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Pizza made in Canada

Canada is not exactly as famous for its pizza as Italy or New York. The northernmost country of North America is more famous for its maple syrup and poutine (french fries with cheese curds and gravy). But did you know that the most expensive pizza in the world was created in Canada? It is made by  Chef Nader Hatimi who runs a small corner takeaway pizza shop in a fishing village in British Columbia. He dethroned celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in the Guinness World Records for the most expensive pizza. Named after the town it is located, Steveston Pizza is a pizza shop that sells premium pizza. The corner shop sells quite a lot, because according to Filipino businessman Richard Go, who once lived in Canada, people would line up just for a slice or two of Chef Nader’s …

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Peranakan + Royal Thai cuisine

Even people I have known for ages still ask if I am Chinese. Relatives say I look like my Hakka great grandmother, who introduced unusual dishes that continue to appear on my family’s dining table. Growing up, my favorite soup had pork tail and backbone simmered in ginger, radish, and Chinese parsley (kinchay). Another dish I continue to long for is rice soup (lugaw or congee) flavored with ginger, dried mussels, and clams. In the 1950s when the pristine Parañaque shore teemed with mussels and clams, my father would take us kids to gather the shell fish, steam them open, shuck them, and dry the meat under the sun. The dried shellfish were strung like leis and hung from the kitchen ceiling directly above the wooden stove, where smoke flavored and preserved them. On rainy days, the dried seafood would be thrown into the rice pot with whatever else there was in the …

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Fond dishes and found stories

Bryan Koh is a twenty-something Singaporean who has written a book on Filipino food. When he talks about Filipino food the words roll off his tongue with an ease that speaks of familiarity, a lot of research, and a whole lot of love. Listening to him, I feel slightly ashamed, because he speaks of dishes I have never heard of, and has explored parts of the country I have yet to set foot in. He is Singaporean. I am Filipino. I should be ashamed. Koh is the perfect example of what writer and editor Micky Fenix (who also edited his cookbook) has been saying whenever she is asked why Filipino food has not become popular around the world. Just wait, she has been saying for years, until all those children around …

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Ube now most photographed food

A Filipino delicacy just made headlines in the foodie culture. Ube, known to be one of Pinoy's favorite pasalubongs, is now becoming this year's most photographed food, as it conquered one too many #FoodPorn shots on Instagram feeds. According to The Guardian, Ube, be it a cheesecake, ice cream and what-not, has over 140,000 search results on Instagram, following the footsteps of Cronuts, a croissant-doughnut pastry. The Ube phenomenon roots back to the brilliant work of chef Björn DelaCruz of Manila Social Club in Brooklyn, New York. Dela Cruz shared he decided to make Ube doughnuts for his employees to have as a snack. But, the now infamous donut really hit it when Dela Cruz posted a photo of his 24-carat gold-glazed, Cristal-and-ube mousse-flavoured doughnut he made for New Year's Eve on Instagram. Sooner than …

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Winning in the kitchen: Curry cooks up career with new book

NEW YORK  — Ayesha Curry remembers the first meal she cooked for her ultra-popular NBA player-husband Stephen Curry: a baked chicken dish. But the meal Stephen whipped up for his chef-wife wasn't as tasty. Or edible. "The one time he cooked for me, it was awful. It was salty, cream of wheat, gushers lined up on a plate as garnish," Ayesha, 27, said in an interview Tuesday. "It was cute, but I couldn't eat it." Ayesha said the Golden State Warriors point guard loved the first meal she made, which included "his dad's famous seasoning." "So maybe that's the reason why we're still married," she laughed. "I don't know. I hope it's more than that." Food has played a large part in the family's life — and Ayesha's career. She just launched her first cookbook, …

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Giant Slow Food festival kicks off in Italy

One of the world's biggest gourmet food and wine fairs opens Thursday in Turin, with this year's edition taking its tasting sessions, workshops and street food parties to the streets for the first time. Hundreds of thousands of visitors to the north Italian city will be able to explore offerings from across the world at food trucks, on themed tours or at the Via del Gelato, while others work up an appetite at cinema screenings or debates. The Salone del Gusto fair, which runs until September 26, is organised by the Slow Food movement and Terra Madre network of food communities, and brings together some 7,000 delegates from 143 countries across five continents. Slow Food, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, was founded in 1986 in the Turin region by food critic and …

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26 restaurants see Michelin stars

Restaurants in Shanghai that have just been added to the famous Michelin guide have aroused great interest from diners, along with doubts from netizens that a Western company could fairly rate diversified Chinese food. Amid great anticipation and speculation, French tire manufacturer Michelin launched its first restaurant guide on the Chinese mainland, The Michelin Guide Shanghai 2017, on Wednesday, giving 26 restaurants in Shanghai from one to three stars. "Michelin has developed the mythology for more than 100 years, and it is trusted by people all over the world," said Claire Dorland Clauzel, vice-president of Michelin International. "Today, the Michelin guide is really the unique guide in the world." The 224-page guide, priced at 168 yuan ($25), was released in both Chinese and English. By Wednesday afternoon, it had sold more than 2,000 …

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Memories of Singapore

Back when I was very small, and we lived in Singapore, a visit to the hawker stalls was a regular occurrence. My brother and I would wake up early on weekends to watch my dad play tennis, running around and trying to play as well with our child-sized rackets when his game was over. Then we would drive to the Newton Circus hawker center for a kway teow noodle soup breakfast. Back then, the hawker centers were very different from what they are now. They were open air, often set up in parking lots after 5 p.m., or more permanent places with just roofs over each stall, and tables and chairs set up in a common area and in front of each stall. We would stake our claim on a table …

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Perfect pairings from the wine diva

When hosting a formal dinner for a hundred beautiful people, it takes a lot of work—and luck— to achieve perfection especially when an event involves a five-star, multi-course dinner with wines matching each course. Difficult and even close to impossible for ordinary mortals; but not for Tita Trillo, the country’s acknowledged Wine Diva. Tita has been traveling around the world almost her entire life, tasting and studying wines. It was inevitable that in 1982, she established Titania Wine Cellar as a family corporation focused initially on the exclusive importation and distribution to both domestic and duty free markets of select high quality wines and spirits from all over the world. Named after “Titania,” the queen of the fairies in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the company has brought magic to its discerning …

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Food at the Negros fair

It has been quite some time since I attended this fair, which had a few booths that were already teeming with Negrense delicacies such as pinitaw, piaya, dried fish, and bottled delicacies of every different kind that represents this area’s flavors. Moving forward two decades, I was completely enthralled when I decided to attend this fair again and buy a few traditional specialty items I missed and I saw this huge display of handicrafts and garments aside from the large food area, which displayed the recovering affluence, change in business directions, and most important, the effect on the culinary preferences and changing tastes of a gastronomic food zone in the Philippines. Here are some great and new finds: 1. El Ideal - For a bakery that has been around more than a hundred …

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