Best Food Forward 2012- NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City

Finally the most anticipated food event has taken place! I was present on the first day of the food fair to taste the best gastronomic creations in town. The NBC Tent was fully packed with foodies, families, and friends.

My friend Malou and I arrived around 2pm and decided to have lunch first before scouting for what might interest us.

I had Pork Liempo and Malou had Pork Sisig, both from Cuisiniers. The meals are affordable and grilled on the spot. The serving of the liempo is good for 2 but the sisig seems sort of bitin. We didn’t like the way the pork was minced to small that we missed the crunch and small chunks of pork to chew.

Just like the previous BFF event, tables are provided outside for guests who like dining alfresco. Just right after having lunch, we went to the stage area for some cooking demo. Chefs Dino Guingona and Raymar Reyes of Moderne Culinaire Academy showed their cooking skills and shared some tips to the audience while preparing a fish dish. I missed to take note of the name of the dish; those who tried it said it was delicious.

They have a wide variety of items lined up; we made sure we strolled through every aisle. Here are some noteworthy items that we’ve tried.

From L-R: Sugar Cakes by Anna’s Kitchen, thumbs up for their Red Velvet and Banana Walnut. Yum!!!, Bale Dutung’s Pan de Bagnet is incredible. The crunchy bagnet on ciabatta with kamatis, bagoong, onion and mustasa doused with sukang Iloko. Kate Bakes’ premium cookies are the best. They use only the finest ingredients like pure belgian chocolates, premium nuts, and organic sea salt. Mama Lou’s Panzarotti is a must-try. Panzarotti is a mini calzone or closed pizza. Sweet Vanilla’s cupcakes with unique flavors such as blueberry bacon pancake, mojito, rootbeer float, wasabi white chocolate mango, and more! Casa San Luis Pastries will make you ask for more. We tried their Butter Crisps which are thin butter cookies with walnuts and pecans. I’d like to try the Cookie Surprise next time, that is a huge chocolate chip cookie stuffed with an oreo cookie. Exciting!

I noticed that there’s more cake and pastries being offered on this year’s BFF, majority of them are CAKE POPS. The ones that caught my eyes were The Lollicake Factory and Blue Sugar. I like how the cake pops are creatively crafted and can even be customized to your own design.

Here are my some of my favorites for this year’s BFF:

1.Crunchy Belly by Carlos Kitchen – 399-2715 /  0916-4033495

email: mychefdad@gmail.com

This is the bomb! Though it looks like it’s easy to make, I can’t get over this thin sliced liempo. I even ordered 1 pack to go so that my brother and sis-in-law can try ’em. I like it because of its crunchiness and its flavor and because it is NOT oily.

2. Chicago Popcorn Shops- 556-6625

Almond Caramel Crisp and Chicago Mix surely hit the spot. Taste this delicious and one of a kind air crisp popcorn.

3. Little Miss OC’s Kitchen853-1321/ 0917-8126833

109 Magallanes Avenue, Magallanes Village, Makati City

I’m impressed with the exquisite designs of these moist and flavorful cupcakes from Little Miss OCs Kitchen. Too beautiful it may take a while before one take a bite of it.

4. Mio Gelati- 0917-5827124/ 3536675/ 9643023

email: miogelati@yahoo.com

If you are the adventurous type in trying out ice cream flavors, try Mio Gelati’s Italian ice cream. They have tequila, baileys, and chili chocolate for some kick.

5. Smoochies – 0947-2215458

email: smoochiesph@yahoo.com

Malou and I tried Smoochies’ best-sellers, the Mango Smooch and the Buko-Lychee Smoochies. You may think that it’s just a simple fruit drink but mind you, there’s something special about this drink… these smoochies come with basil seeds that give it a twist. Basil seeds are antioxidants which makes each fruit drink more healthy. Aside from that, what I like about this unique drink is the texture of the basil seeds; once mixed with the drink, the basil seeds swell as the size of a mini “sago”. I like how the frozen basil seeds at the bottom of the cup melts in the mouth.

SEE YOU AGAIN ON THE NEXT BEST FOOD FORWARD EVENT!!!

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Best Food Forward 2- Food and Travel Series

With the overwhelming success of the very first Best Food Forward held last 2-3 April 2011, and due to insistent public demand, BEST FOOD FORWARD is back!

I couldn’t contain myself when I received an email about this great news! I am one of the thousands of foodies who enjoyed the BFF event last April and I can hardly wait for the next one. Best Food Forward 2 will definitely be more exciting as the best Food and Travel deals in the country will be offered by BFF2 participants.

BFF2 is set to be staged on March 24-25,2012, 10am to 8pm, at the NBC Tent. An approximate number of more than 5,000 participants are expected for this 2 day food and travel fair.

***If you are a foodie and you want to try out sumptuous dishes… you should mark your calendar and don’t miss out this gastronomic feast. New and upcoming products will be offered on the event. Definitely a lot of food choices to enjoy.

***If you are a traveler wanting to grab the greatest travel deals… don’t think twice… mark your calendar and get ready to pack your bags for some summer fun.

***If you are a food entrepreneur and you want to showcase your product. This is the perfect place for you to shine as foodies, media, family, and friends will all be attending this grand event. Whip up your best recipe because we all want to fill our tummies with the best food in town.

***For families and friends who want some place to bond and enjoy the summer season, I promise you total satisfaction as fun activities and booths will be available for you and your kids to enjoy.

SEE YOU ON MARCH 24-25, 2012!!!

To learn more about the event, you may contact:

Timmie Hilado


Organizer

Best Food Forward

Tel  +632 2119644      

MobileNo  +639177941984      

timmiehilado@gmail.com

bestfoodforward2@gmail.com

Best Food Forward 2011 – NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City

What a great weekend it was for foodies, families and friends who enjoyed fun-filled activities and food tasting in Global City, Taguig. This event showcased gastronomic creations of culinary experts and newcomers in the industry. For only Php50 entrance fee many were able to help build funds for the farming and feeding programs of Gawad Kalinga and Unang Hakbang Foundation.

Everything’s just fantastic! I was overwhelmed with so many delectable treats…Imagine a child in a toy store, that’s how I felt.  I wish I could buy everything…all the chocolates, cakes, and ice cream. Too bad I’m not fortunate to have that much of moolah nowadays.   :/

There’s just so many things to do, like face painting and craft for the kids; watching cooking demos and having your photos taken at the photo booth. As for us, we sampled those that caught our senses, especially those with decorative booth displays. From sweet chocolate cupcakes to pig breads, nachos and chili beans, mini puto to fried siopao, and bubble tea to liquer bonbons…the list goes on.

We then decided to have lunch. Baloogs had Spiced Xocolat Chicken with rice and potato gratin for Php100. I wasn’t able to take a photo of that. My bad. I was too busy looking for a seat. Anyway, the chicken is almost black in color as it was covered with chocolate and some seasoning. It tasted a bit salty for me.

I ordered 6pcs chicken wings from Manang’s chicken. No fancy brand name or tag line just lip smacking deep fried chicken covered in special sauce and sesame seeds. It was so good I couldn’t shut myself from the ooohs and mmmss coz of it’s goodness. Definitely better than other soy-fried-chicken.

We were having lunch while private chef Sau del Rosario prepared a summer concoction, a pan-fried tuna with salsa, and pasta marinara (i just named it). We were sitting on the second row and had a chance to taste the pasta dish. The shrimp, squid, and fish were in just the right amount of firmness as well as the squid inked pasta. Al Dente! The taste is enhanced with Beringer wine.  Perfecto!   🙂

Chef Luis Chikiamco prepared a pan fried Angus beef with 3 mushroom side dish. The oil from the pan grilled beef with thyme and garlic was used to make the sauce which made it tastier. We sampled the steak cooked medium rare. It was sooooooo good! I like how warm and soft the meat was. The top and the bottom were beautifully charred and the sides browned. Yum!!!

The organizers gave away raffle prizes and awarded merchant for different categories. No one went home empty handed/hungry.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

Move over Royce…Risa’s here for the same chocolate delight. These premium chocolates are so velvety smooooth. I especially love the creamy texture of the tiramissyou ( their version of tiramisu) and their melt-in-your-mouth classic truffles. It’s rich chocolate sweetness will make you want more. Cuadro bars are priced P170-180 and Php 130-360 for truffles.

heavenly goodness

Risa

Visit them at Mercato Centrale every Saturday and Sunday.

Check on their site : http://risachocolates.wordpress.com/about/

Get that sweet chewy chill of ice cream filled mochi by Mochiko. Mochi is a japanese mixture made of rice flour “mochiko” with a sweet filling. An innovation in ice cream varieties, this mochiko is filled with ice cream flavors you don’t usually find in grocery stores such as their top 3 best sellers: green tea, azuki or red bean, and black sesame. Other flavors are mango, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and caramel.

I tried green tea and found it interesting. I only had green tea with my starbuck’s frappuccino and thought it would taste the same.  Prized at Php70 each, it’s a great steal!  🙂

simply irresistible...mochi ice cream

Mochiko

Unit 3 Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Maharlika East, Aguinaldo Hway, Tagaytay City

Other Branches: ATC, Boracay, BF Paranaque, Angeles City, and Subic

Contact #s:  0917-8310624/ 0922-8118771

Last but definitely not the least, Manang’s Chicken. Try to believe. It’s goooooooooood! Seriously.

This doesn’t have the sauce yet…i ate the chicken wings right away i didn’t get a chance to take snaps of it.

Manang’s Chicken

Visit them in the following location:

Fridays
Midnight Mercato – 10:00pm to 3:00am

Saturdays
Mercato Centrale – 7:30am to 2:00pm
Alabang Saturday Market – 7:30am to 12:00pm
Midnight Mercato – 10:00pm to 3:00am

Sundays
Mercato Centrale – 7:30am to 2:00pm
Legaspi Sunday Market – 7:30am to 2:00pm

Contact #: 0920-9210935

sinfully yummy...

UPDATE: Manang’s Chicken opened their first store. Hooray!!! Please visit:

Manang’s Chicken
AIC Gold Tower, Garnet Road corner F. Ortigas St.
Ortigas Center, Pasig City (Near Jollibee Center)

Operating Hours: M-Sat  10am-12pm

 

See you all next year for another gastronomic feast!!!