March 27, 2010

Red Ribbon's Combo Meal: Hooray for Cake!

I know my posting schedule has fallen off over the past month or...more. And I can't even blame it on Lost anymore since I now only watch one episode a week instead of my previous four-episodes-a-night marathons when I was catching up on the first five seasons. (By the way [spoiler alert if you haven't watched the latest episode], I love this image from Videogum's episode recap.) My explanation: my brain has deteriorated about 50 years in the last month and my brain just ain't working to the point that I now go to bed at 3 a.m. in order to fit in all the stuff I want (mostly in the category of "watching videos of cute animals doing funny things") and need (work) to do.

Which is why it's no surprise that I'm staying in on this sunny (and chilly) Saturday afternoon with some sort of illness that is making my throat itchy and my coughs hacky and phlegmy. As my mom and just about everyone else in the world has reminded me, five to six hours of sleep a night isn't conducive to good health (which could explain why my brain isn't working so well—and thus I'm caught in a cycle of failure). And that's on top of my normally unhealthy habits of eating tons.

But before I retire to my cold, lumpy bed for a late nap, I'll give you a preview of my next post that hasn't been written yet, except in lil' bits and bobs in my head. Although it's rare that I ever want to pull something out of my stupidly long posts in fear of something good getting buried, this won my attention:

IMG_3648 copy
COMBO MEAL.

Last Sunday while I was in Queens for an afternoon of Filipino face stuffing with Veronica, Kelly, and Francine, we stopped into Red Ribbon for my first Filipino bakery experience. And that's where I discovered one of the best combo meals ever: the kind that comes with cake (and soda).

IMG_3647 copy IMG_3646 copy
CAKE.

Check out dem cakes.

I didn't try any of the non-baked goods—palabok, arroz caldo, and baked macaroni—as I got the impression they're just supplementary to the cakes. And I was already full from lunch, but I'll talk about that more in my next post.

IMG_3670
Cake slice. I feel like i just went to a birthday party.

The mango cake consisted of three moist, spongy layers spread with light mango bits-speckled frosting. Nothing life-changing, but it was a satisfying, not too sweet cake treat. I would've tried the ube cake if they had been selling slices of it that day.

The cake combo meal may not seem noteworthy to Filipinos, but it was a first for me. Even though I could order a slice of cake, a soda (well, I can do without the soda), and a savory dish separately at a bakery that has all of the above, I like knowing that this chain bakery puts them all together for a most nutritionally unbalanced, but potentially happiness-inducing combo meal. And I feel like the term "combo meal" is important; if they presented a deal like, "Add on a slice of cake and a Pepsi for only $X," it wouldn't feel the same. They granted you one less decision to make: "Yes, you want these three things. Everyone wants these three things. Do not stray from the formula; we have perfected it." Is my affinity for the concept weird? Probably. I DON'T CARE.

My stomach + Filipino food = YAY; I obviously need to get my bum to the Philippines. Some of you have been telling me that for years. While I don't know when I'll be able to make the trip, Manila is first on my list of "non-U.S. vacation spots." So a warning to you Manila-ites: I want to meet all you guys/gals, and I want to stuff my face with fried pork and cake. SIMULTANEOUSLY. (I mean, I want the "meeting you" and "eating" parts to be simultaneous, not a meal where there's fried pork and cake in every bite.)

But first, nap time.

Address

Red Ribbon
65-02 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside, NY 11377 (map)
718-335-1150

Posted by roboppy at 5:47 PM

Tags: bakeries, Filipino, Francine, Kelly, Queens, Red Ribbon, Veronica

Comments

That's a crazy array of cakes! If, and yes, IF you could have just one cake for your birthday. What would it be? (Great reference for your friends, hehe)

Posted by: kim at March 27, 2010 8:26 PM [#]

that purple cake will change your life; it changed mine.

now that green cake looks mighty good too...

