If you would like to do some light reading, you may want to check out the January issue of Town & Country, for “Marketman’s Shopping Picks” — a list of my favorite food and related purveyors. If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will have seen several of these places featured here before, but I compiled them all for T&C. I was a bit stunned by the title page of the six-page article (talk about big fonts!), and a part of me thought there was a C at the end of the “MARKETMANIA”… :)
Between the December Mabuhay Magazine article on Holiday Sweets and this article, both written in the same week last October, I can tell you they are far more stressful to write than a typical post on marketmanila. :) And as for the fee offered by Mabuhay, the entire amount for the article and photos has been donated to relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Sendong.
A while back, someone commented that they had seen an article in the American Express Platinum Card magazine “Departures” about Philippine food and that Marketman had been mentioned in passing… I finally got my copy of the magazine and was thrilled to read it for myself. Written by Tom Parker-Bowles, it is very similar to the piece that appeared in the British Esquire magazine earlier in the year.
A couple of friends texted me to get a copy of Claude Tayag’s new book, “Linamnam” and thankfully Santa had it in my stocking… The book chronicles a two-year long incredible series of food trips around the Philippine archipelago, where Claude and his wife, Mary find the delicacies and specialties of each town that they visited. For me, it’s a great guide to the variety of Pinoy dishes, and an easy reference for where to eat when I get to a new city or town that I haven’t visited before. We were thrilled to see that for Cebu, Zubuchon was the only lechon to get mentioned… thanks Claude! :)
Finally, I don’t know what sandbox my head was buried in for the last couple of years, but I only discovered Monocle, the magazine, in 2011 and it is one of my FAVORITE light magazine reads, by far… Published by the guy who used to do Wallpaper, it is global, cosmopolitan, interesting, informative, thought-provoking and just plain cool. I bought their thick year end issue at JFK aiport on my last trip home, and read it for hours on the plane… Anyone know if this magazine is available locally?