It was Mandala Park’s 8th Weekend Market; it was my first time to visit.
How was the experience? It was fun! With great food and relaxing ambiance, not to mention affordable prices, who wouldn’t? For me, these made Mandala Park a place you’d rather be to spice up the rest of your lazy Saturday afternoon.
The event started late Saturday afternoon. With more or less than 25 merchants, each offering their signature food products, we knew we had to stay the night. That’s the only way to satisfy the craving for each unique product taste.
Our first stop: herbed chicken by Mommy Ann’s Kitchen.
The taste of rosemary and other herbs will surely tickle your taste buds to eat more. Oven roasted, their chicken is slowly and carefully cooked to achieve tenderness and release the mixed flavors of chicken meat and herbs. For diet conscious, you can replace rice with potatoes and other veggies.
Satisfied but not yet full, we moved on to our next target. That was Eats Meats West bagnet burger. A little bit of saltiness from bagnet plus the juicy flavor of beef patty and sweet taste of veggies make this burger creation a perfect match for a beer or soda.
Hence, we found ourselves sampling Ginger Ale made by Standford and Shaw Brewing Co. For P100, you can enjoy this refreshing beverage. A homemade drink carefully fermented to get the flavors of ginger and lemon. You may want to take home a big bottle for P200.
Because we want our tummy happy, we tried another goodie that was Pepi Cubano. An authentic Cuban sandwich, the bread was brushed with butter for extra flavor and then pressed for several minutes for toasting. It is a perfect combination of roasted pork, cheese, ham and pickles that even non-sandwich fans will love it.
For refreshment, we had a taste of Thirsty Turtle’s “Pinetastic Turtle” smoothie. This refreshment is a mix of fresh banana and pineapple, not from artificial flavorings.
Our smoothies had banana tidbits that blended well with the pineapple flavor. Aside from their fruit flavored products, you can also try their luscious fruits plus veggies smoothies. They have Beetroot, celery, and spinach among the vegetables to combine well with other fruits.
At Mandala Park’s weekend market, you get to share homemade food turned signature cuisines and drinks with family, friends and loved ones. And at the same time make our local merchants shine.
Watch out for upcoming events at Mandala Park through its social media pages and my Instagram and Fb pages as well.
Special thanks to Demetrio Ragua of The Manila Journo for this guest blog post and to Mandala Park for yet another great foodie experience at their weekend market.