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Pinoy Food for the Soul: Nicole Ponseca, Maharlika and Jeepney, New York City

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Nicole Ponseca, Maharlika and Jeepney, New York City

Though she is best known for her accomplishments in New York City, restaurateur Nicole Ponseca’s roots reach back to California. Last autumn, Nicole shared stories of her SoCal childhood with Filipino Kitchen. In this edition of Pinoy Food for the Soul, Nicole relates how her earliest memories of Filipino food replay today at Jeepney, and tells us the new memories they’re making at both restaurants that she loves most.

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef Rob Menor, Papa Urb's Grill, Stockton, California

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef Rob Menor, Papa Urb's Grill, Stockton, California

Who is Chef Rob Menor, the man behind the Benjamin-printed bandana, the culinary artist who fights traditional standards on Balitang America? The Stockton-born chef says that he spent a decade cutting his teeth in Chicago; it was where he paid all his dues and learned the industry. He credits Chicago with making him the culinarian he is today, calling it "his graduate school." And while that is all true, there's also the side of Chef Rob that is very much rooted in Stockton, where he returned in 2014, looking for growth.

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef Chrissy Camba of Maddy's Dumpling House

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef Chrissy Camba of Maddy's Dumpling House

If life were a giant dodgeball game and we get to choose sides, I'm on the side of the pinays (or Filipino ladies) from Chicago. Especially if those pinays were chefs. We'd been meaning to check out Chef Chrissy Camba's new popup project, Maddy's Dumpling House, now for weeks. Her Christmas Filipino Pork dinner on Monday, December 15, gave Natalia and me a wonderful excuse. This lady is a fighter.

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef AC Boral of So Good and Delicious

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Chef AC Boral of So Good and Delicious

"Just be respectful. Because food, especially after you've been in this industry -- you learn that making food is really, really hard. And making good food is even harder. Making great food is a really special thing to do. And I really am trying to make great food," says Chef Boral.

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Christopher Saclolo, Artist

Pinoy Food for the Soul: Christopher Saclolo, Artist

"Because I'm second-generation Filipino, I wanted to bring my own sense of identity, not just taking out of my parents. The painting is part of the reflection, second-generation Filipinos trying to figure out who they are," said artist Christopher Saclolo.