Posted by: Jane at March 27, 2010 10:28 PM [#]

Whoa, cake! I really do love the stuff, and I enjoy cake for breakfast. That green cake looks pretty tasty.

As for your sleeping habits, at least you don't like coffee. I have your problem of late hours coupled with "Well, I didn't mean to drink 5 cups of coffee before bed because I wasn't planing on going to bed... ever...."

Posted by: Christina at March 28, 2010 1:41 AM [#]

Wow, I'm surprised you like Red Ribbon :) the franchise is now run by the same owners of Jollibee (I'm sure you've heard about this fastfood chain). I personally don't like their cakes because they're too 'spongy' for my liking, but then again I think it's usually how Filipinos like their cake. Their savoury menu is Filipino comfort food.

If you happen to find yourself in Manila, we'll be happy to feed you :)

Posted by: frances at March 28, 2010 2:44 AM [#]

roboppy you HAVE to come to the manila. i have a condo with a bedroom with your name on it. not only that, it's less than 2 blocks away from a mall with over 100 restaurants...and there are a dozen restaurants/bakeries on the way over! CAKE EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!

Posted by: santos. at March 28, 2010 2:45 AM [#]

Have you been to Jersey City? There is a Red Ribbon bakery like two blocks from my house. And that's not even the exciting part! I pretty live in the Filipino center of America! You must come.

Posted by: Laryssa at March 28, 2010 3:29 AM [#]

You have to try the lechon! And the crispy pata, which is fried pork leg. Holy delicious.

Read this: http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/zubuchon

Anthony Bourdain called it the Best. Pig. Ever. and it made his top 5 food porn moments, lol.

If you can't make it to Cebu, they do ship it to Manila- but I'd really recommend eating it fresh.
http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/who-says-pigs-cant-fly

Posted by: Rebecca at March 28, 2010 9:17 AM [#]

I have asked you to come here since...well....forever.

SO YEAH.

:) I will host too! Methinks it is time to activate the FOODIE NETWORK.

So there!

Posted by: Mahar at March 28, 2010 9:56 AM [#]

Kim: One cake? Ahh!..I don't think really have a favorite cake. Whatever cake is made with LOOOVE. Hehe. :)

Jane: Damn, I wanted purple cake. Maybe next time...

Christina: Oh man, I can't imagine what I'd be like if I were caffeinated. I don't drink caffeinated sodas either. I just stay up...on energy that doesn't exist. :O Last night I tried to go to bed at 8:30 but I think I was awake for at least four hours in my bed before I fell asleep. That was partially because I couldn't breathe through my nose though...:(

Frances: I went to Jollibee too! :) All we did was share a pie there.

I think I'm used to spongy cake; that's the sort they sell in Chinese bakeries too. I LOVE SPONGY CAKE!

santos: A mall with over 100 restaurants? WUUUT. Magic!

Laryssa: I've never been to the Filipino part of Jersey City (just the Indian part)! Damn, I should go there.

Rebecca: Lechon and crispy pata are two of my favorite foodstuffs in the wooorld. Yessss. I totally want.

Mahar: I know; you've been telling me for yeeears. ;_; I like the sound of "Foodie network, ACTIVATE!" It would involve lasers and ...roasted pork chunks...mm.

Posted by: roboppy at March 28, 2010 3:48 PM [#]

My best friend had the purple cake for her wedding cake! It was.... very very purple!

Posted by: Su-Lin at March 28, 2010 7:51 PM [#]

Yay! I'm excited to see your longer blog on Filipino food. We're not as famous for food as our other Asian neighbors but we loooooove our food. Come for a visit!

Posted by: Miriam at March 28, 2010 10:31 PM [#]

I shall make sure to be back in the Philippines when you do touch down in my home country. You know Lori will want to take you around too! Come! Bring Greg! and Diana! The three of you are so cute together! Sorry, that didn't come out right. But you know what I mean!
As for Red Ribbon, they're ok, but we have so many fantastic bakeries, and bakers who make really good cakes, so I think you shall find happily stuffed with pork and cakes.

Posted by: Mila at March 29, 2010 1:45 AM [#]

Come to Cebu! I don't even know what food to begin recommending to you. Everything from lechon and chicharon bulaklak (roasted whole pig and fried crispy chicken innards) to halohalo (icy dessert with all manner of fruit bits, jellies, ice cream, and the little umbrella).

There's also a lot of great Chinese, Japanese, and Korean restaurants. They're practically authentic --- something I can say from a comparison of their quality with dishes I've eaten in their original homes / countries.

And as expected, there are a lot of restaurants with the soda, entree, and cake combos. :D

Posted by: Daisy at March 29, 2010 3:48 AM [#]

Somewhat related, your post makes me want to hop on a train and go to Jollibee's right now.

Posted by: Nicholas at March 29, 2010 6:28 AM [#]

Su-Lin: Nice choice for a wedding cake!

Miriam: I don't understand why Filipino food isn't as famous. It's so easy to find Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai food here...Filipino, not so much. Waaah.

Mila: Oh man, I would eat at so many bakeries over there. I WANT EM ALL IN HERE (points to belly).

Daisy: Whoa whoa, whole pig's head with crispy chicken innards? UM, AWESOME. Gah, there's too much out there that I wanna eat!

Nicholas: All I got to eat at Jollibee was a fried pie, so hopefully I'll get to try..the real food another time, hehe. But man, the wait to get that pie was about 15 minutes—not a big chunk of my life, but at a fast food joint it feels like FOREVER.

Posted by: roboppy at March 29, 2010 8:05 PM [#]

Hmm. We should grab some Filipino food next time we hang out!

Posted by: Jason at March 29, 2010 8:35 PM [#]

The Red Ribbon cakes here are much cheaper by a 100% :P I wonder if there's something special with the cakes.

Posted by: Brian Asis at March 29, 2010 9:52 PM [#]

Do try the ube cake next time! It's one of my favorites. Their palabok's good, too, but if you want the best, Razon's is the place to go. :)

Hope you could come and visit the Philippines soon! Cebu is a good first stop (the lechon is to die for), then you could swing by Ilocos, Pampanga, Binondo, Bicol, Iloilo... :P

Posted by: ailene at March 29, 2010 11:00 PM [#]

To get a glimpse of what's in store for you in Manila, check out Chubby Hubby's blog dated Aug 2009:

http://chubbyhubby.net/blog/?p=581

You should have come recently, Paramore and Justin Timberlake were in town for concerts.

Regards.

Posted by: Mac at March 30, 2010 9:43 AM [#]

Jason: YES, we shall do that.

Brian Asis: Methinks it's the NYC prices. :[ Probably nothing special with the cakes! Jollibee was pricier than most fast food joints too, I think.

ailene: I think I'm gonna have to make multiple trips to the Philippines. :D

Mac: Oh god I forgot how awesome Chubby Hubby's blog is. Sweeetjeesus.

I'm not a fan of Paramore and Justin Timberlake, but I should definitely coordinate a trip with concerts...I need to listen to some good local music.

Posted by: roboppy at March 30, 2010 10:34 AM [#]

OH GAWD. That mango cake looks so good. Too bad it would kill me. Sad face.

Posted by: food.overture at March 30, 2010 9:57 PM [#]

CAN WE GO TO JOLLIBEE BEFORE I LEAVE NYC FOREVER?!?!?

(in caps for dramatic effect, but it's probably also not true haha)

Posted by: Nicholas at March 31, 2010 5:56 AM [#]

Omg, I just tried Red Ribbon Bakery in CA and wrote an entry about it, because my friend told me it was really famous over there. I didn't know there was one in NY!!! This is pretty exciting. Try the polvorone and the mocha sponge cake. Those are really good! I really like the cakes too because they're light and Asian-bakery-ish, without compromising any flavor.

Posted by: Eileen at March 31, 2010 9:25 AM [#]

I totally want Filipino food right now... Filipino food + cake + coke! It's a magical combination!!!

Posted by: bionicgrrrl at March 31, 2010 12:06 PM [#]

woah. did you see last night's lost episode? can there really only be six left?

I am on of your regular lurkers. Your style of writing (and photo captioning!) lifts up my spirits.

However, its your admission to a 4-episode marathons of seasons 1-5 of lost is what really makes you my comrade! I didn't think anyone else founds lost as late as I did. Seriously. Marathons. Think .. taking a day off to watch half a season.

Peace!

Posted by: gtrine at March 31, 2010 5:33 PM [#]

oops .. i am obviously excited and very generous with the typos. sorry! hehe

Posted by: gtrine at March 31, 2010 5:34 PM [#]

Red Ribbon! The noblest of the four horsemen of Filipino fast food (Pinoy/Pinay, Jollibee and Chowking filling the other slots). The palabok is actually not bad there; I used to work across the parking lot from a trio of these chain outlets and stop in for the lunch special every now and then. My favorite thing to do at Red Ribbon, though, was to buy and eat a loaf of pan de sal :D

Posted by: James at March 31, 2010 10:24 PM [#]

food.overture: Do not want dead you. :(

Nicholas: YES!..wait when are you leaving WUT.

Eileen: I did try the mocha sponge cake! I ate it in like 5 seconds. It was a good 5 seconds.

bionicgrrrl: We should get that magical combination. Filipino outing is in our futuure.

gtrine: Oh noooes I didn't watch it yet!...actually I never watch it on Tues cos I don't have a TV. Or rather, our TV isn't hooked up to anything but a Mac Mini. So sometimes i watch it on Hulu on Wednesdays, but it's pretty late right now so I bet I won't get to it. I might not get to watch it until Friday. It's sort of impressive that I managed to watch so much of it before and now I have trouble just watching ONE EPISODE A WEEK.

But yay. Let's join in our "late to Lost" harmony!

James: I didn't try that!...I don't think I could eat a whole loaf, but now I wanna try. Hm.

Posted by: roboppy at March 31, 2010 11:39 PM [#]

You did it again!Now you have me thinking all about Halo-halo from Chow King. (Surprising but I actually think the best Halo-halo I had in both Cebu and Manila is from a local fast food joint!)I hope they have a Jollibee in NYC. They serve the best Chicken Joy (fried chicken)in the world. Definitely miss the lechon, chicharon bulaklak, bangus relleanos.

Posted by: reese at April 2, 2010 10:36 PM [#]

Yo Rob, it's me, Lori! :p It's been YEARS I know, since I last came around. What a coincidence it is that when I finally make it here, it's a Filipino-ish post you've got here. We *must * meet again, whether it be in Paris (again!) or in my home country. Hope you've been well. What are you doing now? Drop me a line!

Posted by: lori at April 3, 2010 4:39 AM [#]

I love cake. All types, and these look frosting laden and temptimg!

Posted by: lg at April 4, 2010 6:49 PM [#]

reese: I went to Jollibee after Red Ribbon but only tried the fried pie..was too full for more meat. BUT NEXT TIME, yesss.

lg: I cannot declare love for all cakes...but these are definitely on the "good cake" side.

Posted by: roboppy at April 4, 2010 10:12 PM [#]

comments powered by Disqus

stuff here

Search

previous entries

» 03/19/14: Taipei 2011, Day 5: Mussels, Fried Oysters, and Extreme Soft Serve in Danshui

» 03/09/14: Taipei 2011, Day 4: Keelung River Bikeway, TAS, Beef "Pie," and Din Tai Fung

» 02/14/14: Behold French Fry-Stuffed Fat Sandwiches From RU Hungry in New Brunswick, NJ

» 01/27/14: Taipei 2011, Day 3: Taipei 101 Food Court and Dim Sum Dinner

» 01/15/14: Hong Kong Recap: Favorite Bites, Sweets, People, Etc.

