Taste Travel and Trends - Issue 01

  • 35 Years of Good Food and Warm Service

    It all started with a career change in 1979.  Journalist and information guru Larry J. Cruz became a restaurateur and opened Café Adriatico at the Remedios Circle in Metro Manila.  Thus, the LJC Restaurant Group (named after its late founder) was born.

    Larry wanted a place where he and his friends could meet and chat about the day’s events while enjoying good coffee, tasty food and drink. The Café emulated the Parisian sidewalk cafes, offering hearty cuisine, warm service and a charming ambience, all at a reasonable price.  It became the watering hole for Manila’s who’s who and remains a hub for artists, celebrities and foodies, who flock to there for its signature dishes such as

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  • A ‘Classroom’ for Future Chefs

    Unilever Solutions elevates the restaurant industry through training in food safety. Every culinary student worth his chef ’s jacket will relentlessly have the voice of his instructor playing in his head, reminding him about the value of handling food properly. In the same vein, it’s every restaurant owner’s nightmare to have a customer complain of food poisoning. But face it, in the commercial kitchen sphere, not everyone is created equal. There are the schooled ones adroit with the nuances of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), a systematic approach to food safety, and there are those who never got any formal training and are in it because of their passion for cooking.

  • A Cultural Icon Called “The Aristocrat”

    THE LANDMARK RESTAURANT IS FINALLY HONORED WITH A HISTORICAL MARKER. Who can’t resist that plate of juicy chicken barbecue served with yellow Java
    rice, thick and sweet Java sauce and atchara? This classic meal has become a familiar taste to the Filipino palate. But before this dish became an icon, a rich tradition surrounds its maker – the now 77-year-old The Aristocrat Restaurant. Tracing its history, the Aristocrat Restaurant’s founders, Engracia Cruz-Reyes and her husband Alex Reyes,

  • Amichilu: A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time

    LOCAL AND FAMILY RECIPES KEEP FOND MEMORIES OF THIS CHARMING RUSTIC PLACE ALIVE. A retreat in many ways, Amichilu is a family compound situated on a hill just off Matabungkay beach, 15 kilometers away from Nasugbu and half an hour’s drive from Calatagan. On this fair day, the 10 a.m. sun drenches every surface it touches, while brisk cooling breezes – the amihan – caress the various fruit trees which murmur the same thing: the temptation of a pre-lunch nap.

  • An Evening of Taste and Style

    THE NEWEST CULINARY AND TRAVEL MAGAZINE SHARES A PREVIEW OF ITS EXCITING FUTURE. On a spirited note, Taste, Travel & Trends magazine hosted cocktails to preview their maiden issue appearing this month. The chosen venue was The Wine Museum in Pasay City, nominated in 2012 for Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secret Award “Best Enoteca”. The event was sponsored together with The Wine Museum, Philippine Wine Merchants and S&L Fine Foods, along with other co-sponsors Shakey’s, Dunkin Donuts, Project Pie, Sunny Bakeshop, Mix Plant and Bakemasters Inc.

  • Coffee, Conscience, Community

    When Emmanuel “Noey” Tantoco Lopez went into the requisite five-month training as a  new partner of the global franchise Starbucks Coffee Company in 1997,  he didn’t realize he was going to fall in love with a culture.  Now as the  Chief Operating Officer of Rustan Coffee, which manages Starbucks Philippines, he enthuses, “It’s not just about the traditional way of doing business to just make a profit.  The founding fathers had a vision.  The more I learned what Starbucks stood for, the more I loved it.”

  • Destination Batangas

    FIVE CAPTIVATING PLACES TO VISIT IN THIS HILLY PROVINCE. Less than two hours away from busy Metro Manila, Batangas has always been considered a convenient getaway for stressed locals. A verdant hilly province with 31 municipalities, Batangas boasts important peaks such as the famous Taal Volcano, Mount Makulot, Mount Talamitan, Mount Pico de Loro, Mount Batulao, Mount Manabo and Mount Daguldol. It is also blessed with excellent diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island in San Luis, Matabungkay in Lian, Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Calatagan and Laiya in San Juan.

  • Destination Batangas

    Amichilu: A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time
    Local and family recipes keep fond memories of this charming rustic place alive
    A retreat in many ways, Amichilu is a family compound situated on a hill just off Matabungkay beach, 15 kilometers away from Nasugbu and half an hour’s drive from Calatagan. On this fair day, the 10 a.m. sun drenches every surface it touches, while brisk cooling breezes – the amihan – caress the various fruit trees which murmur the same thing: the temptation of a pre-lunch nap. During our visit, the residing family is blessed with members from three generations visiting for the week.

  • Eat, drink, love

    Coffee and cocktails with Rizal After paying a visit to the shrine of our National Hero, Jose Rizal, why not hop over to the newest hangout in the area – The Hub at Kilometer Zero at the heart of Rizal Park in Bulwagan ng Kagitingan. A lounge, cafe, bar, restaurant and ticketing office all rolled into one, it’s the brainchild of 2GO Travel, the domestic shipping and passenger business unit of 2GO Group, Inc. Indulge in history while chilling over beverages like freshly brewed Batangas coffee and espresso blends. Brit native Daniel Slakmon, who has worked in prestigious international cruise ships, has trained local baristas to create the perfect cup for brew-passionate patrons.

  • Food Safety 101

    Prevent outbreaks of food poisoning
    by following these steps:

    1 RECEIVING
    • Inspect your deliveries.
    • Familiarize yourself with product information.
    • Check for date of expiry on processed foods and dry goods.

