Saturday, November 30, 2013

Harina, Haven for the Breaditarian

WARNING: Drooling on your keyboard can be dangerous to your wealth.

With that out of the way...

Harina, a quaint little House of Flour in White Plains Quezon City, sits where Monsee's used to be. The very spot where I was Foodie for a day and given a tour de devour of their best bread-based fare. This blogger was immensely pleased.

The tour started with what I would call the best BREADSTICKS in the land. It comes with dips of cream and chocolate. But it's perfect even on its own.

Then, the tour went big --with the mammoth serving of the BLOOMIN' BREAD. Crusty pull-apart Italian loaf filled with basil puree and an assortment of melted cheese, and partnered with a dip of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin oil. It's the kind of goodness you'll love to share.

Next came the CHICKEN CAESAR SANDWICH. Grilled Cajun chicken and lettuce in Caesar dressing topped with poached egg,bacon and parmesan cheese in a bed and blanket of baguette. Rich and tasty with delectable texture.

Time for a sweet breaker. Say, a STRAWBERRY-CHEESECAKE STUFFED FRENCH TOAST. Cheesecake-filled brioche hugged by whip cream and strawberry preserves. YUM is an understatement.

The ideal follow up to that came in a fine and filling flaky pastry called the WALDORF SANDWICH. Filled to the brim with chicken, red and green apples and chopped walnuts in mayo, it gives a Summer-y warm feeling in every bite.

Okay... breakfast time! :P Harina serves all-day breakfast and this BREAKFAST TART is that treat you'd like to have any time. It's a puff pastry shell generously covered in cream cheese, spinach, baked tomatoes, bacon, and eggs. For a guaranteed good morning... or good night.

The tour ended on a sweet note with PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA AND CHOCOLATE STUFFED FRENCH TOAST. To die for. Seriously. Wheat honey walnut French toast stuffed with creamy peanut butter, sliced bananas and chocolate spread. It was an utterly lovely finale.

But, just like any top-billed concert, Harina just had to have an encore. Always have room for even more desserts, I always say!

To keep us overjoyed, Harina served STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE BROWNIES!

And then plates upon plates of BLUEBERRY, PEANUT BUTTER, AND CHOCOLATE LAMINATED CRONUTS, just so we never ever come down from Harina heaven.

I promised to come back with my family in tow. We are a 'bready bunch' so we will definitely feel at home here.

Oh, and look ... school 'baon'! :)

There are all these and more at the Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe, where bread is simply made better.
But why take my word for it when you can come over and have a glorious taste yourself? You might even go for seconds. Or thirds.

Thanks for having me, Harina! This delicious day just made me want to switch to food blogging. *burp*

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