I'm aware that this is the second time I've written about Vietnamese cuisine, and I don't mind at all. This triptych is different, however, as it features another signature food from Vietnam: the bánh mì sandwich. But what exactly is bánh mì, and why is it popular all around the globe? Let's start with the French … Continue reading 180 – On Banh Mi Blues: Triptych 23

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180 – On Banh Mi Blues: Triptych 23

179 – On Wayback Gastronomy: Namanama, Eastwood Cybermall

Eastwood City was first built in 1997, but it was around Christmas of 2004 when me and my family first visited this place. It was no surprise then that I knew the place like the back of my hand when I worked there from 2012 to 2013, and from 2016 until now. Before I begin … Continue reading 179 – On Wayback Gastronomy: Namanama, Eastwood Cybermall

178 – On Chicken Parts Flying High: Wingstop, Fairview Terraces

Finding another use for chicken parts that aren't usually eaten is not a new thing. Here in the Philippines, isaw (chicken intestines), helmet (chicken head) and adidas (chicken feet, named after the athletic shoe company) are popular grilled fare in street corners. These are paired with the local lager as pulutan or appetizers. In East Asia, … Continue reading 178 – On Chicken Parts Flying High: Wingstop, Fairview Terraces

176 – On Charcoal-Powered Indulgences: BLK513 + 80 Queens, Eastwood Mall

Millennials and hipsters from every corner of the Internet were overjoyed when BLK513 opened its first branch at SM Megamall. Given their tendency to crowd a newly-opened joint for their Instagram posts, it took me some time to find out why this Philippine frozen yogurt purveyor is the talk of the town. Months passed and … Continue reading 176 – On Charcoal-Powered Indulgences: BLK513 + 80 Queens, Eastwood Mall