Now that you have plenty of challah to eat, as is, or for something else, how about reducing the guilt of eating lots of bread by making a salad out of it? Panzanella typically uses crusty Italian bread and is similar to fattoush, an Arabic salad. The latter uses sumac, a lemony-sour spice, according to […]
Most of the people I know here in the Midwest, perhaps the same is true with my friends and relatives in Asia, do not know anything about challah (ha la). But mention the braided bread and everyone seems to have seen or tasted it at some point in their lives. Challah is a ceremonial bread, typically […]
March 2017 Even I was confused for a long time about how Americans differentiate between egg rolls and spring rolls. To some, the difference lies in the wrapper used: thicker and egg-based versus thin, flimsy rice-based. Based on that distinction, I guess lumpia is really a spring roll.
Chinatown, March 2017 Mao Martinez and I started our food tour outside the LRT Carriedo Station, crossed a very busy rotunda and made our way to Ongpin Street. I met Mao through an NGO where he works at. Their group organizes food and travel tours around Manila as a way to fund their projects. This Chinatown […]
February 2017, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Philippines I love dim sum. The tiny morsels of food served on small plates are the equivalent of Spain’s tapas. When I lived in Southern California, I kept a list of LA Times’ best dim sum restaurants and dragged friends and family members to each one. My favorite restaurant was […]
January 2017, Taipei, Taiwan I was watching Anthony Bourdain on cable one night and he was bemoaning the fact that he spent $1800 on a dinner at a fancy sushi restaurant in New York City. When I was in the city in 2006 attending a culinary school, two of my friends and I went to Per Se. The restaurant is […]
I believe there are three requirements when travelling abroad on a budget, especially if one’s intention is to experience local cuisine: 1. Reliable public transportation 2. Lots of accessible markets and local venues with good but affordable food 3. Lots of museums and great architectural places to fill in the hours Taipei is a place that checks […]
Filipinos love to socialize and what better way to do it than find the latest food craze and bring all your friends and relatives to the venue. In that regard, food scenes are immensely popular and ever changing here in Manila. Not only do different food ideas become the norm but competition can be rather stiff. The […]