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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
THE INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group (IHG) is taking over the Remington Hotel in Pasay City, rebranding it as the Holiday Inn Express (HIEx).
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 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.
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.
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 Korean-led Widus International Leisure Inc., owner of Widus Hotel & Casino and operator of the Marriott hotel chain in Clark, Pampanga, is looking...
A TRADITIONAL part of a Chinese wedding is the Ting Hun ceremony — the official announcement of an upcoming marriage and the union of...