Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cassava Leche Flan Cake - Bataan's Pride

Cassava cake is a popular Filipino dessert from grated cassava available almost anywhere here in the Philippines. Just today, upon visiting Bataan and Subic, we were able to try out Bataan's own special version (super thanks to Jon !) 

Here are some pictures:
Warning: mouthwatering

Yummy creamy cassava cake! 
Closeup shot. Moist cake and smooth flan
The cake is composed of 2 main parts:

 (a) Cassava -It is moist and soft. It has a tikoy-like texture on the outside, and moist cake on the inside. The good thing that I really really like is that it is not too sweet, so you can eat a lot in just one seating.

(b) Leche flan on top - I love the way the flan melts in the mouth when you eat it. It pairs well with the simplicity of the cake.  It is smooth, and just ....yummy!

Ratings: 9.5/10

Overall, this cassava cake is one of the best we've ever tried. It can be breakfast, lunch or dinner dessert, and also perfect as afternoon/midnight snack. As for the store details, it still remains a mystery but definitely, I'll be trying to research on where they bought this delicious treat so you can also try it out. So what are you waiting for? Visit Bataan now!

cheers, Captainfood

Monday, April 9, 2012

Marsha's Delicacies - I love Ilocos!

For Holy Week 2012, we have decided to explore the North-  for a Vigan and Pagudpud tour! of course, this trip will not be complete without tasting the famous Marsha's delicacies.

The store is big, clean, and delicious (yes! because, it's  full of food). Here's a shot of the counter-

We ordered almost everything out of pure interest (and slight hunger ). Here is the list:

1.) Ube Macapuno, 80 pesos

This ube rendition has a strong flavor that is creamy and smooth- like the ones being sold in Goldilocks. I love it, and its not your usual ube- so definitely, worth the calories. The macapuno on the other hand is more of an added decoration, but is delicious as well. Ratings: 4.8/5

2.) Bibingka Royale, 175 pesos

The famous Ilocos Bibingka, was able to satisfy my longing tastebuds. It has a tikoy-like consistency (slightly softer, and smoother), and has a reach coconut creamy taste. This royale version has more cheese compared to the normal -making it better. The 25-peso difference proves to be super worth it. In the future, I'll definitely order more of this! Yummy! Ratings: 5/5

3.) Brownies, 90 pesos, half

The picture looks enticing right? The brownie for me is normal. I though it has a moist cake, but its just like the usual chocolate brownie in local bakeshops. The chocolate icing is good, but I'm wishing for more icing. For the price, your 90 pesos is already worth it. Ratings: 3.3/5

4.) Pudding, 75 pesos half

I'm quite surprised that Puddings are actually famous here in Vigan. Marsha's version is good- not too sweet, smooth, and partly creamy- enough to be a light snack on the road. In the future, i think it can become better by adding cheese and more milk.  for 75 pesos, it is a decent pasalubong for a friend :) Ratings: 3.6/5

5.) Leche Flan, 80 pesos

This leche flan looks smooth on the outside right? - yes it's smooth, but not really due to pure eggyolks but due to added cornstarch. It has a gelatin-like texture. As for the sweetness, it is perfect for a dessert! I can sip the syrup after eating the whole flan. Ratings: 3.6/5

6.) Cassava Cake, ~ 150 pesos, whole

Marsha's Cassava Cake is thin, creamy,and moist! Though it may look super sweet on the outside, it's definitely not. It has the right amount of sweetness. One thing that may be lacking is probably cheese, but you can make up for that by grating cheese on top once you get home. A great merienda ! The price, 150 pesos for a whole is reasonable since most of the cassava cake stores here in Manila, sells approximately 100 pesos for half. Ratings: 3.7/5

7.) Bibingka Ilocos, ~150 pesos, 1 whole box, 15 pcs.

This is the normal version I'm talking about earlier. The bibingka itself is just the same- coconut creamy tikoy like goodness, the only difference is it has lesser cheese. If you are after how to eat it, ensuring that you have poise, and planning to eat it while on trip, then go for this one, since its easier to eat (due to individualized packaging). Yummy yummy yummy! Ratings: 4.8/5 (due to lack of cheese)

That's all for Marsha's! Hopefully, they can have a branch near Cavite or Makati so I can try Bibingkang Ilocos every now and then. for those who will have a trip to Vigan in the future, you will pass by Marsha's before reaching Vigan district, about 10 minutes before reaching the city. The place has a mini coffee shop so you can also chill for a moment and talk with your friends  after a super long roadtrip.


