Is the humid weather making you too lazy to move? You know summer’s here when you find yourself craving for ice cream floats and snow cones. Although it might be more convenient to just stay home, there’s also something exciting about stepping out with your kids and treating yourself to your favorite restaurant’s summer snack. Make summer memories of culinary adventures with your family. Let these summer coolers chill the hot months.
The summer experience won’t be complete without Razon’s version of this Filipino classic. Sweet and simpler than the traditional halo-halo, this summer favorite is made up of macapuno, leche flan, ice and condensed milk. Razon’s has branches in Greenhills, Makati, Alabang, and even Cebu but you can also drive up to Pampanga for the original Razon’s. P70 for a glass.
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Who’s never played mad scientist as a kid? Kids love mixing and creating their own concoctions. Go to Frutti Froyo and treat your kids to a yummy treat while they enjoy mixing toppings. Yogurt comes in vanilla, chocolate, and many other flavors. You can enjoy this healthy treat without worrying about your kid’s junk food intake. Froyo machines are easy to use – imagine a yogurt buffet! Grab a cup, choose your yogurt, then mix in as many delectable toppings as you like from the popular blueberry to the chewy mocha. Each serving is weighed and priced accordingly. Mix, match, have fun! No limits! Branches at Quezon City, Manila, Alabang and Pasay. P80 per ounce.
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You can’t go wrong with tea that’s sweet and delicious. The good news is Bubble Tea offers more than just tea. Try different flavors of milk teas, milk shakes, tea slush, black tea and green tea. Try it hot or cold! Is your kid a Slurpee lover? Bubble Tea also has slush drinks. The tapioca they put in their drinks is chewy – the best kind out there. Tea is brewed fresh everyday and all ingredients are supposedly from Japan. They also serve light meals. Bubble Tea is a great place hangout with your friends and family. Ambience is relaxed and fun. Milk Teas start at P80.
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Healthy fresh smoothies are a summer mainstay. You can always count on the fresh goodness of fruits to soothe a child’s (or grownup’s) temper during a hot summer’s day. Fruit Magic offers a healthy and natural alternative to soft drinks. They offer only the freshest, healthiest fruit juices! Stawberry Squeeze is an energy boost drink that contains a good amount of potassium and vitamin C – a favorite among moms! Help your kids fight infections with the sweet and fruit combination of Mango Mania. Branches at major malls around Metro Manila. Starts at P50 per glass.
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Every day is Friday when it’s summer, isn’t it? Head over to TGIF to take advantage of that happy Friday feeling that any school kid can relate to. TGIF advocates fun, sharable food. Head over to a TGIF branch in Makati, Manila, Alabang and Quezon City. Should you find yourself in Cebu, cool your heels at a TGIF branch in the Queen City. Don’t let this summer go by without bonding with your child over the famous Friday’s Sundae with heavy scoops of vanilla, caramel sauce, whipped cream topped with cherry for P245. Grownups will love their Ultimate Drinks – spiked fruit juices in great combinations for P295.
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Ice Cream Bar
Ice Cream aficionados will love this restaurant at Joya Drive, Rockwell that’s dedicated to serving the best ice cream there is. The clean, laid-back ambiance will make staying at the Ice Cream Bar so pleasant for you and your family. Relax and treat yourself to a Classic Banana Split. Try the favorite Filipino favorite Mangga’t Suman topped with ice cream or another local favorite – the classic sorbetes. Their frozen delights are perfect for summer but they also serve savory dishes too! Budget is P200-P400.
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Le Saint Michel Crepes
No need to go to France to sample their famous crepes. Le Saint Michel Crepes brings this popular dessert to Boracay. Cool off after spending a day in the sun. Try the Great Heart Crepe which is topped with fresh mango, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. Kids will love the Banana Chocolate Crepe oozing which chocolate goodness. Crepes are priced P150-P200.
Foodies will tell you that Calea is a both a local and a tourist destination in Bacolod – the country’s Sugarlandia. The three branches are all comfy and snug and offer respite from the summer heat. The Oreo Cheesecake is a winner according to both grownups and kids. Chilled, cheesy and exuding mouthwatering sweetness, this dessert puts Bacolod on the list of best summer destinations. Plan to spend P50-P100.
Indulge the sweet life in Davao with Dulce Vida’s Frozen Chocolate Brazo de Mercedes. Each bite of rich frozen chocolate confection with creamy custard and chocolate ganache is a dream come true for every dessert fanatic. The chilled cake melts in your mouth making you forget the high temperatures of summer. Bring your family and relax in Dulce Vida’s homey interior. Their treats are a hit among local folk and visitors. Prices of their bestseller, the Frozen Chocolate Brazo de Mercedes are P 70/slice; P275/half box; P 445/box.
Indulge the kids with the supreme Italian treat – ice cream! Gelatissimo brings you the taste of authentic Italian gelato that was perfected in Australia using the freshest Australian milk ingredients. Try the Lemon Cheesecake flavor’s tangy coolness. Bambino cones, handmade bite-sized mini cones come in a variety of flavors topped with chocolate. They can be packed in insulated containers for you to take home for a summer party for kids or grownups! Around P400 for a dozen Bambinos. Branches are in malls around Metro Manila and Cebu.
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What are you waiting for? Tell the kids you’re going out for some great summer coolers!