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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 »

Japanese chef, Cantonese cuisine, Michelin star


It’s a strange combination—a Japanese chef who cooks Chinese food, particularly Cantonese. But there he was at Tin Hau of the Mandarin Oriental Manila, giving us a first taste of his dishes. Kenichi Takase is chef de cuisine of Sense at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo and he is here for only six days (until June [...]

Posted: June 23rd, 2011 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food,Photos & Videos | Read More »

At Waterfront Cebu, a surreal yet playful Chaine des Rotisseurs

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They said it would be beyond imagination, and it truly was extraordinary. The customarily traditional Chaine des Rotisseurs, the international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950 and devoted to promoting fine dining and the pleasures of the table, was anything but typical when Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino hosted their 18th Induction dinner [...]

Posted: June 2nd, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

An evening of elegance with Mouton Cadet


THE HYATT Hotel & Casino grand ballroom was the elegant venue for this year’s Baron Philippe de Rothschild Charity Dinner, for the benefit of the renovation of the eye outpatient medical clinic in the Ephehtha compound, Project 4, Quezon City (a project of the Rotary Club of Makati Dasmariñas). The event was hosted by wine [...]

Posted: May 26th, 2011 in Food,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Italian fine dining within arm’s reach


MY FIRST exposure to Italian cuisine was via 3M pizza along the street fronting the now GMA 7 building in Timog. To me, it was such a treat whenever my parents would bring this home or we’d pay a visit to the pizza that was heated in a toaster oven right in front of you. [...]

Posted: May 26th, 2011 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Two places of exquisite food and enduring refinement


IN THESE days of fast-food chains and informal dining, we are charmed that there are two establishments that have maintained their sense of elegance, efficient service and exquisite food. Tin Hau 2/L, Mandarin Manila Hotel, Paseo de Roxas, Makati; tel. 7508888. For more casual and light meals, Tin Hau now offers the Yum Cha, a [...]

Posted: May 26th, 2011 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

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  3. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  4. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  5. Almost mugged on Chino Roces Avenue
  6. Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  7. How healing waters accompanied my journey of faith
  8. ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  9. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  10. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
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  3. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
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  10. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
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  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
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  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
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  7. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
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  9. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
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