Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gelatissimo - Ice cream fun!

Ice cream.
this is really in demand during summer; nevertheless, even though it's cold and rainy, most people still opt for this as dessert. 

While I was in Cebu, I saw this new ice cream parlor .
Gelatissimo, SM City Cebu
 there are quite a lot of customers so we also looked at it. and what we saw was magical. (fireworks!fireworks!)...32 mouthwatering flavors. see and behold....

By the way, here's a good news: They offer free taste! taste all the 32 flavors if you want! grab this very good opportunity guys to smartly decide on which flavor to choose! in my case, I tried 6 flavors=)

window 1
top to bottom, left to right: rum&raisin, lemon cheesecake, chocmint, macadamia&caramel,
sugarfree chocolate, mango, mango&lime sorbet, mango &passionfruit sorbet..
window 2
top to bottom, left to right: macadamia&caramel(from window1), american chocolate, raspberry,
rockmelon, choc hazelnut, mango cream &passionfruit sorbet(from window1),
mango cream & berry ripple, mango cream&coconut,pistachio, coconut
window 3
top to bottom,left to right: Biscottino, Green tea, Strawberry, Chocolate,Chili Chocolate,
 Guava, Coffee, Roasted Almond.
window 4
top to bottom, left to right: Milk?, Hazelnut, Panna Cotta, Tiramisu,
Forest Berries, Vanilla, Green Apple, Cookies&cream?

so there! do you already feel your feet pulling you to the nearest Gelatissimo store?

It is not your normal ice cream by the way. It is one of the brands on the higher end.  Since it is my first time,I ordered not only 1 scoop, but the trio combination, for 180 pesos...yummy! Actually, I plan to taste all the 32 flavors before the end of this year 2011.
Chili Chocolate, Mango Cream and Berry Ripple, and
Nocciola (hazelnut, my favorite!), 180 pesos, 3 scoops
on the other hand, my sister ordered 1 scoop of hazelnut plus warm chocolate brownie as crust
warm brownie topped with a scoop of nocciola, 95 pesos
My comment? 

I absolutely love Gelatissimo! <3.  if you are game for more calories, (compared with frozen yogurt),yet better taste... then eat here!

First, for the Nocciola (Hazelnut ice cream) - a very rich and creamy version of the flavor. It tastes almost like Amici's own rendition, but this is better because I can still trace the itsy bitsy effect of hazelnut up to the last scoop. It is not too sweet, nor too plain. ratings: 5/5

The Chili Chocolate, stands the same with Nocciola. This is my first time to try this flavor, and I'm really glad I do so because now, it is also my favorite. If you'd offer me Chili Chocolate + Nocciola, I'd hug you tight, grab and eat it rightaway! Maybe you're wondering Chili + Chocolate?weird combination. is weird, unique, and irresistible! At first taste, you can only feel the dark chocolate melting in your mouth. After a few seconds, the after taste of Chili comes. And that's my favorite part! Try it! ratings: 5/5

Last is the Mango Cream & Berry Ripple-the only non-chocolate flavor in my cup. I liked the way it tastes, but just a so-so for me. Maybe it was overpowered by the first two, so I wasn't able to appreciate its simplicity. It is just a creamy mango flavor, with bits of raspberry flavor. If you're on the fruitier side, maybe, you can choose this.=) ratings:3.5/5

For the warm chocolate brownie with nocciola, the brownie itself for me lacks moisture. The way I expect it is just like La Marea's, but they failed to do's more on the kfc brownie style. It doesn't add plus points so if you're simply looking for ice cream, then you can skip the brownie trial mode.=)ratings: 4/5

This is our Gelatissimo experience! Here's a pricelist for you if ever you're interested..
Here's a souvenir photo that I took after getting my order..
Me with a satisfied smile of my trio cup.
Do I recommend it? Of course, yes! bring your friends, and loved ones here, chill, and have a sweet day!
They also have branches here in Manila so you can try it! By the way, thanks to our friends Fang who told us about this place...



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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

La Marea - warm brownie cup love (X_X)

Last week,we had a great one week vacation in Cebu. my first four days were spent for teaching and the last three days for Bohol tour.overall it was fun.

We arrived Sunday night. After unpacking our things, we immediately headed off to  IT Park to try some of the food recommendations by sir JJ. After having a superb dinner at Casa verde, we chilled a bit at La Marea.

La Marea's Warm Brownie cup
Warm Brownie cup, 95 pesos..YUMMY!

Ratings: 5/5
peanut butter warm brownie cup, 95 pesos
I can eat this everyday. The chocolate-yyy goodness of this dessert plus its warm, moist,creamy, and mouth-melting quality is so hard to resist. Also, it is not too sweet so you won't have a hard time consuming one serving. You might even order for more! It is topped with vanilla and chocolate fudge. This is the local version of the famous microwave chocolate cup. I just wonder what the ingredients are, because the combination of flavors is really delicious. Honestly, this is the top of my "favorite sweets list". When it comes to the price, i guess, 95 pesos is super worth it since the dish is super delicioso.

Everytime I see this picture, I tend to miss Cebu! Hopefully, they'll have a branch in Manila soon!

There are also other variations like the peanut butter warm brownie cup(my mom ordered this), 
The only difference with this is that it has choc-nut toppings and peanut butter filling.If you love PB, then you'll adore this variation just like how my mom loved it.

I forgot to take a picture of the white chocolate warm brownie cup. It is actually my favorite- white chocolate brownie, topped with creamy chocolate ice cream. You'll love how the milky goodness of the brownie blends with the chocolate ice cream.

We paired the brownies with peppermint tea-a perfect soothing drink
peppermint tea, 90 pesos, serves 3-4 people
Aside from their famous brownies, they also sell a wide list of desserts, 
Be mesmerized with this view window, 
sweetssssssss! love love
here's a closeup, 
moist cakes
the brownie cups in display, 
chocolate! the white chocolate variation is at the back.
another one, 
chiffon cake and coffee jelly
lastly, the chocolate cake
i wonder if this is also good...
one pastry that really caught our attention is their Brazo de Mercedes

just by merely looking, my taste buds are already telling me that it is sweet and delicious, and nice! too bad i wasn't able to try it our because we only visited the place twice, and everytime we go there, i can't resist myself in ordering the brownie cups.  Nevertheless, i promise to check it out very very soon! If you have tried it, you can comment about it =)
By the way, I forgot to mention that we also tried their lemon squares.
Lemon Squares, 60 pesos
They have way much much better lemon than Conti's or Mary Grace.  Glad to found one contender again and it was able to win the Best Lemon Square title. Why? It has soft pastry, that is buttery, and tasty, but not too sweet. It also has the tangy taste of lemon without overpowering the whole pastry. Try it out and taste it yourself to know the difference=) The price is definitely reasonable  considering that one pack is composed of 8 squares.

me, having a bite of lemon squares!
So i guess, this ends my La Marea chronicles. Enjoy the pictures and hungri-fy yourselves!=)
Have a sweet afternoon! <3

La Marea location.
The Walk(IT Park), Cebu City, beside Casa verde

Feel free to leave your comments/reactions/tips.I'd be very glad about it!=)