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September 21, 2013: Dessert Comes First Fans’ Day

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My biggest, best event yet.

There’s a pull-quote at the end of my 8th anniversary post which reads:

This upcoming event will be the Dessert Comes First celebration to end all other celebrations.

Well, that celebration is on September 21, 2013 – an event I call Dessert Comes First Fans’ Day because it’s dedicated to YOU, the readers of Dessert Comes First. This is a book signing and food bazaar, a fabulous meet & greet & eat, if you will.

First, the food bazaar that’s highlighted by 13 purveyors who will give away free samples to 200 guests.

Eight of these purveyors are part of the chefs that I’ve featured in my upcoming book.

Here they are and the dishes they will sample:

  • Chef Him Uy de Baron of Nomama:
    Wagyu Beef Cheek Ramen (recipe is included in my book)
    The Nala – a thick, lush brownie made with Malagos tsokolate
    The Suki – a Nutella-stuffed cookie
    Kitayama beef as used in Nomama: grilled flank steak and rib-eye (Uncooked Kitayama meat will be available for selling)
  • Chef Ed Bugia of PINO
    A curated selection of PINO specialties.
  • Ricky Morelos of Dulcelin:
    Smoked Short Ribs with a side dish of Miso-Corn & Quail Egg
    Mango Torte
  • Karen Young of Karen’s Kitchen
    Pyramid Chocolate Cake
    Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake
  • Chef Roselyn Tiangco of Kitchen’s Best Patisserie
    Coffee Toffee Sansrival
    Glutton’s Cake – a combination of cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie, and s’mores. Warning: deadly. (yes, the warning is part of their description of it!)
    Croquant (chewy nut brittle discs)
  • Tina Diaz of Taza Platito
    Chocolate Malted Breakfast Muffins (recipe is included in my book)
    Tsokolate (tablea) Yema Cake
    Walnut Pie with Browned Butter Cream
  • Roshan Samtani of Homemade by Roshan
    Surprise Cupcakes
    Belgian Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    Food for the Gods
    Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
  • Stevie Villacin of Stevie’s
    Hainanese Chicken
    Fried Lumpia With Shrimp & Bacon

The other purveyors are those that I’ve hand-selected, people who impress me with their exceptional dishes and zeal for food:

  • Suzy Lee of Spring by Ha Yuan:
    Variety of Cuapao
    Variety of Lumpia
  • Ivorie Acosta of Cookie Bar:
    Assortment of Mini Cookie Cups – Caramel, Chocolate Fudge, Mallows, Hershey’s Morsels, White Chocolate, Peanut Butter
    Selection of one Stuffie (stuffed cookie) – Mallow, Oreo, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Nutella
  • Tito Panadero:
    Ensaymada Quartet – Plain Cheese, Ube, Chocolate, and their newest flavor: a creamy Spanish bread filling topped with queso de bola.
    Available for selling: ensaymadas (regular-sized), Spanish bread, pan de coco, and other panaderia favorites.
  • BONO Gelato:
    A select assortment of gelato plus one VERY SPECIAL flavor, the details of which are coming soon.
  • Magnum Opus Fine Coffees:
    Piccolo Latte
    Flat White
    Belgian Heartbreaker
    Sumatra Mandheling (to be brewed by the hand-drip method)

I’m very pleased to have the Dessert Comes First Fans’ Day sponsored by two food companies who have wholeheartedly supported me and Dessert Comes First for years now:

  • Magnum
    who will keep my guests cool with unlimited Magnum ice cream bars in Brownie, Strawberry, Almond, and Classic
  • San Miguel Pure Foods
    whose chefs will serve the following tasty tidbits:
    Pigs in a Blanket (sausages encased in a variety of wraps – puff pastry, roti, and bacon)
    Sliders – mini brioche buns layered with an assortment of cold cuts
    Assorted sweet shooters (snazzy little sweets in a glass)

Sound good? Want a ticket? I wish I could invite everyone but because venue space dictates otherwise, I’ve chosen an alternative.

Here are the Event Registration guidelines:
1. Registration begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Atrium of Fully Booked High Street. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Only the first 200 registrants are entitled to free entrance and free food samples. Customers who wish to avail of the free food samples and/or have their book signed by Lori Baltazar must register before the book-signing event.

