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War of wines: South Africa vs New Zealand vs France


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 »

Unesco adds French cave art to world heritage list

A view of paintings on the rock walls of the Chauvet cave, on June 13, 2014 in Vallon Pont d'Arc, southeastern France.  AFP FILE PHOTO

Drawings of mammoths, human footprints and other art carved on cave walls in southern France about 30,000 years ago have been inscribed on Unesco ‘s World Heritage list.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Locks of love’ bridge in Paris evacuated after railing collapse

Pont des Arts

Sometimes too much love can be a bad thing as Paris discovered on Sunday when thousands of “locks of love” attached to a footbridge caused part of the railing to collapse, forcing an evacuation.

Posted: June 9th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

The leaf and the grape, not so distant cousins?


One is alcoholic and the other teetotal, but wine and tea are not such remote relatives in their rituals and cultivation, according to a newly opened exhibition in Beijing.

Posted: May 29th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

PH makes it to World Pastry Cup in 2015–a first

“ARCTIC Tern,” chocolate showpiece

The Pastry Alliance of the Philippines (PAP) recently brought pride and honor to the country after qualifying—for the first time—for the World Pastry Cup in Lyon, France, touted as the Olympics of pastry professionals.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »