The coffee and food didn’t disappoint me either. My order of skinny latte and chocolate orange muffin were a perfect combination. And they (everything that they serve, actually) were also low in fat and calories! My palate was overwhelmingly pleased for something quite healthy!

Another perk that made me stay longer than planned was their free Wi-Fi! Before leaving for Singapore I was always in a constant search for coffee shops around the metro with free internet services. For a geek like me, nothing gets better than being able to surf while having my cup of coffee. I’ve tried many other coffee shops with free internet, but have always been disappointed with their slow connections. BoNa’s Wi-Fi was F-A-S-T! No Page Timeouts! I was on cyber heaven! My MacBook was just as happy as I was! Maybe next time I should bring a Bluetooth headset, so I can watch one or two videos too. =P

I enjoyed my BoNa experience so much that I’m sure I would probably become a regular there if I still lived in Manila. I should drop by again before we head back to Singapore on Sunday. There are a lot more drinks on their menu that I want to try out. =)