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Top Thirteen Foods in Crave Park

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Crave Park is a family venture, run by Rob and his family. I received an email invitation from their team to visit them and I got so eager to read it. It would be my first food park adventure and I was dead excited about it. I was very much surprised when I first met Rob. At first, I thought I was exchanging email to a guy in his mid-40's. Instead, I met this really young, bright, well-dressed and sharp looking entrepreneur. He was so glad to show me the place and tell me about the food that they have.

Believe it or not, I was hesitant to go to any food parks. There are so many food to choose from that I  feel so overwhelmed and thought that I would end up making bad food choices. Thus we made this cool article to give our dear readers some ideas on what to try and what to eat, especially if it is going to be your first time to visit Crave Park. So brace yourselves and be ready to be blown away.

Crave Park is your very first food park + art + design place in Marikina City.  It is where food meets arts and the young and old people mingle together.  Choosing their concessionaires is not an easy task. The tenants would all have to go though some strictly screening for taste and quality.  As of today, they have over 26 tenants and literally, thousands of foods to choose from. So if you think that going to Crave Park is just pure fun. No, it can also be very challenging.

Our Team

I've asked help from our team and some very special friends from Milieu Urban Comfort Food, Manganen Bagnet House, Barneys Burger and Ca Phe Saigon. They will all help us with the food evaluation. We are all certified hardcore foodies who have different tastes and style. We are bad and we are hungry. So, did we conquer Crave Park or did Crave Park conquer us? That is the question.

How We've Made Our List

One food park, thirteen foods in one day. Each tenant will share only their most popular item on their menu. We only have 15 minutes to do everything: to take photos of the food, to enjoy them and to evaluate them. We used a standard evaluation form to rate the food. The criteria for judging are: Plating or Appearance (25%), Taste (25%), Quality (25%) and Value (25%). All evaluation forms are collected at the end of the day from all participants. Then their average are computed and announced.

Want to know our thirteen most favorite foods in Crave Park? Check our list and this might save you a lot of time when visiting Crave Park.

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Soul Chefs

Soul Chefs only promises honest-to-goodness comfort food. When we asked Chef Sean and Chef Billie how they came up with the name of their restaurant, they gave us an obvious answer and it was the answer that we wanted to hear. "It is because we cook with our feelings. We put our hearts to every single dish we cook together with lots of passion. So, for every spoonful of our food, you feel loved."

Chef Sean came from a family of chefs, so cooking runs in the family. Nothing makes him any happier than cooking, he said. He was supposed to work in Italy and in Hongkong but ended up managing his own business in Marikina City. Chef Billie has been in the food industry for five years and she had worked in different restaurants. Her biggest influence was her mother who used to cater. She would observe her mother prepare food and that's how her love for food came about. She likes being inside the kitchen. She likes the action that goes on in it.  From prep work to actually doing the dishes to plating. She enjoys everything about it. Check these food that they have especially prepared for us.

Soul Chefs Salad is fresh crunchy lettuce with chicken poppers drizzled with sweet slightly salty Asian spiced sesame seed vinaigrette. A perfectly light yet tasty salad.

Honey Chicken Poppers is Soul Chefs' special deep-fried to crispy perfection chicken sided with white cream sauce. It is not only good to eat but fun, too. If you are tired of your usual chicken, these poppers will literally explode in your mouth.

Pasta Amatriciana is a light tomato based pasta. If you like it light and right, then try this.

BLT Pizza (top-most image) is a classic pizza topped with bacon, lettuce and tomato. Served with pesto. Best eaten when it is really hot. Pizza never felt this healthy and good.

Daredevil Fried Rice is both sweet and spicy bagoong rice topped with egg, pork and vegetables. Are you adventurous? You like it red-hot? If you are not a chicken and you want a fun dish, then this one is for you.

Dinaksig is probably their most sinful item on their menu, and very good, too. Imagine two of your most favorite Filipino dishes, combined in one sizzling plate: Dinakdakan and Sisig.  Is it sinful? Yes. Does it taste good? Hell, yes!

Sizzling Bulalo is my personal favorite in Soul Chefs. Not only that it is served sizzling hot but it is also the tastiest dish they have. Made from imported New Zealand beef, smothered in rich clean tasting sauce.

Soul Chefs Crispy Pork Belly is a double fried pork belly with tomato coleslaw salsa on the side and Ponzu dip. The dish tastes as good as how it looks. Perfect with plain white rice.

Tamarind Seafood is sizzling shrimp and salmon belly with dry tamarind and Tom Yum soup. It is literally exploding in flavor and not oily at all. The tamarind fruit adds body to its flavor and makes this dish quite pleasant.

Ginger Caramel Banacopita is a deep-fried dumpling filled with real ginger and caramelized banana fruit, then topped with scoops of ice cream. It was a great dessert and has an interesting combination of ginger and banana taste. It would have been a lot better if the ice cream was vanilla.

Overall, our food trip to Soul Chefs was enjoyable, more like a gratifying experience. We had fully exercised our lazy taste buds. We experienced salty, sweet, sour, spicy and bitter in just one sitting. We were so fulfilled.

Thanks to Chef Sean and Chef Billie for having our team.  Their staffs were so courteous and accommodating to our small requests. We had a very pleasant visit to Soul Chefs. They are open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 4:30pm to 2am. You can find them along Lilac Street in Concepcion Dos.

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