A slice of cake alongside a cup of joe, being enjoyed at 3:00 in the afternoon as a sort of pick-me-up from the post-lunch drowsiness. This has been a common habit for me in my eight years of being a member of the working class. In fact, this was one of the things I missed when I transferred to a new job that required working from home.
As with my previous posts, I managed to discover these old images on my Instagram archive. The things you do when you can’t leave the house and try out new food spots around.
This Dulce de Leche Cheesecake from Señor Pollo was from an unfortunate moment last year. I never expected that sunny afternoon to end with a deluge, just like how I did not expect this cheesecake to be rather gelatinous. Yes, you read it right: gelatinous. The cream cheese layer reminded me of custard instead of solid cheese! Good thing the crust and caramelized milk drizzles on top became the cake’s saving graces. Oh well, at least it served as a sweet finish for the fried chicken I had for lunch.
The Yema Sans Rival from Tsoko.Nut Batirol is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Good thing the establishment sells it as a combo: you get a slice of cake with a mug of hot chocolate done the Filipino way (although you can opt for coffee). Tsoko.Nut Batirol does not scrimp on the yema (egg custard) coating and filling, though the interior of the sans rival slice isn’t different from the usual sans rival on the market. I liked how the layers remained nutty, however. Best to get an unsweetened hot drink to pair off with this one.
Following the path of rival coffee chain Starbucks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) released its own version of the Chocolate Chip Dough Cheesecake. This cheesecake combines two favorite cookies in one cake slice. Chocolate chip cookie dough is mixed in with the cream cheese base, and Oreo cookies constitute the crust present in most cakes of this nature. The chocolate chips mixed in the dough and the crushed Oreo base neutralize the sharp taste of the cream cheese for a sweet finish.
That wraps up this sweet triptych; until the next post, stay safe!