I know, I am super backlogged. But when you’re a mom of three boys, time flies like anything.
Last November 2014, Alexandra Seno invited me to Art Basel in Hong Kong.
I had never been to Art Basel so I booked right away for me and my husband Jeroen.
Last March 15-17, Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 opened to the public. But Jeroen and I got VIP preview passes, so we went last March 12-15.
The day before our flight, our son Ben got sick, so we almost didn’t make it. But he pulled through overnight, I hired a nurse to take care of him at home, and Jeroen and made the trip. We checked in at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental.
But while in Hong Kong, I got sick.
When we went back to Manila, the whole house was sick. Yaya had German measles. Christian had an ear infection. Markus had cough and fever. Ben got pneumonia. I was thinking about having the house exorcised.
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We consulted so many doctors—Dr. Carolyn Butler, Dr. Keith Aguilera, Dr. Aye Nuguid, Dr. Gerard Henson. Thanks to all of them, everyone is well now, with Ben just coughing.
And then we had this trip to Japan last week and I had to fix the boys’ wardrobe and the visas of Yaya and Christian.
The whole month was tiring. We are back from our trip and now I have much work to catch up on.
Please bear with me while I get back on my feet.
The Philippines and Spain share a deep and colorful history, and what better way to celebrate these two cultures than through their vibrant and intertwined culinary traditions.
This April 24-26, 2015, SM will host Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
“SM is proud to be the venue of the historic Madrid Fusion Manila. We believe that one of the Philippines’ best-kept secrets is our rich culinary heritage,” said Steven Tan, SM Supermalls senior vice-president.
“We also want to bring the excitement of Madrid Fusion, particularly Spain’s strong influence in our food and culture, to our mall-goers by taking these culinary festivities to our malls.”
Thai celebrity chef and TV host Ian Kittichai recently visited Manila as part of a regional culinary tour called Taste of Thailand. Kittichai, who is Thailand’s Iron Chef, is the star of Asian Food Channel’s 3 Chefs 1 City.
He is also a cookbook author with a number of restaurants around the world, including his flagship restaurant Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, Thailand, which ranked No. 31 in 2014’s Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants.
Kittichai was recently at Dusit Thani Manila’s Benjarong where he cooked for food writers and bloggers.
I heard Kittichai sent two junior chefs to Manila two days ahead of his arrival so they could prep for the six-course lunch at the hotel, plus an Eastwood Mall event.
We were served two appetizers: Ma–Hor (caramelized minced shrimp ball, peanuts and pineapple) and Meing Tuna (diced tuna tartare, ginger, betel leaves and palm sugar-fish sauce dressing). Ma-Hor was sweet and savory at the same time. Meing Tuna is similar to our kinilaw, except it didn’t have vinegar.
Kittichai’s demonstration dish was (grilled beef tenderloin, fresh herbs and bird’s eye chili vinaigrette). This happens to be one of my favorite Thai dishes and Kittichai did it really well. I later learned this is one of his signature dishes.
Then we were served Tom Kha Goong, a traditional soup of seared tiger prawns in a light galangal coconut broth with kaffir lime. The soup was thick and flavorful and the prawns had a briny sweetness.
There were two main courses. First was a Chili Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, which was mildly hot because of the chili paste but not overwhelmingly so. The second main course was a more robust Beef Short Ribs in Green Curry Sauce served with Jasmine rice. The beef was fork-tender and the curry, bold. This dish actually needed an extra cup of Jasmine rice.
To end the meal, Kittichai served a Jasmine Flower Panna Cotta with Jasmine Rice Ice Cream and Jasmine Rice Tuille. Panna cotta and ice cream may not be native to Thailand but the jasmine flower gave the dessert a distinctive taste of Thailand.
3 Chefs, 1 City is a show that explores the world’s greatest foodie destinations through the eyes of chefs. It offers insider access, with each episode featuring three chefs hosting their own acts and offering a unique viewpoint on what makes their city’s food scene special.
To know more, go to http://www.asianfoodchannel.com/celebcheftours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A frayed scarf from the 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.
“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.