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‘Sisig,’ ‘kare-kare,’ ‘chicharon’–northern specialties at three-day food fair


The big story at the launch of “Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival” was about sisig, that chopped pork and liver dish of Pampanga.

Posted: October 9th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

CDO’s rice cakes, local ham and fruits; Clark’s ‘chicharon’

FRIED hito surrounded by fresh mustasa at Binulo in Clark, Pampanga

Every year, Cagayan de Oro (CDO) is a destination for the culinary competition known as Kumbira, organized by the Cohara (Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association). Kumbira celebrated its 18th anniversary this year; I was there in its early period when the venue was held at a small place before moving to a huge atrium.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The power and the glory of the crispy ‘chicharon’

REY LAPID and his chicharon buffet

A picture of a giant chicharon shown to me by Dimple Lim led to a trip to the R. Lapid plant in Valenzuela last week.

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

Rock on, ‘chicharon’

RAMON Bautista

In the spirit of talent searches and finding a place in the hearts of a younger generation, Oishi, makers of Marty’s Cracklin’ Vegetarian Chicharon, invited supporters of musicians and rock music fans to Eastwood Central Plaza in Libis, Quezon City, last week for the culmination of its very successful “Form The Marty’s” band search.

Posted: April 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Smoked ‘chicharon,’ homemade bacon, pork and beans–what this chef does with pig meat is nothing short of amazing


On a night when every other restaurant in Bonifacio Global City has raucous crowds spilling out onto the pavement, there is only cathedral-like silence within the sepulchral darkness of Premio, among the first restaurants one encounters when turning in from Edsa, and which one would expect to be bustling.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »