Who would have thought that after some years of attending Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews’ Ultimate Taste Test, we are now not just “food critics for a day.” We are also bloggers sharing to the online community what we had discovered. We owe it to God for letting us pursue our passion, and, of course, to you guys, our family, friends, and readers, for continuing to motivate us.
As this is a long blog post, below are the links that will directly take you to what interests you.
Ultimate Taste Test
Ultimate Taste Test
We usually enjoy going to the Ultimate Taste Test as it is frequently well-organized. All we have to do is show up, taste the bite-size taste portions of the products, and rate accordingly the concessionaire who offered the food at the visually appealing passport/ ballot.
We tried EVERY FOOD from all the concessionaires whether you believe it or not. This is because we feel that we get to justify our top ten picks if we do so. We also don’t want to miss providing our feedback for a food that could probably be the next big thing.
So, how did we maximize our Ultimate Taste Test experience?
We did the following:
1. Allotted our entire day for the event itself.
As we went early and went home late, we didn’t feel rushed and overwhelmed by all the foods to be sampled.
2. Limited ourselves to getting a maximum of two samples each time.
We believe that if we hoard food on our plates, there is a high chance that those food eaten best when warm may turn cold.
3. Rated the food/ product immediately after trying it.
Despite the coaxing of some owners to give them a high rating, we made sure not to give into it unless they really deserve it. We also certainly wrote our rating right away upon tasting so we won’t forget what our impression of it was.
The rating for the food were as follows:
5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
4- I love it!
3- We had a good time.
2- It is OK.
1- Thanks, but it could be better.
Our only regret was that we forgot to bring a water bottle and some lemon slices to make lemon water for palate cleansing.
4. Spent some time with the owners.
We really talked to some of the owners. For instance, for Karabella ice cream, we learned that one of the owners, Adrianne, also studied at De La Salle University and her face was familiar to us since she also took her internship at Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. She studied in a culinary school after graduation and she’s in charge of crafting Karabella’s unique ice creams.
More than the affiliations and stories behind their business, we also learned how supportive some of the parents were of their child. An example of that is the mom of the owner of Cupkies by k!
5. Chatted with our fellow foodie friends.
7. Greeted the founder of the Ultimate Taste Test series, Mr. Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.
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It’s not just the Philippines who is fond fried chicken. The Japanese are just fond of it as well. With Chibi’s Karaage, they are offering Japan’s battered chicken cutlets with various selection of delectable sauces that add exciting flavors.
COMMENT/S: What we like about Chibi’s KAARAGE is that its meat is incredibly juicy and tender. Its coating retains its crispiness even after quite some time.
I went for the Takoyaki sauce. Thus, the kaarage was drizzled with a bit sweet Takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise and was added with bonito flakes which put a salty touch. Meanwhile, Me-An chose the Sriracha mayonnaise sauce which definitely spiced things up for her kaarage.
Unit 1 Brixton Victoria Plaza #1 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Karabella Ice Cream
Karabella, from the term “Caraballa” (or female carabao) is a social enterprise in partnership with the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm whose main products are milk and ice cream made with 100% fresh carabao milk sourced from social entrepreneurs and local farmers. They don’t add artificial ingredients so it’s really better. What sets them apart from others aside from 100% natural, pure milk ice cream, are their ice cream flavors.
During the Ultimate Taste Test, they offered their TURON WITH LANGKA ice cream and SALTED EGG CARAMEL ice cream. It was interesting to know that the salted egg used for their ice cream was a golden egg instead of the conventional fuschia/maroon dyed salted egg. The golden egg isn’t really made of real gold, but of turmeric which we mentioned before has a lot of health benefits.
COMMENT/S: The ice cream were really creamy and milky. The unique flavors also tasted just like their names which were awesome.
Native Gourmet offers a healthier approach when it comes to traditional Filipino sauces like CRAB PASTE. Typically, a crab paste consists of crab meat, a lot of crab fat, and other seasonings. The bad thing about it is that the crab fat is the main source of high cholesterol, which is really unhealthy for you and me. What they did was to use more of the meat instead of the fat, creating the same sauce we know and love, but healthier.
COMMENT/S: We actually even found it to be just as delicious if not more than the usual crab paste we had been used to tasting in other Filipino dishes.
COMMENT/S: It reminded us of the taste of the chicharon. What we love about it was it was crispy and guilt-free as it’s a healthy alternative to the pork chicharon. Plus, the pepper vinaigrette kicked it up a notch quite nicely.
They are a group of veterans in the kitchen trying to offer more than a really good meal. Commissary Kitchen provides food related services like frozen meals for those people who crave for home-cooked food but neither have the time nor space to prepare them. The food they typically offer is often slow-cooked so the flavors are brought out and retained. Indeed, customers ordering from them will just have to reheat the delicious frozen meal in a few minutes. It’s perfect for condo dwellers.
The samplers they offered were their “THE BEST” ANGUS BEEF MECHADO IN TOWN and RODRIGO’S ROAST. No, Rodrigo’s Roast isn’t named after our president. It was actually named after the husband of the Enriqueta David-Perez, the author of the longest lasting cookbook “Recipes of the Philippines.” However, Ms. Nancy, the owner of Rodrigo’s Roast, doesn’t mind if it is associated with President Rodrigo Duterte since her version of Adobo is also geared towards change.
COMMENT/S: While the Angus beef tastes good as usual, we think the real star of the show in the mechado was the sauce. This was because it was rich in taste and the savory taste lingers in our palate. It was perfect with rice. Meanwhile, Rodrigo’s Roast was really tender. We later found out that it was slow-cooked for twelve (12) hours. Best of all was that it was well-seasoned.
27 Doña Soledad Ave. Parañaque City.
Sigs won our hearts and tummies when they showed us one of their offerings – WAGYU BEEF BRISKET. The chef told us that they smoked the beef for (twelve) 12 hours before serving it to their customers. You know what? They weren’t lying.
COMMENT/S:The beef was so juicy and tender, our mouths were just loving it. Meanwhile, the sundried tomato sauce for the meat provided a sweet taste to the savory meat. We like the meat just the same whether there is sauce or not though.
#143 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Operating Hours: 11:00AM to 10:00PM (Tues. to Sun.)
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So… What do you think of our Ultimate Taste Test experience?
Or our top ten picks?
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