It’s that time of the year again… Christmas! Yay! We only have 36 days left before the most anticipated holiday (here in the Philippines, of course). Beautiful lights all throughout the long stretch of houses twinkling like stars reminding us that indeed, it is the time again. I haven’t bought anything for Christmas yet, mainly because of the load of works we currently have in our school. And going out during the weekends seemed impossible for me because I have classes during Saturdays. Basically, my only time to rest is Sunday. But sometimes, Sunday means a day to finish projects and papers that I will probably cram if I won’t do it right now.
Anyway, yesterday, as I was really exhausted by all the things that I’ve done and have yet to do, I craved for cream puffs! When I was waaaay younger, my aunt will buy these average-sized with melts-in-your-mouth-goodness cream puffs from I-don’t-know-the-name bakery. It basically stayed that way until yesterday. I kept bugging my mom to buy cream puffs, not the one Monde (a local brand I think), but the one we used to eat back in the day. So we asked my aunt where it was located. And much to my surprise, it’s just around the town! Now after meeting up with someone, we went back home and eagerly went to now-I-know-the-name-of-the-bakery Mabini Home Bakeshop. It can easily be found; just along the street of A. Mabini. It stood there for about 50 years now. I think that they started baking 1966; haven’t closed since then.
The exterior pretty much reminded me of Becky’s Kitchen in P. Ocampo (used to be Vito Cruz), and it is also just along the street; to where we always buy my mom’s favourite Caramel Cake, and Chocolate Fudge Cake which I am currently munching.
While the interior of the bakeshop reminds me of Café Mary Grace.
We aren’t aware that there are tables and chairs where you can dine in. I wasn’t prepared at all and didn’t think that I wanted to blog about it until we started devouring our ordered foods.
What we ordered for dine-in:
- Baked Macaroni with Garlic toast
- Chicken Spaghetti with Garlic toast
- Roast Beef
- 1 slice of Brazo de Mercedes cake
- 1 slice of Chocolate Mousse
- 1 pack of Cookies (3pcs/pack)
- Food for the gods
- Single serving Ube Halaya
- Pancit Bihon
- Asado Pandesal
That’s for the four of us. It was funny though, because everything we ate suited our taste buds. I was actually waiting to taste something that I won’t like or something too sweet, something too bland, or I was basically waiting to throw negative criticisms but then there came none. I didn’t know it was possible to dine somewhere and like almost everything in their menu. Not too sweet, not too bland, just the right amount of sweetness.
I got the chance to make a small talk to the owner of the bakeshop; she looks very strong for her age and we shared our sentiments to her, about how their food are so delicious we, my mom rather, can’t stop ordering for foods. She thanked us and repeatedly asked us if the cream puffs tasted just the same while we told her that it was years back since the last time we’ve tasted their specialty. I then told her that I will be blogging about their bakeshop. Our receipt may look like we’ve tasted everything that they offer, unfortunately not. When we got home and shared our experience, one aunt asked why we didn’t try their brownies. The other asked why we didn’t try their meringue. I guess everything is to die for, then?
And of course, their bestseller Dream Puffs; a treat where you can bite into the same world where you were in during your childhood days.
If ever you find yourself craving for something sweet but not too sweet, or you are currently in hunting for the perfect cream puffs, there’s no doubt that you’ll find it here + more treats for your sweet tooth!
Mabini Home Bakeshop (Since 1966)
585 A. Mabini, Caloocan City
Tels.: 288 – 97 – 07 / 287 – 39 – 65 / 288 – 03 – 41