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PORTO CENA: THE MERCATO CENTRALE OF SUBIC!

Subic has always been a haven for adventure-seekers: From the jungle adventures at Zoobic Safari to the water adventures at Ocean Adventure to the shopping adventures at the Royal Duty Free Shops. Now, we’ve got another great reason for you to visit Subic: A Foodie Adventure!

 

The Mercato Centrale group, organizers of the popular night food markets Midnight Mercato in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Cucina Andare in Glorietta Park, Makati, Mezza Norte in Trinoma Mall, Quezon City and Cocina Centrale in MarQuee Mall, Angeles, opens the NEWEST Mercato Centrale market in the North: PORTO CENA in Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall, Subic every Friday and Saturday starting October 5 (Saturday) from 4pm to 3am.

“We are excited about bringing the Mercato Centrale experience to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone”, shared Anton Diaz, co-organizer of PORTO CENA and the blogger behind the popular food and travel website www.OurAwesomePlanet.com. “The variety of great-tasting and affordable food choices, the acoustic music and the lively atmosphere will definitely complement the fun and adventurous vibe that Subic has become well-known for!”

“PORTO CENA will be a night food and lifestyle market where the home-grown food entrepreneurs of Subic Bay, Olongapo and the rest of Zambales can showcase their local cuisine.” said RJ Ledesma, co-organizer of PORTO CENA. “We are also excited to have the expatriate community of Subic – who come from all parts of the globe – to offer their specialty dishes in the market.”

“Of course, we are also bringing over the best-selling food vendors and food trucks from our Mercato markets in Manila to be part of PORTO CENA.” Added Anton Diaz.

PORTO CENA is located at Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City.

For interested food and bazaar vendors from Manila, Subic, Olongapo and Zambales who want to join PORTO CENTA, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102 or email admin@mercatocentrale.ph or visit www.facebook.com/portocena. You can also pick up an application form at the administration office of Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall.

The Mercato Centrale markets have been the birthplace of many fast-growing food companies including Manang’s Chicken, Mochiko, Merry Moo, Chuck’s Grubberie Mio Gelati, Spring by Ha-Yuan, Kristina’s Inutak, Zen Taclings, Eat My Garlic Fries and many more! Join the growing Mercato Centrale family!

Baker’s Dozen brings sweet and yummy treats to Power Plant Mall

The Baker’s Dozen,  Power Plant Mall’s all-time favorite pastry fest,  is  back this August to excite and delight shoppers at the heart of fashionable Manila.
Make a beeline for the Concourse Level’s South Wing (near True Value)  every weekend of August for your cupcake fix, cake pasalubong or an exciting, new discovery.

Choose from a variety of sweet endings:

Iya’s many-flavored soft Jumbo Pastillas, The Flour Girl’s variety of mouth-watering cupcakes, The Sweet Life by Ange’s cute-as-a-button cakepops, Costa Brava’s classic caramel cake, Hey Gourmet’s ensaymadas topped with gooey goodness, CHOCOatbp.’s tablea chocolate bars and rum cakes, The Noodle Bakes’ rich and delicious gateaux and cakes, and Cru Kitchen’s wide variety of cookies and Belgian brownies, and Sweet Pick’s tasty mini cheesecakes. All these temptations are there for the tasting and taking.


But wait, there’s more. Monsees Catering and popular gourmet
breadsticks, Joyce’s Homemade Foods’ award-winning pastries, dishes and
queso de bola chips, plus Baked by Anita’s Wild Mushrooms &
Gruyere with White Truffle Oil pocket pies are also there to sweeten the
pot.

Indulge your foodie side and take on the offerings of
the much-awaited Baker’s Dozen at the Power Plant Mall. For more
information visit http://www.facebook.com/PowerPlantMall or call
898-1702.

Mezza Norte opens in Trinoma

Attention food lovers, enthusiasts and those who want to just experience great dining and entertainment!   Mezza Norte,  Quezon City’s premiere food and lifestyle night market,  has opened in Ayala Malls’ Trinoma yesterday,  May 3.   Located at Trinoma’s open parking at Mindanao Avenue,  this night food market is open  from 4:00pm to 3:00am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

“Mezza Norte complements Trinoma’s great shopping, dining and entertainment experience. We are also strategically located at the heart of Quezon City where we can best serve Northern Manila’s food enthusiasts,” said RJ Ledesma, co-founder of the Mercato Centrale Group.

Mezza Norte features an extensive selection of unique, mouth-watering and affordable goodies which include grilled foods, Pinoy street foods, sandwiches, burgers, rice meals, fruit shakes, dimsums, kebabs, tacos, ice creams, cakes, pastries and a whole lot more.

My hungry tummy craved for grilled food so I ordered  grilled pusit. This is awesome from Aloha Grill! My favorite among the food vendors!

 

 

“Aside from experiencing the well-known and popular Mercato Centrale suki vendors, Mezza Norte also has food entrepreneurs who will be serving the best in homemade dishes from the kitchens of Quezon City,” added Ledesma.
The Mercato Centrale Group is the events team behind Metro Manila’s most happening night weekend markets that include Midnight Mercato in Bonifacio Global City and Cucina Andare at Glorietta Park in Makati.

Mercato Centrale has a relaxed and jovial atmosphere for families, friends, classmates, officemates, balikbayans and tourists to hang out, bond, listen to live music, and create new experiences while enjoying great food choices in unique salo-salo style. On top of that, Mercato Centrale has become the go-to place for food enthusiasts looking for the ‘next big thing’ in food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We were inspired by the vibrant night food markets of our Asian neighbors like Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan. They are not only destination markets but tourist attractions as well. Thus, we wanted to bring that exciting ‘street food’ vibe and culture to the Philippines, and give it a uniquely Pinoy spin,” said Ledesma.
All food vendors undergo a taste test by the Mercato Centrale Group. Vendors are chosen based on flavour, innovation and uniqueness.

“We’re proud to have helped a number of our food vendors create their own niche in the local food industry. Among those who have emerged are Manang’s Chicken, Mochiko, Chuck’s Grubberie, Mio Gelati, Spring by Ha Yuan, Merry Moo, Inutak, Zen Taclings, Eat My Garlic Fries and a lot more,” added Ledesma.

For those interested to become food vendors in Mezza Norte or any of Mercato Centrale Group’s food markets, please email admin@mercatocentrale.ph or text (+63)9178401152.

Check out my coming post as I will bring along my two kids and nieces for food night market  next week!

View more photos here.

 

 

MEZZA NORTE LIST OF VENDORS

1.Carlo’s Kitchen
Carlo’s Kitchen is owned by Catherine and Carlo Reantazo. They started at Distrito Night Market in Makati and they currently have a stall in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. Their best seller is the crunchy pork belly. Their other products are chicken teriyaki and pork chop.

2.Big Bob’s Burger
Big Bob’s Burger is owned by Mr. Ean James Cuenco. He started at Morning Mercato and currently has a stall in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. His products include the special burger and the super special burger. He is known for his charcoal-grilled burgers.

3.Chef Anton
Chef Anton is owned by Anton Ortanez. He currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. His products include roast beef sandwich, turkey, chicken, steak sandwich.

4.Bumble Tea Place
Bumble Tea Place is owned by Mia Espiritu. She started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. Her products include fruit tea, rock and salt milk tea, and yakult surprise.

5.Cakes by K
Cakes by K is owned by Karlo Imperial. He started at Distrito Night Market and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare, and Mezza Norte. His products include chocolate cakes, brazo de Mercedes, and cheese cakes.

6.Chef Resty’s
Chef Resty’s is owned by Cindy Dizon. She started at Morning Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. Her best seller is their Roast Beef.

7.Chef Bob’s Sisig
Chef Bobs Sisig is owned by Michelle Basa. She started in Distrito Night Market and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare, and Mezza Norte. Her products include Pork, Tuna, and Chicken Sisig, and Dinakdakan.

8.Dadi’s Berd
Dadi’s Berd is owned by Mark Bulaong. He started in Mezza Norte. His products include Grilled Chicken, Liempo, and Grilled Squid.

9.Edgy’s Drink
Edgy’s drink is owned by Elizabeth Ng. She started in Midnight Mercato, and currently has stalls in Mezza Norte and Midnight Mercato. Her products include winter melon, strawberry, dalandan melon, and buko pandan juices.

10.Edgy’s Food Trip
Edgy’s Food Trip is owned by Elizabeth Ng. She started in Midnight Mercato, and currently has stalls in Mezza Norte and Midnight Mercato. Her products include Baby Back Ribs, Garlic Chicken with Tinapa, Pepper Corn, and Korean Beef Stew.

