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a blueberry kind of morning


020715 blueberry cheesecake

“Are these baked?” I asked the lady at the counter as I pointed at the mini blueberry cheesecakes in the fridge.

She nodded and I almost let out a whoop. I had been lamenting the fact that other than Coffeeworks (which sells too-tangy-for-my-taste cheesecake), cakeshops and coffeeshops in my hometown only have no-bake cheesecake on their menus. So imagine how elated I was to find that Sugar Rush sells these baked goodies.

I had just eaten a red velvet cupcake so I mustered every inch of self-control I had and ordered just one blueberry cheesecake–plus a macaroon con leche cupcake for my dad and a banana choco cupcake for my mom–to go.

I usually hurkle-durkle on weekends but that following morning, I got out of bed as soon as I woke up. I excitedly took out the mini blueberry cheesecake from the fridge and made myself a cup of peppermint tea.

As I savored the taste of blueberry cheesecake in my mouth, a scene from Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights played in my head.

Jeremy: At the end of every night, the cheesecake and the apple pie are always completely gone. The peach cobbler and the chocolate mousse cake are nearly finished. But there’s always a whole blueberry pie left untouched.

Elizabeth: So what’s wrong with the blueberry pie?

Jeremy: There’s nothing wrong with the blueberry pie. It’s just [that] people make other choices. You can’t blame the blueberry pie.

Well, I’d pick cheesecake every single time. Sorry, blueberry pie.


Sugar Rush
017 Dona Teodora Blvd., Brgy. San Miguel, Iligan City


diary of a cupcake fiend: wake me up before you go go


Did you ever have something so good, you got so revved up that you jumped out of blog hibernation?  Well, I just did.

2014-09-27 16.24.52These cupcakes from Sugar Rush were so yummy, I just had to end my blogging hiatus.

Choco Banana
I’ve always been a big fan of banana cupcakes so I knew I would enjoy the choco banana cupcake even before I tasted it.

Not only did this cupcake not disappoint, it actually raised the bar upon which I will henceforth be judging banana cupcakes.

I usually don’t go for chocolate cupcakes. I find them rather ho-hum.  But Sugar Rush’s chocolate cupcake made me go ooh-la-la. The texture was perfectly moist and the ganache was absolutely scrumptious.  And the best thing about it was that it was oh so chocolatey without being cloyingly sweet.

I wasn’t able to sink my teeth into these babies but I intend to do so in the near future. 🙂

If restaurants get Michelin Stars, cupcakes get the Peewee Level.  And these cupcakes from Sugar Rush are definitely Peewee Level cupcakes.

sugar rush

Sugar Rush
017 Dona Teodora Blvd., Brgy. San Miguel, Iligan City

*A Peewee Level cupcake is a cupcake that’s so deliriously good, the first bite renders you speechless.  It is named after my cousin’s girlfriend, Peewee.

episode 2 of the fruh sessions


Just three days after my first visit, I  went back to The Fruh Cafe–this time with my fellow foodie and one-time basil supplier, Kat.  She ordered a banana and hazelnut crepe while I went with a chocolate crepe.

We couldn’t help oohing and aahing when Kat’s order arrived.  It just looked so… dramatic.  I didn’t get to taste it but Kat enjoyed it so it must be good.

060514 03Banana and Hazelnut Crepe (P59)

My chocolate crepe didn’t look as visually arresting.  It came with chocolate wafer sticks and marshmallows though.  And I couldn’t help grinning and feeling like a kid while eating it.

chocolate crepeChocolate Crepe (P55)

Even though we were no longer hungry, we decided to try the BonChon Style Chicken.  Curiosity won over non-hunger, I guess.  That decision was hands down the best one we made that day because man oh man was the chicken good!  It was so tasty, we couldn’t stop raving about it the entire time we were eating!

060514 04BonChon Style Chicken (P89)

I enjoyed the chicken so much, I ordered the BonChon Style Chicken in a Basket the following day.

Yes, it’s that good.


The Fruh Cafe is located at A. Bonifacio Ave., Tibanga, Iligan City (near MSU-IIT, beside Triple M Sales).

episode 1 of the fruh sessions

episode 1 of the fruh sessions

I don’t know if it was the hipstery signage or the name of the place but something drew me to The Fruh Cafe the first time I passed by it.  The building looked pretty much non-descript from outside but it somehow evoked images of Maginhawa Street in my head.  I just had a good feeling about the place.

I asked several people about it but no one seemed to know of its existence.  I never got around to visiting it either–up until this month when I saw pictures of my cousin-in-law modeling for the cafe.  I found a link to Fruh’s Facebook page and discovered that it was a creperie/coffee shop.  The photos of the food looked enticing so I decided to give it a go.

We both ordered pasta.  Shrimp aglio e olio for him and seafood pasta for me.  To our delight, the pasta was cooked perfectly al dente (it’s something that’s very basic to cooking pasta but sadly, most people fail to get it right).  They were very generous with the herbs (yey!) but not so with the seafood.  Both dishes were pretty cheap (P65 for the aglio e olio and P95 for the seafood pasta) so I guess I can’t really blame them.  Most places charge double the price yet they’re only ahead by a single piece of shrimp or a slice of squid.

 060514 05Shrimp Aglio E Olio (P65)

fruh seafood pastaSeafood Pasta (P95)

For the little one, we ordered some ham and cheese crepes.  Unfortunately, he refused to eat it.  He hated the thousand island dressing drizzled on top.  I guess I should’ve ordered one of the sweet crepes for him instead.

