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This diplomat can cook, and how

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ASIF Ahmad has visited the Philippines and established ties when he was UK Trade and Investment director and Foreign Commonwealth Office head of Asia Pacific. “I’m lucky; not many ambassadors come to the country with a ready-made set of friends.” JOJO MAMANGUN

Amid high unemployment in Britain caused by the global recession in 1973, a sign outside a diner in London proved providential: “Wanted: Cook.”

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Kangaroo prosciutto, grilled ostrich, crocodile swag bags and other delicious Australian oddities


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GUM leaves and paperback smoked kangaroo carpaccio

Many people are curious about Australian cuisine, which is noted for its diversity and unique ingredients. That’s why I rushed to Diamond Hotel upon learning that Australian chef Steve Shrimski was holding a food festival. I had to taste and see what he was cooking.

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

Holy smoke!

Gourmet goddess Beth Romualdez calls Bicol her home region. In her book Cooking Lessons, she recalls cooking “Tinutungang Manok” : It made a world of difference that the native chicken was newly slaughtered and the saba bananas (plantains) and coconuts were freshly picked. This being a traditional dish, the procedure uses a technique­—burning the coconut shells—that can be difficult in a modern kitchen. While dry-toasting the grated coconut meat in a wok can be done instead, the aroma and flavors will be different.

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

‘Lola’s boy’ cooks Japanese for his nurse-girlfriend

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Yakitori stuffed Chicken,Nori and Tobiko Rice, Vegetable Tempura and Ponzu Citrus Sauce

Jhaymar “JM” de Jesus, 24, had no desire to pursue a culinary career till his dearest grandmother passed away a few years ago. His parents separated when he was 8, and he grew up in his lola’s place in Lucena City, Quezon. He was later tagged by family and friends as “lola’s boy.”

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

War of wines: South Africa vs New Zealand vs France


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Meeting South African chef Pieter de Jager and tasting his cooking paired with South African wines at the Prince Albert Rotisserie of the InterContinental Manila brought me back to Stellenbosch where the vineyards of Cape Town are situated. On our way there, the mountains changed colors as the sun went down. Polka-dotted guinea fowls roamed […]

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

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