Friday, March 28, 2014

The Avida Food Hunt with Chef JJ of Pinoy Eats World

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Everyone loves to eat, and like many of us, everyone prefers to have easy access to lots of choices to feel more pampered and blessed to enjoy a more splendid lifestyle fulfilled by sumptuous dining experiences.

We appreciate dining destinations within our reach, and it's a big plus if the meals served would also be affordable and right on the budget - perfect for the yuppies on the go who do not have time to cook for themselves.

We would also prefer to have more than just the greasy fast-food or frozen microwavable meals. We feel we deserve better than the ordinary because we worked hard and a satisfied stomach is at least our just rewards.

Now imagine living at a place where you'll have access to these conveniences.On a food and restaurant tour called the Avida Food HuntChef JJ Yulo of Pinoy Eats World toured us around the neighborhood of San Antonio Village West of Makati that boasts of many varieties of cuisines offered by lots of promising restaurants.

Chef JJ Yulo introduces the Avida Towers Asten

We are on a Food Hunt...the Avida Food Hunt

Avida Food Hunt
participants, along with some members of the press, joined this gastronomical adventure to embark on a food hunt within the vicinity of Avida Towers Asten, a high-rise residential condominium.We were able to get a sampling of specialty dishes and epicurean fares in the neighboring Avida development.

The Avida Food Hunt van

The Avida Food Hunt Van number 2

Chef JJ Yulo served as our tour guide providing bits and pieces of trivia and other information along the way

Arrived at Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano
 After the meetup at the Avida showroom located at Glorietta, we started our food hunt on board vans to take us to our first destination at Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano located along Yakal street where the Avida Towers Asten development property can be visibly seen just opposite the restaurant.

We were expected by both management and crew of the restaurant

The tables have the customized Avida Food Hunt paper mats
Dining on Carpaccio Piemontese at where else but Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano

We were served with Carpaccio Piemontese, thinly-sliced choice cut grade A beef served with cheese and fresh green salad on the side. The dish is obviously a starter meal to indicate just the beginning of our food hunt.

Lina Fernandez, manager of Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano with Chef JJ of Pinoy Eats World

Later on we were informed that we will be visiting a total of five (5) restaurants for this particular Avida Food Hunt. This means that we might consider eating light here at our first stop because there's four more restaurants to go.

In my case, I'm used to food tasting since I've done food and restaurant reviews so many times, so I ate up everything I can. (BTW, I'm hungry since I skipped lunch especially because of this).

On our way to our next food destination at the Avida Food Hunt with Chef JJ Yulo

TTK is located along Metropolitan Avenue near Shopwise

Our second stop was at the TTK Authentic Masters Singapore Foods restaurant located along Metropolitan Avenue. The restaurant specializes in gastronomic selection that speaks of fusion of flavors representing various cultures from all over the world of which their most popular are Singaporean staples.

The restaurant is a modestly designed and quite quaint place with huge signages in and out

Savory Cereal Prawn

Char Kway Teow (Stir-Fried Noodles)

Kopi-O - traditional iced coffee concoction

Rosario Tan and daughter Tan Tien Kim,owners of TTK Food Services with Chef JJ of Pinoy Eats World
The TTK came from the owner's daughter's name, TanTien Kim. Though the owner revealed that the reason for the long name was because some people are making fun of the TTK acronym.

On our way to Hong Kong Roast HKR Food Express

The third stop of our Avida Food Hunt was at the Hong Kong Roast (HKR) Food Express restaurant located along Bagtikan street. The restaurant serves an array of Hong Kong-style comfort food like the mouth-watering roast duck, best eaten with a hot bowl of rice and a glass of bubble milk tea.

Hong Kong Roast HKR Food Express signage

HKR Food Express is a cozy hole-in-the-wall favorite

Hong Kong Roast and its specialty - Roast Duck

Bubble Milk Tea

The restaurant has two floors with a bigger dining area at the second floor

Roselyn Fabregar, supervisor of HKR (Hong Kong Roast) with Chef JJ of Pinoy Eats World

Our fourth stop was at the Titania Wine Bar and Cafe inside the Titania Grand Cellar on Yakal street (actually just a few steps away from Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano) where we were given a short tutorial on wine appreciation and tasting. We tasted a total of six wines of different kinds.

There was actually a lot of information given in just a few minutes: Information Overload!

We tasted a total of 6 wines, last of which was sparkling wine

An excellent table setting showcasing the wines and cocktail food bits

Chef Rene Arambulo of Titania Wine Bar and Cafe with Chef JJ of Pinoy Eats World

Chef JJ Yulo with Tess Tatco, head of Avida Marketing
Tess Tatco, Avida Marketing Head, reiterates what we've realized all along that the Avida Food Hunt was conceptualized for people to realize that Avida developments provide comfort and convenience to their residents by making sure that the neighborhood selected for their properties are communities where everything is near, access to good life and great food and restaurants are all within the vicinity.

Sophie's Mom, Tonette Rosal, welcomes all participants of the Avida Food Hunt
Avida Food Hunt paper table mats added color to the tables at Sophie's Mom

The Avida Food Hunt ends on a sweet note with a sampling of assorted desserts at Sophie's Mom located along Santol Street. Owner Maria Antoinette Rosal treated us to some of her popular desserts fitting for the sweet tooth.

Sweet treats from Sophie's Mom

Special Spanish bread from Sophie's Mom

Tonette Rosal, owner of Sophie's Mom with Chef JJ of Pinoy Eats World

We encourage everyone to check out the San Antonio Village neighborhood for themselves so you'll really be aware of the other conveniences available within the areas surrounding Avida Towers Asten.

Avida makes sure they have prime properties with many reasons that make living really pleasurable for everyone.

Until the next Avida Food Hunt, where will the next one be?

Check out their Facebook page for more details: or visit the Avida showroom located at teh 2nd floor of Glorietta 4.

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