Category: Food


Receptive

Contrary to my mood few days ago when Moon was in Scorpio (which was also my Moon’s position at birth), I was a bit calmer today and kept in mind that there is only here and now and that is where my head should be at. Few things were immediately obvious when I was just being receptive and not reactive. 

I was aware of the signs, again, that the messengers would usually send me in the form of music I would accidentally hear wherever I go. I would seem to instantly feel the song’s message was for me. Again, the more logical part of me would react to that but since I am talking about being receptive instead of being judgmental here, I have to temper my logical side for a bit. Yes, I am aware of these exchanges for duality’s sake. 

Secondly, I was more attuned to serendipity. I decided to go to Healthy Options this afternoon to check out Selenium supplements. There wasn’t a lot of options for me that would not break my budget for this week, though, so I scrapped the idea. I thought of checking out if they maybe had Brazil nuts (great source of Selenium) or almonds. I did find almonds first and I was okay with buying a small pack of it but something in me kept holding back as my hands felt like I had to return it to its rack. I was going back and forth with this for a bit and I decided to  check out the bottom part of the nuts and protein bars section and, voila, to my surprise a pack of Brazil nuts was staring back at me. I couldn’t believe my eyes! Why? Because I had been looking for a seller of Brazil nuts online and I did get in contact with one local seller few months ago who informed me that they didn’t have it available at the time I inquired. 

I was even happier to see the price was similar to the online seller I first asked about it with and I need not pay for shipping fees. I went in there looking for Selenium but I got an even better deal because it’s the source of Selenium itself. An amazing find indeed! 

Coffee Float vs Instant Coffee

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It seems I’m the only one in the family who would pick up a Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee sachet like its the last thing on earth I would do. I’m exaggerating but that opening statement describes my dislike for any commercialized 3-in-1 coffee. I don’t know how many of those Nescafe 3-in-1 sachets my family consumes every month. 2% of the time I would drink it if my options for getting a hot drink at home was lesser.

Next to powdered flavor fruit drink and soft drinks (another term for soda here), it’s probably the most popular staple drink in the Philippines. I remember when my Canadian ex-boyfriend first came here to the Philippines he was always asking for brewed coffee at some budget inns he stayed in. I wasn’t a fan of instant coffee either but it was irritating hearing his complaints about the not so locally popular brewed coffee day by day.

The ingredients listed at the back of an instant coffee sachet is enough deterrent for me. Instant coffee is too sweet and more than once I swear I could taste some corn-ish stuff in it. I don’t know what ingredient gives it that corn-ish taste for me. However, I have tried the Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee in Malaysia in the same packaging but it had less sugary taste compared to its Philippine version. It’s probably because of Malaysia’s halal dietary laws.

I do love the coffee float at McDonald’s though. They use brewed Arabica coffee topped with soft serve sundae and a bit of chocolate fudge in it. I don’t know what’s worst ingredient-wise – the instant coffee or the coffee float. For me coffee float redeems itself by using brewed Arabica coffee and despite the mix of sundae and chocolate fudge, the taste of Arabica overpowers both. I have tasted hot brewed Arabica coffee by itself but it’s too strong for me it keeps me lucid for more than 12 hours after ingesting it.

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I usually crave for a hot chocolate drink at least an hour after having brunch. So yesterday I decided to check out if any of the shops I frequent for a cup of hot chocolate was open. Dejectedly I gave up my hot drink because two shops that sell coffee through a coffee vending machine did not have any dispenser available due to cleaning and maintenance. Instead I decided to go to a grocery shop for a cold drink alternative and bought an orange on the way from a fruit vendor.

After checking out the refreshment lane and taking two sachets of iced tea with raspberry and calamansi flavors, I walked to the chocolates lane on a whim thinking what I could bring home to my niece. It was the Ricoa Curly Tops package that caught my attention.

I prefer dark chocolates but Ricoa’s brown chocolate cups undeniably still has that classic chocolate goodness throughout the years which I don’t mind at all despite my aversion for most milk chocolates. I remember sharing good times with friends with Curly Tops when I was small up to my high school and college years.

