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…

Do you want to open a restaurant?

On June 28, 2017, RESTOINVEST2, the Philippine Restaurant Investment Conference, will once again gather the most diverse Food and Beverage Industry stakeholders to share their winning insights on the state of their respective categories : fast-food, fast casual, casual dining, fine dining, commissaries, hotel-based restaurants, and others.   With the theme, Business-Building Strategies for Sustainable…

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…

Keto Buffet for Father’s Day?

As Filipinos can find any excuse to celebrate with family and eat, it is not surprising that Father’s Day is now quite a big event in Manila. Restaurants and hotels offer generous promotions to entice food-loving families to celebrate and dine in their places. One of them is our favorite, Gourmet Gypsy Art Café.  Owned…

“I want this!” “I want that”

Parenting is not much easier these days. We are bombarded with so many advertisements /messages everyday that seem to brainwash us into thinking that our life is not as well-lived as we want it to be without this newest car model or gadget or a pair of these blush colored sneakers or this super new…

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…

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…

Happy Anniversary Chef’s Table!

Last month, I celebrated with Chef Bruce Lim (and his wife Michelle), the 1st year anniversary of their restaurant CHEF’S TABLE (Fort Bonifacio, Manila) – and it was a gastronomic delight! The open kitchen churned out drinks that both teased and whet my appetite.  NCR -No One Can Run (lambanog/coconut wine with hot chili pepper…