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Kiss the Cook

A gender-swapped version of last year’s female chefs and foodies, Zee Lifestyle turns the spotlight on these attractive culinary hobbyists and the signature dishes they prepare to win over the ladies.

Try as they might, this batch of good-looking men will not succeed in remaining inconspicuous. Heads turn wherever they go and word around town is they make a mean dish. A gender-swapped version of last year’s female chefs and foodies, Zee Lifestyle turns the spotlight on these attractive culinary hobbyists and the signature dishes they prepare to win over the ladies.

GEEV BAHRAMPOORI 

For Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu F&B manager, Geev Andre Bahrampoori, any post that brings him back to his first love, which is food, is a welcome move. His first internship was in the kitchen of the Romantik Hotel Stern in his hometown Chur, a boutique hotel famous for its 14 point “Gault-Millau” cuisine. In 2006, he moved to Thailand

to manage Mantra Restaurant and Bar in Pattaya and then moved on to become F&B Executive Assistant Manager at the Amari Coral Beach Resort and Spa in Phuket. Before relocating to the Philippines, he was part of the pre-opening team of Courtyard by Marriot in Bali. This wanderlust has caused him to love different food influences from various world cuisines. Thankfully he is residing at the hotel and enjoys the international fare Executive Chef Marco Amarone and his team prepares. He also highlights the homemade Chinese noodle soup of La Mien Chef Li Baojian. For dates on the other hand, he prefers to bring his fiancee, Indonesian model Kiyomi Juliana to the more private and intimate setting of his bachelors pad. He charms her with his boyish good looks and playful demeanor, and romances her with a simple yet effective menu of either Sydney rock oysters and champagne or Italian cold cuts with Swiss cheese on homemade bread and a bottle of Amarone.

How did you learn to cook?

I always helped out my mom in the kitchen when I was young. My family preferred fresh and homemade dishes. Food plays an important part in our family life and we combined Swiss and Persian cuisine.

What’s your favorite cuisine to make?

I mostly prepare dishes with Mediterranean influence.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?

I love dining at Anzani, for the cuisine, the service and the overall dining experience. They also offer a great selection of wines.

When do you cook?

I cook back home in Switzerland while staying with my family, or in Bali when I stay at the house of my fiancée.

Have you ever cooked to say sorry?

I’d be lying if I denied it.

What’s your secret ingredient?

I use regional herbs, spices and ingredients fresh from the market.

Any favorite kitchen tools/toys?

The Moulinex Mixer is a necessary kitchen tool to be able to prepare the best fruit and vegetable juices. I can’t have breakfast without my Swiss Nespresso machine.

How do stay fit and healthy?

I try to strike a balance between work and personal life. I go walking, hiking and swimming for exercise. I also try to make the effort to touch base with family and friends.

Toast Smoked Salmon with Eggs Benedict

60 grams smoked salmon
1 whole poached egg
20ml Hollandaise
whole wheat bagel

1 Crack the eggs into a ball, and then gently slide into a pan of simmering water and cook until the egg white has mostly solidified, but the yolk remains soft.

2 Add a small pat of butter or margarine to the container to prevent the egg sticking to its container. The ‘perfect’ poached egg has a runny yolk, with a hardening crust and no raw white remaining.

3 Place on top of toasted whole-wheat bagel. Drape the salmon slivers on top and add Hollandaise to taste.

MATT STRAIGHT

Anyone can see that Matt Straight takes his health seriously. You can tell from a mile away, what with the muscled arms and great posture. His rigorous workout routine demands an hour of spin class and another hour of weight lifting daily. He wasn’t always as fit and shares that as a child he battled obesity, “On my 19th birthday I had trouble getting into the jeans I bought three weeks before. I was so uncomfortable, I had used a safety pin

to secure it from popping open. I joined the gym the next day.” Born in England but raised in New Zealand, Matt finds himself in the Philippines developing a client base (he’s a personal trainer) and website catering to health and wellness. Practicing what he preaches, he cooks for more practical reasons, “I like to know what’s in my food. If you eat out, every meal is like playing Russian Roulette, you never know what you’re going to get and what’s in the meal. Most of the time restaurant food is loaded with extra oils salts and sugars.”

How did you learn to cook?

At 18, I left home and was forced to learn how to cook rather than eat instant noodles everyday. I collected cookbooks and just taught myself.

