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A final salute to the Mandarin Oriental Manila


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AWESOME FOURSOME: (From left, above) Chef Norbert Gandler, pastry chef Ernie Babaran, Mandarin executive chef Rene Ottlik and sous chef Kenneth Cacho. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Mandarin, which closes this month, leaves us with many great memories.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Stories,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The Filipinization of chef ‘Chele’ Gonzalez


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CHEF Jose Luis “Chele” Gonzalez

He came with a resumé that is hard to top: having worked at Spain’s El Bulli, the only dining place to hold the title of “World’s Best Restaurant” five times as listed by the S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant Awards (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009); and Denmark’s Noma, which beat El Bulli in 2010.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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


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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


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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


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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 »

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