The Philippines, as a tropical country, is bound to be a nation of typhoons.
Arnis has been part of our sports-oriented consciousness and history.
Old church structures have been part of the Philippine landscape.
Seafood is part of the Filipino diet.
Filipinos love basketball. The Philippines’ history can attest to that.
Sagada prides itself for its hanging coffins, cave sites, and strawberry confections, among others.
The coconut milk-based native dish Gising-gising awakened my senses.
Pinay singing sensation Thia Megia makes it in the US.
There’s nothing like an avocado, pansit and turon snack to perk up a sick body.
To all my fellow Filipino’s and Filipina’s that are away from the Philippines and craving for their favorite Filipino dish, my name is Robert Colinares. I’m 35 years of age. I am a Filipino American, married to a beautiful American woman, and a father of two wonderful boys. I also happen to be in charge of the kitchen for the reason being I like cooking way more than my wife and sadly to say, it also shows in my middle section. I was born in Antipolo Rizal. I then moved to Quezon City where I grew up before coming to the U.S. in 1992. I’ve been living here ever since. I know how it feels when it comes to craving for the food that you grew up with and how much you miss it. There are still ways of being able to indulge yourself on some of our native tastes. We can share recipes, cooking methods, and where to get those authentic Filipino ingredients or what’s the best substitute for it. Living here in the Midwest can be quite challenging when looking for certain Filipino ingredients.
We live about 50 miles “Southwest of St. Louis, Missouri,” but with a little bit of driving we’re lucky enough to have an International Grocery Store that sells Filipino food and ingredients. So, let’s get cooking and enjoy the dishes we all love and miss so badly.
Magluto na po tayo!
Robert Colinares – Missouri, USA