Amazing Filipino Food and Restaurant Design; LaMesa in Toronto

Amazing Filipino Food and Restaurant Design; LaMesa in Toronto

This is what Im talking about! Filipinos not only putting out bomb ass food but dope ass, simple, yet sophisticated design. I haven’t had a chance to experience LaMesa, but my cousins (you know I’ve got lots) have and the verdict is in….Good Times!

From the pictures and descriptions (jackfruit Creme Brulee with a berry coulis),  it looks like the bizness! My mouth is salivating. For those of you who don’t know, I’m originally from Toronto. It  is a true blend of different ethnic people and their respective cuisines.

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Restaurant Review: Isla Cocina Pilipina — Eagle Rock’s Newest Gem

Restaurant Review: Isla Cocina Pilipina — Eagle Rock’s Newest Gem

written by: Allan Roman Reyes

Isla Cocina Pilipina in Eagle Rock resides in a nondescript, newly painted building of considerable size. Conveniently located where the old Barrio Fiesta (another Filipino restaurant now having moved to Glendale) used to be, familiar Filipino scents greet you.  It could be because the restaurant makes its own vinegar (more on this later), soy, and barbeque sauces, and they are featured prominently in the spacious foyer as you enter. The  staff is friendly and helpful, and though some may ask for help pronouncing some of the harder Filipino food terms, they adore the Filipino taste and are not hesitant in recommending their favorites from the menu.

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kapaMEALya: Uber Filipino Food Group…Eating One Adobo At A Time

kapaMEALya: Uber Filipino Food Group…Eating One Adobo At A Time

We at PP&B love anyone or any group out there trying to increase the visibility of Filipino food. When we found out about kapaMEALya (a play on the word, kapamilya, which means “of the family”), there was no second thought that we’d give these Northern California Filipino foodies some shine.  They were kind of enough to answer some of my questions, so enjoy and read on. And if you’d like more information on the group, check out their website: www.kapamealya.org.

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Easter Egg Hunting “Itlog Na Maalat” – Filipino Red Salted Eggs

Easter Egg Hunting “Itlog Na Maalat” – Filipino Red Salted Eggs

I loved red salty eggs (itlog na maalat) when I was a little girl growing up in the Philippines. Yeah, I know that sounds like a bad college essay to culinary school in the making, but it’s true. I loved those super salty eggs served with steaming hot rice and sliced tomatoes. That meal was heaven. And the fact that these delicious eggs were dyed in an assortment of crimson colors (red being one of my favorite colors) made my love for them quite fitting. And how could I not love these little suckers? 

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Happy St. Fatricks Day!; Corned Beef Filipino Style

Happy St. Fatricks Day!; Corned Beef Filipino Style

Corned beef reminds me of my cousin Charles.  If corned beef hash is on the menu, he’s ordering it with a glass of Coke. Affectionately known as Charcolatte, Charles is a beer-guzzling, gun-hoarding bachelor.  Cooking anything elaborate (which for Charles means having to turn on more than one burner) is not an option. His fridge stores film, batteries, eggs, tomatoes, onions and garlic, his freezer a rainbow of boxed microwaveables. His pantry is a fallout shelter-worthy supply of canned goods and balikbayan favorites. Corned Beef and its sassy, buck-toothed stepsister Spam are always front and center.  Easy to store and even easier to cook (read: warm up), corned beef’s hearty preserved meatiness, combined with sweet grilled onions, chopped tomatoes and minced garlic, is a fast, no-fuss breakfast (read: hangover strategy).

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Bacon Bread Pudding; Filipina puts a porky twist on a old school dessert

Bacon Bread Pudding; Filipina puts a porky twist on a old school dessert

Need I say more? Probably not, but I will. As you know, we love us some Kristine from Creme CaramelLA. When we hung out at UniqueLA’s Local Love Event this past February she introduced us to her various bread puddings. At the time, I was behind the camera so I couldn’t taste the goods, but Haydee inhaled it and by the look on her face, it was deeee-lish. I left that event super happy I got to hang with the flan princess, but sad…no bread pudding for me. Fast forward to last Saturday, Kristine mentioned that she does a little pop up at Fix Coffee in Echo Park. She also mentioned that the bread pudding would be the main attraction. You know my ass was there at 9am! I watched her and Sean set up. She warned me that it takes a little time to get the bread pudding, so I hung out,drank my latte and chatted it up.

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PATIS: Get To Know The Filipino Fish Sauce

PATIS: Get To Know The Filipino Fish Sauce

Back in the day (cue Ahmad) I had a non-Filipino friend in junior high who was dating a Pinay. He pulled me aside one day to “confess” that he hated the way patis smelled but it was so damn good with fried tilapia when his girlfriend’s family served it for dinner. Okaaaay. Didn’t really know what to do with that comment, but it’s one that I’m sure many Filipinos abroad have heard before. Patis (fish sauce) is a Filipino condiment/dipping sauce (sawsaw) that comes from the lovely end-result of fish being fermented with salt and water in large vats. It’s also a sauce with a distinct fishy smell that many non-Filipinos have found interesting, to say the least.

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Longanisa On A Stick in Chi Town; Filipino Breakfast Sausage

Longanisa On A Stick in Chi Town; Filipino Breakfast Sausage

Remember, back in the day when you hung out at the mall? And do you remember being mesmerized and embarrassed for the girls pumping lemon slices in icy water at the Hot Dog on A Stick? (Can’t they get a machine to do that?) Regardless of the sexual undertones a la the stick,  those corn & cheese dogs were fucking good! I hadn’t thought of a food court or those tacky circus outfits in a minute. It wasn’t until the fine folks at Brunchlox  jogged my memory.

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Leche Flan For Valentines Day; Filipino Flan

Leche Flan For Valentines Day; Filipino Flan

Who needs chocolate when you can have sweet and creamy leche flan.  Haydee and I had a chance to hit up one of the best boutique, artisnal, entrepreneurial events this weekend, UNIQUE LA’s Local Love. It featured up and coming clothing, jewelry, bag designers and…food hustlers.  One of our favorite sweet-slangin’ booths was our buddy, Creme Caramel LA!

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Filipino wins Celebrity Cook Off; Lou Diamond Phillips is a Chef!

Filipino wins Celebrity Cook Off; Lou Diamond Phillips is a Chef!

A few posts ago, I mentioned that Lou Diamond Phillips was part of  a kookie ensemble cast for Food Networks Celebrity Cook Off. Team Rachel and  Team Guy guiding celeb wanna-be chefs to culinary greatness was the premise. Lou aka LDP, from the very start, was a leader. This is not Lou’s first round with the culinary world. He co-owns the Tribeca Grill in Manhattan.

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