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The Beauty of the Blintz in Summer, by Ellen Gray

When I was in 6th grade, my grandmother, lured by the tropical climate and a gaggle of widowed friends, moved to Florida. For a number of summers, I joined Mama Min in her high-rise Hollywood apartment, traveling via Eastern Airlines to the land of palm trees and coconut patties. Her kitchen was compact, with just enough room for a slim café table and two chairs. We spent many afternoons sitting out on the shaded balcony, avoiding the blazing sun. The sound of the ocean in the distance was punctuated by the click-click of my grandmother’s knitting needles. It was during these warm weather holidays that I learned the joy of casual dinners and the beauty of the blintz.

Meet Monique Santua, Founder of Gastromonique in Austin, TX

Monique Santua was born in the Philippines, and moved to Hempstead, TX when she was 5. At 7, her family made the move from there to Houston, where she spent her childhood. While her mother paved the way for the Santua family here as a nurse to get them to the US, Monique has had the opportunity to feel out a couple of different career options before launching Gastromonique this year as a way to share her love of cooking with the people of Austin.

The Best Pupusas in Raleigh-Durham

We let our pocket-loving stomachs do the writing and put together a roundup of the best pupusas and El Salvadorean (also seen in many places as El Salvadoran or El Salvadorian) food in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. From pupusa trucks, sit-down pupuserias, and drive-thru eateries, the Triangle offers quite a few places to find some damn tasty pupusas. Are we missing your favorite pupuseria or El Salvadorean food spot? Let us know in the comments!

History of the Philippines & its Food: A Timeline

Filipino cuisine is steadily gaining popularity around the world for its spice-packed flavorful dishes. Over thousands of years, other countries’ occupation in the Philippines have influenced the Filipino food we know today. Filipino cuisine is constantly growing and changing –– from the their first encounter with the Chinese, who introduced the small group of islands in the Pacific to rice, soy sauce, and the egg roll (aka future lumpia), siu mai (hello pockets!) to their interaction with the Spanish, who introduced cutlery, tomatoes and cattle-raising, and the Americans who brought canned meats. While the cuisine is always evolving, traditional Filipino culture and cooking are still represented in each dish, some even with a hint of peaceful resistance.

The Best Filipino Food in Raleigh-Durham

We put our heads (and bellies!) together to find the best Filipino food in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The Triangle offers a small but mighty selection of restaurants and food trucks offering traditional Filipino cuisine to the mashups inspired by the Philippines' storied history.  Are we missing your favorite Filipino food spot? Let us know in the comments!

Jenn de la Vega

Jenn de la Vega is a competitive chef, cookbook author, video artist, and caterer based in Brooklyn. The After wearing many hats outside of the food industry, she has chosen to dedicate the year 2018 to pursuing food full-time.