05 Nov2006


If we only lived in a foodie world, that would be the headline of the Daily News Today… Heeheehee. “Following the second Market Manila Eyeball held at Gourdo’s last night, admitting doctors in the emergency room of General Hospital said they thought this was the first and only recorded case of sugar overdose in the hospital’s 40 year history, until a steady kabog2stream of roughly 70 more individuals showed up throughout the night with the same symptoms!” OH MY GOSH!!! Thank you everyone for bringing that incredible array of desserts to the Eyeball! From the three spectacular sapin-sapins to the frozen brazo de mercedes, buko pie from los banos to kakanin from cainta, tira misu, beautiful cupcakes and cakes, brownies, food for the gods, and flavors of macadamias, caramel, chocolate, fruit, oats, etc… the list is simply too long to remember and I just didn’t keep track! So please, if you were present at the Eyeball last night, kindly leave a comment here and name the dessert that you brought and if it was homemade or commercially produced. If you purchased it, kindly provide the name of the source and contact details so that we can start to build a Marketmanila “blackbook” of the finest sources for take-away food in Manila! Mr. Marketman, Mrs. Marketman and The Kid are still recovering from the evening and since a friend took photos, I have to wait until I get to see them before I put a full post on the Second Eyeball…but please record the desserts here so we don’t lose track of it. And if you weren’t at the Eyeball and are wondering what these little packets of goodies are, they were the budbud kabog (millet cakes/suman) that all of the guests took home with them…how did they taste, by the way??? More on the Eyeball coming up soon! Thanks again to everyone who helped make it happen and all of you who attended the event!



  1. Maria Clara says:

    I love your give away – they are darling – budbud kabog. I give you a High 10 for the presentation – wrapping and tie and for the taste I bet you anything – FIVE STAR. What can I way, you never run out of ideas and when you execute them – they are outstanding. Your attendees are fortunate now they can put the face to the blog/post!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 9:40 am


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  3. Mary says:

    We had as blast! Thanks for a very fun evening. Met some interestin folks.

    Nov 5, 2006 | 9:46 am

  4. socky says:

    That was a great EB, Marketman. As usual I was too overwhelmed by the dessert spread, I could only try a few. My friend Poch brought her own created-only-on-a whim Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Goo, which I saw quickly diminishing even before the dinner queue was over. For her, that was really affirming, he-he. Loved Joey’s chocolate fudge and Mila’s Mochi Balls. Haven’t tried your budbud-kabug yet, as we are saving it for Poch’s little Rama, who at four is a certified suman freak.

    Nov 5, 2006 | 9:48 am

  5. wysgal says:

    I had a budbud for breakfast this morning and it was pretty good, just sweet enough with an even consistency. I liked mine without any extra sugar, slightly heated and with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

    I brought a Turtle Pie from Contis, in its tell-tale box and packaging. I didn’t have the strength and energy … and courage? ha … to make something from scratch.

    I did see that someone brought a nice Frozen Brazo de Mercedes that I had written about previously in my blog. Anyway, thanks for having us. =)

    Nov 5, 2006 | 10:04 am

  6. manilastreetwalker says:

    Fun fun fun and yum yum yum!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 10:16 am

  7. millet says:

    MM, you’re a genius! it is evident the budbud was another labor of love from Mr. & Mrs. MarketMan. eagerly waiting for details of the bash…

    Nov 5, 2006 | 10:51 am

  8. fabian says:

    good speech MM! imagine if u had prepared something to say? :)

    it was great meeting you, mrs marketman, and the kid

    Nov 5, 2006 | 11:13 am

  9. Cai - cupcakediva says:

    It was nice meeting you Mr. and Mrs. Marketman and The Kid! I really had a great time. Thank you for a wonderful get-together and for the Budbud Kabog! Its was really good, though, I only got to eat half a piece coz my mom gobbled it all up..ack!

    Hello to all the lovely people that I met last night: Enya, Alicia, Patty, Debbie and Danney.

    Here’s a little scoop for all those who missed the EB last night, Mr. Marketman is a “HOT MAN” so don’t be fooled by his diet talks! =)

    Nov 5, 2006 | 11:25 am

  10. crisci says:

    hi. am with tulip- am her guest.the dessert we brought was the “spectacular sapin-sapins- as you described it. anyway, id be letting tulip fill in the other details about our dessert.

    uhmm. my mom and i had the budbod kabog with coffee and it was was yummmie yummie (i have to admit, it was my first budbud kabog!!!, thank you) my mom and i loved it.

    it was a lovely evening mr. marketman.
    thank you for welcoming us.

    i had something to write in my “my first” list

    – my first food party/EB
    – my first peanut chocolate chip cookie(not a fan of peanuta though)
    – my first budbud kabog

    btw, it’s my first comment as well.

    Nov 5, 2006 | 11:56 am

  11. Jun and Maret says:

    Hi MM!We had a great time! Met some nice fellow foodies. Best buffet spread for P550. Really loved the hors de ouvres (Kudos to Chef Chris).

    We brought Marta Matute’s Birthday Chocolate Cake. It was the one with a colorful floral icing.

    Just 360++ days till the next EB…

    Thanks, Mr & Mrs MM & the Kid!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 12:49 pm

  12. asunta says:

    mm, my dh and i brought becky’s kitchen walnut fudge brownies. i had your budbud for breakfast. it was real good. two snaps in a z formation!!!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 12:55 pm

  13. alicia says:

    What good fun last night was! I also had your budbud for breakfast with some tea.. delicious! I brought some Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies last night from our home kitchen.. thanks for everything!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 2:00 pm

  14. petitefleur says:

    had really fun!!! my friends didn’t expect the party to be that way. i brought tibuk-tibuk from pampanga. unfortunately, the travelling didn’t do justice to the delicious dessert and i think not one tried it since it already looked gross when it was served. hahaha! thanks for the red roses, budbud kabug and the take home desserts. u made my 31st a memorable one. can’t wait for the next EB.

    btw, that was not how i expected u to look like. ;-) i had fun chatting with the Kid while Mrs. Marketman is a spectacular hostess. it was fun meeting you all. the food was great!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 2:15 pm

  15. tulip aka pinaygourmand says:

    I think I should check into a hospital as well. I can feel sugar overdose. I’ve been to 2 parties plus the eyeball since yesterday morning! According to my mom, your budbud kabog is the best she had. We had it for breakfast, I had a piece, and my mom had 2.
    The sapin sapins were from Dolor’s Kakanin, their main specialty. I am not so fond of kakanin and I would only eat any kakanin from that store. I also like their maja mais and pichi pichi, usually unavailable after lunch time (reason why I wasn’t able to bring those). They also sell Pancit Malabon, I thought of bringing it too (from Rosy’s which is nearby the Dolor’s main branch) but I was afraid that it may spoil easily and would cause an upset stomach, definitely unwell ending for a wonderful evening.

    Nov 5, 2006 | 4:17 pm

  16. tulip aka pinaygourmand says:

    Dolor’s Kakanin Main Branch
    Gov. Pascual Ave., Concepcion Malabon
    Banawe Branch
    575 Banawe St., Cor. Amoranto St. QC
    Monumento Branch
    79 Mc Arthur Highway, Caloocan City

    Nov 5, 2006 | 4:18 pm

  17. Chris says:

    Marketman, I almost freaked out upon reading your headline! I had a great time yesterday, not only during the EB but preparing for it as well. I didn’t get to taste your budbud kabog though, my share disappeared into a black hole in the kitchen. It must’ve looked so tempting! Oh well, at least whoever ate it was happy. heheh =)

    Nov 5, 2006 | 4:27 pm

  18. Danney says:

    Hello to all, the buco pie came all the way from Los Banos’ Orient Pastry Shop while the putos came fron Nila’s of Binan, Laguna. Its my first eyeball and my sister “Fely League” was so surprised of the gathering. We had a great time!!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 6:22 pm

  19. elit says:

    Hi MM! I am a silent reader who can’t be silent anymore because I am sooooo inggit by your 2nd EB. Grabe, the pictures from Anton’s blog really looked so FUN (with capital letters) More success to the next EB (thinking ahead) and keep on blogging MM, my day is not complete without visiting your site :) P.S. I now know what you, Mrs. MM and the Kid look like hihihi (a lovely family)

    Nov 5, 2006 | 9:32 pm

  20. marta says:

    It was a great party! The food was fabulous and the desserts divine. Congratulations, Chef Chris, everything was excellent. Thank you MM for this gathering, for getting all us foodies together. It felt funny at first walking into a room filled with people you don’t know but great also as we left the party having met such warm and wonderful people. My husband and i enjoyed chatting with Mila, Ivan, Anton, jay, Mary, Asunta, Arlene, Mr. Riazy, Katrina, Felipe and so many more. Of course, Mrs. MM is wonderful and your daughter is so gracious. Cheers to you! By the way, I brought the macadamia Rum Cake from the Tender Trap, 722-9844 and 725-0139. Till the next.

    Nov 5, 2006 | 10:14 pm

  21. Debbie says:

    Hi MM what a great party. I brought the frozen brazo and was glad to see that it disappeared before it melted (what a pity that would have been). Anyway, ordering details:

    Mrs Camara
    5 Zipper St San Lorenzo Village
    look for Lucy

    Can’t wait till next year!!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 10:55 pm

  22. russella says:

    uh-oh! i was expecting to read on yesterday’s eyeball…guess i better wait. :-( ;-)

    Nov 5, 2006 | 11:33 pm

  23. Carolyn Birchill says:

    The photos of the budbud kabog look almost too good to eat. Reading your post reminded me of the ‘Galloping Gourmets’ in Kuala Lumpur so I wrote about them… http://www.intrepidtravels.net/2006/11/galloping_gourm.html
    Look forward to the photos of other dishes served on the night. Reading through all the comments on the desserts gets the taste buds drooling!

    Nov 5, 2006 | 11:43 pm

  24. nikita says:

    you were a wonderful host MM! i brought the homemade mini green tea cupcakes ü

    Nov 6, 2006 | 7:33 am

  25. Ichabod's Hubby says:

    My god, the dessert buffet was a diabetic’s nightmare!!! Everything was either sweet or VERY sweet. Hehehehe. That was fun. Let’s do that again someday.

    Nov 6, 2006 | 7:38 am

  26. Mila says:

    The budbud was great even if I forgot to put it in the refrigerator when I got home Saturday. I was worried that it had spoiled but they were still terrific Sunday afternoon.

    I bought and brought 3 things: a lemon poppy seed cake and a coffee cake from a vendor at the Karl Edwards Bazaar. Unfortunately, I forgot to take note of her name (blame it my rushing to get to the EB). I will try to seek her out again at the next bazaar. The other item I brought (bought at the bazaar too, but I do know the vendor) is the chocolate mochis from DEZATO. She was written up about by Lori some months back and her mochis are divine
    http://dessertcomesfirst.blogspot.com/2006/06/mochi-by-maria.html. DEZATO
    727-1229 / 0920-9249155

    Nov 6, 2006 | 8:30 am

  27. ichabod says:

    Your yummylicious budbud couldn’t have made a more timely appearance, in fact it was perfect. Congratulations MM, you pulled it off again. Had heaps of fun! The dessert spread was really the ultimate sugar overload….havent seen anything like that. As for my dessert, I brought the mango pudding in shot glasses. Cant wait for next year.

    Nov 6, 2006 | 8:56 am

  28. fried-neurons says:

    Based on all the comments it sounds like it was an awesome get-together.

    Sana you’ll have another one around December 2007 (yep, 2007), kasi I’m planning to be in Manila at that time for my high school homecoming.

    Nov 6, 2006 | 9:08 am

  29. Mel Dizon says:

    Dear Market Man,

    I brought a small box (12″x12″)Cainta Bibingka which goes for P100 to P120, to the MM EB to introduce it to the most beautiful of Manila’s foodies. In Barangay Sto Nino in Cainta, Bibinka making is an age old industry. Competition seems to have driven improvements in quality, variations, packaging and prices to a bargain. While it is common fare in Cainta and outlaying Rizal towns, the Cainta Bibinka is still to be discovered by Metro Manila.

    In addition to Bibinka (baked rice cooked in coconut topped with coconut jam and lined with banana leaf) they also make sapin sapin, kutsinta with toppings of sweet lanka and macapuno, bibinkang “ube”, suman sa lihya (banana leaf), suman sa ibos (coconut leaf) coco jam, casava cake etc… I am told that the suman in Antipolo was originally supplied from Cainta.

    With tsokolate and pandan flavored tea, a table spread of bibinka’s from Cainta is a real native feast. A bargain feast!

    How to get there: from C5 turn to Ortigas east bound towards Antipolo, go straight past the small Robinsons Mall then turn right at the next intersection into Felix Avenue. After the street narrows turn left into a small street with
    an “arko” with the sign Sto Nino. Keep going and watch for stalls with corrugated boxes of Bibingka. As you turn right at the T there are more stalls. Which one is the best? My friends who are native to Cainta won’t respond to this question. And having just recently discovered the bibinka’s of Cainta, I still haven’t tried them all.


    Nov 6, 2006 | 9:08 am

  30. corrine says:

    Had a great time, thanks! Mrs. Marketman is amiable! You are both a sweet couple actually.

    I brought Swiss Chocolate Cake..the one with white icing. It’s a difficult to bring home-made dessert because the ones I make are either cold or warm and should be served immediately. Oh well, thanks to Becky’s Kitchen for the Swiss Choco Cake.

    It was tough choosing which dessert to get. Despite getting a little piece, I couldn’t get to try everything…haha! I wanted to try what looks like creamy rice but there is no more room! The best among those I tried was the Chocolate cake with caramel sauce around it. Really good! Who brought it? Thanks to Chef Cris…that was a very good menu for P550.00. Will surely go back to Gourdo’s. Loved the pasta and pizza!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 9:55 am

  31. corrine says:

    P.S. That was my first budbud kabog. Really good…just the right sweetness…great with freshly brewed coffee. Very nice presentation too. many, many thanks also to your elves!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 9:58 am

  32. teth says:

    Inggit ako! Next year sana makapunta din kami ng Mr. ko. Ganda ng pics nyo sa site ni Anton…hmmmmm!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 10:32 am

  33. joey says:

    Hi Marketman! It was great to see you and Mrs. Marketman again…and to meet the charming Kid :) I had a lot of fun and so did my husband, C…a great way to spend a Saturday night :)

    I actually made a cake (yikes!)…coincidentally enough one of the first recipes I ever got from a blog. It’s from Chocolate and Zucchini (here’s the link. It’s an almost flourless chocolate cake (only one tablespoon) and has been my brother’s favorite since I started making it :)

    I have just polished off another budbud with my coffee…so good! :)

    Thanks again for the wonderful evening!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 10:51 am

  34. Danney League says:

    Hello To All. I really enjoyed the eyeball. Sayang sana may individual introduction para nakilala natin ang mga bloggers and will say “Ay siya pala si Cai! Ay siya pala si Nikita, Mary, Mel, Kit, Joey atbp. Nevertheless I’m happy to meet some of the bloggers. Its a pleasure meeting those nice bloggers. My special thanks to you, your wife and daughter. I wish I’ll be here during the holiday season but I have to come back to Los Angeles on the 7th of Dec but rest be assured that I will constantly blog as always.

