Food Magazine reveals secrets from the Tsinoy Kitchen

Indulge in China’s food and culture with FOOD Magazine’s June 2013 issue.

FOOD Magazine June 2013
FOOD Magazine June 2013

This month’s pages include features about classic Chinese and modern Asian cuisines, plus everything in between. The “Best of Chinese Food” guides readers on where to find the most delicious Chinese dishes in Metro Manila. Food Magazine also uncovers the secrets of Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in Asia. (more…)

Top skills necessary to become a food critic

Food industry has given a boost to many opportunities in the country as well as in the world. People all around attracted to flavors are finding new recipes and advertising them to gain popularity, be it master chef TV programs or a recipe in a magazine. A career in the Food Industry is a very challenging career as it needs sharp and right perception with exceptional knowledge of culinary and healthy observing capability. Food industry has created a variety of jobs in India, and one of the best is to become a Food Critic.

Chef-Theo-Zaragoza-332x500These are the requirements of a decent food critic, let’s check it out:

Communication skills:

Food critic should be communicative, he should be expressive, and he should be engaging in his writing. His conversation should cover facts about food, decor, service and ambiance. Communication here also means having Shakespearean vocabulary, he should have complete knowledge about the food so that he is able to express more on the cuisine.

Observation skills:

A good observer is the best judge. He should be detailed and should pay attention to every detail. Because a small amount of salt can make or break your cook. Starting from slur on water glass to aroma filling up the dining hall, rising temperatures of wine to cooling creamy ice creams observation will make your decisions firmer, and your views would be accepted.

Knowledgeable Attitude:

There is nothing powerful than knowledge. As a cook critic, you should try new dishes and know the importance of every ingredient, when you will have the knowledge about spices only then you will be able to make new tastes out of it. Different cooking techniques will help you get recognition. A critic’s view should be logical, unless he is aware of the taste he will not be able to write about the dish. So knowledge is important.

Curious Nature:

Curiosity is another factor which determines critic. A curious critic always looks for new taste, new cooking methods, different tips and tricks of cooking. He is always in quest of something new. Curiosity helps is providing refreshing idea, and it is appealing to readers. (more…)

Experience Authentic Ilonggo Cuisine @ Dinagyang Food Festival

What is the authentic Ilonggo cuisine that is sure to satisfy finicky palates?

This question will be answered by the Iloilo Hotels, Restaurants and Resorts Association (IHRRA) as it invites everybody and unfolds the four-day Dinagyang Food Festival on January 21-25 along Delgado Iznart streets here.

Batchoy @ Island Chicken Inasal Boracay
Lapaz Batchoy

IHRRA president Happy Abenir said the festival will showcase the truly Ilonggo dishes and delicacies, including food specialties of different restaurants and hotels in this highly urbanized city. Abenir said the food festival will be participated in by 28 IHRRA members all based in this city to show-off the best Ilonggo food to satisfy the palate of Ilonggos and their guests. (more…)

Ambos Mundos : Nostalgic Dining in the Heart of Manila

Tuloy kayo Sir! (Come in!) – An old waiter welcomed us as we enter the restaurant. It all started here, this restaurant shaped the Manila Culinary Scene – I told myself while sitting inside the restaurant and rediscovering one of Manila’s best kept secret.

philippines oldest restaurant
Morcon P207.00

Ambos Mundos means “both worlds” according to Carlos Celdran – Manila’s most admired tour guide. I first learned about this restaurant from a fellow tourist while I’m discovering Sagada’s Food landscape. Together with a fellow foodie, we decided to brave this challenging streets of Manila to tryout this restaurant who started it all. (more…)

Julie & Julia Movie Review

Passion. Ambition. Butter. Do You Have What It Takes?

julie child and julia movie
Julie and Julia

First of all, I just want to tell you that I’m not a movie fan and definitely not a movie reviewer. I just had to say yes when I got invited by Columbia Pictures for Julie & Julia special screening coz this movie is all about three things that i I love doing… Cooking, Blogging and Eating.

Upon arrival in the Columbia Pictures office, the screening room is already full of movie critics and newspaper columnists which made me feel that there was a huge disconnection between me and the crowd but when the movie started, I just felt that I’m with my own chopping board while cooking with Julie Powell and Julia Child:)


Spain Tourism Board brings the finest Spanish food in Manila

It was an evening any foodie or accomplished cook would love – a showcase of the finest, authentic Spanish food presented by none other than the Spain Tourism Board. Held in conjunction with the exclusive screening of the Asian Food Channel’s culinary adventure TV series, “Spain on the Road Again,” the gastronomic feast held at Spotlight, Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati, illustrated why Spain is considered one of the best culinary destinations worldwide.

Pescada a la sal

Guests sampled a wide variety of tapas, paella, sangria, and Spanish wines. They were also treated to a mouth watering Spanish cooking exhibition by the owner and head chef of Tapella by Gaudi, Chef Alexandra Got Pradera Cacho. VIPs learned how to cook dishes like Pescado ala sal, or fish baked in salt, Sobra sada, or a Spanish sausage or paté, and paella, a rice-based viand, the way the Spanish do it. (more…)

Delectable sandwiches @ SLERS Ham & Cafe

After exploring Gardens of Malasag, Nina and I dropped by the Cagayan de Oro City public market to buy DVDs for our evening DVD marathon. Since SLERS Ham & Cafe was near the hotel, we decided to checkout the famous deli shop for some pasalubong shopping.

Slers Grilled Ham and Cheese
Slers Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich P60

We were still full since we just had a huge lunch at Bigbys but out of curiosity, we ended up ordering their special ham sandwiches. Since we were the only customer that time, everything was prepared and served in less than 5 minutes. (more…)