Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale

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 RJ Ledesma – the guy behind Mercato Centrale with partner Anton Diaz.  Thanks to them for helping many food entrepreneurs jump start their business. RJ told me that Mercato Centrale is A food entrepreneurship incubator. They help local food entrepreneurs market their products and help them grow. Their latest market is Bellysima which comprise of Gourmet, artisanal and healthy foods. Its different from Mercato Centrale which is more on savory food. The good news is, It’s not only this weekend but every weekend – Friday to Sunday at Glorieta 5 Atrium. They have a Taste test every Tuesday – A Space 110 Legazpi st 7th floor – sampling 1-5pm. For those interested in presenting your food concepts just come on over and look for RJ or Send an email at admin@mercatocentrale.phBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (1)

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I went last week as soon as it opened. Around 40 booths at Bellysima by RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz of Mercato Centrale. Bellysima is gourmet, artisanal and healthy foods. It will be every weekend from Friday to Sunday at Glorieta 5 Atrium. They have a Taste test every Tuesday – A Space 110 Legazpi st 7th floor – sampling 1-5pm. For those interested in presenting your food concepts just come on over and look for RJ

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I love going to these things and seeing what these young kids are inventing!!  You will be amazed at what they come up with.  We must support them because from here, this is where they will be discovered.  It also gives them a chance to try out their entrepreneurial skills :-)  I remember myself when I was a kid and I wanted to concoct so many things and wanted to sell them.  Back then there was no bazaars so it was difficult. So to those of you with great ideas and want to test it out, look for RJ :-)

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Edible cookie dough and cereal milk :-)Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (9)

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Veggie siomai :-)  You can buy them and eat them right there and then or get them frozen – 10 pcs for P 65.00 Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (11)

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I have been reading a lot lately about turmeric.  Ferch and Ryan Reynoso of Lokalitea @lokaliteaph All Natural Turmeric tea. Turmeric has effective antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties that relieve joint pains and arthritisBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (15)

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I love this booth!!!  These cakes are really very moist and very good!!  And you don’t have to buy a whole cake, you can have all for a very reasonable price.  Good also for your dessert buffet :-)Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (20)

I was just drooling over this in the Banyan Tree breakfast ( Previous entry:  Breakfast at the Watercourt Banyan Tree June 16, 2015)

and we have it right here :-)Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (21)

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Yummy brownies and more!
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 Visit Jeff and try his peanut praline butter. It’s yum and he’s proud to say it’s the first Peanut praline butter in the Philippines . Comes in original, chili and coco sugar.Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (30)

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GK is now focusing more into Social Enterprise so you will be seeing a lot of GK businesses sprouting up.  This is one of them – EF CafeBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (34)

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Ellehcar or Rachelle spelled backward :-)  The lady behind the pastries :-) She says her macaroons are her bestsellers and what she is known forBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (39)

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I like that these guys – Nishi and Bobby -are very adventurous – they are from Antipolo with unique offerings using our local ingredients.  We should encourage more of theseBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (42)

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Interesting booth selling different kinds of mangoes.  They use mango seeds from different parts of the wold- USA, Australia, China, etc and they grow it here in the Philippines ( Pangasinan ).  They have different textures and shapes :-)  They have a mango called Golden Queen from Taiwan and it reaches up to 2 kilos a piece!Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (47)

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 My favorite booth at Healthy Monsters by Nikki Teves selling salads in a jar. I’m glad I caught her because she has to leave to replenish as she is almost sold out at 12 noon. Salads sold in jars last longer Accdg to Nikki. She’s a new mom that wanted to lose weight so she came up with thisBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (70)

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Perfect business for this very young and sexy couple :-)  Selling healthy juices and saladsBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (53)

Cookie sticks!!!  What an interesting concept!!  Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (54)

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Family booth from Cavite selling items from their cafe – ARMANISSE KITCHEN which came from the names of the couple – Arman and Isse  – Sweet :-)Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (60)

Freshly made corn chips nachos by Isse of AMARISSE KitchenBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (58)

 Fresh Honey calamansi with cucumber juice by Armanisse’s KitchenBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (59)

Heritage rice from IRRI boothBellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (61)

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Apag MArangle – they have a restaurant in Park Square beside project Pie selling Kapampangan food.  If you look closely you will see stuffed frogs!  Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (64)

 Look for this young pretty lady, Charmaigne, selling organic Kale, Salad dressings and salad condiments at Salata booth Bellysima 2015 by Mercato Centrale (65)

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