What’s your favorite cuisine to make?

I love the sharp fresh aromas of mint, basil, coriander and lemongrass of Thai food.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?

It depends on my mood but I’m loving La Maison Rose right now. At least once a week you will see me downing a plate of ribs at Mooon Cafe. Some of the best ribs I’ve tasted for just 220 pesos. Crazy!

Has cooking helped your love life?

Who doesn’t love a guy who can cook? So few guys actually cook for their dates these days. If she likes seafood, a seafood paella is always a winner. Then I break out a rich chocolate dessert with a zesty passion fruit topping which is bound to do the trick.

Honey Glazed Salmon Served on Sweet Potato MasH with Asian Greens

Serves two

Two 200 grams of salmon fillet
One and a half tsp honey
One tsp of fresh or dried rosemary
A sprinkle of salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste Garlic powder 

1 Boil sweet potato and squash for 15 minutes or until soft. Once cooked, drain the water and add the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mash until semi smooth. Form the mixture into two circular patties and place in a frying pan coated with spray oil.

2 Heat up another frying pan with 1 tsp of butter.

Season the salmon with salt, pepper and rosemary and place in a hot frying pan skin side down.

3 Aftertwominutes,searthe pink exposed sides before completely flipping on to the large fleshy side. This will help keep the center of the fish moist. Once the salmon is cooked through, drizzle 3⁄4 tsp of honey over the fleshy side of the salmon and flip. Cook for approximately 30 seconds or until the honey has caramelized. Heat a wok or large frying pan. Add sesame oil, Asian greens, ginger and minced garlic. Cook on a high heat until veggies start to soften. Add the soy sauce and honey and cook for a further two minutes. Place Asian greens in a small bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of sesame seeds. Heat the sweet potato cakes for two minutes each side and plate. Place the salmon on the center of the cake.

MIKE CANCIO

Mike may just have the perfect slice of ham in his kitchen, and he will willingly let anyone take a bite of his stuff, just don’t ask for the recipe. His ninong and Filipino-Spanish crossover celebrity chef, Ed Quimzon handed it over to him and the top-secret recipe has even been awarded as one of the best ham recipes. Mike’s mom, Maricita Cancio and grandmother, Maricris Teves have cultivated in Mike the love of cooking, “Some of the greatest pleasures in life come from good food and love. Eating can affect people a lot more than just satisfying their taste buds.” With a naughty grin and a sparkle in his chinky eyes he reveals, “What most people don’t know is that food can enhance your love life.” This young entrepreneur with killer looks even has a trademark dish to win over the ladies- salpicao pizza. And what’s his secret ingredient? “Love,” he smirks.

What’s your favorite cuisine to make?

I would say Italian food for its quality, simplicity and healthiness.

What dish do you enjoy preparing?

I like preparing pizza because it’s a wholesome dish that brings everyone together. Its like painting on a blank canvas, the possibilities to making good pizza is practically endless. The whole ritual of making it gives such a calming effect.

When do you cook?

I cook whenever I can find the time. It’s a great outlet to calm your body and mind.

Have you ever cooked to say sorry?

Yes, that always works!

Any favorite kitchen tools/toys?

My brick oven and an eight-inch chef’s knife

Spaghetti al Pomodoro e Basilico

500 grams pasta
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp thinly sliced garlic
1 kg fresh ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced 4 tbsp basil torn by hand
Salt to taste

1 Put a tablespoon of olive oil and all the garlic in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and cook until the garlic begins to sizzle.

2 Add the tomatoes as soon as you see the garlic begin to change color. If using fresh tomatoes, you’ll notice they give off a fair amount of liquid. When the liquid begins to reduce, season with salt. Continue cooking until the tomatoes have reduced and separated from the oil after about around 10-20 minutes. While the sauce is reducing, cook pasta in a deep pot.

3 When sauce has reduced, add the basil leaves and a pinch of crushed chilies (optional). Cook for one-two minutes then remove from the heat and set aside. When pasta is cooked al dente, drain and toss using the sauce pan, adding the remaining table spoon of olive oil.

