Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Great Bargain at Tous Les Jours

Custard Cream Bread (Php38); Small Baguette (Php38); Custard Cream Pastry (Php38);
Peanut Butter Cookie (Php28)
Tous Les Jours is a Korean bakery that takes pride in using only the finest ingredients in their baked products which they offer fresh from the oven every day. Consistent with this commitment, Tous Les Jours has a buy-one-take-one promo on breads before they finally call it a day, every day. So, hey, lucky me walking into the Alabang Town Center branch of Tous Les Jours at about 8:30 PM a couple of days ago.

For less than Php200, I got two each of the custard bread, small baguette, custard cream pastry, and peanut butter cookie. The peanut butter cookie, as it turns out however was not covered by the promo so I ended up paying full price for both. But it is a small matter. I enjoyed every bit of what I got from my first visit at Tous Les Jours.

My favorite among my loot was the custard cream pastry which was so soft and buttery and the custard creamy and just slightly sweet. This pretty much guarantees that I will be back for more.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

UTT 9.0: Up Close and Personal

As promised, here are some of the food that we feasted on at the Ultimate Taste Test 9.0 held in Soderno @ Molito last August 29, 2012--

Merry Moo
chili bacon tablea ice cream, strawberry shortcake ice cream

Bread Winner 
salmon burger, pulled pork sandwich

Carlo's Kitchen
crunchy pork belly
Frisch Liquor Ice Cream- Russian Winter,
Zhivago Coffee (top and bottom left);
SJB Liberica enterprise- Goofy Goat latte (top right);
Organikka Foods and Drinks- vegetable juice
(bottom right)
TonTon Chaya
ramen, Japanese Pizza (okonomiyaki)

Royal Brands Corporation
fish sauce
Mocktails Republic
Lemon Drop
Mommy Corrie's VIP Chicharon
premium chicharon
Balamban Liempo
roasted balamban liempo
fresh lumpia
Leon Philippe
goat's milk pastillas, goat's milk

tablea cupcake
I must confess, I am no good as a food critic but I could not help but swoon over some of the items there that I really liked. I enjoyed having Merry Moo's strawberry shortcake ice cream, for example. The vanilla ice cream base is very smooth and creamy, staying true to what made Merry Moo popular in the first place. Swirled into this is luscious strawberry and rounded out with lumps of delightful cake.

From top: Piper's Pan
Ensaymada; Baked Bites
by ABC
Nutella Rocks;
Little Bites Cupcakery
Red Velvet Crinkles
Another winner is the salmon burger by Bread Winner. It is a refreshingly healthy twist to the burger, which is infamous for being a calorie bomb. For my streetfood fix, I have to hand it to the chicken isaw by Nina's Grill. It is flavorful and so crunchy, I can imagine myself snacking on it again and again. Ooh, and there is ensaymada. I love a good ensaymada, and Piper's Pan's ensaymada is one of the better ones. It is light and fluffy with a good ratio of bread to cheese. It is also moist but not overly so.

I was happy with the jazzed up fried chicken shots of Happy Panda, too. Happy Panda offers boneless chicken pieces that are battered, fried and tossed in special sauces, kind of like buffalo wings but without the bones.  The containers that the fried chicken shots were served in were super cute (tiny little paper cups with a Happy Panda logo stuck in front) and each sample came with rice, which I appreciated.

Happy Panda
Panda's Chicken, Buffalo Chicken,
Panda's Satay-Gravy Chicken
Maybe it's because I have a soft spot for buffalo wings, or pandas, but this is one of the more memorable eats I had during the event and I would like to have more of this chicken again soon. And speaking of more, the top 5 food suppliers of UTT 9.0 who meet the average rating of 3.5 and above from the "food critics for the day" gets to come back to Soderno to sell their products there rent-free for a month. I am certainly looking forward to seeing the winners back in Soderno very soon. Just as much as I am looking forward to the next ultimate taste test.

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