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Chefs remember Anthony Bourdain

FOR A generation of chefs and food enthusiasts, Anthony Bourdain’s book Kitchen Confidential was a passport to the seamy, sexy world of restaurant kitchens.

Celebrity chef, food critic Anthony Bourdain dead at 61: CNN

New York -- Celebrity chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide, according to the television network CNN for which he took viewers...

Exploring a heritage cuisine

While some people may be surprised by the wealth of rich heritage food that can be found just one hour away from Manila in the province of Cavite, it should not really come as a surprise since Cavite was part of the galleon trade where goods and spices were exchanged between Spain and China via the Philippines and Mexico.

Spicy new menu at Mango Tree

THE TROPICAL climate of Thailand and the vibrance of its culture are reflected in its richly flavored cuisine. A certain over-the-top quality that is well-appreciated was tasted late last month in the new menu offerings by Thai restaurant Mango Tree in Bonifacio Global City.

Coffee, tea, and an anniversary

DRINKING COFFEE is part of our lives — this is how Paolo del Rosario, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) vice-president for marketing and business development, put it. “You can’t live without coffee. It’s part of daily lives,” he told BusinessWorld.

Dropout to Michelin stars: The rise of chef Chan in Taiwan

TAIPEI — Ken Chan has come a long way since he started out wheeling a trolley in a dim sum restaurant, becoming the first chef in his adopted home of Taiwan to win three Michelin stars.

Heart-stopping meal at a skewer restaurant

WHAT BETTER WAY to spend a Friday than gorging on a dozen fried meat skewers and clogging one’s arteries in the process? Well, that’s exactly what this reporter did last week as she paid a visit to the first Philippine branch of Kushikatsu Daruma, Osaka’s popular kushikatsu restaurant.

You are what you eat | Why you should think twice...

Plants vs. lipids. A look at ketogenic and vegan diets.

An American Diner in Naga

SURE, there’s Jollibee and Mcdonald’s in Naga, but have you ever tried Bigg’s Diner? In a matter of months, one won’t have to hop all the way to Bicol for the Naga favorite, as it plans to expand to Manila later this year.

With recipes, the key to making millions is not about the...

IN 2017, the team from Sir Kensington’s made an estimated $140 million for their ketchup recipe when they sold it to Unilever.

Bicol’s Spanish outpost

IF YOU EVER consider swinging by Naga, there are a lot of reasons to do so. There is the tablea chocolate that stands out, and one might want to say a prayer at the Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. And while Naga isn’t the setting for pounding clubs and such, a pleasant evening in a nice Spanish restaurant right across the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral might make an impression.

CITEM targets $150 million in IFEX sales

THE CENTER for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is targeting a “conservative” $150 million in sales during the 12th International Food Expo (IFEX). Trade...

A taste of the country’s food service industry

The country’s food service industry has continued to improve over the past years due to the stronger consumers’ purchasing power, influenced by today’s fast-paced...

The art of steak

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter THE JAPANESE have a habit of taking something foreign and improving upon it, resulting in a product sometimes far superior...

Chef Batali investigated as #MeToo spotlight returns

NEW YORK — Celebrity chef Mario Batali is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault dating back to 2005, police said on Monday, as...

Now’s the time: 3 bottles of 1774 vintage wine on sale...

STRASBOURG, France — Tucked away in a vaulted cellar of eastern France for eight generations, they may be the oldest bottles of wine available...

Ready, aim, fire: Aussie diners given water pistols to ward off...

PERTH, Australia — Annoyed at seagulls that pester its patrons, a restaurant in the Australian city of Perth has armed customers with water pistols...

Record $1-million whisky sale is toppled by another hours later

HONG KONG — A rare 60-year-old Macallan whisky fetched HK$7.96 million ($1.01 million) at Bonhams Hong Kong on Friday last week, smashing the record...

Cowboy Grill —the restaurant that launched the careers of Aegis and...

THE RESTAURANT that launched the careers of the band Aegis and dancer-turned-political pundit-turned-government official Margaux “Mocha” Uson is turning 24. Cowboy Grill, with four locations...

Viacom’s SpongeBob keeps rights to Krusty Krab restaurant name

AYE, AYE, captain: the rights to The Krusty Krab, the greasy spoon featured in the popular children’s TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, belong to Viacom,...

Where’s the goose?

