Of black species and Halloween

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:33 p.m.

IT'S that time of the year again—black motifs, Jack O’ Lanterns and all things Halloween. As a tradition, the western feast (a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”) on Oct. 31 is mounted annually to remember the dead, saints and everything ghostly in between.

Singlestalk: Where’s the point?

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:30 p.m.

Darwin John Moises and Michelle Mendez-Palmares

Michelle: Yes, you got the question right. It saddened me when I heard that someone I know, who recently got married, is thinking of ending it. She is firm in her decision not to go back to her husband, who is also not making any effort to win her back.

Luab: We were born for a purpose

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:28 p.m.

MY children tease me mercilessly when they see me hurt. “Mommy, it’s your fault, you open yourself to hurt by being so open, by being so loving. You even spoil us!” These words were spoken by my youngest daughter who is now a mother of three beautiful children.

Women’s world: Getting married for love or just convenience?

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:26 p.m.

Dr. Dana Ruiz-Sesante, Cindy Ruiz Garaña, R.N.

DEAR Cindy,

Easy and overlooked ways to lose weight: Part 2

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:20 p.m.

Pio Solo Fitness station

WE SAID that losing weight is difficult, if you rely on sheer willpower. We must lose weight by design if we want to make the process more efficient.

World pasta day

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:15 p.m.

TODAY might be World Pasta Day, but it’s everyday comfort food for people of all ages. Many of us have grown up with the quite sweet, Filipino-style spaghetti, but there are dozens of types of pastas, and countless recipes for this dough-based dish. While pasta will always be attributed as originating from Italy, many different versions of it are all over Cebu. There’s now something to suit every preference for pasta shape or sauce taste. Here are some of the tastiest ones that might just be waiting to become your new favorite. (JVC)

Pasta and fish

Creamy concoction

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:07 p.m.

BEEF stroganoff—or stroganov if you prefer—is a famous dish of beef sautéed in sour cream, from Russia. Over the years culinary masters have made their versions of it, including chef Sarrita Pimentel behind the eponymous Café Sarree, who serves her take on it with pasta.

'Filipinized' pasta, anyone?

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:07 p.m.

PASTA lends itself to all sorts of flavors. It can even be “Filipinized”! Pino has it with tahung sauce. It’s not the spaghetti Bolognese with all that ground beef and tomato sauce or spaghetti vongole which is prepared with clams. Spaghetti with tahung sauce has all the flavors of tomato sauce and easily available tahung.

Another Filipinized pasta is that of Isidra Comfort Cantina, which offers spicy bangus pasta. Its white sauce is spicy, as its name suggests, with a lightly tart taste.

Wine with a twist

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

A NEW planet has been discovered—a dimension of sophistication, wines and good times. Don’t be intimidated. Planet Grapes is nearby. Enjoy wine without the drama.

Following its retail shop in Taguig Metro Manila, Planet Grapes Cebu opened on Oct. 2 as the brand’s first wine bar. Flowing wines and revolutionary food pairings graced the grand launching on Oct. 10, which was headed by Planet Grapes owner and oenophile himself, Romy Sia.

Sira-sira store: Choco dates

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 07:58 p.m.

IT IS DARK, but sweet. It not strictly food, but it quells hunger. Not a good source of vitamins, but it is said to contain trace elements. And most of all, it is not a sex pill, yet it allegedly raises the libido of the person consuming it.

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