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Ultimate Taste Test

Announcing…Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition: “Making Your Food Business Dreams a Reality!” (Applications Now Open)

We are finally ready to announce the most exciting tasting event that most food lovers, connoisseurs, and food startup entrepreneurs in Manila are waiting for this 2017!

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Our Awesome Planet and FOODEE Global Concepts, in partnership with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, present the celebrated food tasting event… 

2017 Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition: “Making Your Food Business Dreams a Reality!

📅 September 2-3, 2017 Saturday and Sunday
🕙 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 pm
📍Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive, Ayala Malls

The brainchild of food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and now on its 15th staging over a span of 8 years, Ultimate Taste Test 2017 is the second UTT event at Glorietta Activity Center.

 

I. What’s new with the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition?

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✔️ 1. FOODEE INVESTMENT. The Overall Champion of Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition will receive Financial Investment & Business Support from Foodee Global Concepts worth up to PHP5 Million to launch a guaranteed food stall, kiosk, or restaurant in an Ayala Establishment

About Foodee Global Concepts

Foodee Global Concepts has now grown into a food empire. It has become the number one multi-faceted food operator in the Philippines thanks to a careful selection of restaurant concepts (like Mesa, Todd English Food Hall, Tim Ho Wan, Pound Burgers, Hook, and FOO’D By Davide Oldani) that will stand the test of time and the ever-adapting Filipino palate.

When Rikki and Beng Dee started, they had a simple dream as two 19-year olds: to feed their newborn son as they were both still studying. Rikki sold his car and put up Chin Chin on Pasay Road where they specialized in Chinese food–with Rikki waiting on tables and Beng doing the cashier’s work. Chin Chin was their pet name for their son Eric Thomas. Their bestseller, fish head noodle soup, was well-loved by a then unknown Henry Sy, Sr. He would frequently call up their restaurant after a long day at work and ask to keep it open so he could eat.

One day in 1987, Eric recounts, Henry Sy, Sr. tells his father Rikki, “You are a great guy, hardworking. I am opening a mall and I want you to be a tenant.” The mall that opened 30 years ago was SM North EDSA. The rest is history.

 

✔️ 2. TWO-DAY FESTIVAL. This much-anticipated annual food trip will be a two-day food festival composed of…

Ultimate Taste Test (Sept. 2, Saturday 11.00 am to 5.00pm)
Enables 1,000 food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors from over 30+ home-based or startup food businesses and new food discoveries in Manila. The winner is hailed as the UTT Foodies Choice!

UTT Popup Food Hall (Sept. 2, Saturday 5.00pm to Sept. 3, Sunday 5.00pm)
Ignites the passion and creativity of 30+ Food Entrepreneurs to battle in a live Pop-up Food Hall at the center of Glorietta Mall. The top seller is hailed as the UTT Best Selling Food Stall!

A panel of judges from Our Awesome Planet, FOODEE Global Concepts, and Ayala Malls will determine the overall UTT Champion!

 

✔️ 3. UTT VIDEO SERIES. The Ultimate Taste Test experience will be published in an Our Awesome Planet Originals Video Series featuring the entire journey from auditions, to the taste test event, and until the food stall, kiosk, or restaurant is launched. 

 

📝 Apply Now! Startup Food Entrepreneur 2017 UTT Online Applications are now open!

🎟️ Buy Your Tickets Now! 2017 UTT Pro Tickets for September 2, Saturday.

📩 For more info, please email to [email protected] or call Rache +63 917 531-8949.

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The Secrets of Newport Mall (this July)!

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Our family has enjoyed going to Newport Mall lately because of the super increased security measures and a lot of offers that aim to woo back customers.

Here are 8 things I bet you didn’t know about Newport Mall and what they have in store this July… 

 

NEWPORT MALL
Newport Blvd (Opposite NAIA Terminal 3), Pasay City, Philippines
Contact: +632 239-1412
E-mail: [email protected]
Instagram: @NewportMall_
Facebook: NewportMall
Website: www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com/mall/newport-mall

Related Blog Post: 5 Exclusive Restaurants Worth Going to in Newport Mall!

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HOTBOX KITCHEN: Rustic Canadian Comfort Food by Chef Evan and Michelle Corby!

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HOTBOX KITCHEN is a rustic Canadian comfort food restaurant by Canadian couple Chef Evan and Michelle Corby, located in the neighborhood of San Juan. They serve New American comfort food and of course, the quintessential Poutine. 

Hotbox is a term used to refer to an enclosed space with trapped smoked, a reference to how they smoke their own bacon and sausages.

We tried Hotbox Kitchen with our long time friends, Francis and Ivan, and here’s what we think… 

HOTBOX KITCHEN
450 C Wilson St. cor. P. Guevarra, San Juan
Facebook: @hotboxkitchenph
Telephone: +632 275-4577
Email[email protected]
Operating Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 4.00 pm to 11.00 pm (closed on Mondays)

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AZUMI BOUTIQUE HOTEL: Staycation with a Southern Charm in Alabang (Photo Essay)

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AZUMI BOUTIQUE HOTEL is a modern 186-room boutique hotel with an infinity pool that overlooks the Alabang skyline. Azumi means “Safe Residence” in Japanese.

We celebrated Father’s Day with the boys here. We love their garden room accommodations, Romulo Cafe’s heritage Filipino food, and the infinity pool vibe with a 360-degree view of Alabang

Here are our learnings from our experience to help you plan your own awesome Azumi staycation…

 

AZUMI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
2205 Market Street Madrigal Business Park Phase III Alabang, Muntinlupa
Telephone: +63 2 869 9888 
Email[email protected]
Facebook: AzumiBoutiqueHotelOfficial
Instagram: @azumihotel
Twitter: @azumihotel
Website
: http://azumi.ph/

Check out low rates and availability from Booking or Agoda 

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LG G6: Why It’s the Best Mobile Phone for Food Porn?!

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Oyster Sisig 📍 Perfect Pint, Alabang

The LG G6 is the best food blogging mobile camera for capturing deliciousness with ease. Its photos are of a quality that I can confidently use for the blog.

Here are five reasons why the LG G6 is the best mobile phone for food porn…

LG G6 Blog Post Series:

TOKYO through the Lens of the LG G6 (Photo Essay)
 World Street Food Jamboree through the Lens of LG G6 (Photo Essay)
• LG G6: Why It’s the Best Mobile Phone for Food Porn?!
• A Delicious July Roundup (As Shot by LG G6)

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THE COMMON TABLE @ SALCEDO: Progressive Gastropub by Chef Ian Padilla! (First Look)

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THE COMMON TABLE is a progressive gastropub concept in Salcedo by Chef Ian Padilla of La Girolle fame. The name is inspired by the communal dining habits of foodie bar goers.

We’ve missed Chef Ian Padilla’s tasting menus and casual fine cuisine from the La Girolle days. We are happy he’s back in the Manila scene with a fresh new concept in the former location of Chef Sau’s Le Bistro Vert, beside Fraser place.

We tried Chef Ian’s The Common Table food during the soft opening and here’s what we think…

 

THE COMMON TABLE @ SALCEDO
2nd Floor, Forbes Tower, Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati
Facebook: CommonTableSalcedo
Instagram: @commontablesalcedo

Related Blog Posts:
La Girolle’s Tasting Menu by Chef Ian Padilla
BRASSERIE GIROLLE by Chef Ian Padilla @Girolle

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FOOD HIVE: What to Eat at the Yummiest Food Park in Quezon City?!

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THE FOOD HIVE is hailed by foodies as one of the best food parks in Quezon City, with unique offerings from award-winning young chefs and first-time food entrepreneurs! 

I love the overall vibe of the food park. You can feel the passion of each chef and entrepreneur when you taste their dishes. It’s reminiscent of the vibe we created in Mercato.

 

 We tried all the stalls and met with all the purveyors. Here’s our guide to our favorites at The Food Hive…

THE FOOD HIVE
80 Visayas Avenue, Brgy. Vasra, Diliman, Quezon City (Near QC Circle)
Telephone: +632 944-6423
Mobile: +63 977 457-4552
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 12.00 mn.
Facebook: TheFoodHivePhilippines
instagram: @thefoodhive
Website: http://www.thefoodhive.ph/ 

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Announcing… THE CHOICE 2017: People’s Choice Restaurant & Hotel Awards in Manila! Vote Now! (until July 23)

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Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there’s a new restaurant opening in Metro Manila. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with. As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we’re always very curious about the crowd favorites.

The popular vote, if you will. So, Our Awesome Planet, the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang) and World Food Expo (WOFEX) have partnered to conduct the People’s Choice for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more …. or simply, “The Choice“.

You can participate and answer the survey here –> The Choice 2017 Survey

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MR. ROBOTO: A Millennial Retro Japanese Robot-Themed Restaurant in Alabang!

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MR. ROBOTO is a Retro Japanese Robot-themed restaurant by Dani Ramos and David Mendoza, 2nd generation restaurateurs from the famed Neil’s Kitchen in Alabang. They are millennials who grew up with their parent’s 80’s music and loving the Japanese Robot genre heroes like Voltes V, Mazinger Z, Daimos, and Voltron. 

The name of the restaurant is inspired by the song Mr. Roboto by Styx, with the famous lines “Domo Arigato” and “Secret Secret”.

Their Japanese food is a lot better than Omakase’s and is serious competition for Ooma’s but with a millennial twist.

Here’s what to expect at this promising Modern Japanese comfort food destination in Alabang…

 

MR. ROBOTO
Ground Floor, ATC Corporate Center (Sykes Bldg), Madrigal Avenue, Alabang
Email: [email protected] 
Mobile: +63 919 955-3035
Facebook: Mr. Roboto Modern Japanese
Instagram: @Mr.RobotoPH
Operating Hours: 11 am to 10 pm

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KYO-TO by Chef Ryohei Kawamoto: The Best Japanese Kaiseki in Manila?!

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KYO-TO is the best Kaiseki restaurant in Manila. The restaurant, whose name is a tribute to the cultural capital of Japan, is the brainchild of Japanese Chef Ryohei Kawamoto.

Kaiseki is the highest expression of Japanese gastronomy, inspired by the traditional tea ceremony. Its elegant multi-course set format showcases the finest local ingredients of the season and highlights the culinary artistry of Japanese cuisine.

Chef Ryohei worked at Kitcho kitchen in Osaka and the famed Tsukiji Market in Tokyo before becoming a private chef of the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines. He has since decided to open his own Kaiseki restaurant in Legaspi Village. 

Here’s what to expect at and what we think about Kyo-to Kaiseki…

 

KYO-TO KAISEKI RESTAURANT
G/F 119 C. Palanca Jr. Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632 805 7743
Mobile: +63 917 596 9697
Email: [email protected]
Instagram@kyo.toph 
Facebook: @kyo.toph
Websitehttp://www.ryoteikyoto.ph/
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
(Closed on Mondays)

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