Category: Dining Out

Vigan Empanada Battle

When the topic of Vigan or Ilocano specialties in general is raised, three dishes usually come to the fore: bagnet, longanisa and empanada. For this entry, though, the focus will be on the humble but glorious (think Strider/Aragorn) Vigan empanada....

The Refinery, Saigon

Given my seemingly insurmountable blog backlog of almost half a year, I’m endeavoring to celebrate “Throwback Thursdays” by writing about something that I had long been meaning to, but had put off for one reason or another. First up for...

Trois Gourmands, Saigon

In the residential area of District Two, twenty minutes away from the busy center of Ho Chi Minh City, one can have a luxurious multi-course French dinner nonpareil. As with many of Southeast Asia’s fine dining gems, Trois Gourmands is...

A Preview of The Blackboard

The Center for Culinary Arts Culinary School Market Cafe at The Podium is about to undergo a makeover. French-born, American-raised chef Michel Cottabarren is bringing Manila his combination of classical French technique, creative flair and a preference for market-fresh ingredients...