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Let me just begin by saying that this is NOT a sponsored post. :)

I love getting emails from you, my dear readers. Comments too. It’s one way of getting to know you, which is only fair because you already know so much about me! ;) Most of you have become my “pen pals” or “text mates” & I always enjoy exchanging banters as well as deep profound thoughts, just as if we were long time friends.

One reader whom I’m gotten very close to & very fond of, is Christine Melanie Paredes, or Christmas -her pseudonym in the www. So no, this is not a holiday post, lels.

Chris, a graduate of St. Paul University,  taught at The Castle of Baking & Confectionery Arts (Chocolate Lover) where she is a Chocolatier / Patissier / Chef Instructor

Omg. The school really looks like a castle. I MUST GO IMMEDIATELY!!!! <3

45 P. Tuazon Blvd.
Cubao
Quezon City 1109
ph: 724 4964
fax: 723 3018
alt: 724 5752
How to get to Chocolate Lover Inc.
From the South:
Private Vehicles: Take Edsa and make a left at P. Tuazon Blvd. Go straight and traverse the length of P. Tuazon Blvd. and make a right at the first major intersection which is P. Tuazon Blvd. corner C. Benitez Street. You’ll find our building, a big brown castle situated in the corner of these streets.
MRT: Go down at the Araneta-Cubao MRT Station and go towards the left wing of the station (opposite Farmers Plaza). Go down the overpass and look for orange-colored tricycles, labeled BAPTODA and ask the driver to bring you to Chocolate Lover. Tricycle Fare from the station to our store costs P15.00, with or without a companion in the said mode of transport.
BUS: Take the bus going to Farmers Cubao. Go down right infront of Farmers Plaza, take the overpass or footbridge to get to the other side of EDSA. Once you reach the opposite side of Farmers Plaza, look for orange-colored tricycles labeled BAPTODA and ask the driver to bring you to Chocolate Lover Inc. Tricycle fare should only cost P15.00.
From the North:
Private Vehicles: Take Edsa and make a right at P.Tuazon Blvd. You will find the SANTRANS Bus Station to your right and Camp Panopio to your left. Traverse the length of P. Tuazon Blvd. and make a right at the first major intersection which is P. Tuazon Blvd. corner C. Benitez Street. You’ll find our building, a big brown castle situated right in the corner of these streets.
MRT: Alight the train once it reaches the Araneta-Cubao Station. Take the stairs on the same side of the station leading to Edsa-Arayat. Look for orange-colored tricycles labeled BAPTODA and instruct the driver to bring you to Chocolate Lover Inc. Fare should only cost P15.00.
Bus: Take any bus going to the south, eg. Makati / Alabang and alight the bus once you reach Edsa-Arayat. Once you reach Edsa-Arayat, look for orange-colored tricycles labeled BAPTODA and ask them to bring you to Chocolate Lover Inc.
From Betty Go-Belmonte LRT Station:
Walk towards the corner of Aurora Blvd. and Rosario Drive. You will find a queue of orange tricycles in this area. Just ask them to bring you to Chocolate Lover.

Arrgghhhh I wanna order this for halloween!!! <3
Copyright 2009 The Castle of Baking and Confectionery, Chef Annie (owner)

She has relocated to Singapore for a career growth, and I was really so touched that she wanted to meet me in person before she left last October. Of course I wasn’t going to let her go without a hug & a good send-off! ;)

Chris, before she left, was also the chef consultant for WICKED by CRAVINGS (not to be mistaken with Wicked Kitchen thank goodness!). Wicked by Cravings is a pastry shop located in the new wing of Shangrila Mall.

 

CAKES & PASTRIES

 Shangri-la Plaza Mall Branch

5th Level, Shangri-La Plaza Mall – East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Shaw Blvd. cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong

Metro Manila, Philippines

 Phone Number

(+63 2) 654-0614

 Operating Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm

Knowing how I’m so attached with my family, she invited us all to the blessing of the shop two Tuesdays ago, which was another holiday -ergo the kids were free. I’m so thankful too that they were included because I don’t like to go off on my own & socialize when the kids are at home. I feel like my time is taken away from them. So this was definitely a win-win situation. You know my affinity for hitting 2 birds with 1 stone haha. :P
Lemme just say again that I went there on an official FRIEND capacity. Nevertheless, I was given a press kit by the PR handlers which I am attaching as a caption below for your perusal. Masururin naman akong tao hehe :)

Wicked puts its customers through a journey of flavors and unusual pairing. Liquor plays a supportive role, complementing distinct characteristics of each food item. Wicked brings to the table a wicked series of desserts! To tickle the senses, here are a few of Wicked’s specialties: Reese Peanut Butter Cupcake covered with rich Peanut Butter Ganache specked with more pieces of Reese Chocolate, Campfire Chocolate Cupcake with Marshmallows burnt to perfection bathed in Milk Chocolate Ganache; Brookies, a perfect marriage between a moist Brownie and a crispy Cookie; Chili Avocado Brownies, and more!
As promised, there is something for everyone, so for those who love their savouries, you are not forgotten. Wicked is offering Salmon & Dill Quiche, Four Cheese Quiche and Ham, Cheese Quiche and a variety of sandwiches all served with a side salad.
Craving for buttery, crisp tarts, Wicked has the Seasonal Fruit Tart with Roasted Almond Flakes, Rich & Velvety Flourless Chocolate Tart and Salted Caramel Pecan Tart filled to the brim with caramel filling and salted pecans served with vanilla ice cream.
As Cravings is known for its exquisite cakes, fans can surely indulge in classic favorites like Cherry Walnut Cheesecake, Twix Cheesecake, No-Sugar-Added Cheesecake and Butterscotch.

So many delicious mouth-watering goodies to try!!! <3

The sweet buffet spread sampling many of their products.

Couldn’t resist buying this one called BROOKIE (brownie cookie)! zOMG twas love at first bite! <3 Comes with a shot glass of milk too!

BROOKIE BABIES!!! Wanted to take all of them home!

This is too cute.. STEP MOTHER APPLE PIE!

And it’s not all sweets. They have savory pies too.

They served us mini burgers & pasta in cups on top of the mini everything else. I felt like we were in Wonderland. I was looking around for the white rabbit, waiting for him to pop out. ;)

With their ate Chris! ;)

My dearest Franny, if you are reading this, Chris will be alone in Singapore for a few days as she gets her feet wet, with her husband following suit in a couple of months. May I please endorse her in your care? :) I don’t like the thought of her being lonely in a foreign land all by herself. <!–3 It’s always a challenge getting uprooted from one’s comfort zone, and I know how warm & friendly you are, Franny. Plus, I’m so sure that you 2 will hit it off well coz Chris is also a foodie. You’ll have so many things to talk about. ;)–>

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