Of Desserts and Sweets

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Coffee Chiffon Crunch, Mango Cupcake and Red Velvet Cupcake

I’m not much of a sweets person. It may look like the other way around, but it’s actually the husband who’s a dessert junkie. So now, you basically have an idea who finished our orders. ✌

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The husband looks happy with our cakes. ✌

Just recently, a pastry shop and specialty restaurant opened in Imus. It’s very near the city hall and the city plaza where we usually hang out — it’s like the street food district of Imus, so having this new resto is a fresh addition to our growing number of hangout choices.

Initially, my mom wanted us to try Arlene’s sans rival. She said it’s like nothing she’s tasted before, so of course we were intrigued. However, just before we entered, the owner, Arlene, was outside and told us they didn’t have sans rival today. Well, so much for my mom’s over the top marketing. 😛

Anyhow, we settled with the toffee chiffon crunch (or whatever it’s called), the mango and the red velvet cupcakes.

The cake didn’t look appealing at first, but when I tried tasting it, it was actually a bit moist! I liked the toffee on top best. Haha.

The cupcakes were not too sweet, so I liked them, but because of the texture being not too soft, I felt that after finishing half a cupcake, it was slowly turning bland. Had it not been because of the icing, I would have stopped eating because I was actually very full from our dinner. I guess that’s also one of the reasons why I was being so picky with the cupcakes. 😥

While prices range from 100 – 250 pesos, their food and dessert choices will not let you down.

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Arlene's is just perfect for crafters and hobbyists, right?

Arlene’s also boasts of a youthful yet elegant feel. The interiors are in playful colors — even their drinking glasses are quite colorful, which gives me much delight.

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Arlene's entrance

I’m guessing I’ll be coming back to this place soon. ❤

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Happy me!

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What a Treat!

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As a treat to my lazy and procrastinating self, I am joining The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge this week, with the theme, TREAT!

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Here, the husband looks absolutely happy eating his tarragon bread. Well, he was really that happy because he’s literally Bread Guy and I’m Ice Cream Girl.

On October 14, my birthday, after a long day of touring Tagbilaran City – riding a bugcar to see a little portion of the Chocolate Hills, mingling with butterflies with unusual but beautiful colors and wing patterns, playing hide-and-seek with introverted tarsiers, and buying pasalubong – we decided to cap the day with a visit to Bohol Bee Farm.

I’ve only heard of the place through the internet. I didn’t know what to expect except for the bees, and the delicious organic food that they served.

Our tour driver dropped us off at the farm only to find no one to welcome us, which was so different from the other places we’ve been to. Since we were tired and were carrying lots of stuff, we entered the shop first, which basically smelled of molds. I thought, hey, organic, remember?

While it seemed like a shop with no dine-in facilities, we magically found 1 table and two chairs neatly tucked across the organic chips gondola. Alas! We’ve found our place – we decided to skip the tour and just fill our tummies with what we could find.

Because I knew Jets liked bread, I wanted to buy all kinds of bread for him – they had camote/yam bread, squash bread, carrot bread, malunggay bread aside from the tarragon – because they were not at all pricey compared to how big each piece of bread was. The tarragon bread just cost us a good P13.00, and it was enough to keep him from starvation.

Following a friend’s suggestion and being an ice cream fanatic, I opted for the spicy ginger ice cream in organic cone. It tasted exactly like spicy ginger. The funny thing was I enjoyed it. I even liked the cone, which had more of a kropeck texture than an ice cream cone.

With this I came up with a conclusion about myself: I can eat the food I hate the most if it’s in the form of ice cream.

I’d like to think the ice cream will just be my reward for eating something healthy that doesn’t taste so good. 😀

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