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Romulo Café at The Maya Kitchen

Alessandra Romulo Squillantini and Enzo Squillantini

A diplomat, a war veteran, a respected statesman, Carlos P. Romulo was a man who left an indelible mark in our country’s history. Romulo Café, the restaurant that now bears his name, gives us a glimpse into another facet of his life, that of a loving father and grandfather who held court over family gatherings overflowing with good food. On July 26, Saturday, 9am-1pm, The Maya Kitchen presents Alessandra Romulo Squillantini and her husband Enzo Squillantini who will share heirloom recipes passed down from their great grandmother, grandmother and uncle.

The dishes include Ginataang Sigarilyas with Tinapa (winged beans cooked in coconut milk and topped with smoked tinapa); Adobong Manok sa Gata (boneless chicken cooked adobo style with coconut milk); Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare (oxtail and tripe stew in a peanut-based sauce served with steamed vegetables and Romulo Café’s house bagoong); and Tropical Turon, pineapple turon served with lemon sauce.

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or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F  Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108.

Photos From The Chinese New Year Celebration In Chinatown


It’s been some months since the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. I’ve often thought about going after seeing photos of past celebrations, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally got to experience it for myself. Some buddies and I decided to check out the celebration at Manila’s Chinatown in Binondo on New Year’s day. Continue reading

Oriental Brushstrokes by Caesar Cheng At Chef Jessie Rockwell Club


Chef Jessie Rockwell Club presents Oriental Brushstrokes, a one-man exhibit of Caesar Cheng from July 1-31 at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Rockwell Center, Makati City. Realistic with fluid, bold expressions; elegant and dynamic – the brushstrokes of Teacher Caesar Cheng echoes the essence of the Lingnan School Tradition of Chinese Painting.

A Lingnan School painting is more realistic than traditional Chinese painting, which sometimes looks flat and two-dimensional, non living, not true to nature, cartoonish, too simplified and even awkward. The opposing diagonal lines in animal drawings highly suggest life, strength and movement. Birds appear alert, shifty, moving, about to fly. Continue reading

The Best of Lolo Dad’s at The Maya Kitchen

Chef Ariel Manuel (2)

It was like coming home.

The taste, the smell, the presentation brought back the culinary memories of the famed Lolo Dad’s Restaurant. The theme was “Simplicity of Flavors” but there was nothing simple in the flavors that Chef Ariel Manuel created. He showed the audience how to transform seemingly ordinary dishes into unique offerings – Salmon Sardine with Fresh Garlic Croutons, Romaine Caesar Salad, White Onion Soup, Shellfish Open Lasagne, Mediterranean Duck Rice, Mixed Fresh Fruits with Vanilla Ice Cream, Rock Salt and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Lolo Dad’s is no more but Chef Ariel Manuel is set to make another indelible mark in local cuisine very soon. While we all wait, let us go to our own kitchens and try out some of the recipes he shared.

Shellfish Open Lasagne

Shellfish Open Lasagne

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