18 Jul2007


Last week, a gentlemen and lady farmer from Lanao del Norte sent me roughly 56 kilos (that is two large netted sacks full) of organically grown, hand-picked and utterly beautiful kalamansi fruit. This citrus bounty was sent by jeepney to Iligan, loaded onto a ferry, and delivered to my office in Cebu. While we made some marmalade at the office so that folks there could learn the process, and distributed some of the fruit to work colleagues, I did manage to bring home about 20 kilos of kalamansi in my check-in luggage on PAL (not the delayed CP flight). kal2My photos of the sacks of kalamansi were horrific, so you don’t get to see them… but you can imagine the volume, I hope. Oh, I did learn one little tidbit about the nuances of properly harvesting kalamansi. When you pick the fruit, you MUST ensure that a little bit of the stem is still attached. If you rip out the entire stem, the fruit will spoil more quickly. Therefore, kalamansi pickers have perfected a pinch and cut method with their thumb and forefinger. Novice pickers are typically not welcome in one’s kalamansi grove. I wonder why they just don’t use small scissors but there wasn’t a sufficient answer to that…

At any rate, with approximately five kilos of fruit and over five kilos of sugar, I made another batch of kalamansi marmalade and ended up with the equivalent of about 30 ½ pint jars of marmalade!!! Yikes, talk about a LOT of marmalade, and an kal3INCREDIBLE amount of chopping and several fingerprints temporarily lost to the acids! I think this batch of marmalade is finer than the last. This one has the rinds nicely distributed and suspended in the jam and a good consistency. I sent bottles and bottles to friends and family and there are a few left over. So what to do with these??! A Market Manila Cheesy Noontime Show Type Tambiolo Contest, of course!!! Here is your chance to win a ½ pint bottle of totally organic, hand-picked, hand-made Kalamansi Marmalade a la Marketman. Here are the rules:

1. To join, you must leave a comment on this post and identify (a) your absolute favorite post or recipe from all of the Marketmanila archives AND (b) the post that you least liked or recipe that did not work for you at all…

2. No need to give personal details other than your usual name (or pen name) and valid email address; only the winner(s) will be contacted for their mailing address. And btw, I have NEVER used an email address that a reader has left for any bulk mail, junk mail, etc. EVER.

3. I WILL ONLY SHIP TO A PHILIPPINE ADDRESS. While everyone on the entire planet is welcome to join, I will only ship to a Philippine address using LBC Couriers (if they don’t go there, you are out of luck). The shipping costs to foreign lands and customs restrictions make it IMPOSSIBLE for me to send this marmalade to Australia, the U.S., Canada, Europe, etc. etc. So if you live abroad and still want to try your luck and you win, you must provide a Philippine address of a family member or friend to which I can mail the marmalade.

4. After a few days (depending on the responses to this silly contest), I will close the contest and have The Kid draw random numbers from a hat or bowl and the number picked (say #24) means I will look for the 24th comment left and that will be the winner. You will just have to trust that Marketman will do this properly as I do not have a DTI Permit for this promo and I will not allow government representatives into my home to monitor the “raffle.” After all, what do you have to lose? If you have any wangot about this contest, I am the only, absolute and final judge. Got it?! :)

5. What are your chances of winning? I like the sound of 1 in a 100, don’t you? A 1% chance that you can actually win this homemade bottle of marmalade, so for every 100 comments left (only ONE COMMENT PER READER/FAMILY PLEASE) I will give away one bottle of jam. This contest shall close when 200 comments have been reached on this post, not counting any comments that I personally add. Therefore, a maximum of two bottles of marmalade will be awarded and mailed out. And if you wonder why comment numbers can change, it’s because first time comments are screened or moderated before they show up on the screen…

6. If you win, I will contact you by email for an appropriate mailing address and a few days after that, you can spread this marmalade on a nicely toasted piece of wheat bread and some sweet butter and say, “Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch…”


Good luck everyone!!!



  1. Amor says:

    My fave post/recipe is the Bistek Tagalog which I actually tried cooking myself (lami!) and my least favorite is the Sinigang na Bangus with Santol…

    Unta makadaog ko! :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 9:57 am


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  3. titashi says:

    MM, thanks for coming up with this contest…i wanna win! hehehe….
    My fave is the inasal na manok because i’ve been wanting to try this dish and was quite disappointed with my experimental cooking until you posted your recipe, i tried it and it was a hit with my boyfriend and my family.
    My least would be the odong sardinas and patola : )

    good luck to me!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:15 am

  4. tings says:

    Oh wow this is exciting!

    My absolute favorite post is the Apple Pie a la Marketman recipe (yummm!!!). The crust was absolutely perfect! The least would be the post about the frogs :-D

    Thanks MM!

    Tings Rees

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:17 am

  5. suzette says:

    I love all your recipes mm! my favorite is also the bistek tagalog (the recipe which launched you to stardom!)and least liked one, which i think i wouldn’t dare try, is the bangus sinigang with santol (sorry mm) :) hey amor! i think we have the same taste :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:20 am

  6. erleen says:

    I wanna win!!!

    my favorite would be the top 10 pinoy dishes post!
    Least would be the frog post.

    goodluck to me!!!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:21 am

  7. Cathee says:

    Being a believer that any type of “sinigang” is the Pinoy’s number 1 comfort food, my favorite Marketman recipe would be “Sinampalukang Manok”. When I tried out the recipe, it brought me back to my childhood days when my nanny would prepare this dish for us. It gave us such warm comfort as I cooked it on one rainy day.

    As much as I love to read all of Marketman’s posts/recipes for their interest and value, the post/pic about “Frogs Anyone?” didn’t sit well with me. I guess my aversion to reptiles/amphibians is the culprit why I didn’t like this post at all.

    Marketman, I would try to cook all of your recipes if only I lived in a metropolitan city where most ingredients are available. Sad to say, where I come from, even the most basic of ingredients is sometimes not available.

    Keep the posts and recipes coming!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:26 am

  8. 3C says:

    i’m a relatively new ‘lurker’. i can totaly relate to EVERYTHING you write about from trips, insights, to utensils, to delayed flights, to new restos, adventurous & daring recipes!

    1] i must however, cast my vote for all time fave (so far b/c i haven’t had the chance to go over the archive YET)— the FATHER’S DAY post! i felt you had sooo much passion in that one!

    2] for the least liked post, it might be the santol only b/c i don’t eat santol… i won’t cook it, but, i’m open to try a sinigang sa santol dish.

    kudos, MM!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:36 am

  9. Jaja says:

    I love reading your posts and trying out the recipes MM=) keep them coming! =)

    Since I adore desserts, I love your kalamansi cupcakes. Very easy to do and the ingredients are readily available. Although I made it without the kalamansi marmalade but they still came out divine! I would love to make them with the marmalade this time so I’m hoping to win a bottle of it=)

    The recipe that did not work for me was the Ampalaya with ground beef in oyster sauce. I’m not a huge fan of the vegetable and so is my hubby. Maybe when i gather enough courage, I’ll try it out.

    I’m crossing my fingers now =)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:45 am

  10. brenda says:

    my fave is the bicol express and the recipe that did not work for me is the sinigang na bangus sa santol.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:48 am

  11. molly concepcion says:

    hellooo! :-) i love all your recipes. i always checkout your website everyday.
    1. i love your beef dishes (favorite meat of the family) especially the osso buco and the bistek tagalog.
    2. least liked would probably be about cebu pacific.it just brings back really bad memories about that airline and how my huge clan and i got stuck many hrs. at the airport when we all went home to bring the remains of our sister who perished in the ozone fire. back in cebu,all our other family members waited hrs. for us in the airport….suffering from the loss and the looooong wait.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:50 am

  12. bernadette says:

    This is a fun entry I really must say :-). First, to answer why perhaps no scissors are used to cut off the calamansi fruits…well, I can only answer for our situation here. The calamansi trees grow well on a slightly sloped ground so climbing the somehow thorny tree is the only option. So, one hand is usually quite busy holding on to the oftentimes thin branches…(as well as the bucket!) And I just tend to grapple onto the fruits…but then, I am not a professional calamansi picker :-). Yes, and then i keep picking out the rotting fruits every now from the batches of picked fruits…just because they don’t have the stems on! :-(

    I love(!) the inasal chicken recipe and have been doing it ever since! The frogs were also not to my favor. I also nearly flunked my high school biology class just because I refused to dissect a frog. Talk about your basic educational system’s harassment technique!

    I also experiment a lot on the dulong and incorporate it in some of your recipes!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:54 am

  13. kaoko says:

    I love a lot of your posts, especially the yummy ones. Still, one of the more recent ones I love is the Santol Juice post. I’m itching to try it, sadly though, no time yet. The one I like least among the recent ones is the post about the awful open-mouth chewer you encountered in Boracay. The thought of having to eat watching someone like that is truly disgusting, I commiserate with you for having to experience that.

    That said, I’m now crossing my fingers and hoping to be greeted by a bottle of your lovely kalamansi marmalade. Lucky number, come to me :D

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:03 am

  14. Berry says:

    Marketman – off the top of my head, my favourite post is the one on kalamansi muffins and the one I found least pleasurable was the upo helmet entry.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:08 am

  15. Booey says:

    Hi Marketman! Been silent but been reading the posts hehe…So intrigued with this marmalade so im submitting an entry…

    My fave recipe is the calamares.. we still cook it until now! Taugh the maid to cook it and it has been a staple since 2005! My least fave (but only bec i have to cite one) is the post on frogs… great picture though, made my imagination run wild…

    Do i get extra consideration if i say that the kalamansi marmalde will greatly increase my milk production hence benefititng my baby? Heehee…

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:09 am

  16. cupcakediva says:

    My favorite posts are the ones where you feature sister’s silver collection such as the strawberry spoon and forks and the grape scissors.

    My favorite recipe is the Dates and Walnut bars — love it!!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:17 am

  17. Rey says:

    How about bangus at santol, just send my prize to my mistress in the Philippines. MM just kidding.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:17 am

  18. bluegirl says:

    My favorite post is the one on Pan De Sal. It as become our “old reliable” Pan De Sal at home.

    My least favorite is the one on the Frogs… specially the photo! I could not eat lunch that day (which is great for my diet! LOL!)

    This is fun!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:19 am

  19. carina says:


    I love your kare-kare post (and anything abt salads and pasta :)

    my least favorite will be your posts on sinigang na isda (like your sinigang na bangus with santol). i’m not really fond of sinigang na isda :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:38 am

  20. carol says:

    My favorite post was bistek tagalog recipe revisted.
    My least favorite was the chocolate pudding.

    I love all your post..

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:46 am

  21. mars says:

    I love reading your blog and all topics are very informaive. The post I liked most was the one with the sotanghon guisado recipe. I have been trying to cook pancit all my life ‘coz it is one of my hubby’s favorite dishes, but always, however I cook it, my pancit has always been a disaster. I followed the recipe from Cocina de Tita Moning a month ago, and wow… for the first time, my pancit was a hit and my hubby who is really very picky, ate a lot of it. Thanks a lot MM!!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:50 am

  22. Crissy says:

    My favorite recipe is the Grilled Steamed Corn on the Cob a la Marketman. I don’t like burnt ears of corn either :p Favorite post – Pulis Oyster…just because we finally know what that meant. I even forwarded your post to my family.
    I could not replicate your Pan De Sal recipe :c I like to bake, but I don’t have luck making breads.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:53 am

  23. wysgal says:

    Absolutely loved the chocolate pudding cake (Francois Payard) … it’s so easy I actually just supervised my non-cooking older brother while he made it.

    The one recipe that didn’t really work for me was your leche flan (with carabao’s milk) … for one reason or another it ended up weird and mooshy in the end. Which could be just as well because this is one of the few Filipino desserts I’m not too fond of. =)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:00 pm

  24. Krizteene says:

    You never run out of ideas to keep your readers engaged with your posts! Thank you very much.

    The recipe I liked most is the Sea Salt Baked Lapu-Lapu. It brought me a sense of pride to receive praises (thanks to you) from my parents when I served it. Aside from that, I must say that my other favorite is the Guava Jam and Jelly. My boyfriend loves me more because of those two! hahaha!!!

    My least favorite is the Lengua Estofado. :( No more explanations needed, I guess. And with those pictures that came with the post, OH NO!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:04 pm

  25. MrsKookie says:

    Hi Marketman,
    My favorite post would be your Bistek Tagalog where you tested several onions. I swear I asked the help to make one that night after reading it. Others that come close would be the recent kalamansi series that included the muffin, marmalade and jelly and all your flower arrangement posts.

    The post that I didn’t really like was the Frogs Anyone. And the first time I tried the santol juice didn’t work too well. I think I didn’t buy good santol though. Santol now is sweeter and I tried it again this morning – its much better now :)

    I hope I get lucky! Will be giving birth soon and if I win, it would be a nice surprise, hehehe… :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:11 pm

  26. lotuseater says:

    I’m from Bulacan and I’ve spent most of my childhood summer in Malolos when my Lola was still alive and she knew what a good ensaimada is. My favorite recipe is your ensaimada. My least favorite is the Jackfruit Turnovers a la Marketman. God, it was so hard to choose my least favorite because everything looks appetizing. My chose was a bit biased because I personally just don’t like Lanka. So, there, thank you for sharing us all these.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:13 pm

  27. lee says:

    i love all pork related posts i have to make a choice.

    a. binagoongan na bagnet.

    b. i least like the posts on flowers. I’m not too floral.

    i wanna win!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:25 pm

  28. MarketFan says:

    Hi Marketman,

    If this is your way of enticing the lurkers to come out of hiding, so be it. My lurker days are over, all for the chance of winning a bottle of kalamansi marmalade. I love all of your features on the different markets that you’ve visited whether here in the Philippines or during your foreign trips. You take truly great photos and I can almost taste and smell all the wonderful things you see there. I guess I don’t like it when you rant and rave about something. I’m afraid you might suddenly lose your inspiration in coming up with great blogs. But if you know how to handle all these with a grain of salt….we will forever be grateful for all your insights.


    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:30 pm

  29. Bengski says:

    This is exciting! Sana manalo ako…

    Anyway, my all-time favorite dish that I learned from you, MM, is the “A whole Baked Fish ala MarketMan”. It has now become a regular recipe in my kitchen. Its delicious and so easy to do!

    I’m afraid I don’t have any “least liked” or recipe that did not work for me at all. I liked all the recipes that I got from Market manila.

    Totoo yan, walang biro! :-)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:34 pm

  30. UmmJakob says:

    I’m not joining your rather very interesting contest as I reside in the Gulf. However, I just wanted to tell you that I love all your recipes and it’s been a part of my daily bread to read your day’s entry.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:36 pm

  31. Anne says:

    My current favorite is the post about economy candy. It brought out the child in me.

    My least favorite is the santol dish. I tried a santol dish akin to sinigang before and I didn’t like it. So I don’t think I’ll like the taste of this one too. hehe

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:37 pm

  32. RobKSA says:

    I love all of your recipes but I also love to know about places so in my favorite would be on travels and my absolute favorite would be your post on “The Village Lodge, Coron, Palawan.” The post is informative, detailed and has convinced me to visit this part of the Philippines before I die. While I love the “Gingerbread a la Marketman, the 2006 Finale,” I still can’t seem to make it work or at least get an appreciation from my two kids. Ever since I show them your gingerbread houses they always ask me to do the same for Christmas. We did last Christmas 2006 after we saw your “Finale” recipe/pics but it was a disaster. We will try them again this Christmas. Thank you for all the things you share with us, recipes, markets, as well as rants and raves!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:49 pm

  33. Tessa says:

    It’s tough to choose a favorite since I like so many of them. But if I had to make a choice, it would be the sotanghon with alimango.

