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The Tastemakers

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Eight personalities, one thing in common: dessert.

Kitchen’s Best is one of my favorite dessert places in Manila, and one that I’ve written about many times. November is a big month for them as it heralds the first anniversary of their flagship store at the Fort.

To celebrate, sisters Bern, Martina, and pastry chef Roselyn Tiangco have named 8 people in various fields, all frequent Kitchen’s Best customers, whom they call their Tastemakers.

I’m very honored to have been included in this distinguished group. As Martina explains when she told me that I’d been chosen, “You’re all very successful in your fields with palates that seek the very best; it’s what Kitchen’s Best strives for.”

All eight of us were asked to choose one Kitchen’s Best dessert for the shoot, and though I was torn among several faves – as all of us were – I decided once again on my forever favorite: the White Chocolate Macadamia Brittle Cheesecake. This cake was also something I included in my video for Fully Booked because I love it so.

At the photo shoot earlier this month. It was quite the challenge to bite, wink, and smile all at the same time.
7 of the 8 Tastemakers with Roselyn. Amina wasn’t able to attend the event.

At the Tastemakers event yesterday dubbed “Kitchen’s Best celebrates the Best of the Best: Our 8 Tastemakers”, the photos were unveiled to the press.

My first thought upon seeing my photo hanging on the restaurant wall: “Gosh, it’s big!”
With Rose and Martina. They are two of the youngest and most diligent business women that I know.
With fellow Tastemaker, Marco Lobregat. Believe it or not, I was Marco’s English teacher way back when he was a senior in Ateneo. (!) There’s trivia for you!
The photos in the dining room.

The photos will be displayed in the Kitchen’s Best store for a year, so that’s more than enough time for you to come visit and have dessert. I’m quite tempted to ask Martina to reserve the table under my photo for Dessert Comes First readers. How cool that’d be!

Each Tastemaker went home with specially made sugar cookies that had our photo printed on it. I squealed with glee when I saw these. I love them but don’t think I could bring myself to eat one. Somehow, I don’t feel right about eating my face…

Thanks so much again to Kitchen’s Best for choosing me as one of their Tastemakers! What a privilege this is.

*All Tastemaker Photos shot by Dix Perex.

The 8 Tastemakers and what they have to say about their favorite Kitchen’s Best dessert:

AMINA ARANAZ-ALUNAN
THE VISIONAIRE
SoFA MANILA AND ARANAZ

“I would say ‘I love you’ with a slice of Chocolate Obsession.”

NICOLE WHISENHUNT
THE ACCESSORIES DESIGNER

“A great Strawberry Torte is part of life’s simple joys.”

JC BUENDIA
THE FASHION DESIGNER

“Love, love, love. It all starts with one glorious bite of Purple Yam Cake!”

JAYMIE PIZARRO
THE RUNNER, thebullrunner.com

“Life wouldn’t be complete without running and Banana Toffee Pie!”

SANDY DAZA
THE CHEF EXTRAORDINAIRE, Wooden Spoon

“I love the Plaisir Sucre. It’s simple and unassuming, but packed with rich chocolaty flavors.”

LORI BALTAZAR
THE FOOD ENTHUSIAST, Dessertcomesfirst.com

“White Chocolate Cheesecake + crispy-salty Brittle and roasted buttery Macadamias = Solid Satisfaction.”

KRIE LOPEZ
THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, MESSY BESSY

“Like Turtle Pie, I can be sweet, complex, and nutty!”

MARCO LOBREGAT
THE MUSHROOM ADVOCATE, Ministry of Mushrooms

“I love mangoes! The Mango Sansrival and Mango Royale take me back to climbing trees at my Grandma’s farm!”

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Kitchen’s Best Home Patisserie
McKinley Park Residences Condominium
3rd Avenue 31st Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City (across Toast Box and beside Tully’s)
(02) 478 4870 / 211 0010
On Facebook: Kitchen’s Best Home Patisserie
Closed on Sundays

9 Responses to “The Tastemakers”

  • Congratulations, Lori! Now I know what table to reserve when I get my fix at Kitchen’s Best. It would be like having dessert with you!

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  • Congrats,Lori! =)

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  • Congratulations Lori!I’ve read so many good reviews about Kitchen’s Best, will definitely try these desserts when I come home in Manila.:)

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  • You look fabulous Lori. It’s great to put a face behind the success of kitchen’s best. We have been clients since they started in bazaars and we used to pick up in their house in dasma but I never realized how young the owners were.

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    Lori Reply:

    Thanks very much, everyone! And yes, the KB owners are very young.

    –lori

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  • Nice seeing you again, bus mate!

    The sugar cookies are delicious! You should’ve exchanged with Krie and I. I couldn’t eat my own face, but I did eat Krie’s! Haha.

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  • It was great seeing you at the launch, Lori! You are absolutely deserving of being one of Kitchen’s Best’s tastemakers — not only because you’re a dessert maven, but also because you were the first one I heard about them from, and I’ve been a huge fan of their cakes ever since. Like you, the White Choc. Macadamia Cheesecake is also my favorite (the best commercially available cheesecake in Manila, in my opinion). I now also love their new Coffee Toffee Sans Rival. And, although all the portraits were very nicely done, I think yours came out the best. :-)

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    Lori Reply:

    Thanks for the kind words, Katrina. Am glad you were at the launch too.

    –lori

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