Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cheez Its!

Leftover Farmer's cheddar + a yummy pin on Pinterest = Cheez Its!

Got the recipe here

It's so easy to make and best (and most important) of all, it's delicious.  Be careful though, these are highly addictive.  I don't recommend eating these while vegging out on the couch.

Monday, May 21, 2012

High Tea at Sevva

Located on the 25th floor of Prince's Building in the busy Central district is Sevva.  A tapas bar, lounge, restaurant all in one place, Sevva is the one-stop place to be.  Their high tea set is amazing.  My favorite was the mini crab cake burger with squid ink bun. 

Everything in Hong Kong is pricey, and Sevva is one of the frontrunners.  The view from the deck, however, makes you forget the tab for a moment:

Here's the best part: we got the Marie Antoinette's Crave cake for my post-birthday celebration.  Light chiffon cake with whipped cream frosting, French macarons, and of course - pink cotton candy on top.  Gorgeous.  According to my sister-in-law, it looks like Marge Simpson's hair - in pink!

This place may serve above-average food, stunning cakes, and one of the best views of Hong Kong but here's the lowdown:  the service sucks.

Apparently, cold water to them is "not hot" (translation: warm) and it took my brother 20 minutes to get cold water WITH ICE because for the wait staff at Sevva, anything that's below boiling point is cold (not hot).  In Hong Kong, while (most) things are better, other things are worse.  Such as this.  Oh well.

I still love the cake, though.

Friday, May 4, 2012

My Father's Daughter

Like my dad, I love going to supermarkets even if I don't end up buying anything.  Problem is, I always end up buying something, anything - just like dad.  I always tend to buy useless stuff other than those on my shopping list.  Anyway, I remember my dad placing his supermarket finds on the dining table, compulsively arranging them neatly for us to see....and eat, eventually.

Now, if we had supermarkets like Oliver's or City'Super in Manila, I'd probably be bankrupt.
Look at those gorgeous vegetables.

Beautiful flowers en route to City'Super.

Compared to Oliver's, City'Super is busier.  Much busier.  On weekends, expect to rub elbows with everybody and don't forget to pack tons of patience - you'll need it when queuing up at the register.

This one is for all the health buffs out there - welcome to your processed foods nightmare.

I think I gained 15 pounds just passing through this aisle:

As I said earlier, I end up buying more than I ought to.   We originally set out to buy baking ingredients like butter, cream, sugar, eggs, etc.  Well in addition to those, these impulsively ended up in my cart:

Taco sauce??  I don't know, either.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

From New York with Love

I have been slacking in my posts, I know.  It's been too hot to do anything, let alone bake then write about it.  I want to cry but I can't even do that because of the stifling heat.  Okay, enough of the nagging and let me tell you about my post birthday trip to Hong Kong.

I got the most delicious birthday treat from my sister-in-law, who was in New York the week before:

Yes - the holy grail, the end-all and be-all of those little cookie divas - Ladurée macarons.

Every bite was heavenly.  Just the slightest hint of crunch on the outside, then chewy (but not too much) inside.  Each delicate cookie melts perfectly in your mouth, leaving a smooth, velvety texture.  All eight flavors were so good but the standouts were the rose petal and salted caramel. 
Aside from macarons, my sister-in-law brought home some cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop (clockwise from top left: caramel crunch, red velvet, blueberry cheesecake, and smores).
The cupcakes are huge - they're muffin-sized, and too sweet to my liking.  They taste great but it was just too sweet.  The best was the caramel crunch.  Good thing we had some tea to take off the overwhelming sweetness.
Thank you, B, for the wonderful treats! 

More posts from my latest Hong Kong trip to follow, when this oppressive heat subsides a bit.