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Growing The Carabao Dairy Industry With Marie Cavosora

Have you ever had carabao milk butter? If not - you SHOULD have carabao milk butter. It’s the best thing you could ever put on freshly baked pandesal. I swear you’ll wonder why no one talks about this more! This episode, we’re talking with Marie Cavosora, who founded a company called CalaBoo and leads a team of dairy entrepreneurs in the Philippines. With milk from naturally grass-fed carabaos - the Philippine water buffalo - they make butter, cheese and yogurt. Their products have the...


Food Holidays In The Philippines With Clang Garcia

"Food Holidays Philippines" is a culinary travel guidebook that won "Best In The World" at the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Like some of the world's most notable travel guides, it was made with a shoestring budget - and later paved the way for certain kinds of travellers to find exactly what they were looking for. We're talking with Clang Garcia about her travel company, Jeepney Tours, and what it was like to collect stories and recipes from around the country to feature in this...


A New Narrative For Agriculture With Cherrie Atilano

On today’s show If the Philippines had its own version of Modern Farmer magazine, Cherrie Atilano would be on the cover of an issue. She’s the founder of a social enterprise called AGREA, whose goals are “to help eradicate poverty for farming and fishing families, to alleviate the effects of climate change and to help establish food security in the Philippines”. That’s a lot for even the biggest organizations! How, exactly, does a young Filipina farmer begin to address those challenges?...


American Influence On Filipino Food With Alex Orquiza

On today’s show While lots of people talk about Filipino food in America today, I'm more interested in telling my story of a middle-class kid from Metro Manila in the 90s. While I wasn't ashamed of having Filipino food in my lunch box, I definitely wanted hotdogs and french fries more than rice - and so did everyone else. But how exactly did Filipinos come to love American food so much? I asked Rene Alexander Orquiza, a professor based in Rhode Island whose research and teaching interests...


The Regional Cuisine Of Cebu With Louella Alix

On today’s show We’re going to the province of Cebu, in the central Visayas region of the Philippines, to talk about a much-beloved way of cooking with Louella Alix, author of a book called "Hikay: The Culinary Heritage of Cebu". Cebuano cooking in itself - like many regional cuisines of the Philippines, is a reflection of its landscape - with local communities that each have distinct ways of preparing meals and various traditional food products. Like "puso", those perfectly steamed...


About Exploring Filipino Kitchens

What's “Exploring Filipino Kitchens” about, you may ask? Well, to be honest, it’s about me telling my story - and the stories of many amazing people from the Philippines who have contributed to what is arguably one of the most fascinating things to watch - and that is the story of how food brings people together. At the heart of it, this podcast is about learning about yourself through Filipino food - regardless of where you come from. If you’ve ever felt that warm fuzzy feeling of a...


Adventures in Philippine Cookery With Bryan Koh

On today’s show Today we’re talking with Bryan Koh, author of the book "Milk Pigs and Violet Gold" - a hardcover title from a Philippine university press, first published in 2013 and then re-issued three years later to the rest of Southeast Asia. The illustrations, photos and artwork in Bryan’s books are BEAUTIFUL. Turning the pages, I’m driven by the narrative, structure, and immediacy of his stories - like I feel like I’m there - and constantly think, reading the recipes…that “really,...


On Travel With Purpose To Manila, A Farm And Ancestral Lands

On today’s show This episode, we're going off the usual path - actually, quite a ways off from my studio in Toronto, back to where it all begins: the Philippines. We can't really Explore Filipino Kitchens, without going to the motherland, right? So today, no interviews - just some raw thoughts from my trip, instead - and you'll hear horns rise above the traffic of Manila, tricycles speeding by, the calm of the countryside and the best joke about a caterpillar. Let's go! Show notes 02:05 A...


The Ancient Filipino Diet With Dr. Ame Garong

On today’s show What can we learn from our ancestors' diets? This month we’re talking with Dr. Ame Garong, head researcher of the Archeology Division at the National Museum of the Philippines. In 2013 Dr. Garong published a book called "Ancient Filipino Diet". It's the first study of Filipino food in pre-history - before colonizers or any foreign influence arrived in the Philippines - written to explore and understand the prehistoric diet of our ancestors. Dr. Garong shares her research...


Building Communities Around Filipino Food With Joanne Boston

On today’s show This month, we’re talking with Joanne Boston, a founding member of the Filipino Food Movement. Their vision for the success of Filipino food in the American mainstream has and always will be supported and inspired by community – the main theme we’re talking about on today’s show. Another big thing we’re talking about today […]


Recording Filipino Food History with Felice Sta. Maria

On today’s show Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study food history? In the Philippines, it’s not a topic often discussed by the general public – despite our love for debating the origins of pancit or adobo. There are a handful of authors who delve into questions about where Filipino food comes from […]


Rediscover Philippine Ingredients with Amy Besa

On today’s show Why does Amy Besa go to great lengths to find a vanishing fruit, turn it into jam, then serve it to diners who come to her restaurant in search of a truly Filipino meal? That answer is in Amy and Chef Romy Dorotan’s philosophy to cooking at Purple Yam – the restaurants […]


How To Fall In Love With Filipino Food

Why am I so keen to learn about the history, traditions and culture that surround food in the Philippines? This episode, I share what drives my desire to explore Philippine foodways – and the 4 stages to falling in love with Filipino food.


Episode 1: Where does Philippine coffee grow?

On today’s show I visit a coffee farm along the foothills of a mountain range in Mindanao province, discover why we need to save the “barako” coffee bean, and chat with the founder of a coffee company with a social purpose. We’re talking with: Neil Binayao of Hineleban Coffee Neil works with local families to grow coffee […]