  • From the Good Earth to the Table

    THE NATURAL WAY IS PRACTICED AND PROMOTED IN THIS BRITISH FAMILY FARM. “I had a little garden back in England, but that was it,” he says. “It’s therapeutic obviously, but also for getting some ingredients for the kitchen. I always had a small plot of land for growing vegetables like carrots, that sort of thing.” Irene, on the other hand, admits she had little experience in cooking. What the couple had for sure though, was the firm determination to pursue their dream of leaving the city and its stressful pace, and settling in a nice, quiet farm. And so, five years ago, they found the property they wanted and moved in.

  • Hometown Attraction

    A FAMILY PROPERTY IN LAGUNA SERVES AS A PIT STOP FOR CREATIVE SOULS WANTING TO RECHARGE. The 16 rooms, surrounding the main hall on the 1,000-hectare property that is now known as Casa San Pablo in San Pablo, Laguna, were built slowly but steadily, the proverbial one brick (or piece of wood) at a time. It is a journey that mirrors the quest of many a traveller who had sought a time of rest in the place. Like its rooms, a dream is built one arduous and adventurous step by step. “It is important to dream,” affirms An Mercado-Alcantara,

  • Juan Carlos De Terry - The Heart and Soul of a Cook

    Juan Carlos de Terry was born in 1944 in Puerto de Santa Maria, a small town in Spain along Cadiz Bay, to a family that regarded wine production as an integral part of their business endeavors. Such environment made it natural for him to learn the mysteries of sherries and brandies first hand from his very own father. These early experiences, combined with witnessing how his mother hosted countless magical feasts for family and guests, led to the maestro’s own intense  pursuit of his varied passions, fueled by the many wonderful memories of heavenly flavors and aromas that spiced up his childhood.

  • Meat & Match

    CHEF PHILIP GOLDING PULLS ALL THE STOPS TO CREATE WONDERS FOR THE DELI BUSINESS. S & L Fine Foods is a purveyor of large wedges of cheese from Europe, capers, sun-dried products, olive oil, and pastas from the Mediterranean, cookies and short breads from England and quality meat from Australia and Italy. S&L has products mostly from Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, Spain, Australia and the UK. You’ll find S&L at 135-B Yakal Street in San Antonio Village in Makati, somewhere behind the Makati fire department and squeezed in between Sinan’s Butchery and the Brera Delicatessen. The Brera is its retail arm where you find imported cheese,

  • Not Just Fish and Chips

    HOW THE U.K. CULINARY SCENE IS EVOLVING FROM CENTURIES-OLD TRADITION. British cuisine, if Chef Derek Quelch is to be believed, is undergoing a sea change. A recent visitor to the Philippines under the auspices of the British Embassy to usher in a food festival, this culinary ambassador is out to quash tired notions of tradtional British fare. Food lovers usually conjure up images of fish and chips, roast beef, sticky toffee pudding, steamed chocolate sponge, meringue with whipped cream and sausages. Quelch says that in the past 20 years, British cuisine has been undergoing a transformation. Even traditional British pubs known for their beverages

  • Nurture by Nature

    A PHILOSOPHY OF HEALING TRANSFORMED A SMALL SPA CENTER IN TAGAYTAY INTO A VILLAGE OF WELLNESS. “When you are struggling in a place of darkness, you think it’s forever. But at the end of the day, the ordeal will end. During that period, what’s important is that you find a place where you can strengthen yourself while you let the darkness pass.” These are no idle words from Cathy Turvill, president, founder and co-owner of the Nurture Wellness Village. It is a principle that has held her throughout probably the toughest moment in her life and more important, helped her grow into a new calling,

  • On Heaven’s Edge

    THE HIGHLAND DESTINATION PROVIDES THE PERFECT GO-TO PLACE FOR QUICK BUT DIVINE FOOD AND WELLNESS HAVENS. With beautiful pine tree-studded green hills, pleasantly cool climate, and awe-inspiring views of Taal Volcano’s caldera, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to think that Tagaytay City could be the Promised Land. Tagaytay has been a favored destination for the faithful of various devotions, thanks to the city’s tranquil atmosphere. The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) built their seminary in Tagaytay in 1963 and the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration or the Pink Sisters are arguably some of the city’s more well-known residents.

  • Pour It On

    It’s just a little past 10 a.m., and already, it’s a full house brimming with buoyant conversation. At the center of it all is the cordial host, Ralph Lim Joseph, who hops from one table to the other, making sure everyone is feeling good that day.It’s literally a haven for wine lovers and connoisseurs as Joseph successfully encourages guests to drink some wine. It is, after all, the very point why everyone is here – to appreciate the world’s finest wines and the important process and history that went into their creation. “Aside from a place where you can dine and drink, it’s most of all a place for those who want

  • Rugged Elegance

    AT THE END OF A LONG, WINDING ROAD IS A BED-AND-BREAKFAST SERVING EUROPEAN CUISINE. The journey to find the Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant seemed straight out of the movies, specifically a minor version of The Lord of the Rings. It took our crew of city folk about an hour to find this rustic restaurant and deli shop with a bed-and-breakfast tucked inside a charmingly intimate compound that was at the end of a long and winding trail. From the familiar bustling tourist sights of Tagaytay, we rode down narrow paths surrounded by tall bushes and vines that crept along forgotten arches.

  • Rugged Elegance

    AT THE END OF A LONG, WINDING ROAD IS A BED-AND-BREAKFAST SERVING EUROPEAN CUISINE

    The journey to find the Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant seemed straight out of the movies, specifically a minor version of The Lord of the Rings.  It took our crew of city folk about an hour to find this rustic restaurant and deli shop with a bed-and-breakfast tucked inside a charmingly intimate compound that was at the end of a long and winding trail.  From the familiar bustling tourist sights of Tagaytay, we rode down narrow paths surrounded by tall bushes and vines that crept along forgotten arches.  There were times it felt like a journey to nowhere,  as we had to retrace  our steps and try to decipher washed-out

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