Monthly Archives: November 2012

How hard can it be?

A posting to the Philippines was going to be a breeze. We had lived in SE Asia before, and loved it, so we were really excited to be moving back to the region. As an added bonus, we wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Passionately Organic

Known in Manila as a ‘green’ chef, Sau del Rosario is one of Manila’s best-known, best-loved chefs. A native Kapampangan, Chef Sau is a passionate advocate for healthy, sustainable, organic ingredients and regional cuisine, so when I ask him to … Continue reading

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Christmas: a time for giving

It’s mid-November and the shopping malls in Manila are filling up with Christmas trees, Santas and arctic animals, while the air vibrates with schmalzy Christmas songs. As we reach for our Christmas lists, you may think my title is stating … Continue reading

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Sunday Markets: a new religion

Weekend markets have long been popular sources of quality produce and family entertainment. In South Australia, the Sunday Farmer’s Market has become an almost religious experience, as pilgrims flock to meet the farmers, orchardists, fishermen, cheese-makers, bakers, and cooks who … Continue reading

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When the Elephants Dance

It is the last weeks of World War II in the Pacific. Food is scarce, ordinary Filipinos are forced to scavenge or starve, and many have gone into hiding: in caves in the mountains; deep in the jungles, or simply … Continue reading

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From Paddock to Plate

Sandra Lyn Hataway is a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu in Texas and a devotee of both Slow Food USA and iconic restaurateur Alice Waters. Slow Food proclaims it is redressing the balance of our fast food life by preserving … Continue reading

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Lazy Susan

‘One may often find round a single table all the modifications which extreme sociability has introduced into our midst: love, friendship, business, speculation, influence, solicitation, patronage, ambition, intrigue; that is why conviviality affects every aspect of human life, and bears … Continue reading

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