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​​​WHAT'S AN APPLE DOING IN A LECHON'S MOUTH?  Nov.3, 2017

Ever wondered what's behind the custom of putting an apple in a lechon's mouth? Does it have some bearing at all on the taste? Weigh in on how you'd prefer a roasted pig served after reading this blog post.


MIGRANT FILIPINO FOOD STORIES & RECIPES GET A BOOK DEAL— AGAINST ALL ODDS! Sept.1,2017

I’m sure you’ve heard how difficult it is to have any kind of book published in the uber-competitive land of the U.S. these days. If getting a book published is like climbing the Matterhorn, publishing an anthology (which is reputably more difficult to pitch), in an . . .


AMERICAN CHEF HOSTS FILIPINO FOOD EVENTS IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (A Q&A WITH CHEF IAN MERRIMAN) July 13, 2017

Filipino food is dubbed as one of the “it” cuisines you should be eating now. But where do you go to eat “it”? In many places, including Richmond, Virginia, ...


FILIPINO FOOD TAKES A BIG LEAP IN THE BIG EASY (A Q&A WITH A FILIPINO FOOD CHEF IN NOLAMay 12, 2017
When I read the story Chef Cristina Quackenbush contributed to our upcoming Filipino food anthology, I was hooked. Through vignettes of memories . . .

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AN OUTSIDER’S VIEW OF FILIPINO FOOD April 21, 2017

If you’re looking to experience some authentic Pinoy cuisine, try to saddle up next to a Filipino friend to bring you over for the next. . .


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FILIPINA WINS COOK-OFF ON UK PRIMETIME TV (A Q&A WITH CO-FOUNDER OF MAYNILA IN LONDON)  Mar.3,2017

With only two and a half hours to whip up and plate their best Christmas alternative to traditional British holiday fare, the cooks scrambled in an . . . 


"WHAT'S MISSING IS MIDDLE GROUND FILIPINO FOOD" (A Q&A WITH A CULINARY R & D CHEF IN SAN DIEGO ) Feb. 17, 2017

We tapped on Phillip's food (including a kitchen stint at David Chang's acclaimed Momofuku Ssam Bar), and research & development experience to find out what the Filipino food scene is like in America's Finest City. . .


FROM STREET-SIDE FOOD TO STATESIDE HAUTE CUISINE (A Q&A WITH A FILIPINO EXECUTIVE CHEF IN SAN DIEGO)  Feb.3, 2017

Great success stories sometimes spring up from the least expected places. Danilo "DJ" Tangalin Jr.'s story is one of such. DJ, the Executive Chef of JRDN Restaurant at ...


MOST INFLUENTIAL FILIPINA JOINS OUR FILIPINO FOOD ANTHOLOGY PROJECT (A Q&A WITH THE AUTHOR OF "Ampalaya Epiphany") Jan. 13.2017

My "impressions" I think, resembled that of a first love encounter. That crowing, doodle-ing chickens and baying dogs barking conversed all day. That the distinctive aroma of fresh durian snuck up my nose a half block away and from then on,. . .


THE FIL-AM CHEF WHO BUILDS A RESTAURANT EMPIRE (A Q&A WITH THE FOOD BUDDHA) Dec.9, 2016

To incorporate true and authentic Filipino food mainstream but bastardize the food in order to be mainstream is not the respect and honor our food deserves. Some Pinoys ...


FILIPINO FOOD, Anthony Bourdain AND A POET NAMED JANICE (A Q&A) Nov.4, 2016 

The poem, "For Filipina / x Americans Who See Themselves Thru Anthony Bourdain" challenges and provokes. . .


ROWENISSIMA! A FILIPINA'S TOUCH IN ITALY (RECIPE FOR ENSALADANG LATO INCLUDED)

Oct. 7, 2016
Is culinary snobbery for real in Italy? Mamma mia! If you ask me, I'd say yes in a heart beat. I've experienced it firsthand. My mother-in-law is Italian! Although ...


THE FIRST PUBLISHED PHILIPPINE COOKBOOK IN AMERICA (AN INTERVIEW WITH A FILIPINO COOKBOOK AUTHOR ) Sept.26

"No one can have too many cookbooks," wrote Marilyn Donato in a letter that came with her autographed cookbook, Philippine Cooking in America. More than just to teach ...


BELIEVE IT OR NOT: FILIPINO FOOD ADDICTION HITS MILWAUKEE (AN INTERVIEW WITH CO-OWNER OF MEAT ON THE STREET ) Sept.15, 2016

If it were not for the Filipino noodle dish, pancit, Alexa Alfaro, her siblings and Filipino food in Milwaukee would not probably exist today.


11-TIME CULINARY CHAMPION AND ONLY IN HIS TWENTIES (AN INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF NORWAY'S FINEST CHEFS) Sept. 2, 2016

At a very tender age of two, Christian Andre Pettersen (CAP) already showed an inclination for his future vocation. Tuxedo-clad, the toddler Christian played waiter in his father's fish ...


FROM DISHWASHER TO MASTER DISH INNOVATOR (AN INTERVIEW WITH TIMPLA'S CO-CHEF)Aug.19,2016

It's an American Dream in the making. Or shall we say a Filipino- American Dream. Paolo Dungca, one of the founders and chefs of Timpla, a supper club in Washington DC ...


TOP 4 THINGS TOURISTS LIKE MOST ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES (AN INTERVIEW WITH PH TOURISM ATTACHE FOR NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN EUROPE) Aug.12, 2016

Why is Filipino food unknown in Norway? In June,we asked the couple behind Oslo's first Filipino restaurant this question. Their reply had something to do with tourism ...


MASTERCHEF NEW ZEALAND OPENS ANOTHER DOOR TO PHILIPPINE CUISINE (AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIRST FILIPINO CAFÉ OWNER IN TIMARU) Aug.4, 2016

In May, we published an article headlined Masterchef Opens a Door to Philippine Cuisine in Auckland, which gained overwhelming readership and ...


FILIPINO INSPIRED IN CHICAGO (AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CO-FOUNDER AND GM OF OXTAIL) July 28, 2016

What does it take to make your food business idea come to life? For Chicago-based Fil-Am Rampelle Aguilar, it took ...


FILIPINO FOOD TO REPLICATE SUSHI'S SUCCESS IN NORWAY? (INCLUDES A Q&A WITH 2015's BEST NON-JAPANESE SUSHI CHEF IN THE WORLD)On July 21, 2016

What does sushi have to do with Filipino food? Bear with me. I'll make the connection soon, I promise.


FILIPINO AMERICAN FROM TENNESSEE -FINALIST AT PAULA DEEN'S RECIPE CONTEST (AN INTERVIEW WITH AN ASIAN GIRL IN A SOUTHERN WORLD)  July 14, 2016

When Kraft invited kitchen-savvy women, not only to create their own recipe, but also to shoot, edit and upload instructional videos for its online promotional campaign for Philadelphia Cream ...


REALLY? VEGAN FILIPINO FOOD? (AN INTERVIEW WITH THE ASTIG VEGAN: RECIPE FOR VEGAN

FILIPINO SPAGHETTI INCLUDED) July 7, 2016

It's been often said. Pork is king and seafood is queen in Philippine cuisine. So what would Filipino food be without meat, seafood or any animal-derived products? Well, it'll be ...


CANADA CATCHES THE FILIPINO FOOD MOVEMENT FEVER (AN INTERVIEW WITH A FIL- CANADIAN CHEF AND CANADA'S FILIPINO FOOD MOVEMENT REP)  June 30, 2016

The sun shines on Filipino food in Canada. The optimism boost from the recent MasterChef Canada Season 3 can not be denied. Fil-Canadians Jeremy Senaris ...


NOT ONE, BUT TWO AWARDS AT THE OTTAWA EMBASSY CHEF CHALLENGE! (AN INTERVIEW WITH A FILIPINO-CANADIAN CHEF)June 23.2016

On  November 5, 2015, professional chefs from seven international Embassies battled in a gala event hosted in a chic venue that  ...

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"FILIPINO FOOD: NOT AT ITS FINEST, BUT AT ITS FUNNEST" (AN INTERVIEW WITH A TEXAN PINOY POP UP HOST)  On June 16, 2016

This is more than just a food story. In April, Roland Miranda from Plano, Texas wrote in two Stavanger, Norway -Based me of MFB, to share his personal attempt at introducing ... 


