Friday, July 27, 2012

Anchor Maple Flavoured Dairy Blend

Anchor Maple Flavoured Dairy Blend is my best find for the week.

I was making my usual weekly grocery rounds when I spotted this lady offering samples for Anchor. She prepared bite-size turon (deep friend plantain spring roll) and bread--both prepared with the new Anchor Maple Flavoured Dairy Blend. I tried her samples and instantly liked it. It taste like breakfast!

I bought it after overcoming a debate in my mind (I was thinking of the calories). I may not be on diet but I've been kind of conscious of what I am buying and bringing at home.

I tried the butter on my bread. The smell and taste is heavenly--reminds me of breakfast and pancakes. I prefer my bread the way it is, no need to toast it. I love it soft and dripping with the butter.

I haven't experimented it with other recipe but I tried it with my stir-fry broccoli. The aroma makes an amazing difference.

Whoever said that the secret to a delicious recipe is butter, I totally agree especially if it's Anchor Maple Flavoured Dairy Blend.

Try it! And let me know what you think.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Great Taste Trio 3-in-1 Coffee Mix: Brown Coffee

I realize that my benchmark for a good-tasting 3-in-1 coffee is Kopiko Brown Coffee. It has been my favorite for the longest time. 

So, while working on this blog post, I plan it to be short because I'll be hitting the sack early today, I am actually drinking my fourth cup of coffee for the day. This time I'm sipping a Great Taste Brown Coffee Mix. I actually like it. It's almost taste like Kopiko Brown Coffee less the chocolaty taste. Kopiko's version has a cocoa powder mix, that's the reason why it's chocolaty.

I'm pretty sure I will be drinking more of like this. I always wanted my coffee strong yet creamy. This one got me. Nothing fancy going on in my cup but I love its flavor and the creamy texture.

Try one and tell me what you think.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kopiko Brown Coffee

I'm amazed on how this Php6 worth of Kopiko Brown Coffee sachet makes me feel like I'm drinking Php140 tall Starbucks Caramel Macchiato. One article in HubPages says it has the taste of half and half White Mocha Americano.

As of this writing, Kopiko Brown Coffee is still my favorite. I remembered the first time I had my first cup. My eyes twinkled and it made me say that I found my coffee. It made me forget Starbucks. Yes, it taste like gourmet coffee!

Sometimes when I feel like drowning myself in coffee, I would put two sachet of Kopiko Brown Coffee in a large mug. It's a great way to get my nerves working afterwards.

I just love the way the Kopiko Brown Coffee mixes the coffee taste, creaminess and sweetness. It's just perfect!

This coffee mix and brown sugar has won the hearts of many coffee lovers. No wonder, stores would run out of stock. It happened more than twice when I couldn't find Kopiko Brown Coffee in my favorite grocery store. Good thing, I was able to buy from a sari-sari store (a small store) in the neighborhood. Since then, I always make sure I have enough supply to last for a week.

Do you love Kopiko Brown Coffee? Feel free to share your coffee experience.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Instant Coffee Galore: The Search For the Best-Tasting Instant Coffee

I want my coffee dark but creamy and tasty.  That's why I love Caramel Macchiato. For instant coffee, I am fond of Kopiko Brown Coffee. Despite of my love of these flavors, my taste bud seems to be seeking for something surprising.  And so, I bought several brands of instant coffee and I will be buying more next time. My goal is to try different brands and flavors and see which one will make an impression. I will be documenting this coffee-tasting experience.

Instant Coffee

I can't start and end the day without coffee. It is one habit that is hard to break.

Couple of years ago, when I was still working in the corporate world, I could drink as much as 5 coffee a day.  When I suffered from tonsillopharyngitis, a sort of a throat infection, the ENT specialist advice me to stop drinking coffee. Together with the disease, I suffered from intense coffee withdrawal. It was so hard. I can't seem to kick my brain wake-up to have the energy to start my day.

Googling some online articles about coffee content, I've read more benefits than risks associated in drinking coffee. In Wikipedia, it says the caffeine in coffee acts as stimulant. Aside from the caffeine, research also shows that it also contains an unknown chemical agents that stimulates the production of cortisone and adrenaline. Among the enumerated benefits include decrease of mortality, reduced risk of alzheimer's disease and dementia, reduced risk of gallstone disease, and increase cognitive performance.

So, enjoy your coffee. Just keep it in moderation. Too much of something isn't good. Til the next...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dainty Restaurant, Angeles City

Dainty Restaurant in Angeles City is the perfect place to enjoy Asian Cuisine. The restaurant offers a wide selection of delicious dishes in hefty servings making it a perfect place for group lunch or dinner.

Dainty Restaurant offers a lot of familiar and savory dishes in their menu. Starting with rice which is a must for an Asian meal, you'll find different choices. My personal favorite however is their Fried Rice Yang Chow Style and Dainty Style. Kanin pa lang, ulam na.

Don't get deceived by the word "small" in their menu. The small serving is enough to feed 2-4 hungry people. Dainty Restaurant, Angeles City

Pair your choice of rice with some Asian favorites. You can have chop suey which is a tasty and healthy treat. And for more carbo to your diet, have that delightful pancit canton treat. In the photo below, the two plates looks similar don't you think? The other one is actually pancit canton Dainty Restaurant, Angeles City

Crispy shanghai lumpia gives that crunchy and meaty balance to your meal. Dainty Restaurant, Angeles City

Dainty Asian Cuisine
Phone: (045) 892 6595 / (045) 458 0248 / (045) 436 1160 / +63 917 501 6963
  • Cheng Bldg., MacArthur Highway Balibago, 
  • Henson St., Angeles City
  • Nepo Quad

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Coffee Academy Saturday Habit

Saturday evening is typically a catching-up time with friends. In Angeles City, one of our favorite spot would be The Coffee Academy where we enjoy the coffee and food while discussing about business, career, life and everything else.  The coffee shop and resto is simply conducive for such intimate and casual conversation. It has a nice interior with relaxing lights and music. It has free wifi too.

