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Food that’s both Zen and hip, like being in an Asian gangster movie

PINK Panda buns

“The lights by the corner (on Makati Avenue) are pink and our food is Asian, hence the panda,” explained the waitress when I asked why the restaurant is called Pink Panda. Actually, the lights are red, hence the term “red light district.”

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

A tour of Bicol, by way of food


Under the expanse of a limitless sky and rocking in a speedboat on what seemed like an endless sea, I suddenly realized how insignificant our existence is.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Boyet de Leon, Vicky Morales, Bella Yuchengco have One Way in common


Friday night and the place was packed. Actor Christopher “Boyet” de Leon was having a drink with one of the owners by the restaurant’s bar. In a separate section was love guru Baby Cruz with family. A head-turner who looked very much like Plinky Recto stretched her long legs sideways, leaning against a wall.

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

The chicken wars

Kyochon’s Honey Series Chicken (Contributed Photo)

It seems the Koreans have discovered the formula for world domination: Beat the Americans at their own game. Every game. First, technology. Samsung has proven to be a worthy adversary of Apple. Next, entertainment. Psy conquered the entertainment world with his YouTube hit and in no time had no less than the legendary Madonna gyrating with him onstage to Gangnam Style. And finally, food. Koreans are conquering the world one fried chicken franchise at a time with “the other KFC,” as in Korean Fried Chicken.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Columns,Food,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Dream come true: Street kids now Ducasse-trained chefs

CHEF Jean-Pierre Migné, one of the mentors of the Ducasse Institute Philippines scholarship program, with the graduates

“Gusto ko lang makapag-aral (I just want to study),” said a scholar of Tuloy Foundation—an organization that sends street children to school with a special curriculum designed to rehabilitate them through a systemic approach for growth and development.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »