Single Estate Tequila: Jesse Estes of Tequila Ocho

Jesse Estes | Tequila Ocho | Food For Thought

When it comes to artisanal tequilas, there are few brands that take it as seriously as Tequila Ocho. Their take the production of their tequila to such as extent, being the first ever single estate tequila, with each plot, which they call ranches, producing a different quality based on its unique terroir. We speak to Jesse Estes, Global Ambassador of Tequila Ocho to find out more about this unique tequila. Continue reading

World Cucumber Day: Charmaine Thio of Hendrick’s Gin

Charmaine Thio Brand Ambassador | World Cucumber Day | Charmaine Thio of Hendrick's Gin | Food For Thought

For many people around the world, it must come as a curiosity why the slightly comical notion of World Cucumber Day even exists. This idiosyncratic day celebrated on the 14th of June every year was first invented by English horticulturists in 2011 to celebrate to mild flavoured vegetable and has been celebrated by Hendrick’s ever since. We speak to Charmaine Thio, SEA Regional Brand Ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin to find out a bit more about this quirky little day. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Best Bar in Asia: Jerrold Khoo of Jigger & Pony

Jerrold Khoo & Giovanni | Jigger & Pony | Food For Thought

If you’ve ever been to Jigger & Pony in Singapore, you will understand why this outstanding hotel bar has earned the number one spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020. From their outstanding hospitality and bar programme, their systematic approach to training is but one of the many highlights that that bar offers, we speak to Bar Manager Jerrold Khoo to learn a bit more about how much goes in to a jigger and pony. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Best Bars in Malaysia: A Bee, A Bird and A Bartender

Asia's 50 Best Bars | Best Bars in Malaysia | Food For Thought

The recent Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 had quite a number of toss ups, with new entries abound and a change in the top spot. But what has Malaysians buzzing are these three bars making the list. Bar Trigona with its honey-centric programme; JungleBird, the bar named after the only Malaysian cocktail; and Coley Cocktail Bar, which takes its namesake from the first female head bartender of The Savoy, Ada Coleman. We speak to their head honchos to find out a little bit more. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Industry Icon Award: Agung Prabowo of The Old Man Hong Kong

Agung Prabowo Old Man Hong Kong | Inudstry Icon Award | Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 | Food For Thought

When it comes to the bartending industry, there are a few names that need no introduction, and Agung Prabowo is one of them. The brainchild of the Hemingway inspired bar, The Old Man originally opened in Hong Kong and has now expanded with the opening of The Old Man Singapore. Agung has been recently crowned (like his namesake) the Industry Icon Award at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020. We speak to him to find out more about his philosophy as well as the creation of some of The Old Man’s iconic concoctions. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Bartender’s Bartender: Jay Khan of COA Hong Kong

Jay Khan | Altos Bartenders' Bartender | Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 | Food For Thought

Jay Khan is one of Asia’s best known bartenders, not only because he makes excellent cocktails, but has helped further educate the public about agave. The Hong Kong born native was recently crowned the Altos’ Bartender’s Bartender at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 and in addition to that, his bar COA has also placed number 3 at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars this year. We speak to Jay to pick the his brains on his thoughts about bartending and bartenders. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Art of Hospitality Award: David Nguyen-Luu of Manhatan Bar Singapore

Manhattan | Michter's Art of Hospitality Award | Asia's 50 Best Bars 2020 | Food For Thought

Manhattan Bar at the Regent Singapore needs no further introduction, with its time and time again ranking as at the World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars. Winning the Legends Of The List award in 2019, and also number 1 bar in 2018, Manhattan has gone on to win the Art of Hospitality Awards this year, which comes as no surprise. We sit down with Bar Manager David Nguyen-Luu to learn about more about their approach to hospitality. Continue reading

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 Sustainable Bar Award: Ashish Sharma of Bar Trigona

50 Best Cocktail | Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award 2020 | Bar Trigona | Food For Thought

Bar Trigona in Four Season Kuala Lumpur has won the Ketel One Sustainable Award at the  Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, taking the crown for the second year in a row. The honey-centric bar’s practice of using the liquid gold as its focus and its efforts to keep everything sustainable from leaf to twig. We had a chat with Ashish Sharma, Head Bartender of Bar Trigona to learn a bit more about their sustainability efforts and their adopt a beehive programme. Continue reading

The Evolution of Cocktail Culture in Kuala Lumpur

Cocktail Evolution | Food For Thought

Kuala Lumpur has seen a burgeoning cocktail culture in recent years with more and more concept bars sprouting throughout the city. From speakeasies to rooftop bars, Kuala Lumpur is quickly becoming one of the favourite places for bartenders and mixologists to come and hone their craft. Because of the unique climate for tropical fruits and herbs which is indigenous, it is only a matter of time these ingredients are exploited. We speak to mixologists from some of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous bars to find out what they think. Continue reading