Pin It
An Aristocrat San Pablo Day

An Aristocrat San Pablo Day

Last Tuesday, April 8, I had the privilege of joining Adobo Queen herself, Nancy Reyes-Lumen and several certified Pinoy foodies to an excursion to San Pablo, Laguna, where Aristocrat San Pablo opened  in the Ultima Shopping Mall. Nancy Reyes-Lumen is quite the food historian, as she told us about the history of the Halo Halo and how Pinoy Adobo really is. Being a Reyes, she lives and breathes food because food is not just a passion for the Reyes clan but a way of life. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say it’s a philosophy for them. Early today I had merienda...
Five things you didn’t know about the Oreo cookie

Five things you didn’t know about the Or...

The Oreo cookie is such an iconic snack that it has actually become synonymous with “cookies and cream” and similar recipes. It is in such desserts as the McDonald’s McFlurry and in most brands of ice cream, even in the ever famous pearl shakes that was so popular in the Philippines some years back. After having been to an Oreo cookie event I did a little research to see what there was to learn about this little sandwich cookie. And what facts did I learn!  Here are some of these fun facts about the most famous sandwich cookie in the planet: Oreo was not the first...
Iwantseats.com.ph: Online Bus Reservations

Iwantseats.com.ph: Online Bus Reservatio...

Finally, there is an online bus reservations system that will let me buy a bus ticket from the comfort of my home and save me that extra trip to the bus station just to buy the ticket then back again come departure time.  A friend of mine showed me that if I wanted to go to Baler or Baguio this Holy Week, I need not go to Cubao and buy a ticket ahead of time. Much like the airlines, I realized I can now buy tickets online using Dragon Pay, Union Bank or BPI. iwantseats is a system that adds a great convenience to those who will travel during Holy Week.  Just a few...
Hoka Hoka Ramen and Bento at Yamazaki Grocery

Hoka Hoka Ramen and Bento at Yamazaki Gr...

Being a resident of nearby Chino Roces St, I would usually pass by the Hoka Hoka Ramen and Bento along Fernando St, which a short stretch of road between Little Tokyo and Makati Cinema Square. I would take this route whenever I walk to my sister’s house for lunch or dinner.  To those who might have gone to school or worked in this area,  they might have seen this place often but never actually thought of coming over. Because on the outside it’s a Japanese grocery. However, when you enter the place, it is actually an old but nice-looking Japanese restaurant. Waiters...
Nasugbu Foodie Finds recommended by Chefs Carlo Santiago and Nancy Reyes-Lumen

Nasugbu Foodie Finds recommended by Chef...

Yesterday, I went on what seemed to be a very frivolous journey: testing the hole-in-the-wall Nasugbu foodie finds recommended by Bayleaf’s Executive Chef Carlo Santiago and Adobo Queen Nancy Reyes-Lumen. It started with a conversation I had with Chef Carlo. I was in a table with the good chef and other foodies when the subject drifted to Halo-halo. I said I like the Razon’s halo-halo because it was simple and delicious. Chef Carlo got the attention of everyone when he raved that there was no better halo-halo than a small place in Nasugbu, Batangas, the name of which...
The Snack Shack in UP Diliman

The Snack Shack in UP Diliman

When I first heard about it, I was skeptical. Then I heard this place was actually being lauded by culinary professionals at the American Hospital Academy, I figured I should finally go see this place for myself. It was what they said it would be; a kiosk with a grill and a couple of ice boxes in the back. At the front of the kiosks were monoblock benches, not even tables where you can rest your elbows.  This is a small place, no different from the food stalls in the MRT stations.  However, the buzz emanates from their burgers; quarter pounder and (my favorite) the...
Chef Grant Gordon at AHA Philippines

Chef Grant Gordon at AHA Philippines

American celebrity Chef Grant Gordon appeared today before the students of the American Hospitality Academy (AHA) in Makati City and did a cooking demo for a fish dish using Tilapia, which was very, very good. Chef Grant’s talk with the students of AHA was less formal but was more motivational. The good chef shared his humbling experience when working in a restaurant, and he mistaken sent out a dish where the fish wasn’t fully cooked. The guest happened to be a Belgian chef and a celebrity in his own right, who then bawled at Grant right in front of his co-workers. He...

Claude Tayag, Chef Grant Gordon hosts Am...

Truly a dinner of diplomatic proportions! Bale Dutung’s chef Claude Tayag and US celebrity chef Grant Gordon hosted Ambassador Philip Goldberg and some important guests in a dinner that paved the way for cultural diplomacy efforts meant to strengthen our ties with our greatest ally. At first I wondered why they chose Bale Dutung, because it was quite far from Manila. When I arrived at Bale Dutung (which means “wooden house”) I immediately understood why the dinner was hosted here; it is such a wonderful home, with a garden that is truly remarkable. Bale Dutung is...
Page 1 of 6412345...102030...Last »