    Like a lot of readers, the post I liked the least would have to be the one about the upo helmet.

    Hope I get a chance to try that kalamansi marmalade!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:51 pm

  34. carmina says:

    My fave: your post about that person eating in Boracay with his mouth open

    My least liked: your posts about your travels abroad (di ako maka-relate, eh)

    Thanks, Marketman. More power!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 12:56 pm

  35. tulip says:

    For fun, im joining…

    My favorite will be the one with huge live crabs from Palawan.

    The least one, a rant about getting text messages from somebody offering something,,generally telephony issue.Brings back memories.Ugghh

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:01 pm

  36. Cwid says:

    My favorite post is the fishpan post primarily because of the passionate comments it elicited. But for a recipe related post, my favorite would be the leche flan recipe particularly sister’s most helpful tip on how to prevent bubbles from forming.

    The recipe that was a real challenge and was a big flop for me was the pan de sal recipe. Could it be because I tried baking this in a very cold house during winter? I was so impatient with the rising that I placed the bowl on top of a space heater. The dough rose quickly but the result was rock hard pan de sal.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:13 pm

  37. keithchiko says:

    my fave post is your spicy eggplant recipe, i’ve tried it and yummy!!

    my least fave is the sotanghon guisado post, i tried the recipe but mine came out a disaster waaah!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:19 pm

  38. Faye says:

    I like your post on Alisbayan Box last March 21 and your recent posts on your NY adventure. My least favorite is “Is It Time for a Vacation from Blogging? in 2006.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:24 pm

  39. Redge says:

    All your posts are very interesting and I get to learn something new each day!

    I liked your bicol express recipe as it is such a hit with my hubby!

    One recipe I didn’t dare try is the one on frogs!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:35 pm

  40. Lissa says:

    My favorite is your Father’s Day post. = ) My least favorite is the one with the frogs. Ick!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:39 pm

  41. Annette says:

    My favorite recipe is the chili crab recipe. It’s such a winner with the family. Least liked is the one on langka. I don’t eat langka. ;-p But i love kalamansi.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:43 pm

  42. aro abe says:

    A. Pochero/Cocido – Best for all occasion. 5 Stars!
    B. Blonde and Brunette Adobo – my taste buds are kapampangan. 2 Stars!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:44 pm

  43. meekerz says:

    Fave posts are the fruit shakes/juices posts. They always reminds me to go grab some fresh fruits and make cheaper, yummier and healthier ones at home :)

    Least fave post: well, more like the least fave picture, was the i’d like to shrink your head pic :P it looked scary. haha.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:45 pm

  44. Dodi says:

    My favorite post: Adobo – for the first time I got adobo right!
    Least favorite: Frogs – can’t eat them!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 1:50 pm

  45. Juan Dela Cruz XVI says:

    MM: Mahirap magsinungaling wala akong itatapon sa mga posts mo. Paano to contest pa naman at gusto ko ang Kalamansi Marmalade mo. Anyway my favorite is the recently posted Kalamansi Muffins at walang LEAST fave….

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:09 pm

  46. erika says:

    My most favorite is the kalamansi muffins because even before you posted them i would always ask my friends who go to Real Coffee to bring me …i dont care if they have to wake up early to get them. Hehehehe in other words im a very much demanding friend. I always at least have a dozen muffins in my freezer for those days i need a lift.
    My least like siguro is the frogs post. Im sorry but i really cant eat frogs… i used dissect them in biology and all of a sudden adobo na? sorry to frog eaters ha but hindi ko talaga kaya…

    Hope i get to win…perfect yan on top of my thawed kalamansi muffins!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:15 pm

  47. ragamuffin girl says:

    My fave- fruit crumble, esp. the plum. love plums!
    Least fave- shittybank rant not because I don’t agree but because I get irked when things like that happen to good people.

    I’m based in HK but my sibs are coming soon so I’m hoping my lucky stars are out there somewhere….sigh, kalamansi marmalade, maybe with some Polaine bread? :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:17 pm

  48. Lian says:

    I absolutely want to win that marmalade to get a taste of all the culinary goodness that comes out of Marketman’s kitchen.

    My fave post? Banana bread from way way back. I saved it in pc for easy reference.
    Least liked post would be the rants. Naiinis rin ksi ako sa mga companies na un.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:22 pm

  49. tin-tin siapno says:

    a lurker for the longest time, the chance to win kalamansi marmalade a la marketman forced me to come out of my shell. I must say that i like reading your posts, it has rekindled my love for cooking and baking.
    my favorite posts are your single implement tools. It speaks to me of a time less hurried and when things are more valued.
    the least favorite post? um the shoe shopping post.

    hope i win :-)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:34 pm

  50. wil-b cariaga says:

    hard to choose a fave. . . . with the exception of food stuff, i really like your posts on table settings and flower arrangements. . . you really have the “taste” MM

    least fave??. . . hmmmm cant think of any post. . . all good reads. . .

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:38 pm

  51. DADD-F says:

    Hahaha…this is funny but kind of exciting. Of course, I would like to get a taste of your kalamansi marmalade. I am very curious and would very much like to find out how your marmalade differs from what I eventually made even if I practically used your recipe. Besides, I can use some more so I can make more kalamansi cake, ‘di ba?

    My pick quite obviously are your kalamansi marmalade, jelly and muffin. I tried them (with some personal tweaks here and there) out just a few days after, right–and the whole family loved them! And if I really must choose a least liked post, well, it will have to be that about the flowers. I believe I appreciate flowers enough but I’m not particularly fond of them.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:47 pm

  52. annette says:

    Hi MM, Im another annette . . . the one that I really like? It’s the top 10 pinoy desserts. . . ho hum. And my least would be the “frogs anyone”?

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:52 pm

  53. elaine says:

    I like the langka post the most. I hardly see or know anyone who makes it (and simple as that)as the langka. It’s very Pinoy with the addition of condensed milk, I think it’s a winner. It’s very doable and perfect for the tropics such as ours. No extraordinary skill needed, just a good blender though. Least favorite? The frogs. It’s freaky looking, and never in my wildest dreams would I ever eat one, or wish of even eating one.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 2:52 pm

  54. evelyn says:

    Best fave ko your post about budbud kabog. I’m a big fan ng mga traditional kakanin that’s why i’m curious how does it taste.Hope to try to eat this on my vacation. Kadyos,baboy at langka is another favorite, it reminds me of my father’s favorite ulam.Least fave is your post about frogs. Picture pa lang ayoko na.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 3:20 pm

  55. thebee says:

    Oooohlalala that jam!

    Fave post: Spanish ham and sausages – June 5, 2006
    Love the markets and the photos, and learned a lot about yummy hams and sausages.
    Least liked post: Atrocious Cebu lamps – January 10, 2007
    Well, anything that smacks of corruption and the wasting of my hard-earned taxes (aka beer money) drives me nuts!

    X fingers crossed X

    Jul 18, 2007 | 3:25 pm

  56. Marilyn says:

    I would like to throw my hat into the race. Most favorite post/recipe is a toss up between Cioppino and Bistek Tagalog. We really liked the combination of all the flavors in both recipes. The least favorite post is the one on the frogs. I love eating frogs and remember seeing them in Arranque market already cleaned. In fact along with pigeon (chinese style) it is one dish that I would reminisce of being away from home all these years. This post completely removed frogs from my dream meal. I just want to eat them and say “taste like chicken”, not look at them and play Einey, Meiny, Miney, Mo, which one of you should first go.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 3:40 pm

  57. math says:

    My all-time favorite post is the one about the mangosteen fruit & jam. I love it because it reminded me of the jam, w/c was a childhood favorite of mine. And now I always have a jar in my pantry (courtesy of Kablon farms) w/c I mix w/ coffee flavored ice-cream. ;-D

    The post I least like is the upo helmets. :-(

    Jul 18, 2007 | 3:46 pm

  58. Clairee says:

    My favorite posts: adobo, tapa, tocino, beef steak
    Least fave: none really… i read almost all your posts… they’re very interesting and informative

    Jul 18, 2007 | 3:47 pm

  59. elisha says:

    hi mm

    my fave posts/recipes that i have actually cooked and my family loved: kalamansi muffins, singapore-style chili crabs and chicken balls with sotanghon soup

    least liked posts: frogs, cebu pacific (detracts from good food, better food and best food posts…hehe)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 3:49 pm

  60. kit says:

    mm, i really like your bibingka recipes, the bibingka made from all purpose flour and the bibingka made from galapong. Google introduced me to your site last year through your bibingka posts. Another favorite recipe is your chili crabs ala marketman. It is really good! I even tried using prawns instead of crabs, it turns out as delicious. thank you for sharing your fabulous recipes.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 3:53 pm

  61. Didi says:

    a) MM’s EB at Guordo’s! :)
    b) Choco Pudding.. :(

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:10 pm

  62. monica says:

    Hi! I’m a long-time reader but a first time commenter on your blog… I just can’t resist a freebie :-) My favorite post and comment thread is the lechon review (we ordered Elar’s a couple of weeks after reading that). Least favorite would be the one about Pochero because I don’t like bananas in my ulam.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:16 pm

  63. consol says:

    hello dear MM! my favorite is your post on top Pinoy dishes, and the least liked is the froggy post. (hmmm, i missed that one on earthworm sashimi :-( ) since i was fortunate enough to get a Yummy magazine last time, here’s hoping my luck holds!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:20 pm

  64. Marketman says:

    consol, aridelros is joking… I didn’t do an earthworm sashimi. Hmmm, should I disqualify him for that?… :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:27 pm

  65. CecileJ says:

    Gotta win, gotta win, gotta win!!!!

    My favorite post is the Mangosteen Preserve post because it had me craving for coffee mangosteen ice cream…and it took me all of six months to finally get my hands on a jar of Kablon Farms Mangosteen Preserves!

    My least fave is the post on frogs because naawa ako at how they are decapitated just so we who are at the top of the food chain can feast on their legs!

    Gotta win, gotta win, gotta win!!!!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:43 pm

  66. Adam says:

    Wow, difficult to select favourites from what is always an eclectic and enjoyable mix. I thought the Coron reports were fascinating because it was interesting to read someone elses view about an area I know fairly well. And travelogues help you learn so much more about other people and their lives. So Coron it is.
    Hard to select a least favourite but the recent recipe for Sinigang na Santol at Bangus was one of the few that hasn’t tempted me into the kitchen.
    BTW – all this Kalamansi, surely now is the time to make a Philippines style Caipirinha?!!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:45 pm

  67. aince says:

    favorite: jams and jellies – calamansi, mango, guava, mangosteen, etc
    least liked: frogs

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:52 pm

  68. Susan C. Virtusio says:

    Hi Mr. MM! Sir I am an avid reader of your blog, however, this is my first time to send my comment ( I want to try my luck he he he. Sana I win) My fav is the pinakbet. my version is better than my mom who is an authentic ilocano and expert in cooking ilocano dishes. Why? I tried your version–chopped several pieces of chicharon and put it on top of the vegetables when I serve it. My sons love it that way. Yummy, yummy. My least fav is morcon. Very expensive ingredients and time consuming in preparing and cooking. I will still read your blog even if i don’t win he he.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:52 pm

  69. Ginger says:

    I just made your Kalamansi muffins yesterday and they were a hit. My friend who loves Nadines(real coffee boracay)kalamansi cupcakes loved it! So for now that is my favorite post. The only other recipe I have tried is the Spicy eggplant. It was just so-so. I think it just needed a little kick, perhaps a little black bean sauce. So for now that is my least favorite. I will trade you a bottle of my Puso ng saging salad for your Kalamansi Marmalade. :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:53 pm

  70. fely barcelon says:

    WOW…Mr. MM…what a contest..I hope to win too.

    Well, my favorite: all your pasta dishes and I had tried most of them.

    When I saw the issue about the frog,i immediately skip it..I cannot stand seeing those creatures hanging, instead I open the archives.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 4:59 pm

  71. skyemermaid says:

    my favorite is the santol preserve. i’ve made two batches since reading the post and they have both been successful.

    my least favorite is the chicken inasal. i have not tried it yet but margarine?

    Jul 18, 2007 | 5:07 pm

  72. Jade186 says:

    Favorites: Bistek Tagalog recipe and your travel posts – both local and overseas!
    Least liked: The Frog post.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 5:14 pm

  73. cristy says:

    My favorite is the bistek tagalog.
    My least is the frog.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 5:38 pm

  74. mel says:

    I’m waiting to be number 69, but unfortunately somebody posts ahead of me. It’s my favorite number and so no choice….
    Favorite : Culion , Palawan – I really like to vacation to such places. Pera nalang ang kulang.
    Least like : Rose wreath – anything about dead people, I don’t like.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 5:52 pm

  75. corrine says:

    Geez…I wonder what happened to my comment. Here it is again..I have tried a lot but my most favorite is the korean beef stew. I have been looking for a good recipe for the longest time and yours is the best. I don’t like the sinigang with santol as the souring agent. Hope I win!!!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 5:52 pm

  76. Cumin says:

    Wow, MM, this is absolutely wonderful and generous of you! I loved your post on the kalamansi jam and actually bought a kilo of the fruit, planning to follow your recipe, but with one thing after another I ended up with lots of kalamansi jam!

    My favourite post was probably the mango jam (or at least, of the recipes I followed, this is what I seemed to have the most success).

    Least favourite is banana cake which turned inexplicably rubbery. My sister couldn’t believe my luck, she said how could anyone go wrong with a simple banana cake recipe, so maybe it’s not you, it’s just me.

    Fingers crossed I hit the jackpot! (or jampot!) If not, thanks anyway. Always a joy to read your articles.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 6:01 pm

  77. Gus Hansen says:

    My favorite post and recipe would be the Kalitiran Stew a la Marketman. This stew is simply fabulous. It uses simple, easy-to-find ingredients too.

    Least favorite? Upo helmet. I just didn’t find it interesting.

    Hope I win!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 6:03 pm

  78. Kongkong622 says:

    Woohoo!! I love contests!! And I’m feeling L-U-C-K-Y!!

    My favorite recipe post is the on Fried Adobo Flakes!! Sarap!!

    Least favorite is Langka Turnovers..uuggh..can’t stand the smell.

    Now to send some good vibes to the Kid so my entry gets picked.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 6:22 pm

  79. Apicio says:

    Just the very mention of Black Paella makes me think of Marketman and never fails to bring forth a copious Pavlovian response from me. On the other hand, I could have gone on living my life without any feeling of privation whatsoever had I not heard of what is going on inside the Manila Polo Club.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 6:34 pm

  80. allen says:

    Grrr… I wrote this comment and forgot to post it and now I have to star all over again! My favorite post: the ensaimada series (commercial ensaimada, Lasang Pinoy 7 Part I & II). I googled ensaimada and found you so I’m forever grateful those yummy turbans for leading me to this site. Haven’t tried the recipe but I followed your ensaimada trail and tried Hizon’s, Red Ribbon’s, Cunanan’s, Mary Grace’s and some neighborhood bakeries. I also love the post on Father’s Day. I totally agree with what you wrote. Also the post on Chef Jundy Gueco’s obituary. He would have liked that post also. I haven’t decided on my least liked post or recipe as I don’t really try all of the recipes and I just love reading the posts I honestly found one that I didn’t like or didn’t learn from. Luckily, this is not a rule-based contest or I’m gonna be disqualified for violating rule #1. hopefully, my number gets oicked. Meanwhile, I’m gonna practice making my Wholewheat Walnut Loaf which I believe would be perfect with Marketman’s Kalamansi Marmalade ;-)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 6:43 pm

