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…

A meal for one, no one, and a hundred thousand

Jude Bacalso 12/11/2017

Good food makes me rush into the meal. You’ve been there, spooning hurriedly into a stew, drizzling a bit of sauce everywhere, drenching the meat in that house dip, slurping happily. But a meal that comes with…

How festive food is taking a creative and charitable turn

Jude Bacalso 11/28/2017

  Tablescapes have changed for the better. At least compared to how tables were in my day. I come from a generation where carefully carved fruits and vegetables made into decorative objects are the height of food…

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