Category Archives: Food Abroad

Crave Rave : Disney Confections

Someone really awesome sent us this lovely Disney Butter Cookie assortment from Tokyo Disneyland.

It smelled so good and fresh when we opened it..

No one would dare destroy this lovely arrangement but when we got a taste of the plain Mickey-Minnie-Donald-Daisy Butter Cookies on the centre, we just can’t stop..  Literally..

Here’s what’s inside:

Mickey, Mickey, and more Mickey!

They’re just too cute to eat!

We saved this last and biggest piece that has the Disney castle on it.

If only Disney is just a cartwheel away… I would definitely have this all day.. (rhymes!)

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Snack Attack Asia

With no real attack happening but more of craving, I give you guys some of the best (and cutest) Asian snacks that I’ve tried (and still loving up to now :)) haha

First off, a Philippine pride, the Taho is one of my favorite snacks especially when it’s hot and fresh in the morning.

Vendors usually sell these for breakfast.  It consists of fresh silken tofu (custard made out of soy beans), brown sugar and vanilla syrup, and tapioca or pearls.  I like this one best when it’s loaded with syrup.  (sugar rush!)  It also comes in Strawberry Syrup flavor but you can only have it in Baguio.

Here’s Danbo enjoying a small and gigantic cup of Taho.  Cute!

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Now, we go all the way to South Korea to enjoy these addictive Melona Ice Cream bars.

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Melona is the famous yummy creamsicle by Binggrae Co. Ltd.  Even if it’s dubbed as Melona being melon-flavored, it also comes in three other flavors; Mango, Banana, and my favorite, Strawberry!  Too bad only few of our supermarkets here sell Melona. 😦

Over in Japan, we have lots of different kinds of snacks and you just can’t keep track of them.  One of which has been famous here in Manila for quite a while now is Mochi.  Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made out of glutinous rice which is then pounded into paste and molded into shape.  Given the several uses for Mochi, it stood out the most as Ice Cream (flavored ice cream stuffed Mochi).  It comes in numerous sizes, colors, and flavors.

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Some traditional ways of serving Mochi is by stuffing it with sweet filling instead of ice cream.  Fillings can be of white bean or red bean paste and sometimes strawberry paste.

Here’s a cute photo of a Mochi tower (with smiley Mochis!):

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Another famous Japanese snack is the umbrella-shaped Strawberry Chocolate from Meiji.  Simply put, this is the perfect combination of strawberry and chocolate in tiny packages.  Imagine fresh strawberries dipped into melted chocolate..yum!

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Here are more of Japanese snacks, biscuits this time.

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Pocky and Pretz are both manufactured by Glico and these are my fave on-the-go snacks.  It also comes in numerous flavors and cute packaging.  For Pocky, my faves are the Strawberry flavor and the Milk flavor.

Chocolate + Strawberry Pocky

For Pretz (which pretty much looks like Pocky minus the dipped part), my fave would have to be the pizza flavor. 🙂

Last but not the least, we go to Hong Kong to enjoy some Eggette.  These babies are my fave street food when we were in Hong Kong.

Plain “Eggettes”

Eggettes are basic egg-puffs that tastes more like pancakes and are served hot and soft.  They also have several flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and coconut.  (God, I miss this!)  Be sure to try this one out when you get to go to Hong Kong.

That’s about it for now as I can’t think of anything more but I’m positive that there are still lots (and lots and lots and lots)!  I’ll bear in mind to blog about them sometime. 🙂

Crave Rave : Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese by Happy Lemon

Got these at Happy Lemon – The One Shopping Centre in Hong Kong.  Glad that they have the supersized cup as we only have the medium cup here in Manila.  More CHEESE for us! 🙂

Double Happy!

Blogroll: Bakingdom

I remember browsing through lots and lots of websites and blogs long long ago looking for great recipes that I can try out.  Gotta be honest, I’m not a great cook but I do know food and I CAN cook delicious food.  Let’s just say that I’m an amateur and I learn by following recipes, watching and endless run of Masterchef Australia, reading books, and sometimes experimenting.  I got a huge inspiration from one foodblog that I have been following since I can remember.

Bakingdom is one unique blog that showcases baking recipes, tips, guides, and more with a cool personal touch.  Darla, the brainchild of Bakingdom thought about channeling her inner passion into this website so she can share her ideas with the rest of the world.  She’s a simple and artistic military wife living in the United States that has been an on and off professional cake decorator for over 10 years now and is also an amateur cook and pastry chef.  With cooking, baking, and cake decorating being very close to her heart, she creates amazing food may it be sweet or savory.

I myself have tried a couple of her recipes and they are a true gem.  Simple and easy to follow just as long as you have the right ingredients.  Some of her recipes come from old traditions wherein she adds a personal touch or a different kind of twist to make it more fun and interesting.

Here’s what she has to say about Bakingdom:

“Bakingdom is about having fun and exploring new, and old, recipes. It’s about good food, beauty, and knowing that ruling the kitchen is easier to do than you think. I’m simply here to eat, drink, and be merry, to try and find joy in the small things, and to have fun in this short life”

Some of my favorite recipes from her site are..

Calzone

Crave Rave right here!  This is perfect for a movie marathon at home 🙂

Cinnamon Rolls

Anything cinnamon is a total fave of mine.  I like them better in smaller portions because it means more cinnamon and more cream!  Fun Fact:  Did you know that cinnamon is a good substitute for sugar?  If you want to sweeten your milk or coffee up a bit, add cinnamon instead of sugar.  Healthy option right here!

Chocolate Layer Cake

I haven’t tried any of her cake recipes yet simply because I haven’t even baked an actual cake before. (..on to my bucket list)  I know! I know! I will get into it soon as I have a nice new oven to bake with.  This one is special because of the thin layers that incorporate orange and chocolate.  This makes the cake more interesting.  And oh! Just look at those little fondant pumpkins!  Are they cute or what?

Aside from these, she also has “No Bake” recipes for those that don’t have enough time to stand by the oven.

Cinnamon Caramel Apples

Again with the cinnamon?  Well, you just can’t get enough of it!


Ice Cream

Oh yes! She does Ice Cream too!

Your eyes will truly feast by just the looks of these creations.  What more if you try them yourselves?  Visit Bakingdom from time to time to check on new recipes and to know more about Darla.  Don’t forget to share with her your experiences once you have tried her recipes.

The best of luck to you guys!

photo credits: Bakingdom

“Inspiring whimsical sweets & savory dishes” – Bakingdom | Darla Wireman