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Being the oldest monthly culinary magazine in the Philippines, Cook Magazine continues to evolve and adapt to the interests and demands of our readers and supporters. We at Cook Magazine pride ourselves with providing our readers and advertisers practical, kitchen-tested recipes from our country’s top chefs and food experts, local and international dining destinations and food-related features and event partnerships. We look forward to leading the way in sharing our love of food for years to come.
The colder nights of February is probably the real reason Valentine’s Day was first celebrated. Chilly nights, short days and nothing much to do is as good a reason as any to think of an excuse to celebrate. As much as we’d like to brush off the “day dedicated to romance” as a purely commercial celebration, so as not to appear bitter or a killjoy, we decided to embrace the love month as an occasion to cook and eat something special. This month, we take a quick trip to Tagaytay to take advantage of the cool weather. And just like we’ve done in previous road trips, we search for places to eat - both the new and the tried and tested. We stayed at the iconic Taal Vista Hotel and revisit one of my favorite restaurants, Taza. Our late-night munchies took us to Taco Shack, a new Mexican-Asian taqueria just by the Tagaytay rotunda. Our late lunch at Asiong’s the following day was such a joy, especially when we got to sample Cavite City’s iconic restaurant’s specialties with the bonus of having a lengthy chat with Sonny Lua, the bubbly and talented force behind the lovely restaurant. I created a four-course dinner for those who’d prefer staying home to avoid the traffic and chaos that is Valentine’s dinner. Chef Day Salonga shares his spicy and mildly sweet beef stew, perfect for family or a group of friends. Chef Edith Singian shares her recipes with raisins, both sweet and savory. Our Korean friends, led by Cook columnist Britney Kang, show us a quick and simple radish kimchi. Romancethemed cakes are what our pastry chefs Jojo Javier and Edward Mateo have created for this issue, perfect endings for any special meal. Whether you’re madly in love, hopelessly single or anywhere in between, our foodie finds and recipes this month should make the “season of love” a little more bearable if not enjoyable. Cook, eat and love every bite!