Five restaurant openings to check out With new restaurants left and right, Manila diners are spoiled for choice. Here are our favorites (in no particular order) that have opened up in the last couple of months, up to the last couple of days. * * * You can reach me at [email protected], on my blog www.cheryltiu.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cheryltiu or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/chertiu Wildflour Italian Bombolini and chocolate chip cookies Seven years after the first Wildflour Bakery and Café was born — and now with four brands across 17 restaurants around the metro — the group opened its first Italian concept yesterday, June 5. “In our existing Wildflour menus, our Italian offerings have always been one of the top sellers and we have been able to develop these dishes over the years,” shares co-founder Ana de Ocampo. Pizza margherita made from Wildflour Italian’s brick oven … [Read more...] about What’s new in Manila?
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By Melanie D.G. Kaplan The Washington Post Sun., May 12, 2019 I’ve stopped counting the number of cities I’ve fallen in love with. But I think Pittsburgh might be the first city to have loved me back. On a Sunday morning in February, the sun broke through rain clouds, and I walked along Pittsburgh’s waterfront to a 10-foot tall bronze sculpture of Mister Rogers tying his shoes. I heard his voice through overhead speakers. “Did you know that wondering about things is one of the first steps to understanding them?” Birds chirped, a freight train rumbled, and I looked upriver toward the sparkling skyline. I’d intended to make this a quick stop, but I couldn’t step away from that familiar voice. By the time Fred had reminded me that there’s nobody else in the world who is exactly like me, I had cried, laughed and called my mom. Steel City remains gritty. On dreary days in western Pennsylvania, the pitter-patter of rain is the … [Read more...] about Soaking in the sights and sounds of the Steel City
A recent psychology study caught my eye because the interpretation seemed bizarre, and possibly misguided. The study involved a survey of several hundred newlywed heterosexual couples, which included a test to see if they were so-called maximizers, who can’t settle for anything but the perfect choice, or satisficers, who can, as the word implies, be satisfied with something that suffices. And lo and behold, the satisficers were pretty happy with their spouses, but the maximizers were only happy, for the time being, if they had attractive wives (as judged by the researchers) or rich husbands. The way the researchers seemed to be interpreting their result, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, was that male maximizers should marry beautiful women, and female ones should marry rich men. Does this mean that even people who were really holding out for someone fun and intelligent should settle for rich or good-looking? Or is it assuming that money and looks are all … [Read more...] about Don’t date a perfectionist; they won’t settle for you
As the first and only street venue in Thailand to be awarded a Michelin star, the queues outside Jay Fai’s shophouse are long as gourmets from around the world flock to taste her signature dishes. Since that win a little over a year ago, Supinya Junsuta, or Jay Fai as she is more commonly known, has been no stranger to the media but now she’s getting more exposure that she ever dreamt of with her inclusion in Netflix’ latest |documentary series “Street Food Asia”. Netflix worked with the creators of Chef’s Table on the series, which explores the rich culture of street food in Thailand, Japan, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines, and goes beyond the famous dishes to the sweat and tears that has made the eateries so iconic. Thailand opens the series and takes viewers behind the scenes to listen to the lady herself. “I feel sorry for myself,” says Jay Fai after a long pause when asked … [Read more...] about The lady behind the wok
How far would you travel for crabs slathered in black pepper and spicy sauce, an experience that requires more napkins than you have hands, and is likely to blemish your clothes? If the crowds flocking to Yummy Tummy in Queens, New York City - despite no subway access - are any indication, people are happy to go the extra mile for one of Singapore's most loved dishes. Long lines form outside the restaurant, especially on the evenings and weekends. Patrons come from all over New York and beyond, lured by the appetising smells of curry leaves, black pepper and chilli. Novelty may be one of the reasons for Yummy Tummy's popularity. Despite Singapore's reputation as a food paradise, its cuisine has not yet developed a profile in the United States. There are plenty of Southeast Asian flavours in the melting pot of New York, but Singaporean eateries are few and far between. For many years, Malaysian eateries like Kopitiam, Rasa, and the Nyonya chain were the closest thing New Yorkers had to … [Read more...] about Meet the Singaporean immigrants taking a bite out of the Big Apple