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9 posts categorized "UTT 3.0 Arts in the City"

December 17, 2009

Erica's Happy Bacon Chocolate :)

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 3.0 RATING: 3.4 out of 5.0

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Happy Bacon is a personal favorite, and I've been addicted to it ever since Erica shared it when we met in Singapore. I encouraged her to join the Ultimate Taste Test to really put it to the test among foodies.

This is one of the highly debated foodie discoveries in UTT3 (see comments below). Fifty percent loved it because of the unique sweet-and-salty combination that is almost aphrodisiac in nature, while the other half hated it because it's deadly, sinful and they didn't like the aftertaste of bacon. But it passed the test with a rating of 3.4. This is a great Christmas gift for foodies who love new adventures with their chocolate.

The packaging can definitely be improved on and maybe Erica could create a version with the truffle-like quality of chocolate. Some think that its price of P250 for 100g is too high, but for us, the only problem is that the product has to be picked up in the QC / ABS-CBN area.

I'm a Happy Bacon fan, are you?

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December 11, 2009

Happy Cream Puff by Maricel Yamagishi

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 3.0 RATING: 3.6 out of 5.0
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The story of Happy Cream Puff is very inspiring. Ever since we discovered them last December 2006, I've seen how they expanded from being an Alabang-based business to a Makati-based one with two branches. We should be proud of homemade ventures and entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams.

I had no doubt that they would pass the Ultimate Taste Test 3.0. Most foodies raved about them. However, some commented that it is nothing new already, but I still think that after 3 years, there are still some people who have never been introduced to Happy Cream Puff.

Their fresh preparation of the Cream Puff is something hard to beat. Our personal favorite is the eclair with a little chocolate topping. Their small Legaspi Village branch is a hit and it is like a neighborhood cafe around the business district.

Related OAP Blog Posts:
Happy Cream Puff! We love the Eclairs!
Beard Papa vs. Happy Cream Puff
Happy Cream Puff -- finally in Makati!

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Instant Teh Tarik that I Love

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 3.0 RATING: 3.6 out of 5.0
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Have you heard of a home-based coffee and tea drink supplier? El Kapitan is a "home-based Starbucks" that supplies espresso machines and really good instant drinks with unique blends.

Most foodies raved about his instant Teh Tarik Blend, which is a concoction of powders done in Singapore out of 3 Teh Tarik blends. It is way better than the Lipton Milk Tea available in the market today.

Next to the teh, foodies also approved of the Banana Nut Coffee. It is a combination of Baristo's 3in1 Coffee with Big Train's Banana Nut Cream syrup.

I'm addicted to the Teh Tarik -- I didn't know instant tea could taste this good.

Related Blog OAP Post: El Kapitan Food Enterprises in Ultimate Taste Test 2.0

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December 10, 2009

Homemade Savoury Pies by Tina Raines

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 3.0 RATING: 3.6 out of 5.0
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Tina Raines came back from her successful Ultimate Taste Test 2.0 debut and offered more filling variations of her Savoury Meat Pies and Gourmet Sausage Rolls.

(See Related OAP Blog Post: Callos Aussie Pies by Tina Raines)

Some of the foodies already became groupies of Tina's pies and awaited their comeback in UTT 3.0. The foodies in the Australian Embassy were also enthusiastic about them after ordering a few dozens after UTT 2.0. OAP is also a fan, especially of the Callos Special Pie and the Shrimp and Smoked Salmon Gourmet Pies.

With an Aussie husband to do the quality control of the meat pies, Tina is now ready to compete with some home-bakers who started offering meat pies in Salcedo Market and other places. I believe she will win because of the quality of her crust, the flavorful filling, and her passion in sharing the best in her life. :)

Good luck, Tina! Go! Go! Go!

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The Fruit Garden - Best Fruit Jams in Manila

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 3.0 RATING: 3.6 out of 5.0
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I think this is the local and better version of the Bonne Maman Fruit Jams from France. Instead of apricots and other foreign fruits, The Fruit Garden uses locally available mangoes, strawberries and pineapples.

I actually tried The Fruit Jam and Bonne Maman side by side, and I prefer The Fruit Jam because it has a smoother, fruity flavor. There's this fresh homemade taste to their products, unlike other jams that have a heavy-on-preservatives taste.

I also like their unique variants and combinations. OAP highly recommends the Mango Ginger Fruit Jam! Sarap! The ginger was not too strong and it provided that anghang taste tempered with the sweetness of the mango.

For me, this is the Best Fruit Jam in Manila! We are already planning to make it our giveaway.

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