“Win a Snazzy Market Basket” and Many Thanks For Visiting Over the Years!


Okay, here it is. A chance to win one of these beauties, a custom made wicker basket on wheels, lined with denim and handles covered in leather from S.C. Vizcarra. It was part of a batch I ordered a couple of years ago, and I have one extra leftover. It was pricey even at cost, and I suspect retails for some ridiculous Parisian style price abroad. At any rate, it’s a thank you from me to readers that have been coming by the blog for years and years…


All you have to do is leave me a comment below, and in that comment name 3-5 previous posts on marketmanila.com (please INCLUDE link to those posts) that you would like to see more of in the months ahead. In other words, if you are partial to market forays, list those types of posts, if you like filipino recipes, stories about purveyors, etc. I am curious what readers find the most interesting or appealing… and will try to accommodate those preferences wherever possible. Please do only one entry per email address, and make sure your email address is a functioning one. Of all the entries, I will choose a random number and they win the prize. You may join multiple times if you have several valid email addresses.

I can only deliver or have the prize picked up somewhere convenient in Metro-Manila, so if you are abroad, you can certainly join, but the basket has to be delivered to a relative or friend of yours in Manila. I will leave this post up for a week or so, so that the maximum number of readers will get a chance to join the giveaway… Good luck!

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  1. Good thing one can’t gain weight by just reading your blog… or could they? First – thank you for coming up with such a blog… culinary infotainment and more!

    My favourite posts of yours (aside from all that food) are those that feature culture, cooking techniques, and market places

    Here are some of my favourite posts

    Feb 6, 2015 – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/eat-more-octopus
    – because I really love octopus

    Mar 26, 2010 – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/anthony-bourdains-top-5-food-porn-moments
    – actually cheered “it’s Marketman!!” on TV

    July 23, 2015 – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/the-organic-market-at-boulevard-raspail-paris
    -markets are always awesome

    :) cheers!

  2. i like to read most of your posts related to food but am really interested in anything BBQ/GRILL/INIHAW/etc…so here are 3 posts which i really enjoyed – looking at the pics and reading the whole post.

    APRIL 23, 2014 Baptism by Fire… The New Grill Works Brilliantly! https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/baptism-by-fire-the-new-grill-works-brilliantly

    – really nice grill pattern and tulo-laway pics

    JULY 16, 2012 Grilled Baby Octopus & Scallop Salad a la Marketman

    – the baby octopus look like “flowers” and the salad looks delicious (i love eating cherry tomatoes, btw)

    APRIL 14, 2012 Grilled Jalapeño Pork Belly (Liempo) a la Marketman :)

    – very interesting marinade and the grilled meat looks tempting

    the basket giveaway looks vey nice too, very rustic but still modern looking with the canvas and leather…

  3. 1. I can’t make a list of favorite MM posts without putting this one first: https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/the-best-euro-450-i-spent-in-paris – aside from the fact that it was a foie gras sandwich, it was the little detail that it came from the prepared foods section of a grocery! Would love to see more posts about value buys abroad like this :)

    2. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/iranian-beluga-caviar – similar principle as to the entry above.

    3. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/marketmans-carry-on-bag – I found this so interesting because these are all everyday items, yet so classic and understated. Love leather. Also, fountain pens! Started getting into them this year and would love to hear stories about the ones you have (it sounds like you have a lot of stories :) ).

    4. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/marketmans-credit-card-series-2011-part-i – this was so useful. Now that I have a card, I’m so careful with how I use/pay for it. Maybe an update?

    5. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/obsessive-compulsive-knife-skills – reading about different kinds of kitchen doodads is always nice. Even (especially?) if fishpan level. :)

  4. I enjoy your fish pan posts, you are actually doing the public a service by warning them about bad suppliers:

    Food and wine pairings and the way you describe each course of the menu:

    The way you are always ready to help in a sincere way without the CSR spin of PR practitioners:

  5. 1. Eyeball!! This was the first of three Marketmanila eyeball events i have been to. Two in Cebu and one in Nasugbu. This was also where I met new friends which led to more food and fun adventures in Bacolod, Davao, Binondo, Cebu. 17 Nov2008 https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/the-guests-the-food

    2. More posts about my home city Bacolod. In order to post more you need to visit our city again soon. 8 March 2009 https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/burgos-market-bacolod

    3. More posts on finance, investment, renting a house versus owning… 21 Sep 2008 https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/i-have-seen-the-light

    4. More Pork. 13 Aug 2012 https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/pata-tim-a-la-marketman

  6. I love your pork posts and those that help your viewers recreate those yumminess at home.

    1. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/zubuchon
    – I practically cried after my first bite of Zubuchon’s crispy skin.

    2. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/roasted-boneless-pork-belly-a-la-marketman
    – Pure love.

