Quan Delicacies has been my source of Ilonggo and other native Filipino food for the last twenty years or so. I can still remember the excitement I felt when they opened their first self-service restaurant besides the Bacolod Doctor's Hospital. When I was taking my graduate studies in La Salle, I would take lunch there and later, they opened another restaurant in La Salle Avenue which was even more convenient because of the bigger parking space. And so when the Negrense Blogging Society, Inc was invited for food tasting of their newer products, I was happy to go.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011
(Before I begin, a disclosure: the owner and I share a common ancestor, making her a cousin of sorts, although we were made aware of this only about 2 or 3 years ago)
The newest kid in the food market is Ceres Pasalubong. I first saw their outlet at their old north terminal several months ago, and I was very surprised...I mean the name Ceres is always equated with the bus line and never with food. So, out of curiosity and because someone told me that their hopia was really good (my family is hopia crazy), one day driving home to Silay, instead of going up the flyover, I went under it to pass by the Ceres north terminal and parked where their pasalubong tent was. I of course headed straight for the hopia. Wow...their hopia was triple the size of those in other stores! Unfortunately, they had no mongo (my personal favorite) at that time so I settled for the onion filling.
I also bought their other goodies like the caramel tart which looked just the right color (some other brands looked a bit overcooked), and the sesame cookies which smelled good. The Verdict: Really Yummy!
Their hopia is definitely to die for. And the tart fillings tasted exactly as caramel should. The sesame cookies were also chewy aside from smelling and tasting good. All the products are of very good quality but most importantly, very reasonably priced for most people. The hopia for example costs Php8.00 per piece but it is big and very filling that I was only able to eat one with my coffee. This I think is good value for my money, especially when I compare it to others which may cost cheaper but I have to consume 4 or 5 pieces to get full. They also sell meringue, piaya and bread products. Their bread products range from hot pan de sal to loaf bread to specialty bread like ensaymada, tortitas and even special muffins that taste a lot like that expensive American brand I know. They also have food to go for people on the move aka their passengers like siopao, cakes, cheeserolls, cupcakes, coffee buns and many others. You can visit this and this page for a list of some of their products. I have become a returning customer and I am saying all these not because I know the owner but because I think she has a good thing going here. My unsolicited advice...Keep it good...keep it affordable and Ceres Pasalubong will be here to stay.
(note: photos taken from the Ceres Pasalubong Facebook page)
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Two weeks ago, the Negros Bloggers got an invitation to see the operations of Merci, which not so long ago was a bakeshop but has now evolved into other businesses like a pasalubong center, a fast food restaurant, among others. Unfortunately due to classes I can no longer reschedule, I was not able to go with the group. However to my surprise, I got a small box of their pasalubong treats, which of course made my kids' sweet-tooth very happy.
To be honest, this is the first time I have tasted Merci's Mango Tarts, Cheese Tart and Butterscotch. My relationship with Merci is purely about loaf breads and pastries/cakes (their cake rolls are good). Now, my family loves butterscotch but I usually buy the other brand since their outlet is near my home...so what was the final verdict? The mango and cheese tarts were good but...The Butterscotch was really special! It was chewy, soft, with just the right sweetness. It is the best I have ever tasted among the commercially available ones. Hmmm, I wonder if their bakeshop here in our market has them? I am definitely a convert and will surely get our supply of butterscotch squares from the many Merci Pasalubong Centers found conveniently in the main streets and malls in Bacolod. There is also one conveniently located in the 2nd floor of the Bacolod-Silay Airport Terminal building. Happy shopping!