Sunday, February 26, 2012

Part 2: Studio SnR's Coffee, Tea By ME!!! Workshop

After months of prodding from the organizers for a repeat, Part 2 of Studio SnR's Coffee, Tea By Me!!! Workshop finally became a reality on February 25, 2012. During the 5-month hiatus my think tank and I constantly thought of ways to further improve our craft, making it more fun, active, and value-for-money for the participants. The added pressure for us to immediately come up with a "follow-up" and elevate it a notch further happened in January 15, 2012, as we got the precious vote of, as ONE OF THE TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN METRO MANILA IN 2012.

The hands-on workshop in progress...

18 knowledge seekers, both young and young-at-heart, braved the anticipated traffic, since our event coincided with the annual Edsa Revolution Anniversary festivities. Worse, our venue is located in the Ortigas, CBD - quite a near distance from the Esda Shrine. Their efforts paid off though, as they brought home with them not only the handsome prizes and loot bag courtesy of our sponsors, but best of all the very essence of this workshop - LEARNING! ♥

Our never-ending thanks to our Brand Partners for their continued generosity and belief in the vision of our Coffee, Tea By Me! Workshop:

Mr. Robert Francisco of Boyd Coffee for providing us with their second-to-none coffee beans. Always an honor to have the leading coffee roaster in the Philippines on-board!

Evergood Unlimited Corporation (distributors of world-famous and reputable brands Saeco, Cuisinart, and Imarflex) for providing the essential hardware to make this "hands-on" and "interactive"workshop possible.

Far Skyes Enterprise (distributors of Stasero Flavored Syrups/Sauces and Far Skyes Frappe Powder Base) for literally and figuratively providing this workshop with superior taste.

And of course to Studio SnR Workshops for their active vision and passion for spreading the learning-love!

Once again, Caffeinated and Creamy Cheers to all!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Frozen Hot Chocolate (Home Version)

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Established in 1954,  SERENDIPITY 3  is a New York institution best known for its decadent desserts, particularly its infamous Frozen Hot Chocolate!

The chocoholic dessert-drink made even-more popular by Jonh Cusack's movie (with Kate Beckinsale) with the same title has tickled my fancy, thus I'm sharing with you an easy to make, home-version (not to mention tummy-friendly) of this masterpiece. Come to think of it, the timing is simply apt with "heart's day" just around the corner.

our Serendipity 3 date in April 2006,
225 East 60th Street New York City

Frozen Hot Chocolate Drink (16-ounce)


3 ounces (90ml) Stasero Dark Chocolate Sauce
2 tablespoons (25 grams) Far Skyes Vanilla Frappe Powder
1.5 cups milk (fresh or skimmed depending on your dietary preference)
3 cups ice
whipped cream (optional); or could be substituted by milk froth as shown in our Seasalt Caramel Latte post
chocolate shavings (or chocolate sprinkle) for garnish

* for Javaholics, a possible variation is to add 1-shot Espresso or 1 teaspoon instant coffee


Step 1: In a blender, combine the Far Skyes Vanilla Frappe Powder with milk until dissolved

Step 2: Add the Stasero Dark Chocolate Sauce and blend again fully incorporated

Step 3: Add the ice and blend until crushed

Step 4: Pour into wide-mouth glass and top with whipped cream (or frothed milk) and garnish with chocolate shavings (or your favorite sprinkle)

Serve and enjoy!!! Happy Valentines Day to all...