08 Jan2012

Light Reading…

by Marketman

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?



  1. khan says:

    will definitely buy!!!

    Jan 8, 2012 | 10:38 pm


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  3. foodie says:

    Marketman- you can get Monocle at National Bookstore, Rockwell.

    Jan 8, 2012 | 10:43 pm

  4. rosedmd says:

    i saw that linamnam book from one of my patients, he said it’s a nice and informative book. he is also a foodie, cook and he cultivates his herbs . wow! i will get a copy now na.

    Jan 8, 2012 | 10:49 pm

  5. ayla says:

    Got a copy of Town and Country because we saw your name on the cover MM! On the same day i read your post about the chicken poking incident so I have a pretty good idea of where that happened. Very informative article may I say.

    Jan 9, 2012 | 1:57 am

  6. foodie says:

    Happy three Kings! We do not get T&C here in the US. Would love to get a copy and read it.

    Jan 9, 2012 | 4:10 am

  7. bearhug0127 says:

    Can any generous and tech savy soul post a copy on line of the article or a link to it? It would surely be appreciated by those of us who can’t get a hard copy. Thank you.

    Jan 9, 2012 | 4:32 am

  8. JE says:

    Hey MM, Monocle is available locally, you might be able to find it in Fully Booked. The only caveat is the price; last I saw, it was already at upwards of PHP 1200 for a single issue. If you plan on buying it regularly, getting a subscription shipped directly to you might be cheaper.

    Jan 9, 2012 | 5:10 am

  9. millet says:

    wow, that title just jumped off the screen! Lovely basket still-life!

    Jan 9, 2012 | 6:10 am

  10. Betchay says:

    Congratulations! I’m going to the bookstore today to get my copy!

    Jan 9, 2012 | 6:44 am

  11. Mtriumph says:

    Is the book available in the US?

    Jan 9, 2012 | 7:49 am

  12. Papa Ethan says:

    The photo of the basket/bag on the title spread of the T&C articles aptly captures your blog logo, MM. I’ll get a copy of this issue and add it to my collectibles. =)

    Jan 9, 2012 | 8:26 am

  13. PITS, MANILA says:

    thanks, MM! it has always been the PALENGKE for us every time we visit a new place. second would be the SUPERMARKET. talagang JUST HAVE TO SEE! valuable info from you always!

    Jan 9, 2012 | 9:48 am

  14. lynn says:

    will be rushing to buy copy of this and will surely share it with family, friends and loved ones…….. thanks marketman,

    Jan 9, 2012 | 10:30 am

  15. bearhug0127 says:

    Here’s a link to an old post by MM about T&C magazine way back in September 2007, where one comment went:
    suzette says:
    looking forward to the issue where mm will be on the cover!!!


    Jan 9, 2012 | 10:44 am

  16. lei says:

    MM, is that your actual basket in the article?!? :)

    Jan 9, 2012 | 7:02 pm

  17. Sam says:

    I love Monocle. I always find something interesting to check out in every issue!!!

    Jan 9, 2012 | 7:09 pm

  18. kerwin says:

    Subscribe to the monocle online for an annual fee of 70 pounds if I am not mistaken. It ships in a very nice padded plastic envelope. Just be prepared to wait 2-3 months before your 1st issue arrives. Worth the wait though.

    Jan 9, 2012 | 8:48 pm

  19. joey says:

    Got a copy of Linamnam as well and have just started it…it is getting me all excited about finding and trying all these Filipino dishes! Got another Filipino food book as well. Exciting times! :)

    Grabbing the new T&C asap to check out your article!!

    Jan 9, 2012 | 9:39 pm

  20. Part Time Homemaker says:

    MM I was in Cebu a few weeks back and I tried the pritchon in the Zubuchon near the airport. I wanted the fresh lechon but they told me it was only available after 5:30. It was so good!!! I also made lechon sinigang with the frozen lechon I took home. My husband loved it! Open a branch in Manila please???

    Jan 9, 2012 | 10:05 pm

  21. Natie says:

    Heard about Linamnam book pre Christmas from blog Flavours of Iloilo. Mr. Tayag was in Iloilo then for a local food tasting/competiton…had my Sis buy the book as a present for my foodie nephew… _

    Jan 10, 2012 | 2:09 am

  22. EJ says:

    Hi, MM, as you’re probably also a Financial Times reader, you might be interested to know that Monocle’s editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé also writes the “Fast Lane” column in FT Weekend.

    Jan 10, 2012 | 5:31 am

  23. chinachix says:

    Jan 10, 2012 | 10:28 am

  24. sophie says:

    “and a part of me thought there was a C at the end of the “MARKETMANIA”… :) “….laugh so hard, will grab a copy later of T & C. good one MM.

    Jan 10, 2012 | 11:53 am

  25. siopao says:

    MM, you might also want to read (Momofuku’s)David Chang’s new quarterly publication “Lucky Peach” It’s about food, of course.


    Jan 10, 2012 | 12:05 pm

  26. Marketman says:

    siopao, yes, I have heard about the Lucky Peach but haven’t seen an issue yet… sophie, I did a t-shirt way back that had “Marketmaniac” on it. :) chinachix, thanks, will have to read that link soon. EJ, I used to have a subscription to FT many years ago, but when I retired… read it less and less… Part Time Homemaker… in time, in time… hopefully it will eventually happen. Kerwin, they are pricey… but maybe I will have to be happy with an occasional copy… lei, I did send in several photos of my market basket, but I think they decided to take one of their own to fit the layout better. Papa Ethan, it is exactly the market basket in my logo… Mtriumph, I am not aware of the book being available in the U.S., but maybe eventually Amazon will carry it? foodie, thanks for that, NBSI Rockwell it is.

    Jan 10, 2012 | 5:36 pm

  27. Rowi says:

    For those keen to listen to some interesting articles from Monocle, you could download their podcasts on your iPhone, for free. I love their series on The Menu but have yet to forage into other categories, which Im sure are all interesting “reads”. Beats a hefty subscription price and I browse the hard copy in the local library when I want to get the feel of the magazine and read other non-podcasted articles.

    Jan 13, 2012 | 11:33 pm


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