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RITA’S ITALIAN ICE: Smooth, Fluffy, Shard-free Ice Dessert! #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay) 

Rita's Italian Ice is one of the largest Italian Ice concepts in the world with more than 600 stores in the US.

Rita's originally advertised their product as "water ice" which is also sometimes called "Italian Ice". Founded in 1984 by former Philadelphia firefighter Bob Tumolo. He bought the recipe from an elderly neighbor, did some enhances and made the recipe his own and the rest is history.

I personally like the Italian ice concept which is like creamy ice texture, very smooth and made fresh daily in the store.

 

RITA'S ITALIAN ICE
G/F VMall Greenhills Shopping Center || 2/F UP Town Center
Mobile: +632 6505859, +632 9552452
Twitter: @RitasItalianIce
Facebook: RitasItalianIceCompany
E-mail: [email protected]

RITA'S ITALIAN ICE UTT Winner #9 Rating 3.97
299 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
157 foodies rated 4- I love it!
193 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
31 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
7 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

 

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

CHOCO LIQUOR CAKES: Best Chocolate Cake Gift this Christmas! @MaricarReyesPoon #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay) 

Choco Liquor Cake is the product child of celebrity couple Richard Poon and Maricar Reyes. Their cakes are made from high-quality chocolate bonbons with a small kick of red wine for flavor.

This heavenly decadent chocolate cake won the hearts of our foodies, with its very rich and moist chocolatey goodness. We like that the quantity of wine had just the right amount bittersweet aftertaste, without it overpowering the cake. 

 

CHOCO LIQUOR CAKES
Pick-up areas: Ortigas and Quezon City
Mobile: +63 917-8648282.
Instagram:  @chocoliquorcakes/
Facebook: chocoliquorcakes

CHOCO LIQUOR CAKES UTT Winner #10 Rating 3.96
173 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
150 foodies rated 4- I love it!
94 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
41 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
5 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

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#Restaurants

BAR PINTXOS: Alabang’s Secret Spanish Tapas & Pintxos Bar (A Review)

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BAR PINTXOS is a neighborhood tapas and pintxos bar in the south, serving Catalan/Basque food by Miguel Vecin and Tinchu Gonzalez.

There are no signs going to this place so it’s a bit hard to find. People come here for the authentic Spanish food and to hang out with friends over drinks. We thought it would be a dark bar type of place but it was surprisingly family friendly.

Our family tried it together with my wife’s cousin Pam of Risa Chocolates, who introduced us to Bar Pintxos. Here’s what we think…

BAR PINTXOS
Don Gesu Building, Don Jesus Boulevard (Near Alabang Hills), Muntinlupa City
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Barpintxos/
Instagram: @BarPintxos
Telephone: +632 831-0065
Email: [email protected]

Operating Hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 am-12:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Monday: closed

 

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Food

THE FRUIT GARDEN JAMS: “A Bubbly Season” for 2015 Festive Celebrations!

The Fruit Garden is an artisanal jam brand that marries French Heritage with Filipino Flare. Each holiday season, the company produces a new line of jams and packaging that has a story to tell. This year the brand shows off the “Festive Collection”, with Champagne and the bubbly nature of gift-giving as its underlying theme.

Read on to find out more about the "Festive Collection"…

THE FRUIT GARDEN
295 Haig Street, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: 621-4603
Mobile: +63 920 945-3565
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.thefruitgarden.net/

 

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

PAPA DIDDI’S: Forbidden Rice and Mango Ginger Handcrafted Ice Cream! #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay)

Papa Diddi's all-natural premium ice cream uses produce sourced directly from farms, markets and gardens all over the Philippines. 

Papa Diddi's is a tribute by Paul Perez to his father who was a lawyer that represented farmers from Northern Luzon, including the Mountain Provinces. Inspired by the unique produce from that area, Paul prioritized those flavors as a way to continue his father's legacy of supporting farmers.

Foodies love their creative flavor — Forbidden Rice and Mango Ginger Ice Cream. Papa Diddi’s ice creams are not too sweet and flavorful to enjoy. 🙂

Papa Diddi's Handcrafted Ice Cream
168 Maginhawa, Quezon City, Philippines
Email[email protected]
FacebookPapaDiddis
Mobile: +63 4343-784

Papa Diddi's Handcrafted Ice Cream: UTT Winner #11 Rating 3.95
134  foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
113 foodies rated 4- I love it!
80 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
25 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
7 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.   

