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A Weekend Fete of Food and Organic Goods

on December 7, 2010


Last Saturday, I was able to shop and dine at Mercato Centrale, the newest weekend market in town. Inspired by the outdoor markets of Mercato Centrale in Florence and the Boroughs Market in London, Mercato Centrale at Bonifacio Global City is an innovative weekend lifestyle market that offers unique food finds [bagnet sandwich, vegetarian sausages, etc], fresh and organic produce [fruits, herbs, vegetables, etc], a myriad of irresistible sweet treats [frozen merengue pies, ice-cream filled mochi, etc], and a whole lot more.

I arrived a little too early. [My parents went jogging around 6:30.] Most of the concessionaires were just setting up. So I took up this chance to take photos of the booths and stalls that are already open. Note: Mercato Centrale @ BGC is divided into four tents, two of which are air-conditioned.

organic produce by Herbana Farms

more fresh goods

Messy Bessy — clean and green line of household cleaning products

Tent 1 is where the organic fresh produce, healthy vegetarian choices, and other organic products can be found.

bags of organic brown/mountain rice

Don’t you just love its name? 😉

Spring’s chilled taho can be topped with your choice of fruits

artisanal chocolates that are proudly Pinoy-made [my favorite is the chocolate & siling labuyo variant]

Leyende is an emerging Filipino brand of handmade, natural and organic bath and body products

Ritual Shop is a natural store that carries different brands of organic household items, skin care products, and clothing

I loved the tomato-flavored baby food by Oh Baby! [yes, I ate baby food! it’s surprisingly good.]

here’s a fun way to let your kids take in fruits and veggies c/o The Honest Juice

Concessionaires of dessert items such as cakes/cupcakes, cookies, pies, breads, and other pastries are gathered in Tent 2. There are others selling jams, dips, dressings, and drinks as well.

The Russian Cookie House’s unique selection of cookies

PvZ cupcakes at P100 each by Little Miss OC’s Kitchen

the return of the much-loved macaron cake by Empire Macarons

Chile Vitas for dipping & dunking

Gold Leaf chilled tea can be enjoyed even before it hits the supermarkets

various homemade dips and spreads

decadent chocolate macadamia cake by Pothole

I was ecstatic to learn that my favorite apple pie shop [which I thought was gone] is still in operation. The Apple Tree Company [now called Tres Amores] used to be in Glorietta 4.

unforgettable, indeed! I’ma get some more of these.

molten brownie bites, chocolate crunchies, and cinnamon-apple tarts from Park Avenue Desserts

Baked by Anita — this line of mini cupcakes is reason enough to visit Mercato [come early to get some of those saffron w/ black salt and/or the bacon flavored ones]

gourmet jams that are homemade and all-natural courtesy of The Fruit Garden

these yummies will keep you giddy the whole day… rich, creamy ice-cream wrapped in sticky, chewy rice paste

Tent 3, non-airconditioned, is situated beside Tent 2. Under this tent are stalls and booths offering home-cooked meals, pasta, snacks, and deli items.

Inn Café’s creamy cheesy beef & eggplant lasagna comes at P95/slice only

scrumptious Euro-Mediterranean fare [Isn’t that lamb navarin simply drool-worthy?]

choose from original, spicy, cheesy, and hot&cheesy — Z’s sausages

baked beef lasagna and garlic parsley potatoes, anyone?

Tinapate [mini pandesal with tinapa paté spread], spoonfuls of Cocido and Beef Steak from Lola Maria’s restaurant in Mandaluyong

pad thai, bagoong rice, and ginataan

seafood paella Smiley

a cute gingerbread house and some gingerbread men

If you want grilled dishes, ribs, burgers, and hotdogs then Tent 4 is your best bet. This is the other open-air tent which accommodates most of the diners for arranged in its centermost area are tables and chairs.

[image grabbed from Anton]

Tent 4 aka “the grillery”

[image grabbed from Anton]

gourmet burgers Smiley

baked potatoes, whole chicken, slab of baby back ribs, all beef burger patties, bacon-wrapped stuffed sausages c/o of Flamed Smiley

franks + pies

More dining space can be located behind the tents. There is also a colonnade connecting Tents 1 and 2 where cooking demonstrations are held and live bands play. Around this area, more stalls selling food, drinks, and other goods are stationed.

If you are tired of the conventional fare in weekend markets, Mercato Centrale can be a breath of fresh air. It’s a one-stop shop where you can enjoy notable meals with family, friends, and fellow foodies, with constant celebrity sightings to boot. 😛 It’s also a place for discovering unique food finds at bargain prices and re-discovering old loves that you thought were gone [take my re-acquaintance with the Apple Tree Company, for instance]. Note: Most of the concessionaires were participants in previous Ultimate Taste Tests [organized by Our Awesome Planet author Anton Diaz and his team], which are regularly held foodie events where brand new recipes and one-of-a-kind food items by emerging culinary masters around the Philippines are showcased.

This market is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 6am till 12pm. It’s overwhelming, at the same time, exciting to see a good many of the brands/businesses I’ve previously encountered in the UTTs. Though, I personally think that it’s impossible to purchase something from every booth, the free samples/taste are of great help as they provide the shoppers the chance to gauge if what they’re about to purchase are worth buying. There are certain concessionaires that join only on Sundays, so I kind of missed several. But to look at it at a bright note, it means I’ve to go back… and yes, definitely on a Sunday this time! I have yet to sample those that weren’t around last time. [Tina Raines, if you’re reading this, I have been yearning for your strawberries and chocolate chips frozen pie since UTT4.0!!! I’ll make sure to get some on Sunday.] 😉

Mercato Centrale at the Bonifacio Global City is a joint venture of Our Awesome Planet, Mommy Mundo, and RJ and Vanessa Ledesma.

Care to join me this Sunday? 😀

Mercato Centale at BGC
30th Street corner 9th Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig



8 responses to “A Weekend Fete of Food and Organic Goods

  1. Cissy-boy the man says:

    Ofcourse I’ll join you on sunday.

  2. interesting kind of thing..wehheeew..

  3. Thanks for featuring Inn Cafe’s Creamy Cheesy Beef & Eggplant Lasagna! We Sold out! Next time try our Rellenong Bangus..


  4. Smarla says:

    you’re going again this sunday? 😀 i might go on sunday 😀

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