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November 2011

#Philippines, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Carmen’s BEST Ice Cream Indeed!

9/19/2015 Update: CARMEN’S BEST: The Secret Behind One of the Best Ice Creams in the World?

Rockwell UTT Winner #1
CARMEN’S BEST ICE CREAM
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200 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
 132 foodies rated 4- I love it!
   74 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     8 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     2 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

From the creator of the Best Fresh Milk in Manila, Holly’s Milk, comes the Creamiest Artisan Ice Cream of All — Carmen’s Best! The secret to their ice cream’s yumminess is that they produce their own milk and get only the very best ingredients for their ice cream.

Paco Magsaysay’s Carmen’s Best is the creamiest and most indulgent artisan ice cream I’ve ever tasted in Manila! We love the Malted Milk and Salted Caramel flavors. You will literally close your eyes as you savor the creamy taste of Carmen’s Best ice cream. A pint is never enough.

Foodies rated Carmen’s Best as the No. 1 food in Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test! Congratulations, Paco!

Carmen’s Best joins the overall winners in the Ultimate Taste Test Series (since 2009):

UTT 1.0 overall winner rating 4.6: Dulcelin,
UTT 2.0 overall winner rating 3.8: Supreme Brazo Bars by Ces Lopez Cafe,
UTT 3.0 overall winner rating 3.8: Dulcelin
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UTT 4.0 overall winner rating 4.2:
JAM Foods Tapa,
UTT 5.0 overall winner rating 4.11: Risa Chocolates!,
UTT 6.0 (Rockwell UTT) overall winner rating 4.24: Carmen’s BEST Ice Cream Indeed!

(P.S. Check out Ultimate Taste Test 7.0 tomorrow at 7pm at Mercato Centrale! See you there!!!)

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#Philippines, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Luigi Muhlach’s Phillychanga

Rockwell UTT Winner #2:
LUIGI’S Phillychanga and Chicken Cordon Bleu

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

Luigi received the most number of I love it! (4) ratings with 239 foodies, and the most number of Awesome! I would recommend it! (5) ratings with 291 foodies. More than half of the foodies raved about Luigi’s Phillychanga and Chicken Cordon Bleu during the Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test.

The food speaks for itself — he does not even need to use his celebrity parents’ name to market himself as a rising, respected chef in Manila. His celebrity chef mom and famous dad would be proud of him.

He has been a popular favorite in Midnight Mercato ever since he opened a stall. When he applied with a taste test sample of Shepherd’s Pie in Mercato, it was refreshingly memorable that I took note of his name and started to watch how foodies would get excited about his food.

Luigi’s Phillychanga is a deep-fried classic Philly Cheese Steak with a crispy tortilla wrap containing tender meat with onions and melted cheese. (It does resemble a lumpia, as some foodies commented.) Sarap!

Congratulations to Luigi, a celebrity chef on the rise, for getting a 4.11 rating and getting the No. 2 spot in Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test!

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#Philippines, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

5Loaves & 2Fish’s Healthy, Crunchy Vegetable Lavosh Chips

Rockwell UTT Winner #3:
5LOAVES & 2FISH

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118 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
103 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  72 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  16 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    5 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

 

We first discovered Lavosh Chips when Dinah introduced them to the public when Midnight Mercato opened. Her products are presented well alongside her nicely designed booth. She would always be there, ready to serve with a smile and passionately educating customers on what lavosh chips are.

In Rockwell UTT, I personally loved her Creamy Walnut-Basil Pesto Brulee w/ Coco sugar spread and the Crunchy Sweet Tablea Lavosh Chips with rich Dark Chocolate Dip.

5Loaves & 2Fish deserves the No. 3 spot with a 3.99 rating in the recent Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test! Congratulations, Dinah! We are looking forward to your new creations. 🙂

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The Rise of Soderno @ Molito…

Read First: Announcing…[email protected] -The Newest Weekend Lifestyle Market in the South!

We are excited for the opening of Soderno, the newest weekend food and lifestyle market in the South, this coming Friday, November 18, 7pm at Molito Lifestyle Center.

