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December 2011

#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Dulcelin Gourmet’s Honeyed Beef Bourguignon and Shrimp & Uni Pasta

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DULCELIN GOURMET’s Honeyed Beef Bourguignon and Shrimp & Uni Pasta
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144 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
93 foodies rated 4- I love it!
38 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
50 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
23 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Dulcelin has become famous not just for its delectable desserts but also for its flavorful you-can’t-go-wrong dishes. Using sous-vide techniques alongside traditional cooking, they create unforgettable dishes for any occasion.

Dulcelin Gourmet is now a 5-time winner of the Ultimate Taste Test series:

  • Overall winner in Ultimate Taste Test 1.0 (with a rating of 4.6) with
    US Angus Beef Shortribs with Red Wine and Port Sauce, American Kobe Tri-tip, Hickory Smoked Pork Belly with Barbecue Sauce, Red Rice Salad and Strawberry Cake.

We love Dulcelin and we’ve tasted a big portion of their menu. Their dishes never fail to make us close our eyes in appreciation and put a smile on our faces in satisfaction.

For Dulcelin lovers who got used to the classic items, they introduced their new menu additions in Ultimate Taste Test 7.0 —  Honeyed Beef Bourguignon and Shrimp & Uni Pasta.

I personally love the tenderness and rich wine sauce of the Beef Bourguignon.

The Shrimp & Uni Pasta is good to try too because of its tender seafood and unique sauce. If your family loves uni, this is the dish for you this holiday season. 🙂

Congratulations again, Dulcelin!

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Choclery Artisan Chocolates

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CHOCLERY ARTISAN CHOCOLATES
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122 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
137 foodies rated 4- I love it!
120 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  49 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     9 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.
 

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If you are looking for something new in chocolates, check out the rising new Filipino Chocolatiers — Oliver Tiong & Kathy Ong, the couple behind Choclery Artisan Chocolates.

My personal favorites: their Manchego Cheese (yes, cheese with chocolate 🙂 ) and 60% Dark Truffle. They are getting quite popular in the foodie circles because of these flavors.

Choclery joins Theo & Philo and Risa Chocolates in coming up with proudly Filipino Artisan Chocolate creations.

We are proud of you guys. Congratulations for winning in UTT 7.0! 🙂

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Joan & Jane Cake Bites

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JOAN AND JANE CAKE BITES
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   77 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
122 foodies rated 4- I love it!
134 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  37 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    8 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.
 

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We’ve taste-tested a lot of cakes and dessert items in Mercato, but we haven’t come across much treats like the Cassava Tartlet from Joan & Jane Cake Bites. It is something different and definitely worth raving about immediately after your first bite.

You’ve got to try their Salted Caramel Cassava Tartlets topped with chopped cashews to balance the taste. This is a refreshing twist to the usual cassava tart.

They also introduced their beef pot pie and custard cake in UTT7.0, but the tartlets were the ones that left a lasting impression.

Congratulations to Joan & Jane Cake Bites for getting the foodies’ seal of approval in UTT 7.0!

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Food Tours

Last 6 Slots: Ultimate Pampanga Giant Parol and Bale Dutung Tour!

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For 5 years now, we have been showcasing one of the best Christmas Food Tours in our country today.

I don’t want OAP readers to miss this, here’s a last call for the last 6 slots for this saturday’s tour.

Don’t miss a Bale Dutung Kapampangan Christmas Feast by no other than Linamnam Authors Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc.

Finally witness San Fernando Pampanga’s  Giant Lanterns (18 feet in diameter) Showdown.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind food trip with Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks fame, Ivan Henares of Ivan About Town and Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet! 

