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Le Petit Cheri: Modern French Cuisine Down South!

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Le Petit Cheri has given people who live down South a chance to experience bits and pieces of what French cuisine. I'm pretty sure we've all dreamt of visiting Paris at least once in our lives, not just because people claim it's "the city of love" but because only Paris can create dishes wish such oomph. I also can't help but admire how the French manage to eat in such a, should I say "luxurious" fashion without gaining a ton of weight. Their secret, as some of you know, is "moderation". Anyway, enough of the rambling. Let's talk about the South's very own mini France in the form of a cozy eating place called Le Petit Cheri

Everyone wants to feel at home when they eat out making restaurant's cozy ambiance the least of your worries. They even set-up a small library on the second floor where families and friends can sit down and take time to eat an croissant or two with a nice warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate. 

Pastries on display for your picking. There's a variety of breads, cookies, danish pastries and cakes.

This giant-sized tub of Nutella goodness has been held in amusement by a thousand (okay, maybe a hundred) hands. 

I've always loved Chicken Cordon Bleu, so I wanted to see how Le Petit Cheri's version fared. Once I pressed my knife onto the chicken, cheese began oozing out of its dairy-filled center. I can never say no to a cheese and meat pairing, really. 

I enjoyed how soft the meat was plus its crunchy outer layer was made the dish more pleasant to eat! You would think that with all the flavor going on with the chicken, having it with rice pilaf would be too overwhelming. However, the rice was light and quite subtle in taste but still delicious.

Chicken Cordon Bleu (P285)

Le Petit Cheri
Molito, Alabang

A Southern belle's treasure: Adabelle's Bakery

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We've all been witnesses to the cupcake craze and until now, people can't help but get their hands on these petite delights covered in frosting. Who can blame them? Cupcakes come in all sorts of flavors and they're pretty easy (and fun) to eat! I've tried a lot of cupcakes, some out of curiosity and some to satisfy my craving. But I haven't really found one that quite hit the spot - until my aunt started baking what heaven would taste like in the shape of a cupcake. Now you might be thinking that the reason behind my drive to make this post is my relation to the baker and owner. Yes and no. The main purpose of my blog after all is to write about the products I truly believe in and feel are worthy of letting food enthusiasts such as myself know what's out there for them to try. I won't mince words - these ARE the best cupcakes in Manila. There's no bias here, they just taste REALLY REALLY GOOD. I'm pretty sure you'd be saying the same thing once you try them out for yourself. :) 

Red Velvet Cupcakes (P60)
All the cupcakes are baked fresh since they're made to order. And I don't know about you, but there's something different about how homemade baked goods taste - they're richer in flavor, fresher and safer to eat. Before I even bit into my first Adabelle Cupcake, I couldn't help but stare at its frosting. I've never seen anything piped so pretty and dainty. These cupcakes appear to be fit for a queen and a princess. So, yes. They're aesthetically pleasing, but what about the taste?

One important factor most people consider when tasting food is the balance of flavors. The red velvet cake base is moist and fluffy, so don't expect it to crumble. The frosting is like the crown on this royal dessert - extremely creamy, velvety and sweet, which makes the perfect partner for the cake. All cupcakes are frosted with Adabelle's very own homemade cream cheese frosting.

Adabelle's Bakery also customizes cakes. The photo above is that of a Pineapple Carrot Walnut Clown Cake made especially for a birthday party. No fancy fondant here, just pure playful edible art. Looking at the menu, you'll notice that Adabelle's Bakery focuses on only a few flavors, that's because all of these have been perfected down to a t. 

Customized Carrot Walnut Sunflower Cupcakes

Carrot Walnut Cupcakes (P70)
Adabelle's Carrot Walnut Cupcakes are a healthier alternative to other cupcakes out there. It's packed with walnuts, a healthy serving of carrots and a pretty finish.

Ultramoist Chocolate Cake
I've tasted many chocolate cakes in the past few years - some homemade and some commercialized. I'm pretty selective when it comes to this dessert since I've always pictured my ideal chocolate cake as moist, fudgy, soft, pleasant to the palate and of course, it had to ooze with chocolate. I was fortunate to to find all of these in Adabelle's Ultramoist Chocolate Cake, which is the latest addition to the menu. Imagine 10 inches worth of super moist chocolate cake drowning in a pool of homemade chocolate fudge sauce. Absolutely delectable and a must try. 

Each creation by Adabelle's Bakery will be the best you've ever tasted, be it in the form of a cupcake or a chocolate cake. Pick-up points are in Alabang and B.F. Homes, Paranaque, please allow one day lead time for orders since all cakes and cupcakes are made to order. :)

Tiny reminder: Adabelle's Bakery will only be operating until June 24 so you only have a limited amount of time to try the best cupcakes! :)

Adabelle's Bakery
instagram: adabellesbakery

Chelsea Market & Cafe

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I can say that my blog has officially lost 20 pounds after almost 4 months of not feeding it with food photos and reviews. Now that I'm back (but only for a short while), I'm gonna be catching up on backlogs and features that were supposed to be in this food blog of mine months ago. So, first on the list of my "should have been posted eons ago" blog entries is my trip to Chelsea Market & Cafe

I have been to Serendra a couple of times, tried Sonja's Cupcakes, dined at Abe and crossed the streets of Taguig to get from point A to point B. But I honestly never knew the cafe I had passed by many times was going to be one of my top 5 favorite places to eat at. This restaurant did a wonderful job at marrying the concept of a "market" and "cafe" and creating a homey yet elegant set-up.

I love it when restaurants provide appetizers that are enough to keep you full until your food arrives. Chelsea offers free focaccia bread with roasted garlic, which you dub (or press) your bread onto, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Granny Smith Apple Shreds and Gorgonzola (P350)

Southern Style Cornflake (P495)
A fresh alternative to the usual "chicken n' gravy", this delicious cornflake encrusted chicken was nicely paired with Rosemary wild mushroom gravy. 

Slow-Cooked Herbed Norwegian Salmon (P495)
Crisp Citrus-Rosemary Roasted Pork Belly (P495)
I can't go to a restaurant, spot the words "pork belly" on the menu and ignore it completely. This was apparently too big for me to handle, and I mean that in the best way possible. The pork was succulent and tucked underneath was a bed of mashed potatoes swimming in gravy. Definitely something worth trying when you first dine here.

Carrot Cake
Cookie Cheesecake

You'll have to excuse me, I forgot what these cakes are called although you can tell by the looks of it that they were divine.

Cookie Cheesecake

Chelsea Market & Cafe
Bonifacio Global City