3/21/10

Red Ribbon Bakeshop


It's been 3 months since Red Ribbon opened its first New York branch on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, a mere two blocks away from Jollibee. This being a gorgeous spring weekend, a friend and I decided to check out this popular Filipino food chain for the first time and see if this temple of tempting carbohydrates still live up to what we've enjoyed back in the Philippines. However, the bakeshop was still packed with Pinoys, many queueing for their orders while all the tables were occupied. Business is apparently doing good.



Ensaimada

oh my goodness!

Sensing it might take awhile for us to get a table (and hopefully sample their Arroz Caldo and Palabok), we end up grabbing a basket and headed for the shelves to buy Ensaimada ($1.79 each) and Mamon ($1.39 each). We also got the a 6" Mango Cake ($16.99) and the 8" Cake Sampler ($20.99). With all these stuff now in our hands, we have no choice but to shorten our day out and head straight home - and eat it (not all of it of course!). After having walked a good part of the day earlier, at least I'm not so guilty about carbo-loading.

the busy line

pastries to bring home

Was it good? Well, I did close my eyes while eating Mamon and the fluffiness of this French sponge cake brought me back to Manila in an instant. So corny, no? The Mango cake was very moist and light but I find the frosting a bit too much to my liking. I still have to try the Ensaimada and the cake sampler - they'll be in the fridge for now . . . away from my prying hands. As for the restaurant, I wished they had bigger space. They can't even properly store their crates of baked goods, at least not where customers can actually bump into them. But we'll definitely go back and hopefully find an empty table next time.

Mango Cake

Cake Sampler:
Black Forest, Choco Mocha Crunch,
Ube Cake & Pandan Macapuno

30 comments:

  1. drlilac3:56:00 AM

    Hi! Great blog! I'd like to link you on my travel blog if you don't mind :)

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  2. Wow, may Red Ribbon dyan! Sana magkaroon din dito. Kahit Goldilocks. Whichever comes first. =)

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  3. Patok pa din sa Pinoy kahit super sarap ng ibang cake shops jan. Pero ang mahal! Ü

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  4. As you said, OH MY GOD! They look so delicious! I just love it... not even hold them in my hands yet. :) What is that Ensaimada? I haven't tried it before and we couldn't find any Red Ribbon branch in Malaysia. Too bad. Are they worldwide food chain?

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  5. oh wow! now filipinos will feel a bit at home with jollibee and red ribbons there. so what's next? ted's batchoy! hahaha

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  6. We have a Red Ribbon here about 10 miles away, but I never seen the cake sampler. I want that. I hope they can sell that here too.

    Was just eating their palabok on the weekend.

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  7. not corny at all... since we do not have red ribbon here (or goldilocks) we had to learn to bake these ourselves...

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  8. ops!didnt you buy one for me? where is my birthday cake?

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  9. Wow. I never realized that there's a Red Ribbon and a Jollibee in NYC! I should have visited them when I was there. Oh well, I'm headed back to Manila anyway this May so I'll get my Filipino food fix there.

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  10. londoncaller1:01:00 PM

    Hmm yum yum!
    Was the mango cake moist?
    Looks quite dry...

    Cake sampler was cool!
    Was it free? Ha ha...

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  11. The Nomadic Pinoy4:53:00 PM

    I don't mind at all, thanks for the link!

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  12. The Nomadic Pinoy4:58:00 PM

    Wala pala sa Dubai? Who knows, a rich sheik might open a franchise in the near future.

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  13. The Nomadic Pinoy4:59:00 PM

    Mahal talaga if you convert yung presyo into Philippine pesos.

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  14. uy, red ribbon! binili na kasi ng jollibee ang RR dito sa pinas, so it follows branches all over the globe.
    nasaan man si jollibee, may cakes na din from RR.
    so what's your favorite cake/s from the store?
    i miss home more with your post.

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  15. The Nomadic Pinoy5:06:00 PM

    Ensaimada is a kind of brioche topped with grated cheese and quite popular with Filipinos. It's one of my favorite pastries. Red Ribbon is a bakeshop originating from the Philippines and has several branches in the USA, mostly in the west coast.

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  16. The Nomadic Pinoy5:08:00 PM

    Kahit na ano Dong basta masarap na pagkaing Pinoy.

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  17. The Nomadic Pinoy5:08:00 PM

    I just started eating the Cake Sampler - it's really worth the money as I get to taste a variety of velvety rich cakes.

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  18. The Nomadic Pinoy5:09:00 PM

    I don't know how to bake so I'm really stuck with bakery shops. I'm happy Red Ribbon is finally here in NYC.

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  19. The Nomadic Pinoy5:10:00 PM

    I'm sending you one through the Internet hahaha! Belated happy birthday anyway!

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  20. The Nomadic Pinoy5:10:00 PM

    Oh, you were in the city. Jollibee's been around since last year. I do hope more Pinoy franchises would open up here.

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  21. The Nomadic Pinoy5:10:00 PM

    The photo doesn't really give it justice as far as texture is concerned - the cake was really moist. Unfortunately, the cake was never free - yet I'm doing Red Ribbon a favor now, right?

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  23. Thanks! Visit me sometime: http://drlilactravelblog.blogspot.com/

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  24. The Nomadic Pinoy10:54:00 PM

    After trying the Cake Sampler and Mango Cake, I can say I love the Mango Cake best. Of course, I'll have to try the other flavors so I'm definitely going back. Malapit ka rin namang umuwi Doc Gelo - next month na!

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  25. The Nomadic Pinoy10:54:00 PM

    Will do that, sure!

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  26. try their blueberry cheesecake next time. simply heaven. and my favorite (which ironically named) new york cheese cake.

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  27. u8mypinkcookies2:13:00 AM

    wow they have tres leches there?? and cake sampler? they should have that here in Manila too!!

    love their banana loaf. too bad they phased out the loaf size. :(

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  28. You know u do intrigue me about your travelling. It's amazing how much you travel and how u keep your website so up to date. It's truly incredible that u can maintain it regularly. I just love how you narrate your story about your travel and the experience about food. It's really very educational to keep track with you. Man keep up the good work.

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  29. You know u do intrigue me about your travelling. It's amazing how much you travel and how u keep your website so up to date. It's truly incredible that u can maintain it regularly. I just love how you narrate your story about your travel and the experience about food. It's really very educational to keep track with you. Man keep up the good work.

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  30. drlilac9:51:00 PM

    Thanks! Visit me sometime: http://drlilactravelblog.blogspot.com/

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