October 18, 2012

My Ultimate Taste Test 10.0 Experience- Rockwell Tent, Makati

Last month, The Foodies Circle was fortunate enough to get invites for Rockwell's 2nd Ultimate Taste Test- a one day food event wherein everyone gets to be a food critic for a day. I've had my first food critic experience during the recent  Foodgasm event organized by UP Economics Society but this has a bigger venue and greater food concessionaires.

Upon arriving at the venue, we immediately devised our plan of attack starting from the left  to right. 

My first few favorites are these fruity jams from The Fruit Garden. The Tropical Paradise was a refreshing and sweet fruity combination while the Berry Dream was just incredibly Berry-licious! :) 

Swizzle Mobile Bar showcased their Caramel Beer and Rainbow Shots which were both excellent and worth the 5-rating. Both were sweet and delicious perfect for non-alcohol drinkers out there. 

Bake Buddy and Blue Toque offered delectable cookies but I personally love the Belgian Chocolate Cookies from Blue Toque which I was able to try before. It was soft and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness I'm looking for. 

For the cake category, Moshi Moshi's Green Tea Cheesecake and Blue Toque's Nutella Mousse Cake both won my heart. Melts-in-your-mouth goodness in every bite :) 

We got to sample Lulubelle's Brownie Batter and Cheesecake Frozen Custard which I think was a great flavor combination. Texture was soft, smooth and creamy just the way I like it. 

Frisch Liquor Ice Cream gave a twist to the classic cold dessert. Choose from a variety of unique flavors like the Russian Winter, Choco Rumboozle and Carami de Cerveza that were all infused with alcohol for an extra kick. 

Masatami featured their Swiss Cheese, Langka and Peanut Butter & Black Sesame shaved ice flavors. I love the fine and smooth texture of the shaved ice which brought out each flavor really well. Looking forward to trying their famous Hawaiian Shaved Ice soon.

The final contender for the battle of ice cream is New Zealand Natural Premium Ice Cream which was full-flavored, rich and creamy. I personally love their White Chocolate & Raspberry and Macadamia Supreme flavor. 

Hands-down the best empanada during the event is from Mac's Deli Vigan Empanada & Okoy. It was meaty, juicy and simply authentic I must say.

Bayani Brew

For drinks, we can't help but make a short stop-over at Bayani Brew's booth. They were so passionate in telling about their story and how these beverages were made. We got to try their Lemongrass Pandan Iced Tea and Purple Leaf Iced Tea which is made from sweet potato tops/talbos ng kamote. Nutri-licious and healthy indeed! 

The battle of the chicken wings is between Hong Kong Roast Food Express' Honey Glazed Chicken and Chief Wings' flavored wings. I love the oriental flavor of the Honey Glazed Chicken but it was quite dry already when served to us. As for Chief Wings, it was quite hard to determine each flavor as everything was placed in the small plate provided. I love the concept but maybe I should try out a whole order to fully appreciate the flavors. 

Everyday Mom's butter-free products are definitely worthy to land a spot in this year's Ultimate Taste Test. Their Banana Bread and Carrot Cake are soft, moist and soooo delicious! I could certainly feast on these goodies without the guilt. 

The Plaza and Hillside Ranch

Carnivores would agree that The Plaza's Premium Roast Angus Corned Beef and Hillside Ranch Corned Beef Brisket and Slow Roasted Beef Belly are to die for. 

Succulent, juicy, savory and flavorful are words to describe these meaty slices. The Angus corned beef-stuffed pandesal would be my bet for an afternoon snack, while the Corned Beef Brisket and Slow Roasted Beef Belly would probably land our dinner table. Rice please!

How can you go wrong with Carlo's Kitchen Crunchy Belly? It's basically faultless. Well it's my fault I can't resist these crunchy and crispy pork belly. Sinfully delicious! 

Going for their second win is Mama Lou's Panzarotti which was now bigger in serving compared to the one I've tried from Foodgasm. I was able to appreciate it more with the assorted dips provided. 

We also stayed at the Nescafe Dolce Gusto booth for a while to have some hot cups of coffee. Using the machine was very easy and the people from Nescafe happily demonstrated how it works. It was simple as 1-2-3 Pop.Lock.Drop. 

Although the Dolce Gusto Machine caught our interest, I prefer Khao Shong's Super Rich 3 in 1 coffee. It was sweet, creamy and rich just the way I like my coffee to be . 

A crowd-favorite during our visit was SkewU's Angus Beef Tapa. It was tender and succulent with the right amount of fat to make it juicier and more flavorful. Served with a special sauce, it greatly enhanced the taste making it a sure winner for us. 

A great pairing for the Angus Beef Tapa is Kusina Reyes' Aligue Rice that is basically steamed fragrant rice melted in crab fat to produce that orange color. 

For the chocolate category, I must say that Villa Del Conte's Milk Chocolate w/ Hazelnut Chips and Dark Chocolate w/ Coffee Cream Filling captured my heart. Although Sugarleaf offered a healthier alternative with their Maca and Chia Superfood Truffles, I am not pretty much into the "healthy" chocolate alternative. 

I really loved Sugarhouse's Kiwi Swirl Christmas Loaf. It was soft and moist with a refreshing fruity taste from the kiwi swirls.  A great Christmas giveaway for friends and families :) 

Chef Anton

Saving the best for last, my top pick during the Ultimate Taste Test 10.0 is Chef Anton's Roast Turkey. The samples they gave away were beautifully presented in soft bread topped with lettuce and followed by generous slices of the turkey. And to add a sweet bite, it was finished off with a dollop of fruity jam on top. 

These are just some of the products we've tried during the Ultimate Taste Test and we certainly had a blast! The event was fun and gastronomic with great-tasting food and exciting games and activities. We also got to bring home a set of Luxury Jams from The Fruit Graden since D actively participated in a game. 

Congratulations and Thank You to Sir Anton and Ms. Rachelle for another successful Ultimate Taste Test event. Looking forward to attending the next Ultimate Taste Test :)