    Nov 6, 2006 | 11:56 am

  35. Didi says:

    I enjoyed the EB to bits! Finally, now I can put a face to the numerous names! Thanks MM! The buffet was not too shabby at all! (I loved the pizza!!) and the dessert was fan-tastic! Yummy!! I was delighted to meet fellow bloggers! Thanks to you, Mrs. MM and the Kid!! You were all lovely hosts!! Cheers MM!!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 12:15 pm

  36. anonymous paul says:

    brought box of Tofifay from Becky’s Kitchen. didnt quite see it on the dessert spread though. or maybe i was too busy eating the fantastic mango torte. i’m quite impressed by the budbud. am not really so into suman/kakanin, et al but i just loved the texture. wasnt too sweet, too. the best i’ve had.

    Nov 6, 2006 | 12:20 pm

  37. Jen Tan says:

    Hello Mr.MarketMan! It was great meeting you and other bloggers there. The party was great and the food was divine! I brought the chocolate cupcakes (with chocolate fudge + sprinkles and pink buttercream frosting)made by my sister Michelle.

    I came with my friends (Candice and Edi) and we had a wonderful time chatting and trying out all the wonderful desserts brought by everyone. Unfortunately we couldn’t accommodate all the food in out stomachs in one night. I actually had heart palpitations after my 2nd plate of dessert. The party sure was a heart racing experience for me =)

    I brought home the great balls of goo and my sisters loved them! I had the budbod kabog just now…excellent with coffee.

    Thanks to you and your family for hosting such an event.

    Nov 6, 2006 | 12:37 pm

  38. Jen Tan says:

    P.S. My favorite was Joeys flourless chocolate cake =)Hi Joey! I wasn’t able to approach you at the party…I got kinda shy =) Maybe on the next blogging event! Please share your recipe!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 12:41 pm

  39. joey says:

    Jen! I was wondering about you! I thought I saw you but then I was across the room…but I saw the cupcakes :) I put a link to the original recipe in my comment above…

    See you next time for sure!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 3:09 pm

  40. RM says:

    What a great event! Want a great bunch of people you have following your blog! My only regret was not having more time to get to know more people!

    I brought the homemade tiramisu. Hope everyone liked it.

    So when is the next EB?

    Nov 6, 2006 | 5:40 pm

  41. Katrina says:

    MM, it was absolutely worth the drive from Tagaytay! Felipe and I had a wonderful time and talked about it all the way back. My favorite things about the night were (in no order):
    1. Seeing so many fun foodies in one place and meeting them
    2. Seeing you and Mrs. MM again
    3. Finally meeting The Kid
    4. Frozen Brazo de Mercedes and Joey’s Choc. Cake
    5. Bringing home your homemade budbud kabog
    6. The fantastic conversations
    7. Your pumpkin agrodolce, Gourdo’s Mushroom Bruschetta & Pasta w/ Fennel Sausage (Good work, Chris!)
    8. The extremely thoughtful provision of plastic containers to take home leftovers! My family was thrilled!

    I only wish I had a bigger stomach so I could’ve tried more of the desserts. I had to narrow it down to the ones I’ve never tried — which was still a lot. I didn’t even see that Macadamia Rum Cake, I’m sure I’d have loved it!

    My family enjoyed your budbud kabog. Felipe refused to share and demanded his own piece as payment for his driving down. I think we might need to go to Salcedo Market soon to satisfy the budbud kabog craving I now have…

    By the way, I brought the Torta de los Reyes from Aristocrat Bakeshop. It’s that chocolate & butter sans rival-type cake.

    Can’t wait for the next one!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 8:14 pm

  42. Katrina says:

    Oh, forgot to add: thanks for letting us take home the roses, MM! I put them in a vase on the dining table to surprise my mom when she came down for breakfast the next day. :-)

    Nov 6, 2006 | 8:26 pm

  43. Chris says:

    Thanks Katrina, and to everyone for the kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the food. When Marketman went to Gourdo’s and told me about the possibility of holding the EB there, I was so excited I was already emailing him suggestions while he was still in the dining room having a lunch meeting! Heheh. About a week later I got the confirmation and it dawned on me that I’ll be feeding 80 serious, and possibly quite demanding foodies, all together in one group! Yikes! Is that a dream or a nightmare! haha =) But I’m glad everything went well. Sorry I didn’t get to mingle more, I was in and out of the kitchen to check on the food. It was nice seeing some of the folks from the first EB- Katrina, Felipe, Mila, Jun and Maret (who are good friends of my cousin in Florida), Tina (though I didn’t get to meet you in the first one). Great meeting new people too like Anton and family, and a LOT of other people! Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. MM and the Kid for holding the EB at Gourdo’s. I’m sure my staff enjoyed ensuring a great night for everyone as much as I did.

    Nov 6, 2006 | 9:11 pm

  44. Mrs AP says:

    Definitely a success EB! Kudos to MM! Amazing host with Mrs MM and the Kid. We had a nice chat with Mrs MM and she was very nice and the Kid, I can’t stop looking at her! Ang ganda nya! If only Aidan is older than the Kid….ehem! =)
    We brought the Triple Chocolate cheesecake, 3/4 of the cake was gone. If you were not sure that it was what you got, it was placed at the lower rightside of the table, beside the colorful cake of Marta Matute. Hope you enjoyed the cheesecake somehow.
    We loved the budbod kabog including Aidan!
    I wish I could have tasted all of the desserts served but there just so limited time! Being too shy to go to the table again and again, running around and looking for Aidan and chatting with some people. The worst was reading all the comments and discovering that I didn’t get to taste MIla’s chocolate mochis, Joey’s flourless chcoc cake, Poch’s great balls of goo, Alicia’s peanut chocolate chip cookie, Marta’s macadamia Rum Cake and more! Urgh!
    Lastly, I loved the pumpkin agrodolce!
    Thanks for all the love and time you’ve devoted to make this EB a successful one! Looking forward to the next EB!

    Debbie, we loved the Frozen Brazo de Mercedes!

    Katrina, i think i brought home a slice of the Torta delos reyes, it was delicioso!

    Nov 6, 2006 | 9:34 pm

  45. Veron says:

    Hay naku I am super-inggit!

    Nov 7, 2006 | 12:25 am

  46. kit says:

    thanks for a really wonderful night. My mom and I had so much fun. At first we were at lost in a room full of unfamiliar faces, but soon enough we were chatting with your other fans like we’ve known them for some time already. what a successful eb, excellent food, nice people and a very good host.
    I brought the autumn inspired cupcakes from FRENCH KISS located at 62 2/F Kanlaon, mandaluyong city. check their wide array of pastries and cakes at http://www.frenchkisspastries.com

    Nov 7, 2006 | 1:40 am

  47. Zita says:

    Hmph! Inggit ako. Kelan ang next EB??? We might be coming home next yr (1st quarter 2007).

    Nov 7, 2006 | 11:14 am

  48. wendell says:

    ako din, tulo laway… waaaaaaah

    Nov 8, 2006 | 8:32 am

  49. bogchief says:

    Indian pastillas (also known as Milk Cake) – from Uncle Ed’s along UN Avenue, Manila

    Nov 8, 2006 | 6:12 pm

  50. shoegerl30 says:

    I am happy that I was able to attend MM’s EB Event! Sumptuous meal, great crowd, and oh so fabulous desserts! Do I need to say more, just read the comments above! Looking forward to EB 3.
    And by the way, I have a picture with your kid.. She’s a sweet lookin gal.. :)

    Nov 13, 2006 | 1:27 pm

  51. white peony says:

    Dolor’s Kakanin is also available in all Mommy’s Malabon Pride branches:
    Malabon: 2825355
    Congressional QC: 9274453/09178299667
    Sucat, Pque: 8230806
    SM Mega B: 09228773367
    SM Makati: 09228299667

    Sep 14, 2007 | 8:41 pm


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