Michelle Obama’s floral dress

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama wore this stunning Tracy Reese floral dress at the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

 

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Tracy Reese Fumaria dress at Anthropologie, $498

 

 

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

 

 

September 15. Mark your calendars. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target. This exclusive fall collection of clothing and accessories – including bags, shoes and travel accessories for men and women is launching in stores and on my partner site Target.com.

 

 

There are several pieces exclusive to Target.com (not sold in stores). Prices are yummy. They range from $19.99 to $299.99 but on an average they’re under $49.99.

Check out the pages from the look book. Versatile pieces that easily transition from day to night – tailored pants, button downs, structured blazers, work dresses, loafers and slippers. Philippine-based shoppers can shop. Just send to a US address and find a way to bring home. We always find ways.

 

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You know what I’ll be doing on September 15th.

For more information, check out Target.com .

 

 

From Our Table to Yours

 

 

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Before I got my new the new kitchen, I cooked probably twice a year. I knew I could cook but I just didn’t enjoy it. I told myself (and Patrick) that if I got my dream kitchen, I would be a lot more interested in cooking. And it’s true. Now I cook almost every other day — ranging from breakfast fare to simple stir fry veggies, osso buco, bacalao a la Vizcayna, baby back ribs, all sorts of chicken dishes and a weekly baking activity with the kids. I thank google for many recipes but I rely a lot on my parents and my brother for family recipes and the more important wisdom and tricks.

I’m so glad there is a new recipe book that compiles some family recipes from the Philippines’ top foodies. In From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Heirloom Recipes and Family Memories, chef Angelo Comsti shares generations-old and time-tested recipes. It is a treasure trove of stories, heirloom recipes and family memories from some of the country’s most influential foodies such as Antonio Escalante of Antonio’s (who shares my favourite Ilonggo dish Kadyos with Pork), Joel Binamira of Zubuchon, Aileen Anastacio of Goodies N’ Sweets and Pixie Sevilla-Santos of Forget Me Not Specialty Cakes.

There are more than 50 recipes featuring main dishes, snacks and desserts with personal photos and short stories accompanying each recipe. Some of the recipes which have clear step-by-step instructions and food preparation tips include: beef shank soup (pochero), stewed pork knuckle (estofadong pata), caramel custard (leche flan), prawns with coconut milk and bilimbi fruit, fried pork spring rolls and Christmas cheese balls.

 

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Angelo Comsti graduated with a degree in professional culinary studies at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia and has long been working with food. He is a food writer for TV and various print and digital periodicals and a food and prop stylist for magazines, print ads, billboards, restaurant menus and cookbooks.

 

From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Heirloom Recipes and Family Memories is exclusively available for P795 in National Book Store, Powerbooks and Bestsellers branches. Shop online at nationalbookstore.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for the latest events, promos and contests.

 

 

Conversation with Carlos Ott

 

 

Just edited an old taped interview with Carlos Ott, an Uruguay-born Canadian-resident architect who built landmark buildings like the Opera de la Bastille in Paris back in 1983. He also claims to have created the original concept of the Burj al Arab which was adapted by another architect.

Carlos Ott is the architect of Rockwell Land’s The Proscenium.

 

 

I have a few video taped interviews with other interesting design personalities still to be edited. Let me know what you think of this video concept.

 

 

Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet

 

 

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Pia and Nor Domingo

 

Meet my friends Pia and Nor Domingo. Pia is my friend from childhood. Her husband Nor may look familiar. He is an actor who’s done a number of commercials and movies. He appeared in Philippine Educational Theater’s “Haring Lear” (a Tagalog adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” featuring an all-male cast) as Goneril and a restaging of “Care Divas” as Jonie. He was also in the KC Concepcion-Richard Gutierrez movie filmed in Santorini and a number of  more current ones. Nor also works behind the camera as a cinematographer and director.

In between acting stints, Nor thought of starting a small enterprise. He did some research and taught himself how to make sorbet – Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet. It is now a real family business with their kids Pepe and Pilar helping out at times. While Nor creates the sorbets, Pia does the management side as she is used to running a home-based food business, having been a wedding cake baker at some point.

Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet is a homemade frozen dessert made from all-natural flavors with no artificial colors, low on fat, zero cholesterol and 100% yummy!!! They only make flavors with fruits found in the Philippines.

 

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Me: Why and how did you come up with the idea of getting into the homemade sorbet business?
Nor: Why? The real answer is I was really getting depressed that my work was taking me away from my kids too much. It was really getting painful everytime I see my kids faces everytime I leave and they ask how long I’ll be away. Iana would start counting the days before I even step out of the house.These were precious times. Pretty soon they’ll stop caring and the roles will reverse. I don’t want to miss this and regret! So I thought why not start a business I can do at home? I can work at the same time be with them.

Me: What was the inspiration behind creating Filipino sorbets?
Nor: The original plan was opening an Italian Ice store much like the one I go to in Staten Island. About the time I was perfecting my product, Italian Ice kiosks opened in a couple of places. I had to think of a way to be different from them. I can’t remember who (probably Pia) suggested that to make it unique, I should try making sorbets with local fruits. I thought it was a great idea! Get a product that is ‘foreign’ and give it a Pinoy flavor! It could be attractive to locals and at the same time showcasing Philippine fruits to tourists in a form that is refreshing and familiar to them.

Me: What are the flavours of Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet?
Nor: Our current flavors are Sampaloc, Guyabano, Passionfruit, Dalandan, Avocado Berry, Pinya’t Sili and Santol. I make Kamias but only when our tree bears fruit. But I always make it a point to come out with a new one every month.

 

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Avocado

 

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Sampaloc

 

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Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet is available at P190 per pint. Half-gallon (4 pints) and one-gallon 8 pints) orders accepted, at least three days in advance.

It is available at 241 Connecticut St., Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City. Also at Connie’s Kitchen Deli, 4th St. cor. Broadway Ave., Quezon City and The Food Bin, Katipunan Ave. Ext. inside Wham Burger compound.

Aug31 at Mercato Centrale BGC from 7pm to 12mn

Call 925-5817, 0920-907-2901 to 02. Or check out their Facebook page.