Enjoy Thai milk tea at home with Jelly G

Despite the increasing frequency of rain showers in the metro, the times when the sunshine peeks through the clouds are the instances when we need something sweet and refreshing to quench our thirst, right?

Have you ever tried Thai milk tea? Unlike the more prevalent boba milk teas, Thai milk teas have actually been around a lot longer, have a myriad of health benefits and are also available in wondrous variety.

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Local chain Jelly G, which has been operating since 2000, specializes in Thai milk tea, making its signature drinks from strongly brewed black tea spiced with anise and tamarind seeds and sweetened with condensed milk.

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Together with fillers such as grass jelly, cassava pearls, yogurt, basil seeds, coconut jelly, egg pudding, cream cheese and poppers, the resulting drinks showcase the distinct exotic taste of Thai milk tea as well as introduce new ways to enjoy this traditional Southeast Asian drink that will appeal to Pinoy taste buds.

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Over the years, Jelly G’s presence in malls have made this Thai delicacy more easily to Filipinos, and now, with heightened restrictions on dining out due to the pandemic, it can now be delivered to your home for you to enjoy with your family.

Really, now would be a great time to expand the family’s flavor horizons and say “Sa wa dee ka!” to new drink experiences by trying out some of Jelly G’s unique drinks such as:

Blueberry Milk with Coco Jelly and Cream Cheese. A sweet and tangy fruity drink with slivers of chewy coco jelly and topped with cream cheese.

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Black Forest with Poppers. A rich chocolatey drink with tiny globes of fruity poppers.

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Red Velvet Thai Milk Tea with Grass Jelly and Cream Cheese. A creamy dessert-like take on Thai milk tea made more nutritious with addition of grass jelly and richer with the addition of cream cheese.

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

Want to expand your Thai food adventure even more? Pair your Thai milk tea with traditional Thai dishes, also available from Jelly G.

Place your orders now by messaging +63 925 7816237 on Viber or via GrabFood or FoodPanda.

Jelly G and Jac’s Lemonade

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Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature article.

Valentine Cookies from Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Valentine’s Day may be over but it’s not too late to treat your loved ones to a sweet treat.

This is what I did this past weekend when Hubby and I made a stopover at Santolan Town Plaza and I espied a branch of Scout’s Honor in the area.

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor is an artisanal cookie store inspired by the Girl Scout cookie concept. Its cookies are made fresh daily with premium ingredients, certainly a treat for dessert lovers. Having expanded its menu to include hot comfort food, Scout’s Honor outlets became places where kids and adults can hang out in comfortably.

I decided to bring home some cookies for my kiddos to brighten their day.

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Fortunately, I was able to get two pieces each of limited-edition Valentine cookies, Scout’s Honor’s beloved cookie flavors shaped into cute hearts available within February:

Ultimate Chocolate Chip (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Cashew Macadamia (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Rocky Road (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Ultimate Red Velvet (Php95/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

To make an even dozen, I ordered two more pieces each of other Cub Scout Cookie flavors:

White Cranberry Oatmeal (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

1969 (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

For my Hubby’s toddler niece who was visiting our home that afternoon with her parents, I got a dozen of 1 Bite 2 Bite cookies (Php95) which consisted of four pieces each of Milk Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Fledge for the little one to bring home.

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

As luck would have it, I was able to get some treats for my fur-baby as well as Scout’s Honor also offers peanut-butter flavored Dog Treats (Php95). It’s a well-deserved for my beloved pooch and Guardian of Casa de Jellybeans.

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Why don’t you bring home some sweet treats for your little ones to show your love today?

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

This Scout’s Honor branch is located at Ground Floor, Santolan Town Plaza, Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue, Little Baguio, San Juan City, open daily from 11am to 7pm.

Other branches are located at:

  • Second Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Level 1, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • Upper Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinson’s Place Manila Ermita, Ermita, Manila
  • Upper Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City
  • Scout's Honor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Red Velvet Cake from Lia’s Cakes in Season

Momshies, did you know that red velvet cake is actually made with cocoa, making it, in essence, chocolate cake?

Lia’s Cakes in Season, Kapitolyo

It’s a classic dessert favorite in the Southern US states, said to have originated in Maryland in the early 20th century. It gained the moniker “velvet” cake for having soft and velvety crumbs as opposed to its coarser crumb contemporaries.

During the food rationing of World War II, bakers started adding boiled beetroot to their cake ingredients to help them retain moisture and its juices to add color to their creations.

Traditionally, bakers used a light and fluffy French-style roux icing to decorate the red velvet cake. Variations using cream cheese of buttercream frosting came later.

I was recently gifted by a fellow momshie with a whole Red Velvet Cake from Lia’s Cakes in Season.

Lia’s Cakes in Season, Kapitolyo

This dessert store is practically a landmark in the foodie haven of Kapitolyo in Pasig City. Set up by young entrepreneur Carlo Carlos in 2004 to feature “fruits-to-cakes in season,” cakes and pastries that creatively incorporate the freshest fruits in season.

