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Sizzling Lomi: Innovation in Presenting Lipa’s Favourite Food

Lipa-style lomi is so ubiquitous in the city where it was invented that it takes a bit of spunk to open a lomi house. Every lomi house has its own clique of loyal patrons; albeit there are those who think it something of a sport to hop from one house to another.

The point of all the moving around, but naturally, is to discover the city’s next hot lomi; and to do so means to gain bragging rights among friends. This is how quickly a lomi house’s repute can level up or be destroyed by word of mouth in this city where this noodly dish is as much a social as it is a culinary event.

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...