Crepes & Cream

Crepes and cream is a modern and trendy cafe that serves a wide choice of savory and sweet crepe creations, ranging from Asian to Western flavors. There are over 30 types of crepe creations to choose from– all prepared fresh upon order.

The savory crepe menu includes the Pork floss Chessy Omellette, Smoked Salmon, the classic Mushroom ham with Mozarella, and the Japanese cuisine inspired Kani Mango. There’s also a BLT– bacon, lettuce and tomato- crepe, which is what I ordered since I’m a BLT sandwhich lover. This take on the classic sandwich is a rerfreshing and novel approach which I liked so much.

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Krispy Kreme Chocolate karnival

Krispy Kreme recently launched the Chocolate Karnival during a launch at it’s Bonifacio High Street branch. It’s latest offerings of chocolate glazed donuts were presented to the public with a show of stilt walkers, jesters, magicians, and games-truly a fun, carnival atmosphere.

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Guinataan Bilo-Bilo

Another popular Pinoy merienda is the Guinataang Bilo-Bilo. It is also known as “Guinataang Halo-halo” and more commonly, the simple “Guinataan”. Guinataan is anything cooked in cocunut milk. It comes from the root word gata, which is Tagalog for coconut milk.

Guinataan Bilo-Bilo


A combination of bilo-bilo(which is made from glutinous rice flour mixed with a little water to make a dough, and shaped into marble-sized balls), saba, tapioca, gabi(taro), ube(purple yam), camote (sweet potato),a little langka(jackfruit), sugar and coconut milk make up this hearty dish. Very popular especially during the rainy months,it is best eaten warm to help our body warm up during those cold, rainy afternoon.

Although it is most popular during the rainy season, guinataan is available year-round in Filipino restaurants, canteens, food courts, carinderias(small eateries) and even from hawkers on the street. Depending on where you order, a bowl would cost between Php 10 pesos to Php 50 pesos.

Minatamis na Saba

Saba is a type of banana that is actually closer to a plantain. It is usually eaten cooked, whether it is ripe or unripe. It is widely used in Filipino cuisine, as an ingredient in savory viands like the pochero and humba, sidings to arroz ala cubana, and as snacks and desserts. One example of which is Minatamis na Saba.

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Iced Minatamis na Saba with Sago (Tapioca) and Evaporated Milk


What it is basically is saba cooked in sugar syrup. It is best eaten cold on its own, or with shaved ice, tapioca and evaporated milk. It is also a major ingredient in another Pinoy summer treat–the halo-halo.

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Minatamis na Saba


Minatamis na Saba is available in most Filipino restaurants, canteens and eateries. These also pop up along with halo-halo stalls in neighborhoods during summer. A serving of minatamis na saba ranges from Php 10 pesos upward depending on where you are buying. This particular one from Barrio Fiesta cost us Php 110 pesos. Ofcourse, you have to consider all the other things we ate along with it. But that’s for another blog post. 😉

Halo Halo Season

Summer in the Philippines is both an anticipated and dreaded season. Holidays, out of town trips and beach escapades are among the first thing that comes to mind when summer is mentioned, coupled with a surge of excitement of what’s to come. On the otherhand summer also means one thing: swealtering heat.

Halo halo!
How do you like your halo halo?

People living in this part of the world do whatever they can to cope with the heat. One of the more popular options is to indulge in snacks or desserts made with shaved ice. Japan has its Kakigori, Korea has it Bingsu, and China has Baobing or Chhoah-peng. Our South East Asian neighbors likewise have their own shaved ice snack: Singapore and Malaysia’s Ice kachang, and Thailand’s Nam Kang Sai. We in the Philippines, of course, have our Halo-halo.

Halo halo!
Mmmm, pinipig

Halo-halo gets its name from the mix of ingredients that make up this cool snack. Each halo-halo is different; it can have as little as three ingredients, or as much as 12. Ingredients for a halo-halo can either be one (or all!) of the following: minatamis na saging (sweetened bananas), kamote (sweet potatoes), mais (corn), kaong, nata de coco, macapuno, beans, pinipig, sago (tapioca), gulaman (jelly), ube, leche flan, sugar, evaporated milk, ice cream, and of course, shaved ice.

Personally, I’m happy with just the bananas, gulaman, sago, pinipig, ube and leche flan. Oh, and with two scoops of sugar, please. How do you like your halo-halo?

Halo-halo is available in most Filipino restaurants. Halo-halo stalls usually pop up in the neighborhood during summer. A glass of halo-halo can range from Php15 to Php80, depending on where you’re buying.