An unexpected trip to Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery

In America, an average of 13 liters of ice cream is consumed per person per year, according to studies, which explains the countless brands out there, not to mention handcrafted and designer ice creams. I only have a vague memory of the first time I was introduced to Cold Stone Creamery in the desert of Palm Springs in previous trips to California, so I wasn’t hyped up when Cold Stone Creamery arrived in the Philippines. If I have to spend on ice cream, call me a loyal fan of Häagen-Dazs Vanilla. Fast forward to today, I’ve tasted the Cold Stone Creamery orange sorbet and their coffee ice cream. I’m not into complicated add-ons, but I’m sure my chocolate freak kids will love customizing their chocolate ice cream with more chocolate filled into chocolate-dipped bowl cones like I imagined when I was observing what was going on at the store counter.

Cold Stone Creamery Toppings and Fillings

There were not too many flavors to choose from at the particular store we went to. What’s special about Cold Stone Creamery is you can upgrade your basic ice cream flavor into something more you by asking to mix in additional  flavors and textures from the wide array of fixings, which include brownies, cookies, apple pie filling, toffee, peanut butter, gummy bears, fresh fruits, chocolate bars and the usual marshmallows, candy sprinkles and nuts.

Creating your own ice cream  can be a lot expensive. They also have ice cream cakes and are also customizable.

Ice Cream CakeCold Stone C reamery MenuCold Stone Creamery Ice Cream and Sorbet

Going back to the coffee ice cream, I tried the one filled with pecans and I realized my sister-in-law had enough reason to frequent the store. It was creamy, kinda dense, and the sweetness level was average. My orange sorbet on the contrary was cloying after consuming about one-third of it. I’ll probably go back to try the vanilla or indulge on a big cup of coffee.

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Thai Lunch at Jatujak


I’ve been living out of a suitcase lately. I’m also getting used to commuting the fussy streets of Manila. I managed to bond briefly with my sisters-in-law. We had lunch at Jatujak which has softly opened in SM San Lazaro. The mall is a nice spot if eating out is your thing.

Jatujak Thai restaurant

If I’m not mistaken, Jatujak, named after Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weeekend Market, opened first at the SM Mall of Asia. The staff are mostly Ilocanos, so it felt kinda like home. Even the owner, Alfonso Purugganan, says the manager, has roots in Ilocos.

We ordered mostly classic Thai food like tom yum soup with mixed seafood, pad Thai and bagoong rice with semi-ripe mangoes, the sampler appetizer, consisting of fresh vegetarian rolls, shrimp cakes and pork springrolls with different sweet and sour sauces, and Thai style grilled bacon belly. Thai is one cuisine that sends my salivary glands into an overdrive. To start with, Jatujak’s tom yum soup was very good. The blend had the zesty balance of sour, sweetish and aromatic flavors, really soothing, especially if it’s your first meal in the day. The soup was tasty, with a milky quality to it, but not excessively intense. Like I mentioned before, anything with lemon grass is happiness.

Tom Yum SoupFresh Vegetarian-Shrimp Cake-Pork SpringrollPad Thai

The appetizers were average, but the shrimp cakes were crispy outside and nice and tasty inside, and the dips and sauces (like plum and tamarind) were obviously homemade, full-flavored, and make a wonderful match to fried food..My sister-in law’s favorite, grilled bacon belly with an excellent garlic-vinegar dip, was a find. It was tender and spicy in an appetizing way (one order is rather bitin for three). In the end, I also had pad Thai (with rice noodles, ground peanuts and lots of bean sprouts), which was worth another wait.I like noodles more than I like rice, but then the bagoong rice, mildly flavored with fish sauce, was also good. The lunch was enjoyable, nothing negative to say. The ambiance is sedately warm, prices are not that expensive and service was efficient.

Oh, how can I remember Thai coffee only now?

Bagoong RiceThai Style Grilled Bacon BellyJatujak SM San Lazaro

Jatujak Unit 116 Upper Ground Floor, SM City San Lazaro, Sta. Cruz, Manila Tel. No.: 711 5271

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