Sweet coincidence

I have been wanting to write about food, as one of my passions is eating but I don’t know what food to blog for starter.  At first, I was thinking of tasting different kinds of cupcakes as I was not a fan of cupcakes, only cakes. I know other may react but for me, there’s a big difference when it comes to consistency and texture of the pastry as cake textures are finer and moist than cupcakes.

Back to my main topic.  For the past few weeks, I was listing different pastry shops to visit but an accident occurred.  I was hospitalized last Saturday.  I don’t want to elaborate what happened but I just want you to know, I am okay now.

Hospital bound for few days, craving for different kinds of food especially chocolates and cakes.  My loving friends brought me what I want and I love them for that.  Enjoying and indulging on my favorite foods for few days until my nephew, Joper Legaspi arrived with a cute pink box with a name of Pink Wasabi.  I asked him what’s in it, he said it was “kashi maki”.  As a Japanese food lover and a sushi fanatic, I excitedly opened the box.  To my astonishment, it was not the usual maki and not a Japanese maki at all. It was a sweet hand-rolled cake meant to look like maki sushi.

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The cute arrangement comes with a stainless pair of chopsticks.

Taste test

I taste it one by one and each one of them have different taste that so heavenly. Each have distinct taste.  Each consists of layer of sponge cake and ganache wrapped with chocolate and topped with their flavored nuts, chips or jelly.

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Oolong berry – almond cake (consist of ground roasted almonds, ground cashew), white chocolate, strawberry puree, strawberry tea, white chocolate wrap, with strawberry jelly roe. I love almonds and I thought I was in heaven when I took a bite on it.  The almond cake melts in my mouth. I love the combination of almonds and strawberry, leaving you an almond-after taste and I like that.

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Neptune’s weed– almond cake (consist of ground roasted almonds, ground cashew), dark chocolate ganache with seaweeds, dark chocolate wrap, dark chocolate covered pinipig.  My first thought is “what?! seeweeds?!… eeeww!… but I was wrong.  The combination of almonds and dark chocolate empowered the taste of seaweeds but giving it still a unique taste which I cannot further described but I like it.

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Coffee Kahlua – almond cake, milk chocolate coffee ganache with Kahlua, milk chocolate wrap, white chocolate chips on top.  What can I say, combination of chocolate, coffee and liquor is superb with addition of my favorite nut, almond.

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Midnight mint – chocolate cake, dark chocolate mint ganache, dark chocolate wrap, mint jelly roe.  I am not a fan of mint on cakes and ice cream but this one, broke my preference. This is the first ever mint dessert that I like.

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Amarula – pistachio sponge (ground pistachio and cashew), milk chocolate ganache with Amarula liquor, dark chocolate wrap. As delicious as the Kahlua but of course it has unique taste as it has different liquor and the pistachio taste lingers in my mouth, yummy.

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Coconut dream – pistachio cake, white chocolate coconut ganache, half pistachio nut, white chocolate wrap.  This is a like a pinoy macaroons due to the desiccated coconut with a twist, but the white chocolate and pistachio gave it a distinction.

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Murphy’s law – chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache with raspberry vodka , dark chocolate wrap, strawberry jelly roe. Dark chocolate and raspberry vodka… should I say more?

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Nutella sesame – chocolate cake, dark chocolate Nutella ganache, black sesame.  I love the after taste of dark sesame and the nutella make it more delicious.

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Cookie kiss – chocolate cake, white chocolate cherry ganache, cookie crumbs, white chocolate curls, cherry on top. This taste like black forest cake but I like its texture more than an ordinary black forest cake, it melts it my mouth.

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 Chocnut – chocolate sponge, peanut butter, milk chocolate wrap, Choc-nut bits toppings. I always love Choc-nut, combining it with peanut butter and chocolate makes me love it more.

Trivia

Kashi is the Japanese word for sweet and Maki or Makizushi is a cylindrical-shaped sushi.

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The Verdict

The dessert was made by “My Pink Wasabi”.  Their idea is to create dessert line which perfectly describes the sweet fusion of desserts with simplicity and perfection of sushi (as their tag line).

