Category Archives: Food

Brew really good coffee at home?

For my money, the only way to brew really good coffee is to use a coffee press (see photo), sometimes called a French press. It’s simplicity in itself.  Be sure to use regular grind — not drip grind.  I normally put two-three scoops for every cup of coffee.  Heat clean water and once it boils, pour smoothly into the coffee press.  Stir with about 30 strokes (I use a whisk).  Then, insert the press but do not press immediately.  Let the coffee steep for about half a minute before pressing and then pouring.  My wife and I normally take coffee with muscovado, which is raw brown sugar.


Hire a healthy food caterer?


Irene Carlota R. Versoza runs a small catering service that specializes in healthy (vegetarian, fish, no meats) cuisine. She calls her enterprise Red Rice, Etc. The office I do some consulting work for got her to cater our 2008 Christmas party and the food, without exception, was exceptionally good – even for non-vegetarians. I came back for seconds and thirds.

Contact Red Rice, Etc. at 27-C Mapagsangguni Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. Phone/fax: +632 996-1227. Cellphone: 0916-511784 and 0918-4324942. Email:

Buy local turkey products (including whole turkey)?

The turkey I roasted for Christmas.


You can contact Herbest at: Great Partners Enterprise, Block 10 Kirkwall Drive corner Cambridge Avenue, Kingsville Royale, Antipolo City 1870. Tel: 703-2759. Mobile: 0916-2340122. Email: Look for Ms. Prime Quizon. They sell, among others —

  • Whole, dressed
  • Ground 75% lean
  • Ground 99% lean
  • Tenderloin
  • Breast fillet

* I bought from Herbest a 4.7-kg whole dressed turkey soaked in brine and roasted it this Christmas (2008). For bread stuffing, I adapted a simple mix from a cooking show I caught on the Lifestyle Channel (Ina Garten, “Barefoot Contessa”).