Bacólod City is the Capital of the Sugarlandia, Negros Occidental, and surely sweets are part of the people’s daily fare. After every meal, one would always have a panam-is or desserts to go by. When dessert is mentioned, I always have cakes in mind and there is one cakeshop/café in Bacólod City that offers a nice and wide selection of cakes. I asked my guest if he wants dessert and he said an undisputed yes so I took him to Calea. Calea is fast becoming synonymous with Bacólod, much like piaya and the iconic heritage food of the city, chicken inasal. In fact, many go back to the city just for the legendary taste of Calea’s cakes known far and wide.
Without wasting time, we immediately went to Calea’s main shop at Balay Quince in 15th cor. Lacson Street, just in front of L’Fisher Hotel to grab our desserts quick. Calea was full that day and it took us a few more minutes to have our seats. Good thing was that the staff was courteous enough to entertain us and prepare us a place to sit. Normally, there are at most fifty selection of cakes in the counter but since the numerous orders depleted their supplies, there were only a handful left but it was already enough for Doc Chard to have a wow! I did have too since there are no cakeshops in Manila that offers much selections than Calea’s.
Doc Chard ordered two kinds of chocolate cakes in the selections and also an oreo cheesecake. Our first “victim” was the chocolate cake and immediately, Doc Chard had a foodgasmic reaction. Even though I have tasted Calea’s cakes before, I never fail to have the same reactions too. The cakes are just simply awesome and the quality of taste never fades. Most often, cake shops decline in taste quality when expanding branches but Calea did not have such. Calea has branches in Robinson’s Bacólod and the East Block, each offering the same quality of cakes. That is a big Kudos for Calea in maintaining quality which has people coming back.
The not so secret fact about Calea’s cakes is the balance of sweetness. Cakes and pastries tend to exaggerate by putting in too much sugar which gives the “umay” or “sum-od” feel. Even as the cakes are not too sweet, neither bland too. This is also true for their smoothies in the selection. No wonder why Doc Chard wants to have more of the cakes which I have to decline because of too much sweets for that day. At a price per slice between P75-P95, you can already have a taste of the cakes and if you are that sweets deprived, you can have a whole cake for the price between P500-P600. If you are going to Bacólod, a visit to Calea is a must.
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