Chef Gene Gonzalez to demo old Kapampangan cuisine

Noted author and chef Gene Gonzalez is the featured chef in tomorrow's Maya Kitchen Culinary Elite Series to be held at the Liberty Building in Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City from 9am to 1pm. Chef Gene will teach his audience how to cook and prepare the following dishes of Old Pampanga: Adobo del Diablo (Capampangan Adobo); Menudo SulipeƱa (Oxtail Stew), slow simmered dish of oxtail, ham and Chorizo Bilbao with a dash of brandy; Pato Al Caparas (Duck with Capers), a stew simmered and braised duck with ham, liver and capers; Pastel Juan, chewy and buttery coconut bars; ... Continue Reading...

Chocolate Trail in @HKHarbourCity until Feb. 21

Harbour City Chocolate Trail

Harbour City, Hong Kong's biggest shopping and dining mall, recently launched its annual Chocolate Trail event featuring 30 well-known chocolate brands from all over the world. Chocolate connoisseurs will surely delight in the tasting menus of the Chocolate Trail Cafe which has a European train station theme. Savor luxe Domori bars from Italy and pair it with single malt whisky from Glen Moray (HKD$60) or HK's very own dark chocolate Homie cookies with English breakfast tea from Wedgwood Tea Bar (HKD$30). Meticulously hand-crafted sculptures will also ... Continue Reading...

Magnum Manila pop-up cafe in MOA is now open!

The first Magnum cafe in SM Aura may have closed, but lovers of the Belgian chocolate ice cream brand have a reason to rejoice because the second pop-up of Magnum Manila has opened in the Mall of Asia or MOA. The Magnum Manila Pleasure Store in MOA is a much-smaller version of the now-closed pop-up in SM Aura. "It was a full-service resto. Our idea for this outlet in MOA is an al-fresco cafe where customers can treat themselves to a Magnum bar after an enjoyable day of shopping," Magnum brand manager Andrea Huang told us during a lunch. Even if it's ... Continue Reading...

Cooking queso fundido with California cheese!

I've found a favorite cheese recipe and it's so easy to make! The dish is queso fundido which is the Mexican equivalent of the cheese fondue or cheese dip. I prepared this over the weekend while the girls and I were watching TV. It's really a comfort dish on those lazy days and even when you're having a party! Most of all, I love that queso fundido has all my favorite things: cheese, onions,tomatoes, peppers, chorizo and milk. This pairs well with plain tortilla chips though the pack of Tostitos I had in the pantry seemed okay too :) To make the queso fundido, ... Continue Reading...

Favorite coffeeshop in 2015: Costa Coffee

Sometimes you'd wonder if there's still room for another coffee label in Manila. It seems we already have everything. Britain's Costa Coffee certainly changed the game when they opened their first branch in Eastwood City in mid-2015. I missed that opening but have been to their subsequent branches in Robinsons Place Manila and One World Place in BGC. I must say it's my favorite place to hang out in these days. So photogenic! I find it fun to chill in Costa and make a few Instagram-worthy memories with my daughters. These photos were taken at the BGC ... Continue Reading...