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Weekend Food Choices Week 61: Ultimate Taste Test

Budding food aficionado and Our Daily Blog‘s #1 fan, JAO, told me 3 weeks ago that she wanted to go to a food event she saw on her twitter board.

Luckily after a couple of days i got an email from OAP for invites.
So the very next day i got our tickets.

It was a good thing too because tickets were limited

AOP with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews organized this event for food lovers and connoisseurs.

It gathers concessionaires who offers samples of their products which are either already in the market, those which have just been launched or are about to be launched.

Participants are to rate products on a scale of 1-5 and those who get the highest ranking will be featured by OAP.

So with two new food enthusiasts in tow, hubby and i excitedly (and hungrily) arrived at the event ready to be food critics for a day

Hyphy’s is the San Francisco inspired restaurant of Chef Bruce Lim, located at Robinson’s Galleria Mall Veranda

They featured their tuyo calamansi pasta dish which i thought was really good

Hyphy’s is actually Chef Bruce Lim’s 2nd restaurant, the first being Chef’s Table which opened last year

They featured their buko pie martini. We were told that this is usually served hot and is a spin off from the usual buko pie with it’s smooth custard like texture. It still tasted pretty good despite it being cold.

They say one of the must try food when you head to Boracay is the Chori Burger

hubby and i have never tasted this before so i was happy they had a booth in the Ultimate Taste Test. It was good but something that would have been better eaten while lounging on the beach front…i guess some food just need to be coupled with the right ambiance to work.

Dek A Thai Authentic Cuisine featured their spring rolls with a side of kimchi-ish salad

they boast of a small restaurant in Makati with a Thai chef and dishes that uses ingredients from Thailand which they source every other week. Really good food!

Chef Luigi Muhlach featured his famous cordon blue and spring rolls

I fancied the spring rolls better, with its tender beef, soft melted cheese and caramelized onions in its crunchy wrap…yum! Samples of his creations can be found at the Midnight Mercato.

One of the first dishes we sampled were these good tasting chips from 5 loaves and 2 fish

we loved how the chips were baked instead of fried

and how they can be dipped in chocolate…who doesn’t love chocolate?!

I think one of my favorite starter dish was the Home Made Ravioli

This dish originates from Southern Italy where they are served as starters

I loved how the creamy cheese explodes in the crunchy dough flavored with honey and rosemary…

i could eat this all day!

Another favorite of mine was the Gourmet Keso

These cheese are made by residents of the Gawad Kalinga Community in Bulacan and use locally sourced materials. This project is in fulfillment of the second phase of Gawad Kalinga’s program to help the less fortunate help themselves.

Gourmet Keso offers artisan cheese and dairy products.

I loved their chevre with cashews and truffled salt!

They can be found at the Mercato weekend market

One of the most raved about beer pair of the day was Big Daddy Jay’s fall off the bone smoked pork ribs. The people at the booth said that the prepared almost 50 kilos of the delicious meat and it was vanishing fast! Hubby and i enjoyed this while we lounged with our san miguel premium (beer could have been colder)

Desserts were definitely abundant in the Ultimate Taste Test

Chocolate Cherry Coke Cupcakes by Kiddie Affairs

Elle’s Torta

Empire’s Macarons

Sugarhouse‘s Yema Balls

which hubby could not resist…

and of course the cold desserts…

Merry Moo

hubby didn’t really like their ice cream because they crumbled. He likes his ice cream creamy.


good mochi ice cream which reminds me of tagaytay…

They gave a preview of their new flavor the cookie dough

it was good but it was too frozen and i just couldn’t wait…

An interesting new find was the Yoh Gee‘s Frozen Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk, similar to that of yogurt only more sour…perfect for the sour fan in me.

They featured their plain, mango and strawberry flavors. The texture was definitely creamy like frozen yogurt but the flavored ones seemed to intensify the sourness, displaced the flavor all together and just didn’t do for us. Hubby and i liked the plain frozen kefir better.

But if you were to ask me which of the cold desserts i loved, it would have to be

Carmen’s Best Ice Cream

They say if you haven’t tasted Carmen’s Best perfect ice cream then you haven’t tasted ice cream…

They set themselves apart from other ice cream because they use fresh milk and cream from their own dairy farm, Real Fresh Dairy Farms, Inc. They boast of a higher cream content and world famous ingredients like Vanilla from Tahiti, Coco from Switzerland, Horlicks from England and Turron de Jijona from Spain.

The sample spoon size of ice cream was the creamiest mouthful i’ve ever tasted! Delicious!!! HVA couldn’t agree more.

