Thursday, July 18, 2013

Entrepreneur Magazine launches the Next Big Food Entrepreneur Challenge

In its quest to lend support to those who dream big and hope to contribute to the country through their enterprising capabilities, Entrepreneur Magazine announces the extension of Solane’s Next Big Food Entrepreneur Challenge. Running on its second year, the contest is in partnership with Solane LPG and Mercato Centrale Philippines.

Last year’s winners were husband-and-wife team Ping and Jewel Joven of Ping Gu Mushroom Fries and JR Inciong of Mocktail Madness for the student’s category. They bested other entrants who aspired to be the first Next Big Food Entrepreneur. 

The contest is open to all amateur and professional food entrepreneurs, 18 years old and above, who are residing in the Philippines. It is also open to teams composed of three (3) persons who are eligible to join.

Contestants undergo three steps: the Food Taste Test; Food Selling; and Submission of Business Plans. The individual or team that garner the highest-scored business plan shall win a cash prize worth P100,000 tax free, a six (6) month rent-free stall in Mercato or Soderno, and a feature in Entrepreneur and Yummy Magazines.

Interested parties may submit their entries until July 25, 2013 by sending their name, short description of dish concept, email address, mobile number, landline (optional), and desired time in a brown envelope labeled Solane’s Next Big Food Entrepreneur. Entries must be submitted to In-Magazine Promos, Summit Media, 7th floor Robinsons Cybergate Center Tower 3, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong or through fax number 451-8888 local 1074, from Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Submissions will be accepted until July 25, 2013 only.

For more details on Solane’s Next Big Food Challenge and for the full mechanics, grab a copy of the June issue of EntrepreneurMagazine, available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide. You can also visit Entrepreneur online at Get more updates when you follow them on Twitter via or like its Facebook page
Summit Media is the largest magazine publishing company in the Philippines, with 22 titles under its belt to cater to individuals with different lifestyles, attitudes, and passions: Candy, Cosmopolitan, Disney Junior, Disney’s Princess, Entrepreneur, FHM, Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart Weddings, Men’s Health, K-Zone, OK!, Preview, Real Living, Runner’s World, Smart Parenting, Top Gear, Total Girl, Town & Country, Women’s Health, YES!, YUMMY, and now, Esquire. Summit Media, for the fifth year in a row topped the nationwide TNS-Trends Newsstand Survey conducted in 2010. Summit Media titles led in all their respective categories, making Summit Media the leading consumer magazine publisher in the Philippines not just in terms of number of titles and advertising sales, but in circulation per category as well. By creating magazines that are relevant, affordable, and of world-class standards, Summit Media has changed the way Filipinos read.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fiesta Bahia is Mercato Centrale's latest tourism night food market in Metro Manila

Fiesta Bahia is another night food market in Metro Manila. It is regarded as the premier night food and lifestyle market that offers a new ‘food destination’ experience to the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay. It is where to sample the taste of some popular dishes coming from different regions in the country. 

Also available are some of the popular gourmet and artisanal food from the chefs and food vendors of other night markets previously installed elsewhere by the Mercato Centrale.

A place to experience some of the unique foods in the country. To start with, most food stalls are very much willing to give a sample free taste before taking an order.  Such as the following:

Bagnet Rice Patong is most probably inspired by the Tuguegarao City's Ilocano batil patung. However, instead of the Cagayano version of using stir-fried miki noodles, the BRP uses cooked rice as base for the patung (toppings) of sliced  bagnet (crisp Ilocano deep-fried pork). Lower photo is a serving of double bagnet patung.  So you know now what to answer if you can read the question on their shirts, above.    

