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!…

Salo-Salo at BenCab Museum

As I bid summer goodbye, I decided to visit one of the major attractions in Baguio, the BenCab museum.  Benedicto Reyes Cabrera – more popularly known as BenCab,  is considered as the most popular master of contemporary Philippine art.  An esteemed National Artist for Visual Arts, he has won various major art awards and has…

Kyochon 1991 : Natural is best

I am really a bit late in appreciating Korean made products (skin care and cosmetics are my favorites now) but it feels good to know that am in early taking a bite at this Korean favorite chicken! Kyochon 1991, the preferred chicken chain in Korea, has finally opened its 1st store in SM Megamall. Unlike…

A Namnam birthday

Adolf recently celebrated his birthday, and one of the things in his “must-do” list is to eat at Namnam.  Namnam (or loosely translated as “yummy” in Tagalog) is a year-old Filipino restaurant in Greenbelt with good reviews from fellow foodies and food writers. The place is small, maybe seats 50 people comfortably, decor is simple…

Eat. Swim. Sleep at Puerto Galera

The 2014 Manila summer is hot, hot, hot! To escape the scorching heat, the family decided to go with a dear friend, Anna May Dalisay and her family  for a quick trip back to their hometown in Puerto Galera, Mindoro. Puerto Galera is a summer paradise. Boasting of fresh sea air, breezy weather and clean…

Have a good delicious morning!

As our mornings tend to be busier and harried, it is a pleasure to be able to look forward to something that will set the tone of our day.  Something delicious, flavorful, creamy and oh-so filling that it can actually elicit our first smile of the day. Comfort food mixed and matched with all time…

Artisanal cheeses from Davao’s Malagos cheese farm

Together with Chefs Paul Huang and Josh Boutwood, Adolf and I were treated to a wonderful cheese spread by Ms. Olive Puentespina (owner & chief cheesemaker of Malagos cheese farm). She served us a combination of cow and goat cheeses ranging from kesong puti, ricotta to chevre and feta. Showing her creative style is the…

Bead-ing Day

Today I felt a strong urge to create something with my hands. I knew it is not to write in my journal or work on my articles – but to have something tangible that I can hold and make me smile. Unsure of what it was, I moved to hunt my beading box which I…