Sometimes, all I can think about is vanilla ice cream, and whoever invented the ice cream is to blame. Now the bigger problem is when you get to taste wonderful desserts from your travels around the world. Good luck on finding them back home when you suddenly crave for the sweet goodness of these world famous treats.
It’s not just ice cream. Gelato has a different feel and texture to it – softer yet denser than the usual ice cream that you taste. Florence has the best shops such as Vivoli and Carabe.
Craving? Get it at Caramia or Amici. There has been a gelato craze in the Metro, prompting for more shops to open.
Baklava: Greece; Turkey
A thick pastry that is meticulously prepared, baklava originated from Turkey, but is now more known as a Mediterranean dessert. It is made of a dough called Phyllo, and is flavored with honey, lemon juice and sugar. It is really filling, and can pass as a merienda, not just as a dessert.
Filipinos are not huge fans of this dessert. But if ever you would like to try it, order it after a sumptuous meal at Café Mediterranean or Cyma.
Fried soft dough dipped in rich hot chocolate – that’s churros for you. Although you can have it plain, you can also try it in other flavor; cinnamon is quite popular. How do you know tat a churros is cooked well? It should be crispy on the outside and really soft inside. And don’t forget the hot rich thick chocolate syrup as the dip.
Dulcinea makes the best churros here in the Philippines. A single order gives you five pieces and a tasty dip. It’s a generous serving for one, but a little “bitin” for two.
If you dig really sweet stuff, macaroons should be your thing. A pastry made of icing, egg whites, ground almonds and sugar, it is shaped perfectly like two domes stuck together. They come in different colors, usually indicative of their flavor.
Bizu made French macaroons a regular sight in malls. Safe to say that they’re the local shop that you can count on if you want a taste of great flavors.
Black Forest: Germany
If you think about it, the name sounds a bit German. It’s dark and bold, and really decadent. Chocolate cake with layers of icing and cherries soaked in liquor – this is what black forest is. Of course back then it was super expensive, especially considering the ingredients involved.
Here in the Philippines, black forest is quite popular. You can get it in famous bakeshops like Goldilocks and Red Ribbon, and also in gourmet pastry shops and restaurants. No need to take that long haul of a flight from Manila to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Germany.