February is known for “Love Month”, Litton & Co. celebrated it with a thoughtful nod to Filipinos’ rich history with food through Mandala Park Weekend Market. Held in collaboration with the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement to help spread the “love for local” and shine a spotlight on merchants who inspire us to love our own culinary heritage.
Last February 20, we went there for the 5th Installment of the Mandala Weekend Market located at 312 Shaw Blvd., Brgy Pleaseant Hills, Mandaluyong City (near S&R). Mandala Park open space were transformed into a relaxing venue where different merchants showcased locally sourced and crafted produce.
A total of 26 merchants were available, from sumptuous line up of food and drinks with some hand made trinkets on the side.
Craftpoint Brewing Company
One of the first Manila based commercial craft breweries that started out by a small group of beer enthusiasts.
They offer beer with coffee, ale, tropical fruits, caramel and many more exciting flavors that you can’t usually find in your ordinary beers.
Beer Prices ranges from Php 130.00 to Php 180.00.
Bayani Brew was developed by the nanays of Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm. They produces all Filipino, delicious and nutritious iced tea! It advocate to use our home grown local products such as pandan, lemon grass and sweet potato as their main ingredients. I personally love their Camotea Commotion, a combination of lemon grass and purple leaves of sweet potato. By the way, they don’t use any food coloring and flavoring.
Stanford & Shaw’s Ginger Ale
A refreshing tongue tickling drink from the combination of ginger and lemon. First brewed by the brothers Marc and Johan last 2013. Hubby and I had tried it before, best served chilled and goes well barbecue;) Drinking it can help you relieve some digestion problems because of the ginger and it can enhance your voice too! Hmmm a must try for frustrated singers haha!
Bullet Proof Coffee
Have you tried a bulletproof coffee before? It has a special ingredient called Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil which helps boost metabolism, burns fat and even builds muscle.
An initiative by the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement that supports and promotes locally produce products from different provinces in the Philippines.
Asiong’s Carinderia and Cafe
They are located at Cavite City, well known for their Pansit Pusit. The Pansit noodles are bathed with squid ink, topped with kinchay, chicharon and thin slices kamias for the sour taste (in replacement for calamansi. They have been serving Cavitenos with good food from Spanish, Filipino and even Caviteno dishes since 1960
A favorite Pinoy Delicacies Rice Cakes or Sapin Sapin topped with latik are one of the many options that you can have for dessert or even merienda.
Homemade Treasure’s Ensaymada
These classic ensaymada are from Porac , Pampanga. A family heirloom recipe since 1930s. What makes it delicious is its soft bun with butter and shredded with quezo de bola. Ensayma comes in different fillings too!
Not just your ordinary taco joint, they become hit at Kapitolyo Pasig with their homemade tacos, nachos and burritos which all are made up from scratch.
The Original Pares House was established 1979. They offer Hot Dishes (served with fried rice and side soup) Pares, Somia nd Siopao for their Pop Up Store at Mandala Park.
Enjoy sumptous food offerings from Punta Mandala. Their Nachos are made with deep fried tortilla chips topped with jalapeno, picadillo, cheese sauce and pico de gallo which is one of their best seller.
Eye catching dessert display from Scout’s Honor caught my camera haha! Their smores and cookies will make you drool.
Le Petite Souffle
Originally located at Century Mall Makati City, they offer French/Japanese cuisines with a Filipino twist that’s busting with flavors. We tried Just Mac and Cheese, a little bit pricey but it was so good, its creamy taste blends well with the saltiness of the meat.
For a guilt free snacks and appetizer head to Edgy Veggy. They uses organic vegatables for their chips.
For a Taiwanese-style hot pot from choices of meat, veggies, seafood at etc and soup bases Huat Pot Special (Original), Beef Spicy Soup, Sate (BBQ) and Laksa (Seafood). They also served braised pork and salted fish.
Poke is a hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”. Their Pork Kalua was tender and juicy but we find it very ordinary.
Wrapped Bellychon with homemade chimichurri, hollandaise. hoisin and sun-dried tomatoes and freshly made sauces are a bomb!;)
An all natural ice cream which uses best quality ingredients, no preservatives and artificial stabilizers. Some of Fog City’s signature flavors are Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Sorrento, Vanilla Malt with Maltesers, Bourbon Pecan, Peanut Butter and Jelly and many more!
Going organic? Check out Bio Reis Organic Rice and Grains.
Grab your favorite broths, sauces and jams from Project Hearth. All natural and No Preservatives.
Signature treats from cakes, cookies, brownies and sticky buns from Pastry Amoire are also available at Mandala Park Weekend Market. We were not able to try them out but their tipsy bacon sticky buns looks appealing specially for the bacon lover like me.
Yakang Yaka Barter
Handmade and Local products such as bags, shoes and clothes from the indigenous weaving communities in the Philippines.
They sell sporty clothes in colorful palettes and prints.
Explorer Wax Co.
Homemade scented candles that can soothe your senses. They also have Beeswax Balm Candles that you can massage on your skin and the Happy Camper Balm Candle which made of citronella that is known as insect repellant.
Earlier in the afternoon a yoga class was hosted by Flow Retreats. The class aims to kick off the fun weekend with some healthy stretching.
They don’t boil or even use oven to cook their ribs. It takes them 6 hours smoked low and slow Ribs goodness. Definitely for meat lover!
D’ Famous Imus Longanisa
Because I’m from Cavite, I’m glad to see the famous Longganisa from my hometown. Its garlic taste perfectly blends with its sweetness. Trust me! You will ask for extra rice haha!
With amazing finds, relaxing music, and hearty home grown food, the Mandala Park weekend market is the city’s new seat of harmonious and holistic lifestyle experiences.
Tables, chairs and good ventilation were provided for a more comfy foodie experience. We decided to share foods together so we can try each menus.
It was a fun filled saturday night, make sure to invite your friends and family to experience the Mandala Park Weekend.
Catch the upcoming Mandala Park Weekend Market on March 19.