Cafe Alert! | Alforno Restaurant Review

Brunch, dinner, pastries? They got you covered! Feeling lucky to be able to have a review on one of the coolest cafe located at heart of YYC Downtown dubbed to be a hidden instagrammable place that offers a “hippie vibe”.wp-image-567609050jpg.jpg
A gold door that serves as an  entrance will welcome you to satisfy your cravings. Anyone can stop by for a fresh cup of coffee, sumptuous brunch or for its huge variety of sumptuous dessert!


Our group chose this spot to sit and do some planning about our upcoming Europe trip (I can’t wait!). The place is very pleasant & cozy. It’s perfect for students who wish to have that learning environment or for office workers who want to have a break from those paper works. During our visit, we’ve seen a lot of elderly clients gathered in the elevated function hall so I guess they offer reservation for those who wishes to have a private gathering or party.


Their matcha latte is perfect for this cold winter! Its creamy consistency makes me want for more!

Lemon pie meringue is not what I expected. I thought it would be a sweet dessert but it was sour. I don’t know if it was good or bad but at least I know it came from natural ingredients. ( I would appreciate if the staff would inform us about that hehe)

Aside from pizza, I can say that cheesecakes are their forte. We came in late at night but I can still say that their cakes are still fresh. It does not have gooey consistency unlike some other cheesecakes I’ve tried before. It’s not too sweet nor too blunt.



What I love about this bakery is that there is plenty to choose from in the bakery case to eat in or take home.

Their interior boasts a minimalist bar, marble counter, instagrammable corner and wood paneling.

Over all, I loved the place not just because of its minimalist design. The ambiance made by friendly staff, a wide variety of sumptuous (mainly Italian) food, and satisfying desserts are to die for! Be sure to check this place out!

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Much Love, J

 

 

Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

Baking Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 2 hours

Serving: 40

This is my first time baking cookies. I decided to make some just to  impress my loved ones last valentine’s day hehe.  I personally chose heart shaped cookie cutters because they looked cute!  If you have spare time of making these, you should try it!

Ingredients:

  1. 5 cups of all purpose flour
  2. 2 cups of refined sugar
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 2 cups of softened butter
  5. 2 teaspoon of baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon of salt
  7. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Here’s a quick video overview of my first cookie-baking experience. Scroll down for complete step by step tutorial 🙂

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Homemade Cinnamon Croissants

Things You’ll Need:

  1. 7 cups of flour
  2. 1/2 ounce dry yeast
  3. 3 egg yolks
  4. 1/2 cup of shortening
  5. 1 can of evaporated milk
  6. 2tbsp of sugar
  7. 1 tsp of salt
  8. 1 cup of cubed butter
  9. 1/4 cup of water

Glaze:

  1. 2cups of confectioners’ sugar
  2. 3 tbsp of milk
  3. 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  4. 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon

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Blueberry Filled French Macarons Recipe

Just a heads up, this recipe is, yes, super easy to follow and affordable of course, but it is kinda lengthy to do so patience is a must!

French Macarons is basically made with a meringue cookie (because of its light and airy texture) plus a creamy fillings depending on the kind of flavor you want to choose. This version is a blueberry filled french macarons. 🙂

Prepping Time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes (This varies from person to person.)

Baking Time: 20 minutes

Serving: 21 BIG pieces Continue reading “Blueberry Filled French Macarons Recipe”

Dulce-ious Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Recipe

Take time to do what makes you happy.

How would you make a delicious dessert even more delicious? By adding some dulce de leche touch! I know, cheesecake itself is already awesome. It is nothing but a source of pure bliss (well any kind of dessert is). Now I tried to smash it with much more awesomness by adding   dulce de leche caramelized sauce into it! It is basically a cheesecake with dulce de leche sauce and of course everything is homemade! Let me show you how to do it in an easy step by step process.

