Nico Garcia, Goldee Salcedo, Proposal, Eiffel Tower, Le Jules Verne

Beautiful Proposal Atop The Eiffel Tower

I have the honor of announcing the engagement of Makati Congressional bet and 3-term Magallanes Councilor Nico Garcia to the gorgeous and gregarious entrepreneur/baker/leadership and management trainer and consultant/supersister/superdaughter/supergirl Goldee Salcedo. Finally! šŸ™‚ Nico and Goldee have been a couple for eight years running. After keeping everyone in suspense, both heaven and earth are rejoicing…

A Very Long Thank You Note from Ephraim’s Angels <3

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO JOINED US IN REMEMBERING DAD on the occasion of his first year anniversary in Heaven. June 21, 2016 was when my dad, Ephraim Salcedo,Ā  joined His Creator. In the days that followed his passing, while I experienced grief for the first time and finally understood what the…

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 Jakartaā€™s Indonesian master Chef, Pradipta Bayu Primaputra. Ā 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…

Authentic Pakistani Food in MakatiĀ 

There IS an authentic Pakitani restaurant in Makati! Found out about it through Kitchen Bookstore owners Rajiv Daswani and Miguel Angeles and Power of Pen founder Tetta Tirona.  I’m not supposed to tell šŸ™Š So I’m keeping the info here instead of sharing it in Inquirer.  Rajiv, who is of Indian descent, did the ordering.…

World’s 50 Best Heads to Oz

From New York to Australia. The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in April 2017 will be in Oz, following a very successful awards reception for 2016 in New York. The World’s 50 Best (@theworlds50best) is a list produced by British magazine Restaurant based on a poll of internationalĀ  chefs, restaurateurs, and media. There are also…