20 May2014

But I think if I did an open invitation I wouldn’t be able to seat and feed all of the guests. So here’s how four MM readers get a chance to join other MM readers (a group of friends formed at the previous eyeballs) and MM for lunch at the beach on Friday, 13th June 2014 in Nasugbu, Batangas.

1. Using the search function on the Marketmanila site (not google, yahoo, etc.), search the word “caviar” and several posts will appear. At the end of main text portion of one of those posts, you will find an italicized number followed by an instruction to search another word.

2. Keep looking for the “clues” in numerical order. In other words find 1, then 2, then 3 until you reach the final number that tells you what to do. Return to this post and do what the last instruction 10 says to do. That’s it. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU FOUND THE ANSWER EARLY, continue until you count of the clues in NUMERICAL ORDER. There may be additional requirements along the way. So for the sake of the game, no shortcuts please. :)

3. From all of the entries, assuming there are more than 4, I will use a random number generator (yes, they have those on the net) to pick the four folks who will join us at the beach. Hopefully, at least two of the guests will have transportation and would be willing to bring other winners who may not have their own transportation.

4. Lunch is completely on Marketman & Family. You will help us prep, cook and obviously EAT lunch that day along with roughly 16-20 other folks all brought together by marketmanila.com over the last 10 years or so.

I really look forward to meeting new readers/commenters who join us at the beach. Do not stress, do this challenge at your leisure. It will be up for the next 10 days or so, and it’s a way to go through old posts, learn to use the internal search function, and to see some of the variety of topics (in this case mostly “fish pan” material) in the archives. I will announce the winners on June 1, 2014. I am pre-occupied with other matters over the next few days so I will be checking into this post only when I get access to the net, which will be infrequent.

Thank you very much for continuing to be a part of the marketmanila.com family. Let the game begin! :)



  1. jay p says:

    uhhh can i do interpretive dance about your fish skin chicharon post instead?

    May 20, 2014 | 9:06 am


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  3. ami says:

    Haha, I did the hunt for the fun of it but I’m actually too shy to meet you MM. :) Have fun you lucky 4!

    May 20, 2014 | 9:36 am

  4. Marketman says:

    Ami, did the hunt work? Did you get to the final clue? I just want to make sure I didn’t screw it up. Thanks for playing along.

    May 20, 2014 | 9:42 am

  5. Cat says:

    hi MM! i’m also doing the hunt for the fun of it.. i’m actually stuck at the 3rd word “F”. i searched until the 2nd page of the results. i searched again from the start. it’s my 3rd try and still stuck. i don’t know what i’m doing wrong :(

    May 20, 2014 | 9:51 am

  6. Marketman says:

    Cat, you are close, keep going, it’s there… I just checked. :)

    May 20, 2014 | 10:01 am

  7. jepp says:

    Jepp, 26, paella (any kind) =)

    May 20, 2014 | 10:09 am

  8. ami says:

    MM, yup it worked! Looks like Jepp got it too.

    May 20, 2014 | 10:24 am

  9. Cat says:

    worked all right! sorry for being impatient. haha! good luck to the winners. sorry i can’t join since i’m working abroad. thanks MM! :)

    Cat, 25, caviar pie (kahit di ako makaka-join haha)

    May 20, 2014 | 10:30 am

  10. Amor says:

    It was fun finding the clues! Enjoy you guys :)

    May 20, 2014 | 10:32 am

  11. ja says:

    found it:)

    MM’s food is the best:)
    but i’m not joining :)

    May 20, 2014 | 11:08 am

  12. rosa says:

    Yay!!!! *doing a dance of joy at my desk*

    Rosa, 27, paella (!!!!!)

    (sisimulan ko na ang 9-day novena with the sole intention of asking St. Jude to help me win this one!)

    May 20, 2014 | 11:27 am

  13. Cynthia says:

    Cyn 35, Marketman’s “House” Paella!

    *MM please check. I found #10 when I was searching for clue #4

    May 20, 2014 | 11:28 am

  14. Marketman says:

    cynthia, that’s right, I noticed that. A quirk of a few ingredients. But for players, please continue in a numerical order, as there may be additional instructions (!) in later clues… so shortcuts MAY be a disservice to you. :)

    May 20, 2014 | 11:47 am

  15. Cynthia says:

    I still did 1-10 though, even if I found the last instruction earlier on. It was fun going through your old posts : )

    May 20, 2014 | 11:54 am

  16. khrishyne says:

    i cant go to nasugbo but i’ll try the search. the last time i did this was the James bond Themed one

    May 20, 2014 | 12:18 pm

  17. peterb says:

    Fun! Just maybe :)

    Peter, 32, Wagyu Osso Buco Milanese ala Marketman or basically anything :)

    That’s the first recipe i ever tried from your site.

