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FYI, this website and blog is written in English -- not because we're ashamed to speak Tagalog. Actually, we speak Tagalog, thank you very much. And as you'll read, we're both very proud to be Filipino.
"The Philippines." Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. First edition. 2013. Print.
"The Indigenous World, 2014." International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs. Accessed September 14, 2014. http://www.iwgia.org/images/stories/sections/regions/asia/documents/IW2014/PhilippinesIW2014.pdf
Who makes all the magic happen?
Who makes all the magic happen?
I grew up between two worlds: too Filipino for suburban America, yet too American for Quezon City. But "home" is now several places: Chicago, and the Philippines, too. You second generation folks feel me out there.
For Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2013) I ate balut in dark alleys and dirty ice cream on the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus. It was the best first assignment I could have asked for. I've written and edited many of the blog entries you see on Filipino Kitchen, and have contributed to Hyphen Magazine, the country's longest-running Asian American magazine, and to Plate Magazine's Filipino Forward issue, March-April 2016. I wrote the Chicago chapter for 101 Places You Need to Get F*cked Up Before You Die (St. Martin's Press, 2014) and the Filipino chapter for the book, The Chicago Food Encyclopedia (University of Illinois Press, 2017).
Born and raised in Metro Manila and in Laguna, Philippines, I grew up in a household that loves food (cooking, baking and eating) but ironically, I was one of the pickiest eaters as a child.
Exploring my love for food -- especially Filipino food -- didn't come around until college when my beloved Pinoy food was suddenly out of reach.
Lesson learned--you don't know what you have until it is gone.
Filipino Kitchen is my outlet to creatively educate people that Filipino cuisine isn't restricted to adobo or pancit... It goes beyond that, and there is always a story behind each dish.
We would like to thank Caitlin Preminger, Chef AC Boral, Bert Ganzon, Raven Guerrero, Riko Rosete and the Kultura Festival Board past and present (Ryan Viloria, Mark Calaguas, Christian Sanders, Michael Barin, Tia Adams, Jeffrey Alton, Nasstasha Camba) for their significant contributions to the development of Filipino Kitchen.
Are you a restaurant?
Nope! While we do collaborate with chefs and restaurants to hold pop-up dinners and similar events, we do not run our own brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Do you want to be a restaurant?
Not exactly. We haven't ruled out partnering with a pop-up series to establish a restaurant, but all that's very much in the "maybe one day" stage.
You keep saying pop-up. What's that?
Glad you asked! A pop-up is a temporary restaurant. It's not necessarily held in a traditional restaurant setting, though: it could be held in a private residence or event space, a vacant warehouse, even an alley. Some pop-up folks make regular appearances at street fairs and music festivals or do private catering.
Are you going to do an event in my city?
Could be! We love to travel and connect with the Filipino community all over the country and around the world. If you know someone who knows someone who knows someone we should coordinate with, drop us a line!
Can you tell me where to find Filipino food in my city?
Maybe! If you live in Chicago, New York, LA, Boston, DC, New Orleans, London or Paris, we know where to send you. If you don't, ask us anyway! We'll put the question out on the twilight bark and see if anyone knows a spot.
Those are pretty cool t-shirts you guys are wearing. Where can I get one?
Right here! We collaborated with Bayani Art to bring you an original Filipino Kitchen t-shirt, aprons and stickers, too. Shirts are $30 (limited quantities! now only in XS and XL); aprons are sold out (were $35); stickers are $1. Prices include shipping and handling within the continental US. E-mail natalia [at] filipino [dot] kitchen if you're interested. Payment is accepted via PayPal.