17 Nov2008


I am still recovering from a wicked cold and cough that took hold with a vengeance just hours after the eyeball ended. The lunch may have been several hours long, but the entire event seemed to go by in a fast forward blur. Guests started arriving before 11 a.m. and this incredible positive bonhomie seemed to spontaneously combust… It’s always a risk to put 50 guests, most of whom don’t know each other, together for a meal. But for some reason, as with every previous eyeball, it just seems to work really well. I have a theory that anyone who is intense about their food and drink is usually a pretty cool person… so despite the age range from teen to say half a century older, occupations from artists, marketing folks, writers, directors, restaurateurs, socialites, exporters, lawyers, teachers, hoteliers, foreigners, locals and imports from nearby provinces, everyone seemed to find something to keep them humming along for several hours… Unlike most pinoy parties where everyone shows up fashionably late, a tidal wave of guests arrived at just about exactly 11:30 a.m. and soon the lechonan was flooded with readers wanting to see the pigs on coals. Guests were served softdrinks and munched on chicharon brought in from Carcar, some freshly cooked peanuts and dried mangoes….


After an impromptu kinilaw demonstration in the garage near the kitchen by Marketman, guests also watched as we made some lechon sisig on the very hot grill, as well as lechon paksiw, grilled prawns and grilled corn… Puso hanging from a nearby tree were the subject of lots of photographs, as were the folks trying to learn how to weave the puso from scratch. Soon after, the buffet was all set and the serious eating commenced…


The buffet menu included steamed crabs served cold. Lechon Paksiw a la Marketman, cooked in palayoks over coals. puso, dinuguan, kinilaw na tanguigue, kinilaw na lukot (sea hare secretion), kinilaw na guso (seaweed), green mangoes with bagoong, grilled prawns, eggplant salad, langka (jackfruit) salad, tomato salad, lechon sisig, grilled corn, and FIVE different lechons!


Despite huge amounts of everything on offer, the kinilaw na tanguigue (separate post) and lechon sisig a la Marketman were absolutely wiped out. And from the comments of some guests, these seem to the be favorites of the lunch, besides the lechon…


Edik, who posted snapshots of the event just minutes after it was over, is seen here taking some prawns from the buffet…


Guests from Cebu, Bacolod and Manila all in this one photo…


Kinilaw na guso…


The view from one end of the table…


Green mangoes and bagoong…


At the center of the table with marketmanila veteran eyeball guests… Katrina, Felipe, Joey, Mila, Fabian, Socky, Riyaz, etc. who have attended all or nearly all of the previous eyeballs of marketmanila.com!


Another angle of the buffet…


Pre-buttered corn on the grill…


With Margarita Fores of Cibo, Pepato, Cafe Bola, etc. She was even game enough to help me at the wickedly hot grill!


A platter of eggplant salad…


Grilled prawns…


Kinilaw na lukot in a homemade “ice bowl” (more on that in the upcoming kinilaw post)…


Langka salad…


A view of the paksiw that dried out a bit, and the steamed crabs…


Some guests hanging out at the “dirty” ice-cream cart (with 350 cones worth of ice cream to finish!)


The fabulous traditionally made tortas from Naga, made by the mother of a reader of this blog that contacted me and generously agreed to arrange my getting 20 of these wickedly good tortas made with pork lard and tuba… thanks Gina! And behind that mini-cheesecakes courtesy of Millet from Davao, who also brought the durian cheesecake and the sans rival (for MM and family only…it was DELICIOUS!) and the mini tocino del cielo from Mrs. Unchuan…


Also on the dessert buffet were brilliant silvanas from both Mrs. Unchuan and from MaryJoan, the latter with a chocolate variation that was really rather unique. Many thanks MaryJoan for bringing all of those silvanas for the guests to enjoy! We also had fresh chilled mangoes, fabulous pineapples from Moni carried from Leyte, lots of mangosteen, rambutan, budbud kabog, biko, etc. Artisan Chocolatier also brought two types of otap including a chocolate variant that Mila later texted were the best she had tasted… I hope I haven’t forgotten any other desserts guest may have brought along. And I can’t forget to mention the fantastic bottles of Rose wine generously contributed by Socky, and check out her photos of the event, link down below. Thanks Socky!


About 45 minutes after the meal started and I had circulated a bit, I decided to hit the buffet to grab a bite or two to eat (I tend to eat very little at these gatherings…) :)


And when it was all over, some folks (about half of the guests) joined us for a tour up a nearby mountain to take in a spectacular view of the city of Cebu. Yes, it was a wonderful lunch and a terrific time for all (I hope)… Many thanks to all of you who came from near and far!

Other photos, are posted here:

At Lee’s
At Ivy’s
At Edik’s
At Socky’s
At Fabian’s
At Joey’s
At Table For Three, Please and part II, here.



  1. cathy@catswalks.com says:

    Wow! Looks great! Wish I was there! I wish you will have another eyeball in Manila in January so that I can come.


    Nov 17, 2008 | 5:16 pm


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  3. millet says:

    there was chocolate otap? how could i have missed it, artisan chocolatier? when we got back from the tour, we saw the crew gettting ice cream cones from mamang sorbetero, so we lined up for cones to take on the short walk back to the hotel (which, by the way, was very charming!).

    yes, MM, we all had a terrific time. and lee and marissa are planning a breakfast-to-breakfast event next time :-) i agree.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 5:27 pm

  4. millet says:

    the torta had a very slight hint of christmas ham, something like caramelized pork fat. (i guess that was the combination of 100% pork lard and sugar working their magic.)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 5:32 pm

  5. bearhug0127 says:

    MM. that was fantastic!!! As we, Ilonggos would say “Tulo laway ko”. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 5:37 pm

  6. B says:

    Ork lard? All the way from Middle Earth?? :D

    Great spread!!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 6:04 pm

  7. corrine says:

    Super-duper! Congrats MM…best host I am sure. Great food choices! I am ravenous!!!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 6:09 pm

  8. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Wow,fantastic food spread. Makes you salivate…envy you all. Great job MM!!! Hope I can be part of the future EB!!Galing!!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 6:16 pm

  9. Lani says:

    This is torture to the max, hehehe (I’m salivating now). Congrats MM, family and crew for this wonderful EB. I can see that everyone had a great time.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 6:27 pm

  10. joan says:

    Marisse, i want to meet you soon hopefully in the next EB, so we can share tales of our ube puto’s demise..hehehe
    I’m still raving about the event to friends, sharing how charming Mrs MM was, how down-to-earth marghi fores is, and how gracious Mrs. U was when I told her i sell silvanas too. MM, later in the evening, Jojo and I had coffee with Roy and wife Marla and wishing we could go back to your place to have the lechon paksiw and corn! hahaha! We hoped Lee and Jen could join us but Lee texted “we slept like good busog snakes”! Hay, thank you MM, because more than the food really, was meeting you, and the friendship and memories i got from the experience that made the EB extra special!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 6:34 pm

  11. Dreaming!! says:

    It was a superb luncheon. What a “pigout”!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 6:37 pm

  12. MarketFan says:

    and that light green shirt of MM matched the table napkins and the balloon flowers…nice!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 7:10 pm

  13. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Hahaha! Have not given up on the ube puto Joan! Just giving my hubby respite from the putchinta taste testing!! Hahaha. I came up with palitao from the glutinous rice flour. It was recall. My mom used to make this when I was young and we used to live in Okinawa(off Japan).Had coconut,sugar and sesame seeds with it.Simple and yummy for breakfast!!
    I also came up with pichi-pichi which my family and people in the office love especially the pandan which I topped with grated cheese!! I’ve done my cutchinta several times and I really thank MM and bettyq for starting this honeymoon with my humongous steamer!!(Hubby gave it to me when I was about 30+ years old.) Loong time ago. Have been trying to eb you in the fotos Joan!!! Wish I was there.We could have shared the laughs I got from that putchinta. I have ube in the ref and will try again.See,cutchinta,piche-piche and palitao.From the mistake of a putchinta!
    Hahaha…I am a fan of MM,the missus and the teen. Hahaha..at my age.
    Would have loved to be part of the Lechonan. I lived in Cebu for a year when I was in my twenties. Found out I know Joey Pacheco!! Hi Joey!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 7:17 pm

  14. Marketman says:

    Marketfan…the color coordination was serendipitous… the shirt was already in my suitcase from Manila, and the flowers were purchased later… :)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 7:20 pm

  15. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Wish someone would tag the persons in the group foto so we could see who were there…..

    Nov 17, 2008 | 7:25 pm

  16. natie says:

    marisse, lee’s pictures had id’s …i had fun looking at ALL the pics! thanks for sharing, MM—-salamat gid, Lee, Ivy, Socky and Edik…what a soirre!!! gave a new meaning to ”roughing it”—-i knew everyone had a rockin’ good time..

    Nov 17, 2008 | 7:51 pm


    i am impress with how mm took care of us. the preparation, hospitality, the decor, the food and etc where great. someone made mathematics that if there are 50 of us and there are 5 lechon ,that’s 1 lechon for 10 people. well that’s how mm parties. hi to my seatmates and especially to those i didn’t talk with.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 7:56 pm

  18. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Wow!!! I know I was there, but I missed out on so mch food, I can now relate to everyone who didn’t make it…hahaha.

    I was soooo focus trying out the 3 lechon ala marketman (and had to have seconds) just trying to figure out which of the 3 was the best of the best. My verdict? ALL THREE!!

    Remembering what Chef Jacques Torres once told me (Eat Dessert First!!), I headed for the dessert table. The Torta hit a sweet spot, having the same kind of torta during parties with my now departed foodie aunts and uncles. Gina, does your mom take orders?

    Millet, I would have wanted to try the durian cheesecake, but my wife would have killed me, if she found out (thru my breath) that I had some and didn’t bring any home for her. Sorry about the Butter and Chocolate Otap. MM and I remembered as we were leaving that I had brought some.

    MM and Marissa, Thanks for the take home Osang Broas and Mrs. U Silvanas respectively. It was our after dinner dessert that evening.

    Cumin, this is to acknowledge the Php500.00 you drop at SUKI Store for Marketman’s Feeding program.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 8:21 pm

  19. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    And just like missing most of the food, I apologize for not being able to meet everyone. There was just not enough time.

    I agree, next eyeball should be breakfast-to-breakfast!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 8:42 pm

  20. Edik says:

    hahaha i was caught in the act! thanks MM. and say thanks to Mrs MM too. she was the first one to say Hi to me.

    so much food that i had a hard time which one to eat first. the result- i only ate the grilled prawns, grilled fresh corn and kinilaw na lukot, kamatis, tangigue mixed together. for desert i had the pinya, mini cheesecakes and lots of dirty ice cream. it was the best ice cream!

    wow. i was so glad i had to walk home and burn some extra fats.

    i would love to attend a breakfast eyeball. that would be interesting.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 8:47 pm

  21. joey says:

    Meeting everyone was such a big part of the fun for me! :) Gosh, I can’t believe I’ve been to all the EB’s! Enjoyed everyone and made such great friends :)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 8:47 pm

  22. Kasseopiea says:

    Wow! That looks like one hugely successful EB, MM! Congrats!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 8:49 pm

  23. ragamuffin girl says:

    if envy were as artery-clogging as that magnificent buffet was, then I’m in the throes of a heart attack. :)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 9:08 pm

  24. Katrina says:

    It was a lovely, lovely, lovely afternoon! The Accuchon was incredible — never have I had skin that I could taste the herbs in! I also very much enjoyed the salads, grilled prawns, the fantastic sisig, and the best kilawin I’ve ever tasted! And everyone around me noticed my eyes go saucer-wide and blindingly bright when I saw the cornucopia of desserts! I wouldn’t have minded staying for a couple of hours more, just to keep nibbling at everything. But, but, but…there were CHOCOLATE silvanas and I didn’t see them???

    I was thrilled to finally meet some of the regular commenters from that part of the country (Lee is as witty in person as in the comments section), and my one regret was not meeting more of the other MarketManila readers. I was so busy appreciating the food that I hardly left my part of the table to mingle. Sitting with people I already know allowed me to be anti-social and just focus on the food. ;-)

    MM, I don’t know if you’ve heard from the rest of the guests, but that rich lunch induced food coma in several of them! I managed, with difficulty, to resist it (was worried I wouldn’t get to sleep that night), but I know at least six people slept through the afternoon and early evening!

    The take-home goodies were wonderful, too. Mrs. U’s silvanas were buttery and melt-in-your-mouth, even after two days of alternating between hot and cold temperatures while traveling from Cebu to Manila. Artisan Chocolatier, I loved both the butter and chocolate otap — can’t decide which I prefer!

    As someone who’s been to all three MarketManila Eyeballs, I must say that it only gets better every year. I’m already looking forward to the next one! And next time, I promise to try and pay a little more attention to the people around me, and not just the food. (The key word is “TRY.”)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 9:21 pm

  25. Maki says:

    wow…. another post… nice. nice pics… i never thought the venue was an adventure to trek… anyway…. I really love the foods… yum2x

    next time, if its still in cebu or near cebu I will surely come, and probably I will be the youngest…

    Am I really the younges here? I’m 21… ^__^

    Nov 17, 2008 | 9:29 pm

  26. Katrina says:

    Oh, if Tots reads this: you looked familiar when I saw you at the eyeball, but as I said, my brainspace was devoted to eating, not socializing. Now that my brain is (somewhat) back to normal, seeing your name under your face in one of Lee’s pictures made a bell ring in my head. I really think we met, long ago, through common friends. Someone mentioned you’re a director? I have many friends in the TV industry, I bet that’s how we’re connected. :-)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 9:32 pm

  27. Joni says:

    I’m so jealous right now. But yeah, I agree with my mum, fantastic food spread. :) I’ll be waiting for the next one. :) And I will make sure my mum and I are there. :)

    Haaay, I love food! :) And I love this blog. Makes me crave, but it doesn’t make me fat. And it makes me appreciate every single thing there is about food. :)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 9:34 pm

  28. Marketman says:

    Katrina, I wonder if there is a correlation between the nappers and the consumption of the non-Accuchon lechons??? Because my theory is that the main “secret ingredient” for many commercial lechons is in fact a LOT of MSG. I don’t use any in my Accuchons, but I do know that many folks in Cebu do use a LOT of MSG. A lot. :) To get a feel for the volumes, there were about 130+ kilos of live weight piggies worth of lechon (of course a lot of that is removed before roasting), about 7-10 kilos of crabs, some 6-7 kilos of prawns, 4 kilos of lechon for paksiw, two lechon heads for sisig, 60 ears of corn, several kilos of tomatoes, seaweed, langka, 10 kilos of Indian mangoes, 10 kilos of ripe mangoes, 5 kilos of green mangoes, 10+ kilos of mangosteen, etc. etc. Of course a huge amount of leftovers went home to the families of roughly 20-25 crew who were on hand to help me pull this Saturday lunch off without a hitch… :)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 10:09 pm

  29. Connie C says:

    Drool. drool. drool…..gastric juices gurgling up my gullet! A vicarious experience just looking at those pictures. Enough already!!!

    Nov 17, 2008 | 10:24 pm

  30. ivy says:

    i guess it’s something definitely worth raving. i didn’t get the chance to taste the chocolate otap =(

    Nov 17, 2008 | 10:52 pm

  31. Fabian M says:

    It was great fun! I also echo Katrina that I was just too busy eating to socialize more. I was trying to figure out which of the desserts I wanted to eat and which I would pass on.

    The kilawin was hands down the best I’ve ever tasted. It was best eating it before the actual eating began, right when it was being served and prepared near the lechonan. :)

    My favorites: Kilawin, Kinilaw na Guso, lechon skin and meat, dirty ice cream.

    Socky, I forget if you were the one who brought the rose wine? :) It was good to drink that while eating the delectable pig flesh. I had to stop myself from eating more, coz I wanted to have dessert and also not have a heart-attack.

    Other fun moments: the car ride to the top of terrazas! parang roller coaster (in a good way); the “mountaineering” session to get to the top of the hill to see the view; MM’s tsismis/stories about Cebu; seeing the happy eaters; the good weather!

    Thank you MM, Mrs. MM, Teen, Super Crew for putting together a great event. :)

    There are some photos here as well: http://tertulianomaximo.multiply.com/photos/album/17/Maayong_Cebu_–_Food_EB_of_Marketmanila

    PS. Casa Escano was also a good recommendation for accommodation. Good value for money, and the staff were very nice.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 11:29 pm

  32. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Oops, I posted this earlier in the wrong place. Sorry about that MM.

    One of the guys I met at the eyeball (Mel), ask me how to make a perfect cup of hot cocoa. This is my silky and decadent formula. This is different from our tsokolate.

    one cup fresh milk
    one cup heavy cream
    half cup shave good quality milk chocolate block (I prefer callabaut)

    1)Shave milk bar
    2)Bring milk and heavy cream to boil in a small heavy bottom non-reactive sauce pan over medium heat (be careful milk will boil over quickly once it reaches boiling temp). Make sure to stir occacionally to prevent the milk from burning at the bottom.
    3)Remove pan from heat and add the shaved milk bar. Let it stand for a minute, then whisk starting from the center and work your way out until well combined. Or use an immersion blender if you have one.
    4)Transfer to mug and enjoy.

    To make it decadent, top off with whip cream and sprinkle cinnamon powder over it
    To make it wicked, add ground sweet chili pepper to the milk when you heat it
    to make it a toady, add your favorit liquor
    To make it “Christmassy”, add peppermint

    Adjust the amount of the shaved chocolate to your taste
    You can substitute the milk chocolate with dark chocolate
    NEVER, NEVER substitute the chocolate bar with cocoa powder. You wont get the same silky mouth feel, since the powder lacks the cocoa butter.

    If you want to make life simpler and have access to a Bed, Bath and Beyond store. Buy the Back to Basic Brand Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Mixer. It cost only $29.99. All you do is throw in all the ingredients, press the start button. it will stop when its done and ready to drink.

    Nov 17, 2008 | 11:33 pm

  33. Bingky says:

    Wow! Is that in Busay Hills? The last time I was in Cebu was in 2004. Missed the food and the community. Ansarap nung lechon! There is also this lechon area in Talisay near the beach, its cheap and really masarap. :-)

    Nov 17, 2008 | 11:45 pm

  34. lety says:


    Nov 18, 2008 | 12:16 am

  35. MrsKookie says:

    hay, looked super good! congratulations to you, MM and to your excellent staff. I promise to join the next one! :)

    Nov 18, 2008 | 12:28 am

  36. Gina says:

    Hi MM. If vicarious eating could make one gain weight, I’d be 10 lbs. heavier just from ogling all those goodies. The salad section alone is breathtaking in its variety (arrrgh… I miss the guso and langka and the tanguigue most of all)! It looks like another one of your signature projects in which everything is planned and executed to the minutest detail. I suspect the “cowboy theme” was just a ruse to get people to relax and create spontaneous bonhomie — those flower arrangements alone lent the whole set-up casual chic.

    Thank you very much for featuring the torta in your posts. My mother will be thrilled to see these photos and read your generous description of her handiwork. Thanks, too, for the very gracious note you gave her. Artisan Chocolatier, thanks. My mother bakes only on special occasions because she is in her 70s now. If you reside in Cebu, there is a possibility; I will inquire.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 12:49 am

  37. Teresa says:

    Thanks for sharing the party photos. Looks like everyone had a blast! Once again, congratulations MM for giving a great party. The food and set-up looks amazing! I’m sure the food is to die for. ahh how I wish I was there. Even though I don’t eat meat anymore, I would have quite a fill from the many non-meat offerings in the buffet table! I’m following the links to photos taken by the attendees and I’m so inggit! Looking forward to hear about your next event!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 1:59 am

  38. cheesehead says:

    Wow, chicharon Carcar, sisig, and five different types of lechon. A crescendo of pork goodness!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 2:56 am

  39. betty q. says:

    Here I am eating oatmeal and drinking HOT CHOCOLATE ( HEy Artisan….we also have what MM calls blogger’s synchronicity! I just replied to your comment in the THREE LITTLE PIGGIES post!)in the kitchen staring at my lap top and by power of suggestion trying to convince myself I am eating the LANGKA SALAD….it isn’t working at all!!!

    MM, the fish kinilaw…did you make it with tabon?

    It sure is nice to see your wonderful faces. Now I know who someof you guys are so if I am able to go back home soon and see you at Salcedo Market…I can say, “HEY, I KNOW YOU!!!” Maraming Salamat LEE for sharing and adding their names as well as to IVY, EDIK and SOCKY!!!!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 3:14 am

  40. betty q. says:

    MILLET, MONI and LEE…MY HEARTFELT THANKS to you guys for dedicating your first bites of the lechon skin to me!!! I shall reciprocate the gesture some day!!!!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 3:19 am

  41. natie says:

    oatmeal–langka salad….noooo, bettyq. esp not while gazing at all those wonderful pictures…that’s akin to self-flaggelation.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 3:43 am

  42. betty q. says:

    You are soooooo right, Natie!!!!

    Sister…off the topic question…when you send a BB box to your little brother…my instincts tell me that you send him BLOCKS of Bittersweet choc…does it arrive in one solid piece or is it partially melted? I want to send a block of Callebaut and 10 kg, bag of Schokinaag chocolate chips to a friend in Manila (I have come to know through MM’s blog!)

    Nov 18, 2008 | 3:59 am

  43. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Betty q. I don’t recommend shipping chocolate by BB Box. The shipping temperature extremes will be too much for the chocolate.

    Fluctuating temperatures will accelerate the appearance of fatbloom. When the temperature exceeds 68F (20C), the chocolate wil soften and will lose its gloss.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 5:55 am

  44. Maria Clara says:

    Your Lechon Day has everything from your kinilaw live demo to various desserts and recipe exchanges – a lot of things to do, see and enjoy! You and everybody here keep our traditional HOSPITALITY at its max. I bet you my bottom dollar down – Ban Ki-moon could not organize a luncheon like this one. Now, I confirm you the Lechon Ambassador of Goodwill!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 7:07 am

  45. joan says:

    Thanks for the cocoa post Artisan, i’m sad i wasn’t able to taste the chocolate otap. Everything happened so fast, i didn’t even get to say goodbye to you and the other guests. Marisse if you check Lee’s photos, I’m the one in brown blouse and shorts hehehe. small world, waitlisted Joey is a good friend of mine. Hi John Paul! Katrina, I brought the chocolate silvanas (just super coated with Oreos actually) and like you, I wasn’t able to sample all desserts as there was so much food i thought i would have a heart attack if i ate one more morsel! Bettyq you’re the one I want to meet next also…

    Nov 18, 2008 | 8:03 am

  46. ted says:

    I think the flickr site just went down due to so many marketmanila fans trying to view Lee’s pictures ;-)

    Nov 18, 2008 | 8:08 am

  47. Socky says:

    Hi, MM. First of all, thank you for that wonderful, memorable lunch. I was one of those who hit the sack early afternoon and woke up nearing midnight. I was so busog with both the food and the excitement of meeting all your fans who came out of the woodwork, he he, just to meet you and say hello to your now famous piggies. BUT, as if I didn’t have enough of lechon that afternoon, I and my friend when to talisay for MORE LECHON. I had lechon momentum. But also I wanted to validate what you said about the difference between your lechon and those commercial lechons. Boy, truly, those lechons are MSG-laden! My mouth itched and the saltiness was different, obviously not from sea salt or even iodied salt! Now I don’t think I can enjoy commercial lechon anymore. YOU SPOILED ME!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 8:20 am

  48. Topster says:

    Good job MM, am glad the Lechon eyeball was a great success! =)

    Nov 18, 2008 | 8:26 am

  49. jadedfork says:

    Yum. everything looks so good, especially the seafood. i miss our crabs and sugpo

    Nov 18, 2008 | 8:48 am

  50. bernadette says:

    thank you all for sharing that fantastic eyeball! Hats off to MM, Mrs. MM, the Teen and crew for all that preparation and hosting!
    I eat like a bird and if I be part of the party… everyone would be going and perhaps i’d just be staying ;-)!…to be adopted (hehe)!

    Is it possible to have the recipe of the langka salad? Thanks!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 8:56 am

  51. ging berdon says:

    Wish I stayed longer for the chocolate otap and the trip to monterazzas. It sucks but I had to head back to the office :-(

    Artisan choc, can we get the chocolate otap at suki?

    Nov 18, 2008 | 9:08 am

  52. diday says:

    waaaa…!!! sob sob…waaaa…!!!! Hapit na ko mo sha-ok.I’m coming home…kinilaw na isda, lukot ug guso. Nangka ug eggplant salad, crunchy chicharon, lechon and puso. All Cebuano meals I grew up with and dreamed of all the time here in Australia. NGILNGIG!!!

    All my bags are packed and ready for the next EB. Add me to your list, MM.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 10:40 am

  53. cumin says:

    Nakakainggit! All my favourite non-meat goodies! And how wonderful to see your faces in the pics! I didn’t think I’d make it to Cebu for the EB, but was sent to Cebu for work last weekend — sa Mayflower pa, where I suspect some of you were billeted. All day my mind kept wandering to the EB.
    Artisan Choc, thanks for agreeing to handover the donation to MM, whenever. Did your staff tell you I made usyoso in Suki? Had a meeting after so I couldn’t load on stuff and had to content myself with a pack of gorgeous biscotti, yumyummy! Would love to try the bread and choco otap next time.
    Let there be a next EB, please?