AND THE WINNER OF THE SOUGHT-AFTER CULINARY AWARD IN PARIS IS ... A FILIPINO CHEF! (AN INTERVIEW WITH A CHEF DE CUISINE IN PARIS) June 9, 2016

In cuisine-frenzied Paris, Gault et Millau is a prestigious award for chefs as Michelin stars are for restaurants. Each year, Gault Millau honors the most talented chefs in different regions of France - a recognition that ...


THIS IS WHY FILIPINO FOOD IS UNKNOWN IN NORWAY (AN INTERVIEW WITH THE COUPLE BEHIND OSLO'S FIRST FILIPINO RESTAURANT) June 2, 2016

When tragic news, such as the murder of a Norwegian by his Filipina wife or the kidnapping of a Norwegian by a Philippine militant group, hit the country, most people do not remember the names of the perpetrator; they just remember where they're from .


"DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE YOUR FILIPINO HERITAGE" (AN INTERVIEW WITH A CHIC CHEF IN THE SKY)  On May 26, 2016

It is tempting to say my being Filipino already comes with certain prejudices. However, I have proven that belief wrong many times. The challenge has always been how to get the ... 


MASTERCHEF OPENS A DOOR TO FILIPINO CUISINE IN AUCKLAND (AN INTERVIEW WITH MASTER CHEF NEW ZEALAND 2015 FINALIST, LEO FERNANDEZ) May 19.2016

Sticking to his Filipino roots might have cost him the title. At the Masterchef New Zealand 2015 Finale, Filipino born and raised Leo Fernandez, upon receiving ...


WHICH FILIPINO FOOD PERFECTLY EMBODIES FILIPINO CULTURE? (AN INTERVIEW WITH PINOY JUNIOR MASTER CHEF)  May 12.2016

It reflects the hardworking attitude of Filipinos and our Bayanihan spirit -- the spirit of communal unity, work and ...


THE PHILIPPINES: KNOWN TO HAVE THE WORST FOOD IN ASIA? (AN INTERVIEW WITH FILIPINO-MALAYSIAN MASTERCHEF MALAYSIA ALL-STARS 2014 CHAMPION) May 5, 2016 

In June 2015, CNN asked their readers to vote for their favorite culinary destination in an open Facebook poll. The Philippines overcame second to ...


ROWENISSIMA! A FILIPINA'S TOUCH IN ITALY (RECIPE FOR ENSALADANG LATO INCLUDED) April 29, 2016

Is culinary snobbery for real in Italy? Mamma mia! If you ask me, I'd say yes in a heart beat. I've experienced it firsthand. My mother-in-law is Italian! Although ...


THE BRUTAL TRUTH ABOUT FILIPINO FOOD IN AMERICA (AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FILIPINO FOOD MOVEMENT'S VP)  April 21, 2016
I did not expect this. Especially not after people I know here in Norway, who recently came back from trips to the United States, assert that Filipino food is ..


WHAT AN ENTREPRENEUR DOES FOR BRITS TO LOVE FILIPINO FOOD (AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF A FILIPINO RESTAURANT IN LONDON)  April 13, 2016

"These are exciting times for Filipino food in London," declares Nadine Barcelona, the founder and director of Luzon, a contemporary Filipino restaurant in London. In case we do not ...


THE X FACTOR OF FILIPINO CUISINE IN BRITAIN (AN INTERVIEW WITH LONDON'S LE HAPPY CHEF) On March 30, 2016

Young enough to be my son, but determined enough to be the father of contemporary Filipino cuisine in Britain is 23-year-old Rex de Guzman aka Le Happy Chef. When it comes to ...​​


THE PINAY BEHIND STAVANGER, NORWAY'S RARE PHENOMENON
March 21, 2016 
Do not be surprised if you run into a Filipino anywhere you go in Norway. But in the cosmopolitan city of Stavanger, Norway's oil capital,be very surprised if you stumble upon a place serving Filipino food - the odds are probably as slim as fishing a tilapia out of the ...


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