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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...

Italy in high spirits

Beyond the centuries-old temples and colosseums of Rome, and the celebrated churches and museums of Florence and Milan. WORDS CLAIRE J. JIAO  |  IMAGES ROB...

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...

Robinsons Naga dedicates more space to dining than other malls

ROBINSONS LAND CORP. (RLC), has now ventured into mixed-use developments with the opening of the 56,000-square meter Robinsons Naga in Camarines Sur – and...

Best to be Swiss if you’re eating steak in Zurich

SWISS meat prices are pretty hard to stomach at first glance. At $49.68, Switzerland tops the ranking for a kilogram of beef leg round. Yet...

10 canned wines taste-tested so you don’t have to

By Joel Stein, Bloomberg THE wine-in-a-can revolution began its ascent in 2004 when film director, hotelier, and wine maker Francis Ford Coppola introduced Sofia Blanc...

How to eat 110 hotdogs

LOOKING at Takeru Kobayashi’s slim frame, one hardly suspects that he can eat more than several men combined. In a compact frame that approximates...

A convenient way to eat healthy

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter Food delivery services have always hinged on serving the need for convenience, especially for those who can barely find time...

Battle against China’s fake foods drives new tech frontier

A BOWL of ice cream on a hot day in Shanghai gave American Mitchell Weinberg the worst bout of food poisoning he can recall....

A taste of Northern China

WHILE MORE familiar Chinese regional cuisines boast of rich seafood owing to the proximity of places like Guangdong and Shanghai to the sea, Northern...

Top chefs choose their favorite cheese

By Richard Vines, Bloomberg YOU DON’T have to forsake Stilton, manchego or camembert. But if you want to spice up your cheese plate or impress...

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017: Magnus Ek

Protect flavors. Do not disguise them. Held over three days in April at the SMX Convention Center, the third edition of Madrid Fusión Manila Food...

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017: Julien Royer

Being called an ‘artist’ is injurious. Held over three days in April at the SMX Convention Center, the third edition of Madrid Fusión Manila Food...

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017: Paco Pérez

Peking duck without the duck. Held over three days in April at the SMX Convention Center, the third edition of Madrid Fusión Manila Food attracted...

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017: Pedro Subijana

One recipe, improved a hundred different ways. Held over three days in April at the SMX Convention Center, the third edition of Madrid Fusión Manila...

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017: Jordi Roca

The nose knows. Held over three days in April at the SMX Convention Center, the third edition of Madrid Fusión Manila Food attracted 1,400 local...

Madrid Fusión Manila 2017: Gert De Mangeleer

If you want something done right, do it yourself. Held over three days in April at the SMX Convention Center, the third edition of Madrid...

An alchemist at work in the kitchen

Josh Boutwood’s The Test Kitchen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CI0zu5wocU WORDS  TEODORO Y. MONTELIBANO | IMAGES  LANCER SALVA The cool, quiet dynamo that is Josh Boutwood, at 30, poses a picture of...

A slice of Provence, nine floors above the urban din

Where flowers bloom and the food is ravishing. WORDS  TEODORO Y. MONTELIBANO |  IMAGES  LANCER SALVA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibuel8zarFs Going up Mirèio on the ninth floor of Raffles Makati...

Fecal attraction

Review TAIPEI -- Sick and tired of six straight days of nothing but Chinese food while on a press trip to Taiwan, a few members...