What do you miss most on the food/drink front when you are away from The Philippines?
I miss true variety of regional dishes and the traditional ingredients used in them. In the US, you’ll find the typical dishes like adobo, lumpia, et cetera. You’ll find dishes like laing using creative substitutes for ingredients, like kale in place of taro leaves – still delicious, but definitely different.
What is the first dish you want to eat when you return, and where do you go for it?
Gising gising from Manam, and salpicao after a round of golf (both Southwoods and Canlubang have great salpicaos)!
Do you have a favourite restaurant in the Philippines? For fine dining and for more casual experiences?
For fine dining, Toyo and Mecha Uma come to mind. For more casual, Hey Handsome* and 12/10* are excellent.