Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Savories at the UTT 5.0

Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: final installment

Auntie May's

They are known for their Imported Beef Tapa. I can only surmise that it was utterly good since all the samples have been wiped out long before I got to their table.

Contact Nos.: (02)727-2151; (0917)885-0508; (0917)800-1088


This was one of the most sought after station of the night. My brother even went for seconds of their Hickory Smoked Pork Belly and Red Rice Salad. I am a big fan of their Red Rice Salad- "A Korean style paella with seared tuna slices, shrimp and shredded lettuce." It's a unique almost strange combination of ingredients. Something that, when I read it off a restaurant menu, I would pass over it right away. I'm sure glad I got to try it because after that, it immediately went straight to the top of my list of food to order from Dulcelin. These are moments for which I thank my lucky stars for attending UTT.


Fortune Empire

My brother, the pork dish taste tester gave a thumb's up for Fortune Empire's pork offerings.

Contact Nos.: (0917)208-1889; (0949)316-7739


Gustazo offers Gourmet Tuyo, Pomodoro Tinapa, and Chunky Bagoong. The tuyo and tinapa goes well with crackers, rice, pasta or salads. The bagoong, well, all of us have our own ideas how we like to have it.

Contact No.: (02)913-6998

Hearty Onion

Their Smokey Pulled USDA Beef Belly (Do-It-Yourself) Sandwich is to die for. For Php2,500, you and 12-15 others get to enjoy it together with a side dish and dessert.

Contact No.: (0917)828-7988

Home-made Pate by Carol Jorge

I can't get enough of their smooth and creamy Classic Chicken Liver pate (Php250). Also available is their Pate Grand Reserve which is chicken liver combined with mushrooms and spices (Php275). All orders include crostinis.

Contact Nos.: (0917)895-5306 or 672-3443; (02)782-0514

Honey Shrimp Paste by Angelo Yaneza

This was mouthwateringly good on the mangoes which they were served with at the event.

Manila Q

On the table is "Bagwang." Manila Q's take on the notoriously crunchy pork delicacy, the Bagnet.

Contact No.: (02)332-1254

Mother Lee

I liked the Hungarian Gulasch so much I wanted to ask for rice. For delectable home cooking without the fuss, contact Mother Lee.

Contact No.: (0917)5333005

Pasta Box

For quick delicious pasta meals and grilled sandwiches, too. They deliver within Makati.

Contact Nos.: (02)881-6188; SMS (0910)7995916


Their bottled smoked fish- Anak ng tinapa sa sarap talaga!

Address: Unit 306, The Victoria, No. 41, Annapolis St., Notheast Greenhills, San Juan
Contact No.: (0922)892-9109

Sassy K's

I enjoyed snacking on their nacho chips and gourmet dips.

Contact No.: (0920)920-8120

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

...Aaaand more sweets!

Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: second installment
Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: an intro
Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: first installment
Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: final installment


Gotta love their soft and gooey gourmet cookies- First Kiss, Cranberry Oatmeal, and Insomnia (Php65 per piece)

Address: 172 B. Gonzales Street, Loyola Hts.
Contact Nos.: 927-1990; 929-4186

Dessert Barn

Lovely, lovely cakes this barn has...

Just Desserts

Their butterscotch is yummy (Php120 for a box of 6).

Contact Nos.: 400-2329; (0922)884-3606; (0905)259-8485


I am quite excited that the ubiquitous Filipino bakeshop, Goldilocks is now offering "couture" cakes and sweets.

Address: 493 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Contact Nos.: (02)727-6504 to 05

Risa Fine Bespoke Chocolates

Truffles, truffles, truffles... 

My teeth ache just remembering them. So does my heart. Risa's fine Bespoke chocolates are pure indulgence.

Contact No.: (0918)942-4573

Joanne's Kitchen

I am not a big fan of almonds, but I love butterscotch bars. Joanne's Kitchen made me forget about my usual dislike of the nut with their almond butterscotch bars. And don't you just adore those little gold boxes?


Kitchen a la Ching

The folks behind Kitchen a la Ching pride themselves with their home-made liqueur cakes. I would love to try their Rhum Butter Cake (Php270).

Contact Nos.: (0918)926-4675; (0999)405-3787; (02)431-0900

The Pastry Connection

One of the more ornately decorated tables in the event, so are their cakes. They taste as good as they look, too.


Sweet Finale

Give them a call this Christmas if you're looking to give away fruit cakes, and them some.

Address: #19 3rd St., New Manila, QC
Contact Nos.: (0915)258-7117; (02)723-7309 (9am-6pm)

Sweet Life Pastries

Green tea pastries anyone? I am a believer in green tea. A tad skeptical about it in my desserts. But Sweet Life's green tea espasol with ube filling is a sweet wonder. You've got to try it to believe it.

Address: 332 Real St., Pulang Lupa, Las Pinas City
Contact Nos.: (0918)3956091/(0923)6098184

Tres Amores

They are all about apples- pies, crisps, cakes, muffins, cookies and even applesauce.

I liked their Crumb Topping Apple Pie (a 9-inch pie is Php540). My brother did, too. They have a sugar-free alternative, for those avoiding the sugar menace (Php580 for a 9-inch pie).

Contact Nos.: 490-5696

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Coffee, Tea, and Sweets at the UTT 5.0

Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: first installment
Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: an into
Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: second installment
Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: final installment

This is the first installment of my "palate-tickling" journey into the wonderful world of the Ultimate Taste Test 5.0 held last Friday, November 7, 2010 at the NBC Tent in Fort Bonifacio.

18 Days coffee

From the makers of Coffee Alamid, 18 Days is a line of freshly roasted coffee that swears by the credo, "Full coffee flavors and aroma are best enjoyed within 18 days from date of roasting."

Company Name: Bote Central, Inc.
Address: #21 Graceful corner Menchi Sts., BF Almanza Subd., Las Pinas City, Philippines 1740
Tel. No.: (02)8360216
Fax No.: (02)8050713
Website: tea, pronounced, "da-you-deh" offers USDA certified organic teas. They are wonderful iced, too. Their iced tea is one of my favorite cold drinks in the event. A refreshing way to wash down the ridiculous amounts of food I've eaten that night.

Address: Unit 12 3/F Maga Center, San Antonio Street, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City, 1232 Philippines
Fax No. (02)8544187

Carla & Elaine

The Kitchen of Carla & Elaine is "Home of the Famous Almond Toffee Cake." For those looking for a more personal and unique cake for birthdays and other special occasions, Carla & Elaine's can make you a customized photo cake. This Christmas, they are also offering gingerbread cookies, Christmas Overload gift box, Banana Chocolate cake, and Peppermint Bars.

Address: 198 G/F Promenade Bldg., Wilson St. cor. P. Guevara St., San Juan, MM
Tel. Nos.: (02)4809457; (0922)8420536; (0923)4771480

Christina's Kitchen

Christina's Kitchen is your dulces y tapas bake shop. They offer desserts like carrot cakes and apple pies as well as savories like meat lasagna and Iberian Chicken. Everything is made to order.

Address: 51-A Dr. Lazcano St., Quezon City (near Tomas Morato)
Tel. Nos.: (02)3734562; (02)3842243; (0920)5428408

Christa's French Macarons

A box of 6 of French Macarons by Christa goes for Php200 while a box of 12 is Php350.

Tel. Nos.: (02)2119874; (0917)8905747

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ultimate Taste Test 5.0: an intro

Are you ready for this?

Thank you, AntonSpanky and everybody who all made this awesome event possible!

(My brother and I had a blast. It was worth the two hours being stuck in traffic to get there.)

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