Introducing Phlavor Profiles! A New Podcast About Filipino Food

Pig Parts and Beer presents a new podcast Phlavor Profiles, a podcast hosted by Karena Higgins of Pig Parts and Beer Blog. Karena connects with Filipina and Filipino entrepreneurs, restauranteurs and innovators in today’s food spaces. Karena and her guests will have lively, in depth conversations, about how Filipino culture is influencing food and food spaces.

We are just getting started, take listen to the season preview, Episode 1 preview, and our very first full length episode where Karena sits down the Ginger Dimapasok, owner of Cafe 86.

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Season 1 Introduction

Episode 1 Teaser

Episode 1: Karena Talks with Ginger Dimapasok, Owner and Founder of Cafe 86

Karena sits down with Ginger Dimapasok the owner and founder of Cafe 86. They talk about the beginnings of Cafe 86, the growing Filipino Food movement, entreprenuership, and so much more.

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Souping is the New Juicing; Filipino Soup Series-Beef Nilaga

Summer’s over and so is “juicing”, Thank The Lawd. Juicing, albeit, super good for your guts, is super hard to do. I tried it a couple of years ago, and yes, I lost a little weight, my eyes were clearer and my skin looked good, but I was dizzy and damn near starving. I was really hungry both,  mentally and physically. I threw in the organic yoga towel on the 4rth day. Don’t get confused,  giving your digestive system a break from time to time is totally awesome and sometimes recommended by GI doctors, but juicing, especially with its lack of fiber, isn’t for someone like me, who suffers from IBS-constipation(overshare). Souping or souping+animal protein, on the other hand, seems attainable, not for an extreme amount of time, but maybe,  for a specific goal i.e. more energy, clearer skin, better sleep etc. Souping is a cleanse, featuring soup made from wholesome ingredients. It’s  meant to detoxify and nourish your body while reducing inflammation and promoting circulation. Unlike juicing, souping has a lower glycemic index, which stabilizes your blood sugar….and it happens to be  the perfect time to start souping. Chilly weather is a comin’, the Halloween decor is up and pumpkin spice lattes are being served. Before you know it, your summertime bikini body will transform into a heavy winter coat. Let’s prevent this heartache all together!  Let’s SOUP, the PP&B way!

Ingredients/Nilagang Baca

Ingredients/Nilagang Baca

Our series kicks off with  Nilagang Baca or Boiled Beef Soup. The ingredients are so simple that you’re not going to believe the delicious, yet complex flavor. PP&B’s  version is a slight variation of a recipe we borrowed from Panlasang Pinoy. For you vegetarians, omit the beef, add hard tofu and more of your favorite vegetables, ie. green beans and bok choy. In case you were wondering, we do not have a pressure cooker.  We  used a Le Creuset stock pot.


  • 2 lbs. grass fed beef short rib
  • 1 medium cabbage, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes or yams, quartered
  • 1 large white onion, halved
  • 1/2 cup Patis aka fish sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
In large stockpot, on medium heat, add coconut oil. When oil is hot, add garlic and onions. Let brown and become fragrant.
Add water and broth, fish sauce, salt and pepper and bring to boil. Add beef short ribs to boiling water. cover and bring to boil. reduce boil to simmer. Let simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender and bones are falling off.
Remove short rib bones. Use skimmer to clean floating bone residue.
Add quartered yams.  Add additional water if necessary to cover yams. Bring water back to boil, then add quartered cabbage. Add additional salt, pepper and fish sauce to taste. Bring back to boil.
Reduce heat.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6
Bonus Info on these wholesome ingredients, according to Wellness Mamma:
Bone Broth is easy to digest, contains collagen which supports hair, nail and skin health and glucosamine for joint health. It also contains important amino acids such as proline, glycine and glutamine.
Cabbage is high in fiber, which is great for colon health. It is also high in vitamin K, sulforaphane, keratin, potassium, which is great for blood pressure and helps lower blood sugar.
*PLEASE CONSULT W/ YOUR DOCTOR, PSYCHIATRIST, BOO, BAE and MAMMA before you do any diet or new meal plan. 
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Keeping It Fresh; Out Dated vs. Updated


Malaki Box from FlipCrateFoodie

I hate to admit this, but, the other night, I had to throw out some Filipino food because it was too, wait for it, greasy. Ugh, there, I said it. I know, I know, I’m an A-hole. Here I am talking all this garbage about promoting Filipino food and the positive perception of it and I  perpetuate the stereotype by calling it greasy. I could have not mentioned it at all, right? No! Not right. This blog is about changing thangs, changing perceptions and changing what we value. It’s about making choices to do better because we know better in hopes to influence others to do the same.

Here’s what happened. Earlier this week, I made a special trip to the “Filipino Market” to get food for the week, supplies for my new recipe posts and keep the momentum going for this refresh of PP&B. As I strolled around the store I noticed how pleasant it smelled, despite the fact that it’s a Seafood Market. I also noticed the meat and fish looked fresh and there was a lovely large produce section. It was great. Unfortunately, I also noticed the HUGE amount of PROCESSED goodies. There were so so many sections full of sugar laden snacks. They all looked so sweet and addictive, my mouth started to salivate. My liver continued to scream. I managed to stay focused. These high fructose delights were staying on the shelves. Instead, I opted for to-go (point-point) options from “The Grill”.  Pork Adobo, grilled Tilapia, BBQ chicken and Dinuguan made their way onto my ticket order and into my basket.

