The Christmas season is an exceptional intersection of faith, festivities, family and food. It’s about reunions and reviving memories. For Filipinos, especially for the over 2 million who live abroad, it’s an occasion to come home and indulge in flavors we grew up with.
The hitherto quiet end of Jupiter Street between Makati Avenue and Edsa appears to have discovered its potential, and sleepy furniture shops and art galleries have given way to a buzzing restaurant scene.
As I walked into my favorite traditional Spanish restaurant, Donosti, I was greeted by one of its chefs, Borja Duran Cid, who quipped, “Next time you bring Telmo Rodriguez here, you better tell me in advance. Telmo Rodriguez is a rock star!”
The chef sitting across from me, Nicolas Isnard, is not happy. He lets out a dismissive snort and counts on his fingers. “There are 500 one-star restaurants in France. You had one bad experience and you say French cuisine is down, that it’s no longer important?”
Peninsula Manila is coming up with something progressive: introducing vegan dishes in all its restaurants.
A quiet debate has been percolating in the back of my mind, as well as that of many others, on when it will be okay to go back to normal.
Cabalen Para sa Kabataan will donate a portion of its fund to help young people in Tacloban City affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” to pick up the pieces.
Can’t seem to get the kids to sit still before their meal arrives? Aria has “Make Your Own Pizza” which should keep kids busy before their main course arrives.
Classy food, coupled with an ambience of luxury and serenity, welcome guests at Buddha-Bar Manila, a Paris-based franchise and now a trendy spot with international standards at Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City.
Tragedy brings out the good in everyone. A number of culinary schools, hotels and restaurants, bakeshops, and even foodies, restaurateurs, chefs and their staff have sprung into action to try to help ease the burden of Filipinos in the Visayas in the aftermath of “Yolanda.”