11.Flavor Avenue
Flavor Avenue is owned by Katrina Inocencio. She started at Mezza Norte. Her products include Quessodillas, Cheese Dynamite, Calamari, and Seafood Paella.

12.FMT Tacklings
FMT Tacklings is owned by Michelle Tubarin. She started in Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. Her best seller is bite size tacos.

13.Hok Luk Sues Food
Hok luk sues food is owned by Mercy Tin. She started in Distrito Night Market and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. Her products include Chinese Fresh Lumpia, Chinese Authentic Kikiam and Camaron, Pork Belly Rice, and Coffee Spareribs.

14.Happy Chef
Happy Chef Culinary is owned by Jamie Hao and Glenda Garcia. They started in Mezza Norte. Products include Beef Stroganoff, Porf Spareribs, Chicken Curry, and Fish Fillet with Tausi.

15.Giga Bite Kebab
Giga Bite Kebab is owned by Maria Luisa Obispo. She started in Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. Her products include Grilled Chicken and Pork Isaw, Grilled Liempo and Grilled Chicken and Pork Bbq.

16.Juana Bowl
Juana Bowl is owned by Monch Bernabe. She started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare, and Mezza Norte. Her products are grilled US ribs steak, pink salmon and baked lasagna.

17.Merry Moo
Merry Moo is owned by Kelvin Ngo. He started at Morning Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. His product is gourmet ice cream with flavors like Sea Salt and Caramel, Coffee Kahlua and Earl Grey Tea.

18.Lecheng Lechon
Lecheng Lechon is owned by Filip Sabio. He started at Mezza Norte. His best seller is the Cebu Lechon.

19.Lyn’s Bibingka
Lyn’s Bibingka is owned by Gemma Baring. She started in Mezza Norte. She sells bibingka and puto bumbong.

20. Lariza’s Juice
Lariza’s Juice is owned by Teresa Santos. She started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. She sells different kinds of fresh fruit juices like Buko, Pineapple and Mango.

21.Mio Gelati
Mio Gelati is owned by Celina Nolasco. She started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. Her product is gelato ice cream with different gourmet flavors.

22.Manila Q
Manila Q is owned by Charibelle Morados. She started at Morning Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. Her products include bagwang, fish ham and corned beef sinangag.

23.Macheesemo Burger
Macheesemo Burger is owned by Patrick Santos. He started at Mezza Norte and currently has stalls in Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. His products include Macheesemo classic, melt and philly.

24.Medchef
Medchef is owned by Jayson Carlos. He started at Morning Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. He sells different slices of cakes and pastries.

25.Mamay’s ihaw-ihaw
Mamay’s ihaw-ihaw is owned by Maila Caneza. She started at Morning Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. She sells different kinds of Filipino street food.

26.Nacho El Mexikanto
Nacho El Mexikanto is owned by Edel De Guzman. He started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. He sells nachos, quesadillas and burritos.

27.New York Minute Paninis
New York Minute Paninis is owned by Maxine Marcelino. She started at Mezza Norte and currently has a stall in Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. She sells different kind of paninis, buffalo wings, lasagna and blue cheese pasta.

28.Piper’s Pan
Piper’s Pan is owned by Rene Cruz. He started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. He sells mini cakes like chocolate, sansrival, mango and red velvet.

29.The Juice Bar
The Juice Bar is owned by Ethel Herrera. She started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. She sells fresh fruit juices.

30.Uno Burger
Uno Burger is owned by Hazel Frias. She started and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. She sells bacon mushroom burgers, dynamite and beef rolls and loaded potato skin.

31.Sinangag Trip
Sinangag Trip is owned by Grace Enriquez. She started and currently has stall in Mezza Norte. She sells silog with different kinds of side dish.

32.Yana’s Bukolicious
Yana’s Bukolicious is owned by Eduardo Bangongon. He started and currently has a stall at Mezza Norte. He sells Buko shake and Pandan Juice.

33. Roasterrific
Roasterrific is owned by Valerie Chow. She started and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. She sells roasted chicken, roast liempo and Japanese lobster balls.

34.Dimsum Maniacs
Dimsum Maniacs is owned by Yohan Sy. He started at Mezza Norte and currently has a stall in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. He sells siomai, siopao, taosi spareribs and chicken feet.

35.Asian Kebab Grill
Asian Kebab Grill is owned by Jaqueline Lim. She started and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. She sells chicken kebab, chicken yakitori and chicken bulgogi.

