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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,...

Krispy Kreme to use Malagos chocolate for its regional doughnut campaign

DAVAO CITY — A Krispy Kreme official gave Davao media some initial details about the company’s using Malagos chocolate for its regionalized doughnuts. Malagos Agri-Ventures...

Accor Group hotels keep things sustainable

WHAT’S sustainability without solidarity? As in water, in order to make the ripples of change more apparent, more than a drop is needed to...

Hopping Easter happenings

QUEZON CITY AND ORTIGAS An eggs-traordinary celebration awaits at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel as it holds the “Easter Eggs-travaganza Kiddie Party” on April 1 from 1...

The wild pizzas of Southern Italy have to be seen to...

By Richard Vines, Bloomberg WHEN DO dough, tomato sauce, and mozzarella stop being mere ingredients and become pizza? It’s a philosophical question that has divided chefs...

Au revoir, baguette! France goes mad for le burger

PARIS — For the first time in history, hamburger sales in France have soared higher than the classic baguette jambon-beurre sandwich as French diners...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle choose lemon elderflower cake for their...

LONDON — Meghan Markle, together with her fiance Prince Harry, has chosen a fellow London-based American, pastry chef Claire Ptak, to make a lemon...

Max’s sets capex at P600M, boosts 2017 earnings

LISTED restaurant operator Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI) said it has set a capital spending budget of roughly P600 million mainly to modernize and for...

Goût de France: A feast for the senses

ENJOYING a few baguette slices, then a plate of boeuf bourguignon, followed by a plateau de fromage and crêpes suzette, accompanied with occasional sips...

Mexican regional cuisine drives booming food scene

MEXICO CITY -- Sure, every foodie loves tacos and enchiladas. But what about lesser-known Mexican classics like cochinita pibil, the impossibly flavorful, slow-roasted pork dish...

A summer barbecue goes fancy with Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf grill

SUMMER MEANS that the sun is out, and if it is, well, so should you. Sub-Zero and Wolf give you more reasons to be...

Scent of a whisky

THE MACALLAN Edition No. 3 single malt whisky is “all about the aroma,” said Adrian Tecson, who as brand advocate for The Macallan presented...

Forehead glistening cuisine

THE MANY colors of Thailand are tempered in the sanitized setting of SM Mega Fashion Hall in the Roku Group’s latest offering, Nara Thai...

Boozy lunches no more: 8 int’l executives reveal how they woo...

ENTERTAINING clients has always been part of the world of finance. But it’s no longer just about wining and dining. In an era of...

Zagat on the menu for restaurant review site Infatuation

SAN FRANCISCO — Restaurant review new-comer The Infatuation announced Monday a deal to buy veteran Zagat from Google for an undisclosed amount. Since Google bought...

Sweet-toothed fashionistas delight in chocolate clothes

BRUSSELS — In a dream mix for sweet-toothed fashionistas, models strutted the catwalk in Brussels draped in fanciful clothes made with chocolate. The fashion show,...

On the streets, a culinary revolution

By Bjorn Biel M. Beltran Special Features Writer It’s surprising to think that a few years ago, the most foodies can expect for a unique and...

New flavors and food trends for 2018

By Romsanne R. Ortiguero The emergence of different food concepts every now and then as well as the Philippines’ hosting of international food events such...

French Crémants are a delicious, sparkling alternative for Champagne

MADE BY the same method as Champagne, French crémants are the latest buzz-grabbers in the expanding bubbly universe — and a wise choice if...

Trying to halt the end of the world as we know...

MEMENTO MORI: remember you will die. It’s not exactly an appetizing thought, but one has to remember that we are currently under an extinction...

Committing the sin of gluttony on church grounds

WHAT’S A little gluttony right before or right after church? Café Inggo 1587, a café within the Sto. Domingo Church complex in Quezon City,...

UK’s PizzaExpress opens in Manila

THERE’S nothing like indulging in a good slice of pizza at the end of a hard day’s work. And since eating out with coworkers...

Hey! A new tapas place takes Filipino Spanish cuisine into the...

IT’S EASY to call a tapas bar, a tapas bar. All you really need are a line of hams masquerading as vaguely Spanish, offer...

Pairing wine with tapas

WHO SAYS you can’t fall in love with something that can’t love you back? Guests at Barcino’s wine event “Perfect Pairing” in UP Town...

Diageo cocktail contest raises the bar

UNLIKE too many cooks spoiling the broth, more bartenders almost always equals more fun. This year, Diageo World Class has 27 contestants from bars around...

In dieting, low-fat or low-carb are the same — study

MIAMI — Common dieting advice urges people to either eat fewer carbohydrates or less fat in order to shed weight. But a study Tuesday...

Celebrating Lunar New Year with a Southeast Asian flair

CELEBRATE Lunar New Year with a Chinese spread served with Southeast Asian flair as Waterfront Manila Pavilion offers a New Year buffet on Feb....

Tasting Room returns to the City of Dreams

THERE IS NO need to travel far to experience sumptuous French cuisine, not since The Tasting Room reopened at the NÜWA (formerly Crown Towers)...

The taste of love

THOSE interested in celebrating Valentine’s Day will find deals, promos, and specials all over the metro. Here are some of them. ORTIGAS AND QUEZON CITY Decadent...

Why do women chefs keep missing out on Michelin stars?

PARIS — Women may do the lion’s share of cooking all over the world, but when it comes to haute cuisine they are still...

Mixing things up

FUSION CUISINE can be a messy business because in trying to appease one palate, a chef runs the risk in betraying another. A new restaurant...

Pork pilgrimage

THE PIG has long been associated with the bounties of the earth: as it feeds on the gifts of the soil, ounces upon ounces...

An egg is an egg is an egg

“A ROSE is a rose is a rose” once wrote Gertrude Stein in her poem “Sacred Emily.” To that effect, after tasting what happens...

Is Kavalan Whisky for real?

It was not so long ago that the mere idea of a premium whisky coming from Taiwan would make hardcore whisky drinkers cringe. Then...

Wolfgang Steakhouse opens 2nd PHL branch

STEAK LOVERS are in for a treat as the world-famous Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener opens its second branch in the country at the...

Bignay and duhat wines get the gourmet treatment

THE FRUIT trees in your backyard, or the ones lining the highways you cruise down during road trips apparently yield excellent wine. Bignay, duhat, and...

Fine dining on the high seas

SATIN NAPKINS, celadon plates, in a dining room separated by a stretch of sea, well away from everything you dislike about living on land....

A novel approach comes to restaurant pricing

LONDON — Like eating out on Mondays? You are in luck. One of London’s leading restaurants last week started pioneering a new pricing model based...

South Korea’s ‘kimchi deficit’ hits record high

SEOUL — South Korea’s trade deficit in kimchi, its proud traditional side dish of fermented cabbage, reached an all-time high last year as low-priced...

Robots, giant bottles, and bubbly will define the wine world in...

By Elin McCoy, Bloomberg MOST OF the wine world was happy to wave goodbye to 2017, a year of vine-killing frosts, hail, drought, and destructive...

Excess, ease, and heritage

AS IN fashion, food also follows trends that mirror what society at present wants (but says they need). San Miguel Pure Foods played trend...

Feeding the fashionistas: Gucci turns to fine dining

FLORENCE, ITALY — It’s all a matter of taste. Luxury labels are accustomed to tempting fashionistas, and now they’re stretching from haute couture to haute...