Five exciting food finds at the SUCEXPO 2020

As a foodie, I’m fascinated by what goes into the dishes that I enjoy whether through restaurants or products I buy in retail.

More than just simple ingredients, so much effort and study go into the development of current and emerging food trends.

This is why I’m so glad that the academe, particularly the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs), are helping small enterprises develop viable food businesses, among others, which are heavily supported by the schools’ research.

SUCEXPO 2020

During the ART OF SUCCESS: 2020 State Universities and Colleges Expo, the research products of participating schools were showcased which included exciting food-related products.

These included:

Bangus Kropek from Iloilo State Colleges of Fisheries

Maximizing the fish pond within the school grounds, the research group headed by Ms Janet Bayona, developed multiple food products based on the bangus (or milkfish). The production of the bangus kropek (flavored crackers), in particular, now serves as an income-generating livelihood program for the local BJMP inmates.

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Pakaskas (Buri Sugar) from Batangas State University

Mr. Anthony Lat, on the other hand, with the help of the Department of Science and Technology, is helping to develop a sugar substitute from pakaskas, a popular palm sugar snack originating from Isla Verde Island in Batangas. This sweet is usually packaged in buri baskets, and is known for having a low glycemic index (which is great for those trying to control their blood sugar) and can be applied to almost anything that needs sweetening.

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Branana Delights from Polytechnic University of the Philippines

PUP’s Pulilan campus has developed baked goods which incorporate rice bran and bananas; hence the name, Branana Delights. These goodies are quite healthy and fiber-rich, and are sure to give those with a sweet tooth their much-needed sugar fix.

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Calamansi Juices from Tarlac State University

Ms. Cecilia Corpus was assisted by Tarlac State University in productizing her calamansi-based juices which had evolved from throwaways from excess calamansi supply, into juice concentrates that she gave aways as gifts and now into ready-to-drink beverages that can be sold in retail. She credits the university in helping her upgrade her products with a longer shelf life and the proper use of additives.

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Mushroom Biotech Project from Rizal Technological University

Prof. Angelita Medalla spearheaded the university’s biotech and urban farming project which made use of the tunnels within the school’s Boni, Mandaluyong campus to grow edible mushrooms which can be use for food and medicine.

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These are just some of the examples of the collaboration between the academe and local communities featured in the #SUCExpo2020. Ongoing from today until March 11 at the Trinoma Mall Activity Center and hosted by Rizal Technological University, the SUC Expo is an initiative of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to recognize the passion of SUCs for innovation and cooperation with the public outside their halls.

SUCEXPO 2020

Many thanks to Prof. John Estrellado of Rizal Technological University for inviting me to this event, and to Ms. Angelica Nicole Lopez of RTU Junior Marketing Association for guiding me through the exhibit!

Time to hustle hard at Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

That quote, often mistakenly ascribed to legendary US President Abraham Lincoln, does have a point. Things are done and achieved by those who move.

Well, one of the hardest things to overcome is the state of inertia: just imagine, if your mind and body already think they are at rest, they tend to stay that way for the rest of the day. (Good luck getting over that mid-day slump!)

Fortunately for us working folks here in Quezon City’s South Triangle area, Hustle Cafe has moved its store from Cubao to the corner of Tomas Morato Avenue and Scout Rallos Street. In its new location, it continues to serve food and drink freshly prepared in the store to help people power through the day.

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

A friend and I dropped by during our lunch break to get our much needed mid-day sustenance, which included:

Pork Samgyupsal (Php250). Korean-style grilled pork and fried egg tops a bowl of fluffy steamed rice, sliced cucumber and kimchi-flavored shredded cabbage.

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Grilled Cheese (Php180). Cheese and onion marmalade make up the filling of thick and buttery toasted bread with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Salted Caramel (Php140) and Coffee (Pbp120) Frappes. Our little bits of caffeine-laden treats to wake our brains up and lift out spirits to face the rest of our tasks for the day.

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

Speaking of uplifting, did you know that proceeds from the sales Hustle Cafe’s food and drink help in the training of out-of-school youth in the food and beverage industry? The cafe exposes these kids, not just in the store’s back-end operations, but also in customer-facing roles to prepare them for larger responsibilities in their future F&B jobs.

With its wallet-friendly-priced drinks, Hustle Cafe also makes specialty brews and blends more accessible and less intimidating, thereby helping to create new coffee lovers and enthusiasts.

Hustle Cafe, Tomas Morato

So if ever you’re in the Tomas Morato area, do drop by and check out Hustle Cafe’s offerings. They just make give you the energy to hustle your way through your day.

Hustle Cafe is located at the CKB Center, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Rallos Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City, open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries and advanced orders, call +63 916 6557485.

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