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October 2009

Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Chefs Garb Caviar Pie!

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.4 out of 5.0

The Caviar Pie by Chefs Garb’s Marielen Adasa was a hit with most of the foodies during the Ultimate Taste Test. I liked it so much, I kept going back for it. This is perfect as an appetizer but it could be flexible enough to be a dessert item. It is a potluck favorite among Marielen’s family and friends — you might want to make it your potluck contribution too for the upcoming holiday season parties. It rated only 3.4, though (just barely passing the 3.3 mark), because some foodies tasted a better caviar pie. (Let me know if there are other Caviar Pie suppliers out there…)

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Food

Ang saWRAP by Minnie Puno

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.6 out of 5.0

Most health-conscious foodies loved Minnie’s saWraps, especially the prawns and smoked fish. Each one is wrapped individually with care and style that sometimes you just want to look at it and appreciate it. Some suggested that it would be better to have the sauce inside instead of on top, while others found it an ordinary concept.

Minnie joined most of our culinary tours, and she is a certified foodie who knows how to create yummy food and present it appetizingly. In Legaspi market, she sells her Minnie Mousse signature desserts, which made her famous in 2007. She is also popular for her Asian Wraps (Thai Chicken Wrap – the best seller, Crabstick-Mayo, and Chicken & Pork Adobo) and Vietnamese rolls with chili bean sauce.

When people ask us for recommendations for a merienda caterer for parties, we usually recommend Minnie Puno. Check it out…

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Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Cipolline’s Chicken Burritos by Tanya Chua

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.8 out of 5.0

What people say about Cipolline’s Chicken Burritos:
“It tastes really good and I love the flavors”
“I like the taste of the chicken, it was tender”
“love the tomato salsa! the flavors mesh very well”

This is one of the most raved about food suppliers in Ultimate Taste Test 2.0. The concept of the Chicken Burrito was very simple but Tanya Chua executed it so well with each ingredient — carely selected, some cooked on the spot. The entire burrito is freshly assembled in front of you. She knows her food and is passionate about it. (She could also be voted as one of the sexy chefs out there.) We would certainly consider her catering services for our family events. Watch for Tanya’s Cipolline Catering Services (I won’t be surprised if she opens a restaurant/small outlet some day…)!

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Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Leonardo’s Chicken inside the Lechon

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.7 out of 5.0

What people are saying about Leonardo’s Lechon:
“The meat was very tender and the skin is still crunchy.”
“The herbs & spices of the lechon are very tasty and good.”
“Chix stuffed lechon is ingenious! The skin was still very crispy and the meat moist & tender.”

If you are looking for a unique lechon, you’ve got to try Leonardo’s.  What makes it unique is it has a raw chicken cooked inside the lechon at the same time it is being roasted. They also use signature herbs and spices, which make it very tasty.  Most people raved about how good the chicken meat was inside the lechon and the taste of the lechon meat itself.

If I were to choose between Leonardo’s and Sabroso Lechon, my vote goes to Leonardo’s…

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Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

El Kapitan Food Enterprises

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2.0 RATING: 3.7 out of 5.0

The Green Tea Frappuccino was most refreshing…”

Raymond So’s passion for coffee — specifically espresso and espresso preparation, led him to be one of the most promising Coffee supplies distributors in Manila. I love their Baristo Coffee Beans, which come in Premio Blend (100% Arabica), Netto Blend (Cafe Blend), and Ricco Blend (80% Arab., 20% Rob.). A lot of people loved the hot and even the cold frappuccino mix, particularly the familiar taste of Green Tea Frappuccino.

Joining the taste test was one way for Raymond to share his passion with others, and it’s the closest thing to having his own coffee shop.

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City

Aubergine’s California Grape Interpretation

Aubergine is now the number #1 fine dining restaurant in Manila. It is becoming the close rival of my favorite restaurant — Antonio’s in Tagaytay in terms of food quality. In fact, in the recent Miele Guide, Antonio’s dropped down to the #17 spot with Aubergine at #18 in the Top 20 Restaurants in Asia. (See complete list of Philippine restaurants included in the Miele Guide below.) My European foodie friends argue that Aubergine should get a Michelin star for overall quality of food, service and ambiance.

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#Restaurants, Food

Thai Dara

I am on a constant lookout for cheap Thai finds, and another one opened along Granada St. in Greenhills. This street is notorious for having the record of the most promising restaurants closing down in less than a year’s time. With difficult parking space, a view of bumper-to-bumper traffic, and a sign that you can barely see when you are driving down the street, Thai Dara is determined to break this “curse” with authentic Thai dishes at affordable prices.

Owned by a Thai Chef who manages the restaurant but delegated the day-to-day cooking to a Pinoy cook, Thai Dara has most people raving about their Thai soups. The rest of the menu is at par with most of the cheap Thai places around. If you are craving for Thai food in the Greenhills area, this is the place to eat.

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#Restaurants

Celsius Gastrolounge

We’ve finally tried Celsius Gastrolounge, which is run by a total of 17 ISCAHM students and chefs of different nationalities. I have great respect for ISCAHM students and chefs because their restaurant, Aubergine in the Fort, is consistently voted as the number #1 restaurant in Manila by European foodies. In the 2009/2010 Miele Guide, it’s already in the 18th spot behind Antonio’s in Tagaytay.

Celsius is named after the measure of temperature commonly used in the kitchen. It is open for lunch from 11am to 3pm, while the lounge on the 2nd floor opens from 6pm to 3am. The food is very good as expected (coming from an ISCAHM culinary education). I just think that the Asian Fusion concept is passe already, and foodies are tired of anything fusion… (Do you agree?)

 

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Manila Life

Voyage of the Balangay in Boracay, and now in Guimaras…

After being stranded in Boracay because of typhoon Pepeng, the crew maximized their time by fixing the hull of Diwata ng Lahi because of some wood worms called “Tamilok”. At the same time, the crew seized the moment and explored the island paradise of Boracay as tourists. (See: Stranded in Boracay September 30 – October 4 by Art Valdez)

Usually, when they dock, they would help out people in need in terms of medical assistance. They would also provide disaster-preparation training for the local community.

The Balangay is now anchored at Guimaras en route to Bacolod. You can follow their adventures in the official Balangay Blogsite

 

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Manila Life

7 One-Year Recording Contracts with Jeepney Music!

Apl.de.ap recently visited the Philippines and hosted an “APL GIVES” benefit concert for the Typhoon Ondoy victims. He’s also proud to launch his own recording label, Jeepney Music, hoping to discover the next Filipino International Artist. He is giving away 7 One-Year Recording Contracts with Jeepney Music to 7 Filipino Bands/ Artists waiting to be discovered!

You can submit your own original music/ video at the MTV Emerge Contest Site until November 2, 2009.

If you are an aspiring artist, Don’t Miss this Awesome Opportunity!

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