    3. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/pigskin-crackling-experiments-a-la-marketman
    – I just love your documentation of your kitchen experiments!

    4. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/two-batches-of-meaty-barbecued-pork-ribs and
    5. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/fried-pork-ribs-a-la-marketman
    – Such glorious shots or the meat.

  7. my son is vegetarian so i love your posts for vegetables!

    i frequent the saturday and sunday markets since i live in makati, and have always struggled with bringing home those plastic bags that cut into my fingers. I would love to have the vizcarra basket trolley in tow. what a beauty!




    the one that really made my mouth water was this one:


  8. 1. You inspire the public to be more curious about ingredients/produce and this is one where I benefitted due to your post. I had bought a packet and didn’t know what to do with it.

    On banana blossoms:

    2. Rants turn off some due to the tone, but you are doing a public service when it is well-argued and justified.


    3. Book reviews whet one’s appetite for going further.


  9. 1. i have revisited this entry many times and this june (re)sent it to my nephew who had just graduated and got his first job: https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/why-saving-and-investing-is-essential

    2. love the rants (overpopulation, line cutting, general lack of common sense and sensitivity etc) because you are so often right :) https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/seriously-how-low-can-we-go

    3. as a longganisa fan: https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/juan-longganisa-at-the-fresh-festival-at-metro-marketmarket

  10. The basket looks like an improved version of the plaid shopping trolley that lolas wheel about in Hong Kong.

    My favorite topics are:

    1. Travel

    2. Even better than travel? Travel and food :)

    3. Food Chronicles, whether it be Lechon which gave rise to Zubuchon or Chicharon.

    4. Flowers – You’ve opened my eyes to the wonderful combination of hydrangeas and snapdragons

    5. What’s this? posts. Interesting to learn about obscure ingredients and others sharing what they know about it

  11. My favorite will be of course the scientific and encompassing way you approach cooking as shown on the following:

    The resto reviews have proved to be useful as well:

    Finally the posts about your travels have been like “mini-vacations” for me:
    https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/south-africa-10-five-life-changing-minutes-in-the-bush – This post should win some kind of award, just saying..

  12. Over the years the blogsite never ceases to amaze me as it has so much varying topics beyond my love for food, recipes/menus, and dining. I really find it hard to choose, but My top picks would be:
    >Recipes (thanks to Inasal I found this site)
    >Travel (lots of it, especially the African safari series) https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/south-africa-11-just-lion-around
    >Financial advise
    https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/i-have-seen-the-light (absolutely a favorite!)

    More power to MM!

  13. My favorite kind of blog post is when you share recipes. These posts came to mind because they’re the recipes I’ve already tried to cook and plan to cook in the future.

    Marketman’s “Chef’s Salad” (https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/marketmans-chefs-salad)
    Ropa Vieja a la Marketman (https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/ropa-vieja-a-la-marketman)
    BettyQ’s “Tuscan Style” Salmon Sardines (https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/bettyqs-tuscan-style-salmon-sardines)
    Chili Oil a la Marketman (https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/chili-oil-a-la-marketman)

  14. Not vying for the handsome basket, here are my pick:

    I get so much enjoyment and insight from multi-segment posts such as the Lechon chronicles itself, but also like the ones you did on Leche Flan. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/leche-flan-round-i

    I find myself going back time and again to posts that elicited participation from the readers in the form of comments, if not condemnation. These are usually not food related rather about education, early signs pointing to eventual success in life, and not the least, much like a bad traffic accident, the fish pan provoking moments. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/the-most-educated-countries-in-the-world

    Finally, the singular posts that simply cry out to be celebrated on its own such as the Market Man classic,

  15. Hi MM,
    Been a long while since I posted.
    Don’t have any interest in winning the basket but would like to add my “vote” for future posts.

    Recipes of course:
    But not just any recipes. Local stuff and “long lost traditions” of doing things (e.g. using just rock salt instead of soy sauce).

    Some have suggested above about food+ travel but how about you do an Anthony Bourdain and travel around the Philippines and sampling the less treaded paths? Food reviews of restaurants in urban areas is fine an all but everyone and their pet dogs are doing that already.

    I love a good fishpan post but I’m sure I don’t need to request more fishpan posts. They’ll get posted when they do happen. :-)
    I know it can be a pain but I also love a good post on food charity work.

  16. Love seeing local produce esp. those that I don’t have a clue what they are!
    But I like seeing what Gejo has in store:

    Produce from Mailpayon farms

    Next…local travel! Your post on Coron/ Higantes Island! Hope to visit it in the very near future.

    Food chronicles! I always go back to Leche flan chronicles from January 22 to Feb. 13, 2009

    MM …so sorry! Too difficult to type with one hand and left hand for that matter! kaya mahaba to type the link!

