Gastronomia di Paolo

Cupcakes to go…

I\’m a fan of their desserts, cheesecakes are not that sweet same goes with their cupcakes. I have yet to try their pasta and pizzas. Price range is reasonable, especially when the one prepping the meals is the chef. (It maybe a deli cafe but they take gourmet food seriously).

Chef Icon: Au Naturel

Ate Cynthia and her Chocolate Trovana Cake
I\’ve tasted this scrumptious cake during our meeting in the workplace. I can\’t get over it. Really!  I found out from my housemate Ate Cynth about this bakeshop in Kampung Bahru Road. I was like \”Hey! I see that shop everyday from work!\” Good thing, Renze gave Ate this luscious Chocolate Trovana cake that stirred my curiosity. Good thing,  I ate this cake for free, twice.
It\’s just across the street

After one busy work day, I dropped by at Chef Icon to see the goodies. The place is a cozy bakery and coffee shop where the smell of bread is a delight for my olfactory nerves. Artisanal breads and pastries are all over but what attracted me are the cakes. The counter is manned by the uber-friendly Chef Francis. He helped me with that to get. We also got to chit-chat a little about cakes, Philippines and work.

They adopt the Avina.Neutro Baking style, which makes their products healthier. Their products contain:

  • No Animal Rennet
  • No Animal Gelatin
  • No Animal Meat
  • No Liquor
  • No Margarine
  • No MSG
  • No Onions & Garlic
  • No Preservatives
  • No Chemical Bread Improvers
 Since then, every payday I indulge myself to some au naturel sweetness.
Clockwise from left Cookies and Cream Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Tiramisu, Chef Icon box packaging and Chocolate Marble Cheesecake 
I tried the American Carrot Cake first. I\’m not a fan of fruit cakes primarily but it\’s not that bad. Just OK. As for the cheesecakes…HEAVENLY! Creamy, not too sweet, tasty and light on the stomach. It was a \”Ratatouille\”  moment…there\’s fireworks 🙂  
Get to know about their vision from their website:
Visit them at:
5 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 169341
Phone: 9337 3900

It\’s a Grin Affair

I\’m a fan of shops, cafe or stores that are hindi pa ganong kasikat, just starting and has this very cozy and personal vibe. Everton Park is home to some of it. First off is Grin Affair.

I first noticed the promo board near the stairs towards our block. I thought that they are selling sa paglalako. It turns out it was directing the people to go over the shop. Quite misleading at first especially, I still have no sleep coming from my night shift. So I was left curious. the products are pretty enticing.
When I came back from one of my meetings for my wedding, I went down from my usual bus stop and was surpirsed to see the corkboard sign again. And its now directing to the place itself. So I went in, the vibe is very homey and eco-conscious. It feels like I came into my mom\’s kitchen and I await for my mom to finish the cooking. Earth tone colors dominates the place. There\’s also a little space for hand-made items for sale.
I met Jody, the shop\’s owner and pastry chef (I\’m not quite sure about her title aside from being the owner). And we had a little chit-chat. One concept of the store is to promote recycling thus the use of glass jars for her cakes. There\’s an attached chit on each of the jar, you can collect all 20 pieces of it then you can receive a freebie if you return all the jars!
Jody has been to Manila for 5 days for a short vacation. She has an interesting insight of it. She liked Intramuros and the old buildings. Meaning the uniqueness of Manila comes from its old world charm that sets us apart from other countries. She also like the idea of having food carts (like everywhere!) even on the LRT/MRT. She thinks it\’s one of the most profitable way for F&B. She hopes to come back one day and would like to explore our beaches.
Ok, back to the food. I ordered Banana something cake-y (sorry I forgot the name). The taste is delectable. Not too sweet and not too creamy. It melts in your mouth for quite a while so you can savor the flavor and ingredients. The banana fruit is still fresh, and it doesn\’t give a lamog flavor.
I haven\’t returned yet from the shop. Most of the time that I want to go there its closed. I still want to try the other cakes. I\’m looking forward to it.