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The Heart-shaped Chocolate Cake of Mer-nel's Place, Los Baños, Laguna
People will almost automatically think of Buko Pie, particularly The Original Buko Pie, when Los Banos comes to mind when it's time for pasalubong shopping. But for those in the know like the locals and students of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), a "romantic" cake comes to mind that's light on the pocket of students' limited budget: Mer-nel's heart-shaped chocolate cake.
Mer-nel's Place is already an institution in Laguna, with competitively-priced cakes that's not too sweet that Tutubi, a self-confessed non-lover of sweets, was able to enjoy for it's fluffiness and sweet-tooth delight's icing.
With one branch in Barangay Maahas, almost in front of South Supermarket and near the entrance of UP Open University and the International Rice Research Institute (IRR), Mer-nel's Place is hard to miss when driving on the national highway. Their best seller is the heart-shaped chocolate cake, the smallest one costs just PhP140.00 that measures about 8 inches wide and 5 inches thick.
photo of the heart-shaped chocolate cake (taken by an Olympus SW1050 macro-mode with LED in dim light) moments before it was gobbled up.What becomes of the broken-hearted
The heart-shaped chocolaate cake may not be too sweet but it's a definitely a budget-friendly, sweet gift for people with romantic purpose or just plain pasalubong!
Mer-nel's Place Telephone No: +63.49.536.4544 Remarks: Mer-nel's Place also is an events venue specially weddings and has accommodations too. Coordinates: to be posted soon, Tutubi's too lazy to download the coordinates from the GPS...
Tutubi's in the process of putting in place a list of recommended Laguna Food Trip itinerary and this will definitely make it to the list. stay tuned for more...