Margarita Fores cooks up special Artusi degustazione dinner

If Margarita Fores is cooking, it’s hard to refuse an invitation.
What more if it is for a special Artusi degustazione meal prepared by Margarita Fores and Casa Artusi executive chef Carla Brigliadori.

Margarita Fores and Carla Brigliadori make piadina on the  spot
Margarita Fores and Carla Brigliadori make piadina on the spot

Dinner was at was Alta, Margarita’s new restaurant located at the Ascott Residences, Bonifacio Global City.
It was part of a three-day event to launch Cucina all’Opera, Musica e Cibo in Emilia-Romagna (The Operatic Kitchen, Music and Food in Emilia-Romagna), a book celebrating the food and music of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

Cucina all'Opera

The book features short biographies of legendary musical masters of the country like Arcangello Corelli and Gioachino Rossini, their indelible contributions to the society, and traditional recipes promoting quality produce.
Written by Giancarlo Fre and translated to English by his wife, Margherita Spinazzola, it provides a unique literary, musical and gastronomic taste of Italy.

Before dinner, cocktails and a buffet of antipasti were served at the poolside of Ascott Residences.
Guests enjoyed Formaggi e Marmellate (cheeses and marmalade), La Frittura (fritters of sage, mushroom and squash flowers), Salsiccia coll’Uva (sausage with grapes), Trippa alla Parmigiana (tripe alla Parmigiana), polenta, cured meats, pickled vegetables and a Romagna-style bread.

salsiccia coll'uva
Salsiccia coll’Uva (sausage with grapes)

Then everyone moved to Alta where the dinner started with Sformato di Cavolfiore (cauliflower mold) with US scallop and Batangas lobster.

sformato di cavolfiore

After that was Tonno Fresco Coi Piselli (fresh tuna with peas, red wine and tomato). A orange ice of dalandan, Manille Dalandan Liquer and mint was served next to clear the palate.

tonno fresco coi piselli

The next course was Papperdelle all’Aretina, papperdelle noodles with organic Batangas duck, Parmigiano Reggiano and thyme.

pappardelle all'aretina

We also had Cinghiale Al Vino Rosso (wild boar in red wine and served on adlai, a kind of grain) and Bollito Misto (boiled meats consisting of beef belly, ox tongue, organic duck and cotechino) with duet of mostarda, cremona and Philippine fruit.

bollito misto
Bollito Misto

For dessert, guests had Latteruolo—milk pudding, Batangas chocolate and Philippine mango.


The recipes of the dishes served that night were culled from Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well by Pellegrino Artusi and Cucina all’Opera.

The Alta team resposnible for the Artusi dinner
The Alta team responsible for the Artusi dinner

Calligaris opens new showroom in Bonifacio

Italian furniture is usually associated with high price tags, but those made by Calligaris are comparatively more practical and affordable.
A six-seat dining table can into a table for 12. A book shelf’s appearance can change when you move a few baskets.
A coffee table can be converted into a dining table for four and, later on, six people with a few adjustments.

1) Coffee table

2) Table

3) Dining table

Founded by Antonio Calligaris in 1923, Calligaris has been described as a “democratic furniture” brand because they’re made for upwardly mobile individuals who are looking for impressive but affordable furniture and home accessories.
Company chairman Alessandro Calligaris was in Manila recently to launch the new showroom of Calligaris at the Clipp Center in Bonifacio Global City.

Alessandro Calligaris and wife Bruna
Alessandro Calligaris and wife Bruna

Ten years ago, Florence Ko, managing director of Gruppo Mobili Philippines, brought the brand to the Philippines.
Grupo Mobili Philippines is also the parent company of luxury home store Furnitalia, custom closet and kitchen crafters Space 2000 and lighting specialist store Lucern.
The company started in the Manzano district of Friuli, Italy with a handcrafted wooden chair called Marocca. Manzano, incidentally, is known as Italy’s “Chair District.”

