A New Cupcake Discovery

  
   Recently, I discovered a new cupcake store called Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe. It’s like Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. Once you enter the store, it has a DC Cupcakes feel to it, but VCB has a vintage  going on. The first thing I did when I entered the store is smell the place. It smells like buttercream frosting and I love buttercream frosting! I thought, “Okay, the food here is going to be good.” I was right. My family and my Tito Alfie ate lunch there and the food was amazing! I ordered the Mushroom Truffle pasta and it was delicious. I liked the garlic bread, too. 
    It’s obvious that we had to order cupcakes before we left the store, so we did. My sister ordered the Chocolate Chip Cookie cupcake {or should I say muffin?} and I ordered the Valrhona cupcake. I couldn’t remember the exact name. Oops. I took photos of the cupcakes with Kodie before someone took a bite because they looked awesome. Right after I did, my sister and I instantly took a bite of our cupcakes. And oh my, it was…no words to describe how good it was. The icing of my cupcake was a bit bitter for me, but the cupcake itself was delicious. My parents loved the taste so my mom said that we could go back and bring home a box of 6 cupcakes! Since my sister had scuba diving lessons that day, we had to wait. {boo} 
    Right after the lessons, we went back to Larcy’s. We ordered the Cookies & Cream, Old Fashioned, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Valrhona, and two more cupcakes. I couldn’t remember the names because I didn’t try them. The Cookies & Cream and the Old Fashioned cupcakes are my favorite! There’s going to be a Pastillas De Leche flavored cupcake soon and I’m definitely trying it because I love pastillas. Larcy’s is in BF Paranaque {there’s a ~ on top of the n} along Aguirre Street. You have got to try it. Really. It’s amazing.
   P.S. Lianna! We should chill here next time hehe 
   P.P.S. My dad ordered a box of 12 cupcakes yesterday!! 🙂 

IHOP

Containers of syrup

  International House Of Pancakes. Yes, it’s finally here in the Philippines! They opened a week ago and my family ate there the day after they opened. We couldn’t eat meat because it was on a Friday. Ash Wednesday was just two days before. The “rules” are that Catholics/Christians should abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays of Lent. Anyway, IHOP’s menu looked so good! Steak, omeletes, bacon, pancakes {obviously haha} etc. It’s a good thing they had a few dishes that didn’t have meat, but I’m pretty sure 3/4 of their menu are dishes had.
   Once we entered the restaurant, there was a long line.  For a restaurant that just opened, wow! We were supposed to eat there for lunch, but believe me, the line was even longer. Anyway, IHOP had these Americans who were guiding the Filipino trainees/staff. They literally looked very stressed. {Plus, the aircon wasn’t working which made it worse} They were even fanning themselves with the menus! {Hahaha}
   My mom and dad ordered this toast with spread and syrup on top. I couldn’t remember the exact name. My sister ordered Chocolate Chip Pancakes and I ordered Grilled Cheese Sandwich. For drinks, my sister had water, my parents had coffee, and I had orange juice! While we were eating, we were looking around and the guy at the table beside us was eating egg and bacon. Our reaction? I couldn’t describe it. While we were looking around, there were staff walking in every direction hoping that everything they had to train for would go as planned. Their hard work paid off though! The food was absolutely delicious and the restaurant was full. Trust me, I would definitely want to go back. For the Filipinos out there who want to try IHOP, it’s right beside California Pizza Kitchen at BGC. 🙂
Parents’ order

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Cookie Butter

   I have missed this jar of a very very very delicious spread that tastes like gingerbread. I have been craving for this ever since my sister and I finished our first jar. We just got this yesterday and it’s half-way finished! I am telling you, yes you, to try Speculoos Cookie Butter soon. I bet you would love it as much as I do, but I love it more. {Hahaha, just kidding} Cookie butter, please be available in groceries. Thank you.

Vanilla Cupcake Bakery

  
 A week ago, my mom, sister and I went to Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. I was completely in awe when I entered the store because of the vintage design and the cupcakes! They looked so good that it made me want to try one of every flavor. The store also has very comfy seats and vintage furniture which makes you feel like you’re at home. It’s also very “pink”. There were a lot of things that were in the color pink. I’m not really a fan of pink, but I have to admit that I really liked it in Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. 
   I ordered the Cotton Candy cupcake which was very good! I didn’t really expect it to be really good because…cotton candy flavor. My mom ordered the Carrot cupcake and my sister ordered the Chocolate Chip S’mores cupcake. The three of us really liked the cupcakes but we loved the furniture and design more. {Hehe} This is also the perfect place to chill, hang out or even take pictures with your family or friends.  I am definitely inviting my friends to go here. I know they’re going to love the cupcakes plus the design as much as I did. {There are a lot of reviews about VCB, this is my favorite.) If this made you want to go to VCB, their Glorietta branch is located at: 
2/F Glorietta 4, East Dr.
Ayala Center, Makati
Philippines 
Chocolate Chip S’mores cupcake

Look at the pretty tea cups!

