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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L’Ami Frenchy

When I think of French chef in the Philippines, I automatically think of the time when I lived in Sagada and spent a lot of my Saturdays at the Log Cabin Buffet– where French chef- Aklay (Philippe) whipped up some fine fine food made from local ingredients. He cured his own ham, grew his own lavender, baked his own bread, and so on and so forth. That’s how I started to get more and more interested about food!

Aklay biked half of the world and eventually reached Brunei- where he was pastry chef for the Sultan of Brunei. Needless to say, I looked forward to his decadent desserts and other creations week after week after week. And yep- I made sure I bought and sent home his breads as often as I could.

His pastry and bread creations have become my standard for well- pastry and bread. Haha. This is important FYI so you know where I’m coming from! Hehe.

 

L'Ami Frenchy Bakeshop

 

And so – L’Ami Frenchy! Chef Eric did not bike to Baguio. hehe. He came with his Filipina wife from Bicol and decided to set up shop in Baguio City just because they like it here. Well, we like you too, Chef and Mrs Chef! Thanks for choosing Baguio.

Don't be shy, Chef Eric! ;)

Don’t be shy, Chef Eric! 😉

L’Ami is a bright spot in the Baguio food scene. It’s refreshing to see a new player in the Baguio food scene that’s not a  Burger-Pizza-Pasta joint. hehe.

The French are invading Baguio City and we like it! Hehe

The French are invading Baguio City and we like it! Hehe

So what is L’Ami all about? First time I heard it- I knew it was a play of words. Lami in Bisaya means delicious. L’Ami in French means friend. So L’Ami Frenchy could either be “delicious French” or “French friend” . Both are applicable!

The interiors are inspired by a garden setting. Check out their iron-wrought chairs and marble-top tables and an indoor fountain!

The interiors are inspired by a garden setting. Check out their iron-wrought chairs and marble-top tables and an indoor fountain! Our butts were treated well by these nice cushions!

I came with some Baguio-based blogger friends. I like being part of this tiny group that aims to promote new Baguio businesses! And L’Ami were generous enough to stuff us until we said no more. True story.

Check out their cakes!

Cake line up at L'ami Frenchy

Cake line up at L’ami Frenchy

In our tiny group of four, 3 thought Prestige cake was the best! 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! We were enchanted! It felt like ice cream but it was even much better. The flavors and textures were absolutely gorgeous. There was no one dominant element. They all just blended in!

L'ami Frenchy's Prestige Cake

L’ami Frenchy’s Prestige Cake

On second place was the Citron or the lemon tart.  The rich lemon filling’s zing was amazing with the short bread crust. Add in some meringue on top- and now you have a party on your mouth.

Tarte au Citron at L'ami Frenchy

Tarte au Citron at L’ami Frenchy

The single serve tart

The single serve tart

I’ll add in the details later. But this was good too. It’s a much denser and richer version of the mousse in the Prestige cake. Do not eat this slice alone. It’s best shared. Or just eat it sloooowly. It’s the best way to enjoy the rich flavor!

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It wasn’t all chocolate and caramel! They also had this mango-strawberry cake! Cake was dense and moist and not too sweet. I love the tanginess of strawberry and mango in a cake!

Mango-strawberry cake

Mango-strawberry cake

And then – there were the truffles! Ooooh boy. These little critters maybe tiny but you watch out for the explosion of that rich chocolate filling inside your mouth. The semi-bitter cocoa powder perfectly counters the sweetness of the truffle’s core.

Truffles

Truffles

The verdict? Does it measure up to my Aklay pastry experience! You bet. I miss the “rustic-ness” of Aklay’s creations though. And ah, I still dream of his Opera cake! He was right to say that it was the best cake ever. The coffee , orange, rum, some sort of herb combo was something I always looked forward to on his dessert table. But Sagada’s so far. Hehe. I’m glad I have a new French friend in Baguio! L’Ami Frenchy!

But wait there’s more. There’s more to cakes in L’Ami Frenchy. They also have sandwiches, breads, croissants and crepes — oh and make sure to check with them if they have the Zucchini soup available for that day. That was superb!

 

Zucchini Soup

Zucchini Soup

We also tried their sandwiches- Le Parisiene and Le Normand. Both are fresh sandwiches made with ham, butter , cheese, with side of salad. Le Normand – had boiled egg and a special kind of French Cheese. The baguette turned a little tough and chewy though because of Baguio’s humidity. The ham was store bought- so it didn’t really have a strong, characteristic flavor to it- even it were smoked. The ingredients were fresh though. The lettuce was crunchy, there was a generous serving of tomatoes and eggs. And the cheese was special. Definitely not Eden cheese. Hehe.

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Le Parisiene

They also have croissants like this. This is the creamy almond croissant. It looked like it could use a little cheering up. Hehe. But it does taste better than it looks on my picture although- I like my croissants flakier and less dense, I guess.

Creamy almond croissant

Creamy almond croissant

We also feasted on this breakfast special. The burger steak was definitely NOT the frozen kind. It was juicy and flavorful. The fries were fried to crispy perfection. And the crepe balanced the saltiness of the other members of the plate!

Burger Steak Crepe

Burger Steak Crepe

The cost? 🙂 How much would you pay for pastry that’s made with fresh butter, fresh milk and fresh cream? If you pay for 80 pesos for a slice of cake, you get 80 pesos. The small personal size Lemon tart is about 135 pesos. The Burger Steak Crepe meal is 315 pesos. The Sandwiches are at least 200 pesos. A small cake is at least 1100 pesos, a slice for maybe about 180 or 200. Definitely not cheap because they aren’t cheap. I like how there’s a shop like this so you don’t have to go to a posh hotel or restaurant. The ambiance is bright, youthful and friendly.

L’ami Frenchy is a great place to have your afternoon merienda. Eat like the French- eat slow! That’s the only way to get the most out of your amazing cakes.

The future for L’ami Frenchy looks bright as long as they capture their target market and become consistent with their quality products. It also doesn’t hurt to have a few more workers to help them out and I hope they get real good and friendly ones that matches their bright atmosphere. Right now with just two of them running the show, it’s a lot of work.  Give them more work by showing some Baguio love to our French-Bicolana couple. I’m really glad they picked Baguio to set up their shop.

Check out their Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/lamifrenchy

If you’re coming from town, they’re located at the end of the BGH flyover, right across the pink Pharmacy. It’s the same building Jade Restuarant/ Red Lion/ Bam Benny’s were once at.