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The Secret Frozen Yogurt Lab Revealed

We were eating out one evening when hubby told me he saw the purple cart of Froyo’s Pure Frozen Yogurt in one of the alleys of a group of restaurants near pioneer. I did not want to believe him without seeing it with my own two eyes because the signage out front said Onstott’s, a name that did not ring a bell, so i went to have a look see.

My first encounter with Froyo was at the Salcedo Market last February. As we were musing on things to fill our tummies, a cart in the middle of the walkway caught our attention because (1) i was beginning to really like frozen yogurt around that time and (2) the vendor was giving out free taste of the product like there was no tomorrow!

It was an instant hit as i loved the yogurts texture and flavors. I found out that a restaurant in Serendra sold Froyo and so in one of my forced book worm day review, i headed to Arama to get a taste of my new found fave. Sadly the yogurt served seemed a little too frozen and had lost that creamy texture i loved about my Salcedo purchase. I had always wanted to go back to the saturday market just to get my Froyo and so when i rounded the corner of one of the alleys where we were eating that evening, i was ecstatic to find it truly was Froyo!

The yogurt bar and cafe is basic with a couple of tables and chairs, no particular interior decors except for the two large freezers that hold the most wonderful flavors of frozen yogurt.

there were frozen yogurt in tubs

and cups

i was surprised there were popsicle yogurt

and cake!

Because im the only yogurt crazed person at home, i had bought only a cup of the natural flavored frozen yogurt and went home a happy girl!

I was not surprised that a few days after, i was craving for more and so late one evening, i asked hubby if we could drive a couple of blocks to get me another cup. He of course agreed and we were there in less than 5 minutes. We found out that it was better to go to the yogurt shop from the back of the building. I had a heel wrenching time the first night i went to Onstott’s as my high heels kept going through the designs of the walkway. If you enter the back, you’re practically at the shop’s door.

When i entered the yogurt shop, i found Dave, the owner and vendor i had met at Salcedo Market. I had sort of made up my mind before coming over that i had wanted pistachio but Dave asked me if i was sure and started giving me tiny wooden ice cream spoon full of different flavors.

around this time, hubby probably started getting bored waiting and so started taking paparazzi shots from the car as he waited for me to buy my yogurt.

As i was indulging in my test test, i could hear a ruckus from the room which i suspect to be the kitchen.  Pounding noises, of maybe ingredients of the natural yogurt.

By the time i had tasted a few flavors, (ok i had taste tested around 6 or 7 flavors!) i was a bit confused on what to get. They were all so good!!! Dave saw the confusion in my eyes and told me he could mix the flavors in the cup if i wanted and that made decision making a little easier (somehow). I chose vanilla and grape. Dave piled on the vanilla flavored frozen yogurt on top of the grape. He even added a few scoops in my cup and just gave me the lid to hold on to because the cup was so full!

From what i know, Onstott’s Frozen Yogurt is made from New Zealand Milk and all natural ingredients to make the different flavors. Also, it does not have refined sugar so the sweetness comes mainly from the natural ingredients.

The vanilla yogurt was smooth and creamy, almost like ice cream except it had that zesty after taste i love in frozen yogurt.

I loved the grape flavor instantly when i sampled it. It was refreshing and a bit sweeter than the other flavors. My yogurt cup definitely had a good combination of frozen yogurt flavors! I loved it so much my after dinner snack almost didn’t make it home as i was enjoying myself with scoops of the wonderful dessert giving my palate a creamy, sweet and zesty treat!

Dave said Onstott’s was his little hide away. A simple shop at the back of a group of restaurants, hardly noticeable except for that sign out front.

Maybe its his secret lab where he develops new wonderful flavors of frozen yogurt, i thought…maybe i just have a wild imagination!

Onstott’s is open 10am to 11pm. There’s parking at the back of the building where its easier to get to the yogurt shop.


July 2, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , | 10 Comments

Vday Surprises (Part 1): Salcedo Saturday Market

this is a long overdue post of the fun we had at the salcedo saturday market last vday.  so here goes…

im sure a lot of people reserved tables at various restaurants today but not hubby and i. we wanted to veer away from the cliche, postponed our vday dinner next week and went to the market for valentines day. yes, you read right, we decided to go to the market on hearts day, the saturday salcedo market that is!

now ive learned tons about salcedo market from various blogs and articles but never got around to satisfying my curiosity about this weekly event until today. the morning person that i am did not really have a hard time getting up early (unlike the slow to warm in the morning partner of mine) so that we could be at tordesillas street in salcedo makati by 730am. when we got there there were a couple of shoppers already exiting the makeshift market (a parking lot accross one salcedo) and there were quite a number of cars already parked all the way around the block. boy these people really get up early dont they!

upon entering you could feel the hustle and bustle of the market place just as it is starting to begin. there were potted herbs,

fresh seafood (literally splish splashing in the tub of water!



and a blanket of wonderful this and that all around.