Calligaris’ strength as a furniture brand is quality craftsmanship. While some brands are known only for beds or couches, Calligaris covers everything from sofas and dining tables to lamps and vases.
The Urban is a fixed and modular sofa which offers multiple configurations.


The Gamera chair has a polyamide shell, is stackable and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It is light and tough at the same time.
LAM is a table that’s available in fixed and extending versions. The design is based on the idea of adopting a construction principle wood and metal.
The Frame table, created by Stephen Burks, has a light frame that intersects under the glass top.
Moss consists of a modular mirror with one colored metal container of equal size. The modules can be put together in different ways. When looking at a configuration, identification of the shapes and repeatability of the modules are almost impossible to detect.


Calligaris CODE (which stands for Complements Design) is a capsule collection of furniture created by Italy’s young designers. Calligaris also allows homeowners to customize pieces with choices of materials and colors.
The Calligaris showroom is located at the mezzanine of Clipp Center, 11th Avenue corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
For inquiries, call 869-1059 to 61 or email

Clipps Center

Nackymade at Tala Manila this weekend

Japanese eyeglass artisans Nackymade returns to Manila this March 20-22 at Tala Manila from 10 AM-7 PM.
For the last two years, Naoki (Nacky) Nakagawa his wife Tomoko have been traveling to Manila (as well London, Florence, New York, and Hong Kong) to receive custom-made orders for eyewear.

Nackymade at Tala Manila

Each handmade eyeglass frame will cost around Php 25,000, without prescription lenses.
Nacky makes frames only. He will personally see each client and suggest what is best after measuring one’s head and face for the best fit.
You will need to make a 50% deposit and wait a few months for your glasses to arrive.
This year Nackymade celebrates its 10th anniversary by offering a new cherry blossom stem as well as brand new models and colors.


​For appointments, call Shiela Lobo at Tala Manila +639373725441 or email
Tala Manila is at Unit 103, Three Salcedo Place, Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati.
To know more about Nackymade, click HERE or go to

Olivia Wilde wears H&M’s sustainable style

H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection proves that fashion can be created using more sustainable materials such as hemp, organic linen and organic leather.
The collection, worn in the campaign by actress and humanitarian Olivia Wilde, will be available in around 200 H&M stores worldwide on April 16, as well as online.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

This year’s Conscious Exclusive collection takes its inspiration from around the planet and focuses on the versatility of the dress. An organic linen and silk sleeveless gown with a glamorous cut is printed with hand-drawn images of birds.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

Each piece is special, whether it’s the pilot jacket in Tencel®, reverse-like jacquard fabric with threads intentionally left loose, or the organic silk tuxedo blazer with sleeves slashed to the elbow to create a dramatic effect.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

A model wears a sleeveless cocktail dress with a print inspired by Japanese ink-wash painting. It is made from organic hemp, organic silk and organic cotton.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

A frayed scarf from the collection.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

“I love the Conscious Exclusive collection at H&M, both for the look, and also for its ethics. This is how all fashion should be: great style that’s naturally more sustainable,” said Olivia Wilde.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection
H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection
H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

“I love the global influences in this Conscious Exclusive collection and the beauty of the hand-drawn prints, made by one of our talented in-house designers. And Olivia Wilde is the perfect choice for this collection, because she shares H&M’s commitment to a more sustainable future,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor H&M.

Updated: Help for Ralph

March 18, 2015
Received an additional Php 4789 deposited to Ralph’s account.
Total donation is now Php 217,362.
Thank you Victoria, Dennis, Grace and Margie.

donation to ralph

March 11, 2015
Thanks to more donations from Victoria, Alwin, Grace and Margie.
I will deposit your donations next week because I’m traveling this Thursday.
Will email you as soon as it’s done.
God bless you!

March 9, 2015
Thanks to two more donors, we have deposited an additional Php 45,000 to Ralph’s account, for a total donation of Php 212,573. To know more about the cause and how to help, click HERE.

For Ralph

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