Almond croissant – Boudin Bakery and Cafe

Almond croissant - Boudin Bakery and Cafe
I like that the pastries at Boudin are larger than those from other bakeries, and they’re actually really tasty too! This flaky croissant had plenty of delicious almond paste inside and toasted almonds on top. $2.49
Boudin Bakery and Cafe, San Francisco CA

Pier 39 marina
Pier 39 marina.

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Breakfast #3 – Boracay Regency

Breakfast #3 - Boracay Regency
Beef, pork, garlic rice, scrambled eggs, bacon, pancit.
Boracay Regency, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Ugh, I couldn’t stop filling my breakfast plate with SO much food every morning! I really didn’t have to eat so much and I wasn’t even that hungry, but I couldn’t pass up on tasting a little bit of everything. Hehe!

Breakfast #3 - Boracay Regency
Waffle, ube (purple yam) bun, fruit, cheese bun.

Boracay sunset
Boracay sunset, Station 2.

Sugar egg puffs – Shanghai Dumpling King

Sugar egg puffs - Shanghai Dumpling King
Wow, these egg puffs were awesome! They reminded me of a fried version of light, airy, eggy popovers. The interior was smooth and custardy, and SO delicious! I shook most of the sugar off because I’m not a huge sweet fan, but really these warm puffs didn’t even need the extra sugar to make them better. They’re perfect as is! 3 pieces $3.25
Shanghai Dumpling King, San Francisco

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Vaillancourt Fountain
Vaillancourt Fountain, Justin Herman Plaza.

Blueberry cream cheese pastry – Paris Baguette

Blueberry cream cheese pastry - Paris Baguette
Banh ngan lop pho mai viet quay. 25,000 VND
Paris Baguette, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

I love the different shapes that all the pastries come in here! American blueberry pastries mostly come in a boring round shape. We don’t get a cool variety like the ones at Paris Baguette. It’s a shame. :(

Iced cafe latte - Paris Baguette
Iced cafe latte. 55,000 VND

Hotel de Ville de Saigon
Hotel de Ville de Saigon (City Hall).

Sweet bacon roll – Paris Baguette

Sweet bacon roll - Paris Baguette
Banh ngot thit muoi cuon. Bacon wrapped croissant filled with chopped hard boiled eggs. 26,000 VND
Paris Baguette, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Sweet bacon roll - Paris Baguette
Omg, this was warm and delicious! I loved the bacon, and the pastry was the perfect thickness for cutting through and eating. I thought this was fun and new. We need these here in the US! They’re the perfect bite for breakfast.

Iced Vietnamese coffee - Paris Baguette
Iced Vietnamese coffee with milk. 40,000 VND

Saigon Skydeck
View of the city from the Saigon Skydeck in the Bitexco Financial Tower.

Breakfast #3 – Best Western Hotel La Corona

Breakfast #3 - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Teriyaki chicken, sautéed vegetables, kielbasa, scramble eggs, and croissant. Complimentary
Best Western Hotel La Corona, Manila PHILIPPINES

Meh, I didn’t really like the selection this morning. I mean, teriyaki chicken, really? It should have at least been chicken adobo. Oh well, you can’t win them all. ;)

Cream of mushroom soup - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Cream of mushroom soup.

Malacanan Palace
Malacanan Palace.

Mini bibingka – Bibingkinitan

Mini bibingka - Bibingkinitan
Soft and moist rice cakes made with 100% rice flour topped with salted duck egg and cheddar cheese.
Bibingkinitan, Manila PHILIPPINES

Omg, these were SO frickin’ good! They were deliciously salty, buttery and super soft. And they’re the perfect size to snack on, but you really can’t stop at just one. Noms!

Malacanan Palace balcony
Malacanan Palace balcony where President Ferdinand Marcos made his last public appearance.

Breakfast pastries – Tous Les Jours

Breakfast pastries - Tous Les Jours
Banh lop choco. Chocolate chip pastry. 13,000 VND
Banh lop man. Mi ham cheese pastry. Each 9,000 VND
Tous Les Jours, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

I don’t think we really needed these pastries, but it was hot walking outside and we needed to use a bathroom so we ducked into Tous Les Jours for air conditioning, cold drinks and a potty break. Lol! The pastries were unplanned, delicious treats! I did get scolded for taking pics of their products inside the store though. I’m still not completely sure why but I assumed it was competitor/ownership issue.

Iced espresso drinks - Tous Les Jours
Iced Vietnamese milk coffee. 40,000 VND
Iced Americano. 35,000 VND

Huyen Sy Church
Huyen Sy Church, District 1.

Breakfast #2 – Best Western Hotel La Corona

Breakfast #2 - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Pan fried fish with onions, sautéed vegetables, kielbasa, garlic fried rice, scramble eggs with tomato, and berry cheese pastry. Complimentary
Best Western Hotel La Corona, Manila PHILIPPINES

Another random collection of food at the breakfast buffet. I didn’t like the fish very much especially since everything tended to be pretty cold. I love garlic fried rice though! I should have ordered another plate of the bacon but I think I was pacing myself for the day. Hehe!

Complimentary truffles - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Complimentary truffles in our room.

Sunset on Manila Bay
Sunset on Manila Bay.

Custard pastry – Tous Les Jours

Custard pastry - Tous Les Jours
Banh lop kem. 10,000 VND
Tous Les Jours, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

This was a nice little sweet treat for our morning walk to the War Remnants Museum. It got SO hot that we had to stop at Tao Dan Park for some much needed shade. The custard pastry was SO tasty and moist. This bakery was really popular since it had branches all over the city.

Gerbera daisies
Gerbera daisies, Tao Dan Park.

Breakfast #1 – Best Western Hotel La Corona

Breakfast #1 - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Sweet and sour meatballs, fried rice, ham, kielbasa sausage, scrambled eggs, raspberry cream cheese pastry. Complimentary
Best Western Hotel La Corona, Manila PHILIPPINES

For a complimentary breakfast buffet at a Best Western, I was impressed that they tried to have variety every morning. The food was ok, but they didn’t keep any of it very warm. The bacon was the best part because it’s cooked to order upon request to a waiter.

Bacon - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Bacon.

Crab and corn soup - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Crab and corn soup.

Juice - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Mango juice and orange juice.

Coffee - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Coffee.

National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels
National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels, Malacanan, Manila.