we went around the market first to survey what was in store for our tummies and after much dilemma (from choices overload!), hubby chose the food stall called Gigi La Crepe for his breakfast treat.


this is operated by a jolly frenchman who strikes up short but witty conversations with his customers as he concentrates on flipping the paper thin crepe that envelopes his bretton galettes. unlike the traditional crepe, galettes are cooked on one side only and garnished meats, egg, cheese, fruits and other spreads in various combinations.


hubby and i chose to have the sausage galette and the ham, egg and cheese galette (AKA complete galette) each costing P100 each.


the sausage galette was simple yet delicious! the sausage used was peppery and intense.


the complete galette was a treat. it is said to be one of the most popular variety.  you could taste all the 3 major fillings which settled well in the crepe covering.

we washed down our yummy breakfast with sugar cane juice. a small cup will set you back P25. i found it a little steep compared to the 0.9Sing$ sugar cane juice that came in a glass twice as large as the one we had today. but nevertheless it was good! i guess thats what really matters.

i heard a lot about the barbecue of salcedo market and definitely did not want to leave without trying so even if we were satisfied with our galette breakfast, we went to sample the much talked about grilled pork.


there are 3 sizes costing P25, P45, and P65. we sampled the P25 size and i realized i was the only one getting 1 piece of barbecue! all the other customers were hoarding it like winter was coming! i came to the right place then, i thought. one bite of this thick pork meat will make you faint in delight!  i know you must be thinking, a barbecue i is a barbecue, but this is exceptional!


it is thick but tender and flavorfully juicy! and im not even exaggerating! our stick was in the trash in no time!!!

with barbecue greased lips, we went on another round of the market place which brought us to the center of the walkway to a man giving away taste tests of his homemade frozen yogurt like there was no tomorrow!


frankly all the market goers were pleased to get a sample.


he first had me taste the mango and vanilla which was de-li-ciou!!! and just as i was finishing the hefty sample, he handed me the banana which was surprisingly ok to taste. then came the dark chocolate. chocolate lovers out there, i tell you this is sooo good!!! my mouth is watering just at the thought! then the one with a special blend of berries (and oh i could not remember because i was eating like a kid with a priced lollipop) which was interestingly yummy too. after another gastronomic dilemma i decided on the mango and vanilla.


as my frozen yogurt was being scooped into my cup, i learned that froyo is freshly homemade from 100% yogurt, with no refined sugar added by the vendor.


because it is pure, it is a bit more sour than the ones you find in the malls. the consistency is also another difference as froyo is more compact and a personal order will last forever! yuuummy! i do recommend this item. i will surely get some every time we come to this saturday market. but i think they sell some at serendra, i will have to check. i learned that they have froyo at arama, beside lary’s bar. ooohhh!!!


the personal serving around 150 grams will cost you P65, 1 pint is P190 and 1/2 gallon is P650. if you visit salcedo market dont miss out on this item!

as my yogurt cup was emptied, we chanced upon a lady tasting coffee from a stall. the caffeine lured me towards TonG coffee owned by Ike Miranda. he told us that he picks the beans himself to create this perfect blend and roasts them weekly just for the saturday salcedo market. he pointed out that the beans still had oil on them because they were newly microroasted.


this means that the pack that you buy will always be fresh. a free taste test of this unique coffee blend will positively make you leave the stall with a pack in hand. the sample was not hot as it was in the small coffee press sitting on the stall and i did not add cream or sugar but it smelled strong and wonderful and tasted even better! personally, a true test of good coffee beans would be enjoying it unadulterated, with just hot water added and frankly, this is one of the best ive tasted!!!

i bought a 400gram pack of unground beans and walked away happy!


there was a stall that sold tapa of two sorts, venison (deer) and wild boar (as in baboy ramo).


a good lot is sold for P360 and is smoked (or dried, sorry my blood flow was directed to my tummy after everything i ate!) and will keep for several weeks ready for frying. this looked good for breakfast but we decided to pass this time.


this stall also sold aged and seasoned cuts of steak. a box of 3 cuts will cost P750. not bad! im sure we will try this sometime soon!

a more thorough walk into the small alleys made by the stalls brought us to Everybody’s Cafe, a kapampangan stall which sold exotic delicacies. i felt like andrew zimmern would appear around the corner anytime as i was scrutinizing the odd food items.


there were stuffed frogs, crickets, and of course our favorite sisig

we were full from our morning’s buys and decided to move on. we chanced upon this burger stall that had a challenge.


we looked at the big burger grilling and said, hey, i think i could do that if i wasnt so full. the lady on the other end of the counter corrected our misconception and showed us the burger bun which was involved in the challenge. it was as big as a personal size pizza! ok, that is quite a challenge!

we decided to buy a pack of home made ham freshly made without any preservatives.


this will last 3 days in the fridge but if placed in the freezer will last for several months according to the stall owner.


with coffee and ham in hand and a lot of other treats in the GIT, hubby and i left the market two satisfied customers!

February 23, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments