Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

Refreshing Bingsu


Next to the Philippine’s most popular dessert halo-halo, here is one of my most favorite all-time refresher when the craving hits, which could be anytime. Bingsu is a Korean popular dessert made with shaved ice and topped with different flavors. My favorite at the Zoom Cafe in Susupe is the Coffee Bingsu.

The Coffee Bingsu is served with a scoop of ice cream on top with swirls of caramel which makes every bite heavenly delicious. On top of the shaved ice is a serving of sweet red bean paste and crunchy cereal. Other flavor options at the Zoom Cafe are strawberry bingsu and the red bean bingsu. A must-try when you visit Saipan!


Yoshoku at Miyako

?????? HWHEN I got an invitation to try out Yoshoko — Miyako Japanese Restaurant’s latest offering at the Hyatt a couple of weeks ago — I said “yes!” without having any idea what to expect. –
I had visions of new sushi and sashimi servings in mind, and was unprepared when I came face to face with four mouthwatering sets of “Japanized” European dishes — Western-influenced cooking that originated during the Meiji restoration which started in 1868 and, according to Wikipedia, was responsible for the emergence of Japan as a modernized nation in the early 20th century.

The emperor at the time, Meiji, lifted the ban on red meat and promoted Western cuisine.Yoshoku

Miyako at the Hyat is offering four main Yoshoku dishes for a tryout period starting October 7 until Oct. 31, 2013:

• Kaki Furai — crunchy bite-size pieces of breaded, deep fried oysters served with tartar sauce and lemon wedge at $10 per order.

• Katsu Kare — breaded kurobuta pork coated with bread crumbs and served with Japanese curry and steamed rice for $20.

• Omurice — chicken rice wrapped in an omelet and served with a special house-made salsa. The blend of flavors will tease your palates. The Omurice is a meal by itself for $10 only.

• Gyuniku katsu — my instant favorite. Certified Angus Beef served with cabbage and sauce for dipping for $30. The meat was so tender and flavorful, and when I learned it was fried, I couldn’t believe it. There were no traces of dripping oil and the flavors just lingered on my palate.

Black sesame ice cream

Black sesame ice cream

For dessert, we tried Miyako’s black sesame ice cream. I was not overly enthusiastic about ice cream and was thinking of just tasting it. But the ice cream was served on a platter: two deliriously mouthwatering slices of them — yes, slices and served with strawberry and lemon. I finished my ice cream in world record time, ahead of my three companions.

The Yoshoku dinner is available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day at the Miyako except Sunday. Mojito drinks are available. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome depending on table availability. Club at the Hyatt discount is available.DSC_2303

The price range for these four Yoshoku dishes is from $10 to $30, and you can also order other Japanese favorites from the ala carte menu.

While at the Hyatt, don’t miss the Nutty Melon special cocktail and enjoy the heavenly blend of cranberry juice, water melon juice, coconut syrup and dark rum. Nutty Melon is available at all Hyatt bars for $10.

For inquiries and reservations, call 234-1234 or visit

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Give in to ‘Guilty Pleasures’

Black Bottom cupcake

GUILTY pleasures come in many forms, and this time they’re mouthwatering home-baked cupcakes and goodies you just can’t resist.

Yield to the temptations that Guilty Pleasures provides through its affordably priced selections of goods baked with love — delectable sweets that aim to satisfy your guilty pleasures.

It took only a tentative bite of a Black Bottom cupcake from Guilty Pleasures last Friday for me to forget that I was not the world’s biggest fan of sweets. I had a tray filled with the most tempting cupcakes — a couple with nut toppings, one with a red berry on top and one chocolate topped with cream, and four delicious looking velvet squares. It was hard to decide which one to try first, but before an hour passed, I had finished the goodies with a little help from my housemate and was craving for more.

Rose Ada Hocog started tempting taste buds and making imaginations run wild in the dead of the night and early morning hours, posting delicious images of cupcakes in various flavors and colors, pies and cookies on Facebook and announcing to the world the irresistible aroma filling her house months ago to combat insomnia.

Hocog’s affair with baking started back in high school where she took a cooking class.

She was hooked from then on, and has left a trail of happy clients since then.

From her nocturnal posts and interactions with commenters on Facebook, the idea to make her guilty pleasures available to everyone was conceived.

Her Facebook posts raised reactions from sweet lovers and soon spread far and wide by word of mouth.

“I thought about it and decided to go forth with a small bake shop,” Hocog said.

“I named it Guilty Pleasures because everyone has something they love, something that pleases them, something that gratifies them, but don’t reveal to anyone for their own private reasons. For some, it may be food, for others it may be something in the bedroom, but one thing’s for sure, we all have our own little guilty pleasures,” Hocog said.

She can do customized cakes, cookies, and cupcakes but only when she has more time and manpower. Orders should be placed at least a week in advance, or 48 hours at the latest.

“I don’t like to do a rush job,” Hocog said.

For special orders for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions, Hocog said she needs at least a week’s notice.


Choose your favorite pleasures without feeling guilty from any of Hocog’s home-baked products.

Guilty Pleasures bakes and delivers cupcakes and muffins designed to tempt the palates of saints. Choose from different flavors including velvet cupcakes, brownie velvet cupcakes, rainbow cupcakes, snicker doodle cupcakes, banana crumble, smore’s cupcakes, black bottom cupcakes, tipsy turvey toasted rum cupcakes and strawberry cheesecake muffins.

Pies come in a variety of flavors: banana drizzle, cheery drizzle, triple chocolate layers and banana cream pie.

Cake and bread selections include mini choco-velvet cake, popcorn cakes, pumpkin choco bread and pumpkin nut bread, Oreo and rum cakes, s**t in the bucket, berry velvet and berry berry strawberry cakes, and choco-strawberry shortcakes.

Guilty Pleasures also offers cookies, brownies and other goodies like regular brownies with or without nuts, brown velvet squares, chocolate chip cookies, M&M cookies, crack cookies, Smore’s Bars, and rocky road bars at a dozen minimum per order and sesame party mix.

Guilty Pleasures’ best sellers are the velvet brownies, smores cupcakes, black bottom cupcakes, tipsy turvy rum cupcakes, crack cookies, and pumpkin chocolate bread.

For orders or inquiries, send Hocog a message on Facebook, visit her Timeline (Rose Hocog) or text her at 989-1974.

First published at the Marianas Variety

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