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Pavlova

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A light meringue dessert named for Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova is a popular dessert in Australia and New Zealand. The defining factor between Pavlova and traditional meringue is inclusion of cornflour. The cornflour allows for the cake to develop a crisp outershell.

Once complete, the Pavlova can take on many different varieties depending on how it is decorated. Traditionally, it is decorated and garnished with fruit.

This Pavlova is available at Felicia’s Bakery, Robinson’s CityWalk in Bacolod City.

This Pavlova is available at Felicia’s Bakery, Robinson’s CityWalk in Bacolod City.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 28, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Posted in Dessert, Food, Travel

Wan Chai

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The site of the Hong Kong handover from the United Kingdom to China, the Wan Chai district is a heavily commercial area of Hong Kong. Along the water, Wan Chai is home to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and just outside is Golden Bauhinia Square and the reunification monument.

The Cross-Harbour Tunnel, the first in Hong Kong, was built in Wan Chai. Today, the Star Ferry operates two routes in and out of Wan Chai.

Home to Hong Kong's government building , households in Wan Chai also boast the highest median income in Hong Kong.

Home to Hong Kong’s government building cluster, households in Wan Chai also boast the highest median income in Hong Kong.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 21, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Posted in Hong Kong, Travel

Bignay Wine

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Federico’s Island Wines is a Filipino wine producer that makes wines from local ingredients. One of the wines they produce is made of Bignay, a local fruit equivalent to a currant. The wine carries an almost tart taste.

In 2009, Federico’s was awarded as “Best Bignay Wine” by the Department of Science and Technology South Luzon Cluster.

Based in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, the producer also makes a wines made from Pineapple and Duhat (similar to grapes).

Based in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, the producer also makes a wines made from Pineapple and Duhat (similar to grapes).

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 18, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Camino’s Place

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Located on the corner of Burgos and Gatuslao, a couple blocks from SM City Bacolod, Camino’s Place is another dining spot that offers local fare for a reasonable price.

Beyond the featured dishes that are on display upon entering the open-air locale, they also offer a large barbeque station that simultaneously cooks several chickens on rotisseries.

And for a lunch including four entrees and four orders of rice, the total cost came to ₱253 (about $6.22).

Camino’s features choices like (bottom to top) tortang talong (eggplant), callos (a dish made with tripe), and menudo.

Camino’s features choices like (bottom to top) tortang talong (eggplant), callos (a dish made with tripe), and menudo.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 11, 2013 at 8:18 AM

The Relics of St. Thérèse

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A Carmelite nun from the late 19th Century, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, despite dying of tuberculosis at a young age, made an impact on the faithful when her manuscripts were distributed posthumously.

The Basilica of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, consecrated in 1951, was dedicated to her. The basilica sees over two million visitors a year, with Pope John Paul II making a pilgrimage in 1980.

The Relics of St. Therese have toured the world for years and, most recently, were on display in Bacolod City, Philippines. Before Bacolod City, the relics toured various cities throughout Negros Occidental.

The Relics of St. Therese have visited Bacolod City three times.

The Relics of St. Therese have visited Bacolod City three times.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

VB

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In 1854, Thomas Aitken founded Victoria Bitter because, according to their website, he was “dismayed by the quality of beers on offer in Australia.” Before 2012, VB held the highest market share of beer sold in Australia; they were overtaken in 2012 by Queensland brewer XXXX Gold.

VB is also known for its unique bottle. According to VB, “it’s a practical shape with no frills, just like its drinkers” and, along with that, the shorter neck allows the beer to maintain its freshness because there is less space for air.

In 2009, alcohol content was dropped from 4.9% to 4.6%, in 2012, the brewery increased it back to its original strength.

In 2009, alcohol content was dropped from 4.9% to 4.6%, in 2012, the brewery increased it back to its original strength.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Posted in Australia, Beer, Food, Travel

Ruínas de São Paulo

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Built in 1602, today, the façade that stood before the Colégio de São Paulo and the Igreja de São Paulo is one of the primary tourist attractions in Macau. The façade stands 25.5 meters high and 23 meters wide.

The cathedral was destroyed in a fire in 1835.

Touring the site, a crypt housing the relics of Japanese Christian martyrs is open for the public to view. There is also a gallery for religious art.

The façade serves as a rare example of baroque architecture in China.

In 2005, UNESCO recognized the Ruins of St. Paul as a World Heritage Site.

In 2005, UNESCO recognized the Ruins of St. Paul as a World Heritage Site.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 2, 2013 at 6:55 AM