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What am I doing here?
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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

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Renowned caterer and restaurateur Glenda Barretto of Via Mare, and author of Kulinarya, among others

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Food writer and editor Igé Ramos

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Chefs and restaurateurs Margarita Forés, plus food writer, Claude Tayag

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Freaking pillar of Philippine cuisine, Nora Daza

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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

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Everyone liked the fatty bangus farmed in clean salt water

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I loved the portioned banana chips—perfect for dieters, snackers, or diabetics.

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In music, there’s Al Jarreau. In banana chips, there’s Aljuron.

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This ramen has a very long shelf life, perfect for hoarding during crises and disasters

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Something for vegetarians

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Antonio Pueo’s Microwave Chocolate Cake needed more flavor

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Oh, and this miracle drink has many health benefits

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This woman got cured of psoriasis

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Good thing they showed me that picture last, after all the tasting was done.
To inquire, contact JNB DIVERSIFIED FOOD INDUSTRIES at (0916) 795-3154.

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/.

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Guest

 They should also consider rewriting the directions on that Chocolate Mug Cake Mix lol medyo malabo

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CVS Reply:

we told them 🙂

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Guest

 Gusto kong iuwi si Super Q golden Bihon Mascot!

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That microwavable chocolate cake mix… I make one myself and it’s quite easy. Parang it’s so lazy lang to have a product like that. Mine has Nutella so goodbye diet heheh. But yeah, natatamaran lang ako sa product na yan. 

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CVS Reply:

how do you make one? share!

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EmelyPalak

good day! we sell 1st choice japanese ramen at nasubukan na rin namin mg.luto nya. The ramen is like spaghetti hindi siya madali na putol,  hindi rin siya naging saggy at wala siyang unpleasant smell. perfect for lumi, pansit of all kinds….. sa lahat nang followers nyo dito sana ay subukan nyo. we get our supply from cebu. so far we have good feedback from our customers.

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 OMG..when i got to Nora Daza,i was laughing so hard na.haha. You’re the odd one out and when i read Horse & Hound..I couldn’t stop laughing again..LOL

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si ruth

 First time to comment, but have always followed your blog. This is a fun read! Haha. Love that bihon pic with Margarita Fores and Claude Tayag.  🙂

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attymagman

 i think i will like the mushroom sisig!

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Bre

Wow, I finally have a name of the lady I saw in LAX in 2005 or 2007. She had the same look  but was much younger and slimmer then. My gut told me  that she’s a somebody in the Philippines. But I never knew who she was until today. If it was really her, then am talking about Ms. Nora Daza. Thanks Chuvaness for giving me a eureka moment!

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CVS Reply:

lol

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Di ako maka-get over na walang face si Super Q bihon :))

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Anonymous

the mushroom sisig looks interesting. wouldn’t buy that cake in a mug mix though , it’s already fairly simple to do  and making one from a mix is really just lazier than lazy 😛

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 well, you’ve become the representative of a powerful demographic, one that lives online.  over the past couple of years, i’ve seen how a mere feature on your blog created microtrends or fads. so now a lot of marketing people who have followed your blog are seeing you as a viable strategy. something like that. haha

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 Mas natakot ako kay Nora Daza than the Psoriasis.

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omnesia

Of course you’ve seen the new Century Tuna billboards? IN showbiz, there’s Aljuron Abrenica!

The photo of Gaita, Claude and the bihon mascot is hilarious 😀

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Atrevi

 I like Super Golden Bihon mascot.  Sana puwede sa mga parties.

Al Jarreau and Aljuron.  hahahaha.. my daughter caught me laughing by myself.

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Hmmm, looks like the room got cured, too. (on the before and after psoriasis pic).

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CVS Reply:

lol. may kasamang home makeover

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