Dessert Comes First

An obsession with dessert and other unabashed opinions of a food writer

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Celebrate Di’Mark’s 50th Anniversary with a FREE Dessert!

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Di’Mark’s, the Philippines’ pizza pioneer, turns 50 on April 1, 2007. That’s a long time to be around and that’s a lot of pizzas! Di’Mark’s started out as a mom ‘n’ pop operation way back in 1957 by enterprising couple, Arturo and Lita Fernandez, who decided to introduce the Philippines to the pizza that they’d […]

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Grub at the Grotto

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A grotto is a cave or cave-like excavation, and its Italian counterpart, la grotta is the name of a restaurant in Legaspi Village. Its somewhat esoteric location adds to its intrigue as a place far removed from the other dining hubs. It’s no hole-in-the-wall however, since it’s equipped with silverware and cloth napkins and cold, […]

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The Cafe for the Casanova

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My high school History teacher was named Ms. Casanova. My classmates and I never did find out what her first name was but she was quite unforgettable: she always wore her black hair in a tight ponytail; in my four years in high school, I never saw her with her hair down. She once even […]

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Anchovies on the thick-thin pizza

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Of course the anchovies that I’m talking about are not the ones pictured above, which are fresh marinated anchovies from Spain. I just wanted to share this photo that I took at a Spanish food fest. These are really quite different from what I know to be anchovies, which are brown and flat and come […]

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L’Opera: A Photo Essay

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I was at L’Opera recently for a writing assignment for a magazine. The restaurant’s been around since 1994, and it’s kept its legion of fans since its location hops from Jupiter Street, Greenbelt, and now at the Fort. Though I’ve never eaten at L’Opera, I had little tastings of each dish that was brought out […]

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Liquid Love

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Three years ago, I wrote an article detailing my 6 Exciting Desserts for 2003. Included on that list was the panna cotta at Caffe Maestro. I followed up that article with my 10 Best Desserts in Manila for 2005. I was recently in Caffe Maestro again, and again I ordered what may just be two […]

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My best-kept Italian secret

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I wrote an article before about Amici being Manila’s best-kept Italian secret. There’s another restaurant, also Italian, which I consider my best-kept secret. It’s a place that’s particularly dear to me for two reasons: my Bin took me there on our first date, and two and a half years later, we had dinner there the […]

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