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The Joys of Asian Food at Joy Yee’s

(Chicago) – When I fancy Asian food and I can’t think of anywhere else to go, my default go-to restaurant is Joy Yee’s.  I’ve been coming to this place for years and I can’t recall an instant when I complained about […]

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More Mediterranean Flavors at Gourmet Pita

(Chicago) –  A friend of a friend is raving about this place.  I live in Chicago and this resturant is in Skokie, a northwest suburb of Chicago. But I was intrigued enough to spend one Saturday morning to go drive […]

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Inugatang Manok (Chicken-Root Veggies Stew)

(Chicago) – This is a simple, hearty chicken stew and perfect with hot white rice. Ingredients: 2 tablespoon olive oil 12 chicken thighs 1 large onion, chopped 1 cup dry white wine ¼ cup fresh marjoram or 2 tablespoons dried […]

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Chilean Sea Bass in Lemon-Butter Sauce

(Chicago) – This week, we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It’s customary for Filipinos to observe this season with penitence by not eating meat or poultry until Easter Sunday.  Even though I am not with my family in […]

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Filipino-style Spaghetti

(Chicago) – When I was still living in Manila, I can’t recall a single birthday celebration, Christmas, baptisms, housewarming or any party  that did not have spaghetti on the table. Like in most Filipino households, spaghetti is always a part […]

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Complement It with a Slaw

(Chicago) –  I am confronted with a dilemma. I am inviting friends for a small BBQ party and I don’t want to serve rice, for a change. I know one or two Filipino guest will hate me but I don’t […]

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Lugaw. Arroz Caldo. Congee. Porridge.

(Chicago) – Lugaw is my all-time favorite Filipino comfort food. It is a simple and easy way to retreat back home. I make this numerous times especially when the weather is depressing cold during winter.  I usually cook lugaw in big […]

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One More for the Grill: Beef Kabob

(Chicago) – Labor Day has passed and the grilling season is supposed to have ended as well.  But as long as the outside temperature permits, we can still fire up the grill and enjoy some meaty barbecue goodness. So I […]

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True to Form Fajita

(Chicago) – Just a little background, “fajita” is the diminutive form of Spanish word “faja” which mean belt or griddle. In Filipino, we call it similarly but with different spelling, “paha”. Nowadays, fajita is referred to as a Mexican dish […]

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A Plan for a Leche Flan

(Chicago) – I don’t understand why I keep renewing my membership to Costco every year. For a single person living in a cramped high-rise apartment, it does not make sense to stock up on groceries. I can’t even find enough space […]

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