SODERNO is a haven for emerging talents in fashion and the arts, and for new and unique food finds! The market includes:

  • FASHION. Innovative fashion finds and accessories from new designers.
  • ARTS AND CRAFTS. Unique arts and crafts from up-and-coming artists.
  • FOOD. Great-tasting gourmet dishes, delicacies and pastries from home chefs and bakers.
  • ORGANIC & NATURAL PRODUCE. Freshly harvested organic, natural fruits and vegetables and a selection of free-range meats, seafood and dairy products.

Let me give you a tour of Soderno…

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#Philippines, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Merry Moo’s Artisan Ice Cream – Sea Salt Caramel, Milo & Brown Bread Flavor

Rockwell UTT Winner #4:
MERRY MOO ARTISAN ICE CREAM

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

We love Merry Moo because of their insightful flavor combinations. Ever since they debuted in UTT 5.0 with a 3.72 rating, they have continued to win over people with their best selling flavor – Sea Salt Caramel. Their Milo flavor is also a favorite among the kids and kids at heart. They are popular both in Mercato Centrale and Midnight Mercato.

In Rockwell UTT, they introduced playful flavors, and we specifically like the Brown Bread flavor. With a 3.94 rating, they are a consistent favorite among foodies and regarded as one of the best artisan ice creams in Manila.

Congratulations to Kelvin of Merry Moo for a job well done with the innovative flavors in Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test!  (From top 13 in UTT 5.0 to top 4 in Rockwell UTT!)

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#Philippines, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

The Sweet Life by Ange – The Sweetest of Them All :)

Rockwell UTT Winner #5: 
THE SWEET LIFE BY ANGE

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137 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
184 foodies rated 4- I love it!
 96 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
 29 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
   3 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

 

Sweet Life by Ange was initially known for their Sweet Surrender Frozen Brazo which we featured in OAP last 2006 (see: OAP | Frozen Brazo by Ange). 

Ever since then, Ange was able to expand her offerings from cupcakes to different dessert offerings. She created one of the most respected dessert brands in Manila at such a young age. 

In UTT, we still love their classic Sweet Surrender and Angelina Cheesecake

Ange finished her Fashion Degree course at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, CA.  She is on a short break here taking up a French Pastry Course at Enderun.  She will be going back to L.A. after she’s done with Enderun by February 2012.

Ange was also awarded by GoNegosyo as one of 2009’s Most Inspiring Young Enterpreneurs.  She was the youngest of that batch at 19 years old.

Her ANGELINA Red Velvet Cheesecake (which we had at the UTT Rockwell) was picked by Philippine Daily Inquirer as one of it’s 20 Best Desserts for 2011.

Congratulations for winning the Rockwell Ultimate Taste Test 🙂

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#Philippines, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Spring by Ha Yuan’s Ka-Pao!

Rockwell UTT Winner #6: 
SPRING BY HA YUAN

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

Spring by Ha Yuan is a healthy and youthful take on Chinese Cuisine by Suzy Lee. She is reinvigorating the Chinese comfort food classics and introducing them to the new generation. This is my Chinese food favorite in Mercato Centrale specially their yummy classic taho 🙂 

In Rockwell UTT, she introduced exciting flavors of the classic cua pao branded as Ka-Pao (cua pao with a punch)! I personally like the Braised Short Rib and Lychee combination and if you are looking for the healthy kind, try the Sesame-crusted Teriyaki Tofu

Recently, I tried the most famous food truck in the Bay Area in San Francisco called The Chairman (formerly called Chairman Mao). It specializes on cua paos and Spring’s steamed Ka-Paos are definitely better. Although, the Chairman food truck is more popular for their baked cua paos more than their steamed version.

Congratulations to Spring by Ha Yuan for winning the Rockwell UTT! Good luck Suzy with your first ever store 🙂 (…. and maybe a food truck in the future perhaps?)

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#Philippines, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Gourmet Keso’s Chevre Goat Cheese from GK Enchanted Farm

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.

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!

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.

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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#Philippines, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

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

Rockwell 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.

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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