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Azalea in Baguio revisits family tradition

A ROAD TRIP in the Philippines usually means time spent with your extended family, a raucous gathering of cousins, siblings, aunts, uncles, and whoever else wants to come along. Whether it be the holidays, a long weekend, or a special non-working holiday, a large space — one in which everyone can fit into — equipped with the conveniences of a home is preferred.

La vie française

WHEN YOU eat too much, you’re called a glutton. When you eat too much French food, however, you’re a gourmand.

Places to celebrate Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Eastwood Café+Bar, is serving up unlimited steaks and crabs for P995 nett.

History on a plate

OF ALL the facets of culture and history — think language, clothing, art — food is usually relegated to the sidelines. “It’s always going to be there,” we say to ourselves while it disappears from our tables, replaced by global selections that are easy to prepare, easy to eat, and are easily forgotten. Food does not deserve this position, for it is the fuel that forged revolutions, gave sustenance to communities, and, today, continues to build the nation.

COD goes sustainable

STAYING true to its commitment to sustainability, the City of Dreams (COD) Manila has expanded the vermicomposting facility on the property as part of its ongoing “eco-efficient operations.”

A view of Paradise

WHEN the first Seda hotel opened in Taguig’s Bonifacio Global City in 2013, Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corp. (ALHRC) envisioned the brand as focusing on business hotels located in strategic and bustling cities around the country. But in 2017, the company opened its first five-star property, Seda Vertis North, in Quezon City — with 438 rooms and a grand ballroom — making it the largest hotel in the city.

Flavors of Guangdong at China Blue

MEMBERS of the press were led to the kitchen before lunch time. This writer remained quiet and very nervous as we walked to the kitchen. We were told that after a short cooking demo by celebrity chef Jereme Leung, we were to recreate the same dish ourselves. Mr. Leung showed the group how to prepare crispy milk fritters, a traditional dessert in Da Lang in Guangdong, China which uses buffalo milk as a special ingredient.

Can Studio 54 founder Ian Schrager make Times Square cool again?

JUST A few months ago, Vice News published a story with a provocative headline: “The Coolest Place to Get a Drink in Midtown Manhattan Is the New Taco Bell.”

The Pen earns its 5th star

MAKATI’S grand dame, The Peninsula Manila, has gained a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide thus making the Hong Kong-based Peninsula brand the first hotel company in the world to garner five stars across all its properties.

Dining on romance

Ilustrado Restaurant and Café in Intramuros, Manila has come up with a five-course Valentine meal — the amuse bouche is Beet and goat cheese arancini; a choice of three appetizers namely Mushroom duo, Jamon and melon, and Salmon mille-feuille; Roasted tomato soup; cucumber melon sorbet; entrée choices include Australian lamb ribs, Barramundi fillet, and US beef tenderloin; and for dessert either Chocolate Fantasy or Berry Bavarois.

What is needed to keep love alive? Good food and straight...

THE FIRST flames of love are nothing short of magical. But what happens when the flames die down? Through the years, lingering smoke and smolder between two loving individuals is all that’s needed to stay together, and that sexy, calming ember is captured perfectly by the Valentine’s Dinner offering of 22 Prime in the Discovery Suites.

The flavors of love

LOVE ISN’T a simple affair to be conducted in silence and secrets at the Manila Hotel. For its Valentine’s Day offering, a concert-cum-dinner called A Taste of Love, love will be grand, shouted across the rooftops and sweeping lovers off their feet.

Happy New Year!

HEADLINING the Eastwood Quezon City New Year Countdown to 2019 are December Avenue, Ben and Ben, Moira, Karylle, and Bamboo.

Flavors of the season

THE PERFECT companion to 22 Prime’s Christmas menu, called The Nature of Christmas, is a lot of holiday cheer, beltless pants, and maybe a hefty winter coat.

To find New York’s most innovative sushi bar, go to a...

NEW YORK — When you walk into the foyer of Hotel 3232 in Midtown Manhattan and give the desk attendant your name, that person will hand you a plastic keycard.

Happy holidays at these hotels

If you’ve been pulling your hair out trying to choose the best fancy hotel to spend a staycation with your loved ones in, fret...

The synergy of four hands

SYNERGY means quite simply, the “creation of a whole, greater than the sum of its parts.” We witnessed synergy on Nov. 13 in The Peninsula’s Old Manila when two budding masters, Allan Briones and Jordy Navarra, joined forces for a memorable preview of a dinner called “A Fourtaste of Things to Come” set for Nov. 28.

It takes a day and a half to make this roast...

FOR EVERY bite of chef Billy Cheong’s roasted goose, you’re tasting about a century’s worth of history and the labor of a day and a half.

A spooky time in the metro

HALLOWEEN is becoming more popular with each passing year and the hotels and malls are happy to jump on the bandwagon, offering everything from costume parties to trick or treat, to special Halloween-the med goodies. Here is a listing of some of what is happening in the lead up to Oct. 31.

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.

COD opens Garage: a VR zone and food park in one

WHAT WAS formerly a car park located inside the 6.2-acre City of Dreams Manila (COD) is now Southeast Asia’s first VR (virtual reality) zone-cum-food park. The integrated resort and casino property recently opened the Garage, featuring 10 food outlets and four VR attractions ensconced in a 2,714-square meter space.

Marriott opens 2nd PHL hotel in Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT, PAMPANGA -- The hospitality sector is catching up with the number of investments coming in to Clark, as the public saw the opening of not only the first five-star hotel in Clark Freeport Zone, but also the first to carry an international brand this month.

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.

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).

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.

A (nearly non-political) portrait of Davao

FORGET, for a moment, that Davao City is the hometown of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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.

Why show art in a hotel?

AT ITS most basic, the task of a hotel is to give you a bed to stay in for a short period of time. The Conrad Manila elevates the experience of a hotel stay by displaying works by esteemed Filipino artists in its quarterly Art and Wine.

Resort operator’s sales plunge in May due to Boracay closure

BOULEVARD Holdings, Inc. (BHI) saw a significant drop in sales of products and services for the month of May, following the six-month closure of Boracay Island where the company operates a beach resort.

GERI to open P1.5-billion Tagaytay hotel by end of this year

Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI) is on track to open the P1.5-billion Twin Lakes Hotel in Tagaytay by the end of this year, it said...

IHG rebranding Remington Hotel as Holiday Inn Express

THE INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group (IHG) is taking over the Remington Hotel in Pasay City, rebranding it as the Holiday Inn Express (HIEx).

Savoy Hotel to open this week

MEGAWORLD CORP. is set to open Savoy Hotel Manila within its Pasay City township this week, adding 684 rooms to the company’s hospitality portfolio.

CLI to build Citadines Bacolod

Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) is betting big on Bacolod’s growth, disclosing on Tuesday, June 19, its plan to build its fifth hotel in the...

Here come the brides

WITH the imposing seven-foot wedding cake by Bruneian cake designer Faridah Yussof serving as a backdrop, a series of brides walked down the center of The Peninsula Manila’s famed Lobby for a rare fashion show that served as the highlight of the Weddings at The Pen 2018 wedding fair on June 9.

A towering symbol of love

A HAND-MADE wedding dress of intricate lace accented with tiny pearls and over a thousand flowers, and a plunging neckline, might just be the dress a bride could wish for for her big day. That wedding dress recently became a reality but no bride could wear it as it was actually a wedding cake.

Vive la France says Sofitel as it marks Bastille Day

FRANCE’S NATIONAL holiday, Bastille Day is celebrated every year on July 14, commemorating the storming of the Bastille, a medieval fortress and a symbol of absolutism in France on this day in 1789, an event which would spark the French Revolution and form France (and arguably, the rest of the world) into what it is today.

Dropout to Michelin stars: The rise of chef Chan in Taiwan

TAIPEI — Ken Chan has come a long way since he started out wheeling a trolley in a dim sum restaurant, becoming the first chef in his adopted home of Taiwan to win three Michelin stars.

The art of steak

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter THE JAPANESE have a habit of taking something foreign and improving upon it, resulting in a product sometimes far superior...

Leisure & Resorts World Q1 net profit falls 70%

LEISURE & Resorts World Corp. (LRWC) reported on Friday a first-quarter net profit of P82.42 million, down nearly 70% from a year earlier, as...

Farm to table dining at The Pen

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter DON’T YOU just sometimes fantasize about throwing everything away and moving somewhere to start a farm? Well, if that fantasy...

Say ‘thanks Mom’ with a meal (or a spa date)

MOM’S COOKING is always best, but now its her turn. Here are a few treats from hotels to give your mother a day off...

Korean hotel owner plans to hike Clark investments to $1 billion...

The Korean-led Widus International Leisure Inc., owner of Widus Hotel & Casino and operator of the Marriott hotel chain in Clark, Pampanga, is looking...

The Pen’s wedding fair returns

IT’S BEEN more than four decades since the Peninsula Manila celebrated its first wedding reception and in recognition of the long-standing tradition, the Pen...

New World hotel offers traditional Chinese engagement package

A TRADITIONAL part of a Chinese wedding is the Ting Hun ceremony — the official announcement of an upcoming marriage and the union of...

What’s for dinner? Surprise!

THE ELEMENT of surprise adds to the experience of a meal at Marriott Manila’s steakhouse, Cru with the recent introduction of a new concept...