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October 31, 2011

Get Ready for the Ultimate Taste Test 7.0 on Nov. 17!

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The 7th battle of the best home-based food businesses in Manila is near!

Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present Ultimate Taste Test 7.0, the much-awaited, year-end food tasting event happening on November 17 at Mercato Centrale from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join us as food lovers get to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering food preparations and concoctions from over 30+ home-based food businesses.

We are holding it for the first time in Mercato Centrale @ Bonifacio Global City!

Related Blog Posts on the last Rockwell UTT event:

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October 28, 2011

Villa Cafe Kapampangan Resto by Chef Sau & Chef Jam

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Chef Sau and Chef Jam have finally opened a Kapampangan resto serving heirloom recipes from their families. It is aptly named "Villa" because of the old villages in Angeles -- Villa Gloria and Angela -- where they grew up.

All the dishes we ordered were rich in taste, plated well, and had that signature Kapampangan quality. Looks-wise and taste-wise, this is the kind of Filipino food that can please an international audience.

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October 20, 2011

♬ The hills ♪ are alive with ♩The Sound of Music ♫...

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If the timeless movie The Sound of Music was part of your childhood, you'll certainly enjoy watching it onstage this time around.

The musical features the all-time favorite songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, like "The Sound of Music", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "Do-Re-Mi".

Watching this show with your family is a great way to introduce the younger generation to this classic. Don't miss it!

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My Family Kitchen (MFK) - a Hidden Kapampangan Resto in Makati

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My Family Kitchen (a.k.a. MFK) is the brainchild of Dada Dayrit. Here, people can taste her family's Kapampangan signature recipes, including the delicious ensaimada.

Kapampangans are known to serve yummy food without scrimping on ingredients. Taste is prioritized over price. Since the Dayrit family owns the apartment block where the restaurant is located, much of what you pay for really goes to the quality of the food.

When we were looking for the restaurant along Kamagong, we missed it the first time around. A bit hidden, it has an apartment-looking entrance and its signage can't be easily read. Nevertheless, it's worth the trip. :)

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Sophie's Mom: A Modern Neighborhood Bakery

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Marie Antoinette Rosal is Sophie's Mom. Sophie is one lucky girl because her mother can create the yummiest treats. It's a good thing then that her mom decided to open a "Homestyle Bakery and Confectionary" so that the rest of the populace can taste them.

Located on the young and chic Santol St. in San Antonio Village, Makati, the bakery offers cakes, cupcakes, mochi truffles, mochi ice cream and specialty breads like Spanish bread. The place is open as early as 6am and items are baked fresh everyday.

Imagine a wonderful mix of Sonja's Cupcakes, Mochiko, Dezato and a neighborhood bakeshop (with a modern twist) minus the dine-in option -- that's Sophie's Mom.

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October 19, 2011

Chef C's Paella de Andaluz - a New Paella Discovery!

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Rockwell UTT Winner #24: 
CHEF C'S PAELLA DE ANDALUZ
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127 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
162 foodies rated 4- I love it!
125 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
75 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
19 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Chef C's Paella de Andaluz is a recent paella discovery, which was introduced in Mercato Centrale by our resident Angus Tapa Lady. It is almost sold out every weekend. Its success can probably be attributed to the great cooking skills that run in Chef Carlos' family. He was able to successfully learn and apply the Spanish cooking techniques passed down through generations.

At the UTT, I kept hearing people rave about the seafood and meat paella. I wasn't really surprised. The paella is quite unique and different from the ones already available in the market.

Congratulations to Chef C's Paella de Andaluz for winning over foodies at the Ultimate Taste Test in Rockwell!

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Baked by Anita Mini Gourmet Cupcakes!

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Rockwell Ultimate Taste Test Winner #25: 
BAKED BY ANITA
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84 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
120 foodies rated 4- I love it! 
105 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
50 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
10 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Baked by Anita is dubbed as the "Queen of the Market" in Mercato Centrale. An interesting tidbit: She was the only vendor mentioned in the movie "No Other Woman" when Cristine Reyes (in the final scene in Mercato Centrale) said, "Hi, Anita" as she passed by her booth.

Anita continuously surprises us with different gourmet combinations of her bite-sized cupcakes. I just love the balsamic vinegar reduction flavor with fresh strawberries. With her unique concoctions, it won't be long before Anita becomes a legendary cupcake baker in Manila. :)

In Rockwell's UTT, she introduced her mini-cupcake with maple roasted bacon with maple buttercream. A lot of foodies raved about this bacon cupcake. Congratulations to Baked by Anita!

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Muesli Granola Healthy Snacks :)

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Rockwell UTT Winner #26: 
MUESLI GRANOLA KITCHEN & BAKESHOP
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72 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
75 foodies rated 4- I love it!
85 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
48 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
2 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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The Muesli Granola by Celia is our favorite healthy snack when we go on a road trip. Her granola bars are also among the favorite food finds in Mercato Centrale. They are yummy, guilt-free treats and perfect gifts for health-conscious foodies -- even diabetics can enjoy them.

In the UTT in Rockwell, Celia proved that healthy snacks do not need to be boring and bland with her Chocolate-Dipped Bar Muncher. I also liked the crispy and chewy combination of the Monkey Bar with its peanut-y taste. Now, we have something new to bring on our next road food trip! :) The UTT foodies also loved these healthy snack bars. Congratulations to Muesli Granola Kitchen!

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