Cold Hard Facts about Team Aldous Quiz Night 6


The 6th Team Aldous Quiz Night held at Borough is in the books and it was a beauty. 4 teams battled for Supremacy but only one can come out on top and it was the Contouring. A team name that spoofed a recent movie (I'm not saying which). We definitely had by far the best poster here even though it came out a day before the event so kudos to Pri for creating it. Most of the bloggers who participated actually ate at Borough before so that says a lot about the popularity of the restaurant.


 Titas of Manila

Jen leads a group of captains who are all first timers which happens for the second straight quiz night. She captains a team which should not be bragging about their average age (umm, lets not talk about that). Joining her 3rd consecutive quiz night, Bettina now has had 9 different quiz night teammates which is third to J9 at 11 and Jayce at 12.


 Lion's Den

Lion's Den is actually the most experienced Quiz Night team entering the event as Jessa (Wingman I, Grilla II) is appearing on her 3rd quiz night and both Manfred and Allen are appearing on their 2nd with only Shiela as the rookie. However, as the end result determined, experience is NEVER a factor in these quiz nights. It is all about the will to win.


 Batang Kaladkarin

Considered as the overwhelming favorite coming into tonight, Mga Batang Kaladkarin featured two former quiz night champions in J9 (Uncle Cheffy and Wingman) and Christine (Grilla 2) as they proved that after leading the Name that Tune category. However, we found out at the end of the night it is not wise to underestimate the eventual champions....


 The Contouring

Congratulations to The Contouring as they are the first quiz night champion with the fewest members (3) as the previous one was 4 which happened three times. The hardest part now is obviously splitting the prize of P2500 Borough Gift Certificates ( 5 P500 GCs) among three winners which is mathematically impossible. I don't think Einstein can even solve that problem.




After all the fun and games, we all still remain friends. See y'all in part 7!



Borough
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Datu Puti Adobo Movement takes next step at Mercato Centrale

NutriAsia's Dati Puti merged with Our Awesome Planet and Mercato Centrale to present the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge to take the Datu Puti Adobo Movement to the next level. The Datu Puti Adobo Movement was created last year and its mission is to push adobo to become our pambansang ulam. It is a movement that has been recognized my important people especially when Bohol First District Representative Rene Relampagos filed House Bill 3296 to formally declare it as the national dish. The Adobo Movement has supported the bill by launching a petition here.

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For the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge, each Mercato vendor was tasked to create its own Adobo dish. They were tasked to combine any Adobo dish with at least two of the three Datu Puti main products: vinegar, soy sauce and fish sauce. 14 entries were selected and were based on various criteria including taste, creativity and the use of Datu Puti products.

Located at 7th avenue and 25th street, Mercato Centrale is the right place to host the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge. Ever since it started as a food market every Friday and Saturday from 6PM to 3AM, Mercato has become the destination for urban foodies for its variety of delicious choices. Each vendor has been carefully selected by the founders of Mercato, RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz.


 
Foodies were given a chance to become judges by sampling the Adobo dishes of the 14 finalists. Each judge can vote for 3 merchants who they think had the best Adobo dish. At the end of the night, the results were revealed and there were an overwhelming amount of people who voted.

The event was hosted by Pop Talk's Tonipet Gaba and the festivities were brought to life by musical performances from Up Dharma Down and Ebe Dancel.

Ebe Dancel


At the end of the night, The Oinkery won 1st place, Dayrit's won 2nd place and Bakmi Nyonya won 3rd place. The Oinkery's slow cooked Pugon-smoked Pork Adobo glazed with rich Cebu style sauce with fresh mangoes on the side won the hearts of foodies. Dayrit's Pork Adobong Laing Pinangat came in a close second as it combined two popular Filipino dishes in adobo and laing. Bakmi Nyonya was able to combine Indonesian style cooking with Babi Kekap Adobo Nyonya as it is the classic Filipino Adobo we have grown to love infused with Indonesian spices. Not to be outdone, Lariza's won the People's Choice Award for its Seafood Adobo featuring crab, shrimp and mussels cooked Adobo style topped with cheese.



