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VIETNAMESE GREENS At So Mot, the dishes are authentic but reasonably priced, a good late-night discovery to satisfy unruly cravings.

Inexpensively authentic

By Gene Gonzalez There is a food park right beside Ace Water Spa in Pasig that caught my attention as I was sauntering around the…

AN ELEGANT AFTERNOON From left: Tea at The Peninsula Manila's Lobby Lounge; Afternoon tea at the Writer's Bar usually has a theme like ‘Marie Antoinette’ or ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’

Gin bars and tea and summer afternoons

By CJ Juntereal My mother taught me how to cook. She also taught me the no-guilt pleasure of indulging in a meal that was 90 percent dessert.…


Chocolate at high tea

By Sol Vanzi Images by Manny Llanes A Spanish friar introduced the cacao plant in the Philippines in 1670, along with other flora from the…

LOCAL FLAVORS With a drink for almost every locally grown fruit, Locally is a refreshing treat for warm afternoons. Gretchen King (rightmost photo), is the brand's product manager for Nutriasia.

Traveling locally

By Art Sta Ana “This is so good.” I was looking out to the inviting waves of San Juan, La Union and this was my…


Tea and hermitage

By Gene Gonzalez It took me a while before I was finally able to drop by this restaurant as it used to have hours that…

LIFE OF A CHEF : The woman behind the chef, Joji Atilla

The mind of Chef Tatung

By Nina Daza-Puyat They say that behind every successful man is a woman. For some, that woman may be his wife; but for many men,…