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Sabor, por favor

WHEN WE SEEK pleasure in dining, is flavor enough to carry the whole experience, or is exploration, adventure and atmosphere vital to achieving complete sensory pleasure?

Boat cuisine: Superchef Ducasse takes to the water

STILL SMARTING from being kicked out of his Michelin-starred restaurant halfway up the Eiffel Tower, France’s most famous chef Alain Ducasse is pressing on instead with a new restaurant almost directly underneath it—and, he boasts, it floats.

Naked and proud: food in the raw

CHRISTIAN MARK JACOBS, businessman and husband of fashion designer Francis Libiran, is showing the world something naked: food.

Lobsters: From trash to treasure

SOMETHING big and red is coming to town in November — and it is not an early visit from St. Nick. We’re talking about Red Lobster, of course.

‘Eat like a pro’ advocacy promotes healthy eating for families

NOT A one-time campaign event but an advocacy, Eat Like a Pro is a healthy eating habit program initiated by Beko, an international home appliance brand in the Philippines.

French Champagne makers see stars aligned for record harvest

REIMS, FRANCE — In the hilly region of Champagne in eastern France, winegrowers are bringing in grapes early this year for a harvest they expect to be one of the best in a decade.

Tokyo Tokyo’s flagship restaurant gets a new look

JAPANESE cuisine displays wonderful restraint and subtlety, and its taste is something that the world craves. Of course, when it’s brought to other countries, in the spirit of postmodernism and multiculturalism, it’s sometimes adapted to suit the taste of the local diner: consider Philly Cheesesteak sushi. Here in the Philippines Tokyo Tokyo has infused Japanese cuisine with a festive Filipino flavor (which might explain the unlimited rice, as if you’re at a fiesta).

5 (stove) top tips for caring for your burners

STOVETOPS are expected to take a lot of use and abuse and after a few years they show the more wear and tear than any other appliance in the kitchen. So La Germania has come up with five tips on how to keep a stovetop in prime condition for years.

Should your restaurant start offering delivery?

As the digital era continues to take over Filipino life, more opportunities are becoming available to food brands looking to get their menu offerings into the hands (and mouths) of hungry customers all over the metro.

Happy birds, happy life

IF IT’S really true that you become what you absorb from this world, will eating a happy bird make you happy as well?

A quick escape in a cup

A PERFECT swirl of whipped cream, bits of chocolate chip cookies, sprinkles of tiny white chocolate kisses, topped with Graham crackers and marshmallows — savoring a cold sweet drink once in a while is a treat to oneself after a long day.

Cliffhanging Swiss restaurant seeks new managers

ZURICH — A cliffhanging Swiss hotel and restaurant made famous by a National Geographic magazine cover is looking for new management after the family that ran it for the past 31 years called it quits.

How The Lost Bread left the food park and found its...

What started out as a test run in the Quezon city’s busy Maginhawa street is now open for franchising.

Feast like a viking

RAMBLING THROUGH the lyrics of traditional drinking songs while sharing a huge plate of kräfta (crayfish) and downing a glass of beer is a unique experience to celebrate the end of the summer season (in the case of the Philippines, the dry season).

Recreating heroes’ favorite dishes for a special menu

WHO WANTS to try Dr. Jose Rizal’s “most favorite” dish, bistek? Or perhaps, taste Melchora Aquino’s tinolang manok na tagalog?

Beyond its appearance in Sex and the City, this cupcake makes...

THIS WAS supposed to be a piece telling you how Magnolia Bakery is something to line up for so you can take a photo of yourself holding the same cupcake that Carrie Bradshaw bought in Sex and The City, Season 3, Episode 5 (“No Ifs, Ands, Or Butts”). The show’s lead, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, up to now an icon of feminine fashion, ate a vanilla cupcake with a pink buttercream swirl and a small sugar daisy. This was going to join all the other pieces extolling the influence of Sex and The City on pop culture, lost in the swirl of the internet.

The sweet taste of success: a Syrian’s journey from Gitmo to...

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY — Ahmed Ahjam spent more than 12 years in the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, but now he has seen a dream come true by starting a business in the country that welcomed him when the nightmare ended.

Rice stocks decline as of July 1

RICE STOCKS as of the start of July were estimated at 1.99 million metric tons (MT), down year-on-year and month-on-month, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.

Eat steak and make a difference

IF YOU are what you eat, then imagine what good it would do if you ate a meal that came with a soul and a conscience.

Dessert wine will be the new Scotch if sommeliers have their...

BANKING ON the upswell of interest in digestifs such as amaro and sherry, a growing number of sommeliers in the US — both in fine-dining and more casual restaurants — are hoping to tap into today’s taste for after-dinner drinks with dessert wines.

A Kadayawan kind of feast at the Seda Abreeza

THE ANNUAL celebration of Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival during the month of August is timed with nature’s calendar.

Nick Malgieri: A date with a pastry chef

WHILE PEOPLE say cooking is a relaxing habit, we don’t think it could compare to the act of baking. Sure, measuring and mixing might make you sweat a bit, but once you pop your confection in the oven, all you’ll have to do is wait, cool, and taste. It’s not that it’s easier, but the longer, more stretched-out timeline allows one to really immerse oneself in the act.