060514 06Ham and Cheese Crepes

For dessert, we decided to try the mango crepe rolls.  While Ice Factory’s mango crepe only had slivers of mango in it, this one had big chunks of mango wrapped in crepe.  Ooh la la!  I had an issue with the texture of the vanilla ice cream though.  It wasn’t velvety smooth.  It must’ve been refrozen after it had already melted, hence the presence of ice crystals.  But still, it was a pretty good eat.

fruh mango crepeMango Crepe Rolls

I enjoyed eating there so much, I went back just three days later.  Stay tuned for Episode 2. 😀


The Fruh Cafe is located at A. Bonifacio Ave., Tibanga, Iligan City (near MSU-IIT, beside Triple M Sales).

no place like home


I’ll be in the metro for a few days next month and I have to admit that I’m pretty excited about the trip.  I look forward to catching up with friends, visiting my beloved Alma Mater, and going on a foodtrip with my siblings.  But the metro to me is like the moon is to Ernie.

Well, I’d like to visit the moon
On a rocket ship high in the air
Yes, I’d like to visit the moon
But I don’t think I’d like to live there

As much as I miss the happenings (film festivals, concerts, and art exhibits) and unlimited choices (food and shopping), I simply cannot imagine living there–not at this point in my life.  The daily commute is just too stressful and the pace too frantic.

On the other hand, life in my hometown is pretty laid-back.  It’s quiet but not too quiet.  You see, Iligan is a hybrid.  It offers the convenience of city living but at the same time, it retains that probinsya charm.  We have a mall (albeit a small one), wifi hotspots (practically everywhere), and most other stuff cities typically have.  But we also have waterfalls (more than twenty-two!), caves, and all those lovely things the countryside is known for.

More than anything though, I love being in Iligan because this is where my family is.

There’s so many strange places I’d like to be
But none of them permanently
So if I should visit the moon
Well, I’ll dance on a moonbeam and then
I will make a wish on a star
And I’ll wish I was home once again…
So although I may go, I’ll be coming home soon
‘Cause I don’t want to live on the moon
No, I don’t want to live on the moon

Daily Prompt: We Built This City

hole in the wall


Adrenaline junkie.  That is how my best friend describes himself.  If you check his Facebook timeline, you will see post upon post about his deep sea diving adventures.

I, on the other hand, am a self-confessed foodie.  If you check my Facebook timeline, you will see post upon post about my gastronomic adventures.

Trying out new dishes and discovering awesome restaurants give me the same sort of rush other people get from surfing the waves or conquering mountains.  For me, the only thing better than good food is good food that’s easy on the pocket.

So you can just imagine how excited I was when my husband discovered Aying’s Foodhaus, a hole-in-the-wall eatery on Raymond Jeffrey Road that sells super tasty yet affordable food.  My favorite so far is the adobong pusit (squid boiled in soy sauce and vinegar then sautéed in garlic and onions).  The squid they used was fresh and the dish was seasoned perfectly.

ImageAdobong Pusit (P25 per serving)

Another dish I loved was the grilled squid  (yes, I’m a big fan of seafood).  The squid used for this dish was the bigger kind (I wasn’t able to take a picture, sorry) but it was just as fresh as the smaller ones in the adobong pusit.  It was grilled just right so it was wonderfully tender.  But you know what’s the best part?  It only cost P50 a piece!

Who says good food has to cost you an arm and a leg?

Oops. I didn’t mean to go all Sweeney Todd on you. Sorry. 😀

diary of a cupcake fiend: the death by oreo and v for velvet episode


I first heard of Choux Patisserie sometime last year when someone on my network of Facebook friends won a box of cupcakes.  The cupcakes looked so yummy and the names of the flavors were really clever so I became curious as to how good they actually were.  I never got around to placing an order though–up until a few days ago, that is, when I ordered a box of cupcakes for Valentines Day.

There was, however, a mix-up of sorts when I came to pick them up yesterday.  Anyway, long story short, I got my order this afternoon.ImageDeath by Oreo
I have very high expectations when it comes to desserts named Death by ______.  They have to be insanely good to merit the name, right?  Take Chocolat‘s Death by Tablea, for example.  Well, Choux’s Death by Oreo did not disappoint.  The cupcake was as moist and chocolatey as it should be.  The Oreo buttercream frosting was so delicious that it got the thumbs up from my husband who normally hates frosting with a vengeance.  That’s how amazing it was.

Verdict: 10 out of 10

V for Velvet
The V for Velvet cupcake, on the other hand, was good but not great.  The cupcake was delicious but it wasn’t as deliriously yummy as I hoped.  It just wasn’t a Peewee Level cupcake.

The frosting tasted like buttercream with a hint of cream cheese.  I asked Nica, the owner/baker, about it and she said that it was cream cheese buttercream.  She also explained that she had used a different brand of cream cheese because the one she normally uses is not sold here and her supply had run out.

Well, I’m not really crazy about buttercream but this one was really good and my dad loved it.  I still would’ve preferred cream cheese frosting though.  I guess I’m a purist when it comes to red velvet.  It is, after all, my favorite cupcake flavor.

I do want to give V for Velvet another try so the verdict’s still out on this one.

*A Peewee Level cupcake is a cupcake that’s so deliriously good, the first bite renders you speechless.  It is named after my cousin’s girlfriend, Peewee.