Over the holidays, toasts are usually a thing. Often in a lot of languages: Cheers, some say, or L’Chaim, Prost, Sláinte, Salute, Kampai, Salud … and I didn’t know what was said in the Philippines. Here’s the thing: there isn’t a direct translation, because the tradition is different. On Gideon Lasco’s website, he explains howContinue reading “Cheers!”

Comfort food: Worthy curry tonkatsu found at long last

When I think of comfort food, this is one of the things I think of: Japanese curry tonkatsu. It’s somewhat spicy, savory, and crunchy, a pork-based meat-and-potatoes kind of dish (especially if the curry has potatoes in it) that is perfect for a winter dinner. This dish is usually served with shredded cabbage (which isContinue reading “Comfort food: Worthy curry tonkatsu found at long last”

Saying good-bye to an old friend

I grew up with Minute Maid Frozen Lemon Juice. It always seemed a bottle was in the fridge, though I don’t ever remember using it when I would cook. Then, years later, I married a woman whose family consumed Minute Maid Frozen Lemon Juice as if it were a staple, much in the same wayContinue reading “Saying good-bye to an old friend”