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food test (june): sebastian’s, leona’s, starbucks

Published July 30, 2014 by ladyemelye

before this month comes to a close, let me do a quick post on what new items i tried last june. 😀


sebastian’s:  fudge cake and strawberry shortcake ala mode bars

additional flavors we tried from their summer line. (see previous post here)

fudge cake

fudge cake

for the chocoholic in each and everyone of us.  😉  it is composed of chocolate cake soaked in chocolate fudge, topped with dark chocolate ice cream, dipped in dark chocolate and then milk chocolate, and finished off with chocolate chips.  just the number of times i mentioned the word “chocolate” in that sentence is enough to bring anyone into a chocolate high.  it is very rich and indulgent, but not overpoweringly sweet.

strawberry shortcake

strawberry shortcake

i love strawberries that is why i did not let this pass.  the bar is made up of pound cake with strawberry sorbet, dipped in white chocolate with orange zest, and then drizzled with strawberry gelee and topped with a slice of strawberry.  it was a nice mixture of sweetness and zing.  what i like about this bar is that you taste the natural flavors, especially that of the strawberry.  i could easily eat two of this in a sitting.


leona’s:  strawberry sensation and banana bread

eversince i have read this post from the first wives club blog, i’ve been asking my friends who went to cebu to buy me some of the baked goodies from leona’s.  luckily, one them managed to get me two of their breads.

strawberry sensation loaf

strawberry sensation loaf

it looks and smells divine. 🙂  dense and flavorful bread with strawberries, strawberry ripple and topped with white chocolate.  again, there is a play in the sweetness and tang of flavors.  this was easily wiped off by my officemates and i.

unfortunately, i was not able to take a photo of the banana bread.  but it has the same consistency with the strawberry loaf.  it was not too sweet and it’s perfect to be paired with your cup of coffee.


starbucks:  strawberry cheesecake and banana chocolate

starbucks launched two new flavors and of course, we tried them. 🙂

strawberry cheesecake and banana chocolate

strawberry cheesecake and banana chocolate

the strawberry cheesecake is very similar to the strawberries and cream frappuccino that starbucks already carries.  the main difference lies with the addition of vanilla syrup, cream cheese whip, strawberry drizzle and graham crumble bits on top.  i really did not taste the difference of the cream cheese whip versus the original whipped cream.  what i liked about this drink is the additional strawberry drizzle and the crunch that is provided by the graham crumble.

the banana chocolate is also officially launched, although this can be ordered before as a variant to the banana mango.  it is a combination of banana, milk, and chocolate sauce all blended together.  it was a nice treat and my son liked this very much.  another alternative if you are looking for a non-coffee drink.




food test (april): mcdonald’s, krispy kreme, spam, starbucks and sebastian’s

Published May 9, 2014 by ladyemelye

i have been eating a lot of sweets lately.  here are my “firsts” for april.  🙂


mcdonald’s: sans rival mcflurry

sans rival mcflurry

sans rival mcflurry

this is part of the dreamy decadence desserts the the fastfood has launched for summer.  i am just not sure if it is real sans rival cake that they mix into the ice cream, but every spoonful definitely tastes like one.  all of the creamy butter flavor plus the vanilla ice cream is a winner.  hubby orders this everytime we go for drive-thru.


krispy kreme: the colors of summer doughnuts

colors of summer doughtnuts (right side)

colors of summer doughnuts (right side)

for a limited time this summer, krispy kreme launched the colors of summer donuts which include the lemon, raspberry and blueberry summer flavors.

lemon summer doughnut – lemon flavored vanilla icing with leaf-green, lemon-yellow and sky-blue swirls

raspberry summer doughnut – raspberry flavored vanilla icing with christmas-red, baker’s rose and burgundy wine swirls

blueberry summer doughnut – blueberry flavored vanilla icing with sky-blue, violet and christmas-red swirls

the doughnuts with their colors are really nice to look at.  the fruity flavor had a good contrast with the sweetness of the vanilla icing.  my son liked the raspberry doughnut (though he took a bite in all of our doughnuts), while i prefer the blueberry one.


spam tocino

spam tocino

spam tocino

this variant of spam has been making it’s rounds on social media feeds that is why when i saw it at the grocery, i just had to  buy one so that we could taste what the buzz is about.

from the spam website:

Continuing to expand on the global brand, an exciting new flavor- SPAM® Tocino is now exclusively available in the Philippine market. Traditionally served with rice and eggs, Tocino is a sweetened cured pork dish with Spanish influence and will also be available for purchase on

we cooked it the usual way we cook spam, which is fried until it is slightly well done and a little bit crispy. 🙂  it is a sweeter version of the spam that we have been used to, but the sweetness is very subtle unlike what we have in our tocino.  this can be an alternative to your usual rice pairings, or if you are a lover of both spam and tocino, then this one is for you.


starbucks: caramel ribbon crunch and chocolate crepe cake

caramel ribbon crunch

caramel ribbon crunch

from the website:

the caramel ribbon crunch is a coffee-based blended beverage with generous layers of the new dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle and topped with crunchy caramel sugar

the beverage was good, but it was a little too sweet for my taste.  perhaps it is because of the amount of the caramel that is infused with the drink plus the additional ones at the topping.  this is sort of like a sweeter caramel macchiato in frap form.

chocolate crepe cake

chocolate crepe cake

i like the chocolate crepe very much.  it is layers of crepe and chocolate plus cocoa powder on top.  the good thing about it is, it is not too sweet.  somewhat reminds me of dark chocolate flavor.  the bad thing about it is, it is not too sweet – hence the tendency to eat more.


sebastian’s: mango fruitsicle and vanilla brownie bar

mango fruitsicle

mango fruitsicle

sebastian’s has always been one of my favorite stores when it comes to artisanal ice creams.  i love their unique flavors.  this summer, they are launching a new line of fruitsicles and ala mode bars.  new flavors are to be released weekly.

eating the mango fruitsicle was like eating a frozen ripe mango.  it is sweet and creamy and chunks of mango are embedded within the bar.  it is very refreshing.

vanilla brownie ala mode

vanilla brownie ala mode

vanilla brownie ala mode: chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream, dipped in vanilla white chocolate then in dark chocolate, with cake sprinkles.

if you love cake and ice cream, and chocolate, then this is the bar for you.  it is a perfect blend of vanilla and chocolate flavors.  i like the vanilla ice cream from sebastian’s as it doesn’t take artificial like most of the commercial brands..  it also helps that the chocolate is not too sweet.


more to come this summer! 🙂

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