Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kool Kids Ice Cream and Co: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream (SM Mega Fashion Hall)

I've tried liquid nitrogen ice cream before so when I saw Kool Kids Ice Cream and Co while the family was strolling in SM Mega Fashion Hall

kool kids ice cream and co
To my surprise, they have already tried it.  But, since I haven't tried this brand, we might as well make a quick stop. 

kool kids ice cream and co
What's "Kool" about Kool Kids is that they have a different menu for every revisit. 

kool kids ice cream and co
We ordered the Yuzu large for sharing.  I watched as they made the cream into ice cream. 

kool kids ice cream and co
First, they would scoop or pour in the cream.  Then, they would whip it.  

kool kids ice cream and co
And, to freeze it, they would add the smoky liquid nitrogen while simultaneously whipping. 

kool kids ice cream and co
For a while, all we see is cold mist.

kool kids ice cream and co
Finally, we recognized our ice cream as it is being scooped into our cup.  

yuzu liquid nitrogen ice cream
Yuzu Large (130 php)
We were given a large waffle chip to eat it with.  We loved the rich and refreshing taste and the creamy texture.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Kool Kids Ice Cream and Co offers liquid nitrogen ice cream in unique flavors.  If you need something to "kool" you off, this is a great choice. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Kool Kids Ice Cream and Co Menu
Ambiance Menu
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Kool Kids Ice Cream and Co
Business Address 5F, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, 
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 90-150
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 579-3495
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Vanilla Cupcakery: Cute Place for Meals and Cupcakes (Glorietta 4 Makati)

Our family has a lot of foodie moments.  But, cute foodie moments are quite rare.  Our dining experience at Vanilla Cupcakery is one of those.


vanilla cupcakery
Vanilla Cupcakery has a very enticing facade and interior for the ladies. 


vanilla cupcakery
I don't think my brother would really choose it as a place to eat.  But, our excited dazzling eyes must have stopped him from hesitating. 

vanilla cupcakery
Somehow the ambiance made me recall our childhood day of playing barbie dolls and paper dolls. 

vanilla cupcakery
They have matching fancy gift boxes for take outs.  I noticed that many would simply drop by to make a takeout purchase.

vanilla cupcakery
There's a chiller filled with beautiful cupcakes. 

vanilla cupcakery
Seeing the ensaymada cupcake is the last piece, we reserved it and paid for it even before our dinner meal.  We also ordered the Tiramisu Cupcake together with our dinner.


vanilla cupcakery
Taking photographs and munching on the made waiting for our other orders pleasurable.  

Food

Starters
vanilla cupcakery
Garlic and Spinach Dip (150 php)
We were all very impressed with the Garlic and Spinach Dip.  The Spinach Dip is one of the best one we've had.

Soup
potato leek soup
Potato Leek Soup (165 php)
Since they didn't have any other soup available, we had the Potato and Leek Soup.  It is very warm and soothing to the tummy.  It had the right blend too.

Pasta
herbed bacon carbonara
Herbed Bacon Carbonara (245 php)
creamy penne pasta
Creamy Penne Pasta (245 php)

Since we're prefer red sauce, we appreciated the Creamy Penne Pasta more than the Herbed Bacon Carbonara

Main
chicken parmigiana
Chicken Parmigiana (265 php)
The Chicken Parmigiana is the most fulfilling among all our orders.  Look at that gorgeous cheese!

salisbury steak
Salisbury Steak (265 php)
The Salisbury Steak is fried egg with burnt burger pattie underneath.  We were disappointed with this.

beef salpicao
Beef Salpicao (295 php)
The Beef Salpicao is tasty and tender.  We loved how evident the garlic essence is here. 

roast beef
Roast Beef with Mushroom Gravy (295 php)
The Roast Beef with Mushroom Gravy is one of their best sellers.  I have to agree with the majority that this is indeed a great choice.

Cupcakes
vanilla signature ensaymada cupcake
Vanilla Signature Ensaymada Cupcake (75 php)
We had to wait 20 minutes for the Vanilla Signature Ensaymada Cupcake since they sold the last piece to someone else.  My hunch is they had to get this from the other nearby branch so it took a while.  This was served warm with a semi-melted cheese.  I liked it but it didn't pass the family's standards.

tiramisu
Tiramisu (75 php)
Drinks
Hot Cappuccino (115 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
The cute interiors of Vanilla Cupcakery is really inviting.  Hanging out here will bring a pleasurable experience.  I think cupcake prices are reasonable but meals and drinks are slightly more expensive.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Vanilla Cupcakery Menu
Ambiance Menu | Menu 2 |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Vanilla Cupcakery
Branches Alabang Town Center
Alabang-Zapote Rd Alabang,
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
(02) 425-6238

Glorietta 4
3/F Glorietta 4, East Dr Ayala Center,
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 330-3371

Trinoma
2/F Trinoma, North Ave cor Mindanao Ave Sto. Cristo,
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 425-7005

Glorietta 3
G/F Glorietta 3, North Dr Ayala Center,
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 401-5162

Fort Bonifacio
Two Parkade, 7th Ave Fort Bonifacio,
Taguig City, Metro Manila
(02) 985-8326

Quezon City
Mother Ignacia St. Mariblo,
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 150-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Other 
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Todd English Food Hall: From New York to Manila (SM Aura)

Todd English Food Hall has been hyped when it arrived.  My siblings were one of the many eager beavers who lined up just to try it but not me... I'm once again the last with the bandwagon.

todd english food hall

I thought the big signage with clear glass window was the entrance... Only to find out from my little sisters that it was the exit. 
 
