My Kadayawan Revelry | From Food Hopping To Food Grabbing

Indulging in arrays of local Davao food was transitioned gracefully and appetizingly in the new normal, by the GrabFood PH superapp.

In the pre pandemic celebration of Kadayawan Festival, there are two things that excite me. One, attending Habi Kadayawan, a style spectacle of apparels made by various local designers, inspired from the rich 11 tribes of the city. Two, hopping through spreads of local dishes from Davao-grown restaurants, feeling that festive vibe traversing gleeful streets from one plate, platter rather, to another. The Festival is always about Fashion and Food, for me.

READ MORE: HABI KADAYAWAN

The New Normal Kadayawan Festival Celebration

When the regulation of social gatherings is mandated due to CoVid-19, the city’s festival steering body gracefully transitioned the celebration by airing the awaited events live through the Kadayawan sa Davao Facebook account. Such regulation also implied a feast-at-home celebration of the Festival. Indulging in arrays of local Davao food was transitioned gracefully as well and appetizingly at that, by the GrabFood PH superapp which lists more home-grown restaurants in their menu, offering more choices, availability and FEASTivities! 

Here are five Davao-grown restaurants and my respective favorite “Grabs” for the FEASTival or even for a usual day’s food cravings. 

  1. Dod’s Ihaw-Ihaw

READ MORE: A World Street Food Master In Davao

Feast At Home Through The GrabFood Kadayawn FEASTival Raffle Promo

HOW TO JOIN:

 STEP 1: Order from a select list of restaurants on Grab (Grab Superapp).

STEP 2: Use the promo code “MADAYAW”.

STEP 3: Accomplish the raffle form here:https://grb.to/FEASTival (1 order equivalent to 1 raffle entry.)

* Promo runs from August 16, 2021 to August 31, 2021

PRIZE DETAILS:

● Grab will be awarding 10 winners with 40 GrabFood vouchers worth P250 off, no min. order required, and 25 winners with 8 GrabFood vouchers worth P250 off, no min. order required. Voucher can be used for any restaurant, in any city, and with no expiry date. 

● Electronic raffle draw will be on September 6, 2021 via online Zoom meeting with the presence of a DTI Representative.

● Winners will be posted on Grab’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (stories) accounts on September 9, 2021. Winners will be contacted by a Grab Representative on the same date. Winners will be notified via registered mail and in-app inbox message, too.

2. Lachi’s Sans Rival ATBP.

3. New Davao Famous Restaurant

5. Cecil’s Snack Inn and Bakeshoppe Inc.

5. Southwing Cafeteria

READ ALSO: First-to-try Restos in Davao

We have indeed adjusted to the new normal. Working, schooling, doing business and even celebrating Fiestas, we all do these now at home, facilitated by an app or an online platform. As to for FEASTing-at-home, my app is Green! Before, hopping. Now, Grabbing. Happy Kadayawan! 

Grab Piso Festival: P1 Delivery Fee, P1 Meal Until June 30

An app-based, user-only celebration of favorite home-delivered food at its friendliest tag!

Aside from convenience, variety and safety, New Grab Users get tremendous value-for-money with the “Grab Piso Festival”. One peso delivery fee and one peso meals await new users until June 30, 2021. 

PISO FOOD DELIVERY

Indeed a generous overture for the first purchase of new users, an irresistible P1 delivery fee promotion from Grab await for the whole month of June, with no minimum fee! Open to all new Grab users from Cebu, Pampanga, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Lipa, Dumaguete, Tarlac, Olongapo, and Zamboanga

PISO DEALS

New Grab Users can also enjoy some of their beloved comfort food for only P1 all throughout June. Check out GrabFood app regularly to find out when you can get your favorite food at its lowest price from tap to lap! 

“In the coming months, we hope to expand our exciting promotions to include more partner brands, and more cities nationwide,“ says Greg Camacho, Head of GrabFood. 

Indeed, Grab Piso Festival is an app-based, user-only celebration of favorite home-delivered food at its friendliest tag! It is not for everyone. Download the app first. Now! 

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

Grab This Treat! Get Free Burgers From Mcdonald’s Via The GrabFood App

Not just one, but two tasty burgers!

Yesterday’s afternoon break was one of those moments when I crave for something that “tastes better when it is not homemade” for snacks. I was thinking of a nugget-and-fries combo while nibbling a caramel-flavored refreshment. Imagine that during a work-from-home break time! 

