Pottery by Aleth Ocampo

My friend Aleth Ocampo, known for her insanely addictive chocolate chip cookies and private dining savvy, has gotten obsessed with pottery. Her hobby has blossomed into a collection and she now has an ongoing exhibit at Aphro Living at The Alley in Pasong Tamo. I had seen bits and pieces of work but never all…

MISSION: MANILA features Chef Tatung

Mission: Manila, a passion project of mine to promote Filipino chefs, is back, this time featuring Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou. Chef Tatung, as he is fondly called, is chef-owner of Restaurant Agos in Mall of Asia, a bestselling cookbook author on Filipino food, and the resident chef of the morning show Umagang Kay Ganda. I…

Indonesian cuisine at Sofitel’s Chef’s Table

Sofitel held a lovely dinner just this week featuring Indonesian food featuring Chef Pradipta Bayu Primaputra of Pullman, flown in all the way from Jakarta. Here are his impressive credentials shared by Sofitel: Our featured Chef, Pullman Jakartaโ€™s Indonesian master Chef, Pradipta Bayu Primaputra. ย He grew up in vibrant Jakarta where his interest, deep appreciation…

End of an Era: Cafe Ysabel Closing Soon

My cousin held her wedding reception here. I had one of my first dinner dates in college here. It was the epitome of fine dining in the early ’90s. A few years ago, owner Chef Gene Gonzalez hosted a chocolate dinner for international celebrity chef Bobby Chinn here. And let’s not forget the celebrities who…