Homecoming

Home: the going back, the getting there, the vivid memories of how food really tastes like dancing on the back of your tongue, lending flavour to whatever pale ghost of an imitation it is that you can get wherever you currently are. The sheen of summer sweat on brown skin during dreamily imagined summer scorchers […]

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Toronto Bites: bb’s diner

For our 6th anniversary (6th! Can you believe it?), Mikaius and I spent our day out eating good food and exploring the Ontario Science Centre! We decided to go to bbs diner for lunch, a Filipino diner at 76 Lippincott Street that looks, feels, and tastes like your grandma’s kitchen. Whatever your grandma’s kitchen was […]

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Toronto Bites: NishDish Marketeria

We are resurrecting our Toronto Bites series this year with Nishdish Marketeria! The last one we did was of The Good Fork, way back in February 2016 – go check it out here! Mikaius and I found ourselves in Toronto on a beautifully sunny late winter day. We were going to check out Queen Video’s […]

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Chicken and Kreplach Soup

This recipe is adapted from Chrissy Teigen’s Chicken and Dumplings recipe from her second cook book Cravings: Hungry for More. With Mikaius working longer hours, this soup is something that can be had for dinner on weekday nights, with the only effort involved being minor reheating. He’s already given it the thumbs up – the […]

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The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone is a tale that, like much of King’s broad oeuvre of work, is particularly character-driven. At the centre of the impending storm is a teacher at the local high school, a young man who goes by the unlikely name of John Smith, no middle name. Johnny is a charming, sympathetic character, a […]

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The Hobbit (1977)

We’ve been on a Tolkien kick, lately, and we spent the last two weekends making our way through the original Peter Jackson trilogy. Mikaius’ favourite is Fellowship, while I lean more towards Two Towers. I am a sucker for everything Rohan, while he is a sucker for anything that makes his cold black heart feel things. Folks, […]

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Roast Pork Belly Sinigang

After years and years of making sinigang for my sinigang-obsessed family, I finally decided to try and make it differently, just for fun. The result is a stewier, thicker, more intense dish that is probably how I’m going to be making sinigang 4 out of 5 times, it’s that good. Be warned, this is a […]

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Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians the novel was written by Kevin Kwan, and was published in 2013. I started hearing about it sometime in 2016 through friends of mine who really enjoyed the book, and then the film came out in August 2018. By that time, I had just graduated with my masters, was working full time […]

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Revisiting Grief

Today was supposed to be a good day. I have been accepted to continue my studies at the doctoral level, by a department very enthusiastic to have me, where my supervisor is a Pinay professor I hold in very high esteem. I was on my way to meet the graduate admissions coordinator for a nice […]

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mangoes

I was prepping a mango a few weeks ago for writing break snacking, slicing it into thirds, the way it was taught to me, the way my family cuts mangoes: take the fruit in your hand, hold it firmly, and slice above the pit, starting from where the stalk was. Slice as close to the […]

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