By Norma O. Chikiamco
To his credit, chef Nicolas Isnard doesn’t feel a need to conform to the trends deemed politically correct in the culinary world. He dismisses the use of organic products, for instance, as more of a marketing tool. “I don’t use organic (products) just for the sake of using organic,” he says.
By Pocholo Concepcion
For the past several years, some hotels in the city have been featuring music acts that don’t belong to the typical “variety pop” mold.
By Raoul J. Chee Kee
Fans of Ilonggo cooking are expected to make a beeline to the Mandarin Oriental Manila for the weeklong festival “Flavors of the Visayas,” featuring traditional dishes prepared by chef Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing.
Best of ClassBy Maja Olivares-Co
The Landmark Mandarin is a luxurious oasis in the middle of Central Hong Kong. With only 113 rooms and suites, it is a boutique hotel with the service and amenities of a large luxury hotel. It was rated No. 1 in the 2012 World’s Best Hotels list by Institutional Investors.
Tessa!By Tessa Prieto-Valdes
Transforming into different characters is one of the thrilling challenges of changing costumes. The complexity increases when the chameleoning needs to be done in a day.
By Irene C. Perez
The Chinese lunar calendar welcomes the Year of the Water Snake on Feb. 10, but according to feng shui master Joseph Chau, toting snake-skin leather items, wearing snake-print accessories or keeping a snake figure (or live animal) in your house does not guarantee good luck.
By Norma O. Chikiamco
You won’t find siopao in the weekend dimsum menu of Mandarin Oriental’s Tin Hau Restaurant. Instead you’ll see it listed under the more refined name of “steamed barbecued buns.” On the other hand, siomai, the Chinese dumpling so familiar and loved by Filipinos, though listed, comes with a longer description: steamed dumplings siomai topped with [...]
Without Batting An EyelashBy Maurice Arcache
Bustling Mandarin Oriental was the meeting spot for our business A-listers when First Life Financial held its Leadership Summit 2011. Peter Coyiuto, president and CEO of First Life, welcomed top business leaders who have successfully steered their products to become global brands. Guest speakers included Clinton Campos-Hess, president and CEO of Unilab; Martin Lorenzo, chair, [...]