CONTEST CLOSED: Congrats to Chris G and trixtersme who will be joining me for The Manila Machine Truck Tasting!
Being a Filipino Blogger, I always try to support Filipino food efforts in Los Angeles, primarily through meals in Filipino restaurant hosted through my dining group, as a way to introduce people to what Filipino food is all about. Filipino food is still very much an untapped cuisine and is usually the most associated with just lumpia (egg rolls) and pansit (noodles). Those dishes are usually the ones that show up the most at potlucks or at Filipino parties, but our cuisine definitely goes beyond just lumpia. In fact, I did a posting a while back that I had hoped would open the reader's eyes to Filipino food. Click the link below to read that post.
Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Filipino Food Beyond Lumpia
Below are some reviews of Filipino restaurants I've visited, which you may want to check out for yourself. You may notice mixed reviews of the various dishes at the individual restaurant posts. Growing up with my Mom's cooking, which I consider to be the best Filipino cooking around, I'm definitely very critical about the Filipino food I eat that isn't hers. The one exception is the wonderful Park's Finest BBQ, a Filipino-owned bbq catering company that makes the best bbq ever as far as I'm concerned.
Barrio Fiesta in Eagle Rock
Gerry's Grill in Cerritos
Magic Wok in Artesia
Pondahan in West Covina
The Park's Finest BBQ in Echo Park
Unfortunately, my favorite Filipino restaurant closed, but you can read why Alejandro's did it for me here and here. Of course, there are Filipino restaurants that I have never visited or have visited, but just never blogged about. There will definitely be postings in the future as I visit or re-visit Filipino restaurants around town, so keep an eye out for them.
Interested in looking at Filipino Food Porn? Check out the links below.
Flickr Filipino Food Group
My Flickr Filipino Food Pics
Interested in cooking Filipino Food? Take a look at the Filipino Food blogs below.
Kulinarya Cooking Club
One Filipino Dish a Week
Pinoy Food Blog
Skip to Malou
When Adobo Met Feijoada
Interested in Upcoming Filipino Food Events? Here are some to look into.
07/17 - Tasting with Manila Machine
07/23 - Filipino Food and Wine Pairing with Six Taste
07/31 - Tuesday Night Project's Annual Fundraiser: Please support one of LA's longest running public art series featuring Asian Americans performing everything from sketch comedy and poetry to singing and dancing. This is also the only opportunity in July to try out Filipino-owned Park's Finest BBQ!
09/13 - 18th Annual Festival of Arts & Culture, includes Filipino Food Stands
Hopefully, you've gotten a better idea of what Filipino food is about and on that note, I'd like to treat two of my readers to the Manila Machine Food Truck Tasting this Saturday, 07/17.
There are two ways to enter:
Mandatory 1: Leave a comment and tell me why you'd like to try out Filipino food. (Please leave your email so that I can contact you. Spell it out like abby at pleasurepalate dot com)
Optional 2: Win a tasting with @manilamachine via @pleasurepalate http://bit.ly/alF08H
Optional 3: Follow Pleasure Palate on Twitter
Optional 4: Join Pleasure Palate on Facebook
You can have up to 4 total entries each; however, please note that you have to comment back and let me know which of the actions you took, so that I can keep track of them. This is especially true for 2 through 4. If you don’t let me know which actions you took, then I won’t count them as entries.
Contest ends Thursday, July 15 at 11:59 AM, PST and two winners will be randomly chosen from all entries. Good Luck!