  81. filet minion says:

    my favorite was the post about how it’s an annual tradition for you to meticulously make a thematic gingerbreadhouse for The Kid and how you eventually sent one to a mother with an ailing toddler, along with distributing several other gingerbreadhouses to orphanges and hospitals. the gingerbread house was amazing by itself, but the content of the post brought me to tears

    your finale on your series of james bond posts is what i hate the most because it was so frustrating that i was a minute late in viewing that infamous picture of you getting out of the water. hihi

    Jul 18, 2007 | 6:45 pm

  82. edee says:

    fave post and successful recipe, all about paella (but i haven’t tried your paella negra yet), least fave, nothing really, ok maybe the churros one, coz it didn’t come out that well, but we still enjoyed eating it :) , just maybe need to try again……

    Jul 18, 2007 | 6:48 pm

  83. Dahlia says:

    I love salad…. and with this simple post of ” MUSTASA SALAD WITH BAGOONG & KALAMANSI” makes me want to go back to Philippines =)

    Am not fond of anything with LANGKA so i skipped reading your post like “Saba & Langka Turon ala Marketman”

    Thank you Marketman for always making my day complete whenever i read your post.

    God bless!!!!!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 6:57 pm

  84. nayna says:

    I’d say my favorite post is the one on mustasa leaves . that salad you mada ala milkyway cafe. there are a lot of recipes on your site that i’ve tried and used over and over, but this one stands out because it’s the first one i read, and drew me to your site.

    least favorite is a toss up between the kokak legs aaaaand. hm. the sinigang that used santol.

    even if i don’t get that calamansi jelly..this is a big Hello. finally.

    i’ve been lurking for the longest time,see. cheers marketman!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 7:07 pm

  85. jong says:

    My favorites are the Shittybank rants :) My least favorite is the frog post.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 7:20 pm

  86. alex says:

    My favorite recipe of yours is bistek! Your pan de sal recipe on the other hand didn’t work for me.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 7:49 pm

  87. dee says:

    FAVORITE: i love your post on the silver tomato server! i love tomatoes and those spoons really amp the tomato appetizers up.

    LEAST FAVORITE: champorado. just because i get sick everytime i eat it. :(

    I HOPE I WIN. heehee. i love jams/marmalade/jelly on warm toast. :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 7:51 pm

  88. Traci says:

    My absolute favorite post is the one about Maida Heatter’s Lemon Bars (the Date Walnut bars and the Soup posts come a close second). My least favorite post is the one about the frogs (saw a lot of them being sold in the Siong Xian (spelling?) supermarkets in Singapore which seem to have replaced quite a few Giant stores. The frogs were just soooo gross.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 7:54 pm

  89. arr says:

    hi there! my favorite post is the kalamansi muffin. I’m dying to make it… maybe when i win in this contest… i’d be forced to make one! make me win.. make me win…

    Jul 18, 2007 | 8:15 pm

  90. eustressor says:

    hello marketman! my absolute favorite post was the Top 10 Pinoy Dishes for Independence Day. i had fun thinking of my own entry and equally enjoyed reading the entries of your other readers.
    the post i least liked was the one on frogs(Frogs Anyone?) but overall i really really like reading all your posts =)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 8:41 pm

  91. Doddie from Korea says:

    My favorite post would be the pasta e faglioli recipe. I finally live in a country where borlotti beans are sold on the street. The first time I made it, it was heavenly comfort in a bowl.

    My least favorite post would also be the frogs. It reminded me of those icky biology dissecting classes where I had to hunt and kill the frogs.

    Doddie Householder from Korea

    Jul 18, 2007 | 8:44 pm

  92. Catalina says:

    My favorite post is the one about grape scissors (am still drooling); favorite recipe is your heirloom ensaymada. Least liked post is the one with a bunch of frogs.
    More power!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 8:46 pm

  93. nikka says:

    might as well toss my hat into the ring…

    the post I enjoyed the most was the one on budbud kabog. truthfully, because of your post i ended up craving it during me pregnancy! in fact, it was the ONLY thing i craved. (i almost cried when you gave them away at the last EB!)

    the ones i enjoyed the least were the ones on the silver strawberry spoon and the grape scissors. not that they were not interesting articles on equally interesting utensils, but i have difficulty with people using money for frivolities like that when so many out there are hungry.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 8:58 pm

  94. Cookie says:

    I used your recipe on how to cook a whole fish ensconced in rock salt (the good kind). I did the stuffing too with fennel and lemons. The taste of the fish was wonderful. My hubby and mom – who was visiting at that time – loved it! Thanks MM for the recipe.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 9:25 pm

  95. honey says:

    That’s easy. my most favorite recipe is the chili crab. i don’t really like crab that much but the sauce is awesome. i even tried pouring it over fried tilapia and the result is great. My least favorite is the one about roast turkey. I have this mindset that turkey tastes like cardboard

    Jul 18, 2007 | 9:30 pm

  96. joshua says:

    My favorite post is the one with the chicken inasal recipe. I’ve made it twice for family Sunday lunch and both times it was a hit! My least favorite was the one on frogs….need I say why? Eeeeww!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 9:31 pm

  97. The Steak Lady says:

    Hi MM! I love most of your posts but the one that really sticks is the post on your dalandan topiary. Absolutely beautiful!!! =) can’t wait to try the apple topiary on christmas day =)
    my least favorite would have to be the frog post. sorry, but it just gave me the creeps!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 9:48 pm

  98. zena says:

    I love salads and my most and least favorite recipes are both. I am a roasted veggie freak and i really fell for the eggplant, mozarella, tomato, basil salad. I dislike eating slices or raw onions even if with tomatoes and blue cheese which i like. P.S. The santol posts are my favorite for a “series” category.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 9:53 pm

  99. Johnny says:

    Favorite: Torta Cebuana , Least liked: Payard’s chocolate tart. The latter was not bad. I just thought the crust was too thin and hard to work with.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:02 pm

  100. Liza says:

    My favorite post was the GINGERBREAD HOUSE FOR DAVID. It was a post which made me say to myself, “MM is really a GOOD person. Wish there were more people as generous as MM.”

    My least favorite post was the FROGS. Gross! Even if my mom is a Food Technologist and an advocate of alternate foods, I think I’ll pass.

    If I’m lucky, the Kid will pick my number. Am keeping my fingers crossed.

    Thanks for giving us readers a chance. :)

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:12 pm

  101. Marie says:

    My favorite posts are of marmalades / jams using native fruits, but if I can only choose 1, it will have to be the on Kalamansi Marmalade / Jam — haven’t tried it yet but I think it’s something doable for any household and should substitute foreign jams / marmalades forever!

    Least favorite — frogs. Will never eat them, together with balut and dinuguan. One commenter talked about seeing a guy scooping out the brain of a monkey that was still alive — almost cannibalism!!!

    Quick question — assuming each bottle is half a pint, did you really have 61 bottles on hand?? And judging from your pictures, these are new canning jars??

    Jul 18, 2007 | 10:28 pm

  102. Helen says:

    My favorite is the Binagoongang Bagnet – yummy! Although bagnet is not available here in Canada, I tried it with the lechon kawali. My least fav is the Sinigang na Bangus with Santol – not used to the taste.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:17 pm

  103. Grace Encarnacion says:

    My favorite post was the LASANG PINOY: BINAGOONGANG BAGNET ALA MARKETMAN. I love Bagoong – regardless of the form and the variety of the fish it was made from- and Bagnet – my mom and my relative bring home kilos and kilos of this artery clogging delicacy after every trip to Vigan …put them together and its absolute paradise for me!
    My least favorite, because they’ll will never work for me, are your sinigang na bangus posts- both the santol and batuan version. I love sour dishes but I just can’t eat “wet” bangus or bangus with soup – paksiw, sinigang, kinamatisan.

