Reclaiming, Returning. Artist Stephanie Camba, Pinoy Food for the Soul

Reclaiming, Returning. Artist Stephanie Camba, Pinoy Food for the Soul

"I remember my mom cooking it for dessert to follow dinner, but we'd always sneak in a few spoonfuls before dinner. We were living with my grandparents, aunt, and older sister in this memory. The only thing I remember is the smell and taste because in all cultures, when the people are quiet you know the food is good."

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.

Back to Boston: Pamangan! Series Throws Down in Bean Town

Back to Boston: Pamangan! Series Throws Down in Bean Town

Ellie Tiglao and her brother RJ of Kulinarya have been hosting their Pamangan! Filipino pop-up dinner series in the Boston area since August 2014. The dynamic duo of sibling chefs holds down a coast-to-coast collaboration: RJ lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and commutes to Boston once a month for each event.

Bad Saint Reaches Kickstarter Goal to Open Filipino Restaurant in DC

Bad Saint Reaches Kickstarter Goal to Open Filipino Restaurant in DC

Genevieve Villamora's description of the build-out phase of their new restaurant is an apt metaphor for the 'Bad Saint' way of doing things: opening up to a community and inviting them in with two pop-ups and the crowdfunding campaign; digging in deep in researching our cuisine and history and finding the right team to tell those stories with food.

Chicago's Newest Popup is Oxtail Filipino Inspired

Chicago's Newest Popup is Oxtail Filipino Inspired

Oxtail Filipino Inspired is the latest arrival on Chicago’s Filipino food scene. The brainchild of Chef Rampelle Aguilar and his brother-in-law Chef Ben Sussman, Oxtail aims to put a contemporary twist on familiar Pinoy dishes.

Filipino Enough? The #FKEDUP Team Questions the Question in Boston

Filipino Enough? The #FKEDUP Team Questions the Question in Boston

In this two-part lookback of the first #FKEDUP live collaboration in Boston this past February, Errant Diner, Paolo Espanola, and Filipino Kitchen's Sarahlynn Pablo reflect on the team’s brunch pop-up and participation in a regional conference for Asian-American college students.

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.

Object Lesson in Patience: The Agony and the Ecstacy of Dining with Food Bloggers

Object Lesson in Patience: The Agony and the Ecstacy of Dining with Food Bloggers

Nothing is safe from instant documentation; everything from a morning cup of coffee to a day at the laundromat is grist for the “pics or it didn’t happen” mill. I got the distinct impression that people were so concerned with preserving the moment for posterity that they would plum forget to look around and experience it while it was happening. So imagine the identity crisis of trying to reconcile my Luddite tendencies with the reality of dining with food bloggers.

Gunning For the Perfect Flan

Gunning For the Perfect Flan

Reblogged with permission of the legendary Filipina author and activist, Ninotchka Rosca. "Who said a flan had to be inverted anyway? Who said it had to be brown at the top? And why do Filipinos like flan?" 

Eating the Crab Mentality: Collaboratin' in Boston and Beyond

Eating the Crab Mentality: Collaboratin' in Boston and Beyond

With a workshop at the East Coast Asian American Student Union annual conference at Harvard University and a pop-up brunch the following day, a collaboration of strong, successful Filipino Americans prove that the crab mentality is only worth eating.

My Milkfish Brings All The Girls To The Yard

My Milkfish Brings All The Girls To The Yard

If we truly are what we eat, then I'm Bangus- otherwise known as Milkfish. But I'm not that sanitized, boneless small version you see at restaurants. I'm grown. I'm full-flavored and I'm prickly as hell. See that's the thing with me and Bangús: It will take some patience and effort to enjoy the unique taste we bring.

The 5 Biggest (Un)-Trends in Filipino Food for 2015

The 5 Biggest (Un)-Trends in Filipino Food for 2015

There’s a reason critics have been calling us “the next big trend” for several years in a row now and we believe it’s precisely because we aren’t a trend in the traditional sense of the word. A trend by definition after all, is a fleeting thing, and we believe Filipino Cuisine is here to stay.

Hungry For More: Best Eats of 2014

Hungry For More: Best Eats of 2014

Though all our meals of 2014 were amazing in their own right, a select few dishes stood above the rest. Whether the dishes were new-to-us Filipino dishes, interesting twists on familiar classics or the classics done masterfully, certain ones we replay in our memory with a genuine desire to experience those dishes again and rejoin with friends, new and old alike. Natalia and I are hungry for more of these top Filipino dishes of 2014.