Jamba Juice Fever! -heathy drinks and snacks!

Around March this year, I've seen several FB posts and tweets about a so-called "Jamba Juice". The word itself gives me a notion of healthy, luscious, fresh drinks. Fortunately, a month after, a branch was opened near our place in Alabang Town Center! Yaaayy! Cheers! After Outbreak Manila's Zombie Run (super fun !), we chilled here from afternoon to evening.

The place radiates a bright and fun aura with its lively theme of colors- orange, and green. It has a long menu, so you definitely need to pay several visits to try it all. Here's a shot of their snacks window. Since I'm a self-confessed bread lover, I tried 2 varieties (Spinach n' Cheese wrap + Cheddar Tomato Twist)

Snacks Window. My next target is the Sourdough Parmesan Pretzels

As a first timer, I ordered, a drink + snacks

a.) Acai Supercharger, 22 oz. - 170 pesos 
-Why Acai? Well- i've read through some articles that this is a superfruit which promotes good health, and boosts metabolism.
b.) Peanut Butter Moo'd, 22 oz - 170 pesos
-Their Bestseller! since I'm a PB lover (read my PB&Co. Post  here), I tried this! and super duper yum!
b.) Cheddar Tomato Twist - 80 pesos
c.) Spinach and Cheese Wrap - 145 pesos

Here's my Jamba Juice Photo Collage!- I definitely enjoyed all of these shots because of the good food I'm with.

Me with (a) Acai Supercharger, (b) Cheddar Tomato Twist, (c) Spinach and Cheese Wrap

The Acai Supercharger has a taste slightly similar with Grapes + Berries. It has a not so sweet taste (which is great), and a very fine texture which will let you sip it without any effort at all.  The price, at 170 pesos is above average. Just think of it as an alternative to your usual Starbucks drink. How does it differ with your normal shake? Well it's the fact that it has a more fruity taste due to  more fruits placed in the drink itself. overall, I'm still not awed by it, and will try other flavors instead when I go back- for an element of surprise.

Ratings: 3.5/5

The famous bestseller - Peanut Butter Moo'd!
Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Peanut Butter YAYYY!
If you are not that health conscious and opts for a sweet drink, try Peanut Butter Moo'd!It belongs to the Creamy Smoothie section. It has a chocolate base, mixed with soymilk, peanut butter, frozen yogurt, and banana. As for the taste, maybe you are wondering if it tastes like the usual sandwich PB spread- yes, but you'll never get tired of it! Drink this on days where your sweet tooth attacks, or anytime you want to be hyper! super yummy, such a comfort food!

Ratings: 4.8/5

As for the snacks, the Spinach and Cheese Wrap, 145 pesos, is a hit!
Spinach and Cheese blended to perfection! This picture makes me hungry now!

I super love the way the mozarella cheese and spinach melted together inside a wheat wrap. If you are a fan of cheese ( me raising hands..), you'll definitely love love love super this snack. The picture itself, though not quite composed can tempt you all the way! Healthy Yummy treat for everyone! Honestly- I can finish this in about 45 second. The price is high at 145 pesos- so if you'll be practical, just create your own at home. But if you are after the great ambiance, and chit chat bonding with friends @ Jamba Juice place, then go pay for 145 :)

Ratings: 4.5/5 (the 0.5 deduction is due to the high price. 80-90 pesos range will make it a 5 for me )

The Last snack that we ordered is the Cheddar Tomato twist, 80 pesos-
Cheddar Tomato Twist- a simple bread stick snack for on-the-go happy people

It has a toasted texture, which is crunchy on the outside, and chewy inside. As the name suggests, it is slathered with tomato filling inside paired with cheese. It wasn't able to meet my expectation of  dripping cheese inside, but managed to partly influence the strong tomato taste. This snack is definitely for health buffs out there who loves to celebrate with tomato's lycopene.

Ratings: 3.5/5

There goes my Jamba Juice experience. I'll definitely go back here If I'm in the mood for a catching up of hanging out with my friends. If you want to try it, it has 2 branches (a) Fort Bonifacio, and (b) Alabang Town Center