Monday, May 21, 2018

Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week: Macology 101


Every week, Sugbo Mercado introduces fresh brands that are sure to take a place in your appetites. This is a compilation of our foodtrepreneurs, their stories, and their plans for the future.

Macology 101 has been a Mac and Cheese food stall ever since we started at the then newly opened Sugbo Mercado back in 2015. We sell comfort food items, but the highlight and bestseller among all is our Mac and Cheese. Ours can be considered different from the regular ones because we have different kinds of flavors, each of them having different toppings as well. This all started at one of our Sunday dinners with the kids. We came up with the Mac and Cheese at home, and through that, my eldest son Joaquin suggested to sell the product in their upcoming food fair in school. Opportunities just escalated from there.

Apart from the Mac and Cheese, we also have different comfort food items like the Grilled Cheese Sandwich. We also serve beverages in a pouch, and pasalubong items like our Salted Egg Potato Chips, Fish Skin, Chicken Skin, and others. 

Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

We’ve been in the business for 3 years already, and everything has been really awesome for us; we have evolved from one product to about more than 10 different products already. Through Sugbo Mercado, our brand has become very familiar with the locals. There’s a lot of stiff competition here, so our creativity is always challenged and exercised. We were able to cater to Cebu, but also outside of Sugbo Mercado and of Cebu as well. Our pasalubong items, the Salted Egg Potato Chips and the others, are being sold in AirAsia, and parts of Manila. If it weren’t for Sugbo Mercado, this idea wouldn’t have come true.

My kids are really proud of what we have right now, and they’re even feeling it. We’re all getting into the benefits of the business because I’ve actually never been into business my whole life, so this is my first venture. We’re quite blessed that everything’s been so successful for us. It’s life-changing for our family, since it’s helped us with our budget. Because of this food stall, we’ve experienced things that we’d never experience way back when I was just focusing on one job. 

- Joan Zanoria, owner of Macology 101; Our Foodtrepreneur of The Week. Visit Macology101 by Little Chef at Sugbo Mercado, Garden Bloc of IT Park. We are open every Thursdays-Sundays 5pm-1am. See you there at #YOURweekendFoodmarket!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week: Gatsa-a

 #FOTW: Gatsa-a

Every week, Sugbo Mercado introduces fresh brands that are sure to take a place in your appetites. This is a compilation of our foodtrepreneurs, their stories, and their plans for the future.

Gatsa-a derived as “gatas at tsa-a” offers a great taste of tea combined to milk and fruit flavors with add-ons such as pearls, pudding, nata de coco and more! Our brand’s bestsellers are: Wintermelon, Okinawa, Hokkaido, Matcha and Cookies & Cream.  We also offer Chinese products such as siomai and ngohiong. 


The whole concept of our business was out-of-curiosity. Personally, I’m not a fan neither of tea nor milk but I love mixing and stuffing. Meanwhile, my business partner, Chimneeluz loves tea but not a fan of milk. But hey, we are both food lovers. Being best of friends since college and had our own life, we didn’t miss out chatting and sharing desires; Thus, our curiosity and commonality jive got us into trying Milk Tea and Fruit Tea. Plus the fact that it’s a big hit to millennial based on research, so we gave it a try. 


We started last November 2017 and we are on our 6th month this May! Indeed Sugbo Mercado gave us the best avenue to promote and create a name to the public with our exposure at Sugbo Mercado. 
We have always wanted to have a one-stop shop for our group of friends and customers to saddle and bond in a comfortable place to stay and chat. 

And now, we’ve drafted plans for the next few months and hopefully, we could embark on a stable shop to settle down with our products as Sugbo Mercado’s advocacy is to incubate Cebu’s Foodtrepreneurs to grow them into best local brands.

Also, we had the best of time and we’re grateful to the people we are surrounded with. Business associates were so warm and friendly that we’ll surely be missing out if we move out.

-Joyce  Anne Ruma and Chimneeluz Remonde, owners of Gatsa-a; Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week.

Visit Gatsa-a at Sugbo Mercado. We are open every Thursday to Sunday, from 5PM until 1AM. See you there at #YOURweekendFoodmarket. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week: Fried and Tasted

 #FOTW: Fried and Tasted

Every week, Sugbo Mercado introduces fresh brands that are sure to take a place in your appetites. This is a compilation of our foodtrepreneurs, their stories, and their plans for the future.

Fried and Tasted is a fried-specialty store. We actually have two best sellers: kawali and crispy pork binagoongan. Our kawali is crispy on the outside yet juicy and flavorful on the inside. It’s cliché, we know, but one must try and taste it to know it’s true. 


Meanwhile, our crispy pork binagoongan’s success came to us by surprise! We weren’t expecting that people would share the same love for Negros bagoong. Every time we recommend this dish to those first timers or foreigners coming in Sugbo Mercado, they go back to our booth just to tell us how they loved it. And plus, one thing our customers would say is they love our homemade spicy vinegar. 

Other than our best-sellers, we also offer pritchon (priton lechon), crispy pork adobo, calamari, fried chicken with abodo sauce, fried chicken with bagoong, monggo with kawali, fried rice and spam fries. Soon, we will be bringing in a few more hearty Filipino fried dishes.

As foodies, we love going around new food places in and out of Cebu to try different stuff. We noticed in most food bazaars, stalls that offer grilled foods are aplenty, but fried-specialty stores are rare. So what we did was, we listed a bunch of fried foods that we love and we realized that our list comprised of Filipino’s signature and are close to home.

Pritchon (Pritong lechon)
We have been here in Sugbo Mercado last March 15, 2018. We must say that we’re learning a lot about handling food, consumer behavior, placement presentation, and so much more! And as individuals; we are actually improving ourselves by continuously striving to improve our products. 

Who knows what the future holds? We will surely expand and venture out to a different establishment but as of now, our plan is simple. And that is to serve dished to our customers as if it will be their first and last time to eat with us. 

Spam Fries
Owners of Fried and Tasted with staff

-Daryll Bihag and Chyll Son, owners of Fried and Tasted; Our Foodtrepreneur of the Week.

Visit Fried and Tasted at Sugbo Mercado. Their booth is near Black Pearl and Kuzina Guadalupe. And yes, we are open every Thursday to Sunday, from 5PM until 1AM. See you there at #YOURweekendfoodmarket!