Cello's Donuts. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm! These donuts make Go Nuts, Hot Loops, Dunkin Donuts and Mister Donuts taste like deep fried flour nuts off the street. We're talking delicious, mouth-watering, greaseless confections that melt in your mouth with just the right amount of sweetness without being overpowering.
With at least two locations I know of - De La Salle Manila and Ateneo de Manila, hm, I wonder why? - selling these incredible sweet treats, I can be anywhere in Manila and not be too far from a Cello's. The best one off the selection is, believe it or not, cheese; I never thought I would ever enjoy a cheese donut, but then again, Cello's uses a different kind of powdery cheese that pulls the trick off delightfully. Among their other truly yummy offerings: chocnut (ooh!), M&Ms (ooh ooh!), and dark chocolate (OOH!) with a Toblerone dip! God, there goes my diet!
Cherry Hill Chicken Pie. I didn't like empanadas. I used to think they were mealy, horrifyingly dry little pastries that were thought up by people who didn't know what else to do with leftover beef and chicken. That was until I got hold of chicken pie from Cherry Hill, which is readily available at most 7-11's, I think, and at a quaint corner store in Quiapo, where I happened to be late today on the way home from church.
This chicken pie will change your life. Remember the dry, crusty empanada? This is a rich, buttery, flaky piece of heaven. Remember the icky flavor of beef or chicken with all them potato and raisin extenders? This chicken pie is nothing but butter and chicken, garnished with finely chopped potatoes and nary a raisin (I hate raisins in empanada). If you don't have access, text me because I will go there. I will. And I'll buy them for you. It's P20 each, but I'll make patong P3 per piece because of all the trouble to get there because it is worth it. Take it from an overweight guy who loves food. This is great chicken pie.
While I'm at it, I also want to recommend their Asado Siopao. The siopao dough is light and soft, and from the three pieces we ordered, each siopao appears to be 60%-70% asado meat. That is good value because most siopao you buy skimps on the meat. at P20, I'm thrilled senseless.
Finally, if you're in the Banawe area, you have GOT to go to Tazza. It's this cafe beside a car wash along the street of Jollibee Banawe. Bounce and I were there last Saturday, and he treated me to their Kahluea Walnut Cake. This cake will flip you around and take you all the way to Thursday! I've eaten in a lot of places, and this is the best cake I've ever had. Better than Sugarhouse. Better than any hotel I've gone to. One layer of pure chocolate ganache. One layer of caramel. Roasted walnuts. Moist chocolate cake. And chocolate all over it. It was a rush. It was pure. It was heaven. I took Cathy there, and she tried the Baba Cake. It was also incredible. Melt in your mouth goodness. God bless 'em.