Cross Cultures Presents… Nerua- Guggenheim Bilbao x Gallery Vask in Manila

Nerua and Gallery Vask Collaboration Dinner in Manila, Philippines, Presented by Cross Cultures by Cheryl Tiu- September 13 and

Nerua x Gallery Vask will take place in Manila, Philippines on September 13 & 14, presented by Cross Cultures by Cheryl Tiu, in partnership with Premium Wine Exchange, Discovery Primea and Breville

A lot of people travel to the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain so they can dine at Nerua. The restaurant helmed by Josean Alija,  often referred to as the “master of minimalist cuisine,” has a Michelin star and currently sits as the #55 restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016. Its cuisine has been described as “show-stealing cooking that nearly upstages the art gallery next door.”

On September 13 and 14, 2016, Nerua will be in the Philippines for a collaborative dinner at Gallery Vask, presented by Cross Cultures by Cheryl Tiu, and in partnership with Discovery Primea, Breville and Premium Wine Exchange. Chele Gonzalez trained under Joselean (it was here where he graduated from working as chef de partie and became head chef of events and catering, as well as sous chef for the fine dining and gastronomy), and they have likewise become good friends.

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A Food Crawl Through Poblacion, Makati: Empingao, Wild Poppy & Bucky’s

Wild Poppy, Smokeyard, Alamat, Bucky's- Poblacion, Makati

With the rise of hip, casual and creative eateries, Poblacion in Makati has become a foodie neighborhood

I have a new “food group.” Well, actually, we’re four friends who love to eat. It all started when I got back to Manila and was looking for “new” places to try– or haven’t been to– and Poblacion, Makati caught my attention. Since I have limited time in Manila before jetting off again, I told my friends, we have to hit 3 (THREE) restaurants in 1 night. So alas, Nicky Lozano, Monique Buensalido and Regine Rafael were up for the “challenge,” and now a little new food group was born :)

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A Day Trip To Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany

With over 2,000 years of history, Cologne is Germany’s oldest major city with over one million inhabitants

During my recent stay in Dusseldorf on the occasion of Singapore Airlines’ inaugural flight, we took a day trip to neighboring city, Cologne. While Cologne is only about 30 minutes by car (less than 40km away) from Dusseldorf, it’s important to remember that they have a friendly rivalry going on.

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How We Brought Filipino Food To Hong Kong With Cross Cultures

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Teams Cross Cultures, 42nd Davis, Linguini Fini Hong Kong, Rocco’s Pizzeria, Pepita’s Kitchen and Joe Villanueva represent! (Photo by Nicky Lozano)

Last July 13 and 14 were really important to me as I staged my first Cross Cultures (the events platform I founded under this website) outside of the Philippines… and in HONG KONG! Firstly, I need to reiterate that as Cross Cultures was founded on the premise that food was one of the most accessible ways of exchanging cultures, we have a two-fold aim: 1) To introduce the Philippines to cuisines from overseas (we have previously collaborated with chefs, cooks and restaurants from Ethiopia, Kenya, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Peru), and 2) To likewise introducing different countries to the Philippines by way of our cuisine.

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10 Things To Do In Dusseldorf, Germany

A striking geometric wall in Dusseldorf's old town makes such a great backdrop for photos!

A striking geometric wall in Dusseldorf’s old town makes such a great photo-op for Instagram!

Admit it, when you first heard Dusseldorf, the first thing that crossed your mind was trade fair. Yes, Dusseldorf hosts a lot of trade fairs yearly– as of this August 2016, there are 82 (!!!) trade fairs happening until the year ends— but on my recent trip to the capital of North Rhine–Westphalia on Singapore Airlines’ inaugural flight to the third largest airport in Germany, I discovered lots of wonderful things to do in this clean, green and beautiful city, where people are so well-dressed and well-mannered (every single person automatically stepped back when they saw us taking pictures, so as not to interrupt.)

