4’11 but my attitude 6’2.
A backstory: Calde and I actually spent most of our almost-10 years together in and around Quezon City. Since we have a fair bit of wedding guests who aren’t familiar with our side of QC, here’s a list of our special places and favorite spots in the North (of Metro Manila) that you might want to check out for yourself! Cover 📷 by Oak St. Studios
The one where I remember all the places I’ve watched concerts in. A backstory: When I started working in publishing, the first beat I ever covered was music. I’ve since had the pleasure of watching (and sometimes also interviewing) some of the biggest names in music throughout my writing career. I also ended up traveling to watch some of my favorite artists in concert—something I still do on occasion. Thank you for the music! 🎶
What I like about Asia is how you’re never done with finding new flavors. I’m always looking forward to these surprises—the flavors and the way it’s cooked is so different from how we do it in France. This can inspire me to create a dish, even though I do not try to copy or do it the same way. I think it’s interesting. I do dim sum a little differently from the locals. Instead of eating everything as they come, altogether, I prefer to eat the steamed first before the roasts. As a Frenchman and a chef, this is something that I do because in France, we start light and we go up.
When you see the map of France, the variety of food is amazing. Burgundy and Alsace are next to each other, but you look at winemakers, the vegetables, and fruits, they’re totally different. There are so many different terrains in France that we are quite focused on our food from different region, but I can tell you for many years that the culinary knowledge is disappearing because a lot of French are going overseas. Here are some of the very local restaurants I like in France!