JOVIE UNCHUAN

It’s fitting that Jovie Unchuan, together with his business partner Margette Sarmiento, acquired David’s Restaurant this year because he is all about fuss-free unadulterated good food. David’s has been the go-to place for high-quality steak in Cebu for more than a decade now. “I don’t really cook, I grill. It’s the easiest way to have a great simple dinner.” He got into grilling everything from pork chops, lamb and steak when he lived in the States. On weekends when his kids are with him or when friends come over to his house, Jovie plays the part of Grill Master. And his showpiece? 250 grams of two-inch thick Kitayama Wagyu Ribeye steak from Bukidnon. In his arsenal are his grilling tools from Williams Sonoma and a digital meat thermometer. If not at the beach, at work or at home, you can find this tall and tanned restaurateur in the site of his new brainchild, David’s Kitchen. Located in IT Park, it will offer affordable set menus that give diners value for money.
What’s your all time favorite dish?

I like steaks! That’s what I love to eat, and that is what I grill. Recently, I discovered Kitayama Wagyu from Bukidnon, and now that’s my steak of choice.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?

David’s, of course!

Has cooking helped my love life?

My home grilled steaks has impressed my girlfriend but Its always paired with a bottle of good wine. I really don’t know if it’s the steaks or the wine.

What would you prepare for her on a date?

She is also an excellent cook, so the kitchen is her territory; I’m relegated to the grill and nothing else but the grill.

What’s your secret ingredient?

My secret ingredient, I would have to say is wine. A good bottle of wine just makes a good dinner great.

How do stay fit and healthy?

I eat a lot of fruits.

Grilled Kitayama Wagyu Ribeye

2 inch thick and 250 grams Kitayama Wagyu Ribeye
A good bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon Salt and pepper
Olive oil 

1 Place the two inch steak in the refrigerator overnight. An hour before cooking, pat the meat dry with kitchen paper towel, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Let it sit.

2 Heat up the grill with charcoal once really hot, place the steak on the grill five minutes on each side only turning it over once. This will achieve the perfect medium rare.

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Citizens of the World: CAMPAIGN 2KRAINE

Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village

Citizens of the World: CAMPAIGN 2KRAINE

By Eva Gullas

“We are all citizens of the world. What’s good for you, must be good for all. If you are lost, share a plate with a stranger… you will find who you are.”

-Jose Andres, renowned Spanish Chef and founder of World Central Kitchen

 

Chef José Andrés

Where there are humanitarian disasters, you will find the volunteers of World Central Kitchen.  In their midst will be local chefs, most of them inspired by its iconic founder, celebrity chef José Andrés. Founded in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in  2010, World Central Kitchen established its “chef network,” of global professional chefs. The vision was for a kind of “chefs without borders” program where volunteers would enact positive change by cooking using local knowledge and resources. Last year, they even came to the island of Siargao in response to an Instagram plea for help after typhoon Odette almost levelled this idyllic paradise. WCK sponsored 2 community kitchens for 2 months serving 250 to 500 meals per day in Siargao.

WCK at Siargao with volunteers, December 2021. (Photo courtesy of Ai-Ai Garcia)

Chef José Andrés was born in Spain where he honed his culinary skills at the eponymous El Bulli under Ferran Adria. By the time he moved to the US in 1991, he was well on his way to being part of the celebrity chefs, with his Bazaar restaurant at the then SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills a favorite hang-out for Hollywood stars. Michelin stars and James Beard awards followed closely. These days though, Jose Andres spends his time in kitchens all over the world while his top rated chain of restaurants in the US continue to thrive. There’s a Bazaar restaurant at Las Vegas and Miami, and if you happen to be in the area, check out their amazing servings – it’s worth the splurge especially since it is owned by this great humanitarian!

The Bazaar Restaurant in Miami

With the Ukraine invasion delivered to us in sharp details tru social media and TV, it’s hard to ignore. And so, it was a natural conversation to be able to do something about it even in a small way. On a full-moon evening a few days ago, joining us at a beachside home for dinner was Matthew Wood, the German singer guest of Miranda Konstantiniduo who is here for a few days to shoot his latest music video. Sated with a good meal by the sea, we idly discussed a fund raising event with Matthew. We have been so engrossed with local politics and a looming election in just 2 months, that it was refreshing to talk about something bigger than our small world. Butch Carungay, seated in front of me, took the idea to heart and by the following day, he had the graphics for the event, and a ready rolodex of possible donors for the silent auction. Getting on board the following night was Carlo Cordaro, who happily lent us the second level of Asmara Resort. To complement Matthew, Cebuana singer Doods Osmena also will belt out a few songs. An impressive list of items for the silent auction is being compiled by Butch, composed of overnight stays at top resorts, artworks and furniture pieces from named artists.  We will post a list on the day of event. 

