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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hooked on Chocolate

Whenever I take a break from work and my diet, I indulge myself in sweets. This is why the pages of my little notebook and the Post-its in my planner look like food journal entries with a focus on dessert.

Now I finally get to turn those notes into a blog post! Today I'm putting the spotlight on everything chocolatey.

Lauren's Lava
Casa Verde, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu
Last December, I made sure to drop by Casa Verde, one of my favorite restaurants in Cebu. It was my first time to try Lauren's Lava, a lush molten chocolate cake with warm chocolate filling and vanilla ice cream on top. The balance between chocolate and vanilla was perfect.

Pane e Cioccolata
UCC Cafe Terrace, TriNoma, Quezon City
I'm a fan of bread pudding, and while I haven't found anything as amazing as the homemade lemony bread pudding I had in Cebu, this Pane e Cioccolata is a good alternative. It's bread pudding with a crisp chocolate crust and two scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with almond slivers. I always order this for dessert or as a snack at UCC!

Death by Tablea
Chocolat, Xavierville, Quezon City
I arrived a little before 8:00 p.m., the Xavierville branch's closing time, so I had to order this to go. They have a wide selection of chocolate cakes, so I asked for a slice of their bestseller. With so many others to choose from, I wondered how this seemingly simple "chocolate cake with bittersweet icing made of native cacao and condensed milk" became their customers' top choice. I stopped wondering after the first bite. The bittersweetness was a delight!

Beats Sex Any Day
Gayuma ni Maria, 123 V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa Street), Quezon City
While I'm a bigger fan of their Twisted Pavlova (which I'm going to tell you about in another entry) Gayuma ni Maria's popular dessert Beats Sex Any Day is worth a try. The cake was not very moist but the butterscotch cream and chocolate bits on top made up for it. This would appeal to chocolate and butterscotch lovers.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Cafe Xocolat, 172 B. Gonzales Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
This chocolate cake was rich and compact, but surprisingly not dry. It was not too moist, either; the texture was just right. This would be even better served with some vanilla ice cream. Ah, pure bliss.

Hello. My name is Therese and I am a chocoholic!

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