Ensaymada, Manila

February 3, 2015

What: Ensaymada (“en-sye-mah-dah”) is a sweet ’n salty yeast-based bread often eaten as an afternoon snack—paired, perhaps, with a steaming cup of tsokolate eh (hot chocolate) or coffee. You’ll know it by its distinctly coiled shape, like a flat snail’s shell,… Kalayaan Ave., Makati City, the Philippines

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Soul food, Washington, D.C.

February 2, 2015

What: Historically home to a large African-American population, Washington, D.C., is a city rich in black culture, one that spans decades of slavery and segregation, civil rights struggles and victories, inspired leaders and vibrant arts. This is, after all, the site of abolitionist Frederick… 1100 Florida Ave. NW Washington, D.C.

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Suman, Manila

November 21, 2014

What: Suman (“soo-man”), or suman malagkit (“mah-lag-kit,” meaning sticky), is the Manila rice-cake cousin of Cebu’s budbud pilit (see entry) and the most basic of kakanin (roughly translating to “things to eat or nibble”) that use rice or root crops as a… 1790 M. Adriatico Street Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila

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Inihaw na manok, Manila

November 14, 2014

What: Grilled chicken, or inihaw na manok (“ee-nee-haw na mah-nok”), falls into the category of simple, daily fare, so it’s therefore widely available, even from small-time entrepreneurs on street corners. But do not underestimate this dish, as it always comes packed with… San Andres Street corner Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila

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Pritong isda, Manila

November 14, 2014

What: Fried fish, pritong isda (“pree-tong ees-da”), is a staple that harks back to Manila’s early fishing roots. The name comes from frito (or prito in Tagalog, which has no letter F), the Spanish word for “fried.” While we don’t know what people called their… Corte de las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City, Metro […]

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Pandesal, Manila

November 14, 2014

What: Pandesal, also spelled pan de sal (“pan-de-sahl”), translates as it does in Spanish: bread with salt, a humble breakfast staple that can be eaten on its own, dunked into coffee or hot chocolate, or filled with things like butter, kesong puti (a soft cheese from carabao/ water… McKinley Park Residences, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, […]

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Kwek-kwek, Manila

November 12, 2014

What: A popular street food, kwek-kwek are hard-boiled quail eggs dipped in a bright orange batter, then deep fried. The batter is usually composed of flour, baking powder, some salt, and food coloring, allegedly once used to coat eggs that failed to sell the day before. (The day-old bit is pure… EDSA, Ayala Avenue, Makati […]

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Fried shrimp, Charleston

November 6, 2014

What: It’s true Charleston doesn’t own the trademark on fried shrimp, but it is something special here. First, you’re mostly getting local shrimp—this is shrimping land, after all, and there are two seasons, May through August (for small brown shrimp) and September through… 42 Morris St., Charleston, SC

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Local craft beer, Charleston

November 5, 2014

What: In keeping with much of smaller-town U.S.A., the Charleston area has a rapidly growing craft beer scene, so much so that it warrants more than one of its very own website. Among the bigger players are downtown’s Palmetto Brewing Company, the oldest beer maker in South Carolina (est.… 14 Exchange St., Charleston, SC

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Boiled peanuts, Charleston

November 4, 2014

What: Boiling raw peanuts in salted water till they’re soft and creamy inside is common across much of the South, but there’s good reason to believe boiled peanuts have a special connection to the Lowcountry. According to the Charleston City Paper, peanuts—which traveled to the… Marion Square, Charleston, SC

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