    May 20, 2014 | 12:32 pm

  18. Betchay says:

    More or less 30 minutes to search depending on how fast your internet is and if you are not waylaid to read back the interesting posts over the years! I finished the search first lest the system crash if many will be joining. :) After submitting this, I am going back to re- read the old posts!

    Betchay, 44, anything grilled ala MM will be heaven but your paella will be a bonus!

    Enjoy your vacation! :)

    May 20, 2014 | 1:29 pm

  19. Rafael Hocson says:

    Lito, 60, too numerous! No longer mobile to go nasugbu but enjoyed the search. And the distractions.

    May 20, 2014 | 1:35 pm

  20. Marie Anne Marcos says:

    May, 39, zubuchon lechon

    May 20, 2014 | 2:32 pm

  21. Chery says:

    chery lyn, 25, naglalaway sa lechon! Sir pwede pag napili super proxy :)

    May 20, 2014 | 2:43 pm

  22. khrishyne says:

    shyne, 19, paella , anything with search 1-6 ug uban pa

    btw marketman, i hope this will qualify me to join the cebu portion, kung kanus-a man..:)

    May 20, 2014 | 2:51 pm

  23. mylene espina says:

    mylene, 38, seared foie gras

    May 20, 2014 | 2:59 pm

  24. Manny says:

    Manny, 37, Sugpo, Kalabasa at Sitaw sa Gata. I wish I could go but am not sure since I might be out of the country by then.

    May 20, 2014 | 3:47 pm

  25. denise says:

    Denise, 22, seafood paella :)

    May 20, 2014 | 3:57 pm

  26. Tin says:

    Tin, 28, inasal na manok:)

    May 20, 2014 | 4:17 pm

  27. Joe-ker says:

    joseph, 30, prime rib paella

    May 20, 2014 | 6:09 pm

  28. Eileen C says:

    Eileen, 40, paellas

    May 20, 2014 | 6:14 pm

  29. Eileen C says:

    Eileen, 40, lechon with truffles

    May 20, 2014 | 6:17 pm

  30. Guada Villanueva says:

    Guada,37, paella

    May 20, 2014 | 6:53 pm

  31. Guada says:

    Guada,37, paella

    May 20, 2014 | 6:56 pm

  32. Kath says:

    Kath, 30, Lechon!

    May 20, 2014 | 8:29 pm

  33. helen says:

    Helen,40 seared foie gras . MM, found the answer while looking for clue # 4

    May 20, 2014 | 8:35 pm

  34. Maria Luz Roldan says:

    Luz, 41, paella

    May 20, 2014 | 8:44 pm

  35. Chinky says:

    Chinky, 39, Zubuchon roasted pork belly.

    May 20, 2014 | 8:52 pm

  36. Amarit says:

    Amarit, 19, Foie Gras. I am long time reader.I would love to attend this lunch.. I hope to win.

    May 20, 2014 | 9:17 pm

  37. Cristy says:

    Cristy, 26, Paella a la Marketman/Crew :)

    Although I cannot make it should I win (won’t be home for summer break until the first of July), I loved searching for the clues. Great idea, MM! Have a blast! :)

    May 20, 2014 | 9:33 pm

  38. Michelle says:

    Michelle, 22, seafood paella or zubuchon :)

    May 20, 2014 | 10:01 pm

  39. Julius says:

    Julius, 32, Lechon de Leche with Truffles but can I give my slot to my sister if I get selected since I’m currently based in HK? Thanks! I enjoyed the hunt… #2 clue was a clincher

    May 20, 2014 | 10:41 pm

  40. Sunny says:

    Sunny,30, Roasted Boneless Pork Belly

    May 21, 2014 | 12:04 am

  41. Meg says:

    Meg,40, lechon with truffles

    May 21, 2014 | 7:12 am

  42. besYS says:

    I did it and found the last clue! It was fun!! :-)
    bes, 42 Zubuchon! Unfortunately, I cannot come, oh well….

    After 14 days in the Phil., I’m back here in the US.
    To all those attending – paki kain na lang ako!! :-)

    May 21, 2014 | 7:32 am

  43. jay p says:

    hey MM here’s a thought:

    what if you make the 4 guests write about their experience with the lunch. it would be interesting to see a “lay” outsider’s point of view sampling your feast for the first time. Heaven knows we wish it were the rest of us.

    if they are too shy to write, maybe some quick snippets? blurbs?

    May 21, 2014 | 9:26 am

  44. marznery says:

    Marz, 26, Paella (any kind). Hope I get lucky.

    May 21, 2014 | 10:07 am

  45. Hershey says:

    Hershey, 16, Salsa ala Market Man (with the corn tostilla chip picture) hohoho! I hope I get lucky yay!

    May 21, 2014 | 11:55 am

  46. gangga says:

    Gangga, 42, lechon with truffles. Won’t be able to join though. Had fun with the “treasure hunt!” =)

    May 21, 2014 | 12:06 pm

  47. jenneth says:

    I’ve been a reader since 2007, though I rarely (maybe twice) comment. I just entered for the fun of it, but like ami above, just to shy to meet MM. might get starstruck and tongue-tied.

    jenneth, 32 (now this is really fun, the age part), any of the dishes offered in zubuchon since Im based in Manila.

