New Plates

Jude Bacalso 10/15/2018

Chocolate with olive oil, a preposterous suggestion of the strangest bedfellows. But it worked, in a ganache handled deftly by Chef Jean Louis Leon, that ended a dinner of seven “chocolate on the salty side” dishes launched…

THE INCLUSIVITY OF DEMONS: How Universal Studios Singapore throws a party for literally everyone

Jude Bacalso 10/02/2018

Right off the bat I’m going to tell you I wasn’t there for the screams. It’s difficult to scare someone who sees actual dead people, so that was off the table. But the limited-run Halloween Horror Nights 8…

Two Meals

Jude Bacalso 09/03/2018

THE RISOTTO CAME IN a gravy boat. I should reconsider that, given the elevated nature of a dègustation, and tell you our rice dish—fourth in a succession of a sophisticated nine-course tasting menu at KaYu’s by-invitation only…

My apology for Iloilo

Jude Bacalso 08/20/2018

The bone of contention has been gnawed at for far too long, with too much regionalistic fervor invested into it. And as I step into Iloilo, I do so gingerly, with a sense of deep respect for…

The Passion Project

Jude Bacalso 08/07/2018

I have no teeth, I don’t bite!” quips Justin Quek, the OG Singaporean celebrity chef, as he urges us to move closer in a group photo after lunch. Even as he disarms us with his charm, his…

AHOY, SAVOY

Jude Bacalso 07/16/2018

I am a fan of anything that defies the standard. The 684-room, 12-storey Savoy Hotel Manila is the latest addition to Megaworld’s Newport City across Terminal 3 in Pasay City, and is the second hotel under their…

SOCIALS TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT

Jude Bacalso 07/02/2018

Quest Hotel shifts gear to lighter fare Let’s do socials for a change, we’ve been serious for far too long,” says Mia Leon, Quest Hotel’s General Manager. Quite aptly, we ended up sharing glasses of wine (red…

Two meals with Manny O

Jude Bacalso 06/18/2018

Mealtimes with Manny O. are always magical. And not always in the way you would imagine. Yes, there is often wine involved, after all the man is among a few Filipinos invited to the Fete de la…

FROM 5 STAR TO NO STAR: How I explored Jakarta two ways

Jude Bacalso 02/26/2018

I’m not one for lists. I find that if you follow one with single-minded determination, one is bound to run into a disappointment. But my friend Star Naraga is a firm believer in them, and last weekend…

Unmasking Fiberhome

Jude Bacalso 01/08/2018

If you’re a PLDT subscriber, chances are you’ve allowed these fine men and women into your home at some point or another. Depending on the circumstances, you’ve also either thanked them profusely or yelled at them. I’ve…

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