Sunday, April 5, 2015

A sweet haven for dessert lovers

Being sweet nowadays can sometimes leave a bad taste in the mouth, and sugar critics can’t be blamed for their sour pronouncements. After all, science has shown that carbohydrates in the form of added sugar can be detrimental to health. If you consume too much of the white stuff, you’ll end up with nothing more than empty calories that will make you fat, destroy your teeth, and make you a prime candidate for heart disease and diabetes.
My husband George with blogger friends Arcee Miranda
and Armi Paz Pineda

With this scenario in mind, it was with much fear and trepidation that I visited Love Desserts at the Pearl Drive Commercial Center along Commonwealth Avenue in Fairview, Quezon City. I came half-expecting to see the place partially deserted and littered with some ants that are crazy about sweets. After all, the idea of a dessert buffet doesn't exactly cater to patrons of nutritious and healthy eating.  
Can't wait to bite into that goodness!

However, what I found there changed my perception of sugar and showed me just how sweet our people are. For on that fateful day, the place was crawling –not with insects – but with sugar junkies who were lining up to get their fill of fulfilling treats. 

It was a sight you’d expect to see only in a dream or perhaps in a fancy restaurant serving exotic dishes. I rubbed my eyes to check if I was dreaming, but the sweet vision remained. People were flocking in droves for a taste of heaven and it was happening right there at Love Desserts. This was the local version of Dessert Storm!
Look the people behind lined-up to be seated

Sweet Galore

Make your own Halo-halo
The long table brimming with all sorts of goodies

Many regulars there probably feel like Hansel and Gretel who were drawn to the house in the forest made of cake and confectionery. Thankfully, there was no witch in sight, just the sweet staff of Love Desserts who were very accommodating and busy helping guests.  

Billed as the Philippines’ first and original dessert buffet, this sweet haven for dessert lovers features a wide array of sweets for teeth that are aching for sugary delights. This is the place where you can literally have your cake and eat it too – lots of it! 

When I first set foot there, I saw nothing fancy about the place. I’m sure you’ll agree that the restaurant won’t win any special awards for decorations. The d├ęcor is simple and functional. The place won’t be mistaken for a convention center either, but the little space the owners have is fully utilized to fit all kinds of sweets lovers – both young and old alike. 
Ice cream selection

I made this dessert...

Upon entering Love Desserts, one can’t help but notice the long table brimming with all sorts of tempting goodies. Among its many sweet offerings are cakes of all shapes and sizes, egg pies, cream puffs, cupcakes, brownies, chocolates galore, macaroons, and ├ęclairs. You can also help yourself to mouthfuls of fruit salad, ube, cookies, and many different flavors of ice cream. 

Let’s not forget the crepe table where you can have your dream crepe prepared and filled with fruits like blueberries, mangoes, and peaches.  There’s also a halo-halo station where you can whip up your version of this Filipino favorite.

If you think the bill will hurt from that surplus of sugar, think again. A two-hour stay costs a measly P199 which explains why many students frequent the place. The owners don’t mind though if you extend your visit because there’s no business like good business. At this point, Love Desserts truly shines and is a winning example of a sweet solution to hunger.  

So, for now, forget about the threat of sugar-related problems, especially since you won’t be living at Love Desserts anyway. Don’t pass up on the place for the occasional treat, especially if you deserve. If you crave for sugar once in a while, there’s no better place to be. Welcome to the sweet life!