Dining Out

The old Magnolia Ice Cream House

(Updated from an entry posted on February 28, 2005)

Some two weeks ago, we were in the Cubao area and looking for a place to kill time while waiting for offices to open after the lunch break. Speedy suggested Magnolia Ice Cream. If you’re familiar with the history of Magnolia Ice Cream, the business was sold to Nestle some years back.

I don’t know the exact terms of the arrangement but the iconic ice cream parlor along Aurora Boulevard became Nestle property. Still an ice cream parlor with many of the familiar items on the menu but with the Nestle logo. Then, Magnolia put up a small ice cream parlor right across it.

As of today, the Nestle ice cream parlor is no longer there. On the sprawling property, condominium buildings are being constructed. Meanwhile, across the street, the Magnolia ice cream parlor has been expanded.

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And it still serves to-die-for peach melba sundae…

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… and loaded parfaits.

Below is the original entry posted on February 28, 2005

The Magnolia Ice Cream House along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City was a childhood habit. On most visits, I would order peach melba. My brother preferred banana split. Except for the fruits that went with the ice cream, there really wasn’t much difference between the two. They both had three scoops of ice cream topped with whipped cream, garnished with crushed pineapple and strawberry jam, and sprinkled with chopped nuts.

I hadn’t been there for more than a decade. When some friends broached the idea, I agreed with alacrity.

The ice cream house was still in the same building. The ice cream parlor itself had become smaller, however. And it had lost the family-like atmosphere that made it a family hangout years ago. When we went there a week ago, it didn’t seem any different from a fastfood outlet. Crowded. An indoor plastic playground for toddlers. You get the idea.

Well, I forgot my misgivings when our orders arrived. The sandwiches were still prepared only as the orders poured in. Not fastfood-like. Then, there were the new ice cream concoctions. There was something called fruit fluff which rally looked delicious, kit-kat parfait (which my 11-year-old daughter ordered) and some other new things that looked too huge for one person. They all looked good but when I saw the macapuno-pandan medly, I was sure it was what I wanted. My 12-year-old daughter ordered the same thing. Boy, were we glad we did. Imagine the classic buco pandan dessert. Then substitute the buco (coconut) with macapuno (a special variety of sticky coconut), and the all-purpose cream with vanilla ice cream. Add a sprinking of sweet rice crispies on top and what have you? Ice cream heaven! 

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