German singer Matthew Wood

Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village

Ribbon designed by Butch Carungay for guests at the fund raising event

It is sponsored by Zee Publications Inc., in our first foray after having been dormant during the pandemic and typhoon Odette. Zee will soon be launching a new artsy printed magazine called Eatz Cebu! 

This Friday, March 25, at 6pm, we open the doors of Asmara Urban Resort (see map) for this fundraising where we hope you can join us by donating a minimum of $50 to the World Central Kitchen directly at https://wck.org/donate. It will be an evening of fun and fundraising, and entry is tru an email or digital receipt of your donation. 

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On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. By February 25, 2022, Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK) was on the ground serving free wholesome meals to those fleeing the violence. Chef Andrés and his volunteers have already served more than one million meals to Ukrainian refugees, from basements, train stations, and shelters. Still, cooking and distributing food in a war zone comes with unique challenges. “We began operations…over two weeks ago inside Lviv,” says Andrés. “The last two days we saw some missiles falling down. So, the western side of Ukraine, that actually was a safe haven for many Ukrainians leaving war, is already kind of feeling like the war is getting closer.” For Andrés, it’s a humanitarian necessity and a call he answers. “The least we can do at World Central Kitchen is be next to them – making sure they will be fed every day.”

SOURCE: MSNBC

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What Makes an Empowered Woman? Let’s take it from Megaworld Hotels and Resorts’ Managing Director, Cleofe Albiso

What is an empowered woman made of? Managing Director Cleofe Albiso of Megaworld Hotels and Resorts, the Philippines’ largest homegrown hospitality chain with 4,000 room keys and 11 hotels, composes her thoughts and shares that its grit, resilience, and love. 

Cleofe Albiso, Managing Director of Megaworld Hotels and Resorts  

Settling in on her new leadership role at the start of the new year, Albiso looks back even way before joining the organization during the last quarter of 2019 as its Group General Manager. It comes as a surprise when she shares that her years takes her back from being a pre-school teacher in Cebu using her degree in Bachelor of Science in Education major in mathematics finishing Magna Cum Laude. After a while, and with doors opening for her to join the corporate world, she finds herself earning her years in sales and marketing where she has gathered decades worth of exemplary experience being part of the country’s biggest telecommunications group and international hospitality brands. 

With the highs and blows of life and as well as business, she shares that “An empowered woman needs to have grit”. The will to persevere and continue with passion has become her brand of leadership in serving not just clients and guests, but as well as taking care of the people she works with. Through her dedication, Albiso has since continued to climb the corporate ladder and was also recognized as the first Filipino General Manager of a Marriott International branded property in the country, the Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo that is also one of Megaworld Corporation’s many other operated international hotels in the Philippines. 

Fast forward to today, she looks at the future with gratefulness as she embraces the opportunity to empower the lives of 2,000 employees present across 11 hotels and not to mention 3 more properties opening this year as well as in 2023. She shares that “My responsibility can only be best tackled by filling my heart with gratitude and keeping my purpose in close check when times get challenging.” 

More than ever, she has come to understand that “Resilience is her way of life.” She explains that challenges come and go along with every solution that solves each one of them. Safe to say, what she considers as the biggest one yet would have to be this pandemic.  Albiso hopes that after a two year pause and struggle of the industry “My constant prayer is for our fellow Filipinos to help us recover by patronizing homegrown brands for them to explore the Philippines and travel again.” She said that in doing so “this will mean more jobs for the hospitality and tourism practitioners and boost confidence in the total industry to go back on full swing once again.” 

Admittedly, despite being one of the industries at the frontline of the pandemic, she can still say that “The culture of appreciation in our very own organization has been better strengthened during these times”.  The company lives by the Circle of Happiness. She explains that “Our organization operates with a culture that reminds us to love ourselves, our families, our work, our community with the love of God at the center of everything we do.” This pandemic has better reminded them to strive to take care of the wholistic well-being of each employee from physical to emotional and even mental health.

