Thursday, April 18, 2013

Napoleon(es): Bon Pasalubong

When I say Bacolod, what comes into mind? Chicken inasal? Piaya? Bongbong's? Tired of the same old pasalubong, we set out to find something different to bring home.

First up: Merci Bakeshop. Why? Because it was just a few steps from Saltimboca Tourist Inn. Scanning the shelves, it was the same old fare: piaya, barquillos, mango tart, meringue, etc. Vaguely remembering napoleones, something I received as a pasalubong years back, I asked if they had any. Unfortunately, the answer was no. They had run out of napoleones (and it was just 1PM). Not finding anything interesting, we decided to head back to the inn, pack up, and get ready to go to the airport.

At the airport, with some minutes to spare, we stopped by Bongbong's Pasalubong Center. Lucky us, we found half a dozen boxes of napoleones piled on a table. There were pieces without the white icing which turns out to be their sugar-free ones.

A box (12 pieces) of Bongbong's napoleones costs Php 150 at the airport. I am guessing it is cheaper at the branches in the city. Merci Bakeshop also has a stall inside the airport terminal and there they had some available for 5 pesos cheaper than Bongbong's. Virgie's, another pasalubong center in Bacolod, also has napoleones. Yup, napoleones is pretty popular in Bacolod.

There's probably a question that's been gnawing on your brain two and a half paragraphs ago: What are napoleones? These are sugar glazed puff pastries with custard inside. Probably a close relative of mille-feuille, also known as napoleon.

The napoleones from Bongbong's are melts-in-my-mouth-heaven. Merci's aren't as soft as Bongbong's and it's sweeter (in fact, it is too sweet for my sweet tooth). Virgie's is at par with Bongbong's.

To whoever goes to Bacolod and thinks of getting me a pasalubong: Forget the piaya! Forget the barquillos! Remember napoleones! :-) Thankyouverymuch!

10 comments:

  1. Hahaha! I haven't tried their Napoleones but I kept on hearing people rave about it. hhhmmm This made me more curious than ever. :D

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  2. I just had one!! I have one post as well on my drafts waiting to be published! Hahaha~ I am sooo inlove with Napoleones! :D

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    1. Lami noh? Asa gikan imong napoleones? Bongbong's?

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    2. My agent got me one box from Bacolod. Ahhhh lamiiii kaayo!

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    3. Ingna sya duhaon sunod hehehe :D

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  3. I wonder if naa ni sa supermarket? Probably not. Those look good though.I haven't the napoleones from Bongbong's but I've tried one from Leona's.

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    1. Wala ko kakita ani sa supermarket diri sa Cebu... lami ra ang napoleones sa Leona's? I didn't know they had that. I should try it :-)

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  4. Stumbled upon your blog (again). First time I visited here was when I searched for Korea tips :)) Thank you the Bacolod tips! :D

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    1. Glad you found this blog again! Thank you very much for visiting and dropping a line. I appreciate it :-) And I am glad somebody found this useful ;-)

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