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Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week


During Lent, we are challenged to become more creative in how we prepare seafood.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Food | Read More »

From guava ‘adobo’ to homemade ciabatta–everything fresh and made from scratch

MESCLUN’S Guava Adobo

“Everything from scratch” is the best way to describe chef Katrina Kuhn Alcantara’s cuisine.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Argentine pizza, Vietnamese ‘inihaw na liempo,’ Spanish blood sausages

Bawais Com Suong Cha, grilled liempo Vietnamese style

Recently I have been visiting places. Here’s a list of where I’ve been and what I found delicious and worth raving about.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Two women pursue their happiness, choose to bake for a living

CAKELETS by Joyce Urieta

I discovered a real yummy Belgian chocolate lace cookie baked by Joyce Urieta, thanks to my nephew Miguel Villadolid who gave me some.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Under the Tuscan sky on Lamon Bay, Quezon

ASSORTED sushi by chef Edo San

On my last trip to Balesin Island Club, the Lamon Bay resort in Quezon province inaugurated Toscana. It’s the seventh and last village of the resort. Others are Balesin, Phuket, Bali, Costa del Sol, St. Tropez and Mykonos.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

The Goldilocks story–from childhood bakery to baking institution

baked goodies inspired by Goldilocks

I was overjoyed when I received a copy of the Goldilocks cookbook from dear friend Alan German.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Chef-couple let their culinary imagination run wild with Shine

CLOCKWISE, from above: Shine Café; Sliders with Foie; Umami Fries

Shine Bakery and Café is the playground of chefs Rob and Sunshine Pengson. It is where they allow their culinary minds to run wild.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Food | Read More »

New creations manifest chef’s love for Thai cuisine


Cecille Chang has spent over a decade mastering Thai cuisine. Asked why Thai food, she replied, “I love the marriage of four flavors—salty, sweet, sour and spicy. Thai cooking is so balanced in flavor even without butter.”

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Soup #5, anyone?


Tony’s Restaurant is a humble eatery in Caloocan City. What makes it grand is its food. Patrons flock to it.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

‘Puto seko,’ ‘pacencia,’ ‘sioktong’ and ‘taho’–the best ones out there

PUTO SEKO and pacencia

There are treats that delight the palate, evoke nostalgia, and ignite a sense of who we are as a people with our own culinary past. Some treats that fall under this category are the pacencia and puto seko—cookies from days gone by, yet still integral to our food heritage.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Feng shui for foodies, plus Eng Bee Tin’s ‘tikoy’ delights


Chinese New Year is a holiday I really enjoy. Part of the thrill is a visit to Binondo, Manila. No matter how frequently I go, this oldest Chinatown in the world never ceases to excite me.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

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  2. Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
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  4. Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  5. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  6. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  7. A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  7. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
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  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
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  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
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  7. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  8. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  9. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
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