Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop

Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop in San Francisco, CA pride themselves with small-batch, artisanal ice creams, sorbets, and confections...

Their dairy delights are "lovingly handcrafted" in small recipe proportions, and they use no-less than organic ingredients that are locally sourced (as much as possible).

What makes this enterprise stand out and draw never-ending lines of patrons is their unique, yummy flavors such as: Salted Caramel, Balsamic Strawberry, Honey Lavender, Cinnamon Snickerdoodles (Ricanelas), Roasted Banana, Brown Sugar w/ Ginger Caramel Swirl, and multitudes more...

So much ice cream masterpieces to choose from, so little time as we were heading back to the Philippines the next morning... Ice cream is my comfort food and it never fails to bring back fond childhood memories! ♥

We opted for the Malted Vanilla w/ Peanut Brittle & Milk Chocolate AND the highly-rated Salted Caramel proudly made with five (5) basic ingredients: organic milk, cream, organic sugar, salt, and organic eggs. All sourced from the Strauss Family Creamery located 45 miles away... Our Kiddo, whose not an adventurous flavor sampler went for the safe Chocolate.

Toppings and condiments galore! The end product is a sweet, creamy and satisfying scoop of dairy delight!

Unmistakably an apt warm-day hangout...  it certainly takes away the sticky-sweaty-summer blues of Sunny California!

If you happen to be in this part of San Francisco, check it out:

Bi-Rite Creamery, 3692 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lego Discovery Center, Dallas TX

A US$12M, 35 square-foot indoor attraction, the Lego Discovery Center (a scaled down Legoland) is located at the Grapevine Mills mall in Grapevine, TX. To those unfamiliar with the area, Grapevine is a suburb in between Fort Worth and Dallas. From a mere unknown, it has evolved into a major tourism center, now housing a 30 screen movie theater, an indoor skating rink, a Game Works arcade, and lots of others...

We found out about this attraction only by sheer luck, when we chanced upon a Dallas "things-to-do" catalogue...

Thus we wasted no time in planning an afternoon trip courtesy of our Dallas hosts, Tito Rommel and Tita Yolly...

THE perfect place to bond with family and friends....!

Without a doubt, as well-publicized, the whole 3-hour experience was highly interactive, fun and educational; cheers to Lego for always inspiring kids and kids-at-hearts to keep imagining and building dreams...

How's this for an instant gimmick?!

Our family had a blast.... Till our next visit!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Strawberries & Cream Frappe

Photo via Google Photobucket

Have to say this is  my most-loved non-espresso "icecapade" of all time... it is a simple yet satisfying fusion of Vanilla and Strawberry Ice cream, milk and fresh strawberries, topped by a hunky portion of whipped cream!

Once I dabbled into the food business though and hearing so many horror stories about calorie-count (not to mention health issues on my end), I'm sharing with you a tummy-friendly, easy, "tweaked" version. Proudly, this is a guilt-free variation that saves you time, money and unnecessary calories! ❤

Ingredients (16-oz finished drink):

3 tablespoons Stasero Vanilla Frappe Powder
50ml fresh milk or low fat milk (soy milk for the lactose-intolerant folks)
15ml Stasero Strawberry Syrup
1/3 cup Fresh Strawberries (around 5 pieces)


Step 1: In a blender mix the Vanilla Frappe Powder with the Fresh or low-fat milk and Stasero 
Strawberry Syrup... (about 5-10 seconds)

Step 2: Add the fresh strawberries and blend for another 5-10 seconds

Step 3: Fill a 16-oz glass with ice (cube, tube or crushed) and pour into blender. Mix for another 15-30 seconds or until ice is fully blended and crushed...

* garnish with whipped cream (not necessary) or simply decorate using fresh strawberries...

Serve and enjoy! A "BERRY-GOOD" drink, yes???!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Equator Coffee, Bouchon Blend

Three's a crowd? Not these caffeinated bad-boys! ... ☕
Too much of a good thing is bad, according to the wise-old ones... Ergo, consuming my favorite local coffee blend on a daily basis (thrice-a-day even) stales my palette from time-to-time. This is when I seek out to try something new (a coffee "fling" perhaps?), usually an imported brand. Our San Francisco-based mole Les G never fails to amaze us with her good-foodie-finds... and this time she inclined it a notch higher by shipping it to us in a "balik-bayan" box, among other lovable loots!

Photo Courtesy of Bouchon Bakery
This is the same satisfyingly-rich, dark roast coffee served in Thomas Keller's famous Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley, CA. Custom blended from four of the world's key coffee growing regions; it is masterfully prepared to Chef Keller's exacting specs and artisan roasted by hand, thus ensuring that each and every small batch is performed with tender-loving care!

Potently-rich flavor, excellent Crema too...
Extracted uing a Saeco Odeo Giro Machine
My initial sip of this Rich-Dark Viennese-style roast reveals a robust mouthfeel, with slight acidity and an impeccably smooth finish. Just the way I like it!!! ♥ Surely brings back fond memories of our recent US trip...

Enticed??? For only $15.45 for a 16-oz pack (480grams), it's definitely worth the coffee lust!

Check out Signing out, I'm off to fiish this bag and resume regular palette programming...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Futbol Funatics Soccer Camp!

Founded in 2003 by the enigmatic pair of Avery del Rosario and Candice Grey, Futbol Funatics has come a long way and is arguably the leading football camp in the country... My 6-year old Kiddo has been hooked to the sport since his first camp day in May 2011, and there's no turning back from here. He may not be athletically gifted (like many others) to qualify for his school's soccer varsity team, but what I am pleased with is the camp's strong emphasis for teamwork, fair play, work ethic, sportsmanship, and overall skills development that will enable him to be the best he can be!

Futbol Funatics offers dynamic and fun-filled football camps for boys and girls ranging from 3 to 17 years old. Camp venues are located in Alabang, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Cavite, Taguig, Makati, Pasig and Quezon City. The soccer camp aims to develop the child's healthy passion for the sport, by exposing them to a positive learning atmosphere... touching on all the fine points necessary in mastering the growingly-popular sport of soccer.

My Kiddo and his foxy sponsor Teacher Angi.
Two thumbs up!!!

For more info contact:

Wireless Landline 467-6463
Cellphone 0916-7067715