So next time you make this your gateway to Europe, don’t just make it a stopover. Here are 10 things to do in Dusseldorf:

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Hey Handsome– Peranakan And Northern Thai Cuisine In The Philippines (By The Same Folks Behind Your Local)– Opening On August 17

Hey Handsome, Net Park BGC, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines

An open kitchen set against a white-tiled wall and intentionally chipped in patterned flooring feature in Hey Handsome in Bonifacio Global City, the second restaurant from the folks behind Your Local

When I walked into Hey Handsome, the newest restaurant to open at Net Park at Bonifacio Global City (on August 17), I felt really…. old. Every one in the kitchen looked really young– as in, fresh-out-of-college-very-early-20s– a wonderful human resource (aka young talent) to advocate and support. Some of them came from sister restaurant Your Local in Legaspi Village, and others, regular customers who applied as soon as they heard about this new restaurant. In an interview with CNN Philippines, chef-partner Nicco Santos described them as being “an extension of my creativity and passion.”

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On Board Singapore Airlines’ Inaugural Flight To Their Newest Destination– Dusseldorf, Germany!

Honored to represent the Philippines on Singapore Airlines' inaugural flight from Singapore to Dusseldorf-- on their newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-900.

Honored to represent the Philippines on Singapore Airlines’ inaugural flight from Singapore to Dusseldorf– on their newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-900.

Last Thursday, July 21, Singapore Airlines launched the maiden flight to their third destination in Germany– Dusseldorf! It was an honor for me (and this blog!!!) to have been invited to represent the Philippines on such a monumental occasion– and on board their newest aircraft, too, the Airbus A350-900.

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Michelin Singapore Gala Dinner And Awards Ceremony– Plus, The Complete List Of 2016 Stars

Michelin Singapore Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony 2016 at Resorts World Sentosa

Last Thursday, July 21, Michelin finally arrived in Singapore, with an awards ceremony and gala dinner at Resorts World Sentosa. While Michelin events in other countries are normally smaller and by-invitation only, the one in Singapore was open to the public at a whopping SG$450 per head. It was therefore not a surprise to see that it sold out immediately, and the paying guests also got the best seats in the house.

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While In Transit At The Hong Kong International Airport… What I Like To Eat At The Cathay Pacific’s The Bridge

Taking off: The 16-hour direct flight from New York's JFK airport to Hong Kong was super comfortable. Food was delicious, too. I mean this is some pretty nifty king crab and avocado guacamole on gazpacho jelly.. And it's just the appetizer! As you can see I had also been "wine tasting" on air with a California chardonnay (J.Lohr Estates Riverstone 2014) and a French GSM (Chateau Rombeau Pierre de La Fabregue 2011), both of which I enjoyed very much

Taking off: The 16-hour direct flight from New York’s JFK airport to Hong Kong was super comfortable. Food was delicious, too. I mean this is some pretty nifty king crab and avocado guacamole on gazpacho jelly.. And it’s just the appetizer! As you can see I had also been “wine tasting” on air with a California chardonnay (J.Lohr Estates Riverstone 2014) and a French GSM (Chateau Rombeau Pierre de La Fabregue 2011), both of which I enjoyed very much

When I flew to New York City recently (primarily to attend the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony), I decided to book with Cathay Pacific. I spent some time at the Hong Kong International Airport, as Manila is two hours away from Hong Kong, and New York City is 16 hours from Hong Kong. And then repeat on reverse on the way back.

It’s one of my favorite airports, and deciding which Cathay Pacific business class lounge to visit is fun for me. While it’s normally lottery system, depending on what’s closest to my gate, most my trips have been close to Gate 35, which is where The Bridge is located. In this lounge, both first and business class passengers share the same facilities in a larger space. (unlike in The Wing or The Pier, which separate first class guests from business class)

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World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 in New York City– The Before, The During, The After

Congratulations to the 2016 World's Best Restaurant-- Osteria Franscescana in Modena, Italy! Here I am with chef-patron Massimo Bottura, and Asia's best female chef, our very own Margarita Fores

Congratulations to the 2016 World’s Best Restaurant– Osteria Franscescana in Modena, Italy! Here I am with chef-patron Massimo Bottura, and Asia’s best female chef, our very own Margarita Fores

For the first time ever, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony was held outside the British capital. Cipriani Wall Street in New York City was teeming with chefs, journalists and gastronomes for the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, organized by William Reed Business Media.

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