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Finding Great Food at Makati farmers’ markets

Filipinos love to socialize and what better way to do it than find the latest food craze and bring all your friends and relatives to the venue.  In that regard, food scenes are immensely popular and ever changing here in Manila. Not only do different food ideas become the norm but competition can be rather stiff.
The new trend right now is food parks. The idea is simple: enclose a small space and install six or eight disparate small restaurants within the perimeter. We actually found on in Baguio a year ago and the idea was creative, especially when there are 3 or 4 people in your group and each one has a different food preference.

But I will get to the food parks later on.
Since I sell my baked goods at the farmers’ market in Bloomington, Indiana, my first foray into the food scene in Manila was to the Saturday Salcedo Market and the Sunday Legaspi Market. Both are in Makati area. The food stalls in both markets are very small but the food selection is numerous and diverse. Personally, I prefer the Salcedo Market. It has more vendors and the area is cleaner and pets are not allowed inside the market.   I love dogs but it horrifies me to see vendor cradling a dog while selling her products.  Food safety is lax here and I do have to look away sometimes.

I was told that there is another market by Quezon Avenue and I will try to see it before I leave soon.

Here are some of the pictures I took at the two markets.


Nelia Hostetter

Nel Hostetter was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1977. She spent over 20 years in the information technology field but left a management job in California in 2006 to go to culinary school in New York city. She owned Sweet Claire Bakery in downtown Bloomington for five years but moved her commercial kitchen to Spencer in 2015. She specializes in international bread and pastries and sells her baked goods at the Farmers’ Market in Bloomington. Nel’s recipes are influenced by her travels to other countries and a childhood filled with memories of food and cooking.

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