Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Twelve Favorite Cakes ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Published on Manila Bulletin Sunday Lifestyle, December 14, 2014

Have Your Cakes and Eat Them, Too


I cringe every time I see a red velvet cake. Do you even know how much food coloring goes into that bloody thing? Also with red velvet cupcakes, cookies, pancakes, shakes… The list of additive-infested treats goes on and on.

It is, this, such a breath of fresh air to see someone bake something unique and special, like the Mango Black Sesame Cake I discovered recently. I am always on the lookout for unique, delicious cakes as my family consumes truckloads of them. It is our tradition to celebrate each and every special occasion with a dessert buffet that consists of, at the very least, five different cakes. We celebrate 32 birthdays, five anniversaries, a few graduations, a few despididas, and some homecomings in a year. In short, I've eaten a hell lot of cakes!

Unfortunately, not all are worth the added inches on my waistline. Some are so bad they taste like an ugly breakup, and some so boring I almost fell asleep once on salted caramel icing. But this should not be the case when we eat sweets. Desserts are supposed to bring joyful feelings, feed our souls, and give us a little taste of heaven on earth.

And so here is my Christmas gift to all of you - a list of my all-time favorite cakes for a holiday spread that I guarantee is 100% happiness-inducing and 150% worth the calories!

In no particular order...



Prince Albert Cake by Roshan

Prince Albert Cake by Roshan
Absolutely rich and moist old-fashioned chocolate cake with caramel custard filling
and smothered generously with coffee cream, this is my ultimate comfort food.
Where to pick up: Bel-Air or Ortigas. Tel: 631 7786, 0917 833 6286



Key Lime Pie by Mamou

Key Lime Pie by Mamou
Smooth and tangy, zesty and refreshing, this is the perfect ending to a very rich meal.
Truly, this is the best there is in the city.
Where to buy: Mamou in Serendra or Mamou Too in Rockwell. Tel: 856 3569
Mamou Facebook Page



Quatro Leches by Grace Park

Cuatro Leches by Grace Park
If you love milk like I do, this cake with, not just three, but four kinds of milk, will win your
lactose-loving heart. Sweet, wet, and sitting on a puddle of yumminess, this immaculate
Latin American cake is my dream come true.
Where to buy: G/F, One Rockwell, Makati. Tel: 843 7275
Grace Park Facebook Page




Manchego Curada Cheesecake by The Delightful Miss Joyce
The use of aged Spanish cheese is quite delightful given how unexpected it is. Light yet creamy,
it leaves you with an ever-so-slightly salty cheese aftertaste. I pair this with fig jam and it is the
most wonderful thing in the world.
Where to pick up: Magallanes Village, Makati. Tel: 0917 577 8365
The Delightful Miss Joyce Facebook Page




Black Sesame Cheesecake by Gregory Guy
Dramatic, sexy and nutty, this rich and indulgent cheesecake is not for the faint-hearted
but the long list of black sesame's health benefits (go on, check the internet) is more than
enough icing on the cake.
Where to buy: 2/F Eastwood Mall, Libis. Tel: 584 3372, 0917 898 8396
Cheesecakes by Guy Facebook Page



Chocolate Five Textures Cake by Brown Butter

Chocolate Five Textures Cake by Brown Butter
Chocolate sponge, chocolate crumble, chocolate crisps, chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache -
all in one truly decadent cake. There is really nothing more a chocolate addict can ask for.
Where to pick up: Concorde Village, Paranaque. Tel: 975 7085, 0917 862 2625
Brown Butter Facebook Page



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Creme Brûlée Cake by Camille Ocampo
Layers of soft chiffon cake with light and sweet cream at the center, and a crown of beautifully
caramelized custard glory - I fell in love with this at first bite. I know you will, too.
Where to pick up: Valle Verde, Pasig. Tel: 0916 745 7729




Mango Torte by Dulcelin
These perfect balls of luscious, sweet mango on crisp and chewy nougatine - sometimes I
enjoy them frozen, sometimes I enjoy them thawed. Whichever way I eat them,
they remain an oldie but forever a goodie!
P720 for 9" cake; P1,050 for 12" cake
Where to buy: Outlets in Quezon City, Tiendesitas, Glorietta, Ayala Alabang, BF Homes,
Market Market, UP Town Center. Tel: 374 2165, 0917535 2592




