Monthly Archives: January 2012

Crave Rave : Racks Baby Back Ribs

Definitely the BEST ribs in town for taste and value for money. ¬†I love it with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and garlic bread. ūüôā ¬†Here we have it with corn and carrots and corn bread instead.

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<burrrrp> YUMMY!!!

Check out the Racks restaurant nearest you.

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Swensen’s

Previously, over the weekend, my partner in crime and I casually dropped by the mall to get some stuff when we came across this fairly new Ice Cream shoppe in Mall of Asia. ¬†Swensen’s has been in the market for over 60 years now and has established a great fame when it comes to ice cream. ¬†Being the first to serve premium ice cream that’s all natural, you bet that you’ll never go wrong with it. ¬†Good thing it’s now here in Manila. ūüôā

This spot was the old Gloria Jean’s place in Mall of Asia. ¬†It’s a fair size for an Ice Cream parlor and the interior is a refreshing view with it’s bright lights and a whole bar of different varieties and flavors of ice cream. ¬†People seem to love the place as many customers drop by.

Their menu boasts of special renditions of Ice Cream by the scoop, Banana Splits, Classic Parfait, Fondues, and many more.

check out them cute waffle toppers! they come in plain and choco-dipped flavors

They also have more than 20 Ice Cream flavors + toppings to choose from!

Here’s what we got:

Strawberry Ice Cream with Bananas and Waffles on the Side (and whipped cream!)

Chocolate Everything ūüôā

Sinful, YES! but their Ice Cream is delicious. ¬†Value for money isn’t that bad. ¬† I thought it was pretty expensive but it was totally worth the try.

This right here is ‘The Hurricane‘. ¬†Now, sink your teeth into that! haha

How cute are these, huh??

“Ice Cream is my life since 1948” – Ice Cream Man, Earle Swensen

Swensen’s is located at the south wing of SM Mall of Asia near SM Department Store.

Crave Rave : Omakase Roll

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I remember way back when I was not a Sushi fan that I had the slightest idea how these raw creations taste. ¬†I’m the type of person who’s sometimes afraid to try new things especially when it comes to food. ¬†But as the new year starts, I tend to change that for good. ¬†Moving back, I was afraid to eat sushi or maki despite how temptingly delicious these Japanese dishes look. ¬†But that changed when I got to taste these kind of dishes from Omakase. ¬†Talk about the freshest ingredients and choice cuts, you’ll never go wrong with their Sushi and Rolls. ¬†I was able to eat raw Tuna, Unagi, Salmon, etc but my fave is their Omakase Roll. ¬†I love how pink the salmon on top is and of course how delicious it is. ¬†Definitely a must try!

Check out an Omakase nearest you.  (I feel like I sound too commercial-y hahaha)

Crave Rave : Icebergs Mango Split

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Split with a twist! ¬†Mangoes in place of bananas with the same delicious ice cream of choice topped with whipped cream, almonds, peaches, and of course Cherries! ¬†I’ve been ordering this for the past few visits in Icebergs and I just can’t get enough!

Sadly, since the holiday season is over, there’s no excuse to NOT watch my diet. hahaha

Icebergs has several branches all over the Metro. ¬†Click here to know about it. ūüôā

WOFEX 2011

Last August 3-6 2011 marked the biggest and grandest food fair of the year, the 2011 World Food Expo which was held back to back in the World Trade Center and the SMX Convention Center both in Pasay City.  Tons of foodies and exhibitors gathered for this fun-filled and burp-tastic event.  The event was of course a success as it showcased the most number of visitors, exhibitors, and sales generated.

What caught my eye here was the baking exhibit that most of the traders showed. ¬†It’s really amazing how talented these people are. ¬†First we noticed a confectionery store that not only sell the best baking needs but also have the best cake makers/decorators. ¬†Here are some of the on-the spot creations that they did that day. ¬†(please excuse the low res photos as I only used my old phone to take shots)

Butter Cream Birthday Cake

This one is truly remarkable as he was able to make an accurate replica of a dragon using just plain vanilla cream cake topper .

This would be perfect for Chinese New Year!

Other booths also offered baking/cooking classes at discounted prices.  I must admit, those classes are very expensive!  But I do wish to be able to take one in the future which will take much dedication to saving money (uh-oh!).  Just imagine being able to make these artistic confections on your own.

Cute Fondant Cake ūüôā

They have lollipop cakes too!

Lots of other businesses of different varieties were also able to share their products to consumers and co-traders. ¬†At the SMX Convention Center, there was a wedding cake exhibit/competition, and a¬†bar tending¬†competition, and of course the 2011 Philippine Culinary Cup. ¬†The wedding cakes were just amaaazing! ¬†This indeed was a well-worth it experience and I can’t wait to do this again. ūüôā

I’ll be sure to make up for the lack of photos (so sorry!) on the next WOFEX happening this year. ¬†Check this link out for more details and to register. ¬†Hope to see you guys there!