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Making the Backyard Yield Food

There is life – and livelihood – after retirement. For Valeriano and Ester Hernandez, life as civil servants with agrarian reform is now a thing of the past. The couple now reap the fruits of their labour in government service and enjoy the quiet life at their homestead just ten minutes drive from the heart of Lipa City in Batangas.

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...