Mango Black Sesame Cake by Brown Butter
The lightest, fluffiest chiffon cake with nutty black sesame Chantilly cream studded with
mango cubes. The creation made me feel like I'm an angel eating sesame-flavored clouds.
Where to pick up: Concorde Village, Paranaque. Tel: 975 7085, 0917 862 2625
Brown Butter Facebook Page



Strawberry Shortcake by Love Cakes by Ann and Gan

Strawberry Shortcake by Love Cakes by Ann and Gan
Cotton-soft chiffon with strawberry cream filling and a super light and addicting whipping cream
that surrounds the whole cake - I have no other word to describe this beauty but "heavenly."
Where to pick up: Valle Verde, Pasig. Tel: 0998 998 1726
Love Cakes by Ann and Gan Facebook Page



Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie by Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie by Wildflour Bakery + Cafe
It took me only three minutes to finish a slice of this creamy, dreamy pie. I've had a few versions
of this elsewhere, but Wildflour's banana, peanut butter and cream medley is the most divine.
Where to buy: 4th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Tel: 856 7600
Wildflour Bakery + Cafe Facebook Page



Green tea white chocolate torte

Green Tea Belgian White Chocolate Torte by Roshan
Its green tea flavor is not shy and marries perfectly with high quality white chocolate
for a sweet and grassy treat that even hardcore match lovers will enjoy.
Where to pick up: Bel-Air or Ortigas. Tel: 631 7786, 0917 833 6286



Jin Loves to Eat on


I love and I love the people behind

So imagine my surprise when they asked to feature me! 

It's like being on the front cover of Kinfolk! Hahaha! 

Kidding aside, I enjoyed the interview and I hope you enjoy reading it, too. :)




Here's the link:


Friday, December 12, 2014

Mendokoro Ramenba ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


And just before the year ends, one of my food wishes finally came true. Yushoken, Manila's best ramen and tsukemen place for me, finally opened in Makati!!!



And what a beautiful space Mendokoro Ramenba is!


The idea is to replicate the true ramen experience in Japan, where there is no fried rice or tempura - just you and your ramen. 

In my case, just me and my ramen and my cute ramen chef. Hee hee hee. Read about my Fuunji experience here.




Soft opening menu. There will be gyoza as soon as the machine arrives.




1. Proceed to cashier station to order, pay, and receive your order slip. 
I am Guest # 9. 




2. When a seat becomes available, your number will be called. 
Please keep in mind that if you have companions, you might not be seated together.




3. Once seated, hand your order slip to the ramen dispatcher behind the bar




Watch the live kitchen action while waiting for your bowl




4. Enjoy your delicious ramen 

Rox and I did this with flying colors!!!



Between the two of us, we shared...



Karai Tokusei Tsukemen




Check out the firm and chewy noodles




That you dip into this extremely tasty and mild spicy broth that clung to every strand. 
The chasiu was so thick and tender. It was gone in 60 seconds!




 Miso Ramen




Perfectly cooked Aji Tamago




While we were finishing up, Elbert came by and suggested we have a third bowl of ramen.
We protested just a little bit, but he insisted. 




Boy, was I glad he did!! Mendokoro's Shio Ramen is LIFE-CHANGING.
The broth is rich, thick and creamy with so many layers of flavor.
I was so stuffed yet I blissfully slurped away.




Look at Elbert's "I told you so" smirk  :P




Cyrene's "I just had my favorite Shoyu Ramen" beam




Karen, Mini Andre, Tahnee and Leo's happy ramen smiles 




Congratulations, Elbert and Mendokoro partners! You guys did it again! 
(Insert three thumbs-up emojis here) 


See my Ramen Yushoken posts:
Yushoken, Revisited


Mendokoro Ramenba: V Corporate Center, Soliman Street, Salcedo Village, Makati. Same building as Wildflour and Toby's Estate but at the back entrance.
Tel: +632 215 1751 

Mendokoro Ramenba Facebook Page

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ramen Yushoken, Revisited ♥ ♥ ♥


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 Back to Yushoken for some more ramen lovin'.
In this cozy Alabang shop, noodles are made fresh in-store and the broths are boiled forever. 



