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94 posts categorized "ULTIMATE TASTE TEST"

Thursday, July 26, 2012

HAPADOG's Californippon Dog, Kat's Meow and Shifudo Pasta :)

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #3:
HAPADOG!

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106 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
122 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  90 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  28 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


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CALIFORNIPPON DOG (P175 and P90 half-a-hapa). California roll toppings - avocado/mango, cucumber, tamago, kani, ebiko, nori flakes with a choice of Japanese or Wasabi Mayo.
TEMP-TATION DOG (P175 and P90 half-a-hapa). Tempura hotdog, grated Daikon radish, Tentsuya sauce, Green Onions.
KAT’S MEOW (P175 and P90 half-a-hapa). Tonkatsu hotdog, bonito flakes, pickled radish, choice of Japanese or Wasabi Mayo.

HAPA is "a slang of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry".  So, HAPADOG is a gourmet hotdog that is 50% Japanese and 50% American. The combination of Asian flavors and toppings with really good hotdog and bun can be very addicting.

We love the Californippon, which is a cross between a California roll and a hotdog, and Kat's Meow because of the bonito flakes and tonkatsu-style hotdog. But we are just addicted to the taste of the hapa-pasta--and the best for us is the Shifudo, which is a seafood, Japanese cream-based spaghetti.

Congratulations to the Hapadog team of Khristine Ong, Karen Ong and Ray Serion for making it to the Top 3 in Ultimate Taste Test 8.0!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

THE CHEESE STEAK SHOP Philly Cheese Steak!

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #4:
THE CHEESE STEAK SHOP

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198 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
120 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  82 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  14 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

 

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The Cheese Steak Shop is our favorite Philly Cheese Steak place in Manila because of the tasty steak meat, topped with sweet and hot peppers, enveloped in Amoroso rolls. We think it's just awesome.

Related Blog PostThe Cheese Steak Shop: Authentic Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Anyone?

Foodies at the Ultimate Taste Test 8.0 agreed with us. It's no wonder then that the top 4 spot in the Global Gastronomy challenge went to The Cheese Steak Shop. Congratulations!

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BLUE TOQUE's The Ultimate Mousse Cake!

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #5:
BLUE TOQUE

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142 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  98 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  66 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  10 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
   2 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


UTT8 Global Gastronomy!-31.jpgThe Ultimate Mousse (a Blue Toque Special).

The moment I tasted Blue Toque's THE ULTIMATE Gourmet Mousse Cake, I knew it would win a spot in the Top 10 of Ultimate Taste Test 8. It was so smooth; its Belgian Chocolate had a yummy nutty and chocolate-y taste; and it had a balanced creamy and crunchy texture.  Di nakakasuya -- a great product indeed from Blue Toque!

Some foodies also liked their Cream Cheese Brownies that had a generous cream cheese topping.

(Read this back story from Anne: Anne's Lab LifeUltimate Taste Test #8: Global Gastronomy)

Congratulations, BLUE TOQUE, for winning the #5 spot in Ultimate Taste Test 8.0! Blue Toque is also the overall winner in the dessert/cakes category. :)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

BARNEYS BURGER - Legendary Pampanga Burger Since 1988

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #6:
BARNEYS BURGER

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188 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
158 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  88 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  26 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


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I first tasted Barneys Burger at Midnight Mercato. One thing that stood out about it for me was the burger patty -- malinamnam.

There are a lot of burger sellers applying in Mercato Centrale, but most of them get rejected because of their mediocre taste, but not Barneys. (Although the burger bun they use can be improved. Right now, it resembles the local monay bread that can't hold the patty well.) It has an interesting history, which started in 1988 in Guagua, Pampanga.

Congratulations, Barneys Burger, for winning Ultimate Taste Test 8.0: Global Gastronomy Top Spot #6!

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KRISTINA'S INUTAK: "One Great Filipino Snack!"

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #7:
KRISTINA'S INUTAK

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136 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
114 foodies rated 4- I love it!
 64 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  14 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    4 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


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Kristina's Inutak is an inspiring example of food entrepreneurs embracing their heritage by showcasing their own sweet local delicacy (in this case Taguig), packaging it well and marketing through local food markets and social media.

So, what's Inutak like? Marry the smoothness of tibuk tibuk (but use coconut milk instead of carabao's milk) and the flavors of sapin sapin, and you'll get this wonderful treat that is best eaten warm and topped with homemade vanilla ice cream. :) Most foodies prefer the original flavor.

It's a two-time winner of the Ultimate Taste Test series (UTT7.0 and UTT8.0). Congratulations!

(Read: Ultimate Taste Test 7.0 Winner #10Taguig's Inutak! with 3.57 rating)

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