A lot of people know I am, by heart, a vegetable addict. I love greens and I adore the colorful mix of beautiful fresh vegetables on my plate every time I eat. For six years, I have been a loyal lover and I don’t think I’ll ever break my herbivore vows. On the contrary, I also have a habit of sneaking a few cheat meals in between to keep the greenly relationship alive. One of my guiltiest pleasure: FROMAGE. Oh la la, les plusieurs sortes de fromages. I can’t get enough of cheese and I think it may take a lot of years before I truly get over this illicit dairy lover of mine (even though I’ve been a lactose intolerant for as long as I can remember). The best part of it? I share this vice (and this intolerance) with my husband.
Last week, after having a shared bowl of ramen with my man, we walked around our neighborhood to find something good. I was sick so food barely had any appeal to me. He asked me what I wanted to have after dinner so I just said, “I think I’m good with a cup of tea, let’s walk around and find one.” So we ended up visiting his favored coffee shop, Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters to have a cup of coffee.
As we were ordering, there I was standing by the counter and it caught my eye – a delectable confection: CHEESECAKE. I got so into it that I have forgotten about the tea and ordered a glass of fresh lemonade instead. And without any hesitation, I proposed to share a slice with my husband.
The Espresso Latte coffee arrived first (with my lemonade).
Oh what a sight (as the dessert landed on our table).
The cheesecake was rich and the subtle taste of the pistachios unraveled as I had my first taste. I loved how the pistachios were all here-and-there and it didn’t seem like they were superfluous. The crusting (base crumbs) was compact but by the time I had that taste, they had dispersed pleasantly in my mouth. The whipped cream with caramel syrup was an absolute flattering touch as well. As I took parcels the cake, so I did with the cream.
Bit by bit, my husband and I shared delight in indulging on this beautiful dessert. It was a perfect to end the night.
And so we went home with happy hearts and contented stomachs – dreaming of the next time we’ll be able to revisit this admirable dessert.
Location: Toby’s Estate Coffee Rasters, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
- Pistachio Cheesecake (slice) : 250 PHP
- Fresh Lemonade (glass) : 150 PHP
- Espresso Latte : 150 PHP
All photos were taken by the author and her husband, Rudolf Padlan.