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Food Photo Thursday: Yet Another Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Note: Every Thursday, post a food photo: it can be of what you’re eating, what you want to eat, etc. It can be shot with any device, from a mobile phone, tablet, to a regular camera – point & shoot or SLR. It’s all up to you but it must be YOUR photo, no ripping off of somebody else’s work. And please include a short description. We want to know what it is and where to eat it too, if possible.

Okay, okay. I know that I featured one monster of a chocolate chip cookie yesterday, but I can’t resist telling you about another one I’m enjoying.

Of course I know about the Wood Fired Chocolate Almond Cookie Dough dessert at Stella. I’m there with a friend whose appetite for dessert equals her ability to create them in her own kitchen. Together, we try all five cakes at Rocket Room – Chocolate Marquis, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, Coffee Jelly Cake, etc. – and then we round everything off nicely with Stella’s sweet main attraction.

At its core, this is a chocolate chip cookie spread onto a shallow stoneware bowl and baked quickly  in the restaurant’s reason for being – a wood-fired oven. Solidifying its star appeal, this cookie consists of components that are as scintillating in name as they are in appearance: salted caramel, pistachios, mantecado ice cream.

A chocolate chip cookie, hot and ready for the taking, is already pleasure perfected. I don’t have to stop and think about whether I’m going to like it, I already do. I have a weakness for dual-temperature desserts, sweets that at their core, offer texture and temperature.

Stella’s cookie dough dessert isn’t as big as photos I’ve seen portray it to be. It’s a thin layer of cookie with a crispy bottom, similar to the tutong at the bottom of a paella pan. Addictive, this crisp of crust awash in sugar and butter, waving hello as it sails on wafts of vanilla, with chocolate cruising through. This dessert is a wonder in texture, so many things announce themselves. Pistachios punctuate every bite, their particular nuance is pronounced and accented by licks of salted caramel that stain the buttery mantecado ice cream lazily lacing and laying over its hot cookie bed. Like I said, it’s a dessert I don’t have to think about falling in love with.

But every love story has a kink, and with this one, it’s that it’s too sweet. “Gasp!” You may be thinking. “Can anything be too sweet for someone whose reason for eating is to get to dessert?” I’ve come to a point where I want my desserts to taste more than just plain sugar. Sugar should just be an accent, a vehicle for flavor to come through. Thankfully, with Stella’s Chocolate Almond Cookie Dough dessert, that’s an easy fix: just pull back a bit on the sugar and keep everything else as it is.

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Other chocolate chip cookie posts (and a recipe too!)
My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiments

Stella, Wood Fire Bistro
G/F Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(02) 621 3222
Open daily.

39 Responses to “Food Photo Thursday: Yet Another Chocolate Chip Cookie”

  • craving for cheesesticks from papa john’s! simply yet so cheesy & delish! i miss eating there. :)

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  • Macarons from La Maison du Chocolat, IFC Mall, Hong Kong

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    Lori Reply:

    Jesse-
    What a stunning photo! And dramatic too.

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  • Just had bagoong fried rice the other day — With a twist! The added dilis & green mango are what really make this particular bagoong fried rice stand out for me. ;)

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    Lori Reply:

    Ingenious addition on the dilis. Did you make this?

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    Regine Rafael Reply:

    How I wish I did! This is from a hidden gem of a restaurant called Asian Noodles Co. by Chef Off, located in the Aseana Center along Macapagal, so it’s a little out of the way. But the Thai chef is quite creative, and his dishes are worth the trip every once in a while! :)

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  • Aina’s pasta with tuna pesto and cream sauce (went too easy on the sauce and too heavy on the pasta for photo purposes)

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    Aina L. Reply:

    I remember this! This was also the night we kept taking pictures of me with my I love DCF egg.

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    Lori Reply:

    I like the photo’s warmth and general feeling of abundance. I’m sure it must’ve tasted good too.

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  • Here’s my photo for this post. I had this clam-topped rice dish at a Japanese restaurant in Singapore. So good!

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    Lori Reply:

    Clam-topped rice is interesting to me. It’s usually served in soup or sans carbs. How did this taste?

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    Peter S. Reply:

    It tasted heavenly! The texture was quite interesting though. I understand that this is always served hot. When this dish came, it had a small fire at the bottom. So beautiful!

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    Lori Reply:

    Beautiful, I agree.

  • Need I explain? I scarfed this down while having coffee with friends one evening. For once, I wasn’t greedy and shared it with them.

    p.s. Pardon the quality, I just used my phone to take the pic and I was shaking because I was rushing to take the pic so I can start eating.

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    Lori Reply:

    No explanations needed, MellowMarco. I wouldn’t have shared. :p

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  • Bacon Tostadas from Milky and Sunny :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Ooh, I’ve been wanting to try this place! How did these taste? Is that a cracker?

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    missygonzi Reply:

    It’s really good. :) That one is actually a fried tortilla.

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    missygonzi Reply:

    it’s actually a fried tortilla. yummy!

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  • I’m craving for Kulinarya Kitchen’s Salmon and Mushroom Au Gratin and their Banana & Langka Royale…

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    Lori Reply:

    Beautiful, Guia!

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  • I’m a breakfast person, that’s why it’s always my mission to try out every eggs benedict I come across… Mr Jones’ Benedict two ways hits the spot. Thick bread, generous serving of smoked salmon, runny yolks mixed with tangy hollandaise sauce… oooh boy!

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    Lori Reply:

    Ooh, stop! Now you’ve got me drooling. I also love eggs Ben. Watch out for my post tomorrow.

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  • Guinataang monggo and coffee from Taal Vista Hotel! Won’t mind having this now, perfect for the rainy afternoon :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Truly rainy day food. And the collage makes everything so thematic too.

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  • Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some. I reckon I would polish the lot off in 5 minutes flat!

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  • Who doesn’t adore Chocolates? These are assorted Chocolates from Lindt. A girl’s best friend. :)

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  • one of my guilty food pleasures (other than dessert, that is) is ribs. i absolutely love them and can polish off half a slab (and 2-3 side dishes to boot!) like it’s nothing. because really, it’s too good to leave even the smallest sliver of meat uneaten. but chelsea’s ribs.. well, let’s just say all that’s ever left is are the bones :)

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    Lori Reply:

    What are your other favorite ribs places?

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    z Reply:

    My all-time favorite would have to be Racks. Good ribs and good value as well! Another favorite is the ribs from S&R (the one that’s already cooked). Unfortunately, you need a membership to buy the ribs and our membership has since expired. :( The ribs in Chilis are also pretty good though it’s pricier than Racks :D If I’m tight on the budget, the Baby Come Back (ribs) in Chilli Peppers are a good choice! :D

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    Lori Reply:

    Have you tried Rub Ribs & BBQ in Morato?

  • Was finally able to upload for Food Photo Thursday. Yay! Sharing my photo of Dome Cafe’s Nutella Crepe. I absolutely love Nutella! :)

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    Lori Reply:

    And I love Dome’s Flat White.

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  • Duck and pheasant terrine from a friend who got back from France. Delightfully game-y, and perfect with toasted baguettes. :-)

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    Lori Reply:

    SOSY Paolo, truly. :p But understandably so. Don’t mind me, I’m just envious.

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  • Royal Vanilla Pudding from Chez Karine Bakery.

    I’m on my last bottle of pudding, I wonder if they’ll give a discount if I return the cute bottles?

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    Lori Reply:

    Um, don’t think so, Richard. Best to give them to Manong Bote. Or keep them. They’re absolutely precious.

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  • Ma Mon Luk’s special mami doused with their siopao sauce. I’ve been doing the mami+sauce thing since I was 5, just like how my gramps taught his kids and us grandkids. :)

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  • pardon the double-post (if it appears i did double-post). i’ve been trying to post a comment and a photo but it’s been a day already and it hasn’t appeared yet :( oh well.. anyhow, here’s the photo i’ve been trying to post since yesterday morning. i’m a ribs-girl and can polish off half a slab of ribs (with 2-3 side dishes to boot!) like it’s nothing. because really, its too good to leave even a sliver of meat uneaten. and the ribs from chelsea.. well, let’s just say that all that are even left of the ribs are the bones. :>

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