Friday, May 27, 2011

Excelente Ham on My Birthday (Why not?)

Excelente hams is a bit expensive and you have to go all the way to Palanca St. in Quiapo to get some, but IT'S ALL WORTH IT!!! This ham has been a family favorite for generations and people really wait in line just to buy their hams especially during the holidays.
But why wait for the holidays to taste their hams? Excelente ham is open all year round so I decided to buy some for my birthday :D 

 Excelente Scrap Ham (P700 per kilo) 
I decided to buy their scrap ham as recommended by sister's friend. It seems like I'm the only one in the family who finds it so-so because my entire family just loves it. It has a smoky-rich taste and the texture is not too dry. Maybe I'm just not the scrap-ham-lover type of person.

Excelente Chinese Ham with Mixed Sauce (900 per kilo)
Now, this is my favorite ham! Yes, I admit I have a sweet tooth and I just love sweets, and that includes sweet ham! Well, actually, this ham is not that sweet. It just has the right hint of sweetness from the sauce and the authentic smoky flavor of the ham is still there. I just love this.

Excelente Ham
Palanca St., Quiapo
Business hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday to Sunday

Cake2Go's Devil's Food Cheesecake and More

Last May 21, my sister bought me a cake from Cake2Go as her birthday present for me. I actually insisted to buy a cake from Cake2Go so we could finally taste some of their cakes. 

 Devil's Food Cheesecake 
This cake doesn't impress too much when it comes presentation. It actually doesn't look tempting at this angle.

 Yes, we ruined the cake :P According to Cake2Go's shop, the description of this cake is: layers of rich choco cake filled with their baked New York Cheesecake (the white layer)  topped off with fudge frosting, white and bittersweet chocolate thorns and dusted with cocoa powder. I guess that says it all. 

 After tasting this cake, I actually loved it. It's a good combination of cheesecake and chocolate. It's like eating chocolate mousse cheesecake. One flaw of this cake is the white chocolate bars placed at the side of the cake. The white chocolate tasted horrible so I didn't eat it.

 This is Cake2Go's famous Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. This cake really tastes good. My sister even said it almost tasted like one of the cheesecakes in UCC Coffee Shop. I really recommend this one.

Nestle Crunch Cake
This cake disappoints me. The frosting was all right, but the chiffon cake was too dry.  I will not buy this cake again.

Cake2Go website:

san juan - 4142585 / 0922-890 2253
timog - 3325309 / 0922-893 2253
banawe - 4105714 / 0922-844 2253
katipunan - 4381513 / 0922-891 2253
paranaque - 8253257 / 0922-8 2253 68
don antonio - 3516288 / 0922-8 2253 63

Mother's Day 2011

Last May 8, my sisters greeted me and our mom with their Mother's day gifts:

 A pay-per-view fight of Pacquiao vs. Mosley via SkyCable HD! Thank you!

 Bizu's Mother's Day Cake: Cheesecake Camilla. It's a dense and luscious baked cheesecake topped with a salted Caramel Creamer. Their new cake brings delight to both cheesecake and caramel lovers! 
 Me and My Mom
 The cheesecake tasted like dulce de leche with caramel. It's a bit sweet so it's best consumed with tea to balance the flavor. Our whole family agreed that this cake should only be bought once.
 Ah! This one is Shopwise's Mother's Day gift, their famous chocolate cupcakes!
I got them for FREE!
 As you can see, I got 2 of them - one for me and one for my mom. I was glad to have been included in the first 200 people who emailed Shopwise to claim their free cupcakes for Mother's Day.

 The cupcakes were surprisingly delicious. Just simple yet super moist chocolate chiffon cupcakes with not-too-sweet chocolate frosting on top.
Mimi, our beloved toy poodle. She's been with us for almost 6 years now. We just love her to death :D

My mom and I felt like queens during that day and all thanks to my sisters and to my entire family for their thoughtfulness and generosity :D Until next year!

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