Road to heaven / diabetes: 😀

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 package of  cream cheese (250g) each
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of crushed Graham Crackers
  1. Preheat oven 425 °F.
  2. Crush Graham crackers and mix it with butter.wp-image-583536542jpg
  3. Press the mixture in a 9 inch spring form pan. This serves as the crust of the cake.(You can use spoon or glass or your bare hands to press the mixture firmly.)
  4. Pour on the condensed milk in a pie pan, cover it with foil and steam it under an inch of boiling water. Use the preheated oven from the step 1 to do this. Wait for an hour. (Caramelization process)
  5. While waiting, beat the cream cheese until soft then mix in the sugar.
  6. After an hour, get the  caramelized condensed milk, whisk it and get 1/2 cup of it. Leave the rest and put it in the fridge for latter use.
  7. Mix in the 1/2 cup of caramelized condensed milk onto the mixture of cream cheese and sugar. Blend well.
  8. Add the eggs gradually and whisk the mixture slowly.
  9. Preheat again the oven this time for 350°F.
  10. Pour on the mixture onto the spring form pan with pressed crust.
  11. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  12. Let it cool. Chill it for minimum of four hours and serve it with the remaining caramelized milk. *Heat the caramelized milk in the microwave first before pouring it onto the cheesecake.

Other Ideas for topping:

  • any kind of fresh fruits
  • peanut butter
  • chocolate/nutella

 

Messy Indoor S’mores

Imagine yourself indulging in the warmth of gigantic bonfire, enjoying meaningful talks with your friends while you warm up those marshmallows and chocolates in a long stick. Warm S’mores is usually enjoyed around a campsite. But when PMS hits you hard in the middle of the night and you suddenly crave for sugar, you can still enjoy s’mores at home! *apparently*

You  need:

  • Graham crackers
  • Fluffy marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars / chips
  • Microwave

Steps to Hyperglycemia: 🙂

  • Place graham cracker in a microwave safe plate.
  • Place a marshmallow on top of the graham cracker
  • Microwave for 10-20 seconds until the marshmallow melts
  • Place a piece of chocolate bar on top of marshmallow. Press gently.
  • Microwave for 5-10 seconds.
  • Add chocolate chips.

*If you still feel sugar deprivation in spite of this oozing sweetness, don’t hesitate to serve with an Oreo ice cream. You deserve it! 🙂

Eat less sugar, you’re sweet enough already!

Baked Leche Flan (Cremé Caramel)

Leche Flan or Cremé caramel is a classic Filipino dessert that is enjoyed during festive occasions throughout the year. It is made mainly with eggyolks. Using whole eggs is fine but it’s not gonna be that rich unlike when yolks are used. Continue reading “Baked Leche Flan (Cremé Caramel)”

No-Bake Graham Cake

There’s tons of recipe for no-bake cakes and here is one of them. Who would have thought you can make cake with just using Graham Crackers? Things that are needed are: Continue reading “No-Bake Graham Cake”

Basic Brownies Recipe

I have work scheduled tomorrow and it’s my sister’s off. People in our work usually bring “outside food” (because i work in the food industry, i use this term to describe products that we do not sell). Since it was her day off, i requested her to bake me some brownies because i was craving for it. Whenever we want to bake or cook something and we don’t want to bug our mom about the recipe, google serves as our helping hand.Here’s what she did. First things first. Gather all the ingredients! Continue reading “Basic Brownies Recipe”

Too Lazy To Bake, Good Thing There’s a Mug Cake!

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As it says on the title, it is a cake in the mug!

There was a time when me and my partner were really craving for a chocolate cake but we were too lazy to go out and buy. We wanted to bake one to satisfy our cravings but we did not want to spend too much time on baking. We cannot wait that long. So we decided to google what kind of dessert could we do in less than an hour. And then we came across the Mug Cake. Before then, it was all new to us. We were like whaaat? a cake in a mug? no way! and the other crazy thing about it is it just takes 5-10 minutes to prepare it! we were too excited about it. So here’s what we did. Continue reading “Too Lazy To Bake, Good Thing There’s a Mug Cake!”