There is something you should know about me; I eat a lot but I don’t gain a lot of weight. That is because I get stuffed easily, like a person who underwent a bariatric surgery. It means I am not an ideal person to attend a food fair but hell… who is there to stop me?! So I went to the Rockwell’s 2nd Ultimate Taste Test (UTT). I learned of this two-day event from Anton Diaz’s blog, Our Awesome Planet. It was held from September 15 to 16 at the Rockwell Tent in Makati with an admission fee of PHP585.
Just like in WOFEX, joining me in this gastronomic adventure is Rhoda. She didn’t want to come along at first, good thing she changed her mind. I wouldn’t mind attending a food fair alone but I don’t think it’d be as interesting or as enjoyable as having a friend around. I mean who would perform the Heimlich maneuver on me if I go on my own right?
We got our ticket online and paid it thru BDO over-the-counter transaction. We went to the event on its first day, reaching the venue at around 1PM. After showing our printed ticket to the receptionist, we signed their attendance sheet. We were each given a pen with an orange necklace, a food tray, and this score sheet they called, passport.
This is the passport/score sheet. This is what we presented to the concessionaires in exchange for free taste of their products. This is also where we logged our ratings for each food that we tasted. Below is how the scoring system works:
1 – Thanks, but it could be better.
2 – It’s okay.
3 – We had a good time!
4 – I love it!
5 – Awesome! I would recommend it!
I came to the event with an empty stomach but even that wasn’t enough to prepare me for the amount of food we had to try in one day. Imagine, there were over 40 concessionaires who joined this year’s UTT. There were so many foods to sample, Rhoda and I had to make five rounds just to cover everything. Each time we filled our tray, I took a picture.
This is what we had during the first round: mushroom pie from Baked by Anita, green tea and chocolate mousse mochis from Mochi Sweets, coconut and pomegranate frozen yogurt from Pinkberry, sandwich from The Cheesesteak Shop, shake from Saint Alps, gourmet chocolate mousse and a cookie from Blue Toque, dark chocolate chia truffle from Sugar Leaf, and a piece of chicken and chocolate buchi from Chow Fun.
I was already stuffed by the second round… yeah, loser me. On my tray were a cup of Thai coffee from Khao Shong, a piece of cake from Sugarhouse, superfruit sorbet from New Zealand Ice Cream, a pizza pocket from Panzarotti, small servings of corned beef and beef belly from the Hillside Ranch, cappuccino-flavored taho from Mang Pedro, and isaw and a piece of kebab from Gigabyte Kebab.
I was done for by the third round. Some foods on this tray I wasn’t able to finish: pandesal with Angus corned beef from The Plaza, aligue rice from Kusina ni Reyes, a cup of vanilla latte macchiato from Nescafe Dolce Gusto, angus tapa from Skew U, empanada from Maria’s Laoag Ilocos Empanada, red velvet cookie from Bake Buddy, and carrot cake from Everyday Mom.
Rhoda and I took a little break to make room for more food. On our fourth round I had chocolate-flavored treat from Frozen Custard, a piece of green tea cheesecake from Moshi Moshi, half a piece of Vigan empanada from Mac’s, a piece of chicken wing from HKR, Nutella rocks by Baked Bites by ABC, three different flavors of chicken wings from Chief Wings, and Swiss cheese-flavored ice cream from Masatami.
In our fifth and last round I had a piece of milk chocolate with hazelnut chips and dark chocolate with coffee cream filling from Villa del Conte, a scoop of Frisch Liquor Ice Cream (Russian Winter flavor), and street food from Showbiz Isaw.
It’d take me a lifetime if I make a review of each food that we tasted so let me just share to you those that left a great impression on me.
Let’s begin with the Mochi Sweets. Aside from the fact that the guy who attended this stall is cute, it was memorable because their mochis are so delicious. I rated it 5 and in my opinion it is the best dessert I’ve ever tried in the UTT.
The woman who accommodated us from Carlo’s Kitchen was bubbly and friendly. She was also quite confident about their product and even told us to rate them 5. When I tasted their chicharon I knew she had the right to demand such high a mark because I tell you this has got to be the best tasting chicharon I’ve ever tasted!
Can you guess what kind of pink concoction is in the picture below? Not strawberry, not cherry, and not it’s not tomato. This sweet and refreshing pink liquid is made from sweet potato leaves or in Tagalog, talbos ng kamote, fancy that! This is one of the products of Bayani Crew.
Pizza pockets or what I like to call as empanada pizza is from Mamalou’s Kitchen’s Panzarotti. It goes well with their blue cheese cream.
Fruit Garden‘s jams are presented in these cute glass jars. They tasted real good especially the strawberry flavor.
For chocolate lovers, I highly recommend these Italian chocolates of Villa del Conte.
These weird looking ice cream are from Masatami shave ice. The one on the left is their peanut flavor while the white one is the Swiss cheese. Among all the cold treats we tried in this event, Masatami is the best. Of the two, the Swiss cheese is more delicious. It was so good, I was able to finish it even when my stomach was already bursting from all the foods that we had.
That wraps our one-day food fest adventure. We ate to our hearts content and got so full, we were practically limping as we left the venue. Kudos to the organizers of UTT and all business entrepreneurs who joined. ’til the next UTT!