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Nora Daza, Paul Bocuse, French wines–the best of the best


I will set myself up for a debate here; I would argue that the French still have the best wines. Now, as to what is the best wine in France, I dare not even comment.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Now I see Nora Daza, my mom


You know how it is when you’re too close to someone or something, such that you can’t see what others see? So it was with my mother Nora Daza.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Janet Napoles in the lifestyle circle


‘Why don’t you write about Napoles’ lifestyle friends?” our managing editor’s (ME) voice boomed from across the divider all the way to me.

Posted: September 15th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Nora Daza, icon of cooking; 84

Nora Daza. INQUIRER file photo

She was dubbed the “Epitome of Filipino Gastronomy.”

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Seven-course dinner of everything foie gras–amazing!


Rougie is the most popular foie gras company in France. Just last week, I was invited to the kitchen of Tivoli at Mandarin Oriental Manila in Makati, to watch, with a few others, a cooking demonstration on the preparation of this French specialty, which happens to be my most favorite food on earth.

Posted: October 10th, 2012 in Food,Headlines | Read More »

Nora Daza: The Philippines’ first culinary ambassador


“We need to establish Filipino restaurants abroad,” observers note. “In major cities there is always a Chinese, Indian, French, Japanese restaurant—but no Filipino restaurants!”

Posted: July 19th, 2012 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Look at what my mom has done to Filipino taste!


In 1957, my mom Nora started the very first cooking show, “Let’s Cook With Nora,” on ABS-CBN along Roxas Boulevard. Television was only black and white back then, and there were only two or three channels. In later years, I remember many known personalities who would go and visit the cooking studio to eat whatever was cooked on that day. That went on until the ’90s.

Posted: January 26th, 2012 in Columns,Food | Read More »

  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  3. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  4. Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  5. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  6. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  7. A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  1. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  4. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  7. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  8. Prince William fuels speculation of second royal baby
  9. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  10. This is not just a farm
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


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