What's in the menu? 

The Coffee Academy offers coffee blends, non-coffee iced blends, pastries, pasta and some delectable dishes. Unlike other coffee shops, The Coffee Academy is using local coffee beans from Sagada, Cavite and Batangas. The syrup they are using is made from sugar cane with no artificial flavouring.

What I love to order at The Coffee Academy is their Cookies and Cream and their delightful sinful chocolate cake--it satisfies my sweet craving.

A bit of history

Upon Googling The Coffee Academy, I found out that the shop is owned by a former government office executive turned entrepreneur Flor I. Arrozal. The shop only started in 2007 but it has grown so fast that from just one coffee shop it has now 7 branches in Pampanga based on the Department of Tourism report.  In her mission to support the local coffee growers, The Coffee Academy is using Kape Barako.

The Place

The main branch is in Marlim Mansions Hotel in Balibago. Here's the addresses of The Coffee Academy branches:
  • G/F Marlim Mansions Hotel, Mac Arthur Hwy., Balibago, Angeles City
  • G/F Marlim Mansions Hotel, Marlim Ave. Bay 112 & 113,Mac Arthur Hwy.,
  • King's Royal Hotel & Leisure Park, O.G. Rd., Bacolor, Pampanga
  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta Medical Center, Mac Arthur Hwy.,
  • Unit 204 2/F T&M2 Bldg., Mac Arthur Hwy., Sindalan, City of San Fernando
  • AUF Medical Center, Mac Arthur Hwy., Balibago, Angeles City
  • Manuela Arcade, Sto. Rosario St., Angeles City


Around Php200 - 300 will suffice for an order of large coffee and your choice of food.

So, the next time you and your friends are looking for a nice relaxing place to hang out, visit The Coffee Academy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

McDonald's Big N' Tasty

McDonald's Big N' Tasty is a mouthwatering quarter-pounder 100% pure beef patty with juicy tomato, fresh and crunchy lettuce, pickles, slivered onions, and a special smokey sauce in between sesame seed bun. If you love McDonald's, you'll love it even more.

McDonald's Big N' Tasty was introduced May of this year and was available nationwide last June 4. It actually created a buzz among McDonald lovers including me. Yeah, I love McDonalds! And this is my new favorite!

Big N' Tasty costs Php120 for a la carte, Php124 with the regular fries and drink, and  Php165 to upsize the fries and drink.

Wiki says Big N' Tasty is McDonald's weapon against Burger King Whopper sandwich. So, which is which? Hmm...

For weight watchers who are curious about the nutritional value, I got this from

Feel free to share your Big N' Tasty experience, leave your comments below.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Zulu Coffee and Tea

Since it's founding in 2006, Zulu Coffee and Tea continues to entice Angelenos to it's tribe. The jungle-like feel, relaxing music, al fresco dining, delectable food, and tasty drinks are just among its remarkable features making this coffee shop/resto a must-place to visit in Angeles City.

If you want a relaxing place where you can talk with your friends over delicious food and drinks, this is a perfect place for you. I personally spend time with my friends here typically on a Friday or Saturday evening, enjoying their company while listening to Bossa Nova.

What's in the menu?

My favorites are their Blissful Hazelnut Coffee, Banana Ono Ono, sinful cake and their pad thai. Yes, they offer Thai food. In fact, they offer a variety of dishes including sandwiches, pastas, pizza, salad, and steaks. So, it kind of like a mix of oriental dishes and western flavors. You see, Zulu Coffee and Tea isn't your typical coffee shop. Through the years, it has developed itself from a coffee shop to a restaurant. It's also a bar where they offer cocktail drinks.

Here's there menu posted in the entrance way.

Photo credit: Zulu Coffee and Tea - Facebook 

A bit of history

Owned by Alwin F. Anicete and Allan G. Garcia, Zulu Coffee and Tea offers the people of Pampanga with a unique dining experience. Inspired by the Southern African Tribe, Zulu, which means "People of Heaven", has that tribal and eclectic elements.

The place itself is an ancestral house turned into a coffee shop/resto. Instead of having it rented, as Mr. Alwin explains in a video, they decided to establish a business that will generate more income.

Zulu Coffee and Tea now offers franchising opportunity for interested parties. They already have a franchise in King's Royale Hotel and Resort Compound, 2001 Bacolor, Pampanga.

The Place

Zulu Coffee and Tea is located in 1934 Severina Lim St. Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City. They have a function room for parties, KTV rooms and their garden dining area. Zulu has tribal cabanas where you can exclusively lounge with your friends. The garden area is surrounded with lush green plants and it has waterfalls-inspired pond. (Photos below are grabbed from their facebook page.)

Al fresco dining
Function hall
An Asian and Safari-inspired space


The prices are reasonable and pretty affordable for their generous servings. Some dishes are meant for sharing so that would mean sharing the cost too. Php250 is good enough for a conservative order. Unless you wanted the cabanas or KTV room, which has minimum price.

Feel the African tribal spirit, never miss Zulu in Angeles City.

Zulu Coffee and Tea
1934 Severina Lim St. Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City
Branch in Enclave, Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles City