Preview (Philippines) - - Chapter Eleven Cover Story -

fresh from her Best Ac­tress win from the Osaka Film Fes­ti­val and the ac­co­lades and pos­i­tive re­views of her psy­cho­sex­ual thriller, Bliss, Iza had pen­ciled in this shoot and in­ter­view in be­tween a mad dash to two screen­ings of the said film. She was also in the midst of the ke­to­genic diet, so all the talk of food was a bit of ex­quis­ite tor­ture for her. “I can’t have carbs [and] sweets, not even fruits and dairy; cheese makes me puffy,” she cat­a­logues as she and Is­abelle Daza en­joy the sal­ads they have brought. As the heated dis­cus­sions of fa­vorite food cities and com­fort food went on, she ut­tered a fake cry and de­clared, “Happy tears ’to guys, happy tears!” But all jokes aside, Iza’s eyes can plumb depths of emo­tions, and when talk turns to food, her eyes are aglow. “I still re­mem­ber when I would do my cake binges back when I was young and could still do it. I would want to be the first to take a bite from the cake, and I would be so ex­cited to eat that cake, I would eat it straight from the box!”

While Iza wouldn’t go as far as de­scrib­ing her­self as a co-founder of the pop­u­lar food app Booky, which was started and is now be­ing bril­liantly ex­panded and de­vel­oped by her boyfriend, Ben Win­tle, she does de­scribe how it all started. “I don’t like to eat out without reser­va­tions, but when you look up a place, the first thing that comes out are the re­views, and then you have to scroll down so far to find the con­tact de­tails. So I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there were an on­line phone book for eat­ing out?’ I ap­proved the logo and even the name; I thought it would be good be­cause it is a phone book and a book­ing at the same time!” Iron­i­cally, now that Booky is up and run­ning, Iza and Ben ac­tu­ally spend more time be­ing home­bod­ies in her new flat. She even asked chef Florabel Co of the Florabel restos to ask one of her chefs to teach her to cook. “And now I can make the squash soup without a recipe!” she squeals with glee.

As for her dream food des­ti­na­tions, she is eye­ing Sydney, which is known for ex­per­i­men­tal cuisine with dishes bloom­ing with fresh­ness. “Oh and all of Italy! I’ve never been there, some­thing al­ways hap­pens, but I would love to ex­plore the whole coun­try. And get to know New York more, too!”

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