Strawberries are synonymous to Baguio and up until our recent trip I didn’t want to try anything other than the fresh ones. Who can blame me after years of artificially-flavored, overly sweet and sticky red syrup that you can easily associate with medicine? But I figured this kind of thinking won’t get me anywhere so I have to try even in smaller bites.
- strawberry yogurt shake – This one was from Cafe Sabel’s inside Ben Cab Museum. With sweet and sour tones, it was really refreshing after a stroll. It wasn’t too thick but it didn’t seem like it was watered down or anything like that.
- strawberry ice cream – I was shaking my head when I saw people lining up for ice cream at La Trinidad. But that was before I saw how fresh the ice cream was. It was red from all the strawberry bits. I think the sun was also partly to blame but me having two servings was just crazy since I’m not big on ice cream often. I was told you can order a gallon!
- strawberry taho – My nephews and nieces were all going gaga over taho in rich strawberry syrup with bits so I said I had to try even if I was almost sure I was going to regret it. It turned out to be a pleasurable experience but I did ask the taho vendor to go easy on the syrup.
I did not dare taste the strawberry wine but I heard good things from my relatives. It’s perfect for pasalubong if you want something more than the usual jam or preserves. Just remember that the foil-covered ones aren’t sealed completely so you have to be mindful of packing.
I enjoyed Xavierbeer’s Strawberry beer in Manila but unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit Baguio Craft Brewery for another helping. The slice of strawberry shortcake we tried tasted like Rebisco filling icing so I won’t include that here. But anyway I think you should go and try every kind of pastry with strawberries while you are in Baguio because chances are they’re fresh, right? I heard about strawberry rice too but the resto referred to us was closed.
Lastly, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with getting a basket of fresh, red, juicy ones if you are still undecided. Bake and have fun with it. Serve it over pancakes or waffles. Use it in salads. Make it into smoothies.
Posted by A.K.A. Raya on January 5, 2015
It’s only my second helping of Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test and the experience was already a hundred times better. It’s because I already know what to expect. But before anything else, I’ll pick my top 5 in no particular order. Let’s face it, it’s so hard to compare dessert with savory helpings.
1. Cream of the Crop – The Malunggay and Langka and Spicy Tableya ice cream weren’t as weird as they ought to be. In fact ,it’s something that I recommend people should try. But even for those who aren’t adventurous Sulu Coffee with salted muscovado is phenomenal.
2. Franchino’s It was simple and perfect. Creamy salmon dill spread and a lemon cookie may not seem like a winner to most but I couldn’t help it I went back and asked if she was selling the spread because I sure wanted to have that in one of my leisurely breakfasts. Alas she ran out of stocks. It’s not the flashy type but it’s hearty and it’d easily make your day.
3. General’s Lechon – Well, their serving was bigger than most. Other than that I like how flavorful and aromatic it was. I just don’t know how they infused the flavors with the meat. Plus the spicy vinegar was really good with hints of pickled papaya. I should try adding some heat to atsara and pairing with lechon! It’s a great idea!
4. Shmallows – I got a set of 3 marshmallow spread bottles for 200 pesos and I made a lot of kids happy! It just goes to show that whatever happens, nostalgia will secure a spot when it comes to food. I like the idea of letting kids have their way with it. But you know even adults can have a lot of fun with s’mores.
5 .GCIC – healthy Japanese malunggay ramen – it’s refreshing, it’s healthy and it’s superb. It is definitely something you’d want to be on your monthly house menu.
I know I said 5 but I just have to mention Bronuts, The Juice Barista’s King Kong Apple Pie, Golden Duck’s duck burger, Shmidt’s Gourmet Hotdogs, Bite’s truffled tuna crudo , Flavor Avenue‘s bagnet paella because they were also good.
I thought it was tough to rate the foods I tried but it is tougher writing about them whether or not you are hungry. man I’m craving.
*My friends Fia and Jodi and Shmallows’ marshmallow spread in the photo (I wasn’t able to take photos because I was busy eating)
Posted by A.K.A. Raya on September 18, 2013