A festival to show our love for longganisa

A festival to show our love for longganisa

In a country where practically every region has a signature bratwurst, you should expect more than one festival celebrating this beloved delicacy. The most popular, however, is the one in the historic city of Vigan, where it occurs every late January. Vigan longganisa...

2021’s most influential figures in the food industry

2021’s most influential figures in the food industry

Now that restaurateurs and diners have figured out the compromise between eating in restaurants and the new normal, the dining scene is experiencing a revival. Once again, Filipinos are looking at each other on Friday nights asking, “Where shall we eat?” While the...

Different types of ensaymada for the holidays

Different types of ensaymada for the holidays

Just like Catholicism and our love for a good fiesta, Filipinos learned the art of baking from our Spanish colonizers. Bread, cakes, and other pastries were not part of the Filipino diet until the Spanish introduced them to us; hence, the Hispanic names for most of...

Celebrate Noche Buena with these holiday hams

Celebrate Noche Buena with these holiday hams

There’s cochinillo, chicken galantina, or even a whole roast turkey, but there’s nothing like a big ball of ham to steal the spotlight on the Christmas dining table. Filipino Christmas ham comes in all shapes and sizes and flavors: there’s bone-in and boneless;...

10 ways to upgrade your Fruit Salad

10 ways to upgrade your Fruit Salad

It’s hard to beat a classic like fruit salad, the ubiquitous Filipino holiday dessert enjoyed by both the young and old. It’s a simple medley of pantry staples that add color to the season’s festivities. A fruit salad starts with a can of fruit cocktail, with its...

The range of roasted pigs in the Philippines

The range of roasted pigs in the Philippines

A grand celebration in the Philippines is incomplete without an irrational amount of food, and holding court in the center of it all is the glorious lechon. This culinary tradition may have been passed on to us by our Spanish colonizers, but over the centuries we have...

Learning about lechon

Learning about lechon

It may not seem like it, but the history of the beloved lechon has political and religious roots. The name would suggest that lechon was adapted from the Spanish invaders who colonized the Philippines for over 300 years. Leche means “milk,” referencing the suckling...