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The reason I came to House of Silvanas was for the Silvanas: ultra-light, cashew-meringue wafer cookies coated in cookie powder and filled with - brrrrrrum! - buttercream! They've been described as Filipino macarons: I was sold at the very mention of the comparison! If you know me, you know that I just had to try some - I just had to!
There were seven flavors of Silvanas available the day I visited HoS: Original, pandan, mango, strawberry, mocha, chocolate, and ube.
House of Silvanas in East Hollywood isn't much of a house. Actually, it's one of the stands inside Adobo Grill, a cafeteria-style turo-turo ("point-point") casual Filipino eatery. Adobo Grill used to be called Kusina: I don't know the reason behind the name change.
House of Silvanas is a Philippine import. The founder, Mary Ann Sagarbarria, obtained some recipes from her mother-in-law, Trinidad Teves-Sagarbarria, when she married into the family and she later opened a bakery in her house in Metro Manila. The Silvana developed out of another Filipino favorite: the sans rival. Members of Mary Ann's family brought House of Silvanas to the U.S., opening several branches in California.
What I ate:
Box of Six Silvanas (6 USD): Original, chocolate, strawberry, pandan, ube, and mango. The silvanas were crisp and the flavors were distinct. The buttercream was absolutely luscious. I finished all six in one sitting! My favorite - hands down - was the ube. Mmm, yammy ...
The Silvanas are meant to be eaten cold - right out of the freezer.
House of Silvanas sells baked goods other than Silvanas, like sans rival, cakes, ensaimadas, polvorones, Food for the Gods, etc.
Parking: The parking lot in front of Adobo Grill was cr-row-ded! I parked next door at the self storage facility because I knew I would be in and out, but if you plan on spending some time at Adobo Grill, you had better find a more reliable parking space. Good luck!
Also, be cautious here: watch yourself and your car. I wouldn't leave anything valuable behind. At least keep the good stuff out of sight.
The Bill: 6 USD.
My Rating: out of four stars (very good). House of Silvanas is open every day from 8:30 AM to 7 PM. Credit cards accepted. www.houseofsilvanas.com
Last Word: Like I said before, the environment of House of Silvanas was pretty seedy. I wonder if that marijuana dispensary next door had anything to do with it ...
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