10 Delicious Finds from Yummy Eats 2014
Our picks from the most anticipated food fair of the year.
(SPOT.ph) Our only regret is that we have but two hands to cover this scrumptious event. What with a camera for documentation, a smart phone for Instagram (post and hashtag or it didn’t happen!), plates, passports, and a wallet on hand in case the sample wooed you enough to buy a more human-sized portion, it’s become apparent that Doc Ock has only the best sense when he attached his extra mechanical arms.
Seventy-five concessionaires to navigate through, most of them sweets, pastries, or some kind of jam, foodies in a sugar-induced high packed together under the Metrotent in Ortigas on July 12. This was the hungry and excited scene at this year’s edition of Yummy Eats. With our gear (see the first paragraph), we did our best to elbow our way through the lines and out-eat. Wabu Lechon and First Harvest won People’s Choice and Best Booth, respectively, and bazaar favorites like Malagos Chocolates, Cacao de Davao, Casa San Luis, and Merry Moo were present, but there were a few more others that caught our eye.
The Bunny Baker is known in inner foodie circles for intricate fondant work and they, of course, showed it off in their miniature cupcake giveaways. We love that teeny extra effort.
This paella had no chance.
A coil of sausage
It might have been logistically easier for sisters Chin (Pio’s Kitchen) and Jessica Gallegos (The Butchery) to put their booths side by side, but it was an awesome marketing strategy, too. We’ve featured them before, but after the unending lines they attracted last Saturday, they deserve another salute. After waiting for a scoop of Pio’s Kitchen’s paella, the line seemed to naturally connect to The Butchery sausages. Their line was so long it went around other booths.
Pio’s Kitchen is at 96 Scout Reyes corner Scout Fuentebella, Quezon City. Call 0917-532-2892 for reservations.
Contact The Butchery Artisan Sausages at 0917-795-5005 or e-mail email@example.com.
France-trained Sam Bautista is the lovely baker behind Tuileries Confections. She’s famous for her macarons, which she describes as "spun from sugar and dreams," and they come in sophisticated flavors like Bittersweet Chocolate, Orange Cointreau, and French Gingerbread. We’re also hooked on these baby cream puffs. We wanted to eat the whole tray of samples.
Contact The Tuileries Confections at 0917-871-7123 or 0922-883-2908 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love how Pouf! It’s Fluffy was served on spoons and not on nibbles of bread or crackers because that’s exactly how you’ll enjoy them the most: in a bowl with a spoon and maybe in front of the TV playing a sad movie. The fluffy cream isn’t as sweet as one would think and it comes in three flavors, Original, Strawberries and Cream, and Choc Nut and Creme-all only sugary enough to be delectable.
Contact Pouf! It’s Fluffy at 0917-904-2612 or e-mail email@example.com.
How we gravitated toward these beauties was our animal instinct responding to the smoky smell of delicious meat. M.A.D. Meats prides themselves in real, all-natural, dry-cured, home-smoked, and hand-sliced bacon. No preservatives, no additives, just gorgeous, gorgeous pork.
A fun fact before we get started: ostrich is one of the healthier types of poultry around. The flavor is slightly gamey, but it’s bold and distinct. The Ostrich Farm does a good job of putting something a tad more exotic into familiar favorites like burgers and pasta. The patty is pure ostrich, with a profile embellished with caramelized onions, homemade sauce (we love the roasted sesame), tomatoes, and lettuce.
The Ostrich Farm is at Lot 31, Block 2, Asiatic Compound General Ordoñez corner East Drive Marikina Heights, Marikina City. Contact The Ostrich Farm at 383-6372, 0998-302-1716.
Photo by Regine Rafael
Restaurants like Cupcake Lab, Pi Breakfast and Pies, and Coffee Empire all had booths to display their delicious merchandise, but Bamba Bistro, the breakout brunch hub from the South was the one that had us salivating. We love the meticulous effort they put into their bite-sized Huevos Flamencos. How’s that for a sample? They even sold sangria!
Bamba Bistro is at 55 Aguirre Avenue corner Arsenio Luz, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
They didn’t have the biggest sign in the area, but Yuan’s Wings is a perennial crowd-drawer at bazaars and markets. The crispness of their fried chicken holds up well against their heavy coats of either lipsmacking sweetness, brazen tanginess, or tickling fieriness. Quite difficult to eat standing up, though.
Contact Yuan’s Wings at 0929-871-7876, 0999-889-4087, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Flour Girl Home Bakery has also been making rounds in social media. Owner Nicole Allyson Uy received her diploma in Pastry Arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York. Her specialty is French-American pastries, which are always lighter than air and with just the perfect touch of sweetness. She’s known in the party circuit for her incredibly festive dessert buffets. Notice the photo on the right? There are only two s’mores cupcakes left because they’re that good.
Contact The Flour Girl at 0917-543-6350 or e-mail email@example.com.
Ah, fried ravioli. We could eat you all day. Nomnomnom describes their cuisine as "happy food," and we’re definitely happy with these addictive things.
Nomnomnom is at 3/F Pos Building, Scout Madriñan corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Contact Nomnomnom at 416-3280, 0917-472-8472 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.