The Food and Wine Hedonist

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Chicago Gets Hedonized Part 3 – The Final Frontier

After we ordered most of Roister’s menu, we were too full to go for another Bang Bang.   It was a pretty gluttonous night day weekend so a little bit … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Top Chef Charleston, Episode 11 – Adios Charleston, Hello James

Last week I came up with the idea of a drinking game where viewers would do a shot when someone mentions any of the cliches that usually come towards the … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Religion of Pork: Bo Ssam Recipe

We Filipinos view pork as a religion.  We praise it and eat it in every form imaginable.  No family get-together is complete without a roasted pig, which always gets an … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · 8 Comments

Pac-Man Fever

It’s a monstrous weekend for sports fans.   Basketball and hockey fans, if they haven’t had enough of their 9,425 game seasons now have the playoffs.   A bunch of women … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

Guilty Pleasures Recycled – The Pussycat Dolls

How’s that turkey hangover going?  (For those of you in Greece, I’m talking about the bird served as food here in the US, not your ongoing disagreements with the country … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

Mastering the Art of Filipino Part 3 – The Final Exam

If you’ve been following this series of posts, you’ll know that I successfully found a way to cook bitter melon that doesn’t lead to me yakking up lunch and we … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 14 Comments

Mastering the Art of Filipino pt 2 – Roasted Pig

So I finally got past the bitter melon hurdle. This was a month ago and I was feeling proud of myself and slightly cocky about being a Filipino. It was … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 15 Comments

Mastering the Art of Filipino, Pt 1 – Bitter Melon

I was born in the Philippines and came here when I was but a wee young Hedonist.  Growing up, my parents were pretty well-assimilated and made sure that we were, … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 20 Comments

Top Chef Seattle Episode 10: Battle before the War

Episode 9     Episode 11 Now that we’re down to eight contestants, there’s a lot more time to get to know the chefs.  We learn about Josh’s dad passing away, … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 7 Comments

Immigrant Labor Day Weekend

What do you get when you mix a bunch of Filipinos, Palestinians, and a couple token honkies?  No, not a TSA nightmare….Our family reunion!  Every year we get together for … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 5 Comments