Boracay isn't just about the sand, sea and sun. The world-famous tourist destination offers a culinary experience from local and international influences. Are you craving for grilled seafood garnished with fresh tropical fruits? What about pasta in rich sauces? Have you ever tried ice shaved desserts doused with sinful chocolate syrup? Welcome to Boracay's gastronomic heaven. For your next vacation, discovery the world of Boracay desserts.
You may not need a reason to delight in confectionery, but just so you know, desserts can benefit your health. A study published in the journal Neurology suggests that eating dark chocolates can reduce the risk of stroke by 17 percent. Another research, published by Tel Aviv University, reports that having sweets in the morning helps in weight loss. So stop your guilt-tripping at once and satisfy your sweet tooth!
Here are 7 guilt-free Boracay desserts you need to try.
Celebrate local treats with the Filipino Dessert Sampler
You cannot leave Boracay without trying L' Altura Restaurant desserts. The top-rated restaurant is located at Alta Vista de Boracay, a premier hotel situated on one of the highest peaks in the island. If you're out to delight your taste buds with a fusion of cuisines, L'Altura is the place to be.
Indulge in a mélange of favorite Filipino delicacies with a modern twist: the Filipino Dessert Sampler. This mouthwatering treat features buko pandan gel, turon or banana in fried wraps, and champorado or chocolate rice porridge. The Filipino dessert sampler is perfect with iced lemon water. You can enjoy and share this heavy dessert with a friend.
Health fact: Pandan leaves, an ingredient for pandan gel, is used to relieve headaches, arthritis, and chest pains. These wonder greens also strengthens gums and cures skin problems.
Mangoes, mangoes everywhere!
The best desserts to try in Boracay are of fresh local fruit. Do you know that the Visayas region produces export-quality mangoes and mango treats? The mangoes here are considered one of the sweetest in the world. They're juicy, fleshy, and delightfully fragrant.
Try Alta Vista de Boracay’s fruity desserts. The Mango Papaya Tapioca is made of ripe homegrown mangoes and tapioca pearls, smothered with rich coconut milk and topped with papaya and pandan. Savor this chilled dessert under Boracay's balmy summer sky.
Health fact: Mango contains antioxidant compounds that protect against numerous cancers. It also lowers cholesterol, improves digestion, and clears the skin. You might as well call it the Wonder Fruit!
A modern rendition of a traditional dessert
Halo-halo, or “mix-mix” in English, is an iconic Filipino dessert. If you're a local, you know why. Halo-halo, as its name suggests, is a medley of ingredients including fresh and preserved fruits, palm nuts, grated cantaloupe and tapioca pearls, all topped with shaved iced and poured with evaporated milk. This dessert is so well-loved across the country that every province has its own version.
L’Altura Restaurant desserts feature a contemporary variant of this cold treat. Order the Deconstructed Halo-Halo and Mango Tart and see/taste for yourself!
Health fact: Preserved foods including fruits are amazing sources of vitamins and amino acids and healthy bacteria.
Go ahead, indulge in chocolate cake
American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said: “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” What about several layers of chocolate mousse? Relax. Science supports a regular diet of chocolates to help combat stroke risk and boost heart health.
Revel in the sweet goodness of L'Altura's Chocolate Crepe Cake which is made of layers of chocolate mousse crepe capped with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. If that's not enough, this sweet course is sprinkled with chocolate chips.
Health fact: According to a recent Swedish study, women who consumed at least 45 grams of chocolates per week lowered their risk of stroke by 20 percent.
Stay cheerful with Chocolate Pound Cake Ala Mode
How can you go wrong with chocolate and ice cream? This duo screams “Vacation!” L'Altura presents the Chocolate Pound Cake Ala Mode, a heavy chocolate pound cake covered with chocolate shells. It's served with olive-mint vanilla ice cream and garnished with shaved almonds. Pair it with sparkling wine and you have yourself a ticket to gastronomic nirvana.
Health fact: Do you know that satisfying your sweet tooth is good for your mental health? Chocolates contains tryptophan, an amino acid, that relieves depression.
Fancy a simple dessert? Try Lemon Tea Cheesecake
Not everyone is fond of sugary eats. There are people who would rather have hot tea or black coffee after a hearty meal. But this doesn't mean that desserts are totally off the table. Try out L'Altura's minimalist Lemon Tea Cheesecake. Taste the refreshing flavors of green tea and lemon in this blissful treat. People who've tried (and loved) the Lemon Tea Cheesecake recommend enjoying it with hot tea.
Health fact: Lemons are certified superfoods. This fruit is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that detoxify the liver. Lemons also strengthen the blood vessels and prevent internal hemorrhage.
Surprise your senses with Mango Tart with Chili Cubes
Being a foodie is much like being a keen traveler. You go beyond the familiar, unafraid to go to uncharted territories. You don't merely seek adventure. You crave for it. Let L'Altura introduce you to a cruise of comfort food. Warm up your body (and soul) with a serving of modern ramen, a fusion of oriental and occidental flavors. For your dessert, surprise your tastebuds with a blend of sweet and spice. The Mango Tart and Chili Cubes is a dessert of ripe mangoes filled with rich cream and contracted with spicy chili cubes. The divergent flavors are balanced with coriander leaves.
Health fact: Chili has seven times more vitamin C than citrus fruits. It can help aid sinus congestion, improve digestion, and relieve joint and muscle plain. Chili is also found to boost metabolism and reduce extra weight.
Food is an effective medium in understanding a culture. It allows a visitor to experience a people's history and way of life. The next time you fly to Boracay, include a gastronomic expedition in your backpacking itinerary. Try well-recommended food joints and scout for budget-friendly establishments. Boracay is so much more than white sands!