todd english food hall
The real entrance is located at the side where waiting seats are placed.  Everyone is listening attentively as their name will only be called thrice before moving on to the next.  There were no microphones nor do they text so I suggest that you patiently stay put of you'll miss your turn like we did.  Boo! :( 
todd english food hall
By the time we were relisted, called and ushers to our table, we were all so hungry that we just ordered everything our server suggested.

todd english food hall
While waiting for our orders, I can't help but observe how cool and modern the interiors were.

todd english food hall
There's a raw area by the side which many don't seem to notice.  Although it's a food hall, this one seems more formal.  Everyone was seated and no one bothers getting off their seat to notice the surroundings.

todd english food hall
This seemed famous based on the online photos.

todd english food hall
We forgot to try their macarons...

todd english food hall
We loved the playfulness they did with the colorful pasta.

todd english food hall
Agree with the quote?

Food

Signature Pasta 
todd english food hall
Brooklyn Style Meatball Spaghetti (330 php)
I've never gone crazy for a spaghetti.... that is before I've tried the Brooklyn Style Meatball Spaghetti.


The Grill
todd english food hall
T.E Slider (390 php)
The T.E Slider may look simple but it's the X factor because of its tasty beef pattie.


Mainss
todd english food hall
T.E Half Chicken (320 php)
The T.E Half Chicken is hands down the best among all our orders!  Don't miss this!

todd english food hall
T.E Half Pork Chop (440 php)
The T.E Half Pork Chop is a 48-hou brined pork chop.  It was pretty good.  It was tender and succulent.

todd english food hall
T.E Two Way Duck (650 php)
The T.E Two Way Duck was good enough for me.  But, the family found some parts too rubberyYou could skip this as the T.E Half Chicken is more worth it.

Salads
todd english food hall
Spinach Salad (290 php)
Looking for something healthy and delicious?  Well, the Spinach Salad is almost healthy with the spinach, tomatoes, cranberry, peach, fried onion save for the bacon balsamic dressing - but trust me this is worth the guilt.


Flatbread
todd english food hall
Cheese Crispy Eggplant (460 php)
The Cheese Crispy Eggplant didn't look visually appealing for me.  But, this is so good that it made me appreciate flat breads even more.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Todd English Food Hall has lived up to my high expectations.  Pricing perhaps is New York standards but worth the experience. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Todd English Food Hall Menu
Ambiance NA
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Todd English Food Hall
Business Address 5F, SM Aura Premier, C5 Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1,500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 621-4002
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Corner Tree Cafe Vegetarian Food: Healthy Family Lunch (Jupiter Makati)

I've long heard of Corner Tree Cafe Vegetarian Food.  It has become a cornerstone for Vegetarian Cuisine here in the Philippines.  
 
corner tree cafe
Ever since, I have been convincing the family to dine there.  Yet, they just didn't seem enticed.  I think it's because we are accustomed to Buddhist temple vegetarian food that gave us an unconscious and automatic impression that vegetarian food is bland food.

corner tree cafe
As it appeared on the outside, Corner Tree Cafe is a home converted into a restaurant.  I like that they kept the homey vibe.  The waiting area looks like a usual home living room.


corner tree cafe
The place is casual and bright.  Most of its diners are foreigners.

corner tree cafe
On the table top, there are vegetarian pastries available for sale.

Food

Starters
spinach feta croquettes
Spinach Feta Croquettes 6 pieces (345 php)
The Spinach Feta Croquettes is the healthiest we've version we've had.  It is also one of the most delicious!

spinach feta croquettes
Spinach Feta Croquettes 6 pieces (345 php)
It has spinach, feta cheese and red rice.  It is topped with mint yogurt sauce.  And, for spicy lovers like me, there's the harissa sauce.

Soups
spinach and pechay chowder
Spinach & Pechay Chowder Cup (95 php)
Don't be intimidated by the color green.  This Spinach & Pechay Chowder is so good!  You have to squeeze some lemon before indulging into it. 


roasted carrot soup
Roasted Carrot Soup Cup (95 php)
I wasn't expecting much from the Roasted Carrot Soup.  But, boy was I surprised with its perfect creamy consistency and rich sweet and fragrant taste.

Salads
corner tree cafe raw orrganic salad
Corner Tree's Cafe's Raw Organic Salad Solo (190 php)
The Corner Tree's Cafe's Raw Organic Salad is a fulfilling salad.  It has thin shreds of carrots, red beets, jicama, sprouded raw sunflower seeds and greens.


Main Dishes
spinach mushroom laguna
Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna (445 php)
If I could recommend one dish that anyone would love, it would be the Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna.  This is so good!


veg bibimbap
Veg Bibimbap (320 php)
The Veg Bibimbap was good and the family loved it. 

tofu teriyaki sauteed asparagus
Tofu Teriyaki with Sauteed Asparagus & Shiitake Mushroom (320 php)
The Tofu Teriyaki with Sauteed Asparagus & Shiitake Mushroom is another hit among us.This is a superb bowlful.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Corner Tree Cafe Vegetarian Food is a must try for both vegetarian and non-vegetarians.  I would definitely want to pay another visit and try the rest of their menu items.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Corner Tree Cafe Vegetarian Food Menu
Ambiance Starters | Soups | Salads | Main Dishes
 Sandiwches | Pinoy | Sides
Desserts | Food for Children | Sunday Brunch
Weeks Specials | Drinks |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Corner Tree Cafe Vegetarian Food
Business Address 150 Jupiter Corner Saturn Street, Bel-Air, 
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 300-800
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 246-9069 ext:147
Other  Website
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