I heard about Perfect Italiano’s Mystery Dinners (aka guerilla dinners) from fellow bloggers and I was hoping my brother Ken and I would get to join next time around. So, when I found out on Perfect Italiano’s Facebook page that the signups for the second Mystery Dinner was open, I immediately informed him and my blogger friends to try their luck, too. Fortunately, Ken and I were picked to join their upcoming Mystery Dinner. And on May 13th, we were both excited about it, especially after we received the invite a day or two before. The only clues we received were to wear something artsy or with loud prints. Plus, this: We were told to be at Starbucks Magallanes and we’ll be “whisked away” to the mystery location for the dinner. After we met a few more people who got invited, including Richard from Tales from the Tummy, we headed off to the house of the mystery host somewhere around the area of Magallanes. Aside from the lovely people from Perfect Italiano, we also met Chef JJ Yulo of Pinoy Eats World, chefs who organize mystery or guerilla dinners and food tours in and around the Metro. Here he is, telling us briefly about the host. Inside, we were greeted by the lovely Aleth Ocampo-Mapa. She’s an artist and loves to cook and bake, too. We were also introduced to Chef Namee who is a part of Pinoy Eats World. She and Chef JJ prepared all 8 courses for our dinner that night.
Wait, did you read that part when I said we had an 8-course meal that night?! YES! If we only knew we’d be eating that amount of food, we wouldn’t have had anything before dinner! 😀
Pardon the quality of my photos. I seriously need a DSLR so
I can take better photos of food. My photos don’t do them justice. The soup has the right amount of garlic flavors, mixed with onions, mushrooms, thyme, parmesan cheese, and, what everyone was raving about, lemon zest! I love that citrusy twist on every spoonful of the soup. I had to stop myself from finishing the whole bowl ’cause I needed room for the rest of the meal. It’s really good! 🙂 Next was Corny Mo!. It’s polenta (mashed cornmeal/mush) topped with parmesan cheese, and a serving of chopped up tomatoes, with tomato oil and pesto sauce on the sides. Another one of my faves among all the 8 courses. Being a Pesto lover, Ken enjoyed this a lot. So did I. I had to take a couple of pauses in between bites. 😀 Next was Cheese Louise. It’s Angus Beef and mozzarella cheese sandwiched in between 2 slices of Ciabatta. The bread was a li’l hard to bite into, but I relished the flavors of the beef. It was a li’l messy eating this, but it’s worth it. 😀 Oh, I’ve got to mention that In between courses, we talked and shared funny stories and trivia. We even told them that we can easily make ice cream at home without a machine! 😀
(Photo from Perfect Italiano’s FB page)
On to the next dish – White Flower (don’t you just love the names of the dishes?! LOL 😀 ). It’s risotto (Carnaroli) with cauliflower, onions, bread crumbs, Perfect Italiano Parmesan and Romano cheeses. The cauliflower bits gave every spoon the crunch and texture I truly enjoyed. This next dish, I was looking forward to trying. I haven’t had scallops all my life. So, it was a first. They called it UFOs. I guess that’s self-explanatory. 😀 It’s scallops cooked in butter, topped with Panko and parmesan, with pesto sauce on the side. All I can say is I don’t think I’ll be ordering scallops anytime soon. It was good, but I don’t like the texture and feel of scallop in my mouth. Next in line was Chicken Bleah. Another funny wordplay on one of my favorite dishes, Cordon Bleu. It was amusing how Chef JJ kept on saying Chicken Bleah over and over. 😀 The Chicken Bleah is chicken fillet with prosciutto and mozzarella in the middle. The cheesy pasta was a simple addition and complemented the chicken well. Now, after 7 courses, you’d think we no longer wanted dessert. But, NO! Just by the description on the menu, Honeycream kept us intrigued. A last minute touch was the seasalt chocolate chip cookie that Chef JJ found in Aleth’s kitchen. They decided to add it to the ice cream for more texture. And, we all were glad they did! The Balsamico and honey drizzled on top of the vanilla ice cream gave us contrast of flavors that made us scooping up for more. It was definitely the perfect dish to cap the night! Trust me, this is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had! And I’m a pastry / dessert lover! You can see from the photo below how much we enjoyed the night. The delicious food and the great company kept us smiling all night.
By the way, we all went home with Perfect Italiano’s cheeses. Out of the 3 on the photo below, we’ve only tried their mozzarella and parmesan. In fact, Ken used the latter on his Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe. Thank you Perfect Italiano and Pinoy Eats World for the wonderful night and the great food! We hope we’d get to join again next time. 🙂 The food tours and guerilla dinners organized by Pinoy Eats World are all based on a theme, which makes the whole experience fun and exciting.
If you’d like to join the next Perfect Italiano Mystery Dinner, head on over to their Facebook page, My Perfect Recipes, and sign up! Trust me, you wouldn’t want to miss it and we were told they’ll have another set this June! 🙂
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