Carrot cupcake

Cotton Candy cupcake

A pink mixer 

Campfire S’mores Cupcakes

  A week ago, I made cupcakes. Campfire S’mores Cupcakes to be exact. Although, I didn’t add some of the ingredients listed used to decorate the cupcakes because it’s either I don’t eat them or I couldn’t find them in the grocery. {oops} Anyhow, they are still incredibly delicious! Why? The cupcake batter is chocolate and everyone loves chocolate. The icing is a mixture of marshmallow creme, butter, shortening and sugar! I didn’t know you could mix marshmallow creme and butter, but because of this recipe, I now know you can. After trying this for the first time, I ultimately fell in love with it and I said to myself, “I am definitely making this again.”
   I got the recipe from the Big Book Of Cupcakes. It’s a book with different recipes of cupcakes, pictures of them, and even ways on how to frost/decorate cupcakes. I ought to try more recipes from the book and I bet they would taste as good as it looks in the pictures. {To everyone who’s interested in baking, do buy Big Book Of Cupcakes. I bought mine online along with another recipe book, but I don’t know if it’s available here in the Philippines.}

Missing The Beach

The wonderful sunset.

   Right now, I’m currently missing the beach. I miss the waves crashing on my legs. I miss the fish, the sand, the chill feeling, and the sea water. I miss the wonderful sunsets every afternoon. But what I miss the most would be the morning breeze and the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks. Aaaaah! I miss the beach SO much. Hopefully, my family and I can go to a beach soon! 

Lauryn {my childhood best friend} and I! 

My Little Bit Of Heaven

 
   Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes. I’m absolutely in love with cupcakes whether they’re vanilla, chocolate, red velvet or any kind of flavor. I was watching DC Cupcakes last Sunday and the first thing I asked myself was, “How do they possibly do that?!” After a few minutes, I started craving for cupcakes then my mom asked me, “What do you want to bake today?” My answer was totally obvious. Cupcakes! I made cupcakes on my own with the help of my mom putting them in the oven. I made it on my own! That’s an accomplishment and a life skill to learn. The pictures below are the cupcakes I made. 🙂 

I still have to learn how to frost neatly without the bleeding.

I am totally enjoying Photoshop! Ahhh! Life is a piece of cupcake. 🙂 {i took this photo but i just edited it by making it black and white then making the cupcake colored}

Science Can Be Delicious!

   I know what you’re thinking. Science? Delicious?! Well, yes. For 2nd Quarter, I learned about geology and the different types of rocks. The type of rock I really like is the sedimentary rock because they have layers or strata. I decided to make a parfait that has several layers of peanut butter, whipped cream, and chocolate. I also decided to make cereal bars. The bars with the chocolate represent metamorphic rock and the cereal bars without chocolate represent igneous rock. 

   I very much enjoyed the taste of both recipes and I am willing to do them again! 🙂 


The ingredients I used

Left to right: Flavors Collision (a mix of chocolate, vanilla pudding, and PB),  Chocnut Crumble (there is a lot of Chocnut in the parfait and it crumbles in your mouth), Choco Explosion (there’s so much chocolate that it explodes in your mouth!)

Layers

This is the Choco Cloud parfait, my favorite. Why? It’s a mix of all the small parfaits I made!

Melted marshmallows

Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes

The result of mixing melted marshmallow, cereal, and chocolate!

Me with my bars

I molded the bars with chocolate like geological formations.

My favorite, the bars with chocolate!

My other favorite, Choco Cloud!

Fried Chicken? Why Don’t You Try Chicken Parmesan Instead!

   Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite dishes! Plus, I invented it. Chicken Parmesan are chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and basil. I actually am proud of my dish and my family is, too! My sister is the one who compliments me the most about what I cook or bake. She says that everything I cook is good. I usually pair this with Macaroni & Cheese. I hope someday I will get to open my own restaurant and put these dishes in the menu. 

Flour

Egg

Breadcrumbs with Parmesan and Basil
Coated Chicken

Finished Product:  Chicken Parmesan with Macaroni & Cheese


One Potato, Two Potatoes, Three Potatoes, MORE!

   Potatoes are a staple crop in Ireland, but they originated in the Andean mountain region of South America. Spanish explorers “discovered” the potatoes and brought them to Europe in the early 16th century. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, so they were used on Spanish ships to prevent scurvy. Currently, the main producers of potatoes include the Russian Federation, Poland, Ireland, China and the United States. The potato’s scientific name is Solanum tuberosum. Solanum is from a Latin word which means “soothing”.

   The potato belongs to the Solonaceae or nightshade family. The other members of the nightshade family are tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatillos. There are different kinds of potatoes for different uses. Examples of the kinds of potatoes are the Nadine potatoes and the Wilja potatoes. The potatoes I usually see are New Potatoes and Wilja potatoes. Even though they are different kinds of potatoes, all of them are rich in vitamin C, folate, magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, iron, and fiber! 

   When you are choosing potatoes, they should be firm, well-shaped, relatively smooth, and should be free of decay. You should store potatoes in the dark and dry place between 45 degree to 50 degree Fahrenheit. They shouldn’t be stored in the refrigerator and they shouldn’t be near onions. Why? The gases that they each emit will cause degradation of one another. 

   There are different ways to cook potatoes, too! The most common dishes are mashed potatoes and baked potatoes, which are my favorite. You can boil, mash, roast, and fry them. There are many other potato dishes, but I think these are what most people enjoy eating. 

   Like other people, I think potatoes are a comfort food. Plus, it is easy to cook and eat. It may take a long time to cook, but it is worth it! Not only is the taste great, but it also gives you a great dose of vitamin C and other nutrients!

     

This is the potato dish, Mashed Potato Boat, I created.