On Travel With Purpose To Manila, A Farm And Ancestral Lands

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This episode, we’re going off the usual path – actually, quite a ways off from my studio in Toronto, back to where it all begins: the Philippines.

We can’t really Explore Filipino Kitchens, without going to the motherland, right?

So today, no interviews – just some raw thoughts from my trip, instead – and you’ll hear horns rise above the traffic of Manila, tricycles speeding by, the calm of the countryside and the best joke about a caterpillar.

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The Ancient Filipino Diet With Dr. Ame Garong

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What can we learn from our ancestors’ diets?

This month we’re talking with Dr. Ame Garong, researcher at the Archeology Division at the National Museum of the Philippines. In 2013 Dr. Garong published a book called “Ancient Filipino Diet”. It’s the first study of Filipino food in pre-history – before colonizers or any foreign influence arrived in the Philippines – written to explore and understand the prehistoric diet of our ancestors. Continue reading

On Pinoy Heritage With Francis Ang

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We’re talking with Francis Ang, the man behind a pop-up dinner series called Pinoy Heritage. Francis has worked in some of San Francisco’s best restaurants, including the acclaimed Gary Danko and Fifth Floor. He’s been named a west coast “People’s Best Pastry Chef” by Food and Wine Magazine and nominated for Zagat’s “30 Under 30” list in San Francisco. Continue reading

Cooking Filipino Food At Home With Betty Ann Quirino

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We’re talking with Betty Ann Quirino – an author, recipe developer and prolific blogger at AsianInAmericaMag.com whose thoughts and experiences on cooking has personally helped me develop confidence in my own cooking abilities – to become part of what keeps global Filipino food culture alive. Continue reading

Building Communities Around Filipino Food With Joanne Boston

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This month, we’re talking with Joanne Boston, a founding member of the Filipino Food Movement. Their vision for the success of Filipino food in the American mainstream has and always will be supported and inspired by community – the main theme we’re talking about on today’s show. Continue reading

Rediscover Philippine Ingredients with Amy Besa

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Why does Amy Besa go to great lengths to find a vanishing fruit, turn it into jam, then serve it to diners who come to her restaurant in search of a truly Filipino meal? That answer is in Amy and Chef Romy Dorotan’s philosophy to cooking at Purple Yam – the restaurants they own in Malate, Manila and Brooklyn, New York City. Continue reading