27 March 2014

News | Vask brings it for World's Best Bigwigs

The Vask team welcomes Raymond Lim of Singapore's Les Amis (left) and Leisa Tyler of World's 50 Best Restaurants (right).

Vask hosted a dinner Monday night for the speakers of the Nespresso Food Forum (held Tuesday March 25 at the Raffles Hotel Writer's Bar).

20 March 2014

Travel | Bacchanalia, Singapore

It was my last meal in Singapore on my last visit (was there for the Asia's Best Restaurant Awards) and I had heard that Bacchanalia was hip - and it was - but I wasn't expecting to be this impressed, especially because some know it more as the hip happening cocktail lounge it becomes at night.

But to say I enjoyed my meal is an understatement. The dishes were creative without being crazy and very intelligently executed. Couldn't stop thinking about it.

My feature about it in the Philippine Daily Inquirer here.

This is A Different Salad. It has seasonal root vegetables. Served with poached banana hearts, Macadamia fluid gel, a Ponzu veil and banana puree. Interesting use of the puso ng saging. 

08 March 2014

Travel | The Black Swan, Singapore

 "Can we go to the Black Swan instead?" I messaged my high school bud Cherie. She wanted to check out a noodle place near her house near the Changi airport and I was horrified at the prospect of getting lost in the suburbs of Singapore. Plus The Black Swan was suggested by Miele Guide founder Su-Lyn Tan whose Singapore recommendations cannot be ignored.

06 March 2014

Asia's 50 Best | Where to buy the Guide + David Thompson coming to Manila

Here are the Top Ten "best" restaurants in Asia:

Asia's 50 Best Restaurant Awards
Top Ten Restaurants:

1. Nahm. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Narisawa. Tokyo, Japan
3. Gaggan. Bangkok, Thailand
4. Amber. Hong Kong, China
5. Nihonryori RyuGin. Tokyo, Japan
6. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
7. Waku Ghin, Singapore
8. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet. Shanghai, China
9. Lung King Heen. Hong Kong, China
10. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. Hong Kong, China.
Won't write all 50 because the guide is for sale. Check it out here: http://shop.william-reed.com/store/products,asias-50-best-restaurants-guide_2626.htm

01 March 2014

Asia's 50 Best | Singapore Sure Knows How to Party

Asia's 50 Best Cocktails. Clockwise: Chuckling with 2013 Number 1 Chef Narisawa. With Singapore's A-List ladies Lynn Yeow De-Vito and Su-Lyn Tan. Vietnam-based Bobby Chinn strikes a pose with Tetsuya Wakuda et al after dancing his way to them. With Miele Guide Chef of Chefs Umberto Bombana from 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. With Waku Ghin's Tetsuya Wakuda. 
February 24, 2014.  Singapore rolls out the red carpet once again to welcome the world's best chefs.

14 November 2013

MENU for Inquirer Lifestyle | Helping Out While Eating Out - Here's How

It almost feels as if the country’s faith is being tested, with a supertyphoon immediately following a super earthquake, and the casualty statistics hitting not only hundreds but the tens of thousands.
But out of these tests of faith come a generosity of spirit that brings the nation together and makes us stronger. In helping Cebu and Bohol rise from the effects of the earthquake; and Tacloban, Ormoc, Aklan, Mindoro and all other affected provinces and cities rise from the aftermath of the wrath of “Yolanda,” there is no divide between government and private citizen, among religions, or people of different social standing. We come together as a people to help.

Culture for a cause

Photo Credit: Facebook: Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant

30 October 2013

margauxlicious Eats | Halloween Street Treats

In the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday and Halloween, sharing my first Halloween piece for the Sunday Inquirer Magazine ... I had so much fun writing this! And exploring our own freaky cuisine! 

28 October 2013

margauxlicious Eats | Halloween Treats!

Photo from Delish.com. More photos and recipes at http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/ladies-fingers-mens-toes-recipe.
Trick or treat! With Halloween just two winks away, thought I'd make a compilation of compilations of great Halloween recipes. Just click on the links!

23 October 2013

margauxlicious Art | Claude Tayag: More than a Cook

He's a chef, a writer, devoted husband, gourmet tour guide ... but before he was known for his cooking he was known for his art.

The man is Claude Tayag.

Renaissance Pinoy!

Claude & his darleng Maryann

His works were on display at The Gallery, Arts in the City, at the Fort (between the NBC Tent and the new McDo). The opening was last October 10. Was happy to quickly drop by and show support.

These paintings are not cheap! But they can sure break the monotony of a wall!

Congratulations once again, Monsieur Claude!!!

21 October 2013

margauxlicious Eats | Cafe Breton Pizza

Way back in 2011, I asked Kanin Club's Mariela Luna for resto recommendations for Tagaytay. She would know because Kanin Club's first branch was in Sta. Rosa. Then she revealed that she was in town, that she and the love of her life Tony Cancio had a farm, why not come over?

So I found myself with my girlfriends over at Cafe Breton Farms on a rainy evening in 2011. To discover the best pizza in the archipelago.

19 October 2013

margauxlicious Dinner | A French-Pinoy Menu with Clarendelle wines

There's a new wine company in town: Antique Wine Company. They are developing their portfolio for wines for the Philippine market and they are starting with a lovely French affordable wine inspired by Chateau Haut Brion called Clarendelle.