Here are Our Choice Purveyors from Last Weekend’s Gourmand Market at BGC CentralMay 28, 2015
Every bazaar season, I trawl through the endless stalls looking for something that I wouldn’t regret buying later, and that I’d actually want to keep. Most bazaars are full of things you’ll regret or ignore, and gems are rare and few. Sometimes the food section is like this but worse, with less things you’d still be eating when you get home.
The Gourmand Market is the opposite of that. Carefully curated by Trish Panlilio of NawwTy’s Kitchen, who together with Dara Roa makes CollabContessa, the market in BGC makes for a rather exciting feast of artisan producers and some of the most delicious fare around. Instead of hundreds of identical stalls peddling almost anything, the market’s small size means you’re bound to get high quality goods no matter where you look. True enough, last weekend’s Gourmand Market had everything from bottled truffles to a homemade Catalan Beef Stew. Here’s everything we loved!
Marco Rodriguez has really turned his home-based business into one of the most in-demand private catering services in Manila. His braised short ribs with cardamom, mushrooms, and veal cheeks were a beautifully spiced stew so deep and layered that you didn’t mind eating bowls of it hot under the sun.
For inquiries, you may get in touch with Marco Rodriguez at +639178307020 or at +639175054572
2. The Little Spatula
I may have respect for vegan dishes, but I haven’t gotten to that stage yet with vegan desserts. The Little Spatula is slowly changing my opinion with their approachable Cocoanut Bliss Balls and moist London Lemon Loaf. The sticky date balls covered in coconut shavings are a delight, and the loaves would be perfect for afternoon tea.
For more information, you may get in touch with The Little Spatula at +639178826255 or email@example.com
3. The Crazy Cook
After tasting her bites from Madrid Fusion, we went mad for Carmina Mapa Del Rosario’s cooking and were so disappointed to discover she was based in Davao. For 3 days, she was stationed at Gourmand Market churning out some if the best Southeast Asian staples–sates that were impossibly tender in all its forms, the most refreshing pomelo salad, and the classic Balbacua, which we absolutely loved.
For more information, you may get in touch with Carmina at +639285053605 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Cold Press
From the guys behind Kool Kids, Cold Press made hot ice cream sandwiches a la minute. They churn the ice cream in front of you the nitrogen way, toss in some toppings of your choice like the sugar croutons we had or pretzels or even waffle crisps. They stuff it into a bun and press it so that you get warm bread and cold, molten ice cream.
5. Bundt and Brûlée and Slurp Cold Brew
Another dessert option we were fond of us, was courtesy of Bundt and Brulee’s shared space with Slurp Cold Brew. Their precious little Bundts came in vanilla chocolate or banana, and topped with vanilla pistachio or strawberry gelato from Bono Gelato. Paired with Slurp’s Cold Brew, it was a soothing combination.