The “Dishing Up Toronto: Kain Na!” Food Tour

Earlier this year, I co-led a food tour of three Filipino restaurants in Toronto and talked about the owners’ migration stories, how Filipinos have woven their way into Canadian society, and the history of foods they served while (importantly) eating and drinking things that in the simplest way, made me very proud of my food…

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A “marriage” of nature and culture in Batanes

On Friday night, after stumbling home from a party with an open bar, I opened a package from the fine folks at The Kitchen Bookstore. The next morning I saw a box ripped into four pieces. I’m pretty sure that’s not how they meant me to open that. But excitement surpassed the desire to nurse my hangover,…

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5 Life Lessons I Learned in Mindanao

Trying to figure out who I am and why it matters is a big deal, and is a big driver to the decisions I make. When I decided to visit Mindanao after 10 years of living away from the Philippines – driven by a desire to walk amongst coffee trees, leafy acres of cacao trees…

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On 2016 Travel Plans

I keep circling back to the question of why all this ruminating on Filipino food matters. I’m coming around to the realization that the best way to tell the story I want to tell is to tell it! Why am I so obsessed with learning about food in the Philippines? Does learning about its history…

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pagbalik (going back)

One of the reasons I’m latching on to learning as much as I can about Filipino food, I think, is that through the emotional turmoil and contemporary chaos that surrounds me every day, the pleasure I derive from tasting, visually consuming, and thinking about Filipino food is something I can count on – like seeing…

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pag-akda (the act of writing)

As my love and understanding of the foods of the Philippines deepens, I find it stirs a great well of belonging in me – something I have spent a lot of time looking for. I’e confessed of my desire to write about Philippine cooking in the context I find most interesting: culinary history. Learning as…

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pagkain (as food, and also sustenance)

I’ve just returned to Toronto from a week in beautiful Prince Edward County, holed up in an off grid cabin along Adolphus Reach in the town of Picton. I tease my boyfriend that he has now turned me into a wine snob – three of the last five days have been spent cycling along the…

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