The Origin of Banana Ketchup

November 16, 2017 7:00 pm by Taste.Company

Banana Ketchup Ingredients | Photo Courtesy of Food Network By Kristine Cannon Open the fridge or pantry of any Filipino, and you’ll see the holy quattuorvirate: fish sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and —​ yes, you guessed it —​ banana ketchup. This sauce is arguably as versatile as the American equivalent, […]


LASA: Leveling Up Pinoy Food in L.A.

November 7, 2017 7:00 pm by Taste.Company

Octopus and Fresno Chiles Dish | Photo courtesy by Lasa By Darleen Principe Brothers Chase and Chad Valencia, like many other second-generation Filipino-Americans, grew up eating all the classics of the Philippines. Dishes like adobo, sinigang, kaldereta and lechon, plus a lot of lutong Kapampangan—cooking from the Pampanga province, where […]


How To Make Homemade Calamansi Liqueur

October 17, 2017 7:00 pm by Taste.Company

By Gabrielle Vernon Melzer I’m from Boston. It’s cold.  Growing up, my idea of tropical fruit growing up was a starchy, imported banana. Citrus was probably the most tangible of the warm-weather fruits; we ate oranges from Florida and lemons from California, but they were a treat from afar. I […]


5 Interesting Themed Cafes

October 6, 2017 10:00 am by Marge Gavan

Gone are the days when being cool means getting spotted at Starbucks. With the advent of the specialty cafés in the Philippines, coffee consumers have suddenly been presented with a lot of options. It’s a brutal competition; it’s not enough that a café serves good specialty coffee, they should also […]


Chef Alvin Cailan: From Egg Sandwiches to Eggplant Adobo

September 7, 2017 7:00 pm by Taste.Company

 Credit: Matthew Zuras via Munchies Vice. By Krista Garcia Eggslut, the cheekily named food stall that appeared at Los Angeles’ revamped Grand Central Market in 2011, transformed the humble breakfast sandwich into a breakout star. Its signature offering, a brioche bun filled with a runny yolk from a cage-free egg, […]


25 Seeds & Café Fleur: Chef Sau del Rosario Showcases his Kapampangan Roots

September 5, 2017 7:00 pm by Gabriella Galvez

Pampanga is a province of delectable eats, all thanks to the Spanish who christened Pampanga as the first province on Luzon Island in 1571. The kapampangans spent the following centuries learning the basics of Spanish cooking from the friars and sailors that they worked for and with. This first-hand exposure […]


Chef Janice Dulce: Contemporary Filipino Food in the Bay Area

September 2, 2017 7:00 pm by Taste.Company

By Chelsea Davis A year ago, I stumbled upon pop-up joint FOB Kitchen in San Francisco’s Mission District. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Janice Dulce along with her wife, Brandi, who runs front of house operations. Although Dulce was never classically trained as a chef, first generation Filipino-American Dulce […]


When Dinner Makes A Difference: Eye Society’s Annual Dinner in the Dark

August 31, 2017 7:00 pm by Vicki Abary

When we sit down for dinner in a restaurant, we use all our senses to absorb that meal. We see the appealing colors of the food and admire its beautiful presentation. We can smell the dish, which enhances our appetite. We take a bite, and enjoy the nuances of flavor […]


In Love And On A Mission: Ven’z Kitchen Making Tourists Love Filipino Food

August 25, 2017 7:00 pm by Taste.Company

Ven, Venz and their daughter Caden. Photo courtesy of Allison Yates By Allison Yates Ven’z Kitchen is a small, ten-seater restaurant and private cooking school in the main tourist hub of Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, Cebu doing more than serving hungry tourists and teaching foreigners how to cook. With their love […]


Healthy Picks For A Healthier You

August 3, 2017 7:00 pm by Katrina Castaneda

We’re halfway done with this year and we tell you, it’s not too late to break old habits. Since you promised to have a healthier you this year, why not do it slowly but surely? We give you some healthy alternatives that will not put you into cold turkey. After […]