Bangkok | Thai Tea Shaved Ice Dessert

Out of all of the desserts that I tried in Bangkok, the Thai Tea Kakigori at After You Dessert Cafe was my ultimate favorite! It was a delicious tall bowl of flavored Thai Tea shaved ice with a sweet cream on top, and a side of extra Thai Tea to pour on top.Untitled-3

The center of the bowl had gelatin making it extra unique.

If you’re going to order this, make sure you are with someone to help you finish it off. My boyfriend Gui and I had a fun time devouring this and it definitely made our evening especially memorable.

The following days, we would remind each other of this dessert in order to tempt the other to return for a second time. I am definitely going back to this cafe on my next trip to Bangkok.

After You Dessert Cafe can be found in many malls around Bangkok. I discovered it while I was walking around the 7th floor of Central World.

 

Julia Quisumbing

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Make Your Own Salad Stop

If I come home from a hard workout and don’t have food in my fridge, I go down to Salad Stop for a quick meal that’s healthy and delicious. Salad stop has got to be one of my favorite go-to places. They have all types of salads and salad-wraps to choose from.

SALAD STOP MENU

My favorite wraps on the menu are Cobb Salad Wrap with added corn and Greek Salad wrap with added grilled chicken. But the best part of it all is that you can make-your-own. I recently made my own recipe and it’s now my new favorite so I thought I should share it!

 

SALAD-WRAP RECIPE

  • Cajun Shrimp
  • Lettuce
  • Alfalfa
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Jalapeño
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Ranch Dressing

 

I’ve been trying to eat less red meat and chicken lately so I wanted to try a Shrimp wrap. This one worked perfectly! The mix of flavors tasted Tex-Mex, which I love! Jalapeño is a great option for those spicy food lovers out there but if you aren’t good with spicy you can always try it without.

 

I always get my healthy Salad Stop Wrap with a Just Coco which is 100% Coconut Juice; naturally extracted, bottled fresh, no sugar added, no preservatives. It’s literally “Just Coco”!

Honestly, living in the Philippines is weird in one way – we have coconut (Buko) everywhere yet many places don’t serve it because it goes bad quickly. There were a few stands that I liked that would open the coconut in front of you and pour it into a huge bottle but those stands are nowhere near where I live (BGC). This is the freshest and tastiest bottled coconut juice I have ever had.

 

The salad-wrap plus the coconut juice was a total of around P520.

 

I’m very happy with my new creation and would love to hear what other people think. So if ever you are in a Salad Stop, try this order out and let me know!

 

Julia Q.

Siargao | Where to Eat

Kalinaw Resort Restaurant

This restaurant was lovely and used a Filipino-bamboo style interior design. It was a 3-minute walk away from our resort, Siargao Bleu. You’re right in front of the ocean with a fresh breeze. They had delicious truffle pasta and I really enjoyed the beef Carpaccio. The ambiance was nice and calm there.

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Kawayan Siargao Resort Restaurant  

Kawayan Restaurant was one of my favorites. It’s a French-American restaurant with delicious dishes that are plated nicely. On the road it looked like a little café but as we entered it was only a bakery and we were told the restaurant was next door. I was very happy when I discovered how good the food was there. I was so hungry from surfing for 2 hours and was feeling the sunburn starting, so I asked for a cool Mango Rum Shake; Mango shake with a shot of Rum. This is my go-to tropical drink when I’m at the beach. The Philippines grows the best mangos in the world, so if you’d like to try Mango Rum Shake anywhere, it has to be here! The restaurant also had a billiards table to play with while waiting for your meal. We ordered Ceviche with sliced mango as an appetizer and it was amazing. It had that tangy, zesty flavor of being marinated in vinegar and herbs, which went so well with the sweetness of the ripe yellow mango. I’ve always loved Ceviche and our Filipino version, “Kinilaw” but I’ve never had it that way. I liked it so much I thought about using that idea for our place in Batangas, Eagle Point Resort.

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I ordered Prawns marinated in orange and whisky with roasted tomatoes. They were very well cooked and there was a burst of flavor. I really loved this dish and wish I could have prawns like that every day.

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Overall, I was very happy with Kawayan Siargao Resort Restaurant. We even went back to the bakery after lunch to try a few desserts. They were delicious too!

Kermit

 This place was a tricycle ride through some small streets then a little walk through a small track. We decided to go to Kermit because my stepsister Nikki heard that there was good pizza there. The setting is mostly outside with rays of lights rushing through the trees. The pizza was thin crust and you could choose the toppings, and was pretty tasty. I enjoyed it especially because they had this crazy hot sauce on the table and I used it as a dipping sauce. Little did I know that it was going to destroy my mouth minutes after, and I eat fast! I probably chugged 3 glasses of water after that. I enjoyed the pizza a lot though, great place!

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HARANA

Harana was right next to our resort as well, about a 2-minute walk. It had a very cool beach and bungalow vibe happening. It was nice to listen to live music there with local bands. I only had one drink and was very happy with it; the local wine there, which wasn’t really wine but it-tasted good!

Bravo

What a great place to get Spanish tapas and paella. I went here for my last dinner and the ambiance was great. It was full of an international and fun crowd. We got a table on the sand with short relaxing chairs. Everything we ordered was delicious. I was devouring the patatas bravas (Spanish style French fries) because I had been drinking all day and well, carbs taste the best when your stomach is full of wine. I really enjoyed this spot and would have wanted to spend the night drinking cocktails by the bar.

Emerald Restaurant

We had dinner at Emerald Restaurant, it was quiet, cute and simple. The food was shockingly good as well. I started to realize that most of the restaurants in Siargao had great chefs. I chose the Truffle and chicken pasta. I do love truffle pasta so I will be sharing my favorite spots to get truffle pasta in Manila soon. The pasta was cooked perfectly and flavor was very fulfilling.

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Shaka

A great spot to grab some healthy bowls for breakfast! I got some crazy mixed bowl with fruit, chia seeds and bunch of other stuff. Everything there is pretty tasty. Just don’t get a smoothie and a bowl, get one or the other as it’s actually pretty filling!

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I was so incredibly happy about my food experience in Siargao and cannot wait to return!

Watch my Siargao video below!

Julia Quisumbing