Slice of Pia Cayetano’s

Slice Cafe cupcakes and muffins

The other side of the outdoorsy, eco-defending senadora Pia Cayetano is revealing. Slice cafe/bakery in Bonifacio High St. Central in Taguig is a slice of her creativity and enthusiasm for healthful living.

According to Slice’s Facebook page, “Slice is where breakfast is served all day, dessert is at the top of the menu and healthy alternatives are always recommended.”

After going out of town over the weekend, Ericke came home with boxes of Slice muffins and cupcakes. She handed me my yema cupcake, Slice’s bestseller. The size is modest. The yema (candied egg yolk) matched the beautiful, fairly thin texture of the chocolate cupcake, all in all tasting much like a Toffifee sans a hazelnut. Love the idea of prettifying a cupcake with dainty swirl roses.

Sticking to Slice’s eco-friendly attitude, the boxes came in a reusable bag. Clever packaging is important to punch up an otherwise hard-to-embrace cause and culture besides attracting people to wonderful options. More power to Slice!

Yema Cupcake from Slice Cafe
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Chinese influence

Sausage Chow Pao + Black Gulaman

Have you tried Chow King’s new Chow Paos? I just had a Chinese sausage special today. I wasn’t really happy with mine. I was imagining something between good ol’ cua pao (with ground peanuts and pickled mustard greens) and a modern Momofuku-esque version, but it didn’t come close. The sausage slices looked like imitation Chinese sausage, with the texture of processed sausages, making them unpleasantly odd as opposed to the firmness of authentic chorizo Macau. The CK logo on the mantao (bun) is a cool idea, but the bun’s texture was disappointing as well. I thought I ate some paper and actually turned the sandwich upside down to check if the bottom was lined. Chow King, perhaps, thought of the Tsinoy flavors (present in homegrown dishes like pancit guisado) when they put cabbage and carrots into the recipe. Liked the black gulaman cooler as usual though. In fairness, there’s no denying the fact that I frequent the fast food restaurant for beef wonton noodles, sweet and  sour pork, siopao and halo-halo, so I ‘m hoping they will improve the sausage Chow Pao. The idea of creating affordable sandwich buns is nice, but I guess budget doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality.

countryside

A funny coincidence, I was wearing a cheongsaminspired top. I drove to the outer city to look for tawa-tawa, but shot the wrong tawa-tawa, unfortunately:( I got interested in the medicinal plant (also known as gatas-gatas), touted to promote the development of blood platelets in dengue viral infection.

Pink Petals
Karison

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