  17. stories about local tinderas and artisanal purveyors be it food or furnitures, travels and your lechon series

  18. Hi MM,

    Here are my top favorites, of which I’ll come back to over and over again :)

    Your food chronicles what else :)


    I virtually traveled the world thru your blog MM


    Your unusual food finds:


  19. Hi Sir MM, below are the previous posts that I really love :) :

    Alimasag Drowning in Sisig Laing a la Zubudagat (August 14, 2015)

    Street & Ambulant Fruit & Vegetable Vendors, Hanoi (September 30, 2013)

    The Organic Market at Boulevard Raspail, Paris (July 23, 2015)

  20. Been a silent follower/reader for many years now and I love your articles on
    1) markets


    2)your travels as you have the most amazing pictures and anecdotes

    https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/the-city-of-lights (especially since we will be visiting Paris again next year)
    https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/south-africa-13-all-creatures-great-and-small (I enjoyed reading your safari adventures but not sure if I am brave enough to go there)

    3) items/product that I learn and come to know through you

  21. I love your articles on
    1) markets


    2)your travels as you have the most amazing pictures and anecdotes

    https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/the-city-of-lights (especially since we will be visiting Paris again next year)
    https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/south-africa-13-all-creatures-great-and-small (I enjoyed reading your safari adventures but not sure if I am brave enough to go there)

    3) items/product that I learn and come to know through you

  22. Would love to see posts more on (in no particular order)

    Meals/parties you personally host – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/new-years-eve-dinner-2014

    Recipes you’ve tried from cook books – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/fried-chicken-a-la-david-chang-momofuku

    Travel posts whether food related or not – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/nightfall-at-amanjena-marrakech
    — specifically searched for this post and can’t believe it was from 2010! time flies :)

    Thank you for all the years and posts, MM! :)

  23. I especially love your posts on adapting locally available ingredients and adapting them to mouth-watering international recipes. The langka salad below is not necessarily an international recipe but it is one of my favorites and uses a ubiquitous and inexpensive fruit/vegetable and elevates it to new heights!


  24. I enjoy all your posts, MM. Be it travel, rant, market finds, food, recipes, etc.

    My top 3 favorite would be about:

    1. Travel, especially to exotic places, like this one
    2. Flower arrangements

    3. Market trips both local and abroad

  25. I have access to fresh/live seafood that’s why your posts on simple seafood recipes are a big hit in our family kitchen. But we also love your post on brining meats that it has become a standard SOP in our household. Thank you for making these information accessible to us, like you, I love going to the markets and a sleek market basket will surely give this 50 year old spine some comfort it deserves :-{()
    1. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/bagaybay-and-bihud-fish-milt-roe
    2. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/charcoal-steamed-lapu-lapu-a-la-marketman
    3. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/linarang-na-isda-sour-spicy-fish-soup
    4. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/tinkering-with-5-kinilaws-ceviches-a-la-marketmanzubudagat
    5. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/sauteed-purple-yam-shrimp-a-la-marketman
    7. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/home-made-corned-beef

  26. I hardly comment on blogs, but MM has been a favorite ever since I stumbled on this site while searching for roasted bone marrow recipes. I read 97% of the entries, and comments here, as they are usually informative and helpful. Betty Q’s recipes, I collected and printed out, though I haven’t made her chocolate cake yet.

    Having said that, what I would want to see more of are entries on LEATHER, such as this:


    (MM, sir, you also had an entry about a shop in HK that sold really nice leather goods at a fraction of the price of luxury boutiques, I wonder where that went?)

    More power, and more entries on EVERYTHING please. :)

  27. When you write about what matters to you, e.g. your outreach programs and post-Yolanda efforts, those are the posts that really move me.

    For the more “everyday” stuff:

    1) Occasional table settings/flowers for the holidays: I look to you when my well of inspiration runs dry :)

    2) Travel experiences: I used your Vancouver posts when I was putting my checklist together

    3) When you obsess about food: my mom was on the hunt for old-fashioned ensaimada so this was perfect!

  28. I guess you learned from your previous – I refuse to call them – mistakes and won’t be sending this to me over here in Brazil. :)

    I like the posts about Filipino ingredients and cooking. I love to learn about stuff that I have never heard about before, even if the cooking here has some similarities – european tradition mixed with tropical ingredients and climates.

  29. Leticia, hahaha, yes, this would be PROBLEMATIC to send to Brazil… but thanks for dropping by, it still amazes me where people tune in from, and for what varied reasons to boot… I feel like I have “family” members in all corners of the globe!