    May 21, 2014 | 12:15 pm

  48. Blaise says:

    Blaise, 20, paella :)

    May 21, 2014 | 1:16 pm

  49. Dale@EatsNowOrNever says:

    John Dale, 18, I’m a huge fan of your paellas. I’ve tried several times to make them, the operative word being “tried”. Haha. The last time I tried to make paella, it came out more like Spanish Seafood Risotto. :))

    May 21, 2014 | 1:17 pm

  50. linda says:

    Although I can’t make it I did it just for fun. It was a joy going through yr posts again and was in awe of how
    much you have posted throughout the years….and yr photos are so amazing! Your travels have been a wealth of information and I have learnt so much through yr awesome blog.
    Thank you, MM!
    If I were going I’ll be bringing racks and racks of lamb as my contribution…sayang naman :((
    To all the lucky guests who are going….I’m extremely envious….enjoy:-)

    May 21, 2014 | 3:39 pm

  51. Ria says:

    Ria, 30, cioppino.

    Have car, will drive.

    May 21, 2014 | 4:56 pm

  52. Zerho says:

    Here goes nothing, last time I tried entering the contest I won but was unfortunately unavailable…
    Hezron, 18, paella or chicken inasal

    May 21, 2014 | 6:56 pm

  53. LizCuy says:

    Lizzie, 33, Shrimp & Corn Chowder with Roasted Tomato and Manchego Toasts

    May 21, 2014 | 9:36 pm

  54. BeliciousBella says:

    Bella, 18, Corn Muffins :)

    May 22, 2014 | 1:21 am

  55. yazi says:

    Pat, 27, Paella. haven’t tried Paella, so I’m really curious :)

    May 22, 2014 | 4:54 am

  56. Pam says:

    Pamela, 25, Baltimore-styled Steamed Crab a la Marketman

    May 22, 2014 | 2:02 pm

  57. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Done..for fun,learn a lot from the posts.

    May 22, 2014 | 3:50 pm

  58. melody says:

    Melody, 22, Chili Crab

    May 22, 2014 | 6:30 pm

  59. Irene says:

    Irene, 35, paella ala MM

    Toxic last couple of weeks at work so this was a welcome break. I originally said I wouldn’t be able to go, but hey if the universe wills it… :)

    May 23, 2014 | 1:17 pm

  60. Celery says:

    Celery, 25, Prime Rib Paella

    May 24, 2014 | 12:53 am

  61. Celery says:

    That was fun!! Also got me so hungry. It is 1am!

    May 24, 2014 | 12:54 am

  62. Kasseopeia says:

    Kass, 21, kilawing tanigue… Or any of your kinilaws, for that matter.

    Oh, and I came across this gem from the archives while searching for the clues:
    “Someone once described me as having champagne taste on a beer budget.”

    May 24, 2014 | 7:07 pm

  63. Arc-en-ciel says:

    Juliet, 30, Steamed Lobsters with lemon butter sauce :-)

    May 25, 2014 | 6:50 pm

  64. april says:

    it was fun hunting clues…

    April, 35, paella negra!

    moving to Spain in a couple of months with the husband and kids…it would be interesting to have a first taste of paella in Cebu.

    May 26, 2014 | 8:29 am

  65. Mel Wood says:

    Mel 47, “Several hundred battered, cute and defenceless baby anchovies fried to a crisp in hot oil”

    A good way to test somebody’s patience:)

    Seriously, I won’t be able to make it to your list MM,but an eyeball with you and your other readers come February 2015, would be nice. My Kiwi husband would surely enjoy Filipino food as prepared by experts:)

    May 26, 2014 | 5:41 pm

  66. Ann says:

    Ann, 23, paella

    That was a fun hunt

    May 26, 2014 | 9:59 pm

  67. greens_blossoms says:

    agnes,44,paella….fingers …and legs crossed I get the invite :-)

    May 27, 2014 | 9:03 pm

  68. pixienixie says:

    Nica, 19, grilled flank steak a la marketman

    Crossing my fingers!

    May 28, 2014 | 8:41 am

  69. Cielo says:

    Cielo , 28 , Famous Zubuchon Lechon or the paella ala Marketman :)

    May 29, 2014 | 11:31 am

  70. Mike De Guzman says:

    Michael, 30, Cocido

    May 30, 2014 | 1:21 pm

  71. David says:

    David, 40, zubuchon

    May 30, 2014 | 9:21 pm

  72. Wel Dy says:

    I wish I can meet you again sir. But we’ll be celebrating my mom’s 65th birthday then. I hope you’ll have another meet up like this soon. Best regards.

    Jun 1, 2014 | 9:25 am


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