Showing posts with label drinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drinks. Show all posts

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hot chocolate: Godiva Hot Cocoa

I was browsing the material I had posted last month and realized it was the first time (month) I didn't have a single article on chocolate. I usually had at least one every month but for some reason I didn't get to write one. Perhaps its because we didn't get to try out a new chocolate so there was nothing new to write about. This time though, there's a few that I would likely write about this month of May. 

A good friend had a trip to the US earlier this year and I was assigned to be her OIC for a couple of weeks. Knowing how much I like my hot chocolate, she gave me a canister of powdered cocoa by Godiva.

Godiva hot cocoa in a canister
Information about the company and the chocolate
Nutrition facts
Among my mug collection is this one from Bag of Beans that I occasionally use for when I have good hot chocolate
I basically followed the instructions written on the canister but instead of using fresh milk, I opted to use condensed milk to mix with the hot cocoa. The end result was a perfect drink during one cool morning during the first quarter of the year. Actually, our daughter had been egging me to make some hot chocolate and pointed to the canister when asked how we will make some hot choco.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chocolate drink from Family Mart - Cocio Dark Chocolate Milk

I am always curious about what I could find in convenience stores. I already am familiar with what Seven Eleven and Mini Stop have to offer in their shelves but I have not really had the chance to check out what Family Mart has and soon there will also be a Circle K nearby the university. Among the items I usually look for whenever I am abroad are chocolate drinks. I found a good one at Family Mart.

The bottle reminded me of the old Choco Vim and Magnolia Chocolait drinks of my childhood days
Detailed information on the chocolate drink at the back of the bottle.
Cocio retails for about 80 pesos at Family Mart. The drink is actually made in Denmark so that in part accounts for it being pricey. There is another variant that is Milk Chocolate available at the same convenience store but I prefer the dark chocolate drink. Is it worth the price? Definitely! And I will likely get a bottle or two whenever I get a chance.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Morning drinks - Macalauan Pure & Best Lactose Free Chocolate Milk Drink

At the supermarket one evening before I went home, I found some interesting choices for milk as I picked up a few packs of Yakult. There are products by Nestle and soy milk products by various manufacturers. But the ones that caught my attention were the cartons of various products with the brand Pure & Best.

Pure & Best Milk's Lactose Free Chocolate Milk Drink is made by Macalauan, a local company based in Calauan, Laguna. The town became known for its infamous mayor a couple of decades ago and its nice to know that they have this company and likely others like it that are making a name for themselves for their good products. The milk is touted as farm fresh and is ultra pasteurized. The chocolate milk is creamy and definitely very satisfying. It is perfect as a morning drink for breakfast and reminded us of a chocolate milk drink we enjoyed when we were kids - Choco Vim, which I think preceded the Magnolia Chocolait that's probably more familiar to a lot of people today.

Macalauan Pure & Best Lactose Free Chocolate Milk Drink
We usually get the lactose free milk as the wife is lactose intolerant. Those that did have lactose are similarly good and a few times I had bought the regular chocolate milk, which tasted good as well. I found that the supermarket I bought the chocolate milk from only had limited supply (i.e., a few cartons of each variant) every time and often I couldn't get the lactose free products. The supermarket probably thought that they couldn't have too many in their inventory as these products didn't have long shelf lives and they are more expensive than the products of larger companies. These are also not generally available from other supermarkets so I just time my doing the groceries so I can pick up a carton or two.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Japanese beer: Sapporo premium

Spending 3 years in Japan, I became familiar with their beer. This is not because I took to drinking while I was residing as a graduate student there, but because we had beer once in a while for occasions as well as while relaxing with friends on a weekend evening. The more popular beers at the time were Kirin Lager, Asahi Super Dry and Sapporo Premium Beer. There were, of course, many other variants from these major companies including beers offered for specific seasons of the year. But these three were the mainstays of New Year's, year end and graduation parties, birthdays and other celebrations, as well as those times when you just felt like you needed a beer to conclude a toxic day.

Recently, Japanese beers have been available in supermarkets and prices seem to be significantly lower than they were from a few years ago when these beers can be purchased only from stores selling Japanese goods. On recent trip to the supermarket, I decided to purchase a couple of bottles to give to two good friends who recently celebrated their birthdays, who were also similarly in Japan as students when I was there. Reading the labels of the available beers from Asahi and Sapporo, I discovered that the Asahi Super Dry being sold were brewed in Thailand while Sapporo's were from Japan. And so I opted to purchase bottles of Sapporo Premium Beer, which I assumed to be the more faithful brew in as far as what we expected to the beer to taste from our times in Japan. For posterity, I posed the bottles together with a beer mug from my collection.

A couple of bottles of Sapporo and a mug from my collection

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cake and latte

While burning some time before a meeting at Bonifacio Global City, I decided have refreshments at the nearby Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or CBTL as it is also called. I had what I remembered as a flavored latte and a flourless chocolate cake. I was able to get a good spot at a corner in the cafe where I could review my notes with minimal people passing through my table and away from groups chatting in other tables.

Cake and iced tea latte at CBTL
I would like to think that I know how to spend time by myself in a cafe. It is actually enjoyable for me to have this kind of me time in the middle of a busy day even if it is just for a few minutes prior to a late afternoon meeting.
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