Macaron ice cream sandwich – Melt

Macaron ice cream sandwich - Melt
Chocolate coconut ice cream and strawberry macarons.
Melt, Auckland NZ

Omg, this was SO good! I loved the chocolate coconut flavor of the ice cream and it had a great firm texture. The macaron was also very yummy. A great afternoon treat!


Peanut butter & lemon coconut mini cupcakes – Sweetly Baked

Peanut butter & lemon coconut mini cupcakes - Sweetly Baked
Sweetly Baked, Salem OR

We went up to Salem to see the solar eclipse in August and ended up seeing it from Coria Estates Winery. Sweetly Baked was giving out free mini cupcakes to the guests, and they had a variety of flavors to choose from. These cupcakes were pretty tasty and super moist. Noms!

Coconut doughnut – Glory Doughnuts

Coconut doughnut - Glory Doughnuts
Glory Doughnuts, Frederick MD

This was the last donut that they had, lol! I arrived a cold morning and apparently I was late because they were pretty much sold out already. I was glad that had one left! Anyway this donut was pretty good. It wasn’t my favorite since there was just too much coconut for my taste. I would have liked to try another flavor to get a sense of their style of donut-making.

Lobster ceviche – 1760

Lobster ceviche - 1760
Caramelized coconut, pineapple, kaffir lime. $17
1760, San Francisco CA

I think that this dish was pretty to look at, but it didn’t taste very good. I don’t think that all the tropical flavors really accentuated the lobster, and the sticky white sauce on the bottom was just weird and had a off-putting texture. I couldn’t even recognize some of the ingredients and was left wondering what exactly went wrong.

Cheese amuse bouche - 1760
Cheese bites with sweet jelly, micro basil. Complimentary

Paraiso curry chicken – Paraiso Grill

Paraiso curry chicken - Paraiso Grill
Delicious creamy coconut milk, curry to taste and vegetables. 250 PHP
Paraiso Grill, Boracay PHILIPPINES

I think it’s funny when menus say things like “curry to taste”, as if they would add curry not to taste. Perhaps it’s just poor translation but it’s cute. This dish was ok, I wasn’t blown away or even impressed really. I did like that there were plenty of vegetables.

Boracay sunset
Boracay sunset.

Pomelo salad with latik – Mesa

Pomelo salad with latik - Mesa
Fresh pomelo chunks with grated coconut and house dressing. 250 PHP

This was a very different dish for me. I liked the pomelo wedges and the toasted coconut was good, but I’m still on the fence regarding the milky dressing. It didn’t taste bad, but I’m not sure that it added to the flavors of the salad. Latik refers to solid coconut curds, by the way, but I had difficulty differentiating them from the toasted shaved coconut. I did like the presentation in the banana leaf!

Manhattan - Mesa
Manhattan. 180 PHP

Sailing around Boracay
Sailing around the island.

Filipino plate – DADS Kamayan Saisaki

Filipino plate - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
Kalderatang baka (beef stew), pork pukyutan, kuhol sa gata (snails in coconut cream sauce), lumpia, mixed pancit, steamed rice. Buffet
DADS Kamayan Saisaki, Manila PHILIPPINES

Please don’t ask me what’s in a lot of these. I just know how to eat them, not cook them – lol! Even though this plate is like a heart attack about to happen, it was pretty tasty! I didn’t like the snails though. I liked the flavor of the coconut cream sauce, but the snails themselves had a texture that didn’t agree with me. They were tough, black, and a little slimy. I tried eating one and left the rest on my plate.

Lechon de leche - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
Lechon de leche (roasted suckling pig). He looks so cute! 🙂

Sidecar motorcycle taxis
Sidecar motorcycle taxis and jeepney.