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July 2012

#Travel, Food

SHILIN MARKET Taiwan: Xiao Tze (Small Eats) Food Trip Guide! (Part 2/2)

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One of the inspirations for Mercato is the street food night market scene in Taiwan’s Shilin Market. We love the Xiao Tze (which means “small eats”) from the different food stalls in Shilin.

Here are the top food picks you should try when you visit Taiwan…

Read Related Post: Philippine STAR | Taiwanathon by RJ Ledesma 

Flavors of Taiwan Series (2012):

 

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City, Food

LAS FLORES: Modern Spanish Resto by (former) Barcino + Andilana (Spain) Group

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LAS FLORES, which means “The Flowers”, is a collaboration between the former Barcino owners and the popular Andilana group of restaurants in Barcelona. They flew in a Catalan chef to help create an authentic modern Spanish restaurant here in Manila.

My P&G friend Mon Gloria started the Spanish Wine Bar Resto called Barcino. When he moved to P&G Singapore, his Spanish partners (Uri, Dani and Sergi) took over the business and expanded it to a true Spanish restaurant experience.

If you are looking for a different type of Spanish cuisine from your usual Mestizo Spanish food in Manila, you’ve got to try Las Flores.

Related Blog Posts:

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#Travel

SHILIN MARKET: #1 Shopping Attraction in Taiwan! (Part 1/2)

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SHILIN MARKET is the premier night market in Taiwan for bargain goods, clothes, accessories and yummy street food. It’s our favorite night market and one of the reasons why we fell in love with Taiwan.

Here’s a photo essay on what to expect in Taiwan’s #1 Shopping Attraction…

Flavors of Taiwan Series (2012):

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Food

OREO MOMENTS: Our Friends’ Awesome Oreo Moments (3/3)

Read First: We want you to be part of the 100 OREO Awesome Moments!

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Thank you to all our OREO Lovin’ Friends who shared their own Awesome Oreo Moments with us!

I personally love this collection of OREO Moments… Enjoy!

AWESOME OREO MOMENTS SERIES:

 

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Food

OREO MOMENTS: In Search of the Best Oreo Dessert in Manila (2/3)

Read First: We want you to be part of the 100 OREO Awesome Moments!

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Our family loves OREO, especially the kids. Oreo has been a part of our family history.

Over the past seven years of blogging, we’ve hunted down the best OREO desserts to cap our memorable family meals.

Here is a glimpse of our quest for the Best Oreo Desserts in Manila:

AWESOME OREO MOMENTS SERIES:

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Food

OREO MOMENTS: Oreo Childhood FUN Under the Manila Sun :) (1/3)

Read First: We want you to be part of the 100 OREO Awesome Moments!

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OREO has been a part of every generation’s childhood for the last 100 years. Eating Oreo is synonymous with childhood fun, and for adults, it evokes memories of our playfulness when we were young.

Have fun with this Collection of Oreo Moments from Manila’s Generation Z. Enjoy!

AWESOME OREO MOMENTS SERIES:

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

UTT 9.0: Tips to have an Awesome Ultimate Taste Test Experience @SODERNO!

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3 days to go to the first ever Ultimate Taste Test in the South! 

Here are some tips to have an awesome Ultimate Taste Test 9.0 Experience in Soderno:

◯ Decide who would you like to enjoy the UTT experience with? Family or Foodie Friends?

(Note: We will continue to sell tickets this Sunday during Ultimate Taste Test 9.0 @ SODERNO.)

◯ Practice rating your food that you like from a scale of 1 to 5:

1- Thank You but I had Better. (If you don’t like it at all, rate it 1)
2- It is OK. (If it is good but not memorable)
3- We had a good time.  (If you had fun eating it)
4- I love it! (If the food is really good and you would order it)
5- Awesome! I would recommend it! (If the food is really good that you would tell everyone about it or give it away as Christmas gifts to your friends and family)

P.S. Bring a pen or two for you to scribble down your comments!

◯ Strategize how to successfully taste all the food (starting with the ones you like).

Here is the list of confirmed vendors so far:

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

JAM FOODS’ Angus Beef Salpicao!

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #1:
JAM FOODS

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217 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  61 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  32 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     2 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

 

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We’ve loved JAM Foods Tapa ever since we discovered it in Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 (read:  Oh, Tapa of My Dreams!), where it was the overall winner.

Numerous foodies regard it as the Best Tapa in Manila because of its flavorful, bacon-like taste. They also now have the lean tapa version, but we like our tapa with little strips of fat. 🙂

They introduced their latest innovation in UTT 8–the Angus Beef Salpicao, which are chunks of beef cube goodness. They are sold as pre-packed Salpicao that you can cook and enjoy at home with your family.

The foodies have spoken… It’s the best food in the Global Gastronomy Event! Congratulations to the two-time Overall winner of the Ultimate Taste Test Challenge! Congrats, JAM Foods!

Related Blog Post: Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 Overall Winner:  Oh, Tapa of My Dreams!

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

MASATAMI’s Rainbow & Swiss Cheese Shave Ice!

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #2:
MASATAMI SHAVE ICE

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


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Masatami Shave Ice offers really fine ice shavings (finer than the crushed ice used in snow cones). The concept was inspired by the shave ice desserts in Taiwan.

Their equipment creates flavored ice blocks, and the best I’ve tasted is the Swiss Cheese flavor. You can really taste the cheese and creaminess in the ice itself. It’s already like ice cream in consistency but with the texture of shaved ice. Kids would love the playful colors of the rainbow shave ice.

A lot of foodies enjoyed Masatami as evidenced by the long lines during the Global Gastronomy event. Congratulations to Masatami for winning the Top 2 spot in Ultimate Taste Test 8.0!

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

HAPADOG’s Californippon Dog, Kat’s Meow and Shifudo Pasta :)

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #3:
HAPADOG!

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106 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
122 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  90 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  28 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


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CALIFORNIPPON DOG (P175 and P90 half-a-hapa). California roll toppings – avocado/mango, cucumber, tamago, kani, ebiko, nori flakes with a choice of Japanese or Wasabi Mayo.
TEMP-TATION DOG (P175 and P90 half-a-hapa). Tempura hotdog, grated Daikon radish, Tentsuya sauce, Green Onions.
KAT’S MEOW (P175 and P90 half-a-hapa). Tonkatsu hotdog, bonito flakes, pickled radish, choice of Japanese or Wasabi Mayo.

HAPA is “a slang of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry“.  So, HAPADOG is a gourmet hotdog that is 50% Japanese and 50% American. The combination of Asian flavors and toppings with really good hotdog and bun can be very addicting.

We love the Californippon, which is a cross between a California roll and a hotdog, and Kat’s Meow because of the bonito flakes and tonkatsu-style hotdog. But we are just addicted to the taste of the hapa-pasta–and the best for us is the Shifudo, which is a seafood, Japanese cream-based spaghetti.

Congratulations to the Hapadog team of Khristine Ong, Karen Ong and Ray Serion for making it to the Top 3 in Ultimate Taste Test 8.0!

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