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Vegetables

Last updated on: 26th October, 2013, 10:19 AMVegetables. What do you have? A stroll through my local Safeway market’s produce aisle reveals a very typical, if small, selection of vegetables. Bell peppers. Cauliflower. Broccoli. Romaine red leaf and green leaf lettuce. The nutritionally empty iceberg lettuce. Tomatoes. Spinach. Ears of corn “with their shirts on” […]

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Durian – delectable or diabolical?

Last updated on: 9th October, 2013, 7:46 PMAndrew Zimmern spit it out and his dislike of it led him to call it unhealthy. Anthony Bourdain loves it. What is it? The Durian fruit. The spiky green footballs filled with creamy arils hold the title of “World’s Stinkiest Fruit”. They thrive in various countries in Southeast Asia […]

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Pop goes the soda

Last updated on: 13th September, 2013, 7:07 PM  I’m not quite sure why a a Swiss financial services company is researching things like this but according to Credit Suisse, Americans drink enough soda each year per person to float a battleship in. That chart looks like it pins us Americans at about 170 liters of […]

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For the love of pompano

Last updated on: 12th September, 2013, 7:17 PMTo paraphrase the great Cottontail Smith, the only thing I hate worse than a fish bone – is two fish bones. This makes it hard on my wife Menchu who, like most Filipinos, loves her fish.  She likes to tuck into her fish and eat traditionally – with […]

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Pan De Sal

Last updated on: 12th August, 2013, 7:43 PM Bread. Famous author Miguel de Cervantes said that all sorrows were lessened with bread. On the other hand, famous chef Julia Child said, of America, “How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” The humble and delicious Filipino pan de sal (also “pandesal”), […]

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Culture clash: Tagged at the plate

Last updated on: 28th May, 2013, 2:49 PM On Saturday, my wife Menchu and I got a mutual craving for Filipino food as well as a mutual craving for not having to cook. We visited one of the few Filipino restaurants in town, the newly renamed Kawayan Grill on Rainier Avenue. It had been a […]

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