You can now buy shares in one of the world’s top...

AS OF July 27, cocktail fans can pick up some equity along with their gin martini.

Cebu’s Rico’s Lechon makes its way to Metro Manila

WE’RE GOING to be the bearer of good news for your stomach and your soul, and bad news for your arteries and heart: Rico’s Lechon is now open in Manila.

Britain’s storm in a tea cup settled: The milk goes in...

LONDON — Although many cultural debates may be brewing in Britain, it appears that one age-old bone of contention has been settled: Should milk go in a cup of tea first or last?

Taste (08/02/18)

MARCO POLO Ortigas Manila has launched its annual Mid-Autumn Festival offerings with Celestial Treasures, and this year’s featured mooncakes symbolize luck, prosperity, and honor.

Singapore’s Michelin starred chicken place opens in the Philippines

CHAN HONG MENG, a cook with roots in the farm, couldn’t have dreamed that his soy sauce chicken and noodle offerings would earn him fame in the culinary world. In 2016, his Liao Fan Hawker Chan stall was granted a Michelin star in Singapore’s first Michelin Guide. Now, Hawker Chan is present in the Philippines, with its first branch opening later this week in SM Mall of Asia.

Your handy and scientifically verified guide to healthy eating

Nothing can drive a conversation more than food. In the age of the Internet, the amount of available information about food and nutrition has...

Fancy a cuppa?

WHAT BEGAN as the afternoon routine of a member of English nobility in the early 1800s is now a popular and healthy pastime in many parts of the world — drinking afternoon tea.

Whose are better?

EVERYBODY LOVES a wine bargain. Retail chains reflect the zeitgeist, so they’re rushing to cash in by creating house brands to keep their costs down and customers buying. The latest is US giant Walmart Inc., which rolled out its new Winemakers Selection collection in 1,100 of its nearly 4,000 stores in May.

Rum with a hint of sherry

DON PAPA RUM presents a baroque-inspired innovation with a limited edition flavor from four sherry blends.

World’s oldest bread found at prehistoric site in Jordan

WASHINGTON — Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture.

Kusina ni Mama Sita introduces adlai paella kit

AT the recent International Food Expedition (IFEX) at the World Trade Center and Trade Training Center, Kusina ni Mama Sita showcased a wide range of Filipino flavors along with more than 700 food exhibitors from Southeast Asia.

A little bit of honesty from wines

THE SOUTHWESTERN region of France has played host to many films, from the classic Grace Kelly-starrer To Catch a Thief, to the comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. But while they like to use it as a setting for movies about swindlers and con men, Thomas Dassé, Export Manager of Lionel Osmin & Cie, describes the people there as “more than honest.”

Aussie winemaker blending in fiery Chinese liquor

NOTHING IS sacred at Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. in the pursuit of profit.

Top chefs pick 9 of the best places to eat in...

BILBAO isn’t the first city that trips off the tongue when you recommend international dining destinations.

Spain’s famed Sant Pau restaurant to close

BARCELONA — Spanish chef Carme Ruscalleda last Friday announced he will close his celebrated San Pau restaurant, in the northeastern Catalonia region, which has been awarded three Michelin stars since 2006.

From caviar to veal tongue, football fans get true taste of...

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA — Many soccer fans knew little or nothing about Russian cuisine before the World Cup, but have tucked into local gastronomy with relish, trying everything from luxurious caviar to staples like veal tongue.

Sucking up soup with a straw

THREE WORDS come to mind when you’re eating xiao long bao, the Chinese steamed soup dumplings:

These red wines are perfect for chilling

LAST WEEKEND the temperature on my back deck was 95°F (35°C), steaks were on the grill, and I craved a thirst-quenching drink that wasn’t that summer cliché, rosé. With charred meat, beer is not the answer, nor is a frozen margarita or tart white. Sticky summer weather is what the world’s light reds, best served chilled (sometimes even ice cold), are made for.

French discover new pleasure… adult comics about wine

PARIS — It is no secret that the French love wine. But they are also the world’s second biggest consumers of graphic novels after the Japanese.

Keeping things chill with coffee

WHILE Nespresso’s a wee bit late for the summer drinks game here in the Philippines (seeing as we’re already shielding ourselves from the rain), still the single-serve coffee machine company releases recipes every time the summer hits its Lausanne base.

Hidden luxury from pantry: wine and tuna pairings

FEELING A little stressed out but unable to take the weekend off for a vacation? Pamper yourself at home with good bottle of wine, a couple of cans of tuna in the pantry, and a few odds and ends in your refrigerator.

K-pop idols versus food

THE WORLD is fascinated with food these days. Food blogs, cooking segments, and reality television shows centered on food prove that every gastronomic experience — even the vicarious kind — makes for great entertainment.

NZ’s best kept secret: It’s food

AS PEOPLE who keep up with showbiz and society news know, actress Anne Curtis and businessman Erwan Heusaff had a fantastically stylish New Zealand wedding last year. At a June 13 dinner which Mr. Heusaff hosted in collaboration with Tourism New Zealand, he sounded as if he were in love with a place as well as with his wife.