Crafts to Crumbs : Toasted Pastillas


Now You See Me | Canon 550D

When one runs out of Toasted Pastillas, one must do research and learn how to make the tasty treat! I’m not patient when it comes to cooking or baking but today I had to level up my EQ to keep me sane. After googling and watching tutorial videos on Youtube (really thank God for these two), I finally worked in the kitchen and made Toasted Pastillas. I thought it was easy. Well, technically it is but I have to admit that some parts were tricky for me. I mean, who would’ve thought it’d be that hard to mix two parts milk powder and one part condensed milk?

The Milky Way | Canon 550D

I mixed for almost thirty minutes. For the next step I had to form tiny Pastillas cubes. At this point my EQ levels were about to drop down to zero. I managed to finish it anyway.

Toasted Pastillas | Canon 550D

It took me almost four hours to finish my first batch of Toasted Pastillas. The texture’s a bit dry but the taste, for me, is divine. I shall practice more and hopefully achieve the texture that I want.

Now, back to working with water hyacinth paper!

Toast to Happiness

I love nutella. I like dipping the spoon in and enjoying that lovely jar of happiness while watching a movie, reading a book, editing photos, and the list goes on. It’s the ultimate comfort food and it adds a sweet kick to almost anything! You can spread it on top of a cookie, waffles, toast… Speaking of toast, have you been to Cafe Shibuya?

A very good friend of mine and I met up for lunch yesterday. We passed by Cafe Shibuya, looked at the menu, drooled because of the photos of the food that looked really yummy, and went to a different restaurant after mustering up the courage to walk away because I was craving for soup. After lunch, we were in the mood for dessert and my friend suggested that we go to Cafe Shibuya.


It is a quaint cafe with a very laidback atmosphere. You can go there and hang out with your friends or if you’re more into spending time alone, you can just sit in one of the chairs and enjoy reading a book. The place is very cozy and the wooden tables and chairs remind you of home, it’s tempting to just stay there the whole day and chill.

Indeed, there is!
Mason jar lamps. How creative!
Mason jar lamps. How creative!

Cafe Shibuya specializes in savory buttered toasts that are topped with probably a few of your favorite things. They also have Ghirardelli chocolate frappe which is both sinful and delicious. The Nutella toast was a no brainer for me. My eyes stopped scanning the page the moment I saw it on the menu. My friend, on the other  hand, ordered Mango Caramel and it was just as good. The toasts are served with vanilla ice cream which makes it all the more sinful, but who cares about gaining a few pounds (which you can shed anyway) when every bite takes you to heaven? My friend and I found ourselves smiling while munching on our toasts. The toasts are a little crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.

Nutella Toast
Nutella Toast
Mango Caramel Toast
Mango Caramel Toast
Nutella toast = instant good vibes. 🙂


You’ll find Cafe Shibuya at the ground floor of the UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue. They’re open from 10 AM to 10 PM from Sunday to Thursday,  and 10 AM to 12 MN on Fridays and Saturdays. The meals and desserts are affordable, but if you’re on a budget you can always share the meal with a friend. To know more about Cafe Shibuya, like their Facebook page here.


Photos by Marikit Mateo and Aliya Agbon