I vowed yesterday not to leave the house today, Valentine’s Day, to avoid the horrific traffic jams expected in the metropolis. But mid-morning, as I put finishing touches on a simple dinner menu, I realized I had no bread, and scurried over to Kayser at Rockwell to buy some loaves… Of course I ended up ensnared in the Valentine’s rush at the mall, and purchased a few cupcakes for the Teen and boxes of doughnuts for the crew and their families. I watched as starry-eyed suitors lined up impatiently to blow half a week’s salary on a paltry bouquet of blooms, or looked on amused as one lady purchased a bunch of vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) that were wrapped up in red netting and tied with a big red bow (a heart-friendly Valentine’s present perhaps or a gift for a vegetarian?) or see the staff of one chain restaurant in the basement dressed up in the most outrageous of fairytale costumes (one poor fellow, decked to the nines as a female character). But I stopped and smiled when I saw these cupcakes, and knew I had to get the Teen a few of them.
The detail work that goes into these decorated cupcakes is impressive. While everything is edible, the Teen wrinkled her nose after biting on a bag handle. The fondant also looks better than it tastes. But the cupcake itself tasted pretty good.
At PHP175 each, these were definitely PHP150 flash, PHP25 cake. Not your everyday splurge, but a nice Valentine’s treat. For the crew’s families, there were rather snazzy Valentine’s heart-shaped doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts that were PHP100 for 3 doughnuts nicely boxed, sweeter value perhaps.
Not sure if this violates any Intellectual Property Rights statutes, but the fondant bags weren’t exactly the same as the real thing… but pretty darned close. I probably did the vendor a disservice by not even asking their name or brand at the “Baker’s Dozen” area sold these beauties, but I can assure you, they probably sold out by early afternoon.