Andreis's Lugawan Atbp. main dish is the arroz caldo con chicken (rice porridge with chicken) with the optional hard boiled chicken egg. The graham mango float are no different from those you can find from online recipes. This one in the photo  needs a lot of chilling to make it more appealing to taste and slow the milk from running loosely.  Andrie's  also has assorted kinds of sweet kakanin (rice based snacks), such as the cuchinta, bibingkang kanin, etc. 
Partly hidden on the corner of Andrei's Lugawan Atbp counter is this unique kind of puto (steamed rice cake). One could hardly notice it because it is not well lighted. I suppose this is the one that qualifies Andrie's to join the Fiesta Bahia.  This is the most unique so far among my finds at the Fiesta Bahia. Andrie's called it stuffed puto - dinugoan flavor. 
Andrie's Lugawan Atbp. has perfected the idea of making stuffed puto dinugoan. What you normally ordered in carenderia that comes in separate serving plate of puto and a bowl of dinugoan (pork with blood) is fused to become one cupcake.The dinugoan in it is not made of pig's internal organs but of choice cut of pure pork. A slab of melting cheedar cheese is a good complement
Different kinds of sisig to take from the food stall of Chef Bab's Sisig. You have an option to select from naughty to healthy kind of sisig. Thus, Fiesta Bahia is also a place vegans, vegetarians, and health conscious foodies.
What make's Manong's Bagnet unique is the kind of pork used in making this crisp deep-fried Ilocano dish.  The meat is imported and of premium quality.It's a crispy and sinfully Ilocano pork dish.
What is bagnet? Still, there are those who have no idea what kind of dish is this, how it looks, and how it tastes.  The encyclopaedic Philippine Food Cooking and Dining Dictionary of Edgie Polistico has the following entry for bagnet:

bagnet (bàg-net; Ilocano dish) (lechon kawali in Tagalog) [n.] deep-fried crisp pork chunks, preferably the liempo (pig’s belly). The whole big chunk or large cut of pork (with the skin intact) is boiled in saline solution (a.k.a.salted water), drained, air-dried, and then deep-fried twice until crisp reddish-brown or golden-brown and the skin has tiny bubble-like blisters on it. It is somehow an Ilocano version of Tagalog lechon kawali. In olden days, Ilocanos would store bagnet in burnay (earthen jar) filled with pork oil to the brim. The oil would congeal (solidify) to become lard, burying the pieces of bagnets inside the jar as it cools. When there is a need to use bagnet in cooking, a piece is taken out and fried again with some of the lard to gain back the crispiness in bagnet. Ilocanos sometimes used chopped bagnet as added ingredients in cooking pakbet(Ilocano vegetable medley with fish paste) or pasta, as it would add some crunchiness and flavor in the dish. Garnishing with bagnet in almost all Ilocano vegetable and noodle dishes is fast gaining popularity in modern Filipino cuisine. The lard is also used in sautéing or flavoring vegetable dishes, such as in pinakbet and in pancit (noodle dishes). Bagnet is also eaten as is. To serve, a crisp bagnetis chopped into bite sizes and served with dip sauce called KBL (short for kamatis, bagoong and lasuna)

Manong's also comes with some Pinoy dishes with bagnet as better alternative for the usual stir-fried or deep-fried pork.  Shown here are laing bagnet (lower left) , the fusion of Tagalog and Bicolano laing with the Ilocano bagnet. Another is the sisig bagnet (top right), or the combination of Capampangan sisig and Ilocano bagnet. There is also the spicy hot Bicol express bagnet (top left). If you want to prove that you too is ingenious, bring home this bagnet and prepare your favorite vegetable or soup dish using bagnet as your sahog (meat ingredient).  

We’re actively looking for food entrepreneurs who specialize in provincial cuisines from all around the Philippines.” Said Rache Diaz, co-organizer of Fiesta Bahia. “If you’ve got a great homemade dish from your hometown, we would love for you to share a taste of your own local culture with foodies from around Manila and the rest of the world!”

For interested food vendors who want to join Fiesta Bahia, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102 or We are prioritizing vendors who specialize in regional/provincial food. The more unique, the better!

Guagua's Best chicken and pork barbecues
Chicken inasal of Guagua's Best. WYSIWYG! You can get as much as or even more of those bits and pieces of roasted garlic.
Lariza's Grill street foods. Watch your elbows and those of others in this area of Fiesta Bahia where people are often aggregating. Of course, because street foods are among Pinoys favorite delicacies.
Pork and chicken barbecues of Mamay's Ihaw-ihaw
Bottles of San Miguel beers are what you can have at the San Miguel by the Bay. Tourists who are not used to local beers can have the imported stout, lager, ale, and other types of beer. .     
For local beers, SM by the Bay offers only San Miguel beers. Pick your kind of SM Beer.  

