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The Ultimate Taste Test 6.0 (Part 3)

The Ultimate Taste Test 6.0 (Part 3)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Continuing with The Ultimate Taste Test's mouth-watering finds...


Within a few feet of Farm N' Deli's booth, the saline smell wafted through the air, inveigling. Crushed tinapa sat on the edge of cracker segments, eagerly awaiting with the sole purpose of targeting your olfactory weakness until all you can do is succumb to its power.

Farm N' Deli
Spot: Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global City
Contact Nos.: 0917.5548180 or 586.8622
Facebook: facebook.com/farmndeli

There's not much to say about this Lemonada drink except that there really wasn't much flavor to it. Granted it didn't taste as sour as you fear it would be, and it wasn't too sweet that it would make you gag on your feet. But the taste wasn't so much of a juice than it was of water with the tiniest smack of calamansi. It did help clean the palate, a little, though it wasn't that palatable.

Istituto Culinario
Spot: 57 Annapolis St. Greenhills, San Juan
Contact Nos.: 722.9720 to 27 or 723.9064
Facebook: facebook.com/IstitutoCulinario

Muesli-Granola Kitchen and Bakeshop
Contact No.: 0917.8118673
Website: thehappyfood.webs.com/
Email: thehappyfood@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/thecerealbar.muesligranola
Twitter: twitter.com/cerealcrunchbar

What do you get when you put leche flan and cheesecake together? Just absolutely the creamiest and fluffiest of desserts. Encased in see-through plastic containers for all the world to see, these oval-shaped dainty confections are enough to make you melt with pleasure. The height of this cake allows you to appreciate the layers of golden brown caramel top, the creamy flan, and the delicate cheesecake on the bottom. Truly the flavors are in consonance with each other and so the brand name suits it perfectly well.

Symphony of Flavors
Contact Nos.: 0922.7173737 or 563.3029 or 638.4251 (Margie Tan-Caw) and 0922.8518880 or 343.1488 (David Tan)
Website: http://symphonyofflavors.blogspot.com/
Email: symphony.of.flavors@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/SymphonyOfFlavors



The cuapao, which is an open faced siopao or steamed hot bun is Ha-Yuan's offering for this event. They have three different varieties, the Braised Short Rib and Lychee, the Monk's Choice and the Pulled Pork. How the fillings overflow, reminiscent of a cornucopia that signifies prosperity, made it all the more enticing for the foodies in the tent. That tender-looking, fall of the bone braised short rib was alluring to begin with. That it was displayed on a pedestal suggestive of its grandeur was enough to make you lust for it. The grilled tofu steaks and shiitake mushrooms I did hanker after, with its glazed skin twinkling under the warm lights. Shreds of pulled pork asado and slices of pickled cucumbers seem to explode out of the soft bun with that come-hither look. Whether indeed healthy or not takes a backseat as all three succeeds in seducing and luring for another bite of those Ka-Paos, and then some.

Spring by Ha Yuan
Spot: Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global City
Contact Nos.: 0917.8479120 or 376.9007
Website: springbyhy.multiply.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/springbyhy
Twitter: twitter.com/springbyhy


Chef C's Paella was attractive as it was appetizing, with its bright orange yellow rice buried under clam shells and chorizo, bestrewed with julienned green and red bell peppers, and scattered with tiny green dented globes of peas. The rice is sticky, how a paella should be, and the flavor of sorts coalesce to bring about a taste that's thoroughly satisfying.

Chef C's Paella de Andaluz
Contact No.: 0917.8146124
Email: koyen.cipriano@gmail.com or carlos_tuason@yahoo.com


Intriguing are the flavors of Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream. Titles such as Brown Bread, Pistachio Mango, Lemon Meringue and Berry Corny initially elicit internal guessing games as to what ingredients are inside of each. The brown bread and pistachio mango were tasty enough and may warrant another round. I can't say they're the best I've tried but if only for the uniqueness of the flavors they bring to the table, that's enough to make me buy.

Merry Moo
Website: mercatocentrale.ph/merry-moo/
Email: merrymoo@ymail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Merrymoo.icecream
Twitter: twitter.com/Merry_Moo

Cupcake Boutique by Klar Joseph
Contact Nos.: 0917.5335527 or 633.9954
Email: klarjo@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Cupcake-Boutique


Pink Candies
Spot: 65 A Maginoo St. Central District, Quezon City
Contact Nos.: 0922.8107785 (Pinkee) and 0922.8149244 ( Irene)

Yumy.aco
Contact Nos.: 0915.5110001 or 0932.3694789
Email: yumyaco@yahoo.com
Facebook: facebook.com/yumyaco

Frankly, I wasn't a fan of their Green Tea, which was the only variant available for sampling. I had my eyes on another flavor which unfortunately they didn't have a teaser of.

Bugle Boy Distributors Corp
Website: drinkarizona.com/

We're past midpoint on this Ultimate Taste Test journey. There's still more to come, so just stick with me!
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angsarap said...

Wow that ice cream definitely is unique never heard of those flavours and they look all good.

merry Moo said...

Thanks for tasting our Pistachio Mango and Brown Bread ice cream :) We welcome you to try our other flavors in Mercato Centrale one of these days. :)

More power and keep on mooooing! :)

From the Merry Moo team.

[pinkc00kies] said...

i wanna try the granola and banana bread!!

Profoodaddict said...

I'm in charge of making a food dish at a fund raising event at my daughter's school. I was going to do something that I do really well, and that's low and slow smoked pork butts that turn into a melt in your mouth pulled pork serving. I learned this evening that I needed to do it in an international style booth with each family representing the background they are from. So here I was googling asado pulled pork and bingo! Someone has already done it so now I've been inspired to do a Filipino fusion with low and slow traditional slow cooked/smoked pulled pork sandwhich. Thanks!

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