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Fine dining at McDonald’s with chef Dale Talde et al.

Reimagining McDonald’s: (From left) chefs Aaron McCargo, Jessica Foust, Dale Talde, James Talde.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

You enter McDonald’s with a wait staff offering you mango pineapple mojito by a chef named Jessica Foust and you wonder if you’re in the right place. You’re led to an elegant expanse of a room that is humongous by New York standards, as it snakes around to reveal a 180-degree view of New York’s skyline. You say, not bad.

Posted: October 1st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Spain’s financial crisis gobbling up top eateries

People queue outside an unemployment registry office in Madrid, Spain, in this file photo dated Monday May 6, 2013. Greece and Spain have the highest unemployment rates in the eurozone, with both countries also mired in a youth unemployment crisis, according to figures released by Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, Monday July 1, 2013, which reveals that unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro hit another all-time high in May 2013. AP

Spain’s bitter financial crisis is eating away at the country’s high-end restaurant scene, with the owners of another top establishment saying it will have to close at the end of August.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Wines from Rioja in Spain, food by Mikel Arriet–what a pairing to savor

BLACK shrimp spheres with aioli sauce, grilled scallops in cauliflower
cream with hints of truffle

More a food lover than a wine enthusiast, I was delighted to have been invited to “Sip and Savor,” the intimate wine-pairing event hosted by Club Punta Fuego in partnership with Wine Depot.

Posted: June 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Valentine’s Day dinner? Truth is, traditional fine dining is on its last leg


I wonder if I’m the only spouse asking this as we make secret (but noisily secret, to reassure my better half) plans for Valentine’s Day. It used to be fairly simple: On the 14th of February, we men would shake off our suits of mothballs and drive out with made-up and scented dates into the traffic jam, to make it in time for that difficult reservation in a restaurant with lots of candles, a waiter in a bow tie and exorbitant prices.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Chinese cuisine makes a comeback in the metro south


When Bellevue Hotel decided to open a fine-dining Chinese restaurant early last year, it was really so that we southerners (people living south of Makati) wouldn’t have to drive all the way to Manila for some authentic Chinese cuisine. But, according to GM Patrick Chan, one year later, it has become a destination for Chinese […]

Posted: August 11th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »