Papa Diddi’s is not just ice cream

Have you ever  been to Papa Diddi’s?  When they started out in Maginhawa St., the place could only seat around 8-10 people comfortably and offered select hand-crafted and artisanal ice cream. It started out as a tribute to Papa Diddi – an Ibanag lawyer, whose passion for law can only be matched by his love for Cagayan Valley  food. …

What must you order at Jing Ting?

It is hard not to like Jing Ting, the newest casual dining restaurant inside City of Dreams.  The restaurant features popular Northern Chinese dishes that are so familiar and compatible to the Filipino palate. Flavors are strong and robust, the serving is generous, food is freshly prepared and the prices are reasonable. Full Flavor : The Northern…

Mark the dates! August 15 and 16

There is one pizza and pasta chain that has been working so hard this year. They started the year with the launch of almost an entirely new menu – new pizza and pasta dishes as well as rice meals (yes, Filipinos love rice); then they held their Pizza War competition to encourage and challenge their own pizza chefs to come…

Are you being true to your Brand?

We do live in a noisy world. With hundreds of thousands of messages assaulting us on a daily basis, what and who do we remember the most? If you think that only brands that spends millions can be heard and remembered, then this workshop is for you. Connect to your audience in today’s hyper sensitive…

Art+Modern Filipino Food at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

From Palette to Palate at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila : Chefs, I realized, can come from all walks of life.  The call of the kitchen and creating something beautiful and delicious at the same time,  proved to be a strong siren call for some former bankers, lawyers and even accountants.  But I believe that most…

SOUV Opens tomorrow

SOUV, the latest and newest restaurant of Chef Robby Goco, opens for the public (soft-opening) tomorrow, July 5. SOUV aims to make Greek cuisine (also known as the Mediterranean cuisine) more familiar with the young Filipinos. It will feature more modern dishes, easy-to-drink wines and yoghurt desserts.  Chef Robby says “All the dishes that we will serve, are…

Unboxing of Misso s2o machine

Last month, a friend invited me to attend a preview of this new oil extracting machine that will allow me to make my oils. Intrigued, I came to the preview and met the Korean inventor of the machine, Mr. YS Kim. He was so excited to show us his latest invention, the Misso s2o, seed-to-oil…

What’s new with Liquor Brownie?

Early this year, my good friends, Joby Provido and chef Jomel Salas, decided to come out with another flavor for their hugely popular Brownie Bars.  They were tireless in R&D and I was one of the happy taste-testers.  After some batches, they were able to come up with a winner! And one that I personally…

What is Kanyaman?

Last June 8, in celebration of our Independence month, Novotel Manila Araneta Center launched their Filipino Festival called KANYAMAN at Food Exchange.  The hotel invited popular chef Sau del Rosario to re-create classic, well-loved and authentic Kapampangan dishes that will be served to diners until June 30.  And to complete the Kapampangan experience, Chef Sau called in veteran…

Peninsula Manila joins Oktoberfest!

After 12 long years and a German Executive Chef  (Mike Wehrle), The Peninsula Manila Hotel re-joined the merry, crazy celebration of Oktoberfest! Not to miss this chance of enjoying the company of friends and colleague and celebrate this well-loved German Beer Festival, Adolf & I trooped to Escolta, the main restaurant of  The Peninsula Manila.  We…

Batangas Food Fest at Matabungkay Beach Hotel

With the semestral break just around the corner, Matabungkay Beach Hotel beckons us to come and enjoy the sun, beach and their surprisingly delicious Batangas Food Festival (BFF). As a preview, we trooped to Matabungkay, which is 2.5 hours away from Quezon City,  expecting to be surprised and delighted with the new dishes.  And we were not disappointed. …

Craft Cookie after my heart

There’s a new kid in town! He’s different, he wears a uniform and he gives out the best cookies that you alone could make – and he made me swoon. Meet Scout’s Honor (Craft Cookie Shop), the brainchild of game changer Chef Miko Aspiras. Simply put, this shop is a make your own cookie bar!…