Showing posts with label ice cream. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ice cream. Show all posts

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Up in the Clouds Ice Cream, Maginhawa Street

We were looking for a place to have dessert at after having a quick lunch in the Teacher's Village area when we spotted what looked like a newly opened ice cream shop along Maginhawa Street. "Up in the Clouds Ice Cream" is on the ground floor of the building hosting a branch of Anytime Fitness. It is right across from Bo's Coffee near the intersection of Maginhawa and Magiting Streets.

Shop counter using the ice cream containers as display
Interesting spot in the shop with a lone stool and lamp set-up with an accent wall backdrop. I guess this is more for photo ops than as a seating place to enjoy your ice cream?
Writings on the wall
Ice cream selection
They have some original flavors including a dark chocolate concoction they call "Dark Side of the Frost"
Descriptions of their regular flavor offerings
Other desserts available at the shop
Another look at the counter
Their ice cream is okay though not as creamy as others like Baskin Robbins or Sebastian's. Of course, it is not (yet?) at the level Gelatissimo, Caramia or the other established gelato cafes. I wouldn't even go to comparing it with Carmen's Best or the other local artisan brands out there. Still, it is a nice addition to the collection of restaurants in Teachers Village.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Gelatissimo ice cream

I thought I had already posted about our indulgence one time after a hearty lunch of Japanese food. We passed by Gelatissimo ice cream on our way to our parking space and decided we had time for dessert. Gelatissimo has a wide variety of flavors to choose from and so far I had never been disappointed with my selections. While other customers were in ice cream tasting mode (i.e., tasting different flavors before choosing one or two to purchase), we quickly made our choices.

Macadamia and coffee ice cream for me, and hazelnut and pistachio for the wife.

Two scoops of really good ice cream took us some time to finish. It seemed a travesty to eat the ice cream quickly when we were not in a hurry and enjoyed our dessert over conversation. I was like we were out on a date before we got married!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer treats - Carmen's Best Ice Cream

It's still quite hot these days so despite it being the month of June, summer seems to be pretty much in effect. Summer brings along with it a fondness for cold refreshments such as halu-halo, fruit shakes, and ice cream. And so these are still "uso" or in season. I personally like ice cream more than the other delights of summer with the exception of fresh fruits (nothing beats mangoes, kaimito, atis, etc.). And it's a good things there's a lot of ice cream brands and flavours to choose from. It helps that there are also many ice cream/gelato shops around including Bar Dolci and Gelatissimo, which serve some of the best ice cream. There are also the artisan brands of which I have so far only tasted Sebastian's and, recently, Carmen's Best.

I saw a sign stating a coffee shop was selling Tablea chocolate cakes as I was driving along Marcos Highway in Antipolo City, and was curious enough to check it out the next time I was driving through the area (which was quite regular because it was along my commute). As I parked my car in front of the shop though, I noticed another sign saying they sold Carmen's Best ice cream. The wife told me about this some time ago though I don't remember her saying she has tasted it. Likely, someone told her that it was good artisan ice cream. I ended up getting a couple of pints of different flavours so we could finally taste the product.

I first heard about Carmen's Best from the wife and saw one sign along Katipunan Road in White Plains that indicated the ice cream being sold via a pre-school in the area.

A pint sold for 395 PhP, which I thought was priced as much as or higher the Haagen Dazs. I think this was fair for artisanal ice cream like Carmen's Best.
We like Carmen's Best's salted caramel ice cream. It's creamy and the taste is distinct from similar flavours coming out of the big companies like Nestle and Selecta. We also sampled their Butter Pecan ice cream. We thought it was okay but then it seemed to be overloaded with pecans so it was more like pecans with ice cream than ice cream with pecans. For us, the jury is still out there and we have yet to try their other flavours to check the consistency of the quality. Years back, I could say that Sebastian's, when they still had that stand in SM City North EDSA, was quite consistent with the quality of their ice cream. Hopefully, Carmen's Best is at par or better. I'm not yet sure about value for money though as I have had a lot of Haagen Dazs, Ben & Jerry's and Baskin Robbins before and elsewhere, these are cheaper compared to this.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Home made mango sorbet

We did not expect to have so many mangoes from our tree considering it looked depressed when we moved in to our new home last March. We are actually overwhelmed with the blessings from the tree, which we call an ent - borrowing from the term used for "tree herder" in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Last week, our kasambahay experimented on making ice cream using the mangoes. The initial version was a bit sour as some of the not so ripe fruits dominated the ingredients. Last weekend though, they had a breakthrough by adding more milk and some sugar to finally come up with real good home made ice cream. It didn't have the typical ingredients from the leading commercial brands or those found in typical sorbetes you can buy from the roaming carts but I can vouch for it being rich in taste and having all natural ingredients. The Clairvoyant was impressed with the concoction and we'll definitely work on improving the consistency of the sorbet. We already look forward to the next mango harvest!

Home made mango sorbet from the fruits of our tree.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Vending machines on rail station platforms in Japan

In the previous post, I featured some conveniences at train stations that included vending machines on the platforms. Following are a few more photos including a couple showing the newest models of vending machines. These have touch screens showing the products for sale and even shows weather forecasts.
Passengers using the new touch screen vending machines at a JR Line platform.
The screen displays products as well as the weather forecast. On the right are disposal bins for bottles and cans.
Conventional vending machines and trash bins at the Enoshima Dentetsu (Enoden) platform.
A souvenir machine featuring a metal press where the customer can choose among 3 designs.
Ice cream vending machine.
There are many other machines selling other products. I hope I can take some photos of these later or the next time I'm in Japan.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ice cream and macarons at Bar Dolci

The Clairvoyant and I met up with a couple of friends from way back. Marsha and Raul were good friends of the Clairvoyant from when she was still working at Congress. I met them when the wife and I were dating and we quickly became friends, too. It's been a while since we got together though we occasionally see Marsha and her family at church at UP Diliman. A few months ago, Raul had undergone surgery and we also wanted to have some catch up kwentuhan with him. After a nice lunch at 1521, our small group had ice cream, macarons and coffee at Bar Dolci at the Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City. Bar Dolci was highly recommended by friends and on Saturdays right after noon there were few people at Burgos Circle so we practically had the place to ourselves for more kwentuhan after lunch. The gelato (ice cream) is smooth and the macarons are terrific. These go very well with catching up with old friends.




Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fruits in ice cream

After enjoying lunch at an Italian restaurant at the Cliffhouse in Tagaytay, we decided to have ice cream for dessert at the nearby stand of Fruits in Ice Cream (FIC). Their summer cafe offers sundaes splits, shakes and scoops. For scoops one had the choice of having their ice cream on a cone or cup. We opted for a couple of scoops each on cones and indulged ourselves while seated and enjoying the cool breeze at the ridge.

The sign is practically the menu
The sign suggests that the  FIC Summer Cafe is currently only in Boracay and Tagaytay
The Clairvoyant watching over our order of two scoops each
Generous scoops of yummy ice cream


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gelatissimo: ice cream heaven at Trinoma

Looking for a place where we could have coffee or dessert in Trinoma after having a dinner meeting, my friends and I spotted this gelato (that's Italian for ice cream) place not far from where we had our dinner. We were quite curious about the many flavors of ice cream on display and decided we can all enjoy a scoop or two with or without coffee (some passed on the coffee). It helped that there were few people inside so we could get ourselves a table. There were seven of us so we had to join two tables in order for us to be together and continue with the kwentuhan we already had started during dinner. 

We ended up talking a lot about how good the ice cream and coffee was at Gelatissimo. We will surely come back here, if not with friends with our families but not to talk business but to just enjoy good ice cream or coffee.

Terrific selection including sugar-free flavors
One can have a taste test first before ordering, and it is difficult to make a final selection (especially if one's picking only a single flavor!)
I ended up having two scoops - one of macadamia and another of mocha
Our friend Sheilah coming back to our table after ordering her coffee
I think this was their version of machiatto?
The coffee came with a couple of biscotti on the side
I really should write more on ice cream or gelato in this blog. I already missed writing about Sebastian's but that will surely come soon once we find a branch somewhere nearby. The one in SM City North EDSA was already closed but I found another at the Podium in Ortigas. Oh well, 'til the next time!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pop dessert

The Clairvoyant and I enjoy dessert as much as any other person with a sweet tooth. Among our favorites during the summer, which is coming up fast in a few months time, is the halo-halo. Literally translated as "mixed-up" or "mix," it is perhaps the most popular dessert or even snack during the hot summer season. In fact, one will see a lot of local restaurants and eateries offering halo-halo and informal stands sprouting everywhere offering different versions of the popular treat. It seems quite perfect to enjoy a day at the beach alternating between swimming/wading and eating halo-halo aside, of course, to sipping your favorite drink. But even during the rainy season or the colder months from December to February, the halo-halo is very much popular. In fact, halo-halo is on the regular menus of many local restaurants including a popular fast food chain - Chowking.

Regular halo-halo at Chowking
The Clairvoyant enjoying halo-halo at Chowking

As shown in the photos above, it is a mix of many ingredients including ice cream (usually ube, macapuno or vanilla), leche flan (custard), pinipig, sago (tapioca), kaong (?), bananas (saba variety), langka (jack fruit), and various types of beans together with crushed ice and milk. There are many other versions including those with only few ingredients, some even focusing on the sweetest ones.

Me enjoying halo-halo somewhere in Palawan

The popularity of the halo-halo has even reached other countries, including those that have similar desserts like China, Japan and ASEAN countries that have similar treats as the Philippines. In fact, in our recent travel to the US, we chanced upon a shop that offered halo-halo.

Signs on the window of an ice cream shop in San Francisco, CA - note the availability of halo-halo as indicated in one sign on the top right.
I will feature other halo-halo in future posts including the also popular version by Razon's of Pampanga once I get to experiencing these again on some trips during the summer and probably getting a few photos here and there.

Friday, December 16, 2011

SF Ice Cream

The best ice cream in San Francisco happens to have Filipino influence. This is the famous Mitchell's Ice Cream is a favorite in San Francisco and a lot of people probably don't know that certain flavors like Mango, Ube (yam) and Macapuno (from coconut) are Filipino favorite. We tasted these and theirs are even better than those in the Philippines, with probably few exceptions like Sebastian's. But that's another story for another post.

We accidentally found the place where we had Mitchell's after getting curious about some signs around the cannery during our walk back to our hotel. We remembered our friends recommending Mitchell's and it was part of our to-do list during that part of our vacation. The small ice cream shop is Norman's, named after its proprietor who happens to be Filipino. He runs the shop with his wife and they seem to have many regulars in their shop by the way they greeted people. We had a good chat with them as we ate our ice cream.

The ice cream shop was located at the Cannery, a huge building that hosted several establishments including our hotel.
Ice cream flavors and other offerings at Norman's who's affiliated with Mitchell's. Notice the "halo-halo" sign?
Norman's is just a couple minutes from our hotel. That's Norman in white cleaning the windows.
Mitchell's is definitely excellent ice cream and Norman's is where to get it when you're in the Fisherman's Wharf area. We hope for them to become fixtures at the Cannery and look forward to our next visit.