A FRIENDLY REMINDER:  Be aware that a new law took effect recently that penalizes drunk driving.  Don't drink and drive, otherwise you will loss lots of things in your life. You license to drive might be cancelled and banned to drive for life. Isn't it worse when its too late to realize that your life insurance and car insurance will not cover you and your losses due to alcohol. If drinking is socially unavoidable, just drink moderately and responsibly. 
Bottled water and canned soda are also available
General's Lechon, is an original Negrense roasted pig, freshly cooked all the time from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. You can have your General's Lechon in garlic, curry, or the original flavor.
General's Lechon also offers boneless lechon paksiw.
Cuisiners' slow roast beef is served with wine gravy and plain cooked rice
Edgy's Foodtrip Korean Beef Stew is served with plain cooked rice

Edgy's Foodtrip Peking Chicken is served with Yang Chow stir-fried rice.
Edgy's Foodtrip Spicy Beef is served with Yang Chow stir-fried rice.
Shawarma F
Yana's Crispy Fries has fried tawilis sardines, crispy butsi ng manok,  crispy bituka ng manok, crispy crablets, crispy deep-fried pork, etc.
Yakitori balls stuffed with crab sticks

Shelled shrimps spitted on bamboo sticks ready for grilling. The shrimps on their natural color. The distinct smell of shrimps will reach your nose when grilling starts.
Lobster balls on bamboo barbecue sticks ready for grilling
Pinaputok na bangus in banana leaf are half-grilled.  Reheating again on the grill will finish the job for this stuffed inihaw na bangus

Cakes by K
Pantoja Bakeshop assortment of Batangueño baked products

Sweet pastries and desserts of Piper's Pan

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mercato Centrale's Fiesta Bahia now in SM by the Bay of MOA - another tourism food destination

San Miguel by the Bay is at the seaside of SM Mall of Asia (MOA). It is the venue of the latest food night market of Mercato Centrale in Metro Manila.
Last July 12, 2013, the organizers of Mercato Centrale group formally introduced their new night food market - the Fiesta Bahia.
The grand opening of Fiesta Bahia is formally introduced with the cutting of ribbon held at the open grounds of SM by the Bay on 12 July 2013 (Friday night).
Fiesta Bahia is another night food market in Metro Manila. It is regarded as the premier night food and lifestyle market that offers a new ‘food destination’ experience to the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay. It is where to sample the taste some of some of the popular dishes from the different regions in the country and some of the popular gourmet and artisanal food from the chefs and food vendors of other night markets previously installed elsewhere by the Mercato Centrale.

An effigy of the legendary giants from Angono City, Rizal are among those invited to come to Fiesta Bahia. The organizers did not worry a lot if ever the higantes would become very hungry from dancing around. Fiesta Bahia has plenty of food , more than enough for any starving giant.
Joining the Angono Higantes in entertainment the guests are the Ati-atihan drummers and dancers. 

San Miguel by the Bay is a nice place for tourists to visit or stay for a while, or to bring along your family, friends, or someone special. It is just beside the breezy shoreline of Manila Bay.

If the weather is fine, you could have a good glimpse of a beautiful sunset where the sun would gradually transform into a lovely reddish or yellow orange ball of light. Of course, the recent installation of Fiesta Bahia is one more reason why it is more fun to be at the SM by the Bay after sunset.

Click this image to enlarge and to find easily the exact location of Fiesta Bahia in MOA
Local singing artists would render live acoustic music while you enjoy eating your meal or while you are busy sampling the free taste at the Fiesta Bahia.

SM by the Bay offers no other beer but the San Miguel Beer products.  
On Fridays, the Mall of Asia (MOA) would set the weekend fireworks (usually at 7:00 pm).

One has to keep watch his own safety when the colorful pyrotechnic are blasting off in the air.  Burning embers would normally fly with the wind, blown away and may land on your skin. 

If ever you are the unfortunate one, immediately call the attention of the nearest SM security guards. They are quick to assist and bring you to the Mall Clinic for immediate medical assistance. 

MOA would attend immediately to any other injuries sustained by any mall goer and guest while in the vicinity of the mall. A number of registered nurses and rescue team are on stand by in the Mall clinic.

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