First Ultimate Taste Test Experience


This is Natz!

Last September 15, I went to a foodie must-go event, the 2nd Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test X (UTT), organized by Our Awesome Planet creator, Mr. Anton Diaz, in partnership with San Miguel.

*If this is the first time you will read about UTT, here is a quick description. It is a bazaar that caters to food lovers. It showcases different kinds of food in bite size portions similar to hors d’oeuvre. The food vendors are very diverse. There are professional chefs, students, established food entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, distributors, moms who love to bake, foreigners, and Pinoys. They all aspire for their products to be introduced or to be more known in the market.

This is also the right time and place to know more about the vendor, the product, and anything related to the products.

This was the first time I went to a UTT event. I was very excited. Unfortunately, Ella, 1/2 of team foodmarks can’t come, because of CPA pre-board exam. When I knew that she can’t come, I almost cried. (You read it right.) It was really sad. My partner in crime was MIA.

As a true foodie, I really wanted to experience it. In addition, this UTT was the last for this year! It was a relief when I found someone who can go with me and loves food as much as foodmarks. Her name is Belle, a friend from college. 🙂 Gladly, she was available that time.

I had an awesome experience as a first timer. The event was really organized, though improvements can still be made. One thing was the poor exhaust. I was teary eyed by the time we went out of the venue because of the smoke from the different booths. Another suggestion would be making the vendors’ names in the score sheet listed in alphabetical order. It was a bit hard skimming numerous times just to find the names.

Still, our senses were overjoyed with oh so delicious food and drinks, and awesome music!

Here is a photo essay of the UTT experience. Enjoy! 🙂

By the way, don’t forget to read my post, “Natz’ Top 5 from 2nd Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test“, and “Belle’s Top 5 from 2nd Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test” post, written by Belle.

Special Empanada with Cheese from Maria’s Ilocos Empanada

The color orange came from atsuete / achiote / achuete / annatto. We asked what the dough was made of, they said it was a secret.

Regular and spicy “sawsawan” or dipping sauce made of soy sauce and vinegar.

Another empanada taste test: This is Vigan Empanada from Mac’s Deli Vigan Empanada & Okoy before being deep fried.

The main ingredient of the shell is powdered rice grain.

The ticket to the event also entitled each participant to a free bottle of San Miguel beer, a choice of Premium All Malt, Super Dry, or Cerveza Negra. We had no idea which among these was the best for the food in the event – but big thanks to Mr. Anton’s post on a “Foodie’s Cheat Sheet” few days before the event. The post offered suggestions for beer pairing. Majority of the food items were suggested to be paired with Premium All Malt; thus, Belle and I chose it.

Belle and I made a game plan on how to conquer the UTT using this guide and the cheat sheet. Haha!

Tim Tayag was the host of UTT. I was excited to see him. I am a fan of his very funny travel show “On-Foot” in Living Asia Channel.

Crunchy Belly from Carlo’s Kitchen: Thinly sliced and deep fried pork belly

The ladies manning the booth of Carlo’s Kitchen said that they have a picture contest on Facebook. We really did not understand what was it about, so I just took a photo of Belle enjoying her Crunchy Belly.

Chief Wings from Chief Wings

Chicken strips/tenders covered in six various sauces. According to the owners, thigh part was used for Chief Wings.

The food vendor’s name, Showbiz Isaw, was misleading. Belle and I thought they give Isaw as food sample.

Instead, they gave Fish Fillet with tartar sauce and Chili Garlic Shrimp.

Clockwise from bottom right: Crunchy Belly, Fish Fillet with Tartar Sauce, 3 Flavors of Chief Wings, Chili Garlic Shrimp and, another 3 Flavors of Chief Wings

Chow Fun Chicken Fry with Vinaigrette from Chow Fun Modern Chinese Bistro

Dark Chocolate Buchi from Chow Fun Modern Chinese Bistro

Cheese Steak with Sweet and Hot Peppers from The Cheese Steak Shop

Chicken Kebab (above) and Chicken Isaw (below) from Giga Bite Kebab

Tent extension: This was the place where foodies can comfortably enjoy the food and rest. It also served as a place for updating our UTT conquest and Belle’s Twitter break place!