Its Red Velvet Cake (Php990 whole | Php140 per slice), however, is the store’s take on the classic fave. It consists of a moist chocolate cake (colored a deep red, of course), wrapped in a smooth buttercream icing and topped with crystal bits for added texture.

Lia’s Cakes in Season, Kapitolyo

To get your hands on this decadent delight, order through Lia’s Cakes’ online store or call +63 917 6605427 (minimum order of Php850) for delivery to anywhere in Metro Manila. Delivery is free for website orders over Php2,000.

Lia’s Cakes in Season, Kapitolyo

So order now, momshies!

Lia’s Cakes in Season, Kapitolyo

Lia’s Cakes in Season is located at 23 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

Lia's Cakes in Season Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Donut takeout from Krispy Kreme, SM Megamall

As some of you may have gathered from my previous blog posts, my kiddos are avid Krispy Kreme fans. Since the start of the quarantine, we have been relying on delivery services to get our hands on these donut treats.

However, when Hubby and I recently went shopping for school supplies at SM Megamall, our first visit to this mall since March, the opportunity to grab a box or two of Krispy Kreme donuts presented itself.

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

As required among all mall-based retail outlets, Krispy Kreme’s branch at SM Megamall adheres to safety and sanitation protocols such as requiring patrons to wear face masks and face shields, answer a contact-tracing questionnaire and sanitize hands prior to entering the store premises.

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Dining in is no longer allowed, so unlike during my previous visits before the quarantine, there were no customers hanging out inside the store. In fact, only a handful of customers are allowed to be inside the store to maintain physical distancing.

All those restrictions are well worth following to keep ourselves safe. Plus, Hubby and I were still able to bring home a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts for the kiddos (which I paid for using GCash, again, to minimize physical contact).

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

I got a Box of 12 (Php425) which contains Krispy Kreme’s “light as a cloud, melt in your mouth, pillows of goodness” yeast-raised donuts. Since the fam fave is still the Original Glazed donut, the package included nine of those.

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

I just added a piece each of Red Velvet, New York Cheesecake and Kreme-filled with Gold Sprinkles for variety and to complete the dozen.

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

Needless to say, the kiddos were delighted with our pasalubong and the fam demolished the donuts in no time.

I’m glad that despite the pandemic and the restrictions brought about by the quarantine, we are still able to enjoy simple and delish delights such as these.

Krispy Kreme, Megamall

This Krispy Kreme branch is located at Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.

To get your box of donuts, call +63 2 88879000, order online or via GrabFood.

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Krispy Kreme Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Cherry blossoms and tea at Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

If you ever felt the need to flee from the hustle and bustle of the metro and escape to Japan so you can be surrounded by cheery cherry blossoms, well, here’s the next best thing: a tea sojourn at Sakura Hanami in the foodie haven area of Maginhawa.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Sakura refers to the cherry blossoms in Japan that come into full bloom in the spring. Considered as Japan’s national flower, the cherry blossom has come to symbolize a time of renewal and the fleeting nature of life.

Hanami, on the other hand, translates to “watching blossoms.” It is the tradition that grew out of the practice of holding parties amd get-togethers under cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Sakura Hanami seeks to recreate the experience of tea drinking under cherry blossoms. From the cherry blossoms that adorn its ceiling and walls, to its dainty tea sets and furniture, as well as its kawaii-themed merchandise and curios, Sakura Hanami aims to evoke a feeling of life in full bloom.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

During a recent visit to this tea shop together with fellow bloggers, I discovered that even Sakura Hanami’s concoctions are unique and meticulously designed to give homage to the culture that inspired its name.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Check them out and see which one fits your mood today:

Blooming Ethereal Flower Tea (Php195). A hot tea infused with edible flowers which you can sweeten with honey according to your preference. It’s perfect for the times you want to pretend you’re a geisha performing an intricate tea ceremony.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Cherry Blossom Fizz Tea (Php115 regular | Php155 large | Php175 extra large). A clear, mikdly sweet and refreshing soda drink with some fizz and edible flowers.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Hanami Dream Tea (Php105 regular | Php175 large | Php195 extra large). A drink that bursting with color and flavor, especially with those yogurt pearls.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Red Velvet Cheesecake Milk Tea (Php115 regular | Php155 large | Php175 extra large). A drink that incorporates the richness and dessert quality of red velvet cheesecake into a drink.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Lava Pearl Latte (Php99 regular | Php140 large | Php180 extra large). A milky concoction that incorporates pearls cooked in rich brown sugar.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Matcha Creme Milk Tea (Php115 regular | Php175 large | Php195 extra large). For matcha lovers out there, this is the drink that will sate your craving.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Pink Rose Milk Tea (Php105 regular | Php155 large | Php175 extra large). Premium black tea infused young rose buds and a splash of rich creamy milk.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Sakura Signature Bubble Tea (Php99 regular | Php140 large | Php180 extra large). The store’s premium black tea accompanied by its signature black pearls.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

White Sakura Milk Tea (Php105 regular | Php175 large | Php195 extra large). A light cherry blossom white tea which is heavenly when combined with delicate sakura pudding.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

These drinks just go to show that the peace and joy that cherry blossoms bring can be experienced even by those stuck in the metro. All they have to do is find the time to drop by Sakura Hanami.