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:20 pm

  104. kaye says:

    just trying my luck here.. hehehe!

    love your post about humba.. i tried it and it was a big hit especially with my two kids!

    my least favorite was the post about the upo helmet..

    crossing my fingers now.. teehee!!

    follow up question to the one above me:
    where do you buy your bottles coz i have several packages of the cover but don’t know where to get the glass jars.. thanks!

    Jul 18, 2007 | 11:25 pm

  105. Maddie says:

    Thank God for my mighty mouse. That was a long scroll down!

    Favorite recipe: Roast pork loin with bacon and thyme.
    Least favorite post: Frogs, anyone?

    Jul 19, 2007 | 12:37 am

  106. chris says:

    My favorite post and recipe: santol juice. I don’t know what it was about that post but I really had a bad craving for santol juice after reading it. Good thing the huge santol tree outside had fruits and the crown was level with our 3rd floor windows. hehe. To bad all the santol I got had worms!

    Least favorite: hmm, i don’t know… I tend to forget the negative things but just to qualify for this contest, I’d have to say the frog post. I remember one time my dad called from the farm asking if I wanted frog’s legs. I said yes only because he sounded so excited about it. So the next day, a package arrived from the province and I was kinda grossed out to see he sent not just legs but with the bodies still attached! haha.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 12:39 am

  107. Kristine says:

    Hello! :)

    My favorite posts would be the ones where you post about ice cream on your trips abroad! :) My favorite recipe which worked wonderfully was the recipe on pan de sal :)

    I’m not so into posts about flowers though :>

    Jul 19, 2007 | 1:17 am

  108. Mangaranon says:

    MM — I love all your posts! All things Ilonggo like the batwan, the budbud kabog, the ice cream in Rome, the beautiful flowers. This is the first blog I check in every morning and it gives me happiness — what else can I say?

    Although I am faraway, I’ll give you my Makati address and my sister/brother will take care of sending it to me.

    Bless you!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 1:32 am

  109. starbuxadix says:

    For my favorite post, i remain undecided among Langka turnovers, Top Pinoy desserts, pandinis and Kare-kare, so i’ll settle for Marketman contest wherein i won a signed copy of Yummy mag! hurray!Ãœ

    Undoubtedly, include me to the others who least like the Frogs post with the photo! I had a horrible nightmare about that one.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 1:39 am

  110. Guia says:

    Favorite: Posts on your Best of/Most favored Pinoy desserts especially your extensive research on Ensaimada.

    Least: Post on Santol fruit because had some terribly sour santol tastings in the past.

    Thanks, MM!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 1:46 am

  111. kit says:

    i’m back mm, baka madisqualify ang previous post ko, :-) my least favorite post was about the upo helmet

    Jul 19, 2007 | 1:47 am

  112. Avic says:

    Hi MM,

    My fave is budbud kabog and least fave is the entry on shallot confit :)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 2:06 am

  113. Mai says:

    I loved your post on ALISBAYAN boxes. It gave me ideas on what items to send to my sister in the US. I forget how food and common items, e.g. rubber slippers, in Pinas are considered precious commodities to pinoys overseas.

    I didn’t like the dinuguan article though. Like MM, I am wary of dinuguan or “chocolate pudding” (for the uninitiated).

    Jul 19, 2007 | 2:08 am

  114. marosee says:

    although the posts on your christmas dinners rank way up on my list of favorite posts since i love giving dinner parties too, my favorite is the post on the dinner held at the goldberg mansion. i’ve been wanting to go since my friend went and told me about it but since it’s not open to the public, it was great to see a glimpse of it on your site.

    i have to agree with the majority, the picture of the frogs were just to disgusting for a site where i go to look at food.. =)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 2:10 am

  115. Myra P. says:

    While I love your food posts, my real favorites are your rants. You write just like the voice in my head, haha. Boy, would I like to hear you rant in person.

    My least favorite (recent) post is on Discovery Shores, for the only reason that you didnt write it. (Sorry Mrs. MM and The Kid!). Close runner-ups are the shrunken head and frogs. Urg.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 2:34 am

  116. trishlovesbread says:

    Favorite post: Ensaimada!
    Least liked post: the Magnolia bakery shut-down

    Jul 19, 2007 | 2:46 am

  117. sonyday22 says:

    Addictive and enlightening blog, loved the “Pan de Sal” recipe which turned out great! Postings on the different sea salts, chocolates, and the dichotomy of an ensaymada. Least liked was the pix of “Kermit”… :) When are you going to write your book so we can keep track of all these readings, recipes and source elements?

    Jul 19, 2007 | 3:04 am

  118. ajyoung says:

    My favorite post was about your recipe for the chili crab. it was mentioned in the inquirer that your recipe for this was a real hit among your guests in your resthouse. and i was one of the very first to discover the beauty of your blog!!! Long live mm!!!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 4:14 am

  119. det says:

    i will be trying your calamansi muffins this weekendend and maybe make some marmalade too.our calamansi tree at the backyard is loaded with fruits.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 4:17 am

  120. zap says:

    My favorite foodie post is the Salad Nicoise! It has already settled itself comfortably in my ‘regulars’ menu. Least favorite is most probably the one on lengua. I do love the dish but I don’t think I can ever stomach handling raw lengua. Would leave the hacking and the cooking to the experts. ;-)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 4:44 am

  121. eatit1s says:

    My favorite, grilled pork belly with the grilled eggplant salad. Least favorite, cooking sago, love ’em but those damn things took forever to cook.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 5:17 am

  122. gina says:

    wow! i had to go through a lot of posts, i was afraid i’d be post no. 201 and not get in the contest..anyway, here goes (i do hope i win) my favorite article is on puchero because it reminded me so much of my nanay’s cooking while my least favorite is about the funny silver stuff (strawberry spoons, i think), sorry but hindi ako maka-relate..good luck to me!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 7:16 am

  123. Joni says:

    I believe your best post was the: Cioppino post. Mmm…Cioppino.

    I did not like the post about: …errr…to follow…still thinking about it…nuninuninu…

    Hahaha! Wala eh. I don’t like it when I access your site and it’s not updated. Hahaha! Demanding ng dating. But it’s like…watching a soap opera/tv series and they interrupt it with the live telecast of Miss Universe. You know what I mean? I really enjoy reading your posts, whether it’s about frogs, flowers, silverware…tsk, darn it…hirap naman. Please don’t make me choose my least favorite post?

    (Say this in an overly dramatic way) Eeeet’s so haaaaaaaaaaard to do dat! Da hoooorrrooorrr!

    :) Have an awesome day… later!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 7:28 am

  124. mrs m says:

    the topmost in my favorites is your post on the top 10 pinoy desserts. the least favorite is the magnolia bakery shutdown.
    thanks for coming up with this contest mm, time to review the past posts, it reminds me of your recipes i’ve been wanting to try.
    good luck to all.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 7:31 am

  125. gemma asis says:

    my favorite post, everything about your travels (para na rin akong nag-biyahe)

    my least favorite post, the luggage you recently brought home (na-inggit kasi ako)

    more power to you marketman!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 7:55 am

  126. jim says:

    First of all, thank you for your wonderful postings.
    I try not to miss any.
    I’ve been a long time lurker, but now I wanted to see
    if I can get a taste of your marmalade if I get lucky.

    My favorite would be the “Tomato and basil salad” . I am currently growing several types of tomatoes (cherries, heirlooms)here in San Diego so this recipe is a godsend.

    My least favorite posts are the rants.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:01 am

  127. k says:

    Hi MM!I love your blog! Your bistek tagalog (with three kinds of onions), feature on la cocina de tita moning, puchero and kare kare posts are my top favorites. I don’t like the post on frogs because they looked yucky!!!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:01 am

  128. hazel says:


    My fave post: The ultimate lemon bar a la marketman (coz i so love lemons!)

    My least fave post: The post with frogs. (brings back bad biology memories… hehehe)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:15 am

  129. melody says:

    favorite post (or posts): i love your rants, specially the one about ****Bank.

    least favorite: the frog post

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:28 am

  130. Ted says:

    You are right MM, the best way to harvest the fruit is by using a pair of scissors, I know I have a six foot tree/bush in my backyard. The only time i will pluck them out by hand is when im about to use it for my patis con calamansi sauce at that very moment, cause they really spoil in a few days. But one other way my siblings do after they raided my tree of its bounty, is to freeze them to avoid spoilage and microwave them for 30secs when they are about to use them. I will never get to try that marmalade since my siblings are always waiting and calling when the tree is fruiting and they come to raid them ;-) good thing about it is they bring pancit with them ;-)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:31 am

  131. Kristine Buensuceso says:

    Hmmm…i enjoy reading your blog so it’s hard to choose an absolute favorite…I guess I’d have to go with your Pandesal post. Just like you, pandesal is an all time fave and i don’t mind going out of my way to get my hands on a really good tasting pandesal.
    As for my least favorite…I guess your rants on cebu pacific delayed flights…I just want to read more interesting posts than read your post on it. hehehe!


    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:36 am

  132. ichabod says:

    Your post sharing the laing with shrimps recipe was the one that got me hooked to your blog, hence my favorite post.
    The one I disliked most was the one where a there was a picture of a bloody beheaded cow laid out in the table, it was so disturbing i didnt even read the post.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:46 am

  133. Daisy says:

    Hi MM,

    I like the antipasto entry and the taboulleh or parsley salad. I love that salad!!!

    While I love most forms of sinigang with sampaloc, bayabas or kamias and even santol– But i don’t think the one with Milkfish and santol will work for me. I love bangus crispy fried with suka.

    I was on the road for sometime and was able to visit once in a while but unable to leave comments– you are indeed updated!!!
    I wonder how you do it with all the travels and work and family and still keep your blog current with the most unique things :)

    wow I would love to taste that marmalade :)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:55 am

  134. chi mitchell says:

    Hello MM,

    I’m relatively new to your blog and AWESOME instantly comes to mind. I shared the link with relatives and they too have become addicted. The first post I read was all about Sur la Table which immediately caught my eye as my ‘specialty’ kitchen was equipped from the flagship store in Seattle long before it became national. I still frequent the place specially because it’s only 4 blocks from my work and there’s lots of goodies to eat along the way, but have become more disciplined on acquisitions. I mean really, how many pots and pans does one really really need? OK, you’re probably the wrong person to ask. I actually did purchase one new item online – a tagine – but let’s not go there and no need to ask who to point the finger at.

    Anyway, I’m ineligible to participate in your marmalade giveaway because I don’t live there. The original kalamansi marmalade post was one of my faves simply because it inspired me to make key lime marmalade. It was pure providence. I went grocery shopping shortly after reading your post with kalamansi being furthest from my mind. I could not believe my eyes – there they were – fresh key limes which are very rare around these parts and in fact this is the first time we have ever crossed paths! They jumped into my cart without my permission and before I realized what had happened, I was in my kitchen slicing and slicing and slicing some more for hours on end – and those SEEDS! – and stirring and stirring and stirring this white hot mass all in the peak of summer heat with a lone vornado to keep me cool. The end result was all worth the torture though – it’s absolutely delish – bitter, sweet, sour all at the same time – just the way I like my marmalade!

    So here’s the deal: I will gladly trade you one (or 2 or 3) of mine for one (or 2 or 3) of yours. We will be going there for my Mom’s 90th bday – ssssh! it’s a surprise – in early August for 2 weeks. Plenty of time to do a hand-off. What do you think?

    Also, while you’re at it, do you happen to have any good recommendations for good Filipino restaurants? I would love to hear your take on who’s who. We’ve all decided that while we’re there, we will gorge on your wonderful fruits and eat absolutely nothing but Filipino food. We’re all resigned to coming back home as blimps …

    Thank you for your time investment on your incredibly enjoyable blog that keeps so many so entertained. I’m slowly but surely going thru the archives but I’m still only up to March 2005 and oh btw, the Salcedo Saturday market is on our sked as a must-visit …


    Jul 19, 2007 | 9:13 am

  135. Jennifer says:

    Hi MM! I really loved the chocolate pudding and chocolate pots you did for your Holiday Dinner 2006. There’s nothing I want more than to drown in a tub of chocolate. If I get the chance to visit your house, I will raid your chocolate stash. HAHAHAHAHA The post I like least was the hard hat thing in Ilocos. Just couldn’t relate. :)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 10:06 am

  136. SimplePleasures says:

    I LOVE reading your post! I see to it to check everyday for new posts. One of my fav is the Blueberry Pie Ice Cream hhhhmmmm….the best! I love the contrast between the cold creamy ice cream with a bit tangy blueberry and the crunchy bits of the pie crust wow it hits the right spot :)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 10:23 am

  137. Anne says:

    I like your recipe on the chicharon that was cooked in maple syrup, though I don’t eat that stuff, i mad it as pika-pika for a despedida party and it was a hit.
    the post(s) I like least were your articles on your European trip. I haven’t been there yet so I couldn’t relate.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 10:26 am

  138. Lei says:

    Hello MM,

    My favorite post is when you had the Marketmanila Trivia contest. I actually won and got some special mention, so for me, that is something that I will always consider as my fave.

    As for the least liked post/article, well I think I am not a big fan of that recipe for sinigang na bangus sa santol. Sorry, but I am not just a big fan of it.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 11:02 am

  139. alex says:

    i want to win too!!

    most favorite: Pinoy top 10 desserts
    least liked: upo helmet

    more power MM!!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 11:36 am

  140. buffy says:

    The post that had me in stitches was the Shrunken head.

    Least liked…the post on frogs.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 11:37 am

  141. Grace says:

    Favorite Post … I have two, the one on kare-kare and another one on leche flan because I tried them both and they’re both good!!! =)
    Least Favorite … the one with the picture of frogs … =(

    Jul 19, 2007 | 12:20 pm

  142. fritzie says:

    I loved the crab sotanghon recipe, however, the recent frog post freaked me out.

    Thanks for all the great posts!

    Jul 19, 2007 | 1:25 pm

  143. Bubut says:

    i love all the dessert and seafood recipes and the least is the photos of the frogs. :-)

    i know i will win! Kid, please get my number !

    Jul 19, 2007 | 1:57 pm

  144. Candygirl says:

    I’m reposting because I forgot to include my valid email add:
    Most liked/used: split pea soup
    Least liked: Recent CP delay rant
    email: candsmd2000@yahoo.com

    Jul 19, 2007 | 2:21 pm

  145. TOK ESPINO says:

    MM: my favorite is your recently posted kalamansi muffins and the least fave is the frog post.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 2:58 pm

  146. Raneli says:

    MM: Let me thank you for having created such a blog. It enlightens, educates and sometimes stir healthy if not toxic e-mail debates amongst readers themselves and of course you, the blogger himself! Market Manila covers just the right amount of history,trivia,controversies,recipes,etc. for readers like me to enjoy and share. And yes,You are never boring! Have a good day!
    Fav Blog: Father’s Day Least Fav Blog: Upo helment

    Jul 19, 2007 | 3:21 pm

  147. mars says:

    Hi MM

    just would like to clarify/add to my earlier comment, which did not mention my least liked recipe or post (wanna win!!)

    most liked post/recipe: sotanghon guisado ala cocina de tita moning

    least liked post/recipe: posts on flowers

    Jul 19, 2007 | 3:41 pm

  148. elaine says:

    i guess the thought of winning would pull me out from being a lurker.
    My absolute favorite post was how you created a game for your daughter and her friends. Absolutely imaginative dad.
    My least favorite would be the royce chocolate chip, mainly because when I visited the store, they told me they don’t produce it anymore.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 4:38 pm

  149. Em Dy says:

    Hi MM.