What about you? Do you agree with making adobo the country's national dish? Will you sign the petition and join hundreds of Filipinos pushing for it at adobomovement.com?

Prepare for the Datu Puti Adobo Movement on June 11




The popular Filipino dish Adobo is going to get the spotlight it deserves with a series of mouth-watering events on June 11.Part of this gastronomic lineup of events is the Adobo Challenge, Datu Puti’s search for the best version of the Adobo among a lineup of budding food entrepreneurs.  



The Datu Puti Adobo Movement was initially created to push for Adobo to be our pambansang ulam. It is a movement that celebrates the cultural heritage of the Adobo dish. According to the Datu Puti Adobo Movement, all Filipinos across the regions have their own take on the dish, inspired by how the traditional comfort food is prepared by their families based on the their flavor preferences and their access to local ingredients.  



The Datu Puti Adobo Challenge represents the next phase in the Datu Puti Adobo

Movement. After the warm response to the advocacy in 2015, 2016’s Datu Puti Adobo

Challenge is poised to drive more enthusiasm and sustain support for the cult fave dish. More specifically, the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge dares Mercato Centrale’s food vendors to stake their claim for the best Adobo dish in town. 

    
To qualify, the vendor’s adobo dish must use any type of meat or vegetable, and marinated in or cooked with at least two of the three main Datu Puti products: vinegar, soy sauce, and patis (fish sauce). Accepted entries will be evaluated based on the various criteria, including: creativity of concept, which looks at the story behind the dish as well as originality, branding, and cooking technique; innovation, noting the use of unique special ingredients and Datu Puti products; and Philippine culinary heritage, including how it adopts and represents regional cooking styles.


Mercato Centrale’s finest vendors will showcase their Adobo recipes at a gastronomic showdown at the Mercato Central Saturday market in Bonifacio Global City on June 11, the culmination of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge. 



Join the Movement on June 11 and enjoy the taste fest during the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge. Rate sheets will be tallied based on the sampling served to a select pool of judges. Then, at the end of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge, three winners will be declared, taking into the account the flavor, story, and heart behind their Adobo masterpieces. In addition, a People’s Choice Award will also be given to the crowd favorite, based on the preferences of the foodies on site.



All Adobo winners will be awarded start-up funds in cash, so they can include their winning dishes in their regular Mercato menu for at least 12 nights. The People’s Choice awardee, on the other hand, will receive over P3,000 worth of Datu Puti goods.



Aside from the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge, the celebrations at Mercato Centrale on June 11 will also feature a celebration of homegrown talent, all in full support of the advocacy behind the Adobo Movement. The party will be hosted by familiar foodie Tonipet Gaba, and the feast will be made even more festive with musical performances by musical idols UpDharma Down and Ebe Dancel.

             

Drop by Mercato Centrale (along 7thavenue and 25th street, across The Forum and in front of the “Between the Lines” art mural) in BGC Taguig on June 11, Saturday, to witness a showdown and showcase of the best of the best of our homegrown talents onstage and behind kitchen doors.  



Celebrating a Birthday at Todd English Food Hall


This year, I decided to hold my birthday salubong along with my blogger group at Todd English Food Hall and what a great idea that was. There is nothing like bonding with ze bloggerkada over good food while having awesome conversations. Of course, lets not forget that it takes place at Taguig's number one restaurant. It is no secret age is not exactly my favorite topic so out came the food and that was what we talked about all night.


 Frito Misto


 Lobster Guacamole


 Tuna Tartare

The 3 appetizers we got were awesome which is what everything was in Todd English. Everything was simply magnificent from the interiors down to the service of the staff. It is great how all 3 of them contained seafood which makes them a bit healthy. It is definitely a MUST to sprinkle the lemon onto the Frito Misto for that complete taste as it was a mistake I made in the past to not do that when lemon is present. From the looks of it, it is hard to find the lobster in the Lobster Guacamole but when you do, you will be glad you did. The Tuna Tartare has got to be the most photogenic dish of the night.


