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
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 Kitchen– 853-1321/ 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
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
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!!!