They have a shop at The Collective at San Antonio, Makati City.   They also have their delicious desserts served at Moonleaf Tea Shop UP Teacher’s Village and Fior Café at SM North Annex.  But if you are far from the said shops, do not worry, they make it convenient to all, they also cater deliveries.  Just visit their website www.mypinkwasabi.com for full details.

Kashi Maki comes in box of 4’s, 9’s and 18’s.

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They have also other products:

oreo cheesecake

blueberry cheese cake chilled

chocolate cakes

Last word

I’ve really been thinking writing about dessert but I never thought that I would be writing it during my hospital stay.  I do not want to think it’s a destiny as I really do not like be bounded in hospital but nonetheless, I did like my unusual first encounter with Kashi Maki. I might like to make another encounter again but not in the same scenario… hehehe.  Until next taste test guys…

 

My 8th half-marathon

Last March 16, 2014 was the first leg of the Run United Trilogy of Unilab Active Health.  The event was held at SM Mall of Asia ground.  That was my 8th half-marathon run but to tell you the truth, I am super nervous for that event as I am afraid that I will be sick again like my last 21K run.

Night before the race

As my usual work schedule, I have a shift the day before race day until 10pm.  To avoid any hassle in my sleeping pattern, I slept in our office loft as it was very cozy there and I thought that I would have a good night sleep.  As a nervous as I am, I become restless, I bumped my head in the headboard while I was arranging the pillows (yeah I admit, I’m a jinx every time I was sleepy and nervous… hehehe) causing a large bump on my head (facepalm).  I fall asleep around 11 pm due to dizziness, I think. Hahaha.

On race day

I woke up earlier than my alarm as I dreamt that I was late for the race, maybe that’s due to my nervousness.  I immediately got up, took a bath and ate my usual breakfast before every run.  I took a cab to our usual rendezvous.  I arrived exactly 3am but my running buddy arrived at 3:13 (another facepalm).  We rushed to the event site as we have to find a parking space.  My running buddy brought banana and gave one to me but as nervous as I am, I forgot to ate them.  I was just staring at the car window.  We arrived at the venue at exactly 3:30 but as my usual jitter regimen, I have to rush to the nearest restroom.  Sadly, long line awaits me there and when we got to the starting line, we were situated far back, together with the second wave of runners.  I was so quiet then.  My running buddy Ino was asking me if I am okay and told me “Are you nervous? Don’t be, just listen to your body. We can do this.  We have enough training.”

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At the starting line before the gun start with my running buddy, Ino Lao.

Along the route

The race started exactly 4:00 but as we belong to the second wave, we have to wait 7 minutes before we start to run.  As the second wave started, my nervousness diminished.  It was replaced by eagerness to run fast as Ino and I want to reach the first wave.  There are so many runners in different pace that we tend run at the side, at the walkways.  Ino was so fast that he told me that we will just meet along the U turns.  As I was running, I bumped in to an old friend, Joeven.  I told him to just pace with me but he jokingly said “ayaw”, then he left me but unfortunately for him, I passed him along the Baywalk (hehehe). It was still early as some of the route is so dark especially along Buendia, Roxas boulevard.  I tried to make a 7min/km but I easily got tired.  So what I did was to combined it with easy jog for a minute or two.  We passed through 2 flyover along Roxas boulevard.  As my usual technique, I make my uphill 8-8.5min/km and my downhill is 6.5-7min/km.  Man, that was exhausting but I managed to do that, thank you Lord.  When I reached the Roxas Boulevard along Baywalk, I realized that I was in the almost middle pack of the first wave, yehey!  Then I saw Ino coming from Luneta running along the first pack of wave 1.  Gosh! He is so fast but looked exhausted.  He just told me that he will finish the race then get back to me (our usual routine).  As I reached kilometer zero and make a U turn, my energy perk up as I was happy that I was running with the middle of the pack of first wave.  Passing through the walkers of first wave.  I am confident that I will finish the race before 2:30. When I reached the MOA area, I was calling Ino as there was no sight of him running back to me as his promise.  I received a text message that he was in the police station at the event, handcuffed.  I know he was joking, so I ignored that.  As I make the right turn, I saw the finish arc and felt happy as the time was still 2:15 but when I got near the arc, I realized that I have to run another 1 km to reach the U turn and then reach the finish line.  I was disappointed, I thought I would make it 2:20.  Disappointed as can be, I felt my pace slow down.  Along the last 200 meters, I saw madder Rikki Suarez running, swaying his hips like a Diva.  I called him and run along with him but he outrun me as usual.  I reached the finish line at 2:31.  Oh well, at least I made it 1 minute faster than before. Hahaha… But my buddy was the best, he reached the finish line at 1:59… sub2 baby!.. Good job buddy!