Mama Lou’s Panzarotti (reminds me of Pizza Pockets) with a choice of Pesto, Pomodoro, or Blue Cheese as dipping sauce

Corned Beef Brisket (above) and Slow Roasted Beef Belly (below) from Hillside Ranch

The Plaza Premium Roast Angus Corned Beef from The Plaza

USDA Beef Tapa from SkewU

Panchados (Tinapay and Mechado- Bread and Philippine Beef Stew) from Panchados

Arizona Beverages- Strawberry Colada Flavor from Bugle Boy Distributors Corp.

Aligue (Crab Fat) Rice from Kusina Reyes

Roast Turkey from Chef Anton

They were awesome! I like the songs they played and… I forgot the name of their band. Sorry.

Berry Dream Jam and Tropical Paradise Jam from The Fruit Garden

They made jams on the spot!

Swizzle’s Caramel Beer and Swizzle’s Rainbow Shots from Swizzle Mobile Bar

We saw Mr. Anton! I can’t resist having a picture with him. Happy kid! 🙂

Red Velvet Cookies and Coffee Caramel Walnut Crunch from Bake Buddy

Green Tea Cheesecake from Moshi Moshi

Nutella Rocks from Baked Bites by ABC

Milk Praline Chocolate and Dark Praline Chocolate from Villa Del Conte

Carrot Cake (above) and Banana Bread (below) from Everyday MomA healthier version of these classics

Flavored Shaved Ice- Swiss Cheese from Masatami Shave Ice

Wild Mushroom Pie w/ Gruyere & Truffle Oil and Surprise Tart from Baked by Anita

Green Tea Mochi from Mochi Sweets Philippines, Inc.

Belgian Chocolate Cookies (above) and Nutella Mousse Cake (below) from Blue Toque: The cake won in the first Rockwell’s UTT Dessert category.

Blueberry Double Chocolate from Saint’s Alps Teahouse

Hokey Pokey Ice Cream from New Zealand Natural

Kiwi Swirl Christmas Loaf from Sugarhouse

Lemongrass Pandan Iced Tea and Purple Leaf Iced Tea from Bayani Brew

Almost ending: Unfortunately, we were not able to try all of the food items. We missed around 9 to 10 items because we were too full and tired. Next time, I think I would bring more friends for more manpower and more fun!

Look at my huge grin! 😀 Cheers to an awesome event! Thanks Belle for coming!

I hope you enjoyed as much as I did! See you next year?

Who: Foodies, food lovers, hungry people, food bloggers, and food photographers

What: 2nd Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test X

When: September 15, 2012, Saturday

Where: Rockwell Tent, Makati, Metro Manila

Did you go to this UTT? Were you able to try everything? Did your eyes also hurt from the smoke? If you didn’t go, did our post make you crave for food? Share us your thoughts!

Don’t forget to read my top 5 post, “Natz’ Top 5 from 2nd Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test“, and “Belle’s Top 5 from 2nd Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test” post, written by Belle.

-foodmarks | marking culinary journeys


6 thoughts on “First Ultimate Taste Test Experience

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    • The secret is planning! Also, bringing a friend really helped. Though, bringing a bunch of friends would have been better! My friend and I stayed there for almost 3 hours just to do our best on trying everything but we still failed. Come to the Philippines next time! Try this event also. It’s fun! 🙂

    • Yeah! Don’t miss this awesome event! It’s 585 per person with free beer. I don’t know if the fee will be the same next time. Still, it’s worth what I paid.

      We might go to this event regularly now. 🙂

      Hope you can go to one of these UTT. 🙂


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