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The 10 Craziest Food Crazes to Hit Manila
From shawarma to frozen yogurt, traces the 10 biggest food fads that took over Manila. Which ones got you hooked? By Jenny Orillos.
By: Jenny B. Orillos  |   Published on: Dec 28, 2009 - 8:00am

When? 2001: Bizu Patisserie opens in Glorietta 4.

How it started: Among Bizu's baked products was the macaron de Paris, pastel-colored round pastry with crushed almonds and crme ganache flavors.

At its peak: Hotel pastry shops (Manila Peninsula, Diamond Hotel) began offering them. Empire by George Rocha sells macarons at the Rockwell Baker's Fair. Park Avenue Desserts makes them by special order.

What's left of the craze: All stores still make macarons including Delifrance. And Aubergine Restaurant and Patisserie occasionally gives complimentary macarons to patrons.

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  • kuko martin
    how can you miss the pearl shake craze of the early 2000's?
    Jul 13 2013 @ 01:11pm     Reply  
  • wankei
    the craze nowadays is Scramble the o'l time drink given a cleaner twist.
    Sep 16 2010 @ 02:39pm     Reply  
  • Timmy
    have you tried coffee bean & tea leaf’s frozen swirl yet? it’s the bomb! especially hazelnut flavor, which is like, the best flavor ever! heads up though, it’s not on the menu yet so you have to say AWESOME to the barista when you order.

    yeah, it’s only available in eastwood mall, gh promenade, rob midtown & 4 seasons salcedo. i think they’re trying it out pa. well, anyway, it’s goooood! check out their fb page for more yummy details:
    Jun 12 2010 @ 09:12am     Reply  
  • poleng
    I do not remember cream puffs being a craze. Have not met anyone irl that craved for cream puffs. Also French macaroons. The price of macaroons (that time, around 18 pesos per tiny piece) is too much for ordinary people. I did see people line up for the Japanese melty chocolate, Royce nama and Go Nuts Donuts.

    French Baker was first in baked goods self serve concept in Manila. They've been in the business since early 90's, earlier than Bread Talk Singapore. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think I first saw Breadtalk in Rockwell.
    Mar 04 2010 @ 04:32pm     Reply  
  • bah

    you're comment just gave me a headache.
    Jan 21 2010 @ 03:28pm     Reply  
  • claudz
    I love yogurt ice cream like the red mango that i haven' taste but i can taste green mango with the same yogurt ice cream.
    It's so delicoius so much!
    I've also like donuts and breads too 'cause i like sweets like krispy kreme and breadtalk....
    Something all I taste, that was so yummy!!!
    Jan 20 2010 @ 11:18am     Reply  
  • mars
    the bubble milk tea place in megamall did not open in 2009. it\'s been open longer.
    Jan 12 2010 @ 01:48pm     Reply  
  • iana
    The Zagu or black pearl shakes craze was just the craziest. Zagu stalls and other spin-offs spurting just anywhere, even sari-sari stores attempted to make them.
    Jan 06 2010 @ 10:19am     Reply  
  • iana
    Frostings cupcakes are cheaper and as good as Sonja's. You forgot to include the Zagu or black pearl shakes craze, which happened around the end of the 1990's or early of 2000.
    Jan 06 2010 @ 10:15am     Reply  
  • karl
    frozen yogurt here in singapore is so expensive. about P140 for a regular cup, with no toppings! living here is torture!
    Dec 31 2009 @ 06:31pm     Reply  
  • marge
    Golden Spoon also managed to enter the fro-yo market just recently, around November 2009. Yay! :)
    Dec 29 2009 @ 04:33pm     Reply  
  • bluejaycarlos
    I just hope Krispy Kreme adjust its sweetness to cater the health-conscious. Bubble tea rocks!!!
    Dec 29 2009 @ 01:38pm     Reply  
  • Monrovia
    Ria, Sonja's cupcakes are over rated and over priced. Not worth the trip to Bonifacio High and definitely a waste of money.
    Dec 29 2009 @ 07:35am     Reply  
  • ria
    i would love to try bubble tea and cupcakes by sonja.i love froze yogurt.o love the white hat.
    Dec 28 2009 @ 05:28pm     Reply  
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