International Sushi Day

Who would have thought... an international sushi day! Unlike food festivals such as Oktoberfest and Taste of Chicago, the International Sushi Day isn't geographically-based. It is Facebook-based. Yes, you read that right. Facebook-based. Apparently, a sushi lover created a … [Read more...]


In search of the real margarita

I'm a mojito girl. After my UP Law class held a reunion / testimonial dinner a year and a half ago, in some of the photos that came out on Facebook, I was referred to as "that mojito chick." But long before I was introduced to mojito, I was in love with the margarita. … [Read more...]


On ampao and Chinese peanut rolls

They are not spring rolls as there is no filling. My grandfather called them lo hoa but it seems that not too many people knew them by that name. I had a friend in law school who called them ampao and, I thought, how utterly silly as ampao is totally different -- pressed … [Read more...]


Chopsticks etiquette and taboos

A year and ten months ago, typhoon Ondoy hit the country and power was down for several days. Because our water supply was dependent on power supply, when our stored water started dwindling, we took a room at the MMLDC Compound (a hotel/convention facility about 10 minutes … [Read more...]


Sizzling sisig: grilled and chopped pig’s head

My first sisig experience was at a restaurant called Trellis in the Diliman area, a few minutes' drive from the University of the Philippines. My friends had been raving about the place and the food and they said that nothing went better with beer than sizzling sisig. They … [Read more...]


Unclassified edible shellfish

Within walking distance of White Beach in Boracay is a market where you can choose the fresh seafood and have them cooked according to your specifications. This very colorful shellfish was among those for sale. It was very much alive when I took the photo and the vendor had … [Read more...]