Eats in Baguio’s Favorite Desserts

The best advice I’ve ever taken to heart is- Life is short, eat dessert first.

That said, I’ll keep the intro short too. hehe.

In no particular order, here are my favorites:

1- Opera Cake by L’ami Frenchy; When done right, this is my ultimate guilty pleasure. This French creation is made up of layers of sponge cake, ganache and everything else that dreams are made of.

Opera Cake. Bow down, mortals!

Opera Cake. Bow down, mortals!

2- Citron Tart by L’ami Frenchy-  Yes, I admit, I have a bias toward French pastries. Deal with it. LOL. This is probably how heaven tastes like.

The single serve tart

The single serve tart

3- Green Tea Cupcake by Glyco – The amazing kick of green tea flavor makes this a cupcake that’s not nakakasuya. Very zen, this cupcake is.

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4- Strawberry Shortcake by Vizco’s- Fresh strawberries on a light sponge cake smothered with a heavenly vanilla frosting. The slight sour taste of fresh strawberries combined with everything else in this cake makes this dessert a Baguio icon.

Vizcos Strawberry Shortcake

Vizcos Strawberry Shortcake

5- Carlo’s Delight by Tea House– delicious yema-like filling mixed in bits and piece of light sponge cake- and who doesn’t like yema?

Carlo's Delight from Tea House

Carlo’s Delight from Tea House

6- Tiramisu Cake by Don Henrico’s – hindi tipid mag-serve! That coffee kick in a cake always gets my attention. A really great way to temper the sweetness of everything else.

TIramisu is about 2.5 inches tall, about 4-5 inches long and 1.5-2 inches wide. Every square inch is yum! A bit too rich when eaten too quickly and without the proper drink.

TIramisu is about 2.5 inches tall, about 4-5 inches long and 1.5-2 inches wide. Every square inch is yum!

7- This Roti dessert by Chef’s Home– Finally, an Asian on my list! 🙂 I love the crunch of the Roti and that mild sesame flavor – and peaches and ICE CREAM! What’s not to like?

The Heaven sent Special Roti

8- Ivan Pavolva by Cafe by the Ruins. Ok. Ok. I kid. I kid. It’s just Pavlova. This is something you DON’T always find in the dessert menu in restaurants- so this one’s really worth a try. It’s light, it’s meringue based- and it’s fruity. All that chocolate richness in lots of desserts ain’t for everyone. Sometimes you just want something sweet and light.

Pavlova

9- Deep Dark Chocolate Cake by Hill Station. This always, ALWAYS takes care of my chocolate cravings. It’s rich, it’s moist, it’s dark, it’s got that bitter undertone. Overall,  it’s a very VERY sexy chocolate cake.

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

10- That hot brownie topped with ice cream by Volante – To be fair, any brownie with Vanilla ice cream on top of it will almost always win my heart. This makes the list because I don’t know any other place in Baguio that serves this.

The dessert whose name, I know not.

The dessert whose name, I know not.

 11- Carrot cupcake by Divine Sweet Delights (by order only) – the cream cheese frosting is tart and sweet, the cake is moist and nutty and slightly sweet with a hint of saltiness. I fell in love with this at first bite.

Carrot cupcakes by Divine Sweet Delights

Carrot cupcakes by Divine Sweet Delights

Inside the carrot cupcake

Inside the carrot cupcake

The next couple of desserts are the picks of my friend, Aguinaya, my always-present taste buddy. She will be (or try her best) to – write for Eats in Baguio – as I have been eating in another city, in another country since October. Eats in Chennai, anyone? Hehe

12- Sans Rival by Sizzling Plate– Another Baguio guilty pleasure. We Baguio folks eat this like popcorn- just one mouthful after another. There’s nothing spectacular about it, really, but it is a staple in Baguio parties. Oh, and this cake is the eaaaaaaaaaaaasiest to transport. You can even tuck it in under your arm like a folder or something. 🙂

Sans Rival Photo from Flickr.com/karlaredor

Sans Rival
Photo from Flickr.com/karlaredor

13- Rum Cake by Waistline Luxuries (available in Cafe d’ Angelo) – dense, just the right sweetness, filling and the rum-flavor is not overpowering. Try doing it ala mode (vanilla ice cream) and it will bowl you over.

Rum Cake by Waistline Luxuries Photo from Cafe d'Angelo

Rum Cake by Waistline Luxuries
Photo from Cafe d’Angelo

14- Peach Mango Tart by Waistline Luxuries will make you forget that the Jollibee peach mango pie ever existed. It’s a tart but is made like a peach-mango open pie. The pie crust is buttery and flaky and once you get to the fruity filling, you’ll not only forget Jollibee’s peach mango pie- but also your name. So make sure to eat this with a name tag on.

Peach Mango Tart by Waistline Luxuries Photo by Cafe d'Angelo

Peach Mango Tart by Waistline Luxuries
Photo by Cafe d’Angelo

Honorable Mentions:

15- Dark Beer Cheescake by Ozark – rich, creamy, tasty and sinful . They’ve got the most unique line up of cheesecakes in Baguio City

Dark Beer Cheesecake

Dark Beer Cheesecake

16- Kiwi Cake by Kiwi’s Bread and Pastry Shop – . I particularly like the light, refreshing combination of flavors of kiwi fruit and strawberry. Nothing too sweet or overpowering. The combination of textures and fruity flavors is a winner!DSCN0432

17- Prestige Cake by L’ami Frenchy – yep 3rd time in the list. They are , after all- a pastry shop run by a French chef. The mousse at the bottom was light and airy, blended with the custardy- caramel on top and the chocolate in the middle plus the slab of chocolate- on the side. WOW!

