First they chose me as one of Havaianas’ Citizens of Summer, when I am a strictly indoor/aircon girl this season.
Yesterday I was invited to judge the Trendy Awards at the International Food Exhibition of CITEM.
Uhm, don’t these people know I’m the most picky eater in the world and I used to vomit every vegetable fed to me as a child?
When I got there, I was shocked to see the panel:
Chef, food editor, and television host Nancy Reyes-Lumen
Renowned caterer and restaurateur Glenda Barretto of Via Mare, and author of Kulinarya, among others
Food writer and editor Igé Ramos
Chefs and restaurateurs Margarita Forés, plus food writer, Claude Tayag
Freaking pillar of Philippine cuisine, Nora Daza
And then there was me.
I felt like Hugh Grant of Horse & Hound magazine in Notting Hill—like, what am I doing in here?
Basically we had to taste food products of 22 finalists, based on their newness, innovation, packaging, and market demand—everything from mushroom sisig to civet coffee (meaning, coffee harvested from the poop of a civet). They even showed us the poop.
There were about five things I liked; the things I couldn’t eat, I asked Igé to help me in scoring.
Margarita and I liked the Roasted Pili Nuts in Garlic and Chili
Everyone liked the fatty bangus farmed in clean salt water
I loved the portioned banana chips—perfect for dieters, snackers, or diabetics.
In music, there’s Al Jarreau. In banana chips, there’s Aljuron.
This ramen has a very long shelf life, perfect for hoarding during crises and disasters
Something for vegetarians
Antonio Pueo’s Microwave Chocolate Cake needed more flavor
Oh, and this miracle drink has many health benefits
This woman got cured of psoriasis
Good thing they showed me that picture last, after all the tasting was done.
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I didn’t even know there was such a food expo at SMX. After the judging I headed over to the retail hall and bought goodies like the best dried mangos from Guimarás, mango nectar and more banana chips.
The International Food Exhibition continues up to May 14, 2011 at the SMX near Mall of Asia.
To know more, visit http://www.ifexphilippines.com/.