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BUMBLE TEA: The Milk Tea Buzz @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Crissy Castillo

Bumble Tea

The milk tea trend has been around for quite some time now and it looks like it is here to stay, especially with the summer season at its peak. This hot weather calls for refreshing beverages to cool you down and milk tea is a good choice. It is really my preferred drink, as I am more of a tea person rather than coffee.

There are lots of milk tea brands out there but not all are created equal. What I like about Bumble Tea Place in is that it offers a wide range of beverage choices, and it also customizes sugar levels, which I really appreciate because I’m not too fond of overly sweet drinks. Customers may choose if they want 100% sugar content in their drinks, or none at all. Although it takes an extra step before you can get a hold of your drink, it is worth your time so you can alter the tea according to your taste. 

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MACHEESEMO: Cheese Stuffed Burger Goodness! @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Crissy Castillo

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What product first comes to mind when you hear fast-food joint? For me, it’s the burger. I noticed though that this fast-food favorite has gone gourmet now. I’ve been seeing more creative burger concoctions in high-end establishments that elevate the ordinary meat sandwich—and its price as well. 

But I recently discovered an affordable gourmet burger stall in Cucina Andare—Macheesemo Burgers. The name itself sounds like a guy brand but it’s the “cheese” that got to me. Apparently, my favorite dairy product is incorporated in all the variants of Macheesemo Burgers, which specializes in cheese-stuffed burgers that have no extenders and fillers.

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RICE POTS: The Real Fried Rice Stuff! @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Crissy Castillo

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If there’s one thing that Filipinos can’t live without, it’s rice. It is a staple food in all our meals—be it for breakfast in the morning or as a midnight snack. It comes as no surprise that Peter Garcia and Joy Kim created Rice Pots, which offers Asian-inspired freshly cooked fried rice. 

This stall in Mercato Centrale is actually an offshoot of an existing food business, which the two foodies created because of their want for something different. Peter shares, “Filipinos love rice. Why not make different kinds of Asian fried rice?” And Rice Pots was born in 2011.

Its first branch is a full-blown restaurant located in the southern part of the metro, and it was around six months into it when they joined the Mercato group. Rice Pots is the pioneer in real fried rice—not those instant ones that are just flavored with seasonings. 

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LEVANTE: Announcing…. The Mercato of the East!

THE MERCATO CENTRALE FOOD TRIPPING EXPERIENCE COMES TO EASTWOOD STARTING THIS MAY 17, 2013 (Friday).
 

Fwd: Proposed Levante logo

 

Eat’s
going to be an fun in Eastwood as the Mercato Centrale group, organizer of the
premier food and lifestyle night markets around the metropolis, brings to you LEVANTE – the newest foodie lifestyle night market destination in Quezon City
starting May 17 (Friday)!

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AUNTIE MAY’s: U.S Beef Tapa, Angus Beef Salpicao and Home Cooked Meals @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Fwd: Mercato Centrale website: Auntie May's

Living a fast-paced lifestyle can burn you out and you need all the help you can get
to keep up. Though convenient, eating fast-food would be an easy option but not
necessarily a healthy one. A good alternative is to look for other “instant” food that
would satisfy your hunger for filling and healthy meals. Mercato Centrale’s Auntie
May’s definitely fits the bill.

Its specialty is U.S. Beef Tapa, thinly sliced imported beef in a special marinade. It
is served with a cup of garlic rice and sunny side up egg—a classic Filipino dish.
The best thing about it is that you can bring home a pack and cook it yourself.
Auntie May’s offers pre-packed tapa that comes in a microwavable container
with six servings inside it. Since the beef slices are thin, there is no need to thaw
before cooking. You can get it from the freezer and put it straight in a hot pan. Tapa
couldn’t be more instant than that! Auntie May’s also has a guide on how to cook the
tapa to get a good eating experience.

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OLVERA’S: Authentic Home Cooked Mexican Cuisine @ MercatoCentrale!

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Olvera's @ Mercato Centrale

The thing about food trends is that they come and go, but it’s different when it’s the real deal. There’s nothing more genuine than Olvera’s Authentic Mexican Grill in Mercato Centrale. For one thing, is owned by a native of Mexico City, Sergio Perez, who decided to use the surname of his mother, Olvera.

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MEZZA NORTE: Announcing the BIG MOVE to Trinoma on May 3, Friday!

Fwd: New Mezza Norte logo

MEZZA NORTE BRINGS FOODIE FUN TO TRINOMA STARTING THIS MAY!
 
Mezza Norte – Quezon City’s’ premier night food and lifestyle market – is making the BIG MOVE to Ayala Malls’ Trinoma starting on May 3 (Friday)!

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JOHNNY STEAMS: Yankee Steamed Burger with Peanut Butter, Crispy Bacon and Oozing Mozzarella Cheese @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Johnny Steams.

Fwd: Mercato Centrale website: Johnny Steams

A fast-food bestseller, the burger is almost always present in diners and comfort food joints. In fact, the simple hamburger can be found in many street corners in the country. Even if the Philippines is an Asian country, locals have come to love this Western favorite as well. There are different kinds of burgers out there that range from the ordinary to the more gourmet. But have you ever tried a steamed burger?

It is not your average burger as it is cooked in a custom-made steamer that contains small trays, which hold either an individual hamburger or a chunk of cheese to be melted. In this cooking process, the meat is scooped onto a sesame seed bun and then the melted cheese is poured over the meat. Customary toppings are added after that. Steamed burgers are a healthier alternative because of its cooking method. 

If there’s one place you should try a steamed burger, it is Johnny Steams in Midnight Mercato.

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WRAP BATTLE: The Pita Wrap of the Filipinos @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Wrap Battle @ Mercato Centrale

Sometimes, inspiration strikes in the most unusual circumstances. For Paul Wenceslao, it happened during one of his coffee breaks. He let the idea of putting up a food business brew until he found the perfect product—pita wraps. There are only a handful of stalls that solely offer wraps so he thought of bringing it to Mercato Centrale. And that was where Wrap Battle was born. 

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@MERRY_MOO: Still One of the BEST Artisan Ice Creams in Manila! @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Merry Moo @Mercato Centrale

What if you mix a passion for food and travel? You get some sort of inspiration just like Kelvin Ngo, founder of Merry Moo. For those in the know, Merry Moo is an artisanal ice cream brand that creates fun, fresh and delicious ice cream. It is made with non-Ultra Heat Treated dairy and local ingredients, whenever possible. Aside from the quality of freshness, what makes the brand stand out from all the rest is its unique flavors that would excite any palate.

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