“tastes better when it is not homemade”

I got my phone and purposely looked for Mcdonald’s in my Grab super app. When we talk about nuggets and caramel treats, “Mcdo! Love ko to!”.  

But how would you feel getting not just one but two tasty burgers for FREE from Mcdonald’s after ordering your cravings via the Grab App? 

Well this Grab-Mcdonald’s Promo is for you:

*With a minimum Mcdonald’s order of PhP 400 through your GrabFood app. Available at McDonald’s Bacolod, Baguio, CDO, Davao, Cebu, Pampanga, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Lipa, Zamboanga and Olongapo. This treat is only up until May 30, 2021.

Your options for work-from-home downtime cravings do not have to be home-quarantined to limited choices. You deserve an array of food offerings and exciting freebies. Check out your GrabFood app regularly! 

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

This Tuna Lasagna is Your Favorite Pasta for a “Meatless” Reason | Herby, Cheesy, Brine-Savory and a Bit Spicy

The chunky fish meat, al-dente lasagna sheets and chopped dried herbs wrestle to define its crave-worthy texture.

May you be that Lent devotee who pledges to go “meatless” for the season, a fitness-conscious eater who wants to try a healthier twist of a supreme favorite pasta or simply a self-professed foodie who loves to indulge in your cheesy cravings with a brine-savory twist, the Greenwich Tuna Lasagna Supreme is back for you but only until April 12 this year.

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The entire serving is light but satisfying. It owns an herby, cheesy, brine-savory reminiscence in every bite and a bit spicy after-sensation.

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The chunky fish meat, al-dente lasagna sheets and chopped dried herbs wrestle to define its crave-worthy texture. Enjoy it with the Greenwich pizza too!

Have it fresh and delicious right at your doorstep. Order at:

(1) www.greenwichdelivery.com(2) #5-55-55 / (3) Search for the nearest Greenwich branch on foodpanda or GrabFood Apps.

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It is both engaging when you are still at it, nibbling, and at random, when your cephalic food memory is whispering  “Lasagna. But not the usual.”.

Priced at 89 PhP (99 Php for a meal), the Tuna Lasagna Supreme is prepared with layers and layers of al-dente lasagna noodles, herby-tangy tomato sauce, tuna chunks and rich, creamy cheese.

 

The entire serving is light but satisfying. It owns an herby, cheesy, brine-savory reminiscence in every bite and a bit spicy after-sensation. The chunky fish meat, al-dente lasagna sheets and chopped dried herbs wrestle to define its crave-worthy texture. It is both engaging when you are still at it, nibbling, and at random, when your cephalic food memory is whispering  “Lasagna. But not the usual.”.

*For added extraordinary experience, drizzle some drops of hot sauce on it.

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You can have it fresh and delicious right at your doorstep. Order at:
(1) http://www.greenwichdelivery.com / (2) #5-55-55 / (3) Search for the nearest Greenwich branch on foodpanda or GrabFood Apps. Try it with fried chicken and Potato Waves as sides!

Grocery List for Young Urban Professionals | Feat. S&R Members’ Treat Sale Items

Grocery shopping after all is a task for survival acuity.

O- Olive products (Olive oil for cooking, tinned olives for sandwiches and pastas)

P- Protein Bars

Q- Quick to prepare mixes ( pancake, pizza, canned soups)

R- Razors

S- Sauces and spreads (spices, condiments, dips, dressings)

Below is the complete A-Z grocery list with photos. Scroll down.

You work hard on weekdays. You unwind at one of the city’s entertainment hubs on weekends. A typical “Yuppie” – a young urban professional. Also, you shop your own grocery needs as you listed, as you budgeted, as you scheduled.

Grocery shopping is an “#adulting” agendum. Who is not doing his own grocery shopping as an adult by the way? Your mastery of it reflects how skillful you are in terms of budgeting your fund for food from payday to payday while partaking healthy meals to fuel you in every workday. It is safe to say that a well-experienced grocery shopper is financially and physiologically healthy. You do not agree if you are not. Tell me. Are you?

MY GROCERY SHOPPING LIST

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Top in the list always when shopping at S&R, the packed IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) Broccoli. Good for up to 45 days supply of Vitamin C, Fiber and Protein. Yes, frozen is as good as fresh. Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/01/are-frozen-fruit-and-vegetables-as-good-for-you-as-fresh

The day after every payday is my ideal grocery shopping day. My grocery list on the other hand has a 60% regular and 40% elective choices.

