Sunday, September 16, 2012

2nd Rockwell's Ultimate Taste Test- Captain Food's Top 10

Trying out over 40++ food stores??? Sounds exciting right? No wonder why Ultimate Taste Test is one of the most-awaited events by super foodies in Metro. If you can remember, last year, my friends and I got the chance to attend Ultimate Taste Test 7.0 (click here to see the post). Now, I tried it again while bringing my family! Food tripping is indeed fun with your loved ones!

My evaluation card. halfway through the event.
Now, let me share with you Captain Food's Top 10.  If you can just imagine how hard it is to choose the top among all of the stores I've tried- it's like squeezing your brain and tastebuds over and over again.

TOP 10. MARIA'S ILOCOS EMPANADA

crispy and well-textured crust...
Maria's Ilocos Empanada has a crispy, flavored, well-textured crust. It's unique feature is that the ingredients (egg, longganisa, veggies, and cheese) inside are pre-mixed unlike the original which is placed one by one. Also they added cheese to make it creamy. Overall, it's good, but I still prefer the original wherein you can taste separately the eggs, longganisa, and veggies.


TOP 9.BAKE BUDDY'S RED VELVET COOKIES

love the chewy cookie with semi-molten white chocolate chips

Yes, this is a cookie and not a cupcake. The girls of Bake Buddy found a way to turn the famed dessert to a bite-size goodness. The cookie is moist, not too sweet, and flavorful. What I love about it is that the white chocolate chips partners well with the chewy red velvet base. It is priced quite high though at 100 pesos per box of 4 pieces. You can try to contact them if you can have discounts for bulk orders.


TOP 8. PANZAROTTI

Panzarotti with its healthy and tasty dips
Panzarotti is like a folded pizza or what they call Calzone. We are able to try the all-meat variety, and it has indeed enough fillings to satisfy the flavor you are searching for. To make it extra special, you get a dip of your choice- my personal preference is the combination of Blue Cheese and Pesto- healthy and creamy at the same time. The store is quite famous since it has stalls in food markets like Distrito Makati, and also has one in Alabang Town Center's foodcourt.


TOP 7. MOSHI MOSHI'S GREENTEA CHEESECAKE

super duper cheesy!

If you love cheesecake, you will surely love this. Baked with a perfect crust which doesn't break easily, and a super fine creamy cheesecake, it will sureply capture your sweet cravings. My only comment is that it highlights the Green Tea flavor but can't seem to find a trace of its taste in the cake. Nonetheless, try it out! Good thing is you get to have the antioxidants of green tea without sacrificing the taste! Price is 1500 pesos for one cake, and you can have a free door to door delivery once you order 2 cakes. 

TOP 6. SAINT'S ALP BLUEBERRY SHAKE WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS

healthy drink for the brain!
Blueberry is the top brain food due to its loads of antioxidants. So make sure to regularly drink this blueberry shake goodness with a hint of choco chips whenever you are around Katipunan. It is not too sweet, and exhibits a fine texture and mixture of blended ice and crushed blueberries. You can even see the bits while drinking it. A must try for health buffs.


TOP 5. BAYANI BREW'S MYSTERIOUS JUICE DRINK- TALBOS NG KAMOTE JUICE!

Surprisingly delicious talbos ng kamote drink
If you are wondering what the pink juice is, it's none other than Talbos ng kamote juice! Yes- the usual green, leafy vegetables in your kitchen was made surprisingly this pretty by our farmers (after brewing, talbo extract turns into pretty pink) from the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farms. Does it taste good? -Answer is....YES! It's super delicious. The moment I drank it, I though it's a mixture of calamansi and pomelo. Looks can really be deceiving right? Nonetheless, do not forget to try this super refreshing drink. It costs 35 pesos for one bottle, but if you have plans to have bulk orders you can get it for 24 pesos! (COOL!). 


Just like what you can see in the picture, It is available in pandan flavor. Buy this all natural drink now so you can also help our Gawad Kalinga farmers!

TOP 4. CARLO'S KITCHEN-CRUNCHY BELLY

Crunchy and Yummy!this is one of my favorites everytime I eat in food markets.
This sinful snack from Carlo's Kitchen has truly catched our palates. It makes me fall in love with the crispy chicharon like texture plus the real meaty goodness.  You can truly remember and put into actions the Filipino saying- "Masarap and Bawal".  In the end, don't worry, as long as you eat it in moderation, nothing bad will happen to you.

TOP 3. THE CHEESESTEAK SHOP'S CHICKEN STEAK SANDWICH

Cheesesteak with lots of mixed cheese!
The meat may look simple in the picture, but beware of its killer taste! The Cheesesteak Shop offers a really cheesy and meaty sandwich for everyone. it is also topped with pickled bellpeppers which adds the sour sweet kick. If you are clueless on what can be a great lunch, do not think twice in ordering this! Yum yum!


TOP 2. DARK CHOCOLATE MOCHI FROM MOCHI SWEETS

Dark Choco Mochi -love at first sight and taste
Mochi is a very famous dessert nowadays. Mochi Sweets is a totally new store trying to join the mochi crave in the market. Their flavors are unique and delicious like dark chocolate, green tea, and the like. I was able to try out 2 flavors. (a) Dark Choco Mochi- is super chocolatey but not too sweet. It also has a good texture-freezes finely, so if you chop it, you get a perfect cross section just like the one in the picture. (b) Green tea mochi- is simple and light tasting, and you can definitely taste traces of healthy antioxidant drink. A ball (size approximately same with a golf ball) has a price of 70 pesos- same with its competitors. If you have the time, try their Mochi and have a sweet time. Here's a shot before I munch on a mochi piece...

me with yummy mochi! Photo by: Jon Zuniga

TOP 1.  MASATAMI SHAVED ICE -SWISS CHEESE

Deadly Cheesy!Can I have more please?pretty please???
Masatami is the super winner of over 40++ stores during the Ultimate Taste Test! One spoonful and my heart really melted together with their Swiss Cheese flavor! It has a really flavorful and natural blend which pairs well with the fine shaved ice presentation of the product.  My family and I had a consensus decision in making this the top1 of our UTT experience.

Shaved Ice in action
While it's true that Shaved Ice is a normal thing now in the food industry, Masatami was able to separate itself from the commoners by having unique, and truly flavorful varieties. If you are curious, just try their product in their stores (they have a stall in Mall of Asia). Fortunately, I was able to have a picture with the  pretty and youthful owner of Masatami.
Me with Masatami Shave Ice's Owner
So, that ends our Rockwell's 2nd Ultimate Taste test. We are definitely going back again next year! Cheers to Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Beer for having once again a great food event.

Here's a souvenir family photo (Photo by: Jon Zuniga)
Mom, Dad, Lei, and yours truly
Cheers, 
Captainfood


2 comments:

  1. Thank you for visiting our booth at the 2nd Ultimate Taste Test! We are humbled by your review! We hope to see you again at the Mercato Market!

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  2. Your welcome Carlo's Kitchen! Cheers for crunchy belly! e you in the upcoming food events as well! :)

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