That fateful summer of 2015, we made a trip up to the summer capital of Baguio and I found my heart’s desire in my lifelong search for the perfect cake: strawberry shortcake at the local Starbucks.

If that sounds like too much drama for just a simple dessert, then you do not know the pleasures of eating cake as a salve for the losses of life. Now why don’t they have strawberry shortcake in the Starbucks cafes of Metro Manila?