    Nov 18, 2008 | 10:44 am

  54. RoBStaR says:

    envious envious…. if i was present and died after that meal… it would have been a perfect last meal to depart from…Kudos for a great eeball MM. although i question the use of cowboy style.. hahah

    Nov 18, 2008 | 10:52 am

  55. Marketman says:

    cumin, you are SUCH A NUT. If you were that close, you should have come! I swear, you would have been welcomed if someone at the gate said cumin was here. And thanks for the donation that you dropped off with Artisan! At least four couples/guests were staying at the Mayflower, the venue was close to there! :) As for the “cowboy style” warning for all, you have to realize this location is not a residence, and we don’t even have a fully functioning kitchen here, just the lechonan outside. So i was afraid of raising expectations so it’s better to say cowboy. Believe me, if Mrs. U didn’t lend us plates and utensils, you would have been eating off of banana leaves. If we didn’t get tents, tables and chairs, you would have been muching on the ground on mats… but the food would have been the same! So yes, I agree the cowboy style was an understatement, but a pleasant surprise for guests, I hope… :)

    Nov 18, 2008 | 11:06 am

  56. ajienaissant says:

    Im so inggit! I always miss the eyeballs.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 11:29 am

  57. wysgal says:

    Great looking spread, and I like how you chose to arrange everyone on a really long rectangular table. I was chatting with Fabian the other night and he told me all about it.

    Alas, unlike other readers (like Katrina and Joey) I’m only 2 for 3 on EBs! =)

    Nov 18, 2008 | 12:14 pm

  58. s says:

    waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh…. im green w/ envy . :(

    i was told – it was such a fun lunch party…

    haiiiii …….

    Nov 18, 2008 | 12:16 pm

  59. cwid says:


    Nov 18, 2008 | 12:34 pm

  60. titashi says:

    wow! congrats MM for another successful EB. Those of us who are “absent” for whatever reason are now super duper green with envy but at the same time so happy for the ones who were there. and i must say, what a spread!!! ang galing! i am now curious about the kinilaw and the torta from naga.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 1:57 pm

  61. sometime_lurker says:


    Nov 18, 2008 | 2:20 pm

  62. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Ging B…..yes, the different variants of my Otap are available at Suki Gourmet.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 2:42 pm

  63. evelinago says:

    It’s time to open up a Marketmanila Food Hall in the city closer to your readers for those of us who cannot attend your yearly eyeball. So envious..I’d like to try all your salads.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 3:41 pm

  64. joan says:

    even if we ate from the palm of our hands, sitting on banig we would still have a glorious time MM! The beautiful 2 giant trees added to the perfect setting! But the set-up was gorgeous.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 4:16 pm

  65. toping says:

    I was in full vacation mode all of last week, so this was the first time I saw the eyeball pictures: wow, it looks so civilized, instead of the grabfest I remembered it to be, hehe… I kept complaining that I couldn’t eat another bite, but in a few minutes I would have something in both hands–yes, the food was that good! Even my friend Tots, who wasn’t a big fan of lechon, was stunned at how good the accuchon was!

    Thanks, MM and family (and crew, of course!) for hosting such a wonderful lunch. It has become my new benchmark for what a party should be. I truly enjoyed meeting my fellow commenters (though not all, because the food kept calling me back): Lee, Jen (you never answered my question: what’s it like living with such a screwball? ;-p), Joan, Moni, Siegrez, Emerson, Millet, etc. And of course there was Margarita Fores, who gamely shared anecdotes while grilling the shrimp; it was so hot, but I swear she didn’t break a sweat. Attagirl!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 5:19 pm

  66. cumin says:

    Salamat, MM, but I was running a training all-day Saturday at Mayflower, no escape gyud. I recognise one of the faces in the photos as someone I glimpsed in the coffeeshop. I live in hope til the next EB.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 6:23 pm

  67. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Yup,Joan. I found you!! Dying to meet you someday. Like you,want to meet bettyq. Food…and cooking…ahhhh…it makes our world go round. Thanks Mr. MM! Hope I bump into you at Salcedo one of these days! Now I know how you look like. Hahaha…my daughter in Singapore and I kept on guessing how you look like.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 6:47 pm

  68. annette says:

    Fantastic! And how nice, to see you all guys share all those mouth watering dishes in one table, the lechon, the sisig, the crab, hipon, kinilaw sarap, mangga’t bagoong haaaaay nako! Anyway, thanks MM for sharing the photo.

    Nov 18, 2008 | 7:41 pm

  69. mikel says:

    excuse me if this sounds crude..but the lechon eyeball was ‘lamon’..and the pics look good enough to eat!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 7:46 pm

  70. chinky says:

    Am so green with envy! And now i’m hungry!!!

    Nov 18, 2008 | 8:08 pm

  71. Eileen says:

    My mouth watered just by looking at the pictures…

    Nov 18, 2008 | 10:19 pm

  72. home economist says:

    huhuhu… inggit ako sa corn. i didn’t know you could grill it like that. :)

    Nov 18, 2008 | 10:58 pm

  73. ted says:

    Is it just me or has anyone also having problems accessing flick.com?

    Nov 19, 2008 | 5:45 am

  74. ted says:

    what i meant was accessing http://www.flickr.com

    Nov 19, 2008 | 7:24 am

  75. joan says:

    home economist, i swear the corn was the best corn ever! Sayang, youshould have been there. MM, my husband is asking kung pwede nyang kopyahin the way you grill it kasi he’s seriously looking into selling this grilled corn outside of our subdivision’s gate! hahaha he’s that hooked into the sweet corn you made. Yup marisse, hope to meet you too! Toping sayang we didn’t get the chance to talk more. by the way my favorite cousin’s nickname is Toping also! :)

    Nov 19, 2008 | 9:46 am

  76. Edik says:

    the corn was great home economist. it was my carbo load that day. fresh, sweet and buttery and tender. i think it was because the husks were not removed yet.

    Nov 19, 2008 | 10:15 am

  77. moni says:

    home economist, joan is right. the grilled sweet corn was the best. Mrs. U and I split one sweet corn coz there was so much to eat at the EB. I’d like to grill corn that way too but a prerequisite is super sweet corn like the one that MM got. i agree with edik, the grilled corn on the cob gave us the fiber we needed.

    Nov 19, 2008 | 11:07 am

  78. Marketman says:

    Grilled corn “recipe” and tips up in next post… :)

    Nov 19, 2008 | 11:23 am

  79. millet says:

    thanks, MM. i forgot to ask where the corn came from. sarap! perfect foil for the sisig.

    Nov 19, 2008 | 1:35 pm

  80. Homebuddy says:

    Wow, to all that glorious food it really makes one hungry and crave for lechon! Congrats to everyone who made it to that eyeball….I’m sure you all had a grand time looking at the pics and I bet everyone went home soo….. busog. Hehehe!

    Nov 19, 2008 | 3:51 pm

  81. Homebuddy says:

    BTW, MM, can you have another one in December?

    Nov 19, 2008 | 3:53 pm

  82. Marketman says:

    homebudy, the amount of planning and energy required to pull off one of these eyeballs means they happen every year or two only… this is only the third eyeball in four years… :)

    Nov 19, 2008 | 8:33 pm

  83. nina says:

    Wow, this is one great successful eyeball. I’m sure the preparations required a lot of effort and energy. I hope I can join one of your eyeballs in the future. For now, I’ll just drool with all those food shown in the photos.

    Nov 20, 2008 | 4:14 pm

  84. Homebuddy says:

    Thanks MM. With that spread, I realize that only too well but, the next time it happens in Cebu count me in.

    Nov 20, 2008 | 8:41 pm

  85. bagito says:

    Wow, I’m so green w/ envy! With that food, I wouldn’t have cared if I ate on a piece of newspaper. I’d have been in heaven w/ that accuchon and kinilaw, rain or shine, plate or no plate, eating with utensils or kamayan style. I’d have been beyond caring once I saw the spread. :-)

    Pls, pls, have an EB in California… betty q, malapit na sa Vancouver yon! :)

    Nov 21, 2008 | 2:22 pm

  86. alicia says:

    Wow! That eyeball looked like the best ever! Bravo! Can you do it again in Manila please?:)

    Nov 23, 2008 | 9:00 am

  87. Claudio Sanchez-Mariscal IV says:

    thanks again MM and family for the great food, it was a great mid-vacation.

    Katrina this is Tots, yes we met a some time ago, but i really don’t remember, during the eyeball i was telling my friends that you looked familiar, dint really want to bother you, after “pigging” out and renewing my love for Lechon (after eating MM’s Pricked Lechon), yup i direct for television, probably that how we met.

    question are you from SAMASCOM

    Nov 24, 2008 | 12:21 am

  88. cai says:


    Nov 26, 2008 | 5:09 pm

  89. Katrina says:

    Oops, Tots, only saw your comment now. In case you do go back to this post, yes, I’m from Samaskom. In fact, the friends in TV I mentioned are people who I know from Samaskom, too. I’m quite sure we met through them. :-)

    Dec 13, 2008 | 10:35 pm

  90. Claudio Sanchez-Mariscal IV says:

    sila eric pujeda, we met during the live aids, if not mistaken you wer the one with the news paper gown, sabi ko na nga ba i knew you, but i was not really sure during the eyeball

    Dec 18, 2008 | 5:35 pm


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