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KETCHUP: Canto + Green Pepper + Happy Tummy + Rancho Norte + Rumah Sate

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KETCHUP is a Food Community composed of Baguio home grown Food concepts which includes Canto, Happy Tummy, Rancho Norte, Rumah Sate, and Green Pepper.

We love the outdoor feel under the pine trees, the affordable food and it’s a nice food stop after visiting Wright Park, Mines View Park, and The Mansion.

This will be an ongoing collection of posts of our own experiences with the different restos at Ketchup. 

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#Philippines, Baguio

CHAYA: Yummiest Homey Japanese Resto in Baguio!

Update June 8, 2016: CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)

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In my search for the best restaurant in Baguio, I asked Mitos, the Hill Station owner, on where does she eat good food in Baguio. She shared me this secret home-based Japanese place called Chaya.

CHAYA stands for “authentic Japanese cuisine, wholesome food and healthy lifestyle” by CHAYA Chef, Sonoko Taguchi. 

I was skeptical at first, but we were blown away by our Chaya experience…

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Family Escapades

A MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas! (A Photo Essay) @TheManor_CJH

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MANOR at Camp John Hay is one of the best places to spend Christmas in the Philippines. You get the cold December weather, log wood cabin accommodations, actual pine Christmas trees, and a romantic restaurant, Le Chef, to complete the festive experience.

Here’s a photo essay of our MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas….

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

YUAN’s Original Chicken Wings! (UTT Rating: 3.94)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #1: (Main Dish) 
YUAN’S CHICKEN WINGS

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  206 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
   173 foodies rated 4- I love it!
   131 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     42 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
       8 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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In most features for Ultimate Taste Test, Yuan’s Wings is consistently mentioned because of its Original Chicken Wings. Their version has the right balance of spicyness, sweetness, and tanginess, and we like it because it’s a bit different from your usual soy garlic flavor.

Congratulations to Jeremy Salvan, IT guy by profession but foodie at heart, for winning the Top Overall Spot (Main Dish category) in the Ultimate Taste Test XI!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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THE SULTRY CHEF’s Sultry Roast Beef with Saucy Gravy (UTT Rating: 3.81) @MissIvoryEats

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #2: (Main Dish) 
THE SULTRY CHEF

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  163 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  166 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  130 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     53 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
       9 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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I remember Ivory going to one of the Ultimate Taste Test events before as a foodie because of her love for food and her dream of one day making her own mark in Manila’s culinary scene.

Fast forward to 2013, Ivory is the 3rd placer of Masterchef Pinoy Edition (known as “Kusinera Fashionista”) and has launched her food business, The Sultry Chef in Mezza Norte at Trinoma.

Everybody loves her roast beef, pasta, and anything else she creates. She has a very lovable personality and always tries to give her best service when manning her own stall.

Congratulations to the Sultry Chef for winning the #2 spot in Ultimate Taste Test XI!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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GOLDEN DUCK’s Premium Duck Burger (A Product of Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm!) (UTT Rating: 3.81) @GawadKalingaHQ

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #3: (Main Dish) 
GOLDEN DUCK BURGER

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  117 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  119 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  160 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     75 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     17 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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GOLDEN DUCK BURGER is one of our best discoveries in the Ultimate Taste Test Series! 🙂

It continues the legacy of Gawad Kalinga’s Social Food Enterprises where they provide excellent gourmet quality food while partnering with Gawad Kalinga communities in Enchanted Farm in Bulacan.  The duck is locally sourced and proudly raised in the Gawad Kalinga community. 

It joins other UTT Winning Yummy Products from Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm!

Congratulations to Golden Duck Enterprises for winning the #3 spot in the UTT Series!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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GENERAL’S LECHON: The Best Lechon in Manila! (UTT Rating: 3.79) @GeneralsLechon

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #4: (Main Dish) 
GENERAL’S LECHON

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

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GENERAL’S LECHON is the winner of the Battle of Lechons in the recent UTT XI. 🙂 It is a Negros Lechon, which does not need sauce like the Cebu Lechon, and also differs in its use of a unique mix of spices. 

It is considered to be one of the best lechons in Manila!  I like the Original Garlic version. 🙂 Order this to satisfy your lechon cravings this Holiday Season. 🙂

Check out: General’s Lechon Private Kitchen Taste Test

Congratulations for winning the #4 spot in Ultimate Taste Test!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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The V DELI’s Veggie Sisig Shawarma (UTT Rating: 3.75)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #5: (Main Dish) 
THE V DELI’S

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    98 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  125 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  101 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    27 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     11 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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This is the best sisig I have ever tasted — it’s healthy, certified vegetarian, and as yummy as the original version. 🙂 V Deli serves it shawarma-style, wrapped in pita, and can be eaten on the go.

I’m excited that vegetarian food won the #5 spot in Ultimate Taste Test XI! They have proven that vegetarian food can be fun and yummy, and not bland and boring as some expect it to be.

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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SCHMIDT’S Gourmet Hotdogs: Best Hotdogs in the World! (UTT Rating: 3.69) @SchmidtsHotdogs

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #6: (Main Dish) 
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  126 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  144 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  131 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    63 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
       5 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better. 

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Schmidt’s serves the best hotdogs in town, with different variations inspired by the famous hotdog flavors around the world! Our favorite hotdogs are Wagamama and Coney Island.

We first discovered them when Cucina Andare opened last December. 🙂 They’ve outlived the other hotdog food stalls in the market, and continue to satisfy any foodie wherever they go.

Congratulations for winning the #6 spot in the Main Dish category at Ultimate Taste Test XI!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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DENNIS THE GRILLBOY’s Crispy Pork Sisig (UTT Rating: 3.65)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #7: (Main Dish) 
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  112 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  154 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  137 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
    62 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
      6 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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Manila’s Favorite Sisig (circa 1986) has been reincarnated into a new brand called Dennis The Grill Boy, with a crispier and yummier version of sisig on a sizzling plate. 🙂

This is one of those fast food chains that offers affordable food without sacrificing quality. Most of the foodies agree that it is still the yummiest sisig in Manila. 🙂

Congratulations for winning the #7 spot at the Ultimate Taste Test’s Main Dish category!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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