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Nothing To Prove: Filipino American History Month at Sunda, Chicago

Nothing To Prove: Filipino American History Month at Sunda, Chicago

Our Filipino-ness is not something we switch on from October 1 to 31. It’s not a costume. Filipino is part of who we are, always. October is every month, and Filipino American History Month is a special time for us to celebrate and remember who we are. Chicago’s Sunda celebrates Filipino American History Month with weekly specials all October, culminating with a kamayan dinner on October 25. 

Pig & Khao: A One-Stop Southeast Asian Food Tour by Chef Leah Cohen, New York City

Pig & Khao: A One-Stop Southeast Asian Food Tour by Chef Leah Cohen, New York City

Chef Leah Cohen is working to get the cuisines of Southeast Asia out into the dining world, at her New York City restaurant. At Pig & Khao, Chef-owner Leah taps into her Filipino-American heritage, her travels and professional experience in Southeast Asia to showcase Filipino cuisine alongside its Southeast Asian counterparts. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rice and Shine: Anatomy of a Pop-Up Brunch for Dinner

Rice and Shine: Anatomy of a Pop-Up Brunch for Dinner

Filipino Kitchen started in my kitchen -- a long time ago, on a different blog -- with a bowl of lugaw that became my most visited post. The idea of spinning off a Filipino food website that linked culture to cuisine to current events and history brewed and simmered in the long polar vortex-frequent winter of 2013-2014, as Natalia and I made dinners in, steeling against the cold. Although the starting point for Filipino Kitchen was a multimedia blog, the immediate satisfaction of working with our hands, cooking our food together and eating together as a celebration of our culture is where we really started. Natalia and I always had catering, popup dinners, farmers' markets and cooking classes in our broader vision. Though after only two weeks of publishing our first blog post, opportunity came a' Tweeting.