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‘Sinigang sa kamias,’ pickled banana heart, ‘pulutan’ laced with ‘lambanog’–Quezon fare is rich and flavorful

KINILAW for the

The more than three hours travel time to Lucena, capital city of Quezon province, is best done in a relaxed vertical position. Sleep is your friend as you pass roads and bridges traversing Sariaya, Quezon, or through San Pablo and Liliw, Laguna, and Lucban, Quezon.

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Food | Read More »

‘Sisig,’ ‘kare-kare,’ ‘chicharon’–northern specialties at three-day food fair


The big story at the launch of “Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival” was about sisig, that chopped pork and liver dish of Pampanga.

Posted: October 9th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

How Lita Urbina grew Café Laguna from a 5-table ‘carinderia’ to a restaurant chain in the South


Judging the sinigang (sour soup) entries at the recent National Food Showdown, we looked for the right timpla (taste mix) of sour and salty. We also pierced and shredded the ingredients to determine if they were properly cooked, not under or over, and looked at the outcome to see if all the elements were presented well.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Food | Read More »

Two Filipino women make a worldwide splash with their buttercream wonders

and Valeri Valeriano
with their book

Two former OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) were here last week to launch their book, “The Contemporary Buttercream Bible” (David and Charles Book, 2014), and to conduct classes early this week on buttercream icing techniques.

Posted: September 25th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food | Read More »

Risotto-like ‘sinigang,’ ‘adobong pusit’ with milk, ‘tablea’–Chef Wars have begun


Just before the storm on Sunday, Baguio weather was glorious. The sun shone and the temperature was just cool that it didn’t require sweaters or jackets during the day. So, it didn’t seem quite like work to judge once more in the annual culinary competition of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio.

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food | Read More »