Pastry Master Chef Jess Chiam Ko Seen whipped up a Christmas themed dessert using Selbourne Chocolate

Minggu, 18 Oktober 2015

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting one of  Malaysia's top pastry chef, Master Chef Jess Chiam Ko Seen at The Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines. Chef Jess demonstrated how to create Christmas themed triple chocolate cookies, cupcakes with chocolate ganache and macaron with Selbourne.

With Master Chef Jess Chiam Ko Seen
Executive Pastry Chef of Academy of  Pasty and Bakery Arts Philippines
Chef Niklesh Sharma the Managing Director of Academy of  Pasty and Bakery Arts Philippines
welcomes everyone in the event and gives a brief introduction about the Academy.

Kaisheng Tay
Barry Callebaut representative
Selbourne is a leading compound chocolate brand in Asia and it is part of the Barry Callebaut gourmet division. It is a trusted brand by pastry chefs and other culinary professionals. Chef Jess prefers to use it because of its superb quality and the varying choices to fit a chef's specific needs. "The quality is so fine that it produces an excellent and instense chocolate taste. It can withstand high temperature like the High Heat Resistance Dark Compound and Semi Sweet Dark Compound, which is specifically manufactured for the South East Asia climate" said Kaisheng Tay.

Selbourne: Great cocoa taste and superior product quality begin with the cocoa trees.
Morsels of Callebaut 811 and  823
Barry Callebaut
finest Belgian chocolate
 Professional users such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakeries, hotels, restaurants and caterers rely on Barry Callebaut’s premium chocolate products and on its convenient, ready-to-use and ready-to-sell products offered under a variety of gourmet brands

Master Pastry Chef Jess is a very organized professional who believes in structured training.
He is a great motivator and trainer to his students.
"It took me a week to prepare the elements of the petit four. You will eat it in less than a minute.
All I hope is that you will like it,
" said Chef Jess.
Its amazing to see how meticulous and passionately Master Chef Jess works after all these years he's been doing this. He has been in the industry for 18 years and bagged several championships and titles such as "Champion for Asia Pastry Cup 2014", "Best Pastry Chef of the Year Malaysia 2011-2012 & 2012 -2013", "Culinary Olympic (IKA) National team 2012 winner of Silver Medal", "Culinary World Cup (Luxembourg) National team 2006 Winner of Silver Medal", to name a few and this year, a team of pastry chefs that he led ranked 4th at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie.

Yummy spread prepared by Master Pastry Chef Jess

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate overload

Macarons <3
one of the best tasting macarons I've ever tasted

Christmas Macarons <3

Cupcake with chocolate ganache
Each element of design was intricately done by Chef Jess, chocolate design made with Selbourne

Who wouldn't love to have this lovely macarons in their Christmas Buffet Spread?

Now you can make your own using the premium compound chocolate Selbourne which is already available locally. Selbourne is very easy to use as you don't have to temper the chocolate anymore, you can just melt with a Double-Boiler or with a Microwave.

When I was toured inside the facility I suddenly missed working in the kitchen, I'am excited to try out Selbourne, I still don't know what to make out of it but it turns out pretty I'll share it with you. :)

Want to add or enhance your skill in baking, chocolate and pastry making, check out Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines. The Academy is an insternational pastry school is based  in Makati with professional chefs running the place. They also have visiting guest chefs from all over the world.

For more information about Academy of Pastry & Bakery Arts Philippines, log on to: or visit the academy at Metro House Bldg., 345 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue,  Makati City or call Te. 849-2395.


Kamis, 15 Oktober 2015
Oh My Geee!!!! CRISS CUT CRUNCHERS!!! ^___^

Ok, so my friend and I were undecided where to get breakfast and since we were already in BGC Stopover we randomly chose Wendy's. After seeing the print ad in the store for their criss cut fries, I thought to myself, "best decision ever!" and pats myself at the back.

I drooled at the sight.

Say hello to my breakky ^_^
*throws diet out the window*

Hello there! Nice to meet you. In my tummy you go ^_^

Up close and personal with Cheese and Cheese Criss Cut Crunchers <3
Cheese on cheese sauce. omnomnom

Up close and personal with Bacon & BBQ Criss Cut Crunchers <3
Yes. BACON. <3
Criss Cut Crunchers for only Php 50.00
and they dont scrimp on the sauce the bacon bits <3

Oh and one more reason to go back:  Wendy's Bourbon BBQnator. Soon. ^_^

Date night with the Bae at 14 Four Cafe

Selasa, 13 Oktober 2015
I went to this little secret hideaway few months ago with my Bae for some QT <3. (Well.. its no longer a secret as I am about to share this wonderful place with you ^_^ ) Tucked in a quiet street somewhere in Taytay Rizal,  far away from the hustle and bustle of the metro is a quaint cafe with a lovely garden and a showroom gallery. Yep! you read that right. Intriguing right? You bet!

14 Four Cafe is a Cafe and a Showroom for Sticks designs. The place has a quirky vibe yet still has that homey feel. I'd say this place is best for some intimate dinner with the Bae or relaxed brunch with the girls. Whoever you are with, this place would definitely be a fun place to go to. 14 Four Cafe also hosts private functions and Photo shoots. Check out their website for more info.

Below are some of the snap shots I took when I visited this charming place. I have to apologize for the quality of the pics, I took these photos with an IPhone 5. ^_^v

The lights are inviting
Pretty lanterns adorn one of the nooks
14 Four Cafe by night
That's my Bae! Baymax! ^__^

Baymax: On a scale of 1 to 10........

My cute photobomber

Epic Pail ^_^

The secret garden and mi Bae

Le Menu
Aligue + Tuyo Pasta
Pasta tossed in tomato cream sauce with aligue and tuyo flakes

Adobo Flakes and Kesong Puti Panini
savory adobo flakes, laguna white cheese, garlic aioli in Pandesal

Greens, scripy onions, crumbled feta, toasted almonds and orange balsamic dressing
this Salad is the bomb! :)
Chocolate Caramel Cake
Saving the best for last :)

Going to this place may be quite tricky specially if you are not familiar with the place like us, but Waze and Google Maps would be handy to get to this place. I wish to go back to this place February next year because they use to hold outdoor movie nights every February. Yiiiiiiieeee I am excited. :) Oh and one more thing, if you want to make sure you have a table when you visit and they are open it is best to call them and reserve a table.

14 FOUR Cafe
Friday & Saturday 10 AM - 10 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 9 PM

144 Magnolia Lane, Gregoria Heights Subd,
Bgy San Isidro 1920 Taytay, Rizal

Gee goes to Blogapalooza 2015

Selasa, 06 Oktober 2015

Oh my gee!!! Finally got the email! ^__^ So happy to be part of Blogapalooza 2015. This would be my 2nd time attending this awesome event. Can't wait to see all the other bloggers, new and old businesses and their cool products and services. Plus the booths, fun games, and activities. ^_^

Check out last years Blogapalooza, catch me in this clip playing games at one of the booths. ^_^

Blogapalooza is a community of Bloggers and Online Influencers who love sharing and links to businesses who want to share their cool products / services. Blogapalooza is the biggest business to blogger event in the Philippines (recording 700+ bloggers with 50+ sponsors in 2014).
See you there! :)