Neighborhood Milk


The gentrification of Silver Lake is good for my neighborhood. Burgeoning left and right, hip establishments are getting closer, and more diverse like there’s an organic coffee bar that supports livelihoods and biodiversity just two blocks near my home, and Milk is walkable if you love walking like me.

Milk is known for their macaron ice cream sandwiches, but there’s quite an ample selection of desserts which includes cakes, cookies (molasses cookies, yum!), puddings, ice cream cones, sundaes and floats.

Macaron SandwichesMILK dessertsMILK ice cream

The ambiance is relaxed with subtle lighting. You can squat on the sitting area inside or blend in with the crowd outside.

Blue Velvet and Coconut CakesCoconut Cake

Just coconut cake for me. Ericke loved her Thai tea ice cream. It’s on the pricey side, but I’m not earning yet.

MILK 1639 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Phone: (323) 913-9911 Open 10AM-10PM

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A time for Shine Bakery & Cafe desserts

Shine Bakery Cafe

Food can be inspirational as well as aspirational. One moment you are aroused by a particular scent of food hovering around, another moment you are chasing an accurate taste in your dream. It can be simple or it can be complex. It can be fusty or it can be fresh. There is no love sincerer than the love of food, like someone once said; and taste buds also do get tired. But as a rule, one tends to return to that pleasurable first bite. And so I set my heart on Shine Bakery & Cafe’s almond yema sansrival after the Todd English Food Hall lunch.

Almond Yema SansrivalMatcha SansrivalShine Bakery Cafe Cake CounterSalted Caramel EclairsShine Bakery CafeDessert Time

We picked three desserts. Matcha sansrival because it looked different, but yema sansrival is still my bet, easily one of the best sansrival cakes around. The traditional buttercream layer is replaced by yema (like the filling of brazo de Mercedes). And then Brandon says, he likes his sansrival chewy (imagine a 2 or 3-day old sansrival in the fridge). He elaborates, “Sansrival is a mood thing.” Eclairs are also prolific chef Sunshine Pengson’s specialty, and we picked salted caramel over the chocolate hazelnut on the display chiller. The sweetness of the filling of the particular eclair was intense for me.

Not dessert-centric, Shine Bakery & Cafe joins the ranks of bakery-cafe hybrids. The time for their savory dishes is yet to come.

Shine Bakery & Cafe 3/F SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Tel No.: 02 815 2872 CP No.: 0917 704 7118

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Lachi’s Sans Rival, atbp. when in Davao

Sans Rival

“Back to reality,” someone from the FoodPrints team said as we were walking down the plane at the NAIA Terminal 3. I told myself to avoid the dinner table for a while. The more I don’t see live food, the more I crave for all the food that I photographed and we attacked in Davao.

Lachi's Davao

Lachi’s in Davao City is known for its literally unrivaled Sans Rival cake. You’ll love it that it’s not overtly sweet, yet still loaded with devilish buttery frosting alternating with extrafresh crunchy layers. The whole time we were there, the place was packed. I checked what the locals were eating. Cake and Ulam.

Laing Pasta with Cholesterol

Plain laing as it is at Lachi’s was unforgettable. But for those who are courageous enough to try something different such as laing pasta, they have this laing sundae with lechon kawali as the cherry on top that looks deadly good (like my friend commented when he saw the pic on my FB timeline just awhile back)

Lachi's Ulam

The Chinese red pork belly (upper right in photo above) haunts me in my dreams. It has this character that’s unique on the palate.

Of course, don’t leave Lachi’s without trying the durian cheesecake. Yum! It’s the wonder cheesecake, go figure.

Durian CheesecakeLachi's BrothersTwin Mike and Melvin Aviles. Their mom in photo below.

Lachi'sFood for the GodsLachi's DavaoChiilerBittersweet OverloadYummy Chocolate PieAlexa would be torn to see their bitterweet overload and yummy chocolate pie.

Don’t fail to catch Chef Sandy Daza’s take on Davao eats on FoodPrints on the Lifestyle Network, Channel 52 on Sky Cable. Season 2 is premiering this Sunday, 8:30 pm.

Lachi’s Sans Rival, Atbp. Door 1-H Values School Building, Ruby Street, Marfori Heights Subdivision, Davao City Tel No.: (082) 224 5552 11 am-8 pm

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