At the event

The usual complaint of runners, long line along the finisher kit claiming area but nonetheless, the event went well. I got to see my Diva friends along the line.  I just met Ino along the line.  We just took some pictures on the event.  Ino did enjoy the Zumba dance, unfortunately, I had no time to take some pictures of him dancing… ridiculously.. hahaha (peace buddy).  After that, we left as we are so hungry.

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with madder Rikki Suarez while waiting in line for the finisher shirt

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with my running buddy, Ino Lao with our precious finisher medals

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Oh yeah, we exceed ourselves… Congrats buddy for making it sub2

Last say

Run United Trilogy is one of my favorite event regardless of some other critics saying, regardless of some runners complaints, I still love joining this Trilogy as it was part of my running history.  My first half-marathon and first full marathon at RUPM.  I have joined so many races with different organizers and I find Run United event was one of the best.  Nice singlet, nice finisher shirt, challenging medal completion, good hydration, nice after race events with good entertainment.  I don’t regret rushing to any of the registration site, doing an amazing race-like adventure just to be able to avail for their prepaid card (no details please as this will cost another blog… hahaha). I am looking forward to the next leg, the Afroman distance.  See you there guys!

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with my first part of RU trilogy medal

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My medal and my gorgeous finisher shirt

Run for Women’s Education

The UP SIGMA ALPHA Sorority Alumanae Association Incorporated is hosting a running event aiming to help women in our country through educational support.  The event will be held at Quirino Grandstand on April 5, 2014.

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Registration details

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Registration period:   March 4-24, 2014

Registration sites:

ACPC, 28F One San Miguel Ave. Bldg., San Miguel Ave. Cor Shaw Blvd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Contact Persons: Shine Vargas/Mariame Guro/Mayeth Samson
Tel. No. 634-3320 loc 104

APRACA-CENTRAB, 25F LANDBANK Plaza, 1598 M.H. del Pilar cor Dr. J. Quintos St., Malate, Manila
Contact Person: Grace Ferrer
Tel. No. 567-2021

UP SIGMA ALPHA Sorority Tambayan (at the back of Palma Hall, beside CASAA), UP Diliman, Q.C.

Race details:

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Reminders:

  • Payment of registration fee is upon signing up the registration form available at any of the registration sites.  Registration fee is non-refundable.
  • All registered runners must collect the race pack (shirt and bib) at the specified date and place upon registration. A valid ID together with the confirmation slip must be presented upon claiming the race pack.  In case of representative claiming the race pack, authorization letter from the registered runner together with the confirmation slip and valid ID of the representative are required.

> on race day:

  • Baggage deposit counters are available at designated areas for each event distance.  It is understood that the race organizers and any of its sponsors are not liable for any loss of or damage to personal items deposited. It is also recommended to arrive earlier than the gun time to avoid delays.
  • Roving ambulance is accessible along the race route.  Alert/Inform route marshals or patrolling paramedics regarding any injury.
  • For hydration, water stations are available along the race route.
  • Pets are strictly not allowed at the event site.
  • The awards ceremony will be held at the Finish venue at 7:30 a.m.
  • To ensure timely reopening of roads to normal traffic and help ensure runners’ safety, an official race vehicle is deployed to pick up all remaining runners on the race route starting at 8:30 a.m. By this time, all remaining runners are encouraged to proceed directly to the finish venue aboard the said official vehicle.

