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THE CHEESE STEAK SHOP Philly Cheese Steak!

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #4:
THE CHEESE STEAK SHOP

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

 

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The Cheese Steak Shop is our favorite Philly Cheese Steak place in Manila because of the tasty steak meat, topped with sweet and hot peppers, enveloped in Amoroso rolls. We think it’s just awesome.

Related Blog PostThe Cheese Steak Shop: Authentic Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Anyone?

Foodies at the Ultimate Taste Test 8.0 agreed with us. It’s no wonder then that the top 4 spot in the Global Gastronomy challenge went to The Cheese Steak Shop. Congratulations!

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BLUE TOQUE’s The Ultimate Mousse Cake!

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #5:
BLUE TOQUE

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


UTT8 Global Gastronomy!-31.jpgThe Ultimate Mousse (a Blue Toque Special).

The moment I tasted Blue Toque’s THE ULTIMATE Gourmet Mousse Cake, I knew it would win a spot in the Top 10 of Ultimate Taste Test 8. It was so smooth; its Belgian Chocolate had a yummy nutty and chocolate-y taste; and it had a balanced creamy and crunchy texture.  Di nakakasuya — a great product indeed from Blue Toque!

Some foodies also liked their Cream Cheese Brownies that had a generous cream cheese topping.

(Read this back story from Anne: Anne’s Lab LifeUltimate Taste Test #8: Global Gastronomy)

Congratulations, BLUE TOQUE, for winning the #5 spot in Ultimate Taste Test 8.0! Blue Toque is also the overall winner in the dessert/cakes category. 🙂

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BARNEYS BURGER – Legendary Pampanga Burger Since 1988

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #6:
BARNEYS BURGER

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


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I first tasted Barneys Burger at Midnight Mercato. One thing that stood out about it for me was the burger patty — malinamnam.

There are a lot of burger sellers applying in Mercato Centrale, but most of them get rejected because of their mediocre taste, but not Barneys. (Although the burger bun they use can be improved. Right now, it resembles the local monay bread that can’t hold the patty well.) It has an interesting history, which started in 1988 in Guagua, Pampanga.

Congratulations, Barneys Burger, for winning Ultimate Taste Test 8.0: Global Gastronomy Top Spot #6!

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KRISTINA’S INUTAK: “One Great Filipino Snack!”

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #7:
KRISTINA’S INUTAK

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136 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
114 foodies rated 4- I love it!
 64 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  14 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    4 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


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Kristina’s Inutak is an inspiring example of food entrepreneurs embracing their heritage by showcasing their own sweet local delicacy (in this case Taguig), packaging it well and marketing through local food markets and social media.

So, what’s Inutak like? Marry the smoothness of tibuk tibuk (but use coconut milk instead of carabao’s milk) and the flavors of sapin sapin, and you’ll get this wonderful treat that is best eaten warm and topped with homemade vanilla ice cream. 🙂 Most foodies prefer the original flavor.

It’s a two-time winner of the Ultimate Taste Test series (UTT7.0 and UTT8.0). Congratulations!

(Read: Ultimate Taste Test 7.0 Winner #10Taguig’s Inutak! with 3.57 rating)

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BISTROLOGY’s 3-Cheese Arancini Rice Balls!

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #8:
BISTROLOGY

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110 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
114 foodies rated 4- I love it!
104 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  22 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    6 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


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3-Cheese Arancini Rice Balls (35/pc, P100 for 3pcs.)Parmesan Risotto with Molten Cheddar Mozzarella in the middle and topped with Yummy Aligue Sauce!

Foodies at the Ultimate Taste Test 8 loved these bite-sized, soft and tasty creations. The just-right aligue flavor went well with the molten cheese.

Congratulations to Bistrology for making it to the Top 10 of UTT8!

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MISONO EXPRESS’ Chicken Wakadori and Angus Beef Misono

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #9:
MISONO EXPRESS

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150 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
136 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  96 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  56 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
    6 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.


Beef Misono

From the original Iloilo creators of the Crave Burger comes a budding Japanese quick-service resto concept offering beef cooked teppanyaki-style and fried chicken with a Japanese-inspired sauce.

I personally like the flavor of the sauces and the quality of the beef used. It’s no wonder they had one of the popular stalls during UTT8 Global Gastronomy.

Congratulations, MISONO EXPRESS!

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“NUTELLA ROCKS!” by Baked Bites

UTT8WinnerUTT8: Global Gastronomy Winner #10:
BAKED BITES

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58 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
87 foodies rated 4- I love it!
85 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
  7 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
  3 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

 

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NUTELLA ROCKS (P45/each)

Sometimes you get sick and tired of bakers just copying whatever’s the “in” thing to bake and sell in the market — from red velvet cupcakes to different versions of brownies and food for the gods.

So, when you get to taste a unique innovation that’s yummy and unforgettable, you can’t help but rave about it. Just like how foodies at Ultimate Taste Test 8 kept on raving about Baked Bites’ Nutella Rocks!

My first impression was that it looked hard and would probably be the usual brownie (just in circular form). Well, that first impression didn’t last. It was moist and chewy; its hazelnut taste was spot-on; and its cute, rock-like cookie sandwich shape was charming. What’s not to love?

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Announcing: ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 9.0 @ SODERNO on July 29, Sunday!

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Get ready for the much awaited Ultimate Taste Test (UTT) Battle in the South!

Our Awesome Planet, in partnership with SODERNO @ MOLITO, presents Ultimate Taste Test 9.0 on July 29, 2012 (Sunday) at the SODERNO at MOLITO from 6.00pm to 11.00pm.

The Ultimate Taste Test is a gathering of different food and drink concessionaires who give a free taste of their goodies that are already in the markethave just been launched or will soon be launched. The atmosphere is festive and everybody will have a good time giving in to all kinds of gustatory delights. 

Southern Foodies get to rate the food sampled on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

The top participants who get the highest ratings will get:

  • free one (1) month booth in SODERNO @ Molito in September, and
  • a blog post feature in the food blog site, Our Awesome Planet, which helps boost popularity and sales even more! 

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REPUBLIC WAKEPARK @ NUVALI First Look (from a Non-Wakeboarder Point of View)

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Finally, Republ1c Wakepark @ Nuvali is now open! No need to go all the way to CamSur or Calatagan just to enjoy a world-class Wake Boarding experience. Nuvali in Sta. Rosa is just one hour away from Manila, and you can even go to Tagaytay to eat after. 🙂

We enjoyed the Wakeboard park in Camsur (even if we are not wakeboarders) because of its yummy food and water park facilities for the kids, so we wanted to know how this one would compare.

Here is a first look at REPUBL1C WAKEPARK from a non-wakeboarder’s POV…

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