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MAGINHAWA STRIP: Maginhawa Street Food festival 2015

 

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Missed going to Maginhawa Street Food Festival last year but I gathered most food stalls ran out of supply early on, traffic parking was terrible – long story short, there were bloopers. Nevertheless, wish I went anyway.

Was not really planning to go this year because I’ve Saturday morning tasks which usually ends after lunch (updates, stats and all). My cousin Ate Fely and I decided to go after 3PM for a quick look and agreed if it was too crowded and if it seems like the trip home might be difficult, then we’d back out. Turns out, the stalls/booths are still stacking up, the traffic flow was bearable because the Quezon City local government had enforcers working with barangay officials and there were even street sweepers to keep the strip clean.

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After scouting a bit of the area (we started at U.P. Village) and watching the Bingo game, we munched on some chicken and squid balls. Would have wanted to munch more ‘goodness-on-sticks’  but its a food festival so paced the eating action.

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A few steps down the strip I saw Sancho’s sign and was bent on trying their famous churros. There was a long line but the turn over was quick and tasting the product, it was worth the wait! The churros was tasty even if you don’t dunk with come chocolate dip. To me that means the batter enough is top quality, the main or base of good churros.

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Baker Panda is a newbie in the sweets/dessert department. We almost just passed by their booth but the packaging struck me as very festive for holiday gifts so backed up to buy. The ‘free taste’ available was apple bars, not much of an apple flavor fan but went for it. Glad I did because literally raved right then and there because it was delicious! The apple flavor was not overbearing, soft and chewy – great to heat and eat ala mode! The pack available then was a combination of brownies and apple bars; they also have lemon bars.

GERRY’S JEEPNEY Maginhawa Street Food Festival (2015) | http://www.urmajestysire.wordpress.com | All rights reserved
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Gerry’s Jeepney is a must visit at Maginhawa Strip. side from the cool concept, they have delicious and affordable food with very accommodating staff. They have a ‘Puto Bumbong’ at ‘Bibingka’ stall outside this month also for a bit of Filipino Christmas food delight.

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There were a lot of food for the adventurous and sweet tooth also. New (to me) were Lava Nitrogen Ice Cream and Simply Crepes booths.

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There are food hubs which in Maginhawa Strip also that boasts of a diverse fare like StrEAT Food Park and Maginhawa 101 that have foodies rave as must visit and must try.

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Went home with a Baymax balloon which was the popular pick along with Hello Kitty. So, that’s our Maginhawa Food, Music and Fashion Festival quick trip experience. Will definitely go back to experience more of the restaurants in their regular setting.

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LOVE DESSERTS: Worth every sweet calorie!

A part of LOVE DESSERTS’ buffet spread at their Banawe, Q. C. branch!
Cakes, brownies, macaroons and other pastries at LOVE DESSERTS Banawe, Q. C. branch!

LOVE DESSERTS

2469069 ext:178
Banawe › 915 Banawe Corner Roxas Street, Manresa, Quezon City

Aside from their wide array of desserts, their TACOS is consistently delicious! I usually have this before the actual desserts.
Macaroons, pavlova, different rolls and brownies at LOVE DESSERTS Banawe, Q. C. branch!
The HALO_HALO station at LOVE DESSERTS Banawe, Q. C. branch!
The CREPE station at LOVE DESSERTS Banawe, Q. C. branch!
Sylvannas and the ICE CREAM station at LOVE DESSERTS Banawe, Q. C.!
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SUGAR CRAVINGS: Satisfy your sugar cravings!

SUGAR CRAVINGS  interiors is so dainty!
SUGAR CRAVINGS interiors is so dainty!

I received an open invite from the owner of SUGAR CRAVINGS in February but had the time to visit with my cousin after almost a month because of the daily show.

The location is not ‘commuter-friendly’ unless you are familiar with DAMAR Village along araneta Avenue, SUGAR CRAVINGS is right beside its main entrance. Or if familiar with commuting along Araneta Avenue, you can take the Jeepney which goes from Araneta VAnue to La Loma.

We stayed at their VIP area wherein you may hold your special occasions, a private tea party or just want a bit of peace and quiet while dining.

Upon entering you’ll be greeted by a huge ‘Ferris Wheel’ cupcake vessel, which I would definitely like to have for family gatherings. At the main cafe, the dainty interiors, pink & white with floral walls and pink mini-chandeliers transports you to a tea party mood.

A selfie at SUGAR CRAVINGS’ huge ‘Ferris Wheel’ cupcake vessel which I’d like to take home!
SUGAR CRAVINGS
SUGAR CRAVINGS

If you want a meal before going on a sugar rush like me, they have an ala carte menu and coffee to boot.

I Super liked this personalized Mango Crepe at SUGAR CRAVINGS!
SUGAR CRAVINGS is a kikay selfie-addict’s wonderland!

Their dessert buffet fare consists of cookies, cakes, mini creme puffs, ice cream with cereal or sprinkles, shot-glass creamy desserts, chocolate crinkles, different brownies, yema balls, etc.

I also liked that they have ‘dynamite’, green mango and ‘singkamas’ (turnip) slices with ‘bagoong’ (shrimp paste) to sort of break the sugar taste if need be.

The place is perfect for private functions and celebrations (Glaiza De Castro and her fans had a mini-gathering here a few weeks ago) or for a quiet date with loved ones.

SUGAR CRAVINGS
09229723503 / 09225422
#686 Banawe St.
Quezon City, Philippines