Monday, November 24, 2014

15 of 31 participants passed the 2014 New Big Food Entrepreneur Taste Test
After attending the free seminar on How to Develop Your Business Food Ideas during the  startup of Food Entrepreneur Weekend last October 25 (Saturday) in the Mercato Centrale of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City, thirty-one aspiring food entrepreneurs finally set their tables  on November 7, 2014 (Friday) for the first step to winning the  3rd Next Big Food Entrepreneur  contest organized by the Mercato Centrale, the country’s premier night food market.

The participating food entrepreneurs presented their food creations vying for a win in the food taste test.  Each of them served bite-sized portions of their dishes to a judging panel composed of select ... (Read more and see more photos of winners here


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pearl River Cafe's Cantonese casual dining dimsum resto in TriNoma mall

The Pearl River Café specializes in fresh and authentic Cantonese cuisine serving only the best dimsum, noodles, congee, appetizers, vegetables, fried rice, rice toppings, as well as stir-fried, deep-fried, stewed, and roasted dishes. For the finishing, they have plenty choices for desserts, beverages, and organic hot teas.

The Pearl River Cafe is a Cantonese casual dining dimsum resto in TriNoma mall’s Sky Garden.  We have been there last week during the Trinoma food crawl co-presented by the Yummy Magazine of Yummy Philippines. Mr. Carlo Lorenzana, the owner of the Trinoma branch, served us ... (Read and see more photos here).

Crab Roe and Shrimp Shaomai
Steamed Bun with Custard Paste and Salted Egg

Monday, November 17, 2014


martillos - (mar-til-yos; Zamboangueño [Chavacano] wafer) [n.] hammered wafer; a delicate round wafer that curled into a tube; The wafer is made of flour dough. It is flattened and pressed on wooden mold by hammering with a mallet. Thus it is called martillos from the Spanish martillo, which means ... (Read and see more photos here)


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wee Nam Kee's Two Great Dishes in their 2014 Brand New Menu

The Wee Nam Kee, a Singaporean-Chinese restaurant, opened its first branch in Trinoma Mall in North EDSA,  Quezon City.  When we had our "foodcrawl" in Trinoma, Mr. Bob Vallar, the Marketing Manager, introduced us to their two signature dishes listed in their Brand New Menu for 2014: the Salted Egg Chinese Fried Chicken and the Hainanese Chicken Curry Noodles ...  (Read and see more photos here


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mango Tree Bistro's Two Signature Thai Dishes This year

The Mango Tree Bistro branch in Trinoma Mall is a casual Thai dining at its best that is sexy, spicy, and fun. You'll be assured that the Thai foods it serves are of authentic Thai cuisine delivered directly from Thailand to the Philippines.

Mango Tree is the world's biggest Thai restaurant brand. It opens and operates high-end Mango Tree restaurants in many of the world's major capital cities, such as in ... (Read and see more photos here)

Gai Tha Krai  Yang and Grapow Moo
  Gai Tha Krai Yang (lemongrass chicken)

Hanamaruken's Bowl of Happiness & Drunk Man Rice Bowl

We had a delightful food experience at the Hanamaruken branch in Trinoma Mall, the first branch in the Philipines. It started to operate just last year. It was a treat from a great Japanese restaurant that originated in Osaka, Japan.

Hanamaruken was founded in 1982 by a Japanese butcher and meat seller in Osaka named, Takaku Arakawa. The resto is a subsidiary of his Arakawa Pork Company, a reputable supplier of premium meat in Osaka, Japan. His dishes became so popular in Osaka that people are falling in lines patiently waiting for their turn to be ... (Read and see more photos here)

A serving of happiness and another for a drunken man
Ice green tea and Japanese tea

Friday, November 14, 2014


tapay (ta-páy; Maranao snack) [n.] fermented rice in leaf wrapper. It is prepared using ordinary rice that is boiled (either in plain water or in coconut milk) in a process similar to cooking kanin (cooked rice). Some yeast is added to the freshly cooked rice, and then it is molded into a big mound and allowed to cool and ferment for one to two days in a deep platter or any covered container. It is kept undisturbed until it ... (Read and see more photos here)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dining authentic Japanese food heritage at Ginza Bairin
Last week, Ginza Bairin was the first resto we raided when we had the "foodcrawl" in Trinoma Mall (North Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila). The event was co-sponsored by Yummy Philippines that invited us to join a group of select food bloggers.

Mr. Jimmy Tan, the Managing Director of Ginza Bairin, was our host.  He served us two of their authentic Japanese foods, the Special Katsudon and the Rosu Katsu Curry. What makes dining in Ginza Bairin special is that the ingredients in their dishes are directly sourced from Japan.  Eating here is like you are dining in Tokyo, Japan.

The pork and farm fresh chicken eggs, however, are sourced in the country. They are of premium quality and passed the quality standard prescribed by ... (Read and see more photos here)
Special Katsudon set
Rosu Katsu Curry set
The original tonkatsu sauce
Green Tea Ice Cream 
Hire Katsu

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

rellenong ampalaya (stuffed bitter gourd)

duck egg casserole

duck egg casserole - (dak eg ka-se-ról; Tagalog dish) [n.] shelled balut eggs cooked in casserole, usually as a soupy or saucy dish, such as the balut caldereta, balut afritada, balut a la pobre, adobo, brined... (read and see more photos here)


Tampopo's Deluxe Black Pig Shabu Ramen and Perfect Katsudon

The TAMPOPO, a Japanese restaurant based in Singapore has another branch in Metro Manila, a casual fine dining  resto in Bonifacio High Street, BGC. It is joining the heating competition of serving the best ramen, tonkatsu, katsudon, and other  authentic Japanese foods in the Metro.

Mr. George Huang, co-owner of Tampopo's Philippine Franchise and the Marketing Director of Tampopo's Philippine franchise, briefed us the history of Tampopo and the features of their best ramen and katsudon dishes.  He recalled that Tampopo store was  founded by a ... (Read and see more photos here
Deluxe Tampopo Black Pig Shabu Ramen
Pork Loin Yanagawa

Monday, November 10, 2014

Village Tavern's first branch outside United States is at Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC
The Village Tavern, which you can find in the upper floor of Building C3 in the heart of Bonifacio High Street Central in Bonifacio Global Center (BGC), Taguig City is not a local version of dining classic American or western foods.  It is actually the first branch of North Carolina's Tavern Village outside the United States.

The Village Tavern, a North Carolina-based restaurant has 10 branches in the United States mostly on the east coast side. A branch has been put up recently in the Bonifacio High Street BGC Branch with the recommendation and collaboration of a talented Filipina ... (Read and see more photos here)

Roasted bone marrow
Angus beef flank steak
Black pizza

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Eat and Live Consciously at the Wholesome Table
We have been lately in this cozy Wholesome Table, a restaurant in Bonifacio High Street Central of BGC, Taguig City and were glad to have their serving of good food in that cozy ambiance. 

The food were not just good and tasty but healthy as well. It's an organic restaurant  that serves food which are gluten free, low carb, vegetarian, no fructose, and sugar free.  
The Wholesome Table is a full-menu organic restaurant. It does not serve only organic veggies and salads, but you can have also ... (Read and see more photos here)


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