    My favorite post is the one about David and the gingerbread house. Very heartwarming. The post that I like the least would be the Cebu Pacific rant. The ranting was ok (the flight was delayed after all) but felt that the post was too long.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 5:12 pm

  150. juls says:

    hi mm, most of the stuff i enjoy reading!

    most favorite post: about the chicken inasal (and anything ilonggo for that matter)

    least favorite post: about the fishpan brouhaha (funny but infuriating)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 6:55 pm

  151. blue says:

    hi MM!

    my fave post was about the Pinoy Top 10 Desserts/Sweets..i even participated in that..yum! i love most of your post, but least liked the one with the frogs..although i used to eat frog dishes at home, the pix reminded me of a dish served to me way back and it felt like being in fear factor when i had to eat the exotic dish with whole,small,green-dotted,black frogs out of courtesy..

    Jul 19, 2007 | 6:58 pm

  152. chelle says:

    hi! i wanna join! my favorite post is the one about the santol preserves (reminds me of my childhood days when we participated on the cooking and eating process with my lola) and my least favorite post is the one with the upo helmet (with the weird picture also).

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:20 pm

  153. Tilman Baumgärtel says:

    Hi! The calamansi jam brings out the lurkers. My favorite recent post was the one the fish sauce, and I will try to locate real Malabon patis. I always thought that there must be something better than the stuff you get at the supermarket. The posts I enjoy the least are the ones on NY bakeries, speciality stores etc. As a foreigner living in the Philippines I read your blog for the information on local food.

    That is also a good opportunity to make you a compliment: I think you do a tremendous job in keeping food culture alive and mainting recipes and customs. No Filipino I know was able to tell me what to do with the Santol, that I keep finding on the street (apart from eating it with salt). Now I know your juice, what a gift. So keep on the good work…

    PS: You might be interested in checking out the sunday market at the lung center sometime. I am a regular there, and it never fails to amaze me…

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:44 pm

  154. Marketman says:

    Thank you Tilman. I have an early post on the Sunday market at the Lung Center, its in the archives…

    Jul 19, 2007 | 8:48 pm

  155. goodtimer says:

    I hope I still make the contest! Favorite post: experimenting for the perfect paella negra recipe (i’ve trained my son’s yaya to cook the perfect black paella– hooray!)
    Least favorite post: those Tiffany silver strawberry spoons. Not that I hated the fish pan issues as well for being “elitist” (it drew quite a lengthy discussion bordering on absurdity hence it provided amusement), but “strawberry spoons” are just way out of reach in our third world scene.

    Jul 19, 2007 | 9:41 pm

  156. Tilman Baumgärtel says:

    Never to be outdone… ;)

    Jul 19, 2007 | 10:19 pm

  157. pinkytab says:

    The ensaimada recipe is the best. My grandchildren who are very disciminating fought over the last piece. That says a lot. I could do without the frog recipe (ugh!).
    The most enjoyable posting was the one where you gave the links to the Japanese games on YouTube. Hilarious!!!!! I shared that with my family and relatives and they too ended up rolling off their chairs from laughing. Yours is truly an eclectic blog.

    Jul 20, 2007 | 3:22 am

  158. avatar says:

    Favorite post/recipe: Split-pea with ham soup
    Least favorite post: Frog

    Jul 20, 2007 | 3:25 am

  159. achtungbabe says:

    My favorite post was the one about chicken inasal because although I come from Bacolod, I have never replicated that recipe as well as they make it on the roadside stalls that line the reclamation area. Your recipe was a godsend and even my German friends happily request it when we have our potluck grill parties! Imagine the German custom officer’s bemusement when he saw the massive tubs of Star margarine garlic flavor I painstakingly carried in my suitcase! My least favorite post was about the frogs – sorry but although I once ate frogs legs in a Sichuan restaurant in HKG and they were truly scrumptious, seeing them in the photo strung up made me wince. Poor kermit indeed!

    Jul 20, 2007 | 6:12 am

  160. choy says:

    i liked best the post on magosteen jam which the missus was able to replicate (i think…i really love it). also your comments on places/food establishments you’ve been to are always helpful.

    the least i like would be those of flowers and such. not much of a flower person, i guess.

    mabuhay ka!

    Jul 20, 2007 | 10:15 am

  161. Angela Ballesteros says:

    I love ur site, visit it everytime i can and what can i say, ALIW! Naaaliw ako! Thank you for sharing. Anyway my favorite is the lechon paksiw, try it with cinnammon and it was abig hit with the family. They couldn’t pinpoint what is the difference but it was yummy, anyway my least favorite is also the sinigang sa santol…. i don’t know but it was something that i will never try to do…


    Jul 20, 2007 | 11:25 am

  162. jules winnfield says:

    fave: volcanic diet coke

    hate: bouillon strainer

    Jul 20, 2007 | 4:28 pm

  163. Lightheaded says:

    So this is my entry to your raffle. Hahaha!

    For the memories it evoked my favorite post is the one with Mangosteen Jam and Coffee Ice Cream. I even commented on that. And like one (or a handful I think) of people who left their comments here, I also have a bottle (the Kablon brand) at home almost always.

    I can’t think of a least liked post. But because I’m not a fan of lengua, then that post with your trial recipe on it will be my vote.

    And goodluck to all of us!

    Jul 21, 2007 | 12:04 am

  164. pixeldose says:

    Bistek Tagalog wins hands down for me. It’s so easy to prepare and doesn’t take much effort to make. And yeah, thanks for testing different types of onions that go with it; I never knew … I’ve always used whatever is available in the pantry; now we mainly buy and used the white onions for our bistek.

    Least favorite? Er, that would be those ‘single-purpose’ utensils :) …e.g., jelly-beans dispenser :D. Heck, just give me the frickin jar, hehe. I know, I know, it’s not hygienic … and we should all try and learn to appreciate the finer things in life and I do understand that some of these implements can be work of art, etc., etc. But yeah, they’re a ho-hum in my book :).

    Now if you’re talking about ‘champoy’ then I might just consider it :).

    Jul 21, 2007 | 6:08 am

  165. russella says:

    i love all your posts, marketman. but the one that stands out would have to be your April Fool’s Day entry of 2005. That was really, really funny. Now, my least favorite?i guess it would be the pan de sal only because, i just couldn’t bake it right.

    Jul 21, 2007 | 12:27 pm

  166. pat says:

    hi marketman!

    i’m a new reader – stumbled upon this just a few months ago.

    my favorites so far are the ones on kalamansi marmalade and muffins (that’s why i’m joining this raffle) …

    and my least favorite was on the shut down of magnolia bakery.

    keep it up!

    Jul 21, 2007 | 7:34 pm

  167. UVG says:

    Hello there !! Hope I still make it to this raffle my friends are talking about– to get a chance to win THE KALAMANSI MARMALADE …if one of us wins , we will share the prize :-)

    The entry on Price comparison with 5 Supermarkets is my favorite. I’ve made a list before but only for 3 groceries at the most. Cash & Carry and Landmark are the best for me.

    My least liked entry would be the PIPM Scam (Rich Gullible Careless Pinoys etc…) and the Magnolia Bakery post

    Please keep your blog going . Congratulations !!

    Jul 22, 2007 | 1:34 pm

  168. Marketman says:

    No more entries please. Winners have been selected and will be emailed, if they accept, I will publish their screen names… Many thanks to all, and better luck next time!!! :)

    Jul 22, 2007 | 3:40 pm

  169. millet says:

    my absolute favorite recipe is the one for budbud kabog because it works, it really does work fabulously, and before this i had been searching high and low for a proper recipe. my least favorite post is the one about the frogs..the picture made me shudder and sit back! and i do hope i win because i love calamansi in all forms!

    Jul 22, 2007 | 11:20 pm

  170. millet says:

    oh, sorry, didn’t see MM’s notice at the end until i had posted my entry. shucks! these out of town trips keep me out of my blogworld ;->

    Jul 22, 2007 | 11:26 pm


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