  • coffee
  • sliced bread (I get excited making my own sandwich for work.)
  • Protein: broccoli, peanuts, eggs, meat
  • carrots, tomatoes, packed sliced fruits
  • Rice and oatmeal with milk
  • canned tuna, canned corned beef, instant pancit canton
  • Condiments/ Sandwich spread: vinegar, garlic, basil, umami seasoning
  • detergent, exfoliating and bactericidal soaps, hair conditioner
  • gargling solution and whitening toothpaste
  • wet wipes, rubbing alcohol (My work requires a lot of hand shakes and loads of talking.)

The 40% is influenced by first, the kind of spread I want in my work sandwich for the next two weeks. Second, the recipes I want to try after from social media food pages or health articles I read weeks before. Lastly, the cravings for Mr Chips or moist chocolate cake or Spam. I set aside PhP 2,000 every two weeks for food.

if you have the opportunity to get something of better quality (imported or local) at more affordable bar codes (S&R member), why not punch it in?!

My list is fun and flexible. I make health-conscious food choices by considering the simple Go-Grow-Glow taxonomy. My grooming list is basic. My sandwich spread recipes are ever changing. There are items in the list which need to be re-supplied every shop. There are also those which can be bought in larger package to hoard. Larger packs help you save both budget and shopping energy.

How I stock supplies and save budget through the S&R Members’ Treat Sale

The S&R Members’ Treat Sale is a grocery sale to look forward twice a year. It happens every March and September (Set a reminder on your smartphone, Yuppie!). This is when quality imported grocery items are priced at 50% less.

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What a deal! Eight boxes of Hershey’s Chocolate Soya Milk for PhP 299.

What makes me choose to grocery shop at S&R is beyond the product connotation of “imported”, “stateside”, “pang-mayaman/ pang-dato”. I support local products too (Sukang Pinakurat, Lucky Me Pancit Canton and Holiday Corned Beef join the conversation). Food Regulatory Agencies from other countries though, have stringent and thoughtful criteria on retaining nutrients from their food products. The advanced technology of their food industry is a supplementary factor too.  These make the products more ideal for hoarding. Buy it at large portions. Stock it for a month extended supply than usual. The taste is obviously unique too. A two-month taste break from the usual flavors makes your gastronomic routine more appetizing. Finally, if you have the opportunity to get something of better quality (imported or local) at more affordable bar codes (S&R member), why not punch it in?!

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S&R holds the Members’ Treat Sale every March and September where members enjoy massive savings on imported items. It has 17 branches in the Philippines as of September 2019.

S&R (Sol and Robert Price) is a membership-shopping club modeled after the warehouse shopping chains introduced in the United States. Most of the imported products offered are in club packs which include fresh produce and fruits, Australian/New Zealand beef, Western grocery brands from cereals to snacks, chocolates, wines and spirits. It also offers consumer electronics and appliances, along with health and beauty products. It is currently the biggest reseller of imported quality products at very competitive prices in the Philippines. (https://www.coscocapital.com/segment.do?category_id=7346)

The list below is comprised with food choices deemed as basic, healthy and easy to prepare for an always on the go Yuppie. It also has essential products for grooming as well as electives for Summer (S&R Members’ Treat Sale – March) and Christmas/ Year-End (S&R Members’ Treat Sale – September).

For as long as we need to earn for our life goals everyday, we also have to eat in every meal. Thus, we also need to shop more budget- and health-consciously,

MY S&R MEMBERS’ TREAT SALE GROCERY LIST

A- Assorted nuts. In general, nuts are good sources of fat, fiber and protein (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-healthy-nuts#section1)

B- Bread, biscuits

C- Coffee, Cold brews, Canned Tuna, Sardines

 

D- Detergents (Laundry and Dish washing and all-around cleaning solutions), Fabric Conditioner

E- Exfoliating Soap, Beauty bars, Shower gels

F -Frozen veggies and berries. Yes, frozen is as good as fresh (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/01/are-frozen-fruit-and-vegetables-as-good-for-you-as-fresh).

 

TIP: Get the items first. While the line at the check out counter is long, check the expiration date of the items.

G- Grains and Seeds

H – Healthy drinks (green tea, fruit juices, milk)

I – Ice Cream. Those flavors with nuts.

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J- Junk Chips, Nachos

L- Liquor (for gift, stock for celebrations, for your minibar)

M – Masks (facial masks and wet wipes)

N- Noodles (From Japanese to Korean!)

 

O- Olive products (Olive oil for cooking, tinned olives for sandwiches and pastas). Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/olives)

P- Protein Bars

TIP: Try something new. Wide selection of items are waiting for you.