 Bronx Bomber, Fig & Prosciutto and Chorizo & Shrimp

Todd English's flatbread are a country favorite and I quickly found out why when we indulged on their 3 best sellers. My favorite one is the Chorizo & Shrimp as it combined the most popular meat topping with the most popular seafood topping. What more can you ask for?


 Spinach Salad


 Simple Salad

The two salads did their part in making sure the vegetarians were satisfied properly. Unfortunately, nobody was a vegetarian but they did enjoy their salad as I am not a salad fan. It is not because I don't like the taste but it is because I would want to save my appetite for the main courses.


 Pork Dumpling

The pork dumpling had ponzu reduction and it is what sets it apart from dumplings of other restaurants. I will definitely try the other dumplings on my next visit as this one gets two thumbs up from me. 


 Agnolotti Veal



 Brooklyn Meatball Spaghetti

The meatballs were big and sawft with a capital W in the Brooklyn Meatball Spaghetti and the red sauce is one of those things that will make you come back here for the pasta. It made me want to try the other pasta dishes at Todd English as everything just reads perfection in this place.


 Wagyu Fried Rice

Everyone was watching their diet by not eating much rice for dinner but the Wagyu beef strips were just too hard to resist. This fried rice has got to be one of the best fried rice dishes of all time. I have to give compliments to the chef but I'm sure a lot of people already did that to the legendary Chef Todd English.
 

 Miso Glaze Salmon



 TE Pork Chop


 Steak and Marrow

The heavy meat dishes did their part in getting us full enough to become sleepy. Both meat were tender since we are talking about world renowned chef Todd English here, you can only expect nothing but the best and we got just that.


 Truffle Fungi

My favorite dish of the night has got to be the Truffle Fungi flatbread. My eyes lit up when I saw on the menu it combines truffle vinaigrette and mixed mushrooms. Despite being the last main course dish served for the night, it was still devoured until there was nothing left.



There were actually mouth-watering desserts that came out but the battery of my phone died. I will leave it up to the rest of the team to share their wonderful experience about the desserts of Todd English.

Thanks to everyone who celebrated my birthday with me and of course Todd English for making me have a memorable one on my special day. We now know why you are the number one restaurant in Taguig.



Todd English Food Hall
SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City
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Comfort Food at its Finest at The Frazzled Cook


Whoever the cook is at the Frazzled Cook, I would like to see how she would get frazzled even more because they certainly put a new meaning to the term "comfort food". There is a good reason why they are number one in Booky's top 10 most popular in Quezon City. I consider myself lucky I live nearby too. I would not mind coming back over and over again until I have tried all the items in their menu. That's how good their food is. 


 Herbed Chicken Salad (P275)


 Pizza Caprese (P295)

It was a pizza that I wanted to order again that same night. It had kesong puti and freshly grilled tomatoes and it is yummy in every bite. I just felt the pizza crust was in the oven a bit longer than it should be but that was quickly forgiven.


Sizzling Squid (P495)

I loved how they marinated the squid here. It is something that's hard to describe in words as you have to taste it to find out how good it is. I wouldn't say it is a life-changing dish but it is close to that.


Beef Kebab (P325)

The Beef Kebab was served to us in both rice and mashed potato. I personally liked the mashed potato option as I'm a big potato fan. It was great how the meat was cooked very tender in this dish too.


 Truffle Pasta (P325)

The ultimate best seller has got to be the Truffle Pasta. In fact, the owner told us that groups would go here and all they would order is the family size of it. They made a good decision since the family size is a good steal at only P515. The homemade white truffle sauce is what got me hooked into it and I am sure it is the same thing that will get everyone else hooked.


