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In this episode of Bahay Kubo, I tackle the tabon tabon!

Food & Drinks, Recipes

Not a lot of people in Metro Manila, or Luzon for that matter, know the tabon tabon. It’s a fruit native to Northern Mindanao and Camiguin, so it is a bit hard to find around here. The fruit is used mainly for kinilaw/kilawin. They need to be used within 10 days of picking or else…

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Food & Drinks

Sweater weather? Cuddle weather? Snooze weather? No matter how you would like to call the rainy season, I’m willing to bet that we all agree this is also food trip weather. A few days into June and we are already being hit by strong winds and rain. Though it may turn any day into a…

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Food & Drinks, Recipes

Lumpia wrappers are the one of the most versatile ingredients in Filipino cuisine. You can find them in savoury lumpia, or in desserts like turon. These wrappers, despite their popularity, are found pre-made in many supermarkets. It’s much more convenient to buy a pack of lumpia wrappers than make them yourself, but I decided to go…

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Food & Drinks, Where to eat

A good taqueria is very hard to find in the country. Hacienda Comida y Cocteles is one of the few places in Manila where you can get a real delicious Mexican Taco. Don’t take my word for it; the Mexican Ambassador himself exclaimed it upon trying the place out. My other go to taco place…

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Food & Drinks, Recipes

Mindanao is a vibrant region with an unexplored cuisine. Because of it’s geographical location, Mindanao has become a melting pot of various cultural influences. This shows clearly in the food, which is frankly, unfamiliar to many who live outside of Mindanao. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find Mindanaoan food around Metro Manila, save for a few…

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Food & Drinks, Travel, Where to eat

Charlie Wanton Special is a Mandaluyong institution, but I would have never gotten the chance to try this establishment out if I didn’t move to Quezon City from the heart of C-town. Growing up in Binondo, I was surrounded by food. After all, being the oldest Chinatown in the world, it is the default Chinese…

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Food & Drinks, Travel, Where to eat

What lies in the valley of Marikina? This city has grown to be more than just the famed Shoe Capital of the Philippines. It’s a friendly food destination packed with a variety of Marikina-grown restaurants and cafes. Whether you’re in the mood for classic Filipino food, Japanese-inspired pastries, or Southeast Asian cuisine, Marikina has offerings…

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Food & Drinks, Travel, Where to eat

For a lot of Filipinos, there seems to be no wrong time for a heaping order of pares. Pares (literally translated to “pair”) consists of braised beef, cooked for hours until tender with a thick sweet and salty sauce, paired with a clear beef broth, and garlic-fried rice or a serving of noodles. This combination…

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Inspiration, Travel

It’s no surprise to anyone who’s lived, or even stepped foot in Manila: there is traffic everywhere. While there’s always an opportunity to look on the bright side and make the most of your situation, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do anything about the traffic in this country. I asked my viewers and followers to…

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