Monday, October 21, 2013

MYLENE'S ENSAYMADA AND BANANA CAKE



I was blessed enough to be invited by Dien, daughter of Tita Mylene (naks, close na ako sa kanila) last weekend to their shop in Ipil Street. Tita Mylene is the master baker while Dien assists her and also gets busy with marketing. It was my first time to hear about their shop, Mylene's Ensaymada and Banana Cake, and I was really looking forward to the visit since I am all about signature dishes / products. Theirs are ensaymada and banana cake.

I love ensaymada, even the freshly-baked ones from the local bakeries make my afternoon complete, paired with a hot cup of cocoa,and I can face any challenge in the world. Of course my sweet little Rence's smile is the best stress-reliever of all! I was also excited to try their banana cake, since I bake myself, I'm quite keen on banana-flavored baked goods. They have to be really moist, and bursting with banana flavor.

As I mentioned, the shop is located in Ipil Street, in front of the new school building of Infant Jesus Academy

 This is how the cute little shop looks like from outside

 Their signature ensaymada!

 They have cinnamon rolls with cream cheese too. This one is REALLY good.

 Bavarian-filled ensaymada says: "Hello Roni! Please be kind!"

Aside from the classic ensaymada, Dien and Tita Mylene had us taste all variants of their filled-ensaymadas. These are: ube, chocolate, yema, dulce de leche, bavarian, and blueberry. (40 PhP per piece, 420 PhP for Box of 12)

One bite of the classic ensaymada (30 PhP, Box of 12 300 PhP) and we are immediately transported to ensaymada heaven. They use real cheddar (nope, not processed cheese food!) on their ensaymada making it more flavorful. The bread was really, really soft, and the sugar and butter mix was just the right amount to complement the cheese.

Here are more ensaymada shots, as promised on our FB page:

The Dulce de Leche variant. This one we wolfed down in less than two minutes. See how generous they are with the filling? Well, wait 'till you get to taste this one!

The Yema-filled ensaymada. Please don't hate me, yema lovers. I know I made you hungry right now. Haha!

How can you go wrong with chocolate? This chocolate-filled ensaymada was the perfect breakfast for me earlier.

 The Bavarian-filled ensaymada reminds me: "Roni, I told you to be kind..."

We were also able to try their loaves, and they were all excellent. Super moist. Dense. Flavorful. Fragrant. What else can I use to describe those loaves? I am no master in vocabulary, but if you do find a better adjective when you get to try these loaves then let me know.

Super yummy, super flavorful: Banana Loaf, Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf, Carrot Walnut Loaf and Butter (this one's really yummy too... ALL OF THEM!!!) Price range from 120 PhP up per loaf.

The cheese cupcakes were a way, way, way better version of the commercially available cheese cupcakes out there. It tasted like a cupcakefied-yema. A little sweet, milky, cheesy... just try one when you visit their shop and tell me what you think! :-)

Their products are soooo ready to be purchased as gifts, give-aways, souvenirs, pot luck items... Their packaging is classy and their prices are very affordable, specially if you're getting this type of quality!

 They also have other baked goodies such as oatmeal raisin cookies.

Chocolate crinkles

 Chocolate chip cookies

Their products are SO good that they also got featured on Kusina Master. Please check out the video of the episode here. They are also launching a new packaging for this coming holiday season. The shop also becomes really busy by the "ber" months,  so better book your orders as early as NOW! :-)

With the brains and beauties behind Mylene's Ensaymada and Banana Cake Bakeshop. I am pretty sure you will have an even bigger following in the years to come! Keep it up ladies!

We were all happy clappy coming from their shop. Thanks again for the great merienda, Dien and Tita Mylene! And oh, they make killer cakes too! Check these photos from their FB page:





So Marikenyos, check out their shop! Hope you have the same happy ensaymada and banana cake experience as we did! Mylene's is hands down, the BEST ensaymada so far in my book.


MYLENE'S ENSAYMADA AND BANANA CAKE
Ipil Branch: 51 Ipil St., Marikina Heights, Marikina City (Across Infant Jesus Academy's new building)
Lilac Branch: Ruby's Building, 36 Lilac St., Marikina City (Beside Rancho 1 Gate)
Tel. No.: (02) 940-9604 / (02) 966-2303
Visit their Facebook page here.

Munching Budget per person: starts at 30 PhP


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PRAYERS FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AFFECTED BY THE VISAYAS QUAKE

I was scheduled to post a new entry today, but I don't want to be oblivious to what's happening in our country. Marikenyos, let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Visayas whose lives are devastated by the quake.

Image from here.

Lord, we know that no amount of words or hugs or relief goods can ever make up for their losses, for their mourning, but YOU, You are the greatest Comforter, You are the greatest Healer. Bless our kababayans with warmth, food, comfort, reunion with their loved ones, that they may see Your light despite all of this.

There are many ways to help, like through the Philippine Red Cross. God bless us all.

 Image from here.

Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni

Thursday, October 3, 2013

UDDERLY DELICIOUS MILKSHAKES AND DESSERTS



One of my favorite films is Pulp Fiction. And one of my favorite scenes is when Uma Thurman orders the five-dollar milkshake :-D I love milkshake, it's a trusted comfort food specially on down days. You don't need to chew much. You just sip and sip as you wallow in your stress or sadness. Hehe!


Beside Mogu Tree Noodle House, we spotted Udderly Delicious. I heard that they are under the same management. Not minding the damage hot noodles-then-cold-shakes would do to our mandibles, we hopped over to Udderly Delicious after having our noodles.

 Posing with the menu! I was actually trying to grab a jar of Skippy but it was too big to hide.

 They have shakes, desserts, and other snacks too.

How to create your milkshake: Choose your base - mine was premium ice cream. Then, choose your base flavor. I chose Pistachio. Yum!

Then, choose your toppings. Toppings are 20 PhP each, but you can get three toppings for 45 PhP. Might as well take advantage of the deal... which I didn't. Ha! I chose... Pistachio! Yes. My shake was Pistachio on Pistachio. :-) And if you examine it closely... You can also add in liquor!

 While waiting for our orders, we were entertained by the cow-ish wall. :-)

 Still tempted... Look how I didn't crop out Nutella! Also my favorite.

 Our orders: Pistachio Pistachio, and Vanilla with Reese and Nestle Crunch. Yum!

 There's a couch where you and your family or friends can enjoy your shakes together

We had a side order of cheese flavored fries

The place is really neat, where you can just chat with friends or hang out with your family. If you're looking for an alternative to the usual coffee shops, why not have milk shakes at Udderly Delicious? :-)


UDDERLY DELICIOUS MILKSHAKES AND DESSERTS
60-D Lilac Street (Beside ChinaBank)
Hacienda Heights, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 738-6833
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 80 PhP


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni
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