On top of that, Albiso gathers that what allows them to thrive is their team’s collective ability to take care of their key stakeholders, execute efforts geared towards sustaining the business, and making people stay and work passionately.  She further adds “We are a work in progress and there are many more business and service facets that we are focusing on improving” and humbly claims that “The best years for Megaworld Hotels and Resorts are yet to come.”

When asked about what her best advice to fellow women would be as they reach for their dreams, she said “I only found genuine fulfillment when I started having a relationship with God.  It is only by accepting that we cannot do things by ourselves that we become dependent on our creator.” According to her it is important “That we do not give credit to our talent, creativity and hard work (alone) but give glory to the one above us who have blessed us with all that.”  

At present, their properties are continuously looking to hire qualified applicants for vacant positions in front office, security, information technology, food and beverage, sales & marketing, human resources and engineering for Belmont Hotel Manila and Savoy Hotel Manila within Newport City in Pasay across NAIA terminal 3, Kingsford Hotel Manila located in the Entertainment City of Paranaque, Hotel Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Twin Lakes Hotel near Tagaytay, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas in Pasig, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo in Iloilo Business Park of Iloilo City, Belmont Hotel Boracay or Savoy Hotel Boracay located at the Newcoast Boracay and Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown in Cebu.

For more information about how you can be part of Megaworld Hotels and Resorts, kindly email careers@megaworldhotels.com. You may also inquire about your future stays through salesinquiry@megaworldhotels.com or connect with them through any of Megaworld Hotels and Resorts’ and its properties’ social media pages. 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Thanksgiving with the Woolbrights

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

The holiday season kicks off officially with Thanksgiving. A time to be grateful for family, friends and blessings. Although this is not usually practiced in our tropical country, there are, however, families like the Woolbrights for whom this is a time-honored tradition.

by Janine Taylor sittings editor Katsy Borromeo fashion stylist Mikey Sanchez food stylist Nicolette Gaw-Yu production manager David Jones Cua intern Danica Ronquillo hair and make-up Jessie Glova assistant Jojo Embalzado photography Joseph Ong locale Woolbright Residence

 

Eddie Woolbright was among the thousands of G.I.’s that landed on the shores of the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. After the war, a few enterprising American soldiers came back, including the 24-year old Eddie who made Tacloban his home, before settling down in Cebu in the 1950s and opened a restaurant and a hardware store downtown—Eddie’s Log Cabin and Eddie’s Hardware and Auto Supply, respectively.

Eddie’s Log Cabin quickly became the hub of social, political and even military scene. It was the first air-conditioned café in town, and more importantly, it offered American diner food including a soda fountain and an ice cream parlor. It was patronized by one and all for its reputation for good food and service.

It also didn’t take long for the fearless Eddie Woolbright to realize that the real estate in the sleepy hillside suburbs was ripe for development. “I will show Cebu what a good planned subdivision is,” Eddie had said, when the late Senator Marcelo Fernan, then a young legal counselor for Columbian Rope Co., took Eddie to see the property. Pretty soon, Eddie had purchased over thirty-three hectares of otherwise undeveloped land from the heirs of the late Arlington Pond.

“Buy land,” Eddie Woolbright was known to quote the late humorist Will Rogers, “because they ain’t gonna make more.”

With his added access to army surplus, he bulldozed tracts of land, and a decade later, Beverly Hills, the first major subdivision in Cebu City, was created, and marketed to the city’s growing well-to-do locals, with the subdivision’s connotations of Hollywood and colonial American aesthetic. Eddie’s belief in the business potentials of central Cebu city enabled him to see much growth in his investments in land development, water drilling, construction, and general trading.

ON THE COVER The Woolbright sisters, Joy, Karen and Alice don Jun Escario’s Holiday Collection, photographed in their home by Joseph Ong. Hair and make-up by Jessie Glova.

 

Eddie had nine children: Rick, Anita, Marc, Gilbert, Alice, Kathy, Kristy, Karen and Joy. All recall that each holiday was as important to them as Christmas. Turkey Thanksgiving dinners, for example, as it was known in the Woolbright household, began when Eddie’s mom, Nell, came to visit sometimes in the 1960s. Eddie would buy a butterball turkey from the American base in Clark and she whipped up a traditional feast complete with cornbread stuffing, cranberry jelly, candied yams, garlic mashed potatoes and her famous giblet gravy which was poured literally all over the bird, as they do back in her home in Oklahoma. Grandma Nell also taught the cooks at Eddie’s Log Cabin to make the famous Coconut Cream Pie, another Eddie’s Log Cabin standard. Kathy also recollects, “It was also dad’s idea that the restaurant and the hotel should serve breakfast 24 hours, and since I loved my Mexican omelet, sliced ham, buttered toast I enjoyed being able to eat breakfast any time of the day.” 

