Latin America’s #1 Restaurant, Central & #2 Restaurant, Maido, To Cook At Shangri-La Fort in the Philippines on October 27 to 31, 2016

Mitsuaru Tsumura of Maido in Lima, Peru, #2 Restaurant in Latin America. Cheryl Tiu, and Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima Peru, #1 Restaurant in Latin America for 2016 (for the 3rd year now!)

At the recently concluded Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 awards ceremony in Mexico City: Mitsuaru Tsumura of Maido in Lima, Peru, #2 Restaurant in Latin America for 2016, Cheryl Tiu, and Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima Peru, #1 Restaurant in Latin America for 2016 (for the 3rd year now!)

I was recently in Mexico City for the fourth edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony. I was thrilled to see my buddies Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima, Peru, and Mitsuharu “Micha” Tsumura of Maido in Lima, Peru topping the list this year at #1 and #2, respectively! (*Read my column on Forbes Life USA on what Virgilio had to say about topping the list for the 3rd year in a row; as well as the full list of the 2016 winners.)


Central is the #1 Restaurant in Latin America for 2016– for the third year in a row!


Maido jumped up to the #2 best restaurant in Latin America this 2016

And the wonderful news for us Filipinos is that they are BOTH cooking in the Philippines this month– as part of the regional Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy, which brings various chefs to cook at various Shangri-La properties in the region.

From October 27 to 31, Micha will be cooking his brand of Nikkei cuisine (“Japanese food with a Peruvian heart,” he explains) that he serves at Maido at Samba, Shangri-La Fort’s Peruvian Restaurant. The 4-course lunch is priced at P2,250 and the 6-course dinner at P4,500. For beverage pairings, there is a supplement of P2,200 nett for lunch, and P2,500 nett for dinner respectively. (Government tax/ service charge apply.)

On October 30, Virgilio Martinez will be joining Micha for a one night-only Four Hands dinner. If you guys remember,  Virgilio cooked with us at Cross Cultures’ #SixHandsManila dinner last April with Yoshihiro Narisawa of Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan, and Chele Gonzalez of Gallery Vask in Manila, Philippines, earlier this year– and it was EPIC!!! So this time, he joins his good buddy for another momentous occasion. Virgilio is also in town to launch his book, Central published by Phaidon Press, in the Philippines. The Four Hands 8-course menu will be priced at P7,500.

Here’s a peak at Maido’s lunch menu:

27 – 31 October
PHP 2,250 / per person
Cebiche Clásico
Cebiche clasico de pescados y mariscos
Peruvian fish and seafood ceviche
Cebiche Abalón al ají Amarillo
Cebiche de abalóne relleno de palta y gelatina de cebiche,
servido con leche de ají Amarillo nitrogenda
Abalon ceviche with avocado and ceviche gelatine, served with leche de tigre and aji Amarillo in nitro
Catacaos de camarones
Tamal de arroz verde relleno de camarones salteados y servido
con salsa de reducción de chupe
Green rice tamal stuffed with sautéed prawns,
chupe (prawn chowder) reduction sauce
Gindara Misoyaki
Bacalao negro marinado en miso y cocido a la parrilla,
servido con pure de papa camotillo
Chargrilled black cod marinated in miso, mashed camotillo potato
Tacuchaufa con asado de tira
Tacu tacu de arroz salteado, asado de tira cocido por 50 horas
Beans and stir fried rice tacu tacu, 50 hours sous-vide short ribs
Sabayon de chocolate, helado de shica shica, castanas de bahuaja, cacao 100%
Chocolate Sabayon, shica shica ice cream, chestnuts and 100% cacao

To book at table, visit the website or phone +632 820 0888.

Getting To Know Arla Dairy in Denmark– Did You Know The Company Is Owned By The Farmers?

Cheryl Tiu- Arla Farm- Faregard- Denmark

He don’t like me: Trying to make friends with a cow at an Arla farm in Faregard, Denmark

“I’m employed by the farmers,” said Jens Christian Krog Nielsen, Senior General Manager for Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand for Arla Foods. We were in a farm in Fåregård, a two-hour drive from Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city after Copenhagen–  and that statement surprised me. Apparently, Arla Dairy is completely owned by the 12,500 farmers. “There is no outside capital for Arla foods,” continued Jens. “Everything they paid for is from their money or a bank loan.”

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Dinner with Beautiful Destinations Founder and CEO Jeremy Jauncey in Manila, Philippines

Earlier this week, fresh off the plane from Copenhagen, I had the chance to have dinner with Beautiful Destinations founder and CEO Jeremy Jauncey, who likewise just arrived from New York City, at the Dusit Thani Manila’s Benjarong. If you watched Karen Davila’s interview with him on ANC, he said he loved our buko (coconut)– so here, this photo is proof!

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5 Things To Do In Frankfurt, Germany– Plus, A Daytrip To The Rheinstein Castle

Rudesheim am Rhein- Rheinstein Castle- Cheryl Tiu- Phoebe Lee Little Grey Box- Germany

On a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument at Rudesheim am Rhein (1.5 hours away by car from Frankfurt), which offers panoramic views over the old town and the Rhine River. Here I am with Australian travel blogger  Phoebe Lee  of Little Grey Box.

I was recently in Germany for Singapore  Airlines’ inaugural flight to Dusseldorf. We spent a few days there, took a day trip to Cologne and then the last leg of our trip was two nights in Frankfurt. (We traveled by car/ land all the way, so that’s a great itinerary to have the next time you’re in this side of the world!)

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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


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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