Those Pigs Got Smoked!;Horse Thief BBQ

Horse Thief's Anthony Chin

Horse Thief’s Anthony Chin

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins

Filipinos and BBQ just go together like Indians and curry, like Japanese and Sushi, like Koreans and Kimchi,  so a Filipino owned BBQ spot is nothing out of the ordinary. What is shocking is, well, there are a few things: 1. they don’t use sugar in the “marinade” (Are you sure y’all are Filipino?)  2. There’s no direct flame used to cook the meat 3. The restaurant space wasn’t an after thought.  It is adorable and perfect for our So. Cal weather. It’ll be even better when they open the bar. Booze and BBQ!

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Filipino Food Tour with Backyard Bite Part I

Karena & Amy Eating Turon

 

It’s been a hot minute since we posted up a video, like 2 freagin years! It’s only because we like to get shit  right and we did.  With the help of uber blogger Amy Shuster aka Backyard Bite, we’ve got a hot one for you.  Pig Parts took Backyard on a tour of some of our favorite spots for Filipino grub and goodies. First, we hit up United Bakery in Silverlake. Owner Andrea De Guzman drops some old school 411 about her ”hood”, what Filipinos eat and why she’s not “playing around”. Check out the video and watch us throw down like dainty beasts.

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Meet Mark, The Filipino Half Of Kogi BBQ

Mark chats with PP&B

Mark Manguera chats with Karena Higgins of Pig Parts & Beer

Mark Manguera prefers to stay under the radar and out of the spotlight when it comes to many things KOGI BBQ. That’s right, this Filipino dude is the other half of the bulgogi-kalbi-taco empire. We had a chance to catch up with Mark at Cafe 101 in Hollywood. He dropped some serious food for thought. Check out why Mark thanks the recession, gives drinking props and advises all entrepreneurs to do this before they start.

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Chef K Can Cook; Khristianne Uy

Chef K Roars!

Chef K Roars Onto The Culinary Scene!

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins 

At a glance, Chef K looks hard, like a bad ass, and you know what, she is, but under the fierce make-up and butcher knife tattoos, Chef K’s a real sweetie. We met up at The Little Next Door and talked ish about everything, including her dad’s wack relocation tactics, bullshitting on the TASTE  and why she feels like the richest mother fucker! 

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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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Slangin’ Siopao in Silverlake; Boss Andrea De Guzman

 

With Boss Andrea De Guzman

WIth Boss Andrea De Guzman

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins

United Bread & Pastry  has been anchored in the same spot off of Sunset for over 27 years, and although the De Guzman Family has watched their Silverlake neighborhood go through changes, their traditional Filipino baked goods remain old skool. I had a chance to chat with Andrea De Guzman aka Tita. She dropped knowledge, including her  unique approach to marketing,  how the fear of getting busted was a good thing and why bigger is not always better.

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Love For Leche Flan; Baker Kristine de la Cruz

 

Original Leche Flan  Photo: Let Me Eat Cake

Original Leche Flan
Photo: Let Me Eat Cake

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins

Kristine, co-owner of Creme Caramel LA,  and I met a couple of years ago. She had a small sweetly -intoxicating booth at Unique LA.  It featured two of my favorite  desserts, bread pudding and Filipino  leche flan. I had never tasted flan this good and with such a variety of flavors.   I’ve forced her to be friends with me ever since.  I got a chance to sit down with the self professed “bread pudding maker” to chit chat about life, love and leche flan.

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Filipina Wins The White House; Chef Cristeta Comerford

Filipina Wins The White House; Chef Cristeta Comerford

By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins 

The election is fast approaching and who knows what the hell is going on. The thing I do know is… “he who controls the food controls the world”!  With regards to the White House, it ain’t either of those dudes. The Commander in Chief a la Cuisine is Filipina Chef Cristeta Comerford.

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Meeting with Chef Rodelio

Meeting with Chef Rodelio

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Rodelio Aglibot. He’s Filipino, currently has a popular restaurant in Chicago called Sunda, was head chef at celeb-friendly Sushi spot Koi, and is overall…one cool guy. He has a super warm and friendly demeanor and the busy culinary guru dropped some food history, restaurant knowledge and inspiring words during our pow wow. He’s a busy buddah, galavanting all over the place and all, but I still had to invite him to The Pleasure of Pig Parts & Beer event on Sunday, September 18 ($35.00 tix available at PayPal via Higgins.karena@gmail.com). And guess what folks, there’s a good chance he’ll be dropping by. Good times! Watch out for future posts featuring more tidbits from Chef Rodelio. He’s the DUDE (with much respect to Jeff Lebowski).

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