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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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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Win A PP&B Tote For Your Holiday Shopping!

Win A PP&B Tote For Your Holiday Shopping!

Calling all cooks, chefs, people who have access to a kitchen or secret family recipes, we have a great opportunity for you. We want your recipes!  Please email us your favorite Holiday Recipes with a Filipino, Pork or Beer Twist.  We’ll give props to our favorites on FB and the winner winner gets a chicken dinner. Joking, the winner gets props on FB, Twitter and PP&B and….wait for it… a fresh ass tote bag for their holiday shopping. Target charges $.10 a bag, just sayin…Happy Holidays.

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Pig Parts Popcorn; Happy Halloween Witches!

Pig Parts Popcorn; Happy Halloween Witches!

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins 

Candy candy and more candy, I can feel the diabetes already, but don’t fear, I’ve got an alternative that’s just as delicious. Yes Honey Boo Boo, it’s Pig Parts Popcorn. The  savory buttered kernels made their debut  last Friday at The Rhyme Along’s Halloween Edition of Hip Hop Karaoke. The party was off the 2 Chainz and everyone, even security, devoured PP&B’s salty snacks.  It was such a good night. The costumes were creative and the piggy treat bags were too cute. 

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I Reminisce I Reminisce; Jeepney Grill in Cerritos

I Reminisce I Reminisce; Jeepney Grill in Cerritos

I grew up in mid-city LA, before it was Koreatown, and one of my favorite spots for a plated Filipino meal  was Jeepney Grill on 6th street. Jeepney Grill was one of the  many Filipino restaurants that ruled Los Angeles in the early 90’s, and although they are long gone,  they are definitely not forgotten. (Shout outs to  Betsy’s on Vermont, Barrio Fiesta on 6th and Turo Turo on Wilshire).  From what I can remember, LA’s Jeepney Grill was delicious, decorative and…there was a real life, bad-ass Jeepney sitting in the middle of the restaurant!

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Food & Wine & Voting; Pig Parts Rubs Elbows with Top Chefs

Food & Wine & Voting; Pig Parts Rubs Elbows with Top Chefs

Summer’s almost officially over,  booooo. Here’s a recap of one of the best events we attended during the break, and what we have planned to end the summer right.

In August, we had a chance to hit up Food & Wine’s Asian Night Market . The event was held in front of the NOKIA theater downtown, “you fancy huh?“.

We were welcomed with a bright red carpet, a step-n-repeat and empty, to-be filled wine glasses. There were so many booths and so many comforting aromas, we didn’t know where to start. First on our list was cuisine a la Zimmern, a shredded beef slider. Chef Andrew was actually there, actually cooking and actually friendly. He loved, loved, loved the PP&B tee shirt we gave him.  The other top chefs took positions, manned their stations and it was on like donkey kong!

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Flippin’ What? Flippin’ Who? – FLIPPIN’ YOLK Truck enters the scene

Flippin’ What? Flippin’ Who? – FLIPPIN’ YOLK Truck enters the scene

I attended the  first FPAC  20 years ago when I was a SIPA kid (I am now buying a rocking chair and subscribing to AARP). Through the years I’ve not only been a guest of the FIL-AM event, but I’ve participated as a vendor who successfully sold my Pinay Clothing gear (one of the first ones out there…check, check y’all).  This year I wanted to show some love and represent for PP&B. I decided that early Saturday morning, right when festivities began, I’d  find myself some good Filipino-style breakfast. Enter the fabulous Flippin’ Yolk food truck.

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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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Restaurant Review: Eating Filipino Style (Look Ma, Only Hands!) at House of Sisig

Restaurant Review: Eating Filipino Style (Look Ma, Only Hands!) at House of Sisig

by Allan Roman Reyes

Walking into House of Sisig is like coming home to Lola’s house. It’s full of people eating, loud with family conversation and cooking, and did I mention food? The place is small; people are frequently excusing past each other and chairs are back to back, not to mention the tables. But to sit down to one of the Philippine’s great customs, the kamayan (eating with your hands) meal is something that needs to be experienced at least once, or twice, or how about every Sunday instead?

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Ayara, Thai Sauces for Your Filipino Senses

Ayara Thai Sauces

Ayara Thai Sauces

How many invitations have you received from Facebook about some product opening here and a food tasting there that one of your 4,568 friends sent you? Along with the birthday calendar requests, it could get to be too much for you to (want to) pay attention to. Thank goodness I actually paid attention to and attended one such event – the opening for Ayara Sauces. Vanda Asapahu is the woman behind Ayara Products and she decided to start bottling the different sauces because of the numerous requests she’s heard throughout the years from friends, families and customers who have tasted their delicious food at the Asapahu’s popular Los Angeles restaurant, Ayara Thai.

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