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Visiting Ringo Starr at the Grammy Museum in LA

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THE AUTHOR (left) with cousins Gina (center) and Carmencita posing with replica of the drums and guitars used by The Beatles in The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles

Upon my insistence, my cousins Gina Furman and Carmencita Purugganan brought me to The Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. I had read of the exhibit of Ringo Starr’s memorabilia at the Grammy and, being a Beatles fan, I knew this was something I shouldn’t miss on my US visit.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Fresh apple juice

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FRESH Apple Juice

With apples being affordable and plentiful in the market, there’s no excuse not to make fresh apple juice.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Skillet pasta with tomatoes and mushrooms

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SKILLET Pasta with Tomatoes andMushrooms

It was great to finally meet Michelin-star chef Nicolas Isnard during his recent stint at The Tivoli, Mandarin Oriental’s fine dining restaurant. Previously we had only “met” him while he was still in France, via Skype, when we interviewed him before his arrival in Manila.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Cooking tips from a Chinese chef

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HOT Prawn Salad

It’s such a joy to attend a cooking class. No matter how much one already knows, one always learns something new. The class becomes even more interesting if the chef-teacher is jolly and willing to share a lot of cooking tips.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Rustan’s goes into even more upscale mart

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WELL-STOCKED shelves include Ghirardelli chocolates and Stonewall Kitchen’s mixes and jams

For decades, Rustan’s Department Store has been the purveyor of luxury goods, carrying such brands as Prada, Chanel, Cartier and Tiffany’s.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Congee to the rescue

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CONGEE

A picture may say a thousand words, but there are no adjectives to describe the widespread destruction wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” last week in the Visayan region. Every image seems more heartbreaking than the last: houses and buildings crumpled to nothingness; refugees cramped inside crowded shelters; a father carrying the body of his lifeless child; and a woman giving birth in a refugee center.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Michelin-star chef coming to Tivoli

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SOUPE à l’oignon contemporaine

To his credit, chef Nicolas Isnard doesn’t feel a need to conform to the trends deemed politically correct in the culinary world. He dismisses the use of organic products, for instance, as more of a marketing tool. “I don’t use organic (products) just for the sake of using organic,” he says.

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

New branch, new pastries at French Baker

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AT THE ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of The French Baker in Davao are Tourism regional director Art Boncato, Amylou Aarts, Matthew Aarts, Go Chui Ai and founder and CEO of The French Baker Johnlu Koa.

I can hardly pass by a French Baker store without feeling lured inside. The aroma of freshly baked bread, the cracked pan de sal, and the golden brown raisin bonnets glistening behind the glass counters; the pillows of soft rolls encasing morsels of sweet asado or savory corned beef; and the flaky, buttery croissants are all much too tempting to resist.

Posted: September 26th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Rain again–and now I panic

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There was a time the sound of raindrops falling on the rooftop seemed to me like syncopated melody. A time I loved the occasional rainfall, because it freshened the earth and made staying home feel cozy and comfortable. A time the rains triggered happy memories of foggy school days spent in the cool mountains of Baguio City.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

‘Ampalaya’ omelet

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AMPALAYA Omelet

In the interest of pursuing better health, my husband and I now eat more vegetables and seafood, rather than meat. But sometimes I’m at a loss as to what side dish to serve with the fish.

Posted: September 12th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Tea and mooncakes of luxury and refinement

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TWG TEA Salon at Greenbelt 5

Just as they have redefined tea, the founders of TWG are now reinventing mooncakes.

Posted: August 29th, 2013 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

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