Mama V feels like Christmas all year round
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - October 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Whenever you visit Mama V restaurant, it is Christmas all year round with Christmas lights all over the place.
A taste of Morocco at Café Casablanca
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - August 9, 2018 - 12:00am
It has always been the vision of my grandmother, the late Gliceria Tantoco, to bring the best of the world to the Philippines.
Three Sisters and a Spa
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - February 1, 2018 - 12:00am
In our very competitive environment it’s very hard to start a business from scratch, yet there are women with a lot of guts, passion and determination to still succeed.
My beautiful mom at 70
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - November 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
There is no one like my mom, Menchu Tantoco-Lopez. She is my life peg, someone who inspires me to be the best version of myself. She’s a tough act to follow!
Real Food: A little big store with all healthy food
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - August 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
Two years ago, Nicole Olbes Fandino approached me with the idea of a neighborhood grocery that would carry all the healthy products from her favorite vendors that she buys for her family. For many reasons I declined...
What’s hot, what’s best in Bicol
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - May 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Six years ago we went to Naga and met a lovely couple, Carlo and Rica Buenaflor. I remember Carlo as one of Rustan’s Young VIP models in the ’90s and I was so happy to see him happily married with five...
Home is Rita Nazareno
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - February 25, 2017 - 12:00am
We are having lunch and award-winning TV producer Rita Nazareno is pitching her story to movie producers, lawyer Rissa Oreta and Michelle Tomacruz, about her future movie.
Priority sa Buhay
January 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Maraming alternatibo ngayong bagong taon na puwedeng willing na gawin dahil sa mas madali, less complicated, less ang oras, hindi consu­ming, ‘di magastos, mas maganda ang offer, mas maraming oras na makasama...
You don’t have to go to Spain for good pintxos
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - January 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Last April 2015, I met Miguel Vecin at Madrid Fusion Manila with news of a pintxos bar opening in Alabang.
Meals cooked with love at Bambi’s Gourmet Kitchen
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - October 6, 2016 - 12:00am
Ever since I met Bambi Reyes she has always been so kind and generous.
Japanese Carbonara? Only at Koku
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - August 18, 2016 - 12:00am
Whenever I see Bambi Meer and Michelle Meer, I can’t believe they have five children.
Chut Cuerva & Kim Kokseng: From Central Park to Napa Valley
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - June 19, 2016 - 12:00am
I made sure it was a pang Romansa Espesyal,” says Chut Cuerva when he told us the good news about his engagement to Kim Kokseng. It was summertime in New York when Chut proposed to her in Central Park.
Party platters by Bettina Osmeña, Tippi & Triccie Tambunting and more
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - May 26, 2016 - 12:00am
Nowadays people love to entertain and have gatherings at home and the best, worry-free option is to order party platters.
How Manila inspired chef Todd English’s Pound
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - April 27, 2016 - 10:00am
Father-and-son teams Rikki and Eric Dee and Todd and Oliver English’s Pound at BGC offers a simple menu with five kinds of burgers but many different options to add on to your dish,  which means endless...
Happy Ongpauco-Tiu: From her table to yours with love
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - February 10, 2016 - 9:00am
When I met Happy Ongpauco-Tiu a few years ago, I was amazed at how much energy she had being a wife, mother, restaurateur and hardworking businesswoman.
High-end Korean food in a beautiful setting
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - January 13, 2016 - 9:00am
Filipinos love Korean food. There are many restaurants in the city, and several still opening.
Dining is carte blanche at Allium
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - October 7, 2015 - 10:00am
Along with the booming hospitality industry are young and upcoming chefs that are so talented and so creative.  Not to mention the one that we have cooking at home.
From Karen’s Kitchen with love
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - August 26, 2015 - 10:00am
Karen Young is one of the pioneers in the pastry business and was one of the first — if not the first — to offer red velvet cake, which up to today is one of her bestsellers. She has a cookie version...
Feast for the senses at The Gourmand Market
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - March 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Trish Panlilio of NawwTys Kitchen and Dara Roa, known as the Collab Contessa, are cooking up something very exciting this coming March 27 to 29 at the gardens of Central Square in Bonifacio High street.
25 Mushrooms: Not a dish but classes for your cook
by Rica Lopez-de Jesus - February 26, 2015 - 12:00am
It is a constant problem for many households to find a good cook. I have had only one cook ever since I got married and when she left, it was very hard to replace her talent. We usually have this preconceived notion...
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