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The Homey Comforts of Seafood in the Bucket in Lipa City

Seafood Bucket is right along the highway
 in front of Fernando Air Base in Lipa City.

Food Batangas caught up with Jonas de Villa, a.k.a Chef Jonas, at his newly-opened homey restaurant called Seafood in the Bucket in barangay Sico, Lipa City. Homey is as appropriate a description of Seafood Bucket as one can get, as indeed Chef Jonas rents what used to be a family home along the national highway right in front of Fernando Air Base.

It was inside the base that Chef Jonas grew up as part of an Air Force family. Rather than build a career for himself in military service as many Air Force children do, Chef Jonas opted for an alternate career route and worked for many years as an OFW of the culinary industry in the Middle East.

Pinakbet with Gata (Vegetables Cooked with Coconut Milk)

We have taken liberties in the use of the word ‘pinakbet,’ that originally Ilocano dish which is known not only for its stark simplicity but also for being tasty and healthy. That this is inspired by that classic Ilocano favorite, though, is unmistakable. Taking a cue from the Bicolanos, which of course we are not, we have tweaked the original pinakbet a bit by adding coconut milk and lacing it with chili. Those who are not particularly fond of ampalaya (bitter gourd) may be surprised to find that it can be not so bitter, after all. Read full article...

Meet Patrick Maravilla, Chef and Teacher

Meet Chef Patrick Maravilla, a young man who has an ongoing love affair with food and cooking. At the moment, though, he is very much enjoying his life as part of academe. Yet, by his own admission, he may yet one day decide to go ahead and fulfill a dream of owning his very own restaurant. Read full article...

Padre Garcia’s Ruthcell Homemade Sweets

Have you ever wondered where those yummy homemade candies that you buy at the bus stop for pasalubong are made? Well, we did. So we paid a visit to a household in Pansol, Padre Garcia that makes those. Read full article...

Benoks: Innovating Lomi, Chami and More

Food aficionados in Lipa City will be privy to the existence of this small but excellent restaurant called Benoks at the Fiesta World Mall in Marauoy, a suburb of the city. Although the mall does not quite these days occupy the same esteemed position in the city that it once used to enjoy, there are still plenty of reasons to go. Benoks is one of these. Read full article...