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Michelin awards stars to 76 NYC restaurants

MICHELIN handed out its coveted stars to 76 restaurants in New York City in its 2019 guide on Tuesday, four more than last year, boosting the Big Apple’s reputation as a global destination for its diverse and innovative culinary offerings.

Dining bargains abound on NYC ‘cheap eats’ list

LAST WEEK, Michelin released the 14th edition of its Bib Gourmand list for New York — also known as the acclaimed guide’s “cheap eats” list. The five boroughs scored 129 restaurants, including 27 new spots. That compares with last year’s 127 Bib Gourmands and only 14 new spots, which means a lot of places were taken off the list because they either closed, weren’t worthy, or moved up to Michelin-star status.

Cravings focuses on family as it turns 30

THERE’S nothing quite like a Sunday lunch with the family, and for the 30th anniversary of Cravings in Katipunan, promos and new serving sizes are going to make you run out of excuses to miss it.

National Food Showdown: a showcase of the best

“LUZON, Visayas, and Mindanao! Are you ready!” esteemed chef Myrna Segismundo said above the buzz of culinary enthusiasts crowded into Elements at Centris on Oct. 27 for the second day of the National Food Showdown.

Essay on bagoong made of pork wins DGF Food Writing Award

FOR its 16th year, the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez (DGF) Food Writing Awards tackled bagoong, the smelly, salty, fermented fish paste that is a staple on Filipino tables, achieving such a status that Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero, defended it.

Hard Rock Café returns under new management

In 2017, Hard Rock Café Makati City closed its doors, ending a more than 20 year run of good food and good music, but Hard Rock Café isn’t gone forever as barely a year after its disappearance, the international restaurant-bar chain has announced a comeback in Manila, with a plan to open in Conrad Hotel’s S’Maison in December.

Flavors of Halloween

WHAT would Halloween be without a scary cupcake or a punkin flavored pie? Here are some of the themed sweet treats one can find around town.

Two concepts join in Max’s Kabisera

MAX’S GROUP Inc., opens its 196th location with a new concept that targets a market not “typical of a Max’s restaurant,” by combining the casual dining experience with a family restaurant concept the group is known for, according to a company executive.

Food round-up: do gooders, new chocolates, and artisanal bread

PAN DE SAL is a staple on Filipino breakfast tables. With the onslaught of rising prices though, families have had to scrimp and save. Mondelez International’s Eden, a processed cheese food, kicked off its #GiveGoodness campaign on World Pan de Sal Day (the country’s counterpart to World Bread Day, which fell on Oct. 16). The campaign’s launch took place at Quezon City’s Kamuning Bakery Café which participated in giving away Eden goodie bags to guests and the local community together with 50,000 pieces of pan de sal. Some of the campaign’s beneficiaries include Metro Manila’s urban poor families, Quezon City residents, public school teachers and students, among others.

Romulo Café goes off-menu

A FAVORITE Filipino restaurant of many, Romulo Café is introducing family- and friend-favorites as part of its off-menu buffet choices.

Enjoy afternoon tea and raise funds to help cancer patients

THROUGHOUT the month of October, a number of companies are holding special events and promos to improve awareness of breast cancer, and in many cases to raise money for research, awareness, and treatment centers.

Why would anyone ever pay $558,000 for a bottle of Burgundy?

WHEN A private Asian collector bid an eye-popping $558,000 for a single bottle of 1945 Romanée-Conti at Sotheby’s sale this past Saturday in New York, a world record was smashed. This was not just the highest price ever reached for a 750 ml bottle of Burgundy, but also the highest for any bottle of wine ever at auction.

A New York City outpost

A CITY can mean many different things to many people. What is important though, is how you see the city; and how it enriches you, and how you honor it, in turn.

A radical plan to slow climate change: Eat less meat

IF YOU want to save the planet, put down your burger. Or rather, finish it, savoring every single bite, and mentally prepare yourself not to have another until at least next week.

NYC sale of 172-year-old wine has surprise: It’s still drinkable

IN A chilly wine warehouse in the Bronx two weeks ago, a famous Portuguese wine maker pried ancient corks from five-gallon glass demijohns of 19th century Madeira. Was the wine inside still drinkable? Madeira ages longer than other wines, but 150-plus years?

All roads lead to the stomach

WE’D LIKE to think that the hours spent in cars and the hours spent waiting for a meal feel the same: both measures of time were made to exist to make the final results more rewarding.

Johnnie Walker House pops up

THE WORLD’S leading Scotch whisky is also known for its so-called Johnnie Walker Houses “designed to immerse (patrons) in the history, provenance, and pioneering spirit of the... brand,” as a “lifestyle space and part museum (which brings together) luxury whisky innovation with art, design, fine-dining, and culture.”

Here are the world’s Top 50 Bars — and the best...

FANCY A few cocktails at the world’s best bar? Better be quick: It’s preparing to close.

Lebanon wines bring villages back to life

BEIRUT — Lured by Lebanon’s wine making potential and nostalgia for his homeland, Maher Harb left a Paris consultancy job in 2010 and dug vines into the soil of family land unused since the country’s civil war.

Not just organic, but vegan too

A BOTTLE of wine holds within its confines time and space, for a wine maker has distilled into a liquid the soil, the sunshine, and the care that went into making it. An Australian wine maker is proud to say that he has done that, all while embracing nature and minimizing Man’s touch.

Wine Made Easy: Nine cheap Pinot Grigios actually worth drinking

HERE’S a sad truth. Most pinot grigio is so watery, bland, and just plain dull that wine snobs scorn it and sommeliers at top restaurants won’t list it. Asking for “just a glass of pinot grigio” has almost become an admission that you don’t pay attention to what you swallow.

Rare $1.2-M bottle of Macallan to lead Bonham’s auction

A BOTTLE of rare 60-year-old Macallan could fetch a record price at a Bonhams Edinburgh auction on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as buyers show an unslakable thirst for limited-edition scotch whiskies.

What makes a classic?

WHAT MAKES something a classic? To many people, it means something that has proven itself over the years to be consistently of merit.

S. African villagers tap into trend for ‘superfood’ baobab

MUTALE, South Africa — From before dawn, 54-year-old grandmother Annah Muvhali weaves between baobab trees that loom over her rural South African home, collecting fruit that enthusiasts worldwide hail as a “superfood.”

Stripping things down to their bare essentials

THE JAPANESE have a gift in stripping something down to its core, allowing for the most essential and most important to come through. We had a taste of the essential on Sept. 19 at the Conrad Manila’s Brasserie on 3’s food promotion, A Taste of Japan. The promotion will run until Sept. 23.

Five ways to boost your online food business

Cloud platform GoDaddy suggests ways to digitize your food biz.

The ‘diamond of the kitchen’

TRUFFLE, deemed as one of the most luxurious and expensive food in the world, finds its way to Newport Mall with truffle-lovers getting the rare chance to taste an array of specialties made with this culinary gem hailed by many as the “diamond in the kitchen.”

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.