It’s a good idea they changed up the chocolate wrappers to a newer glossy one. The last time they had wrappers in orange stripes.

As expected my niece had more than her fair share of the Curly Tops chocolates.

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Chocolates and pan roasted garlic peanuts or adobong mani in Filipino has been two of my favorite snacks. I remember buying adobong mani from a local street vendor across our house during my elementary school years and it’s no secret every kid loves chocolates. I don’t know what had transpired post-puberty. I began to notice a marked change in my skin a day after I would eat pan roasted garlic peanuts – I was having acne breakouts. Dreadful.

I could randomly attribute it to hormonal change but it could also have been the dietary changes and eating habits that had drastically impaired my hormonal balance. I had avoided eating peanuts and chocolates for some time and I would eat it sparingly. Eventually I realized trying to completely eliminate it from my system was not what aggravated my acne problems as there were still other factors that triggered my acne.

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From time to time I would experiment which of the two would easily cause me breakouts. Yes, I do love being my own guinea pig. The end result was consistent for me – deep fried garlic peanuts would cause breakouts more than chocolates do, though I prefer dark chocolates mostly. There’s no noticeable change on my skin when I’m on chocolate binge as opposed to eating just a small amount of peanuts.

It may or may not be the same for others but it is good to take note of these small observations. I still love eating peanuts but I habitually take a week-long or sometimes month-long breaks before I could eat them again. Although I have taken small measures to control my acne breakouts (perhaps one of these days I might write about it), I still believe we are what we eat and it’s taken me a long time to accept that. Nevertheless balance is the key.

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

I always preferred the hushed and relaxing atmosphere of the coffee shop albeit my Sunday routine has changed since November last year. For the past 4 years I would spend most of my Sunday afternoons in a coffee shop to do my weekly report usually due the next day.

As L with the sweet tooth in Death Note once affirmed, the brain needs glucose to function. Here goes my Sunday afternoon cake list:

Mocha Cake & Oreo Cookie Cream Cake

Vienna Kaffeehaus in my hometown, Cagayan de Oro, is a restaurant famous for its delectable mini-cakes and Austrian-inspired dishes. My personal favorite here is the Mocha flavored cake.

Mocha Cake & Oreo Cookie Cream Cake @ Vienna Kaffeehaus

Purple Yam Cake

This Purple Yam Cake really stood out among the usual Starbucks menu offerings of brown chocolate cakes. Its taste is new and refreshing as its color.

Purple Yam Cake @ Starbucks

Rocky Road Cake

Ever tasted a Rocky Road ice cream flavor? If it’s one of your favorite flavors, you shouldn’t miss this Rocky Road cake from Starbucks.

Rocky Road Cake @ Starbucks

Blueberry Cheesecake

I get weak for Blueberry Cheesecake. Honest. The artsy plating from Cheesecake, Etc. makes me want to stare at it and delay gratification.

Blueberry Cheesecake from Cheesecake, Etc. @ SM MoA

Cookies & Mango Caramel Cheesecake

This is the most expensive cake on this list but it’s so worth it. As if cookie crumbs and mango aren’t sweet enough, you can still pour the caramel over it and it still won’t change the fact that it’ll be the best cake experience you’ll have in Bigby’s.

Cookies & Mango Caramel Cheesecake @ Bigby's

Mango Cheesecake

This Starbucks Mango Cheesecake pales in comparison to the  Cookies & Mango Caramel Cheesecake from Bigby’s. Available at half the price of the latter. Not bad.

Mango Cheesecake @ Starbucks

Guilt-Free Indulgence Chocolate Cake

Starbucks weren’t kidding when they named this Guilt-Free Indulgence. It’s chocolate sweetness is not as fatal to your molars compared to the ubiquitous Starbucks chocolate cake.

Guilt-Free Indulgence Chocolate Cake @ Starbucks

Blueberry Cheesecake

Another Blueberry Cheesecake! No, it’s not a duplicate picture, this time it’s from Bo’s Coffee. You can ignore other cakes on their menu, just not this one.

Blueberry Cheesecake @ Bo's Coffee

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