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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 (may): starbucks, tokyo bubble tea, chez karine, sbc

Published June 26, 2014 by ladyemelye

a little bit late, but here is what i sampled for the month of may. 🙂


starbucks: banana mango frappuccino and spinach tart

banana mango frappuccino - grande (php 170.00)

banana mango frappuccino – grande (php 170.00)

this is a combination of starbuck’s mango passion fruit juice + milk + 1 whole banana.  yep… 1 whole (dole) cavendish banana.  this is a perfect drink for the summer season.  there’s the sweetness of the mango and banana, a hint of tang from the passion fruit and creaminess from the milk.  i wouldn’t say it is the healthiest of the drinks (just count the calories involved), but it is a good alternative to the other coffee based drinks.

this isn’t always be available though.  once your starbucks of choice has ran out of bananas, they won’t be serving this drink for the day.

**you can also order other variants of these — the banana raspberry and the chocolate banana (which they have formally launched as a new flavor)

spinach tart - php 95.00

spinach tart – php 95.00

i have always liked the variety of food items that is available at starbucks, and this one is definitely a good choice.  this consists of a puff pastry with a creamy filling consisting of spinach, onions, garlic, mushrooms and cheese.  it is filling enough for a snack (or lunch even – if you eat that way).  i like that the pastry is buttery and flaky (although a little messy to eat) and that the flavor of the filling has just the right balance of spinach and cheese.


tokyo bubble tea:  sakura milk tea

sakura milk tea - php 145.00 (medium)

sakura milk tea – php 145.00 (medium)

in time for the cherry blossom season, tokyo bubble tea launched limited-time products which are sakura inspired.  being very fond of this flower, i just had to try this.

sakura milk tea is a combination of vanilla, green tea and cherry blossom essence.  it also comes with their signature bubbles which are sweet and chewy.  i ordered this at 50% sugar level, and the sweetness was perfect for me.  this is a drink i would not get tired of. plus its color looks really nice and dainty. 😉 too bad, it was just available until the end of may.  hope it comes back next year.


chez karine: macarons and vanilla royal pudding

i have read many good reviews for this shop, so when i was at the serendra area, i dropped by their store to sample some of the sweet goodies they have.

vanilla royal pudding - php 110.00

vanilla royal pudding – php 110.00

from their site: soft set custard pudding with dark caramel at the bottom.

i like that this dessert is not too sweet and you can taste the subtle flavor of vanilla in the custard.  to fully appreciate this, you must ensure that you get both the caramel and the custard in each bite.  plus points for the packaging.  acording to, you can actually collect your used jars and once you have 7 pcs, you can exchange it for a free glass of iced tea.

macarons (box of 7) - php 385.00

macarons (box of 7) – php 385.00

flavors i got: pistachio, red velvet, dark chocolate, speculoos, black sesame, mint chocolate and strawberry.

the macaron size was standard (?) in comparison to others that i’ve tried.  it was crunchy and chewy at the same time.  there was a generous amount of filling in between that you would get a nice dose of flavor.  you can really tell and differentiate each of the flavors.  of those that i tried, my favorite would be the black sesame and the red velvet.


seattle’s best coffee: caramel heaven

caramel heaven

caramel heaven

i availed of one of the coupons which i got from my sbc 2014 dream journal, and i got a caramel heaven javakula.  it is a mix of coffee and caramel, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with sugar crystals.  i like the flavor of caramel, so this drink is easy to like.  it was just a little too sweet for my taste.

i wish sbc could come up with something new, since they have been offering caramel variants lately.


and that’s what i had for may. 😀

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