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Behind the Pop-Up: Bago

Behind the Pop-Up: Bago

“What are we calling this thing?” Chrissy asked, referring to the pop-up’s title.

“BAGO!!” Sarahlynn saw my blank stare and clarified, “That means ‘new’ in Tagalog.”

Something Gained: Chef Bryan Collante

Something Gained: Chef Bryan Collante

If in translation something is lost, can something new be gained, too? Photo essay from Chef Bryan Collante's Chicago pop-up dinner, "Lost in Translation," with Dinner Lab on February 4, 2016.

Kultura Festival: Filipino American AF

Kultura Festival: Filipino American AF

Kultura, a modern Filipino American food and arts festival, was meant to reimagine Filipino cuisine with those of us lucky enough to grow up with it and to introduce it to new audiences. We didn’t realize that we were creating our own space.

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. 

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.

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.