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November 29, 2012

The MORNING MERCATO Habit!

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Welcome to Morning Mercato!

Yes, we are back every Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7am to 2pm at the original location of  30th street and 9th avenue  (beside Bonifacio High Street and across Serendra). 

The biggest difference between Morning Mercato and Midnight Mercato is the Organic and Natural products available in the morning. 

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BOROBUDUR Sunrise Experience (The Largest Buddhist Temple in the World)

BOROBUDOR - The Biggest Buddhist Temple in the World Guide Read More: http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2012/10/borobudor-buddhist-temple.html

BOROBUDUR is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, located in the Borobudur village, Magelang Regency, Central Java Province, Indonesia. It was renovated from 1973-1983 to preserve the temple for the next 1,000 years and was subsequently listed in 1991 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

BOROBUDUR is an ancient temple inherited by Buddhism after the fall of the Hindu Kingdoms in Java in the 14th century and the Javanese conversion to Islam. It's a world pilgrimage site during the Buddhists' holy day of Vesak (like Christmas) based on the lunar calendar, which falls in the month of April or May.

Its name means Monastery on a High Place -- was derived from two words: Boro means temple from the Sanskrit word "Byara" and budur means above the hill from the Balinese word "Beduhur".

The best time to go is during sunrise when the temple is beautifully lighted by the sun, the environment is cool and there are relatively less number of tourists.

Let me share with you our BOROBUDUR Sunrise Experience...

Travel to Wonderful Indonesia Blog Series:

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November 27, 2012

LIGLIGAN PARUL 2012 + BALE DUTUNG Christmas Tour! (Dec. 15, Saturday)

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Mangan Tamu! Ligligan Parul! The Ultimate Pampanga Food and Heritage Tour

Journey to the central heartland as we immerse ourselves in things Kapampangan!

From Buro to Baroque, it's a fun-filled day as we poke around and get intimate with the very best of Pampanga's cultural offerings. Gaze at the jewel-box of a church in Betis while wading through the lahar-buried town of Bacolor. 

We'll stuff ourselves silly with a pre-Christmas Kapampangan noche buena fare by one of the country's best known Kapampangan chefs! And to it cap it off, get a front row view of the most dazzling display of Kapmpangan artistry the Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival) of San Fernando! It's a tour with nothing but Kapampangan cool!

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November 26, 2012

NEW ZEALAND NATURAL ICE CREAM's Hokey Pokey and Macadamia Supreme

(Read first: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie's Cheat Sheet)
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  182 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  100 foodies rated 4- I love it!
    46 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    19 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
      2 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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They say that the secret to the best ice cream is the quality of milk used. New Zealand is known to produce the best milk from the stress-free, well-fed, happy cows there.

No wonder New Zealand Natural Premium Ice Cream won the overall Top 1 spot in the 2nd Rockwell Ultimate Taste Test! What a coincidence -- last year's overall winner in Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test was also a premium artisan ice cream -- Paco Magsaysay's Carmen's Best.

New Zealand Natural offers unique flavors, and the signature one is the Hokey Pokey, which is a honey-flavored ice cream with crunchy butterscotch balls. For the macadamia lovers, you've got to try the Macadamia Supreme (ice cream with roasted Australian macadamia nuts). If you are going for the healthy treat, try the Superfruit Sorbet with the antioxidant power of pomegranate, blackcurrant, goji berry and passionfruit.

You can find its stalls in SM Fairview, SM Megamall and Robinsons Place Manila. I do hope it opens in more high-end places for better accessibility for foodies. :)

Congratulations, New Zealand Natural for winning the top #1 spot in UTT X!  (The overall winner also wins a free booth in one of Rockwell’s bazaars :)

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BAYANI BREW's Purple Leaf Tea! (A Product of Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm)

(Read first: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie's Cheat Sheet)

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UTT X: Rockwell Winner #2
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  167 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  118 foodies rated 4- I love it!
   92 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
   41 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     5 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Bayani Brew (P45 SRP - 400 ml)

I'm impressed with the products that come out of Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm. The social entrepreneurs from the farm know that you have to sell really good quality products first, and that the social cause is not an excuse to be mediocre.

You have to try their Bayani Brew's Purple Leaf Tea! Yes, it is made from the purple leaf of kamoteng kahoy. :) It is very Filipino and produced by the community of Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm.

Gourmet Keso's Chevre Goat Cheese from GK Enchanted Farm was the first to win the UTT series (Rockwell UTT 6.0 rating 3.88). Now, it's the turn of GK Farm's Ice Tea Brand called Bayani Brew to win big -- the top 2 spot -- in the Rockwell UTT X series. Wow! Congratulations! :)

Check out all the GK Enchanted Farm Products in the Morning Mercato every weekend in BGC!

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VILLA DEL CONTE's Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut Chips & Dark Chocolate with Coffee Cream Filling

(Read first: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie's Cheat Sheet)

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UTT X: Rockwell Winner #3
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  152 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  105 foodies rated 4- I love it!
    54 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    24 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
      0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Villa Del Conte is a Filipino Brand of artisan chocolate made from a rural town in Padova, Italy. Check out the complete story of VILLA DEL CONTE Chocolates.

Our favorite flavors are:

  • Praline Balls in Dark Chocolate with Coffee Cream Filling (Black Wrapper), 
  • Praline Balls in Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Cream Filling  (Silver Wrapper),
  • Salted Toffee,
  • Tartufone (Chocolate with Hazelnuts), and
  • Chocolate-coated Castañas

No doubt, this is the best chocolate in Manila this holiday season. :)

Congratulations, Villa Del Conte, for winning the #3 spot in the Ultimate Taste Test series!

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SkewU's USDA Angus Tapa - A Must Try!

(Read first: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie's Cheat Sheet)
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  193 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  117 foodies rated 4- I love it!
    83 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    19 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    17 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Here's an interesting kind of tapa from SkewU -- a salty-sweet variation that is perfect with really sour vinegar. The meat is soft, and they only use USDA Angus meat for their tapa.

This is a legitimate contender for the Best Tapa in Manila! (They also have it in Salpicao version.)

Congratulations, SkewU, for a great debut in the Ultimate Taste Test series! :)

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BLUE TOQUE's Nutella Mousse Cake!

(Read first: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie's Cheat Sheet)
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UTT X: Rockwell Winner #5
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  104 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  131 foodies rated 4- I love it!
    56 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    20 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
      0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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If you are looking for a new dessert this Christmas Season, we've got something for you, especially if you're a certified Nutella lover! Think of the combination of Moist Chocolate Cake + Nutella Mousse + Nutella Cream... What's not to love, right? :)

If you liked BLUE TOQUE's The Ultimate Mousse Cake, then you'll surely love the Nutella Mousse Cake version -- not too sweet and offers that satisfying Nutella flavor.

Congratulations, Blue Toque, for being a two-time winner of the Ultimate Taste Test Series!

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