36.Katsu by Uno
Katsu by Uno is owned by Pamela Frias. She started at Mezza Norte and currently has a stall in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. She sells chicken and pork katsu, gyoza, and vegetable tempura.

37.Zeny’s Kitchen
Zeny’s Kitchen is owned by Jelina Ang. She started and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. She sells boneless garlic bangus, Zeny’s chicken rice and chicken bbq.

38.Little Donkey
Little Donkey is owned by Raul Banez. He started and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. He sells chicken burritos, beef and chicken tacos and chips and salads.

39.Green Minded
Green Minded is owned by Amiel Pascual. She started and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. She sells healthy and veggie sandwiches.

40.Hey Fishy Fishy
Hey Fishy Fishy is owned by Miguel Gregorio. He started at Mezza Norte and currently has a stall in Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. He sells beer battered fish fillet and tempura with fries.

41.Little Pie
Little Pie is owned by Vibson Que. He stared and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. He sells different kinds of pie like chicken, cheesy sausage, moo pie and apple pie.

42.PAJ Grill
PAJ Grill is owned by Teresita Vargas. She started at Manda Centrale ansdcurrently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. She sells chicken bbq, prok chop, boneless chicken and pork ribs.

43.Oishi Obento
Oishi Obento is owned by Wowie Manabat. He started and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. He sells Hawaiian snacks, katsudon and sukiyaki.

44.Shawarma Fushion
Shawarma Fusion is owned by Irma Lopez. She started at Soderno and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato, Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. She sells Shawarma wrap, shawarma rice and ramoza.

45.Domz Food House
Domz Food House is owned by Butch Nunez. He started at Distrito and currently has a stall in Mezza Norte. He sells bagnet rice patong and bagnet lugaw.

46.The Cheesesteak Shop
The Cheesesteak shop is owned by Mai Uy. She started at Midnight Mercato and currently has a stall in Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. She sells sandwiches like classic philly cheese steak, premium cheese steaks and garlic fries.

47.Chef on the Go (Food Truck)
Chef on the Go is owned by Ethel Encarnacion. She started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. Some of her products include spicy ramen, chicken pops, and sisig rice.

48.Mochiko
Mochiko is owned by Nowie Potenciano. He started at Morning Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. He sells mocha ice cream balls with different flavors.

49.Chicago Pizza
Chicago Pizza is owned by Beng Enriquez. She started at Midnight Mercato and currently has stalls in Midnight Mercato and Mezza Norte. She sells Chicago deep dish pizza.
50.Etcetera Mongolian Bowls
Etcetera Mongolian Bowls is owned by Hilario M. Obaldo. He started at Mezza Norte. He sells chicken Mongolian, fish fillet, squid and Mongolian wings.

51.Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree is owned by Maricel Agapito. She started at Mezza Norte sells hawker-style Asian noodles.

52.Chicken Chop
Chicken Chop is owned by Jessicca Wong. She started at Mezza Norte and she’s selling different varieties of chicken chops.

53.Schmidt’s Gourmet Hotdogs
Schmidt’s Gourmet Hotdogs is owned by Lawrence See. He started at Cucina Andare and currently has stalls in Cucina Andare and Mezza Norte. He sells gourmet hotdog sandwiches like The Julius and Waga Maga.

54.Kitchen Experience
Kitchen Experience is owned by Anna Lorraine Guzman. She started at Mezza Norte and sells aligue pasta, tuna pasta, beef red sauce and penne and cheese.

55.Naimbag Ilocano Food
Naimbag Ilocano Food is owned by Anna Lorraine Guzman . She started at Mezza Norte and sells sinanglaw with rice, pinadalem, vigan longganisa, and other Ilocano dishes.

56.Gloomys Empanada
Gloomys Empanada is owned by Mark Anthony Rigunau . She started at Mezza Norte and sells batac empanada.

57.Saultry Chef
Saultry Chef is owned by Ivory Yat of Master Chef Philippines. She started at Mezza Norte and sells savory chicken, nachos, beef bbq and different varieties of pasta.

58.En Papillote
En Papillote is owned by Jan Carlo Del Rosario. He started at Mezza Norte and sells steamed fish, chicken and pork.

59.Hickory Ribs and Brisket
Hickory Ribs and Brisket is owned by Heidi Ballesfin. She started at Midnight Mercato and has stalls in Midnight Mercato, and Mezza Norte. She sells smoked ribs and brisket chicken quarter.