  30. Food trips:

    Unique online vendors:

    Recipes using local ingredients:

    I made the dayap and pili tart yesterday, Mr. MM! I’ll get to taste the fruit of my efforts this afternoon. Did it the old fashioned way using my good old mortar & pestle and wire pastry cutter. It was hard work, but fun! Hope the taste won’t be affected much.

  31. I love your posts of taste tests, like this one https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/an-abundance-of-more-classic-ensaimadas amongst others.

    And related, your attempts to recreate recipes like this one https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/lasang-pinoy-7-ensaimada-part-ii-the-recipe
    (I’m hoping you’ll have a bbq pork recipe show down soon! Your last post was a tease!)

    And I really miss your domestic travel posts, like https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/our-home-for-two-nights-in-bacolod

    It’s not that I don’t enjoy following along on your international travels, but it’s much harder to find unsponsored and unbiased (by that I mean the bloggers have not been reimbursed or provided goods for free) information on areas in the Philippines, so I really look forward to reading your take on different areas.

  32. I have always loved all your posts but i enjoyed most the following:
    1. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/a-christmas-story-you-may-want-to-read-this-one
    2. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/leche-flan-round-iii-abcdef
    3. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/where-can-i-findbuy
    4. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/cebu-style-chorizo-experiments
    5. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/roses-hydrangeas
    Best of them all are your outreach programs and the likes that really move me… eg the no.1 in my list. More power to you MM! GOD bless.

  33. long-time reader, rare commenter!

    1. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/dimasalang-flower-market-sta-mesa-manila – this was one of the earliest posts that really had a permanent effect on my life. i now make regular trips for birthdays and such, and have introduced past suitors to the beauty of this flower market as well :)

    2. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/marketmans-credit-card-series-2011-part-i – i like relevant and thorough information about local things that aren’t really common knowledge.

    3. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/fresh-from-the-farm – i’ve been meaning to find malipayon farm produce ever since i first read about it on this blog! anyway, i like your posts involving malipayon farms because i love learning about local enterprises that really care about quality and excellence, and try to make it a point to seek them out. i trust your opinion on quality and excellence. :D

  34. Hi MM!

    My top 3 favorite posts are:
    1- https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/fish-pan, for the informative post and most hilarious comment made by MD ;)
    2-https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/ratatouilles-anton-ego, for my special mention ;)
    3- https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/paris-the-city-of-lights, i read this over and over again before going to our dream destination, for the inspiration, guide and tips (the macaron series etc)

    and all your entertaining at home posts, travel and posts about the kid :)

    I’d like to see more posts on using cheap local ingredients as substitutes for imported ingredients needed in international dishes, and hopefully another eyeball where i can attend already.

    Thanks MM and more power to the site!

  35. Pork, pork, pork… I’m a big lover of pork so I’ll focus on your posts on pork.

    1. Porchetta NYC – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/porchetta-new-york
    This is a must stop for me whenever I visit New York. I love the crunch of that pork skin.

    2. The BEST Roast Pork – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/its-the-best-of-the-best
    Visiting Cebu and tasting this glourious lechon is on my bucket list.

    3. Lechon de Leche – https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/oven-roasted-lechon-de-leche-a-la-marketman
    This year, I will surprise my guests by making Lechon de Leche for Thanksgiving.

    Thank you MM for all the wonderful posts you’ve been sharing with all of us.
    Keep up the excellent work!!!

  36. aside from posts where the choco lab (ginger) was included, i’d love to see more of the following:

    1. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/behind-the-scenes-preparations-holiday-dinners-a-la-marketman-family
    i always look forward to your table settings and flourishes, wanting me more to invest on fine cutleries and chinaware.

    2. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/a-christmas-story-you-may-want-to-read-this-one
    i admire your generosity, you’ve been a blessing not only to your staffs and crews but to many esp down south where most of your charity works took place. this one is very heart warming.

    3. https://www.marketmanila.com/archives/holiday-cheese-platter-a-la-ginger
    aside from my love of cheese, ginger is definitely all over this post. more of the choco lab MM :D

  37. MarketManila has been my opium of choice… whenever I am hungry, homesick, bored, excited… whatever I am feeling, MarketManila feeds all of my passion.. for food, flowers, fresh produce, markets. Everytime I open your site, I stay on for hours, just catching up on all the posts I have missed. Still trying to find a way to get email notices for your posts.

    My favorites…

    1. Markets – discoveries of markets around the country and around the world; what to buy and what to ogle at


    2. Seafood – so much harder to buy and prepare… when I can’t get some in a restaurant, I savor your seafood posts


    3. Flower shopping at Dangwa and decorating one’s home – I am a frustrated gardener and flower decorator. You inspire me and also frustrate me, that I can’t seem to find the right bargains and be as creative … :).


    This is my first time to post, and my way of thanking you for sharing your ideas, finds, and passion.

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