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Mario’s: Not resting on its laurels

BAGUIO -- Pushing on its 50th year in business and having established itself as an institution with a captive clientele, it is easy for...

Making gift giving easy

AS THE holiday season really gets going, one starts to panic over the barely touched Christmas list. One of the easiest ways to remedy...

Local products get a boost at Shopwise

IN A bid to make local products from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) available to the general population, the Department of Trade and...

Naples pizza wins big: here’s the recipe

NAPLES, ITALY -- The art of Neapolitan pizza making has joined UNESCO’s list of “intangible heritage.” For those unable to pop to the city at...

Batali leaves food empire over sex misconduct allegations

NEW YORK -- Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his eponymous gastronomic empire Monday, after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct over...

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas

THE HOLIDAY spirit can be found anywhere, because it dwells in the heart — or so TV specials would tell us. In any case,...

Gorenje: High style in the kitchen

PHILIPPINE traditional homes were designed with the living room as the highlight -- the kitchen area was always in the background or totally hidden...

Distinctly Filipino elegance highlights new events place

FILIPINO HOSPITALITY and entertainment isn’t all about bahay kubos and barrio fiestas, as this reporter saw with amazement at a launch earlier this week...

A food park redeemed by air-conditioning and tasty food

WHILE we’re not ones to turn up our noses at a trip to the food park, it’s not exactly our idea of fun. Sure,...

From grape to table, Dutch community toasts urban vines

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS — As a high-speed train rattled past their heads, amateur Dutch wine makers were busy gathering the last of the season’s...

World’s earliest evidence of winemaking found in Georgia

MIAMI — The world’s earliest evidence of grape winemaking has been detected in 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia, making the tradition almost 1,000...

Italy’s white truffles feel the heat at Alba auction

ALBA, ITALY — It’s bad news for white truffle fans. Dry weather and changing climate patterns have hit production and sent prices soaring. The winning...

A taste of Negros

LIQUIDS DISTILLED in a certain place contain a piece of the land within them. In every bottle swims a record of time and space....

Extreme dining in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — A van spirits 10 guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a nondescript industrial building as Richard Strauss’s theme...

Michelin expands restaurant guides as part of Asian growth push

MICHELIN, facing fierce competition from lower-cost Chinese tire makers as it expands in Asia, is counting on a little luxury splash from haute cuisine...

Why foodies should flock to San Francisco

MICHELIN has delivered some good news to the Bay Area. The restaurant bible announced the places that it has awarded one, two, and three stars...

Michelin 2018: San Franscisco chefs outshine New York’s

NEW YORK — New York has been usurped as America’s premiere gastronomic destination, at least in terms of the Michelin Guide’s celebrated three-star ranking. The...

First luxury Perigord truffle is cultivated in Britain

LONDON — A black Perigord truffle has been cultivated in Britain for the first time, and the scientists who announced the breakthrough on Monday...

Healthy food items are a Christmas gift option

SINCE ITS advent in 1995, Healthy Options has been innovating products for the health and well-being of its customers. The store offers holiday gift...

The joys of cajun-style shrimp and using your hands

WHILE FOOD mainly plays in the arena of taste, its zenith lies in a meal’s way of arresting all the senses: imagine the sound...

Descended from the king of chefs and chef of kings

HIS NAME was Auguste Escoffier. Any chef worth his salt would know the great Escoffier, codifier of French cuisine, author of culinary bible Le...

Tapas and wine

Every Friday and Saturday of November, wine and Spanish cuisine lovers will find a treat at the Lush Bar and Lounge of Luxent Hotel....

Keeping it neat

A TIPPLE or two (or even three) simply wouldn’t do. Not when there was a ballroom full of booths from where spirits were arrayed...

World’s smallest wine vintage since 1961 may lift booze prices

THE WORLD may produce the least wine this year in half a century, after small grape harvests in Italy, France, and Spain, a global...

Bordeaux wine makers optimistic on 2017 quality after frost damage

BORDEAUX wine makers harvested healthy, ripe grapes this year even after the worst frosts in a quarter-century hit vineyards in April and significantly reduced...

As croissants go global, France’s butter shortages bite

RENNES, FRANCE – Gone are the days of the butter mountains when the EU had to step in to mop up surpluses. A newfound...

Manila Life Café: A modern twist on Filipino flavors

AFTER A quick walk through Runway Manila – the pedestrian bridge connecting the NAIA 3 airport terminal to Resorts World Manila – one sees...

The Hello Kitty Café: Enter for the ambiance, stay for the...

MORE THAN four decades since the public first met her, Hello Kitty – the anthropomorphic Japanese bobtail cat created by Yuko Shimizu – remains...

Spooky dining options

Diamond Hotel THE Diamond Hotel Philippines welcomes children of all ages to Count Dracula’s lavishly luxurious lair where monsters of all kinds party the night...

Roast goose featured at Marco Polo Manila Ortigas

DISCOVER the classic traditional Hong Kong staple with the premium roast goose, the recipe of which comes from the culinary experts of Guangdong Province,...

Treats for tricksters

THE Maya Kitchen shares quick and easy recipes for making your own Halloween goodies. Add a shot of zest to any goodie bag with...

A taste of heaven on earth

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter QUICK. What are your dinner plans for Friday the 13th? Cancel them. Remove the bad luck associated with the day...

No longer just a man’s world

A SMILE CAN sell, and the wine scene in Manila has seen boatloads of handsome men from wineries promoting their wares. But a woman...

This year’s extreme weather had a serious effect on global wine

EARLIER this summer, the Napa Valley was on track to be one of the world’s luckiest wine regions this year, having escaped everything from...

Days of wine and… more wine

WINE IS entangled in French history and identity, and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila pays tribute to its French roots with its annual Sofitel Wine...

Wine tales for oenophiles

For this column, I will do something different. Lawyers have lawyer jokes, anecdotes, and tales, and so do doctors, athletes, and other professions. How...

17 global restaurant openings to get excited about

IF THERE’S a prime time for restaurants in the northern hemisphere, it’s autumn. Following a slow summer season, chefs and restaurateurs – not to...

Japan picks ‘Wagyu Olympics’ winner…

SENDAI, JAPAN – More than 500 cattle paraded through a ring in northern Japan in the “Wagyu Olympics” to win prizes and renown as...

Happiness in a cup

By Susan Claire Agbayani MOZART and Bach can be heard throughout Real Fresh Dairy Farm, where around 200 head of Holstein-Sahiwal cattle are exposed to...

The best gin joint in the world

IF YOU are like me, one of those newcomer gin lovers, then the six-month-old Atlas Bar in not so far away Singapore is a...

Getting well-oiled: booze in the age of the robo-barman

LOS ANGELES – As Tipsy methodically unfolds an arm to select a glass, retrieve ice and mix a drink, it’s all a far cry...

Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong’s sweet obsession

HONG KONG – It is one of Hong Kong’s most treasured food traditions: the buying, giving, and eating of mooncakes to mark mid-autumn festival,...

Talking cheese: of grass, happy cows, the lactose intolerant, and why...

THE HUMBLE, ubiquitous cheese, set on all tables from high to humble, is a record of man’s manipulation of nature as well as the...

Coffee for one, please

COFFEE is the tax the world pays us to get up in the morning and function like normal human beings. Nespresso, a subsidiary of...

Drinks and noodles in a bar for the young and old

NEVER HAVE I felt both so young and so old as when I visited Lan Kwai Speakeasy & Hong Kong Cuisine. Parents, you have...