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November 14, 2011

Gourmet Keso's Chevre Goat Cheese from GK Enchanted Farm

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Rockwell UTT Winner #7: 
CHEVRE GOAT CHEESE

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147 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
157 foodies rated 4- I love it!
111 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
 30 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    8 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Gawad Kalinga (GK)  is known for their blockbuster organic natural products - Human Heart Nature. Also, foodies are starting to discover that GK's Enchanted Farm produces one of the best goat cheeses in the market today. I personally love their Chevre with cashews and truffle oil.

Before, they had a pistacchio version which is the best for me. However, Tony Meloto wanted to make sure that we support our own Filipino-sourced ingredients. Cashews are abundant here in our country versus pistacchio which would be imported. They had to discontinue the pistacchio flavor even though it is really yummy. I really admire GK's Principle, and it makes me want to promote them even more :)

How could you go wrong with a yummy Goat Cheese with a Great Cause? Best Goat Cheese ever!

Congratulations for achieving a top 7 overall finish in Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test! Let's support Gawad Kalinga!

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Theo & Philo - One of the Best Artisan Filipino Chocolates!

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Rockwell UTT Winner #8: 
THEO & PHILO CHOCOLATE
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114 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
114 foodies rated 4- I love it!
 82 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
 35 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    3 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Theo & Philo is one of the best home-grown Artisan Chocolates in Manila. Almost all their flavors are good but I particularly like their exotic combinations of Dark Chocolate with Calamansi, and Dark Chocolate with Green Mango and Salt.  I also like their Chili Chocolate flavor. 

They proudly source their cacao locally (and currently in talks with Gawad Kalinga to source his cacao). Philo's chocolates are highly recommended for locavores and for Pinoys proudly supporting Filipino-made products. 

Congratulations to Theo & Philo for winning Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test! 

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Farm N' Deli's Barang's Tinapa and Longganiza

FarmNDeliRockwell UTT Winner #9: 
FARM N' DELI
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  91 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
119 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  77 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  26 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    4 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Cynthia of Farm N' Deli, one of the pioneers of Mercato Centrale, is our reliable source of Filipino delicacies all around the Philippines. She would travel around the country to source the best longganiza and other deli products from the best suppliers in that region.

Barang's Tinapa is already our favorite snack whenever we have a meeting with our Mercato Centrale partners. She guarantees the quality of her products with a no-questions-asked refund.

This is the first time she joined the UTT series, and we had no doubt that foodies would rate her products well. Her Filipino deli products are a great food gift for this Christmas season. :)

Congratulations to Farm N' Deli for winning in Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test!

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The Fruit Garden's Lychee Berry Rose and Winter Season

The Fruit GardenRockwell UTT Winner #10:
THE FRUIT GARDEN

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57 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
60 foodies rated 4- I love it!
45 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
17 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
  2 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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The Fruit Garden is a consistent winner with improving ratings in the Ultimate Taste Test series:

UTT 3.0 | The Fruit Garden - Best Fruit Jams in Manila (Rating - 3.60) 
UTT 4.0 | Strawberry Ginger & Orange Whisky -- The Fruit Garden Jam Love! (Rating - 3.70) 
UTT 6.0 (Rockwell) | The Fruit Garden's Lychee Berry Rose and Winter Season (Rating - 3.83)

This Christmas season, they are introducing the Wave Collection, using a specially designed sexy jar with two flavors -- Fruit Cocktail and the Four (Winter) Season. I personally like the latter because of its guyabano taste combined with mango, pineapple and orange (a very Pinoy combination) with a vodka kick.

I think their best Jam flavor so far is the Lychee Berry Rose, which is made of Lychee, Blackberry and Rose. I like the exotic combination and the rose flower flavor ending.

No doubt, The Fruit Garden is the best Fruit Jam in Manila. :)  Congratulations, Pierre!

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November 12, 2011

Mochiko's Cookie Dough Mochi

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Rockwell UTT Winner #11:
MOCHIKO MOCHI

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162 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
165 foodies rated 4- I love it!
129 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  41 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
  15 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Mochiko is a consistent favorite in Mercato Centrale. It is credited with starting the mochi ice cream ball craze in Manila. Always innovative with new flavors, Mochiko introduced the cookie dough flavor in the Ultimate Taste Test.

The cookie dough is not too sweet and adds a good texture to this frozen treat. Most foodies loved it too and gave it a good rating. (Tip: To thoroughly enjoy it, you have to wait for the mochi to thaw before eating.)

Congratulations to Mochiko for winning in Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test!

Can you guess what the new flavors will be? :)

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HKR's Yummy Asado and Baked Chicken :)

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Rockwell UTT Winner #12:
HKR FOOD EXPRESS

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151 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
163 foodies rated 4- I love it!
124 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  50 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    9 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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We've loved HKR ever since we discovered it in San Antonio Village, Makati (see: OAP | Hong Kong Roast: A Bagtikan Hole-in-the-Wall Favorite). They were known before as Fortune Empire and they won in Ultimate Taste Test 5.0 with a 3.55 rating.

I simply love their asado and their salted baked chicken. Most foodies agree that these two are awesome.

Congratulations to HKR for winning in Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test, and good luck with your new branch along Jupiter St.!

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Tina Pie's Savoury Tarts and Callos!

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Rockwell UTT Winner #13:
TINA PIE'S OUTLET

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

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Tina Raines is a consistent winner in the Ultimate Taste Test series:

Ultimate Taste Test 2.0 WinnerCallos Aussie Pies by Tina Raines
Ultimate Taste Test 3.0 WinnerHomemade Savoury Pies by Tina Raines
Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 WinnerTina Raines' Frozen Lemon and Herb Pie!

And now, she also won in Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test with her flavorful tarts: Shiitake with Swiss Gruyere, Prawns in Aligue, Chicken with Chorizo, and Callos as a stand-alone dish for the first time. All of them were winners and captured the foodies' hearts and palates. (I personally loved the Callos.)

You just can't go wrong ordering her food for potluck parties. It seems that anything that Tina bakes is a winner -- from the savoury pies, to the dessert pies, and now her tarts. :) Her food also gets sold out every time she puts up a stall in Mercato Centrale.

With this winning streak in the UTT series, it is now time to have a Tina Pie's Store!

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November 11, 2011

Cupcake Boutique by Klar

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Rockwell UTT Winner #14: 
CUPCAKE BOUTIQUE BY KLAR
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  98 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
122 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  94 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  30 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     5 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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It is very hard to win with cupcakes in the Ultimate Taste Test because most foodies have tasted a lot of cupcakes ever since Sonja's started the cupcake craze in Manila. It is also very difficult to get noticed, especially if you introduce simple flavors like Red Velvet, Valrhona Chocolate, and Green Tea. 

But Klar, with a face that can launch a thousand cupcakes, proved that classic flavors done well with moist cake, full flavor, and great presentation can capture the hearts of foodies. (I personally like the moist Valrhona cupcake in its mini-cupcake form.)

If you are looking for cupcakes this Christmas, check out Cupcake Boutique by Klar. Congratulations on doing a great job in the UTT! 

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