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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...

Amazon Café leaves the gas station

COFFEE and tea flavors that were previously accessible only to people on the road are now available in one of Manila’s biggest malls. In 2002,...

Organic Champagne making a slow fizz into glasses

REIMS, FRANCE — A bubble it is not: the organic movement is only slowly taking root in France’s Champagne region, although its proponents believe...

Finding salvation in a bowl of ramen

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter SALVATION FROM the woes of the world can be found in a bowl of noodles. Each country has its own...

Noche Buena in the city

FORGET about your diet even for a day (or two), after all, the traditional Noche Buena with our families, friends, and loved ones only...

The gift of food

WHO DOESN’T like a gift of food? Here are some places where one can score cakes, pastries, ice cream, or a holiday hamper or...

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,...

A master chef impresses, and how…

The perfect embodiment of a Maître Cuisinier de France WORDS  TEODORO Y. MONTELIBANO | PHOTOGRAPHY  JONATHAN BALDONADO In March, 2015, Cyrille Soenen, executive chef of the French...

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...

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...