Kiss the Tiramisu, Makati

Kiss the Tiramisu that had been a talk-of-the-town sometime in December was featured in one of the known shows in the Philippines. The social media platforms were sprawled with ice cream contained in dainty gold-rimmed goblets that are surely worth a double tap in Instagram feeds because of its posh style.

However, it was not because of the hype that my officemates and I visited the said dessert parlor but it was already on our 2018 calendar to visit Kiss the Tiramisu. Yes, we were quite a foodie like that or should I say this serve as a reward for having the long patience of waiting for the payday? Lol, reasons! Anyway, a 20-minute walk from our office was enough reason for us to give it a try, I may say.

The original recipe which is the Classic Tiramisu (P265) got us to scoop first the ice cream and the chocolate shavings and it was a humble beginning. After a while, Irish had the fun to share it with us when there was a surprise in the middle – the mocha and chocolate cookie crumble and it had gotten impeccable when the coffee sauce drips over to the spoon. Oh, I’ve never loved tiramisu even more!
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The Matcha Tiramisu (P295), which was my order, is drizzled with a matcha sauce and matcha shavings. Since it was my ice cream, I’ve gotten to evaluate more how good the ice cream was. The vanilla ice cream is like a frozen cotton and little did I know that it is what they are known for – the soft-serve ice cream. (forgive me, please :p). The sensation in my mouth was different and I just kept praising how good it was that went like this,”Dahil ba laging ice cream lang ng convenience store ang nakakain ko kaya ako nasasarapan dito sa kinakain ko ngayon o dahil masarap talaga sya?“. It was soft but thick and not too sweet. I think the mascarpone cheese was behind of all its glory. It also has mocha and chocolate cookie crumble and dark chocolate in the layer of swirls.
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Being Kiss the Tiramisu is owned by a Korean, an injeolmi variation will always be there. Injeolmi is a sticky rice cake with a roasted soybean powder and what else could you expect on Injeolmi Tiramisu (P265) – roasted soybean powder, roasted soybean sauce and injeolmi balls at the bottom and core layer of the ice cream. Our mastermind, Eleanor, ordered that and let us taste it. This tiramisu version is the sweetest, I think.
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The ambiance of the cafe looks luxurious- the wine glass chandeliers impressed me. With that, the store reflects the price of the dessert they offer – expensive! Nevertheless, the ice cream they offer is not something I got to try anywhere so it was worth trying it out even if the ice cream is worth of one meal. There was a foreigner on the counter (the owner?) and I find her hospitable which is the exact opposite of the barista guy who wears a poker face look. Wow, that was colder than the ice cream! Our waiting hours were not that long and if should I come back? Guess I want to try the Midas Touch with a touch of an edible gold leaf!
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Ambiance: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

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Kiss the Tiramisu
GF Three Central, Valero, Salcedo, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila
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Hobing Korean Dessert, Glorietta

It’s been the norm of my college friends to look and jump to dessert cafe or to coffee shop after a meal. One of my friends suggested to try the Korean dessert that we often see in Kdramas. It’s my first time to try bingsu so I was so euphoric with the thought of tasting Hobing!

We ordered at the counter and find a seat. While waiting for our order, groupie took place.Ho bing (7)

The first two order came first and waited patiently for the order of Bhing. It took forever so Bhing followed up and found out that her order was not punched. Like OHMAYGAHD. The server apologized but Bhing being Kimmy of Kimmy Dora, she was unhappy on what happened. So anyways,

I ordered the normal or shall I say, the “traditional” bingsu. Defining what “bingsu” is, it is the famous Korean dessert made up of shaved ice topped with red beans or the so called, “patbingsu” also topped with chewy rice cake. The usual flavor Koreans eat is the green tea flavor so I did not hesitate to try matcha bingsu (P185). There’s a milk served on the side to pour it out adding more flavor to the pleasing bitterness of matcha. I loved it!

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matcha bingsu

Cashew, almond, and hazelnut – this caramel coffee bingsu (P255) is so American just like Danicca! It is topped with vanilla ice cream.

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caramel coffee bingsu

The order of Bhing, mango cheese bingsu (P195), is also like her; it has height because of the towering whipped cream. The fresh mangoes are sliced in cubes perfectly and the cheesecake is giving the dessert a hint of salty flavor. From the texture to the flavor, there are so many things going on in this bingsu. No wonder that this is one of their bestsellers.

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mango cheese bingsu

A little story

Danicca asked me why I was not mixing my bingsu. Then I answered her while reading what’s written on the cafe’s wall that the bingsu is better eaten not mixing the ice and the toppings. Teehee!Ho bing (6)

Verdict: The place is big to think that the cafe is just for dessert. However, the chairs and the tables make this branch to look crowded or cramped. Honestly speaking, the price is too much for me but while I was eating, I did not manage to consume it all since the serving is very generous even if I just ordered the regular one! We ate burger beforehand, and I always believe in the saying “there’s always a room for dessert”. In this case, the room I had is not enough. I feel like throwing up to the point I was just standing while I was eating the 3/4 of my bingsu. In short, this is good for sharing. (We were not aware it was that big).  The taste was not too sweet and the sensation of the shaved ice it gave me while eating feels like heaven.Ho bing (5)

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 5/5

Address: G/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City

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Manila Creamery, UP Town Center

Whenever we feel bloated from the meal, celebrating the happiest day of our lives or comforting ourselves from the dreadful day it’s been, the charm of the sweet food is irresistible.

Cakes, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, frozen yogurt, and ice cream there has been no stopping from exploring the world of dessert. Gelato, an Italian ice cream, has now embraced by Filipinos as it is known that it has less fat than the common ice cream.

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Credits to Manila Creamery

More and more gelato stores keep on coming but there’s something special about Manila Creamery that we would totally adore.

The owners, Jason Go and Paolo Reyes, studied on how to make gelatos. Wow, this gelato could be really something special as they mastered it in Italy.p_20160919_214516-01

I was given a chance to taste the gelatos, thanks to Aldous. Here we go!

Of all the gelatos I tried, there are top three that won my heart. 1. Blueberry 2. Mango 3. Malagos Davao Chocolate.

The blueberry flavor is rich and creamy. I won’t get tired of its heavenly taste. Just looking at the swirls is mouth-watering.

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Blueberry Gelato

All the bloggers have one comment about the mango. It does not taste too sweet which makes it the crowd’s favorite.

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Mango Gelato

Meanwhile, the Malagos Davao Chocolate has a subtle sweetness and some bitterness. It’s a taste that stays with you after your last bite. Oh I really love this three flavors1476659821628

For the other flavors I tried, the langka is like halaya. The kinder bueno has a nutty taste while the truffle mascarpone is sweet for my palate. From the taste of all of it, I can totally say that there are no artificial flavorings added.photogrid_1478009041223photogrid_1478009278642photogrid_1478009417651photogrid_1478010187225

While some of the ingredients are imported, it’s nice of the owners to introduce our local flavors. It’s not a usual thing we can taste langka, ube, etc in a gelato. At a price of P85 and P110, have a taste of this rich, dense and supreme homemade gelatos.

some photos are credited to Shiela.

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