Lola’s Test Kitchen: BREVILLE SMART OVEN BOV800

After weeks of testing different recipes, I fell in love with the beautiful Breville Smart Oven BOV800. Let me tell you why.

The Breville Smart Oven is the first and only smart oven in the country. It’s bigger than a standard toaster, smaller than a regular oven, but has all their functions plus more.

Just a little background, Breville is a premium brand from Australia known as a maker of small kitchen appliances for more than 80 years. The brand created the original sandwich toaster and its name has become synonymous to the appliance, just like how the Hoover brand is associated with the vacuum cleaner. Breville also makes premium kitchen appliances, such as coffeemakers, juicers, food processors, and mixers. But today, I will be talking about their smart oven.

Baking is not exactly a piece cake (sorry for the pun), but it’s something that I’ve always wanted to learn. I have baked cookies and cupcakes and pasta before, and I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. But unlike cooking, I don’t bake regularly because it is a tedious, precise food preparation, and it takes lots of patience, practice, and so many tools.

I’ll talk about the outcome of my test recipes later, but for now, check out the slides below and find out what features and accessories come with the Breville Smart Oven:

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Blogged: Rekindling Memories of Philippine Kitchens

“This is the book that I’ve always wanted to write.” I told Amy Besa, co-author of Memories of Philippine Kitchens, a book of Filipino stories and recipes gathered from all over the country.

Memories of Philippine Kitchens

“I get that a lot,” she replied with a sweet smile on her face. She was about to sign the book, so she asked, “What’s your name?”

“GJ,” I said. “I’m a food blogger. I blog about my lola’s recipes.”

“That’s great! You should write a book too!” she said. And that’s the same message that she scribbled as she signed her name on the title page.

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The Chocolate Kiss Cafe

One of my favorite restaurants. I’m pretty sure all the students of UP Diliman know this little nook at the Bahay ng Alumni — The Chocolate Kiss.

I went to UP Diliman last Saturday after my graveyard shift supposedly to run some errands on my enrollment in Open University. But I found myself craving for something sweet instead. The Chocolate Kiss offers classic cake assortments: from Carrot Cake to Blueberry Cheesecake to Chocolate Brownies.

I first ordered their Iced Tea. Their iced tea is not sweet. It comes with a “honey” in a small container which you may add to your drink depending on your preferred sweetness.


Since it was already lunch time, I ordered my main course: Pesto Penne Pasta with Chicken Fillet (or strips). I am very particular when it comes to pesto sauces because some restaurants’ are bland. But this one I give a thumbs up.


And finally of course, one of my favorites — Devil’s Cake. A moist chocolate cake with chocolate filling and a mountful of melted marshmallow as an icing on top. Pure heaven. I almost ate everything all up before I took the picture below.


Visit The Chocolate Kiss at the 2nd Floor of Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

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