2. To register, customers must present their purchased copy of Dessert Comes First and the official receipt.

3. Each registered customer will be issued a numbered stub which must be presented at the entrance gate. Only one (1) numbered stub per person. Numbered stubs will be limited to 200 only.

4. Customers without numbered stubs are welcome to attend the food bazaar and/or have their book signed by Lori Baltazar. A minimal fee of P100 only will be charged for entrance.

5. The food bazaar begins at 2:00 pm and the book signing at 3:00 pm.

Beginning today, August 28, 2013, posters with these guidelines are already displayed at all Fully Booked stores.

I’m thrilled to meet every one of you and it would be my honor to sign your copy of my book! This is just the beginning of my surprises for you because after all, Dessert Comes First has made the leap from blog…

… to book.


Dessert Comes First, A book by Lori Baltazar
Available exclusively at Fully Booked.
September 5, 2013

Past Dessert Comes First events:
6th Anniversary Party
The Dessert Comes First Christmas Gift List

24 Responses to “September 21, 2013: Dessert Comes First Fans’ Day”

  • my goodness! the wait is killing me na!!!


  • Woot Woot!!! :D


  • Brian and I are definitely going – come hell or high water. We will not miss this. Super proud and happy for you, Lori!


    K Reply:

    But ideally, let’s enjoy a lovely day with like-minded foodies. May the weather on the 21st be pleasant and the company even more so. :)


  • I can’t wait for your book! :)


  • congrats, ms. lori!


  • Hi Lori! Will be there definitely! By the way, love the video!


  • Congratulations! So excited!


  • we will be there, i will not miss na this event =) so excited


  • Congratulations!!!! Happy happy for you


  • As always…I will come prepared! See you then!


  • Hi Lori, where do we need to be the first 200 in? the book release or in the event itself? :) Thanks!


    Lori Reply:

    Hi, Blanca Riola –
    Only the first 200 registrants on Sept. 21 WITH the BOOK & OFFICIAL RECEIPT will avail of the free food samples. You can either buy the book ahead of Sept 21 and keep the receipt OR buy the book on the day itself. I highly recommend buying the book as early as possible and keeping the receipt to show on Sept. 21.


    Mark Reply:

    So it means that from number 201 onwards won’t be able to avail food samples?


    Lori Reply:

    Hi Mark,
    The free food samples are only for the first 200 registrants. For ticket #201 and onwards, there will be food that will be sold.

  • hi ms lori,

    will be there, congrats.


  • Hi Lori. Congratulations much for your book which is a long overdue achievement! My wife and I are already looking forward to the 21st if only to see you in person and have our copies autographed. Yes we will have separate copies so we can have bragging rights within our respective circles that she and I each possesses THE foodie book of the year. Of course the topnotch food sampling won’t hurt either, teehee… I guess it goes without saying that us avid fanpersons of yours will have to set up camp outside Fully Booked hours before the store opens just to ensure our inclusion in the first 200. If people can do that to the overhyped cronut, how much more with your anniversary celebration which is exceedingly so much more worth our while. Bring it on!


    Lori Reply:

    Ted Capacillo –
    I’m flattered and touched by your words. Thanks so much for your support. “THE foodie book of the year”? WOW! Looking forward to seeing you on the 21st.


  • Why do I have a feeling that this time people will be “killing” each other for a slot? I’ll bring my shotgun and pepper spray.


    K Reply:

    More likely people will be lining up early for a spot. Heehee, what if people lined up waaay in advance for the slots? Like the lines for LeBron James at Nike Bonifacio High Street… :D


  • I think I’ve been to nearly every one of your events, starting from the very first one that fit in Carlos’ Living Room, so there is no way I could miss this! Of course I want to be there to get my book signed and taste all the treats from those brilliant chefs, but primarily I have to be present so that I can celebrate this truly impressive achievement with you. I know I’ve not been as active a reader as I used to be (though, if it makes you feel any better, yours is still the blog I read most often), but that doesn’t mean I support, admire, or enjoy you or DCF any less. I’m still as excited about your book launch as I was about that first event, and you’d better believe I’ll make the (for me, supreme) effort of waking up early on a Saturday to be there! :-D


    Lori Reply:

    Hi Katrina,
    I appreciate the effort since I know it’s your birthday weekend. Gosh, that event at Carlos’ place was so long ago, and we’re both still here. :)


    Katrina Reply:

    Yup, and we’re both still mad about desserts! And no diabetes YET! HAHAHA!


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