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Sakura Hanami, Maginhawa

Many thanks to the crew of Sakura Hanami for the delish drinks and to Midz of GastronomidaPH for extending the invitation!

This Sakura Hanami branch is located at 168 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 12 midnight.

Another branch is located at 1021 P. Ocampo corner Arellano, Sampaloc, Manila.

No time to visit the stores? Have your drink delivered to you via GrabFood! Get a discount on your first GrabFood order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Sakura Hanami Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended a foodie meetup held in this restaurant. Food and drink items mentioned here were served to enable us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Dessert lovers’ paradise at Coffee Time Cakes & Pastries, Santolan

Friends and family know that I’m a sweet tooth.

I would scour food halls, parks, malls and shopping centers in search for sugary treats. And sometimes, I would find something that the mere thought of which gives me a sugar high.

How about sweet confections at par with those you can find in a Parisienne cafe or New York hotel, but easily accessible and affordably priced? Think it’s good to be true?

Well, as I’ve discovered together with my East-based foodie friends, Coffee Time Cakes and Pastries, is the place to be in Pasig if you want to indulge in delectable desserts masterfully whipped up by a Paris-trained pastry chef.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

Upon her retirement, Chef Amy Carr decided to bring her extensive experience in cakes and pastries by helping her daughter Lucelle and son-in-law Martin Tan set up a cafe along Amang Rodriguez Avenue in Santolan, Pasig.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

Enter its doors and you will be ensconced in a cozy haven with a cosmopolitan feel. Comfortable chairs and low tables make for seating that encourages intimate conversations or restful solitude. Tasteful wall and shelf decor give the space an posh yet welcoming atmosphere. And for those who need to be always online, whether for work, study or social media, the place provides many power outlets for gadget charging as well as free WiFi.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

For me and my foodie buddies, Coffee Time’s raison d’etre is its well-curated selection of cakes and baked goodies, all made from scratch by Chef Amy using premium ingredients. Check out a sampling of sweets that we were treated to when we visited the cafe:

Blueberry Cheesecake (Php160/slice | Php1,300/whole). New York-style cheesecake topped with sweetened blueberries.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Choco Salted Caramel (Php150/slice | Php1,200/whole). Rich chocolate cake layered with salted caramel and covered with a luscious chocolate frosting.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Tiramisu (Php160/slice | Php1,300/whole). Did you know that the name Italian word tiramisu translates to “cheer me up?” Well, this confection made of espresso-dipped chiffon cake layered with mascarpone cheese-based mixture and topped with powdered cocoa is sure to give your day a boost.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Sans Rival (Php165/slice | Php1,500). A homegrown dessert, this confection made of buttercream, meringue and cashew nuts layered on top of each other really is without rival.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Strawberry Shortcake (Php160/slice | Php1,300/whole). Light sponge cake layered with strawberry and vanilla cream and topped with fresh strawberries, this cake blew us foodies away with its delicious taste and lovely mouthfeel.

Coffee Time, Pasig

French Macarons (Php65/piece | Php320/box). These dainty and colorful meringue-based confections are bigger than the ones you’ll find in other dessert shops. Buy a piece, a box or two, for yourself or to give as a gift.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Cheese Drops (Php45/piece). A kiss-shaped dollop of cheesecake coated with s thick layer of chocolate, it makes for a bite-sized enjoyment!

Coffee Time, Pasig

Ensaimada con Queso de Bola (Php70/piece). Our favorite merienda pastry is given more flavor by the incorporation of Pato queso de bola (Edam Cheese).

Coffee Time, Pasig

Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Php60/piece). The classic chocolate chip cookie is made heartier by the addition of oatmeal and chopped walnuts.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Red Velvet Muffin (Php55/piece). Despite its bright red color, red velvet muffins are actually rich in chocolate flavor. Topped with buttercream icing, these are quite filling yet not too sweet, perfect for pairing with black coffee.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Choco Chip Muffin (Php60). Everyone’s favorite cookie now in muffin form.

Coffee Time, Pasig

Partner these sweets with coffee- or non-coffee-based drinks offered at the store such as:

Flavored Lattes: Salted Caramel Mocha (Php90/8 oz | Php100/12oz) and Red Velvet (Php115/8oz | Php125/12oz).

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee or Cream Frappes: Salted Caramel Popcorn (Php150/16oz), Matcha (Php150/16oz) and Strawberry Cream (Php170/16oz)

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

No time to drop by the cafe? If you live in nearby Pasig or Marikina areas, call +63 920 9490391 to have your sweets delivered.

We foodies had such a sweet time which was one big sugar high, thanks to Chef Amy, Lucelle, Martin and the sweet folks of Coffee Time Cakes and Pastries!

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time, Pasig

Coffee Time Cakes & Pastries is located at 50 Amang Rodriguez Avenue (across South Supermarket), Santolan, Pasig City, open daily from 7am to 9pm. For inquiries and delivery requests, call +63 920 9490391.

Coffee Time Cakes & Pastries Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other dessert places in the metro: