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Bidding goodbye–with a nine-course degustation dinner

RISOTTO Acquerello, Crema di Scampi, Bulacan River Prawn, Lattumi Sperm Sac of Tenu, Roman Ciccioli KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ

Parting, they say, is such sweet sorrow. Or a delicious one, as in the case of a nine-course dinner served last Friday at The Tivoli, signature restaurant of Mandarin Oriental, Manila.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Visiting Ringo Starr at the Grammy Museum in LA

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

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

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

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 »