 

For other concerns and feedback, email us @ run4womenseduc@gmail.com

First Camarines Norte Challenge

Want to run along the beach and eat like a king after?  The Provincial Goverment of Camarines Norte will be hosting a running event this coming April 19, 2014 at Bagabas Beach Resort, Daet, Camarines Norte with the help of Rookie Shots Ien Edgar as event organizer and Emar Bob Tolete as race director.  The event consist of 3 race categories, 50-km Ultramarathon, a half-marathon and the 5-km beach run.

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  Race Categories

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All Ultramarathon and half-marathon finishers will receive Finisher shirts and free dinner buffet party at the beach but only those who finished within the cutoff time will receive a finisher’s medal.  Please note that for runners who wish to join the 50K challenge, they must at least finished a marathon to qualify.

 

Registration procedures:

Via bank deposit

1.  Deposit registration fee at the following info:

Bank:                                    BDO Bank

Savings Acct. No:              6430041513

Account name:                  Libya V. Lovendino

2.  Send a photographed copy of the deposit slip to libya_lovendino@yahoo.com

3.  Bring the copy of the deposit slip at the starting area on race day.

 

In-store registration

100 Miles Café every Saturday and Sunday from 4 PM to 8 PM.

click to download:   Registration & waiver form

Promo: 10+1 to all categories,avail of the easy payment plan scheme at zero interest and 3 mos to pay. Applicable to all major credit card holders (VISA & Mastercard)

Also all registrants can avail the 2 days and 1 night Calaguas Island tour at very affordable rate of Php 2,800 all in.

 

Race route

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Prizes

prizes

 

Rules and Regulations

  1. Maintain the INTEGRITY OF THE RACE. Runners and their respective support crew/teammate are “DEPUTIZED” to act as a marshal and to report any infraction of the rules and regulations of this event to the Race Director, if found and proven guilty, the runner who committed the infraction will be immediately disqualified.
  2. All Runners must stay on the farthest left side of the road.
  3. All runners will be on SINGLE FILE while running or walking on the FARTHEST LEFT SIDE of the route.
  4. Runners must ALWAYS carry with themselves a hydration bottle or belt.
  5. Runners BID NUMBER should be VISIBLE on the front portion of the body/apparels.
  6. MANDATORY Headlight/ hand held flashlight and Reflector Vest. Should be wear all throughout the night run.  Cellphone flashlight and blinker lights are NOT Considered as personal lighting system.
  7. All runners must have support vehicles; however, 2-3 runners can share a single support vehicle.
  8. Each runners must have a FIRST AID KIT in their respective support vehicles.
  9. Only FOUR WHEEL VEHICLES are allowed as SUPPORT VEHICLES. Two wheels like bicycles or motorcycles are NOT ALLOWED.  “Spotters” are NOT ALLOWED, Runner’s using a “spotter” will be DISQUALIFIED
  10. Support Vehicles should NOT SHADOW their runner on any time of the race period. MUST NOT LEAP FROG their respective runners. It is the responsibility of the registered runner to advise the support vehicle and crew about the rules and regulation.
  11. Support Vehicles SHOULD PARK on the RIGHT SHOULDER of the road while waiting for the runners, RUNNER’s Support Vehicle Park on the LEFT SIDE will be automatically DISQUALIFIED.
  12. Runners are NOT ALLOWED to enter their support vehicles to sit, rest, sleep or change their running outfit.
  13. The Cut-Off times will be strictly enforced for all categories. Intermediate check-point for 50km will be use.
  14. In case of emergencies/ violation of the rules, runners/support crew must be able to contact the race director at mobile number #0999-9937325. State your name, race bid and location and nature of emergencies or violation.
  15. In case of DNF (did not finish), immediately send report to Race Director (#0999-9937325) indicate the Name, Race bid#, Km# location and reason why stopped, and if the runners need immediate medical attention.