Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Brunch with Bobby Chinn (Plus Dessert-Tasting!) at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf-Boni Hi-Street Branch

Discovery Travel and Living's World Star Asia Cafe (Season 1 and 2) has been received well by its international audience primarily because of it's host, high-octane chef Bobby Chinn. This charmer who has both Egyptian and Chinese lineages invaded Manila last week and met up with the media and the bloggers at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf-Bonifacio High Street Branch. Bobby Chinn not only have a great sense of humor, he's also very smart and accommodating. Surely, this guy will go to more places.

CBTL was generous as usual, serving us with its good coffee and even better desserts.I really got stuffed with the Chicago cheesecake, Camembert Oreo cheese tart, choco fudge, warm chocolate cake, lemon square and triple berry coffee cake served to us by the friendly CBTL staff, one after another. These yummy treats were paired with CBTL's signature coffee beverages such as espresso coffee (not so sure about the name!), cafe latte and chai latte. Among the three, I fell in love with the chai latte. It was soothing and warm.

Bobby Chinn gave a short but very entertaining talk about his humble beginnings and his daily experiences, from being a banker to being a restaurateur and as a celebrity chef at present.I also learned that Bobby Chinn run several highly acclaimed restaurants (e.g. Camargue, Saigon Joe’s, Miro and Red Onion Bistro, formerly the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison) in Vietnam before opening his own Asian Fusion restaurant in Hanoi. He's really been very successful in his chosen field. No doubt about that.


Oh, and did I mention that Bobby Chinn loves Manila? He said our people are warm and are always seen smiling. He doesn't have plans to open a resto in Manila, though. I hope he changes his mind soon. :)

P.S. Many thanks to CBTL-Boni High Street and the Geiser Maclang people for the invite.

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