Sophie Eats: Taiyaki Ice Cream

With all the hype for taiyaki ice cream, I was happy to hear that there’s a stall in the Mall of Asia (MoA). I just finished lunch, so I was in the mood for dessert when, lo and behold, I saw this:

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Lucky JPMM Taiyaki Ice Cream

My eyebrows raised a bit at the price of Php 75, but I decided it seemed like it was worth it and ordered one.

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Sophie Bakes: Chocolate Chip Melon Pan

[Maybe a more fitting title would be Sophie TRIES to Bake Again: Chocolate Chip Melon Pan]

A few weeks ago, I discovered this channel on YouTube called Peaceful Cuisine which is basically a cooking and baking channel dedicated to fill your eyes and ears with quiet cooking (I find it incredibly relaxing) – but not your stomach, unfortunately. There was this one video that captured my attention: Chocolate Chip Melon Pan. Melon pans, in general, are really good. [A melon pan is basically a sweet bread with crisp cookie dough on top.] I always buy one whenever I go to a Japanese bakeshop here in the Philippines and I make it a point to eat one whenever I visit the Land of the Rising Sun. It’s one of my ultimate comfort foods.

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Just look at it!

I absolutely love Japanese food so when I saw “Melon Pan” I immediately clicked on the video – and the fact that it had chocolate chips? I knew that I had to eat it. I’m sure that everyone has this thing they do wherein they watch people cook or bake online, drool at the thought the final product, but end up never really making it for themselves because of laziness or other excuses? Well, I’m usually like that, but for some strange reason I wanted to make Chocolate Chip Melon Pans. I grabbed some paper and wrote down all the ingredients I had to buy.

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Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

[Note: This is a really late blog post. I had scheduled this to be out by September 10, 2016 – but I forgot to post it!  😦 haha whoops.]

Every Sunday, my family and I go to the Sunday market to have a delicious breakfast and to buy some food for the house. This particular Sunday was special because we were celebrating my dad’s birthday – we had breakfast at the Wildflour Cafe + Bakery in Makati.

It was my first time to go here so I was really impressed by the interior and the food displayed as soon as I walked in. We were immediately seated and handed menus (you can view the menu here).

We ended up ordering the following: the pastry board (Php 420) – choice of any four pastries;

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Here are the four pastries: (L-R) Salted Egg Croissant & Ube Cake
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(L-R): Smores Pie & (I forgot what the other one is called)

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Japan 2k16 – Week 7 (May 16 – May 22)

Yes, yes. It’s been a quite a long time and I’m really sorry about that! I’ve been so busy these past few weeks – busy exploring Tokyo and the weight of school, of course; but now I’m taking the time to update on my exchange program here! 🙂 I hope you enjoy reading as much as I had recollecting these memories!

Day 1: May 16

Today was a very ordinary day in school. I went through the usual routine of going to school, having Japanese class, then going back to the dorm to rest and do homework – BUT there’s a good reason why I didn’t go out today.

Day 2: May 17

Today, I was supposed to go to the Louis Vuitton exhibit near the school but decided not to anymore as the weather was terrible. It was raining really hard the whole day, so after school, I asked Winona: “Hey. Do you want to have doughnuts and coffee and wait for the rain to stop?”, whereas she agreed. We went to Krispy Kreme in Shinjuku (near Toho Cinema) and did just that. Now, there was a Taito station near the doughnut shop so I wandered inside and saw a giant Snoopy stuffed toy inside one of the UFO machines.

I didn’t believe that I would win something like that – but then:

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I WON. Winona and I were laughing so hard because our faces mirrored the same expression like: “WOW. I ACTUALLY WON. I GUESS I’M NOT THAT MUCH OF A LOSER AFTER ALL.” HAHA.

The day pretty much brightened up afterwards – both figuratively and literally.

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