Here are more details about the tour:  

Related Blog Posts:
Claude Tayag’s Bale Dutung – The Best Kapampangan Restaurant in Pampanga
a Memorable Ultimate Kapampangan Show-Off (7.30am-12.30nn)
Lunch with Claude Tayag and Among Ed (12.30pm to 4.30pm)
Ligligan Parul – Pampanga’s Giant Lantern Festival (4.30pm to 12.30mn)

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Ging Regalado’s Edible Options

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GING REGALADO’S EDIBLE OPTIONS
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  85 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
105 foodies rated 4- I love it!
105 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  48 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     5 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.
 

Related post: Winner of Ultimate Taste Test 5.0. Edible Options’ Sausages

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Edible Options is one of the best selling stalls in Mercato, Soderno and Distrito. Ging, the powerful force behind it, is a respected food entrepreneur. She specializes in good quality food products that are unbranded most of the time so that she can sell them at a good cost.

She is also popularly known for her buy 1 take 1 sausages, which got a 3.77 rating in UTT 5.0.

In UTT 7.0, she introduced her Christmas food offerings — Chicken Galantina, Ham and her baked goodies such as Food for the Gods, Rum cake, Carrot cake. I personally liked her Chicken Galantina, which is something you can order for Noche Buena or Media Noche.

Congratulations, Ging of Edible Options, for winning foodies’ hearts in UTT 7.0!

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Fillet N’ Dips

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Fillet N’ Dips’ Fish n’ Chips with Dip
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106 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
132 foodies rated 4- I love it!
128 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
   61 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
   12 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


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There are a lot of people who want to introduce Fish N’ Chips in our food markets, and Fillet N’ Dips is starting to become known in Mercato and Soderno as the place to get a good one.

Instead of the fish fillet, some people prefer the fish fingers version for easier sharing (like the chicken fingers popularized by Friday’s).

Congratulations to this young start-up business, Fillet N’ Dips, for winning in Ultimate Taste Test 7.0! 🙂

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Happy Tummy’s Spam Musubi

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HAPPY TUMMY’S SPAM MUSUBI
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  83 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
114 foodies rated 4- I love it!
113 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
 50 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
 12 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.
 

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Here is an interesting take on Spam…

Served sushi-style, the slice of Spam sits on a bed of rice wrapped in seaweed. I personally like it served with Wasabi Mayo.

It is a simple concept based on a good understanding of what Filipinos love.

Congratulations, Happy Tummy! 🙂

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Taguig’s Inutak!

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Taguig’s INUTAK
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  98 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
157 foodies rated 4- I love it!
144 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  57 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
  14 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.
 

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The first time I heard about Inutak, images of soft brain flashed through my head.

But I learned that it is actually one of the unique and popular kakanin treats from Taguig. I’m glad that Kristine’s family decided to brand and market it as one of the best kakanin in Manila.

Sticky rice (galapong), coconut milk and sugar make up this unique dessert. Think of it as a very smooth, ube-flavored bibingka with an almost-mochi type of consistency. I think it would go perfectly well with vanilla ice cream.

Thanks to the people of Taguig for proudly introducing Inutak to more Filipinos! 🙂

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Sassy Sisig!

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

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Trixie was a bit nervous introducing her Bacolod Sisig version to the foodie market, which is more familiar with the Kapampangan type of Sisig. She didn’t have to worry though — it got the foodies’ approval during the recent Ultimate Taste Test 7.0.

Her sisig has a unique taste. You can have it in the original pork or squid version. It can be bought frozen, and then prepared and served in mini shells to make a great appetizer this Christmas season.

Congratulations, Trixie! Let’s support her by introducing her Sassy Sisig to the rest of the foodie market. 🙂

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Swiss Gourmet Sausages

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SWISS GOURMET’S Hungarian Sausage
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67 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
116 foodies rated 4- I love it!
119 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  58 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    9 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.
 

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We’ve tasted a lot of sausages in our food markets, and the Swiss Gourmet brand still stood out among the different food choices in Ultimate Taste Test 7.0.

Although a bit commercialized (considering they are already available in the supermarkets), Swiss Gourmet was able to make the foodies happy that night.

Congratulations for winning in UTT 7.0, Swiss Gourmet!

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