» 12/02/13: Taipei 2011, Day 2: Shaved Ice Two Ways, 7-Eleven, Shilin Night Market, Etc.

» 11/05/13: My Favorite Places to Bring Tourists on the Lower East Side

» 10/23/13: How I Made My BMO (Adventure Time) Costume

» 10/20/13: Taipei 2011, Day 1: Fried Crullers, Bear Head Doughnuts, Scallion Pancakes, Etc.

» 08/19/13: Indessert, My New Favorite Dessert Shop Serving Tong Sui in Chinatown

Help out roboppy?

If you do want to help me out monetarily, here are some easy non-obtrusive ways to give back:

- Buy stuff through my Amazon ID!: This is the BEST WAY to help me out without throwing money at my feet. I buy most of my material goods from amazon.com, and it would help me shittons if you bought stuff through my link.
- Buy t-shirts through my Threadless Street Team thinger
- Get webhosting with Dreamhost.com and enter roboppy@gmail.com as the referral

Thank you so much for your help!

Site feeds galore

 Subscribe in a reader

Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Twitter

My Latest Posts on Serious Eats

Facebook

Camera Info

May '10: Canon 7D with a Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC macro lens
Aug '07 - May '10: Canon 20D
June '06 - Aug '07: Canon Rebel XT
Before June '06: Canon SD 450
I "post process" all my photos in Photoshop to make them suck less. Of course, you need a camera to take semi-decent photos first, but without Photoshop, I am nothing.

links

Please don’t hate me if I haven’t included you. I tried to whittle this down to a manageable list, but there are just too many food blogs out there that I like! I shall update this list every so often.

Blogs

A Hamburger Today
A Hungry Girl's Guide to Taipei
The Amateur Gourmet
An American in Ireland
Appetite for China
Baking Bites
Beef Aficionado
The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Bionic Bites
Blondie and Brownie
Boots in the Oven
The Boy Who Bakes
Brave Tart
Candy Blog
Cha Xiu Bao
Chubby Hubby
Chuck Eats
Comme un Lait Fraise
Dan Delaney
David Lebovitz
Deep End Dining
Dessert Comes First
Dumneazu
Eat Drink & Be Merry
Eat to Blog
Eat Your Kimchi
The Eaten Path
Eating In Translation
Eating Asia
FastFoodr
Fifteen Pickles
Food In Mouth
French Revolution
Fries With That Shake
Grab Your Fork
Great Food Photos
Goldilocks Finds Manhattan
Hello Sandwich
I live in a Frying Pan
i nom things
The Impulsive Buy
Just Hungry
Kathy YL Chan
The Kitchen Pantry
Law and Food
Lingbo Li
Lingered Upon
LUNCH
Maps and Fragments
Me So Hungry
Michele Humes
Ms Adventures in Italy
My Camera Eats Food
My Inner Fatty
No Recipes
Noona Blog: Seoul
One Wall Kitchen
Ono Kine Grindz
The Paupered Chef
Paris Breakfasts
Real Cheap Eats
The Scent of Green Bananas
Seoul Eats
Slice
Smitten Kitchen
So Good
Street Foodie
Sui Mai
Suicide Food
Sustainable Table
Swirl and Scramble
Tamarind and Thyme
The Tasty Island
Thursday Night Smackdown
Tommy Eats
The Ulterior Epicure
umami
U.S. Food Policy
The Wandering Eater
We All Go Poopie
World to Table

Non-Blogs

Brooklyn Chowder Surfer
Edible Queens
Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down
Serious Eats
VendrTV

Recurring Eating Companions

These friends have lent me their stomach acids on numerous occasions.

Chichi
Colin
Diana
Eric
Greg
Kåre
Kathy
Melissa
Morten
Olivia
Tristan
Veronica