Kusina or QCna?
This is why I love liempo, any kind of barbecue, roast chicken and pork chops. Uncomplicated eats, a complete meal in my book, with rice and condiments – vinegar, soy sauce, chili, garlic sauce and calamansi. I'm still slow at the chew but I don't feel full sooner than I do when eating something with soup and sauce.
The friend recommended Zugbu, which serves chicken and liempo that “tastes better than Cebu Lechon”. I have no beef with that. ; )
I plated mine hehehe. I always do. This is a disclaimer! Zugbu is a no frills, roadside food stall with plastic plates and utensils. Waaay casual dining, like all the other food stalls in the area. Don't let that stop you!
It’s a good thing I ordered Oolong Black Tea with pearls at Moonleaf instead of the milk tea with pudding I wanted or I would have passed on the chicken. I eat often, but not a lot in one sitting. Moonleaf has been blogged about much so I am sure my take on it is just a ripple in the milk tea-sphere!
I like my Oolong, suffice it to say. I also like the ambience and the photo wall – apparently in place of graffiti indicating who was there, and a penned shout out cum message board for the college crowd. You eyeball and chill over milk tea nowadays.
At Fancy, I loved seeing my favorite recipe, now one of their bestsellers. I was part of Fancy's history. I got to name the cakes too. One was called Sweet Prince because it looked ..uh..princely (ok, elegant). What can I say, it was a concept cafe where everything is about sentiment, dreamboats and "like" hehehe.
Sweet but not overpoweringly so. The pastillas and caramel topping is sort of crown like, too!
Sweet Prince or simply Pastillas Cheesecake is cheesecake studded with milky soft pastillas, a buttery graham crust, and a drizzle of caramel glaze. It was the less flamboyant "stud" among all the indulgent and show stopping Fancy “girls” - Chocolate Decadence (says it all), Moulin Rouge (black forest cake), In Too Deep (chocolate cake, really dark) and Romeo & Juliet. Taste wise, I do not exaggerate.
Romeo & Juliet is a keeper from the original line up, too. It is black and white cake: a triple treat of chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate ganache on fudgy chocolate cake topped with chocolate curls. It is to die for, hence the name hehehe.
Later that night, we dropped by Mercato at
My best pick that night is the gelato! I am a sucker for gelato and ice cream but hate the too sweet supermarket bought stuff (unless it’s Blue Bunny and Arce Dairy; Mio Gelati now joins my..ehem... august list). The counter people were nice about my taking pictures and handing out tastespoons. I triedTequila Rose (like!) and Chocolate & Chili (chili is too overpowering, you know the heat will build as you eat) but settled on Blueberry Cheesecake (some surprise huh?
Belatedly, I had a taste of their Beer gelato. Amazing! I don’t drink beer or anything alcoholic but I like ‘em in my food. You taste the beer after the sweet but none of the bitterness I hate in the drink. Very, very nice! I am going back for that and the bagnet “roll”. After my Zugbu pig out, no room, no room in my tummy!