Cupcakes by Paul Frank for Sonja

21 01 2013
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eNTeNG and the Red Velvet Vixen, Cupcakes by Sonja, The Serendra Piazza, circa 2009

I REALIZED that, for some reason, Paul Frank has always had cupcake–themed merchandise every season.  The first time I saw their “Will Work For Cupcakes” T-shirt, I knew exactly who to get it for.

Amidst the frantic festive feeling that defined my few days in the Philippines, I resolved to squeeze a few hours’ worth of trip back on that strip called Bonifacio High Street.  And of course, to pay my favorite cupcakes place a visit.

I did intend to sink my teeth into one of my all-time favorites, the Red Velvet Vixen, but more importantly, I went there to drop off my present for my favorite pastry chef, hailed by a top magazine as the Creative Cupcake Queen, Sonja Ocampo.

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Sonja on the pages of one of the Philippines’s top magazines, September 2010

She was out on her own vacation at the time of my visit.  But the moment she got hold of her Paul Frank loot, she sent me a text message that was just as sweet as her own confections.  See you soon, Sonja!

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I left a note with my present.

 

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One of the send-off presents I received before moving to Singapore was a box of my favorite cupcakes from Cupcakes by Sonja.

 

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Peanut Butter Nutella cupcake, which Sonja made especially for the Virlanie Foundation, and my favorite, the Red Velvet Vixen.

 

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A box of four Peanut Butter Nutella cupcakes

 

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A tight shot of arguably one of the prettiest cupcakes I have ever seen and had. Clearly, no scrimping on the frosting here!

 

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The cream cheese frosting alone on the Red Velvet Vixen can send shivers down my spine. This is that good.

 

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Miss list

21 01 2013

FOOD is one of the ties that bind me to home.  So a few days before my last homecoming, I just had to send a text message to enumerate all the dishes that I just had to have.  Food is an expression of love and the fact that home will never just be a place but a reflection of people who love each other – wherever that could be geographically.

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Filipino Food Wish List Part 1

 

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Filipino Food Wish List Part 2

 

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Panettone

21 01 2013
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TRE MARIE PANETTONE MILANESE SENZA CANDITI, on a seat beside me on board SQ918, departing for Manila. It shared space with my lambskin Longchamp.

MAKING FRIENDS with people from different cultures opens you up to learn about traditions outside your own.  They may be totally different on face value but, for all intents and purposes, quite the familiar.

One of the best gifts I got over the past holidays was TRE MARIE PANETTONE MILANESE SENZA CANDITI. Kuya Michele, who gave me the gift before his months–long assignment had ended, wanted me to have it with my family for the traditional Christmas Eve dinner.  He said that an Italian family Christmas dinner would not be complete without panettone.

So this premise meant I had to exercise all the self-control I could muster even when the pints of Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer had been calling out to me, asking to cozy up to wedges of this Italian Christmas cake, rich and fluffy with eggs and butter, made with sultana raisins, and as brandished on the box, made in the traditional Milanese way.

On my last flight home, I made it a point to handle this cake with utmost care, almost giving it its own seat on my Singapore Airlines flight.

True to expectations, it was devoured by my whole family on our much–delayed holiday dinner the very evening I arrived.  We had it with either regular ice cream or sugar–free frozen yogurt for my mom, together with excellent coffee.

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Taking good care of the cake meant resting it on a pillow. I did try to fit the seat belt around it. Hahaha!

 

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The day I picked up the panettone. Here it is, awash in sunlight at dusk.

 

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The panettone at our Italian Christmas lunch at Claudio’s place on Orchard Turn.

 

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I’ve come to love panettone the way I first served it, with ice cream. Or in this case, with gelato.

 

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A tight shot of scrumptious panettone with vanilla bean and chocolate gelato.

 

 

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