Hello Ube!

Hello Ube!

Ube love! In the last year or so I’ve been seeing a lot of purple everyone and I’m loving it! I am so happy to see all the products highlighting the purple yam from the Philippines. Because ube is my u-bae for this summer; I wanted to share a few my favorite ube products that I’ve gotten to try!

Trader Joe’s Ube Purple Yam Flavored Ice Cream

Trader Joe’s is stepping up their ube game with offering a few ube products including a ube waffle/pancake mix but my heart still belongs to the very first ube product they offered; Ube Ice Cream. Being Filipino; I’m used to ube ice cream from Philippine brands like Magnolia and I wasn’t quite sure how Trader Joe’s would compare. I was quite pleased to see that TJ’s got it right. Their ube ice cream wasn’t just purple flavor; it indeed had the right purple yam taste. It was sweet, creamy with hints coconut and vanilla…just like ube!

Big Boi’s Ube Butter

I wrote about the Filipino butters in an April post and though all the flavors were delicious; I really liked the ube a lot! I loved spreading the smooth ube over pandesal for breakfast. So masarap!

DD’s Treats Pandesal

Ube Pandesal has recently become one of the most popular items in the ube craze. One can even order ube pandesal on Etsy! Thankfully for me; there are several different homemade vendors that I’ve found making delicious ube pandesal. DD’s Treats located in Lakewood, California is one of them. She has a variety of different ube pandesals. One can choose from ube cheese filling, yema cheese filling and ube cream cheese. They’re all so delicious that I can’t pick a favorite. Aside from ube pandesal DD’s offers other ube treats such as ube Spanish bread and ube crinkles.

Mom’s Kitchen Ube Flan and Ube Ensaymada

Mom’s Kitchen in Gardena, California also offers ube pandesal along with other tasty ube offerings. Her ube pandesal is also quite tasty. It is filled with cream cheese. My favorite from her ube offerings however is the ube flan cupcakes. These are the best! The bottom of this treat is a soft ube cupcake and then on top is a sweet, creamy flan. It’s two classic Filipino desserts combined in one and it practically melts in your mouth.

Mom’s Kitchen also has amazing ube ensaymada. Soft ube bread is covered with butter and sugar and then topped with lots of grated cheese. It’s a perfect breakfast treat, a sweet snack or a delicious dessert.

Munch Bakery

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Munch Bakery who sells at the Farmers Market in Torrance offers fresh macarons in a variety of flavors! I first wrote about them in a post back in April 2017. They are more popular than ever. Ube is one of the flavors that always sells out. It has the just the right hint of the flavored yam.

I love ube and this summer I am super happy to discover so many different ube treats along with getting to support some local small businesses as well!

Hello Cafe 86!

Hello Cafe 86!

Pink is my favorite color however I feel like purple is starting to make its way into my heart lately. Yes, that color purple sure is making an impact….thanks to ube!

Ube is the Tagalog word for purple yam and it’s the new “IT” dessert. It’s been making waves all over social media. From ube donuts to ube ice cream, the Filipino fave dessert has become a favorite for many foodies.

For some excellent ube treats, one should definitely check out Cafe 86. This cute Filipino cafe first opened up in Chino Hills, California and soon after opened up locations in Pasadena and Artesia, California. From the moment you walk into their cute cafe, one is sure to say “Oh my Ube.” This place truly is ube heaven.

A fan favorite  for many is the Ube Leche Flan Cupcake.

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The base of the cupcake is purple ube beauty made out of Cafe 86’s housemade ube halaya and then the top of the cupcake is the creamy Filipino dessert leche plan. The ube base and the leche plan topping is truly a match made in heaven. With this dessert you have a soft moist cake and a creamy sweet topping. Every bite is simply delightful.

Another awesome ube dessert is their ube cake truffles.  At first glance,  these truffles look like simple chocolate balls but don’t fooled because there is truly an amazing surprise waiting for you inside.

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It will truly be love at first bite of these Ube Truffles. Inside is a lovely purple colored moist cake made out of…..you guessed it ube! When I visited Cafe 86, I honestly thought nothing could be as amazing as the Ube Leche Flan Cupcake but their Ube Truffles sure is just as wonderful. It has the nice rich touch of chocolate on the outside. The inside is the soft ube cake. It is one of my favorites at Cafe 86.

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There is even more ube delight to be found in their Ube Monster ice cream sandwich.

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It’s Cookie Monster turned Ube Monster with this dessert! It’s a ube ice cream sandwich with two soft chocolate cookies filled with ube ice cream. It truly a “monster” dessert. It’s “monster” gigantic cookies. It’s filled with “monster” loads of creamy ube ice cream. You’re sure to go “monster” ube crazy with this one. 🙂

The Ube menu goes on and on at Cafe 86. Their specials change daily. Sometimes there are Ube Crinkle Cookies, Ube Crack Cheesecake, Ube Butter Bars or even Ube Vegan Bundt Cake. It’s not just about ube at Cafe 86 however. They have lots of other dessert delights like Halo-Halo Bread Pudding, Skyflake cookies and Churochi; a Cafe 86 special dessert of churro and mochi combined. In addition to desserts, Cafe 86 has various iced teas like Hibiscus Calamansi and Peach Mango,  milk teas like Thai Tea milk tea and Sea Salt Black Tea, Milk Shakes and Slush like Caramel Milk Slush and different lattes, espressos and loose leaf teas.

Yes, pink may be my favorite color but purple truly has made its way into this Hello Kitty Foodies heart. Oh my ube, I am a ube fan and Cafe 86 has a lot to do why I am. 😉

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Cafe 86.