Irene C. Perez

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Meat-free recipes for new year baking

Broccoli-Crust Pizza. Special labor-intensive dishes such as kare-kare, crispy pata, lumpia and leche flan are nice on occassions. But all the cooking, wrapping, and dishwashing over the holidays can be tiring. Serve something new and bake it off!  An oven that can double as a grill...

Safe staycations and festive food and drinks

Richmonde Hotel baked goods Staycations are now even more popular while tourism is picking up with precautions. Taking a break in a nice and safe hotel or just dining out can give us the necessary respite from the tasks at home. Otherwise, having...

No-paellera chicken rice and meatless pasta recipes for Christmas Eve

Spanish-style rice with chicken If paella sounds too complicated to cook, how about making Spanish-style chicken rice that does not require a paellera? Don’t let the list of ingredients intimidate you—if you can sauté aromatics and cook rice, you can make this. You...

Transforming everyday crackers into sweet-salty merienda

Tiger Crackers recently introduced two new recipes: the Beef Nacho Crackers (made by celebrity endorser Kim Chiu and chef Gerick Manalo), and Mango Hazelnut Dessert Pizza (by Robi Domingo and chef Bettinna Carlos). On a recent Zoom demo, Chiu...

Homegrown personal care items are ideal gift and pasalubong

Photo by Irene Perez The quarantine, with all the hygiene and physical distancing reminders, put the spotlight on health literacy in the Philippines. Here is a list of Filipino beauty and wellness brands that you can support just in time for the holidays....

GrabFood celebrates two years of delivering hearty food to Filipino households

Food delivery has been essential for the people who work and study at home, even for those who are back in their physical offices, especially with the still ongoing lockdown restrictions. GrabFood has been taking care of people's...

Celebrity chefs share recipes to cheesy Pinoy merienda

Chef Myke Tatung is set to release his fourth book, "Simpol: The Cookbook" this November. For now, he is busy cooking and organizing a food drive for the people affected by the recent "Tyhphoon Ulysses." The cookbook follows "Simpol," his YouTube channel...

Gallontea sets up shop in Makati despite the pandemic

  With food joints closing left and right amid the pandemic, one milk tea company dared to set up shop. It's called Gallontea and they've been online since 2019, selling milk tea by the gallon—a cost-effective...

3 options for your canceled Cebu Pacific domestic flights

Antique beaches can be reached via Cebu Pacific flights to Kalibo. Photo by Irene Perez We all miss the “piso fares” that allowed us to go places on a budget, so beach trips will have to wait. With the National Capital Region again...

Spanish, Mediterranean, and Pinoy weekend platters

Boodle Black Box We can’t fly yet for food trips, but can have a taste of special cuisine from Eastwood Café+Bar in Quezon City. Created by Eastwood Richmonde Hotel executive chef Victor Barangan, the Weekend Family Platters can serve up to five diners.