Bellysima by Mercato Centrale
From the group who brought you the night food market called Mercato Centrale; comes a new concept called Bellysima.
It won’t be your usual BBQ, burgers, sizzling steaks, back ribs, and many more familiar dishes that you may have tried at Mercato. Bellysima is more about gourmet, artisanal (arti-what? see definition below), healthy, unique and simply not your ordinary food selections.
Artisanal: (of a product, especially food or drink) made in a traditional or non-mechanized way.
We visited Bellysima at Glorietta 5 last week and I’m really glad that due to the success of their launch; they will become a regular event (else, why did I post so late?!).
Bellysima opens only during Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 10pm at the Glorietta 5 activity center.
We went around and I’d like to share with you our good finds.
Milea Bee Farm
They certainly caught my eye with a live samples of bees enclosed in a glass. I’m been looking for authentic honey where I sometimes doubt the products being sold at supermarkets; but here I don’t think I still have to doubt else those bees might sting me!
Just kidding as I learned that bees don’t simply sting you just because they want to. There needs to be an external threat so don’t provoke them.
OTGS: Only the Good Stuff Trading Corp
Giant Mangoes! The first time I got intimidated by mangoes! Are they sure these are not balloons?! These were the Mallika Mangoes and Kiett Mangoes.
Tea made from turmeric (comes from the family of ginger). It was delicious so we bought all available flavors! It comes in Lemon Grass, Pandan, Calamansi and Dalandan (not available).
Jacob’s Peanut Praline Butter
Despite getting an explanation, I still can’t say that I completely understood the concept of praline but that didn’t stop me from getting a jar :) They already had me at peanut butter!
Wise Eats Foods
If you’d like to have homemade processed meats for lunch, then check out Wise Eats Foods with their array of Chorizo (Spanish and Portuguese variants) and European Hot-dogs. These are free from preservatives (nitrate free) so they label them as kid-friendly hot-dogs.
At Bellysima, we saw a lot of jams and spread but what caught our eye would be these viands-turned-spreads. These are good to have on crackers and bread (only use a small amount as they had a strong taste) and I’m curious to try them out on rice.
Special shout out for Tin Tan’s Pasties as we saw their products on the stall with other Gawad Kalinga items. They have delicious products especially their Sabanoffee Pie
There were still a lot more that I wasn’t able to take pictures but for more info; here’s a few links to help you out.
Till next time,
PS: Hey it’s great to be writing again :)