Another interesting sweet i found were chocolates of Theo & Philo Chocolate Bars

They claim to be the only bean to bar chocolate in the Philippines and offer some interesting varieties.

my favorite would have to be the Milk Chocolate with Organic Barako Coffee

Another interesting dessert item was My Pink Wasabi creations by Pastry Chef Anna Marin Chua

these are Japanese inspired desserts

my favorite has to be the macha green tea and white chocolate…yum!

But among the pastries it would have to be the cupcakes Baked by Anita which i loved the most

these small cupcakes may not look much but wait until you pop them in your mouth

Bacon & Maple Syrup

the bacon in these small pastries were roasted in maple syrup and they were delicious!

I was satisfied until the cheery Anita said i had to finish it off with the roasted strawberry cupcakes

Roasted Strawberry

These were topped with caramelized balsamic and were subtly delicious!

We were at the event for 4 hours and we still didn’t get to sample everything! I wish the aisles between the food booths were a little wider so that we wouldn’t be shoulder to shoulder with the other foodies. It was a bit of a hassle also to lug your trash until you got to the end of each aisle so extra trash bins in every other food booth would have been more convenient. We also noticed that it was so humid in the dining area, it seemed the AC just started to work after 3pm. Extra chairs and cocktail tables in front of the stage would have been nice as well.

We did appreciate the drinking water stations in strategic areas of the event and the few tables in front of the stage were cleared right away by the hard working cleaning crew. The hosts also did a good job entertaining the foodies.

Over all the Ultimate Taste Test was fun! It was a great way for food fans like us to mingle with those who share the same interest.

and plus it was great grading all the good food we tasted!


September 4, 2011 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices | , ,


  1. this made me hungry! the tuyo with calamansi pasta looks yummy and innovative…. also, bacon on a cupcake? wow, i’m missing a lot at home!

    Comment by anne | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wow chef na pala yung anak ni Aga! 😀

    Comment by dyanie | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  3. Ginutom ako, I swear I’d love to try them foodies goodies!

    Comment by sheng | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  4. Nice seeing you there. I love Carmen’s Best Ice cream also.

    Comment by Richard | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hi Anne, the bacon cupcake was a sweet twist! Thanks for visiting Our Daily Blog =)

    Dyanie, yup complete with his Chef’s uniform!

    Hi Sheng, click on the links and check out where you can find some of our food find =)

    It was good to see you Richard! We’ll visit Ya Kun Kaya again soon, im craving for the perfectly soft boiled eggs!

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 5, 2011 | Reply

  6. Mrs. Lavendula, youre blooming!! 🙂 of all the pictures, thats what I noticed! hahaha

    Comment by JodiesMommy | September 6, 2011 | Reply

  7. Hi Thank you for trying our Kashi Makis! i’m happy you enjoyed the White Matcha 🙂

    Comment by Chef Anna | September 7, 2011 | Reply

  8. thanks JodiesMommy! must have been all the good food! hehehe!

    you’re most welcome Chef Anna! thank you for visiting Our Daily Blog, hope to see you here again!

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 7, 2011 | Reply

  9. i’ve never been to any UTT, was supposed to go to once; even emailed rachel diaz and had confirmation but something happened that led to our absence at UTT.

    i’m interested with the pasta with calamansi+tuyo. sour+salty fusion in a pasta plate?! wow.
    i wished anton via twitter that he should open mercato centrale on a weekend between xmas and new year for balikbayans like us. i should have requested him for an UTT too during our holiday break home. would you attend another UTT, doc?

    Comment by docgelo | September 7, 2011 | Reply

  10. Thanks for the feature! Glad you enjoyed the food marathon as much as we did! 🙂

    – Vincent

    Comment by Yoh-Gee Frozen Yogurt | September 8, 2011 | Reply

  11. Hi DocGelo, i would definitely do UTT again!

    Thanks Vincent for visiting Our Daily Blog! we hope to see more of Yoh-Gee!

    Comment by mrs lavendula | September 9, 2011 | Reply

  12. Good evening!

    Nice blog! I’m Angelo N. Songco of Sugarleaf… foods that nourish, a healthy-eats resto-store in Greenhills.

    Would be honoured if you could visit us sometime when you’re free to sample our healthyummy treats.

    You may reach me online on angelo@sugarleafph.com or on my mobile 0917 8039 055.

    Thank you and more power!

    All the best! Angelo.

    Comment by Angelo N. Songco | September 17, 2011 | Reply

  13. thank you for visiting our booth and sampling our smoked pork ribs at UTT 6.0… i hope you can visit us at midnight mercato,and soon at soderno in molito alabang… have a great week ahead… 🙂

    Ian Cruz (Big Dady Jay’s All American BBQ)

    Comment by Arman (Ian) R. Cruz | September 19, 2011 | Reply

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