Valero Eat Street: My Top 5 Picks

Last Saturday, foodies flocked to Signa Designer Residences in Makati as Valero Eat Street lured everyone with delicious treats. From burgers, roasts and Spanish jamon to cakes, coffee and booze, the food fair showcased some of the best home-based sellers and restaurants in Manila. After trying on a couple of food items (and adding 3 inches to my waistline), I’ve picked out my five most fabulous finds. Enjoy!

This list is ranked.

1 | Citrus Cinnamon Sangria (PhP300) from Liq My Stick

Aptly and cleverly named, Liq My Stick specializes in liquor-infused popsicles—or poptails—made with real fruits. I loved the Citrus Cinnamon Sangria, an orange-flavored, St. Remy brandy-infused popsicle that comes with a jar of shiraz and cabernet sangria spiced with cinnamon syrup. The best way to enjoy this is to dip the popsicle into the sangria—doing so releases all the flavors in a sweet, intoxicating harmony. Even the frozen orange slices add to the fantastic fusion!

Liq My Stick

2 | Orange Miso cookie (PhP65) from The Bald Baker

photo credit: The Bald Baker
I’ve known that Cy Ynares of The Bald Baker is a talented baker ever since I tried his Matchallows, but who would have thought he would come up with another quirky cookie flavor that works so amazingly well? My latest favorite: the Orange Miso, a soft butter-orange cookie with subtle notes of salty, nutty miso. The exquisite cookie packs dark chocolate Callebaut Callets and 80% dark chocolate coins from South Cotabato. Buttery, a tad citrusy, a bit sweet, some texture, chewy—now this is my type of cookie.

The Bald Baker

3 | Barako Mexican (PhP130) from Boom’s Cold Brew

Love coffee? Boom’s Cold Brew can give that boost and jolt of energy you’re craving for. Taste-wise, the coffee is balanced yet strong. Try the Barako Mexican: barako coffee with a hint of spice and cinnamon. The subtle aftertaste is delicious enough to make you want to gulp more and more. For purists, there’s a plain Barako variant, and for those craving for something sweet, a Barako Vanilla.

photo credit: Boom's Cold Brew

Boom's Cold Brew

4 | Honey Truffle Bleu Cheese donut (PhP80) from Scarsdale

While Scarsdale’s display of sweet donuts looked tempting, I was more enticed with their selection of savory treats! Naturally I was hypnotized towards the Honey Truffle Bleu Cheese—topped with sliced green apples, it's a creamy, sweet, salty, aromatic donut that showed off delicate, balanced flavors. No, it’s not just because of the truffle, my favorite. It’s also because of the blue cheese, my second favorite, LOL!

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5 | Green Tea Crupcake from Cupcakes by Sonja

The one who started the cupcake fad in Manila, Cupcakes by Sonja, has set out again to introduce us to a new sweet creation: the crupcake, a marriage between the croissant and the cupcake. Shaped like a cupcake, it has the crisp and flakiness of a croissant, complete with all the sugar sprinkle and toppings. I liked the Green Tea variant, which came with a green tea cream filling and white chocolate balls as toppings.

photo credit: Ronica Miranda via the Cupcakes by Sonja Facebook page

Cupcakes by Sonja

Valero Eat Street
Signa Designer Residences, Valero Access Road 4, Makati City

Did you visit the Valero Eat Street? What were your favorites?

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