Prestige Cake at L'ami Frenchy

Prestige Cake at L’ami Frenchy

L'ami Frenchy's Prestige Cake

L’ami Frenchy’s Prestige Cake

18- Green Tea Ice Cream with Azuki Beans by Chaya – Ice cream pleasure minus the guilt. Very zen, this ice cream is . 🙂

Green Tea ice cream with  Azuki beans Photo by: morefunwithems.wordpress.com

Green Tea ice cream with Azuki beans
Photo by: morefunwithems.wordpress.com

19- Special Cassava Cake by Everything Nice- it’s amazingly soft, creamy, coconutty- and best of  all, very Pinoy!

Special Cassava Cake Photo from: http://grumpyurbanslacker.blogspot.in/

Special Cassava Cake
Photo from: http://grumpyurbanslacker.blogspot.in/

In memoriam

20- Ube Crepe- What’s a Baguio visit without something ube, right? Sadly, last time I checked, PNKY near Teacher’s Camp is closed.  Not sure where they are now.

Ube Crepe

Ube Crepe

And there you have it, folks- a few of my favorite things 🙂

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Cuore Buffet , Citylight Vietnamese Pho and Everything Nice

I’ve been holed up in my girl cave a couple of weeks now and work has been taking up most of my time. Nonetheless, I managed to try out some new places in between work and play. I will hit three birds with one stone this time.

By the way, after this, I will be taking pictures with my 12mp camera on my phone! I’m excited. Haven’t taken any food pics but the ones I made. Want to see that? Lol.

Let’s begin:

1. Cuore Buffet: In a nutshell: affordable,unexciting

But one shouldn’t complain when one has only paid 300 pesos, right? Well, I want to, they’re right smack at Session Road and they might as well be worthy of the prime spot they’re in!

The food selection was limited and unexciting. You find the semgyapsal at the end of the buffet spread–errr–table — it’s unlimited — so that’s one reason to be happy. If this were a beauty contest and the dishes were contestants, they sure looked plain and unattractive. Maybe it was how they were presented — it felt more like a cafeteria than a nice buffet. Oh and the dessert selection is a joke — they served — cupcakes — the kind you’ll find in stores! They couldve loaded up on the sweet poatato cubes with sesame seed sprinkle that I love so much in Hodori. They had fruits too, but that was it. This isn’t much of a gastronomic adventure than a busog lusog meal. We paid their promo price, regular would be a little under 500 pesos, I think, which is just a litte under what you would pay for a thousand times more awesome buffet in Yakimix. I mean, they’re both not extra-ordinary, gastronomically speaking, but at least one gives more bang for your buck, and it’s not Cuore buffet.

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Meat swimming in brown sauce 🙂

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The appetizers

2. Citylight Vietnamese Pho (Upper General Luna Road): Unimpressive dish in an impressive location

Citylight hotel is a fancy place to have the humble Vietnamese Pho – a vietnamese noodle dish with herbs and meat. So yes, there are three elements to this dish — noodle, herbs and meat. They got everything right except for the herbs. And if you don’t the herbs right, you might as well make your own soup out of nilagang baka broth and throw in some noodles. The herbs are a very critical part of this dish. They had it served separately in cute containers. A few leaves of basil and cilantro, some sprouts here and there and condiments I couldn’t name.

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It reminded me of the side soup I always had at this eatery I used to always go to when I was living in Burma — it was the perfect combination of herbs — no meat, just herbs. This Vietnamese Pho version, unfortunately for me, was just a simple beef broth with noodles.

3. Everything Nice in Camp John Hay. Nice

Yes, that’s what they are, nice. 🙂 The interiors are bright and fresh, their food selection is cute, their serving size — cute too!

On my first visit, I used my (why yes another one) 500 peso voucher I got from my boss. I ordered a pasta dish, blueberry cheesecake and the chili hot chocolate drink. The chili chocolate drink was my favorite. The blueberry cheesecake was okay, but I was looking for a kick, maybe a lil more sourness? But that’s just me. The fish-pasta dish was — okay. Nothing memorable though. The sahog fell short.

Di naman mahal ang gulay sa Baguio, bat pa parating tintipid?

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Second visit, some friends and I were supposed to go to SM but parking was full and since all of us lived that side of Baguio City, we headed out to John Hay for a nice snack. I had their Greek salad of sorts for about 150. Very bad use of my 150 here in Baguio. Serving was small — okay, cute — and the dressing was just not there. Not sure what made it Greek– the pine nuts and the cottage cheese? The buffalo wings were hilariously tiny, it wasnt the entire wing. it was the fore-wing. haha. That tiny little thumb shaped structure with lots of bones a very little meat — that was about 190 or something.

The redeeming “dish” was their signature cassava cake. It was soft, moist and gooey and had cheese on top. Anything with cheese on top is worthy of redemption! Haha. For 4 people we paid about a thousand bucks, one had the cassava cake, dome cake, i had salad and we shared the buffalo wings. We would’ve gotten more for our money at Volante– which was full, at that time. Bu if you’re simply looking for a pastry shop, this IS the place for you. Place to load up the tummy? Nope.

Three eats and not very excellent reviews. It might be my PMS — or not! But you have to find out for yourself.