WHEN YOU think of Hong Kong, you think of its vistas opening out to the sea, or else the tall buildings that dot its...

Farm to table dining at The Pen

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter DON’T YOU just sometimes fantasize about throwing everything away and moving somewhere to start a farm? Well, if that fantasy...

Say ‘thanks Mom’ with a meal (or a spa date)

MOM’S COOKING is always best, but now its her turn. Here are a few treats from hotels to give your mother a day off...

These bad new pink wines prove that Rosé has gone too...

By Elin McCoy, Bloomberg NO MATTER what you do or where you go this summer, you won’t escape rosé. The pink boom just keeps expanding....

Belgian monks get back to brewing after 200-year break

BRUSSELS — A small band of Belgian monks are planning to start producing their own beer again, more than 200 years after invading French...

The woman behind the question ‘Masarap Ba?’

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter I WISH I had 176,000 followers on Instagram, with the list brimming with food writers and Manila’s most famous chefs...

Wood you like a drink? Japan team invents ‘wood alcohol’

TOKYO — Discerning drinkers may soon be able to branch out after Japanese researchers said Tuesday that they have invented a way of producing...

Nigeria’s favorite cocktail packs a punch

LAGOS, NIGERIA — Nigerians may be fond of a glass of champagne but it’s another fizzy drink — and one that’s unashamedly nonalcoholic —...

Survey: Nearly all Filipinos say commodity prices have gone up

PRACTICALLY all Filipinos have reported that costs of commodities they usually buy have gone up, with more than eight in ten saying they were “strongly...

Keeps kids busy this summer with Maya cooking classes

PARENTS looking for a fun, productive activity for this children over the school holidays can consider enrolling them in cooking classes. In The Maya Kitchen’s...

Beat the summer heat

OFFSET the extreme heat baking the city this summer with Makati Diamond Residences’ refreshing specialty ice cream. There is the bestselling Supermoist Chocolate and...

Healthy cooking class

RUSTAN’S and Nolisoli present Pursuits: Healthy Cooking Class featuring Bea Ledesma demonstrating some seasonal summer Keto recipes. The class will be held on April...

Chocolate and cheese: your new favorite pairing

The foodstuff rarely written about by poets is taking a step closer to being romanticized.

Buhay Carinderia to tour country in search of the best humble...

THE who’s who of Manila’s culinary scene were quite surprised to find out that Madrid Fusion Manila will not be pushing through in April...

9 Ways You’re Ruining Your Pasta Dinner

IN 2017, Italy landed the No. 1 spot on the Bloomberg Global Health Index. Eating all that pasta pays off. If there’s a chef...

A taste of Philippine summer at China Blue

CELEBRITY CHEF Jereme Leung (by celebrity, we mean he was once recognized as one of the world’s best chefs by the American Academy of...

Iced tea for summer

TWG TEA has come out with an iced tea collection, plus accessories and sweets to match, just in time for the heat of summer....

What’s for dinner? Surprise!

THE ELEMENT of surprise adds to the experience of a meal at Marriott Manila’s steakhouse, Cru with the recent introduction of a new concept...

Eastwood just keeps on growing, and growing up

THE PLACES we love age along with us. Taking a look around Eastwood City, you’ll notice that it has picked up quite a few...

World’s hottest chili pepper gives man ‘thunderclap’ headaches

PARIS — Doctors issued a chili warning Tuesday after an American man who ate the world’s hottest pepper was struck by excruciating “thunderclap” headaches. The...

Beach-inspired dishes for summer fun

THE MAYA KITCHEN has come up with three easy-to-do dishes that bring the flavors of the beach to the home — light and nutritious...

What the pho? Vietnam streetfood cocktails make a splash

HANOI, VIETNAM — With his daring pho cocktail inspired by Vietnam’s signature beef noodle soup, Hanoi’s leading hipster bartender Pham Tien Tiep is hoping...

US farm lobby wants strict definition of ‘meat’

NEW YORK — A major US agriculture lobbying group on Tuesday threw its weight behind an effort to keep the “meat” label off of...

Sky-high dinner

TAKING GASTRONOMY to new heights — 50 meters high actually — is the Belgium-based company Dinner in the Sky (DITS), which has come to...

More than just drinks at the Fundador Café

NOTHING beats catching up with good friends after a long day at work or on a weekend, having long conversations about anything under sun,...