Paella Negra (P375)

At the first glance of Paella Negra, I knew my teeth was going to be color black. Looking at all the seafood it had, I decided that did not matter. This one is good for a big group though since it had a lot of rice and I understand how everyone is trying to avoid rice these days.


Pancake Ala Mode (P195)

Who would have ever thought vanilla ice cream on top of pancake would taste this good? This was one of those rare times when I wished they did not put too much syrup in this dish. I thought it could do just as good without it. Whichever way you look at it, don't spend too much time taking a picture of this photogenic dish as the ice cream might melt.


The Frazzled Cook
78 Scout Gandia, Quezon City

Get Clucky at Lucky Chic



Coming from the same people behind Nolita, Les Bagels and Borough comes a Southern American Fried Chicken themed restaurant named Lucky Chick. Their Buttermilk Fried Chicken is actually homemade since you can't buy none of that here. After tasting their chicken, I guarantee you are going to be up all night to get clucky.


Hot Chick Sandwich (P180)


A lot of my fellow bloggers tasted their hot chick sandwich and they can't decide whether it was spicy enough for them. Some had high tolerance on spices while others were used to eating spicy food. I ended up not sampling it but I have to admit I saw some satisfied faces on the other bloggers when they ate this sandwich.


 Drumstick Platter (P220)

There are several platters to choose from but the best chicken part is by far the drumstick. It has the most meat and is the yummiest. For groups who plane to dine here, I highly recommend the drumstick platter.


 Ice Cream Sandwich (P150)

After tasting the Ice Cream Sandwich, the bloggers wondered what brand of ice cream is sandwiched between the two chocolate chip cookies. When they decided to ask one of the owners Pat the question "Anong ice cream yan?". He replied "Vanilla!" By far, that was the best joke of the night!



 For their gravy, you have the option between Original, Apple Cedar and Honey. My favorite was without a doubt the Apple Cedar. It would be hard to tell the difference since they are all the same color (duh) so I thought the containers should have had some labels in them.



 Have I mentioned the side dishes you can choose to go along with your chicken meal? They are splendid! They have corn bread, mac & cheese, corn & carrots, mashed potato, garlic rice, plain rice, green salad, biscuit and doughnut. My favorite by far was the corn bread. I literally wanted a box all to myself after trying it out.


 Cream Dory Fillet (P220)

It is possible to eat healthy in this restaurant with the Cream Dory Fillet. I'm glad it is boneless and the french fries is the perfect side dish to complement it. There's cream mayo for the fish and catsup for the fries. I fear too many sauces can ruin the true taste of the food though so I advise to not use too much of that.


 Pulled Pork Sandwich (P200)

The Pulled Pork Sandwich tastes incomplete without the BBQ sauces that comes with it. The chili and onions on top will surely give you that extra kick in your meal. I am aware that pulled pork sandwich is a new dish that's popping up everywhere as of late and they are wise to have this on the menu.


Pecan Pie (P200)



Lucky Chick
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Meet the Confident and Calm Mr. Churros


Just opened at the F7 Rallos pop-up is Mr. Churros. The man of sweets can be shown flexing not his muscles but those lovely churros that can be enjoyed with the whole family. It can even be mixed with traditonal desserts ice cream and cake. That's two lovely desserts in one serving. Who could resist that?




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I have to say P700 for a whole Blueberry Cheesecake with Churros surrounding it is not as pricey as you think it is. I mean you are getting two lovely desserts in one dish, right? Each slice takes you on a trip to heaven and back too. This one is as good as advertised.




One of their signature Churros is teh Oreo Churro. I am a big fan of Oreos and I'm glad they invented this type of Churros. It was so good that there were times I was dreaming of it when I get the itch to come back to Mr. Churros.




Another one of their signature creations is the Bacon Churro. Anything with bacon is nice and that includes Churros. I have to say you must not forget dipping it into chocolate after mixing it with brown sugar for that yummy after taste.



It is also possible to create your own churros volcano with all the yummy toppings available. It will surely be one sweet ending after a yummy dinner at one of the restaurants in F7 Rallos.