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Baba au Rhum

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Sometimes called Rum Baba, this pastry was invented in France during the early 19th Century. Taking a cake similar to the Eastern European babka, the “baba” is then soaked in rum. The result is a unique mix of flavors which makes it such a stimulating dessert for the taste buds.

Commonly topped or filled with whipped cream, the treat is both sweet and potent – depending on how well the cake absorbs the rum.

This Baba au Rhum is offered by C's in Bacolod City, Philippines.

This Baba au Rhum is offered by C’s in Bacolod City, Philippines.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

March 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Saint Fermin / Firmin

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The statue of Saint Fermin Holding His Head is dated from 1225-75 and was made in Amiens, France.

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

“Saint Firmin was a fourth-century missionary who became the first bishop of Amiens and the patron saint of that city. Here the saint is shown as if living while holding his decapitated head. This statue is said to have come from the destroyed bishop’s palace at Amiens.”

Saint Fermin is the co-patron of Navarra, in Spain. The Festival of San Fermín is celebrated with the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 29, 2011 at 5:07 AM