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Gyoza is excellent, too. We had one plate each. In the case of good food,
NOT sharing IS caring.



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Same goes for the perfectly cooked Aji Tamago



It is hard to pick a favorite dish at Yushoken where, I must say, everything is good.

(Well, okay… except for the Tantanmen - Ukokkei is still best. See post here.)



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Cyrene and Patrick each had their all-time favorite Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen



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Argyle tried the Gyokai Tsukemen



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Which came with a delightfully tasty seafood and pork dipping broth with to-die-for pork pieces.
I know because I helped myself to quite a few pieces. :P 



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And because it was so hot outside, I chose the light and refreshing Hiyashi Chuka.
Waaaahhhh!!! I now have too many favorites at Yushoken. 



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Ramen-ed out, we moved to Cafe Juanita for some dessert.




Clockwise from top left: Patrick's homemade Choco Wow, Cafe Juanita's Mini Turon,
Sticky Toffee Pudding (the best in town!), and Cassava Cake 




See my previous Ramen Yushoken post here.

Ramen Yushoken: Molito Mall, Madrigal Avenue, Muntinlupa City. Tel: +632 8087424


Friday, November 28, 2014

Missing in Action


I know I have been missing in action from the blog lately. (I'll update it soon, promise! Please don't give up on me! Lol!)

Life has been pretty crazy busy beautiful and I'd like to enjoy it than be in front of the computer… for now. Hehe.

In the meantime, please follow me on Instagram and Facebook. 


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Instagram: @jinlovestoeat



I am much, much more active there and I promise to flood your feeds till you can't take it anymore. 

Thank you.



Friday, November 21, 2014

Lemuria ♥



It was not my first time at Lemuria 




But the sight of this cozy little house-turned-restaurant still took my breath away




Hand-painted mailbox




The dining room was as beautiful as I remembered it to be. I fell in love with it all over again. 



Everyone did, and each family took turns taking photos with Auntie Babie, our birthday celebrant.















Legende wines from Artisan Cellars & Fine Foods




The breads at Lemuria were very good



Unfortunately, service was not.

Our food took forever to arrive. It seemed there were only 2 waiters assigned for our group of 30.




Amuse bouche. It looked pretty, that's all. 
The pickle relish reminded me of sandwiches I used to eat when I was in grade school.




The people behind Lemuria also own Brumms Quality Wines. 
They suggested the pairings for our dinner that night.



Frances requested the kitchen to prepare two different 4-course menus so we could try more dishes.

This was Set A:



Chilean black mussels in white wine sauce - delicious 




 Mushroom and gruyere soup - just okay




Shrimp tortellini in crab fat sauce topped with sautéed chanterelles - I loved the mushrooms!




 Quail Two Way
Confit of quail and pan roasted quail with wine wine and butter, paired with caramelized fennel. 
I really enjoyed this dish except they seriously need to do something about the plating.
It looked horrible no matter what angle! Lol! 



I didn't care much for the dishes in Set B. I thought they were mediocre at best.



Marinated tuna spring roll with smoked duck breast carpaccio




Cold sea bass salad




Mushroom gnocchi bathed in roquefort and porcini cream sauce topped with parma ham




Spanish Iberian pork loin with red wine, butter and wild mushrooms









We didn't order any dessert because as usual...



We brought our own cake buffet!
 Costa Brava Ube Cake, Happy Cream Puff Croquembouche, Goldilocks Mocha Cake,
Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Mary Grace Strawberry Shortcake, Pacita Cake, 
Mango Sansrival, Assorted Cakes from Angel's Kitchen, Assorted Mini Cheesecakes
by Gregory Guy 




And we all came in royal blue because it was Her Majesty the Queen Babie's birthday!




And because she is Queen, Auntie Babie had help blowing out all her candles. 
Look at Gwama! Lol! 




Mother-daughter team effort




It always warms my heart to see how close Mom and her sisters are. They can spend 
the whole day together everyday and when they get home, they still call each other on 
the phone! They all love bread, Chinese telenovela, health tips and superstitions. Hahaha! 




Cheers to Madam Babie!!! Wishing you good health, love, laughter, and more
and more blessings as you continue to bless everyone around you. ♥



Lemuria: 5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City. Tel: +632 724 5211

Lemuria Website

Lemuria Facebook Page

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