How do you like your tea? With milk and sugar or without?


I'm a little weird when it comes to my coffee and tea habits. I can't drink my coffee black -- I need to add sugar and cream or milk. But with tea, it's the complete opposite. I like my tea plain. A squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of honey is fine. But milk and sugar? I used to balk at the very thought of adding milk and sugar to tea until Alex, who loves milk tea, … [Read more...]

Caramel-flavored tea


Curiosity got the better of me again. We were at the grocery, I saw boxes of caramel-flavored tea, I showed them to Speedy and, in true caramel lover fashion, he exclaimed, "Wow!" At PHP67.00 per box of 25 teabags, the Casino caramel tea was very reasonably priced.There are only two ingredients in the teabags -- black tea and caramel flavor. I put a teabag in each … [Read more...]

Ice cream-topped and caramel-drizzled hot chocolate tablea drink


The traditional Filipino drink for Christmas and New Year is not eggnog. In this country, we drink tsokolateng tablea -- tablets of cacao with all the natural butterfat content which makes the drink richer and more flavorful. It's a drink I enjoyed as a child but the logic of the ritualistic preparation with the batirol escapes me. I live in the present, I like my … [Read more...]

Hot chocolate with salted caramel


What I really wanted was to mix a cocktail drink. But as I was surfing, I came across this article about Nigella Lawson, my eyes were wide with shock at the photo and wondered why it was obviously cropped. Was the uncropped version even more stomach-turning (sorry but I didn't find anything sexy in it)? So I searched Almighty Google for images, found the uncropped photo … [Read more...]

Lemongrass and ginger brew

Lemongrass and ginger brew

Cold and wet day. I've had three cups of coffee since I woke up this morning, I wondered if a cocktail drink would be good to keep me warm but I finally decided on a hot brew. Salabat (ginger brew), often sweetened with honey and flavored with a little kalamansi juice, is reputedly good to combat colds and coughs (and, for singers, preserve voice quality), it looks like I … [Read more...]

Nutella coffee


You've probably tried combining coffee with chocolate. You might have tried adding nut-flavored syrup to your coffee. You might even have bought ground coffee mixed with ground nuts. But have you tried combining all three -- coffee, chocolate and nuts -- in one drink?I did. I took a heaping teaspoonful of Nutella, dropped it into hot coffee, I heated the mixture in the … [Read more...]

Indulge yourself: have a coffee float


It's a very simple drink to make and yet a lot of people find it intimidating. Coffee float is simply hot coffee topped with a whopping scoop of ice cream. The coffee isn't sweetened and cream is not added because the sweetness and creaminess of the ice cream are meant to take the the place of sugar and cream. And the thing about coffee float is how you're really not … [Read more...]

Tablea coffee


My love affair with tsokolate tablea seems to be in full swing. Don't ask me why -- I wasn't even an avid fan until recently. Now, I can't get enough of the chocolate-y goodness. And after having consumed the tube of tablea that a friend gave me, I resolve to go to the Eastwood Mall gourmet market to buy more. I so wanted to try my hand at baking tablea brownies but, alas, … [Read more...]

Hot buttered rum with vanilla ice cream


Essentially a toddy, a drink made with hot water and sugar, hot buttered rum is a cold-weather drink often associated with the Christmas holidays. Very aromatic with the addition of grated nutmeg and cinnamon, the drink must be served as soon as it is mixed to prevent the butter from hardening as drink cools.This version includes vanilla ice cream among the ingredients … [Read more...]

Cajun coffee


In trying to learn the origin of this recipe, specifically, why mixing molasses with coffee would characterize it as "Cajun", I found out that there is a distinction between Creole and Cajun cooking. From Ochef: In broad terms, Creole cooking is city cooking, based on French traditions, but with influences from Spain, Africa, Germany, Italy, the West Indies, etc. Cajun … [Read more...]