Q- Quick to prepare mixes ( pancake, pizza, canned soups)

R- Razors

S- Sauces and spreads (spices, condiments, dips, dressings)

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I get excited making my own sandwich for work. B for Bread. S for Spread!

T- Tomato ketchup. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes)

U- Undershirts (S&R has a section for clothing too. I buy bundles of white V-neck undershirts once a year. Durable shirts for daily use so far.)

V- Vitamins and supplements

W- Whitening Toothpaste

X- Xtras (For March: Save on shopping for your Summer essentials. For September: Shop and save on gift items as well as Christmas decorations)

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Y- Yogurt and Yakult. Yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-yogurt).

Z- Zen scents (Fumes that help you meditate and relax like spray, diffusers, candles)


HOW TO BE A MEMBER

GOLD MEMBER:

  1. Fill-out the information asked in the Gold Membership Application Form. The form is available at the Membership Counter inside any S&R Club Warehouse.
  2. Present any one (1) of the following valid Identification cards with photo for each card holder: Passport, Driver’s License, SSS/ GSIS Digitized ID, PRC License, Voter’s ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, NBI Clearance. Any individual, 18 years old and above can be a Primary Member. Any immediate family member of a Primary Gold Cardholder, 18 years old and above with valid ID showing the same residence address as the Primary Cardholder, can be a Secondary Member.
  3. Settle the 700 PhP Gold Membership Fee valid at all S&R locations  for one (1) year. Extension card for 400 PhP is optional for the Secondary Member.

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Gold Membership Enrollment Fee: 700 PhP.

BUSINESS MEMBER

  1. An Owner or Manager of a licensed business qualifies as a Business Member. Fill-out the information asked in the Business Membership Application Form. The form is available at the Membership Counter inside any S&R Club Warehouse.
  2. Present any one (1) of the following valid Identification cards with photo for each card holder: Passport, Driver’s License, SSS/ GSIS Digitized ID, PRC License, Voter’s ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, NBI Clearance.
  3. Submit one (1) of the following supporting documents: FOR SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP: Certificate of Registration of Business Name with DTI, Current Year Mayor’s Permit or VAT Registration Number. FOR PARTNERSHIP AND CORPORATION: SEC Certification of Registration, Current Year Mayor’s Permit, VAT Registration Number or Letter from the Head of the organization authorizing representatives. FOR A DIRECTOR OR MANAGER OF A COOPERATIVE OR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: SEC/ CDA Certification of Registration, BIR TAX Exempt Status or Letter from the Head of the organization authorizing representatives.
  4. Settle the 900 PhP Business Membership Fee valid at all S&R locations for one (1) year. One (1) add-on card is FREE to yhe Primary Cardholder’s spouse, domestic partner, or any immediate family member over the age of 18 and living in the same household. Primary Member may add up to three (3) add-on cards at 400 PhP each.

TIPS

Eat first, Take you vitamins. It will be a long day. A food cart selling your favorite S&R pizza, burger, salad and drinks roams around the grocery though.

Stick to the budget. Calculate. Compare. Shop with someone and share the price of the buy 1 take 1 items.

Expect it to be crowded. Members can bring 3 more adults and unlimited kids. The queues are well organized though, from the parking outside to the check out counters.

Get the items first. While the line at the check out counter is long, check the expiration date of the items.

Buy the regular/ basic food choices for 2-3 months supply. The S&R Members’ Treat Sales has the best offers for your hoarding goals!

This is also an opportune sale to try something new. Wide selection of items are waiting for you.

While the line is long, go back to those which are empty during your first round. It may got refilled.

Do not bring kids but think of them. Lots of sweets and toys on sale.

Separate a budget for gifts.

Owning the choices of food in your plate is a fortifying task as a person who is now finally in charge of thy self. That you are an adult. You are now earning on your own, eating on your own. Autonomous. Responsible.

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Every September, shop and save on corporate gift items as well as Christmas decorations.

Grocery shopping is as fun as it is fortifying too. Imagine! You are not that toddler anymore who needs to do a sales pitch (and say please) to mommy just to “add to cart” that chocolate or junk food on your hand. Freedom is fun (But be smart too).

Grocery shopping after all is a task for survival acuity. It is rewarding throughout your aging work-life “timeline” when you get better and better at doing it. For as long as we need to earn for our life goals everyday, we also have to eat in every meal. Thus, we also need to shop more budget- and health-consciously, as budgeted, as scheduled.

