WRITER, WORRIER EXTRAORDINAIRE
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.