Up close with Nigella Lawson for Contadina

The good thing with this craft called blogging is the chance to see world-famous celebrities up close. In 2013, I had the great fortune of shaking the hands of my peg in Sex & the City, Sarah Jessica Parker, for the opening of SM Aura. Now that it's 2016, we got the chance to be in the same room with celebrity food author Nigella Lawson, in an exclusive lunch as they would call it. That's because she's the endorser of Contadina, the Italian-inspired food line being brought to the Philippines for the first time by Del Monte. Nigella was a very lovely woman and to ... Continue Reading...

Flatiron in Uptown Place Mall BGC : New York-style comfort food

#yummyinmytummy is one hashtag am liking in Instagram lately. The word reminds me of one place I've tried dining in of late: Flatiron Restaurant at the newly-unveiled Uptown Place Mall in BGC. There's nothing complicated about the menu masterminded by Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco of the 1771 Group of Restaurants. But it's yummy, down home comfort food...yes! Chefs know flat iron as that sturdy griddle made of cast iron from where one can sear or grill meat perfectly. Flatiron also happens to be the name of the iconic building in New York that's shaped ... Continue Reading...

Coffee making and other classes at the Maya Kitchen this August

Last Saturday, I did something really fruitful because I attended the Barista 101 (coffee making) class at the Maya Kitchen in Makati City. Being a coffee lover, I can't tell you enough how thrilled I was to learn how coffee is prepared in a commercial setting, from operating the machine to making various kinds of coffee drinks. Among these are Americano, latte, cappuccino and mocha. Our able teacher Eric taught us how to operate an espresso machine and how to froth milk for adding to your coffee concoction. But he did also teach us about how to come up with coffee ... Continue Reading...

Dining with the best views of Makati at Flame Restaurant, Discovery Primea

There was an invite from Ogilvy Manila and the gracious folks of the five-star hotel Discovery Primea to try their newly-opened Flame Restaurant for lunch. It was in conflict with another schedule and I finally made it to dinner. What can I say...the ambiance, the grandeur of the place and the views of the Makati skyline from the 16th floor simply took my breath away! I highly recommend a visit to Flame Restaurant if you're rekindling an old flame, discovering a new flame or simply igniting a "fire," lol. Daytime is recommended for business lunch and evenings ... Continue Reading...

Check out new Greenwich Bacon Crispy Thins!

At a catered party recently, a friend and I were talking about the food. And tactless old me pointed out: "Mas masarap pa lasagna ng Greenwich dito eh." Ok, I said that because am a Greenwich fan...not only of their lasagna but also their chicken and pizzas. Take note: am cutting down on fast food and I don't really go crazy for pizza but I always make an exception with Greenwich. They make yummy stuff. Am happy that they've rolled out a new product and it's called the Bacon Crispy Thins! The official press release describes it as a "one-of- a-kind limited ... Continue Reading...