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CASA DEL FORMAGGIO: High Quality Artisan Italian Cheeses made in Negros! #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay) 

Mercanti Veneziani Trading produces quality Italian Style Cheeses under the brand name Casa del Formaggio‬ in their home town of Negros. The cheeses are made  from pure cow's milk from their own grass fed cattle. They take pride in producing high quality Italian cheese that is all natural, without extenders and preservatives in the Philippines.

Foodies liked their assorted samples of Italian style artisan cheese -  Kesong Puti, Stracchino & Asiago.

Congratulations for winning the Ultimate Taste Test 2015!

 

CASA DEL FORMAGGIO
Brgy., Blumentritt, Murcia, Negros Occidental
Mobile: +63 3444-60225, +63 2738-2182, +63 92737-75248
Instagram:  @casadelformaggio
Website: http://www.casaformaggio.com/
E-mail[email protected]

CASA DEL FORMAGGIO: UTT Winner #12 Rating 3.78
113 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
165 foodies rated 4- I love it!
104 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
50 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
2 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

PORTOBELLO BAKERY’s Queso de Bola Ensaymada #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay)

With the holidays fast approaching, there's this distinctive cheese found in supermarkets that signal that Christmas is indeed fast approaching. The cheese Queso de bola is characterized by it's salty after taste. As the cheese ages, it becomes more crumbly, sweeter and gives out a stronger flavor of the cheese.

Foodies enjoyed Portobello Bakery's soft and fluffy Ensaymada topped with grated queso de bola, sugar then brushed with mildly sweet butter.

It's quite cheesy, with a generous amount of tangy queso de bola sprinkled on top. It's very light treat with just the right amount of sweetness. The holiday-themed pastry would become a great substitute from the usual gifts.

Congratulations Portobello Bakery for winning the 2015 Ultimate Taste Test!

PORTOBELLO BAKERY
SM Megamall Bldg A, 5th floor
Number: +63 2622- 4777, +63 91783-15050
Instagram: @portobellobakery
FacebookPortobelloBakery
E-mail[email protected],[email protected]

Portobello Bakery: UTT Winner #13 Rating 3.77
116 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
136 foodies rated 4- I love it!
109 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
44 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
4 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

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SWEET SEDUCTION: Healthy Chocolate Indulgence #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay)

Sweet seductions' chocolates are made using beans sourced and manufactured locally. We like how you can customize orders (reduce salt, no milk, type of sweetener) depending on your dietary needs. Their chocolates don't have any preservatives, chemicals, colorants and additional oil.

Foodies like their recent line of bite-size treats. Using fillings not common to the local market but are locally sourced like the Chocolate Espresso Truffle and Cocoanut butter chocolates.

It's a healthy indulgence for those who are watching their diets. And a yummy customized gift for your loved ones this holiday. 🙂

Congratulations Sweet Seductions Enterprise for winning the 2015 Ultimate Taste Test!

Sweet Seduction Enterprise
302 J. Rizal St. Brgy Mabini Mandaluyong
Email[email protected]
Mobile: +63 915321-4848

Sweet Seduction Enterprise: UTT Winner #14 Rating 3.77
78  foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
64 foodies rated 4- I love it!
73 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
24 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
4 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

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#Travel, Food

THE RUINS of Negros @TourismPHL

 Bacolod City: The Ruins

Visiting Bacolod City won't be complete without having a trip to The Ruins in Talisay City. Built by the Sugar Baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in 1911 as a testament to his ill-fated love Maria Braga. The Hacienda has garnered the nickname the "Taj Mahal" of Negros.

We loved that it holds many interesting tales and facts within it's concrete walls. Here are some tips on how to maximize your trip to The Ruins…

THE RUINS
Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Numbers: +63 34 476-4334, +63 917 832-6003
E-mail: r[email protected]
Facebook: TheRuins
Website: www.theruins.com.ph

DON MARIANO'S GARDEN
Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Numbers: +63 92580-00401, +63 34-4764334
E-mail[email protected]
Instagram: @donmarianosgarden
Website: www.theruins.com.ph

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