Dining Under the Stars in Mercato Centrale

If there is something that differentiates Filipinos from other people it is their love for food. Filipinos love eating no matter what the time of day and they simply adore both international and locale cuisines. This is why the people at BGC decided to come up with Mercato Centrale.

Considering how plenty of Filipinos love eating, especially when it is late at night, people from BGC decided that it is about time for them to have nightly food bazaars that will cater to the every hungry Filipino. Open on the weekends, Mercato Centrale starts at 10pm and goes on into the wee hours of the morning. Rain or shine, or in this case moonshine, people can come in and out of the well ventilated BGC tent at will with their takeout boxes or just their full stomachs.

There is no entrance fee when it comes to this. After finding a space for your car, all it takes is a short walk from the parking lot to the main tent itself and the minute you enter its doors, welcoming you will be the aroma of freshly cooked food. The numerous offerings might be a lot to take in at first but do not fret and take your time.

When it comes to this Taguig night spot, what you need to do is survey the area first. In this case, do consider going around the BGC tent once and look at all of the food before deciding on purchasing any item. The stalls or kiosks are arranged according to the food that they are offering so this will be a piece of cake.

The first series of stalls offer barbecued items on sticks. You can choose from traditional pork barbecue to a wide variety of stick food like fish balls, isaw (chicken or pork intestines), hotdogs, dried fish, and many more. Tell the cook what you want, pay for everything, and then come back for your order.

Afterwards, you will reach the Mexican section where all sorts of burritos, nachos, and enchiladas are offered. Following these are the roasts that have roasted chicken down to the ever popular roasted pig. Some of these stalls also offer deep fried options, which really are delicious heart attacks waiting to happen.

Then there are the famous steak and burger joints. One stall sells freshly grilled steaks that are thick and juicy. There is another stand that offers the Krispy Kreme burger which is basically a half pound of beef sandwiched in between a Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut.

After going around the tent, you will reach the desserts area first. This place offers sumptuous cakes and ice cream concoctions. There is one seller that infuses the cake mix with bacon and their most popular item is the bacon chocolate cake. Another popular option is the mochi, which is ice cream that is enveloped in sweet dumpling-like dough.

It all ends with drinks but you will get more than bottled water and sodas at Mercato Centrale. They have tons of fruit shake stands and stalls selling chilled juice concoctions. Milk tea is also available in these parts so you have a lot to choose from.

After getting all of your orders freshly cooked, it is now time to find yourself a table if you will be eating at the tent. They have a lot of seating space so this will not be a problem. Just see to it that you take it slow because you will end up with a lot of food for sure and rushed eating is not advisable.

Mercato Centrale
BGC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, The Fort, Taguig
Mercato Centrale Facebook Page

Goin’ Loco Over Brazo

How do you like your Brazo de Mercedes?

Moist. Fresh from the oven. Semi-sweet.

Melts in your mouth.

How about convenient?

You got that right! Now you can indulge in your favorite Filipino dessert anytime, anywhere with Supreme Brazo Bars by Ces Lopez.

Supreme Brazo Bars puts a twist to the classic Brazo de Mercedes, a cake roll made of soft white meringue and yellow custard filling. It comes in individual bars (or sandwiches) so you can pack them for your kids to bring to school, bring along as a quick snack when you’re on the go, or give as a gift during special occasions. The soft and moist cake is pure heaven; the small serving teases your taste buds and makes you crave for more.

Supreme Brazo Bars is the brainchild of Ces Lopez, a pastry fan who literally grew up in the food business being the daughter of bakeshop owners. Her novel idea began in 2009 when she helped out her son raise money for a fundraising project at school. She modified the traditional Brazo rolls into bars, making them easier to handle and more affordable for high school students. The Brazo bars were a huge hit so she decided to sell them commercially.

Amid the tight competition in the food industry, let alone the pastry business, Ces’ homebaked masterpiece hadn’t gone unnoticed. She entered Supreme Brazo Bars in Anton Diaz’s Ultimate Taste Test 2.0 and got first place. Subsequently, her product was chosen by Spot.ph as the No. 1 Food Gift for Christmas in 2009 and No. 2 in 2010. It was also listed by WikiPilipinas.com among its Top 10 Food Discoveries in 2009.

With many bakeshops offering similar products, how does Ces make her products stand out? She reveals that Supreme Brazo Bars boast of not one, not five, but 13 variants! Customers can take their pick from flavors such as Copaco Mango, Macapuno Summer Breeze, Strawberry Sunrise, Pistachio Festival and Almond Shindig. And for die-hard Brazo fans, there’s the classic golden custard filling to satisfy their palate.

To ensure quality, the bars are made of the best ingredients – first class French butter and cream, premium imported nuts and the freshest fruits. It can last up to a week in the refrigerator and two weeks in the freezer.

Can’t wait to have one? Supreme Brazo Bars by Ces Lopez are available at the Parvati Dessert Shop, G/F, Trinoma, EDSA cor. North Avenue, Quezon City (10 am to 9 pm daily) and at Unit 29, Galleria Townhomes, 14th Street, New Manila, Quezon City (9 am to 7 pm). They also have a stall at Midnight Mercato (Fridays and Saturdays, 10 pm to 3 am) and Mercato Centrale (Saturdays and Sundays, 7 am to 2 pm) at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Customers can call 0915-3528372 for inquiries and City Delivery 87878 for metro-wide delivery service.

Prices are as follows:
Box of 4 – P160
Box of 7 – P280
Box of 14 – P560
Box of 4 – P240
Box of 7 – P420
Box of 14 – P840

Supreme Brazo Bars by Ces Lopez
Unit 29, Galleria Townhomes, 14th Street, New Manila, Quezon City
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It’s Here! Mercato Centrale @ BGC

Just a short post to announce the upcoming grand opening of the most awaited food/lifestyle market in the Philippines.

Mark your calendar and ready your appetites.

Opening this November 21st, 6AM-12NN, in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, Mercato Centrale promises to be the place for unique and great tasting food finds. Organized by none other than OAP’s Anton Diaz, expect an extensive selection of healthy and organic food stuff from new and upcoming food artists.

Details below…

Mercato Centrale