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TACLINGS: Bite-Sized Tacos Hit @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Michael Angelo Chua

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Tacos are tasty treats but I veer away from eating it because of the likely mess it would make. There’s a high probability that the hard tortilla shell would crumble with each bite. Luckily, Michelle Turabin thought of creating custom-made bite-sized taco shells. Thus, the birth of Taclings.

Her frustration with this messy Mexican street fare and her love for experimentation inspired this tiny treat. She tried to make smaller servings of tacos in her own kitchen and brought them to her office as sort of a taste test, which produced positive feedback. That was three years ago. Now, she and her husband, Frederick, have gone full-time with this food business. 

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Announcing… FIESTA BAHIA: Fiesta by the Bay with Manila’s Awesome Sunset @MercatoCentrale @TheMallofAsia!

MERCATO CENTRALE BRINGS ‘FOOD TOURISM’ TO SM MALL OF ASIA!

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Did you know that one of top tourist destinations in Manila is the SM Mall of Asia (MOA)? And what’s one of the best ways to welcome foreign guests to one of Manila’s top tourist destinations?  By sharing with them a variety of great-tasting dishes from different parts of the Philippines!  

That’s why the Mercato Centrale group, the organizers of Metro Manila’s premier night food and lifestyle markets, is bringing a new ‘food destination’ experience to the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay with FIESTA BAHIA – ‘the food tourism’ market – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting July 12 (Friday) from 4pm to 3am

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JUANA BOWL: U.S. Rib-Eye Steak and Norwegian Pink Salmon @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Michael Angelo Chua

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“You want a bowl?” 

Juana Bowl is actually a playful take on that phrase, which proprietor, Monch Bernabe, conceptualized around eight years ago. The name is apt for the brand that highlights Spanish food. 

In the Mercato markets though, Juana Bowl is famous for its U.S. Rib-Eye Steak, which comes in a 220-gram serving and is reasonably priced at P190. Monch shares that her family really likes steak that even her little boy can finish a hefty serving of it. 

It is not your usual weekend market fare, and thus, it has attracted all kinds of meat lovers—not just growing boys. Where else can you get a nice piece of steak for that price? The secret is getting it from a direct supplier. 

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CHEF BAB’S SISIG: “A lot of restaurants serve sisig but only Chef Bab of @MercatoCentrale can offer eight variants at one time!”

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Michael Chua

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The SISIG. A Filipino favorite that is traditionally made with pig’s ears and served on a sizzling plate. This humble dish is said to originate from Pampanga but is now known outside the country, thanks to the feature of renowned chef and television host, Anthony Bourdain, who raved about it in his show No Reservations.  

A lot of restaurants and bars serve sisig but only Chef Bab of Mercato Centrale can offer eight variants at one time. Even during the former Distrito Market, he has been dishing up this specialty, but now, he is offering foodies a chance to customize their sisig. Want it hot? Request for more chili. Want it as a meal? Order it with rice! Want a vegetarian version? Go for fish or tofu sisig. All orders are cooked on the spot, too, ensuring its freshness and deliciousness. 

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LEVANTE EASTWOOD: Finally, the Mercato of the East @EastwoodMall! @LevanteEastwood

Related Blog Post: LEVANTE: Announcing…. The Mercato of the East!

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LEVANTE EASTWOOD is a Night Food Market every Friday at the Eastwood City organized by the Mercato Centrale group. It caters primarily to the people in Eastwood and around the surrounding communities East of Metro Manila.

LEVANTE stands for the Yummy East. The name  literally means ‘the East’ referring to the eastern region of the Iberian peninsula on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.  

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COCINA CENTRALE: Where the BEST of Pampanga Meets the BEST of Manila!

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The Mercato Centrale group, organizers of the popular night food markets Midnight
Mercato in Bonifacio Global City
, Taguig, Cucina Andare in Glorietta Park, Makati,
and Mezza Norte in Trinoma Mall, Quezon City, are bringing the premier food and
lifestyle night market experience to the culinary center of the Philippines – Cocina
Centrale at Ayala’s Marquee Mall
in Angeles City, Pampanga every Friday and
Saturday
starting June 15 (Saturday) from 4pm to 3am!

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@MEZZANORTE at TRINOMA: Successful Opening Weekend in Trinoma!

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(MasterChef Ivory prepares food for you at The Sultry Chef booth @Mezza Norte

Thank you to all the food entrepreneurs and foodies who came to support Mezza Norte’s big move to Trinoma!

It is a great successful start of Mezza Norte at Trinoma — the premier Food and Lifestyle Market in the North happening every weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 4pm to 3am) at the Mindanao Open Parking, Trinoma Mall. 

Here’s a photo essay of the launch of Mezza Norte at Trinoma last May 3, 2013 Friday:

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@HEY_FISHY_FISHY: Fish & Chips with San Miguel Pale Pilsen Beer Batter @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Crissy Castillo

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Who would have thought that the movie “Deuce Bigelow” would be the source of inspiration for a fish and chips stall? 

Miguel Gregorio, the owner of Hey Fishy Fishy, actually wanted something that is different and unique. He conceptualized this food business and launched it in Mezza Norte weekend market last January 2013. His main product and bestseller, the basic fish and chips, is affordable at P120 and comes with the traditional tartar sauce. 

What makes his product unique is that he uses beer batter to coat the fish—and no other than San Miguel Pale Pilsen. The beer adds an indescribable yet distinct flavor to the fish, making it yummier than usual. This dish is best eaten right away, while still hot and fresh. I am not surprised why this has been a favorite of Miguel’s family—their comfort food, in fact. 

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Join us for the Launch of @MEZZANORTE at Trinoma today! @trinomatweets

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Join us for the historic opening weekend launch of MEZZA NORTE Night Market at Trinoma starting today May 3, Friday and every weekend thereafter.

Check out the yummy food every weekend at Trinoma:

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NEW YORK MINUTE: Freshly Made Home-Cooked Paninis @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by New York Minute

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If I had a minute to go and grab something to eat, it would be some sort of all-in-one meal—like a sandwich. A more fun alternative would be the panini, Italy’s version of stuffed bread or sandwich, which typically uses ciabatta that is horizontally cut in half and filled with all kinds of meat and/or veggies and cheese.

I recently discovered a panini place in Cucina Andare, New York Minute Paninis, which offers eight different variants and creates them upon order. A must-try is the Empire Steak, a bestseller that has sautéed beef, bell peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese. Their version of the classic Philly cheese steak is spot on with the delicious combination of the beef, veggies and the melted cheese. This is a panini that would satisfy even those with big appetites!

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