A fab Lamb Adobo recipe. (Which I actually cook on special days)

“Excite your friends and baffle your enemies” was the small note attached to this recipe when I first got it from one of my best friends years ago, when I had just moved to Madrid and was really jonesing for Filipino food. This is a twist to the traditional adobo recipe, whose secret lies in…

Thanks Esquire! My Chefugee article published today

Read it here while the digital ink’s still wet! (P.S. Good to know that my former journo colleagues – “The Writers Bloc” as we called us Gen-Xers – have now all moved up as editors in big publications. 🙂 )  

Grub, Actually. (An elegy to the dearly departed Chelly’s in Malasaña)

Tucked away in a narrow street, looking almost shy to show itself to passersby, was my favorite hole-in-the-wall cantina, Chelly’s. Neon-colored Post-Its on a corkboard stuck on bamboo slats revealed the savoury specials for the day, Filipino favorites like beef mami, lechon kawali, sisig and kare kare. Ate Chelly (translating literally to “Big Sister Chelly”)…

Coming to Madrid soon: Chefugee Siria

As I type this, I’m trying very hard to clear my head from the noise of the past week’s headlines that are starting to blur dystopian fiction with cold reality. But it’s also precisely during these times that we must really stand up for basic compassion, and work even harder to build cross cultural bridges,…

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year of the Rooster!

Long before Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Stormborn became the mother of dragons, I was told by my grateful mother that I was lucky to be born a Fire Dragon. And so it was that at the start of every new Lunar year since 1976, I checked my Fire Dragon’s fortunes for the coming year. 2017…