My dad taught me how to be humble. He told us stories about his younger days jumping trains, eating nothing but grapes for days just to go pick cotton. He had a hard life growing up and I guess he wanted us, his children, to know the meaning of hard work. He would say, “Nobody owes you a life in this world”. I didn’t understand it then but I do now. -Alice Woolbright

 

FROM LEFT ON JOY Nude dress, models own; ring and bangle by Gladys Young; ON ALICE Sequined LBD, models own; ON KAREN Grey pleated shift dress from Loalde; ring and necklace by Gladys Young.

Shortly after, turkey was introduced in the menu of Eddie’s Log Cabin, both Americans and Cebuanos, with a penchant for this wholesome meal, look for it when November came, and more especially on Thanksgiving Day. “Dad loved quality meat, and passed on this fondness to us, his children,” noted Karen, “So special meals always consisted of a good steak or the tender Prime Rib Roast. Of course, the year was never complete without a Turkey once or twice.”

As the sisters change into various outfits for the photo shoot in their childhood home, each one recalled the happy memories this holiday brings.  

ON KAREN Teal pantsuit from Loalde, belt by Gladys Young; ON JOY Plum cocktail dress, model’s own; ON ALICE Teal corseted dress by Jun Escario, belt by Gladys Young.

Alice, recalls disliking the giblet gravy as a child but since her dad would serve her at the dinner table she had no choice but to eat it. She adds, “He would get upset if we did not try everything.” Funnily enough, she now looks forward to the giblet gravy and can’t imagine turkey without it.  Her dad, she said, employed the same tactic with his customers at the restaurant so after a while, they ended up getting used to it, and will not have their turkey any other way.

Between brothers and sisters coming home from out of town and family members in the States, there was always some degree of traveling or entertaining company. Dad valued the family bond and holidays were the best time to reinforce that. –Karen Woolbright

Happy hour with the Woolbright siblings.

The family pet Chewy joins in on the annual Woolbright Thanksgiving dinner.

Joy Woolbright-Sotto fondly remembers watching her dad carve the bird. “He made sure that each one of the kids learned how to do it properly, with the white meat sliced thinly enough, and followed last by the dark meat,” she says. A feat she now does with ease. Future doctor Karen says that her dad would always carve the wings and serve it to her, which is still her favorite part of the fowl. Kathy though, considers turkey her comfort food. But she says that she loves the Coconut Cream Pie, which is also served on the restaurant’s menu, and that as a child she could eat half a pie in bed. 

 

Old fashioned roast turkey

Cebu in the 60s and 70s was a very small town, if you wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving, you went to Eddie’s. Eddie’s Log Cabin, like its owner was a trailblazer, the balut dice game originated there, many singers’ careers such as Elizabeth Ramsey’s were given their first break there.  

The torch has been passed on to his children, and they too celebrate it with turkey dinners and all the trimmings, ensuring that the restaurant still serves the traditional menu, down to the Coconut Cream Pie.  Thanksgiving will always be celebrated at their homes, and the Beverly Hotel, the last legacy that Eddie Woolbright gave his children to run.

Another legacy that Eddie left to his children was a love for food and Alice was quick share that she got it too, “I’m usually home during the day and I find myself in the kitchen trying to cook up new dishes to serve.”

 

Back at the Woolbright ancestral home, which is also now Alice’s home, the dining table has been set, evoking autumn and harvest, the candles are lit, the wine is being poured, the buffet table is groaning under the weight of the Thanksgiving repast. The sisters are seated at the table, each with a glass of wine discussing whose turn it is to carve. The annual Woolbright turkey dinner is about to start and I am glad to be invited to join them at their family home. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed.

 

(This article has already been published in Zee Lifestyle’s November 2011 Entertaining Issue, “The Gift that Keeps on Giving” on pages 72-77.)

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