View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWhen it rains, it pours.That was exactly the kind of year 2017 was for Carlo Biado, pocketing glory like he effortlessly does on the billiard table wherever he takes the cue.ADVERTISEMENT After winning gold medals in the 2017 World Games and in the 2017 SEA Games, the 34-year-old cuemaster had his biggest moment when he ruled the 2017 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar.READ: Carlo Biado rules world 9-ball FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m so happy because I never expected the continued success I’ll achieve,” he said Tuesday when he was named as one of the three Athletes of the Year in the SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards night.Biado’s triumph reasserted the Philippines’ standing as one of the elite countries in the world when it comes to billiards. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award But even the La Union native had to prove himself in the competition as he faced doubters along the way.READ: Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win“The other athletes were saying that I’m not good and I won’t win. That’s when I was challenged and I worked hard in every match I had,” he said. “I like that more because I’m motivated against them. After that, my hard work eventually paid off and my success continued all year long.”Biado looks at this achievement as a constant reminder of where he came from.“My dream was to just have a good family and to become a world champion. To be an Athlete of the Year is unexpected on my part and this will serve as a good reminder of the good things that has happened in my life,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in poolBut Biado is not resting on his laurels, with prestigious titles in world events this year up for grabs, including a chance for a back back-to-back titles in world 9-Ball“I hope I can continue winning. If I can, I hope I can win back-to-back in the world events so that they will look up to us Filipinos once again in billiards,” he said.RELATED VIDEO Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Sports heroes recognized in 2018 PSA Awards
From the print editionIn our increasingly urbanized surroundings, it makes a pleasant change to find somewhere to eat out with views over fields and trees instead of busy roads or shopping mall parking lots. Alquimia is a modest little restaurant tucked away off the road from Santa Ana to Lindora, west of San José. It’s an oasis away from city bustle and noise, and its theme is an eclectic mix of healthful dishes emphasizing locally sourced produce where possible. Not quite vegetarian, it offers some chicken and fish plates, but no red meats, pork or shellfish. Eight wooden tables are arranged with colorful cloths on two levels of the open-sided dining terrace, with comfortable upholstered seating and a couple more outside tables set by the glass-fronted entry. Vicky Longland A first visit coincided with one of Alquimia’s all-you-can-eat sushi deals (Sun., noon-3 p.m., Sat. and Wed. 7-10 p.m.). The ₡8,500 ($17) menu includes miso soup, salad and a constant supply of sushi rolls. These are combined with traditional rolls such as California and salmon skin, but there are also some interesting twists using trout, fruit, cream cheese, heart of palm, cucumber and crispy yucca. Instead of imported sushi vinegar, the rice is flavored with local banana vinegar. Tico chef and owner Julio Alpizar is adamant about a 0 km-approach for his supplies in Alquimia. He studied cooking near Parma, Italy, where the trend is to support regional foods and neighborhood farmers instead of imported goods from thousands of kilometers away. “Our chicken dishes use free-range hens from next door, so it doesn’t come much closer than that,” Alpizar explains with a smile. During my second visit, our group went for the exotic juices of ginger, orange and honey. The Chlorophyll (₡1,100/$2.20), with its orange, basil and honey, was particularly refreshing. Alquimia has no liquor license but is happy to open your bottle of wine or beer at no extra charge.For appetizers, we selected causa limeña with tilapia and onion-stuffed mashed potato, accompanied with a tangy orange sauce (₡1,800/$3.60), a mound of crispy battered tempura vegetables over fried rice noodles with dipping sauce (₡2,600/$5.20), and a rich creamy garlic and coconut milk soup (₡2,950/$6). All were deemed a success. The tilapia in pineapple with sautéed celery, chard, onion and carrot vegetable mix and flavorful rice worked well (₡4,200/$8.40), but the tilapia with miso (₡4,950/$10) was overpowered by the sauce and very salty. The tagliatelle of rice noodles and vegetables with salmon chunks in coconut milk sauce (₡4,500/$9) was generous in size – and tasty. Desserts are limited to vanilla ice cream sprinkled with tempura crumbs (₡2,750/$5.50) and caramelized pineapple pieces (₡1,000/$2), although specials are added occasionally.Alquimia RestaurantLocation: 300 m north of Red Cross, Santa Ana, opposite Más X MenosHours: Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m.; Wed. and Sat., noon-4 p.m., 6-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.Contact: 2282-2641, www.facebook.com/restaurantealquimia Facebook Comments Causa limeña with fish filling. No related posts.