styrofoam containers 2

Styrofoam Containers

I was so excited to get home, warm up some rice and unpack those crappy yet familiar styrofoam containers of yummy goodness. I made myself a plate and inhaled the oil-soaked food. It wasn’t long after that the reflux started. I did not feel well and I did not have a good night’s sleep. The next morning the reflux had subsided and although I wanted to save myself the trouble of cooking and  not waste the money I had spent the day before, I had a choice to make; do I eat the rest of this food, which made me feel not so great or do I choose better? I compromised and elected to keep the BBQ sticks and tilapia.  I reluctantly threw out the glistening adobo and strong smelling dinuguan

Why was this so hard to admit? Why am I conflicted  and why the am I judging myself so hard?  It’s because I love my culture and criticizing food or specifically the Filipino food experience, albeit, constructive, is often interpreted as negative or inauthentic or dare I say, selling out. Well I’m here to tell you it’s not. You can love love love your Tita’s bibingka and wish she used raw sugar instead of white and a little less of it. Those things can exist simultaneously. Demanding higher quality ingredients, insisting there be thoughtful presentation, superior customer service and applying health conscious cooking techniques is not untraditional or phony. It’s smart and earned and deserved! Commenting on, and improving on, these aspects of home made or fast casual Filipino food will continue to shift the perception of Filipino food from a negative one into a positive one.  That was my struggle. What was I telling myself about Filipino food if I was throwing it out? That it was no good? That we’re no good?  No!  I’m saying that this particular version of Filipino food and service, although convenient and most of the time tasty,  is out-dated. I’m saying that I’d like to support and promote the up-to-date versions.  So from this point forward, Pig Parts & Beer will do our best to focus and popularize that Fresh Filipino Flavor.  We still intend to give props to the old school businesses that have held the Filipino American community down for decades, but we intend to keep it moving and keep it fresh with new interviews, original recipes and inspiring stories from this generation’s innovators, artisans, creators and trail-blazers.

FlipCrate Foodie

FlipCrate Foodie


Glad To Be Back :)

Karena aka PP&B


FYI: We just signed up for FlipCrate Foodie, a monthly subscription to curated Filipino foodie snacks. The great design and innovation were our motivators. We’ll keep ya posted on what we think of the crates themselves.






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Meet the Adobo Ho, Chef Jade Gaje

Chef Jade Gage

Chef Jade Gaje

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins

Jade Gaje was the catering queen for one of LA’s most popular downtown eateries, but in 2010, she decided to break out on her own. We got a chance to spill the tea with THE JADE CHEF about many things, including the crazy massage moment that changed everything, her love of the .99 Cent Store and why she calls herself, The Adobo Ho.  

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Chef Sheldon Simeon Showcases Filipino Food

Chef Sheldon Simeon

A Pleasantly Surprised Chef Sheldon Simeon

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins 

Chef Sheldon Simeon is on a roll. On last week’s battle he seduced the TOP CHEF judges with his Sinigang (tangy tamarind soup) and this week…Well this week he won the naysayers over with his delicious “modern Filipino” restaurant concept, URBANo.  “Urbano”, named after Sheldon’s  Lolo (grandfather), went head to head with the twisted French flavors of Chef Kristen’s “Atelier Kwan”.  Unfortunately and fortunately, Ms. Kish’s concept, team and execution could not conquer the war. It was a close call, but ultimately Sheldon lead his team to victory by staying calm, cool and collected. I’m sure he would’ve lost his shit if he knew about Stefan’s front-of-house shenanigans.

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Vanilla Champurrado; Rice Porridge with Soft Bananas and Salted Chopped Almonds

Filipino Rice Porridge

Vanilla Champurrado

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins 

JAYSUS! It’s FRESSING! I know folks in other parts of the country are laughing at this statement, but HELLO, I’m a spoiled So Cal lady. I’m not used the temps going below 65 degrees. Because of this unseasonably, yet seasonably cold weather, I decided to make something to warm me from the inside out, champurrado.  Champurrado, the Filipino version, is chocolate rice porridge. It’s usually eaten for breakfast or as a snack. When eaten in the Philippines, Tuyo, salted dried fish, is the preferred condiment. I can’t say that I’ve ever eaten it this way, but I can understand why some people do.  The combination of chocolate, sugar, rice and milk with dashes of sodium makes sense. I’ve developed two alternative versions of this popular AM food.

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Learn Lumpia, Filipino Cooking Classes, What!

Lumpia Love!

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins

Lumpia is, hands down, the house party favorite. I have never thrown a shin dig and had left over lumpia. It just doesn’t happen.  They are the petite, meaty version of a Chinese egg roll. Lumpiyang Shanghai, its “government” name, are deep fried finger foods stuffed with a delectable blend of ground pork, minced onions, sweet  raisins, chopped garlic, garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper and soy sauce. Eggs bind the raw mixture.

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The Park’s Finest: LA’s Home for Backyard Boogie BBQ

The Park’s Finest: LA’s Home for Backyard Boogie BBQ

by Allan Roman Reyes

Located off  Temple street, at the edge of Historic Filipino Town, sits The Park’s Finest BBQ. The place feels like your best friend’s mamas house, and the proprietor, Johneric Concordia, your homie. The space is warm, unpretentious and familiar. It has roots.

Johneric’s cousin greets and seats us. We excitedly read our options.  The menu featured items such as barbequed tri-tip, hot links, pork ribs and riblets, pulled pork, grilled veggies, and something called coconut beef. There were also appetizers and desserts, two of which caught my eye: off-the-cob elote and a magical fusion called cornbread bibingka (more on this later). 

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