October 25, 2009
ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.6 out of 5.0
"callos pie was very good"
"This is the best! Love the cheese and flaky crust!"
This is my favorite foodie discovery in the Ultimate Taste Test 2.0. I can relate with Tina's story of going after what you love -- no day but today, as they say. The Callos Pie was a certified hit and most of the foodies I talked to raved about it. Her product is unique, which is only a bit similar to Bag of Beans' pies.
Manila deserves better Aussie meat pies, and it's good that Tina is filling that void. You've got to try this if you are craving for one. We are honored that she chose the Ultimate Taste Test as her debut into the foodie scene in Manila and let us be the messenger in announcing her savoury pies to the foodie community.
Go for it, Tina! You definitely have a winning product!
Aussie Meat Pies
by Tina Raines
Food, more than a source of nourishment, was always the great unifier in our Family. We would often come together around the dining table with great gusto, eager to try out my mom’s new creations. At times, the food was a hit and there were a few misses as well, but for my siblings and me, the food my mother served up gave us great comfort.
Eating was a big thing for us. I’d often describe my family as a family of eaters, and this I have to credit my mother.
Early on, we were constantly bombarded with different kinds of food largely influenced by my family’s heritage, which is Bisaya and Bicolano. This, I feel, carried on to me to this day.
When I started working, I would often frequent different restos and try out the latest cuisine. Thus, my inherent love for food was further developed.
Soon, I got married and migrated to Australia with my husband. Breakfasts are a big thing for both him and me. We are early risers as my husband is into surfing and the beach. We would always make a short stop by the bakeries near the beach and they would always have meat pies at the ready. I was so into meat pie that I literally scoured and tried different meat pie offerings from dozens of bakeries. Call it an obsession. I also learned to make my own meat pie with different variations and putting my own Filipino twist into some. I wondered how this would do as a business, and continued to perfect my meat pie recipe in the hopes of one day introducing authentic Aussie meat pie to the Philippines.
Almost a year ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and decided to return to the Philippines after 6 years to get treatment, so plans for any business were put on hold as I focused on fighting the greatest battle of my life. After 6 months of aggressive treatment and chemo therapy, my cancer is officially in remission.
FINALLY!!! I can get back to my meat pies and build a business from the ground up. I am very eager to get going as if I have a new lease on life, while enjoying some Aussie meat pie along the way. Cheers!!!
Savoury Pies by Tina Raines
Regular Pies (P660 pesos/dozen):
Chicken and Veggies; Minced Beef and Mushroom; Bacon, Potato and Herb
Special Pies (P840 pesos/dozen):
Callos; Steak and Mashed Potato; Beef Stew and Veggies
Gourmet Pies (P960 pesos for gourmet pies):
Shrimp and Smoked Salmon, Lamb Cooked In Red Wine and Rosemary
Minimum Order: One Dozen
Tina Mirabueno - Raines
Mobile: +63917 831 0925
Mobile: +63918 636 7952
24 hours notice for orders
Pick-up only: Unit 321 Sarmiento Condominium Yakal Street , San Antonio Village, Makati City
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. The Ultimate Ultimate Taste Test 3 for this year will be held on November 8, 2009, Sunday, 11am to 2pm in a secret location somewhere in the Fort Area. The location will only be revealed to people participating in the event.
This is open to all OAP Readers and Bloggers! Please reserve your spot by emailing Rache at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will only have a maximum of 300 foodies to be part of the event.
If you are a food supplier and you want to join the Ultimate Taste Test Challenge, just email Rache to reserve your spot. This will be the biggest Ultimate Taste Test and the last for the year.