By Clinton Palanca
It’s Balikbayan season, which means, aside from an influx of See’s chocolate, squeaky white trainers and giant plastic tubs of cheese balls, the long-haul-weary Pinoys who have stepped off trans-Pacific or transcontinental flights are in search of a taste of home.
By Vangie Baga-Reyes
Italian cooking is never more interesting, fun and easy to learn than when taught by an expert whose name is almost synonymous with Italian cuisine in the country—chef Margarita “Gaita” Forés.
Italian chocolate brand Villa del Conte, which has been around for 75 years, originated in the idyllic rural town of Villa Del Conte in Padova province.
That bite-size wonder from Japan—takoyaki, a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of wheat-flour batter and diced octopus, shredded greens topped with hearty bonito flakes and a special sauce—now comes in various flavors courtesy of Tamayaki, with branches at SM North Edsa, Fisher Mall Quezon Avenue, Landmark Makati and SM Fairview. Its flagship store in the Philippines is at P. Guevara Avenue in San Juan City.
By Marge C. Enriquez
Without the modern-day mixers and machines, Italian master chef-educator Carla Brigliadori works, on her feet for hours,making fresh pasta. She never wipes the smile off her face—as if the joy of cooking and the grace of her spirit are infused into the dough.