Get a Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut to Celebrate World Doughnut Day, June 7

ALSO RANKED MY FAVORITE KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS HERE. Happy WDD!

Celebrate World Doughnut Day 2019 this June 7 with a FREE Chocolate Glaze doughnut from Krispy Kreme.

Krispy Kreme Factory Stores:

DAVAO: SM Ecoland | CAGAYAN DE ORO: Limketkai | CEBU: IT Park | BACOLOD: SM | LAS PINAS: Evia Lifestyle Center | SAN JUAN: Greenhills | TAGUIG: Bonifacio High Street

Visit any of the factory stores of Krispy Kreme listed above from 6AM to 8AM and from 11Am to 1PM only. Enjoy a giveaway Chocolate Glaze doughnut FOR EVERY TRANSACTION. Take a photo and upload it on your social media account with hashtags: #KKWorldDoughnutDay, #ChocolateGlaze, #WorldDoughnutDay and #EveryOneIsAnOriginal. Tag @krispykremeph too!

RANKED : MY FAVORITE KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS

These five Krispy Kreme doughnuts are ranked based on (1) how romantic it blends with my hot coffee and (2) how not so overwhelming the sweetness while still being a doughnut (you know what I mean).

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BACON AND CHEESE RING-FILLED and BRÛLÉE CHEESE RING-FILLED | These are pizza-doughnuts for me. I love to nibble the cheesy taste in every bite of these before sipping my usual creamy coffee. 

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ORIGINAL GLAZED | The Classic! Always be the first and legal wife of my hot black coffee. Nuff said.

CHOCO PEANUT BUTTER RING FILLED | It looks too sweet but the sprinkled sea salt and roasted hazelnut tastefully neutralized the sweetness on this morsel. With lots of proteins too 💪🏼.

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CHOCOLATE GLAZE | This is chocolately naive, and that is just perfect for me. I can eat only one each of the other 4 (in the rank) but I will always consume 2 of this. Every time!

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DARK CHOCOLATE GLITZ with Davao’s award-winning Malagos Chocolate (below is Blueberry Bliss Glaze) | The subtle bitter taste amidst the sweetness is truly a unique doughnut experience in every bite. I love this with a creamier coffee.

Doughnuts will always be the best office morsel for me. Always be the submissive palatable better half of a warm caffeine, whether or not it is a winning day at work. It is just always a winning day when you’re getting a doughnut for snack. That is indeed my sole reason why I celebrate World Doughnut Day!

Happy World Doughnut Day, Closers!

About Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. With a flagship store in Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee in the country since 2006. Today, Krispy Kreme has outlets in more than 70 different locations nationwide. To get more information and updates about the brand and its products, you may become a Friend of Krispy Kreme by visiting www.krispykreme.com.phor through our social media accounts.

 

Coffee is for Closers | Would you judge a Macchiato by its smell?

The Tahitian vanilla component is not actually more of a taste bud experience but an “air in the mouth” sensation.

Starbucks Philippines offers back its Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato. Have you tried it? Here is how it is sizzled. Available in hot, iced and blended, It is an infusion of (1) velvety steamed milk (2) with aromatic, caramelly Tahitian vanilla syrup, topped with Starbucks Signature Espresso and finished with (3) vanilla bean specks and (4) vanilla drizzle in a classic double crosshatch pattern.

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I always want my coffee as hot. I love Starbucks’ mainstay caramel macchiato. Though it tends to be too sweet at times, I still enjoy asking for a free glass of water especially when I am on the last 1/4 of the portion. Considering that this new drink is a “caramelly” vanilla syrup made beverage with the intriguing “Tahitian” flair, I chose to try a new drink in its blended format for the first time. I preconceive it being way too sweet with the assumption that, the hot version might not be ideally sweet for me (as caramel macchiato being the sweetness reference) and that the ice in the blended version may at least try to neutralize the sweetness.

How it really tastes?

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Not really too sweet. Totally the opposite of what I have expected that it might be irritant to the (my) throat. It smells the expected subtle vanilla sweetness. The first palate experience on every first sip is dictated with a caramelly sensation. As you try to take time enjoying, the after taste is dominated with the Tahitian vanilla component which is not actually more of a taste bud experience but an “air in the mouth” sensation. I would never judge a Macchiato or any drink’s sweetness ever again plainly through its vanilla smell nor through knowing that it contains a vanilla. A revelation from this taste test is that vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla to be specific, has a sweetness which is not from the tongue. And that for me is delicious, delightful and healthy.

This is a new palate experience every Macchiato fan should try. I would try the hot version soon.