Do you have your favorite Filipino food? There may be a Latino food that's similar to it and may even have the same name. Jo Koy visits mitú, a digital media company that brings a Latino POV to mainstream entertainment to try Filipino dishes with host, Alejandro Perez. They swap dishes and try each other's version. Alejandro gives his feedback on Filipino dishes and Jo Koy with Latino dishes.
The two talk about the similarities and where the dishes are usually seen. They kick off with champorado which are very similar, while the polvoron and polvorones differ in texture and shape. Lastly, they try each culture's version of leche flan. The Filipino version of the flan didn't quite look like its usual, but more of a brûlée. The crossover between the two cultures just shows how connected we are. Check out the full video below!
Cover Photo Credit: we are mitú
Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling says, "food is a bridge between generations" and we couldn't agree more. In this new HBO Max docuseries, Take Out with Lisa Ling, she explores how Asian-Americans and their food have contributed to the American culture. She travels from the Louisiana bayous and across the country to Orange County's Little Saigon telling stories of Asian-Americans.
Lisa Ling helps bring back memories through food. Food is a way to connect to culture and made to share with others. Asian-Americans have sacrificed a lot to be in the country, but our food can't be taken away from us. So many stories began at a family-owned restaurant, just like her own. Whether we noticed or not, we've had instances where other people ask us what we're eating or make fun of it. The docuseries says it's time to normalize the food we eat.
The first episode, "Mix Mix" explores the unexpected history of Fil-Ams in New Orleans and the bayous of Louisiana. Many don't know about the deep roots we have in the country starting in the South and the impact we've had in Crescent City. There's a glimpse of a kamayan (eating with your hands)/budol fight meal. This meal is food for the masses and everyone just grabs what they want with their hands from the food laid out on the table. It's pretty fun when you have your friends and family there with you.
The series is definitely going on our binge-watch list for this weekend! Catch it now on HBO Max.
Cover Photo Credit: Lisa Ling Twitter
FAHMFest aka the largest Filipino Festival in LA is bringing the food, art, music, and fashion to San Pedro, California. The festival is set for October 16-17, 2021, just in time for Filipino American History Month. It is all inspired by Filipino culture and brings together music, food, art, and fashion. Get a 1-Day or 2-Day VIP Pass and enjoy all the festivities that weekend!
They'll transform the historic Port of Los Angeles to celebrate the culture and the elements that make it so special. The lineup of performers is special with emcee sensation EZ Mil, Bay Area favorite P-Lo, and legend Jeremy Passion who's no doubt bringing the unofficial Filipino anthem, Lemonade to the stage. These artists are only a few performers named in the 2-day festival with more going to be announced soon!
FAHMFest includes four of our favorite topics: Music, Food, Art & Dance, and Fashion. Everything is family friendly so bring all the titas, titos, cousins, everyone!
• Music is the heartbeat of any celebration. Enjoy spectacular live performances from headline artists, local favorites, and beloved newcomers. No matter your taste, you’ll find your groove at this two-day musical paradise.
• For food, you’ll step into various “districts” like Filipinotown, Koreatown, and Chinatown to get an authentic taste of Asian cultures - curated by popular chefs and restaurants in our local community.
• Cultural folk performers will be dancing throughout the festival all weekend long. We will also be showcasing a diverse collection of local art and pop-up installations. Don’t forget to stop by our dance competition judged by members of popular dance crews!
• The winners of Miss Philippines USA and other pageants will grace the catwalk wearing the finest in Filipino fashion. Find the work of well-known designers at our vendor booths.
Check out FAHMFest for more info!
Cover Photo Credit: FAHMFest Facebook