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GOURMET CHOCOLATES: LANDRU CHOCOLATESI had met Filipino American chocolatier, Oscar Baile, through Carol Lim at the 2007 Pistahan Festival in San Francisco. My Godiva Chocolatier training kicked in. I understand the passion for artisan chocolates. Calling OSCAR!Click here to LIKE Landru Chocolates at their Facebook page.
XOX TRUFFLES: Retired SFPD Joe Robles brought me my first box of XOX Truffles a few years ago one day when he picked me up from my Fisherman's Wharf apartment. He said that the truffles shop is the work of love by a French chef, Chef Jean-Marc Gorce, and his Filipina wife, Casimira. Delectable morsels, I must say! Then, during a Filipina Women's Network Summit, we met Casimira, who explained how they captivated their own niche market. The gift boxes are handcrafted from the Philippines, she told her audience.Every time I take my friends on a FOODIE walking tour of North Beach, Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf, XOX Truffles is one of my mandatory places to explore.
- Click here to find out more about XOX Truffles on Facebook.
DESSERTS: COFFEE ADVENTURE COMPANY at Seasons Marketplace at Landess, Milpitas, California, doesn't just serve great BARAKO coffee (fair trade). Desserts are a true come-on! Look for D.D. Pena when you visit with your friends --- and remember, there's FREE wifi!Click here to LIKE Coffee Adventure Company on their Facebook page.
DESSERTS: MAMA'S ART CAFE at the Excelsior District, San Francisco, CAI'm very biased when promoting the achievements of old friends such as art gallery owner Paulo Cabezas (originally from El Salvador). I met his mama and was introduced to my newest "dessert," Chai Tea with a shot of espresso and served with soy milk. OK, the FREE wifi is a come-on, too, as well as its jazzy events.Fair-trade coffee comes from women-owned businesses in the Central and South Americas.Click here to LIKE Mama's Art Cafe's Facebook page.
If you're from the Philippines, you would remember what it is (or was!) like to hear the familiar bells or whistles announcing the arrival of the Ice-Cream man or woman with the ubiquitous ice-cream cart!
- ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES: Dirty Ice-Cream on a Hamburger Bun?
- HEAVENLY SCOOPS Ice-Cream is awesome!Click here to LIKE Heavenly Scoops on Facebook.
ICE-CREAM: Raymond Virata of Filipinas Magazine told me that No. 2 is Filipina-owned after I told him that No. 3 is Filipina-owned. Yehey!
Yet, Raymond also told me: "SFGate rates Mitchell's as their favorite. It's not Filipino-owned but Brian Mitchell says they have been sourcing their tropical delights from the Philippines to make their ice cream favorites such as Halo-Halo, Macapuno, Mango, Ube, Avocado. 30% of their market are Fil-Ams."
- Click here to LIKE Mitchell's Ice-Cream on their Facebook page.