Before Café Ysabel finally closes shop by the end of July at its original location on P. Guevarra Street in San Juan, chef Gene Gonzalez hosted a culinary demonstration of old, reliable Filipino recipes and indigenous cooking techniques.
If the fabulous food served at the cocktail reception in Malacañang the night before the much-awaited food event of the year was any indication, Madrid Fusión Manila 2016 was definitely going to be a smash hit.
When chef JP Anglo opened Kafé Batwan seven months ago at Rockwell, the restaurant received much praise online and in print. Diners marveled at Anglo’s modern takes on Pinoy food. Some even felt as if they knew him; he was on the reality TV show “MasterChef Pinoy Edition.”
Exuberance characterizes Downtown Café, artist-chef-writer Claude Tayag’s homage to “diners” of mid-century downtown Manila. Baby boomers wax nostalgic when they see black-and-white-tiled flooring with diamond pattern, red leatherette banquette, Formica
When I told history professor Dr. Rico Jose that I was visiting the National Archives of Japan to ask about their records on the Philippines, he suggested that I also go to see his friend, Dr. Takefumi Terada at Sophia University.