JOEL'S JOURNAL

Consider the Coconut
Apr 18, 2024
The coconut tree isn't just a beautiful addition to a tropical landscape; it's a life-giving force. Revered as the "Tree of Life," the coconut gives its people many gifts, bearing fruits of unsparing bounty, each as precious as the other. 
The Butcher's Art
Apr 11, 2024
More than a cooking technique, nose-to-tail is a culinary philosophy which asserts that each cut of an animal—whether prime, offcut, or offal—deserves equal respect in the art of cooking.
Eating With the Seasons
Mar 28, 2024
We often hear chefs wax poetic about in-season produce. But what does it mean to follow a seasonal diet? Aside from being delicious, what other benefits does it bring?
Adventure (and Gelato) is Out There
Mar 14, 2024
I would have to travel over 15 hours to eat gelato in the winter, but gelato had travelled farther and longer to meet me in Rome. 
Gwapa, Masarap, Manamit
Mar 07, 2024
Sourced from the bustling ports of Roxas City, Boneless Dilis is a delicacy crafted through generations of time-honored traditions.  
Unfiltered, With Love
Feb 22, 2024
Some people are an acquired taste. Some people you can’t stand, or can only just bear, no matter how long you try to make it work. While some, you adore within a few meetings or minutes. Natural wine is like this.
Love Served on a Plate
Feb 15, 2024
Food is love made edible. From choosing and preparing, to serving and sharing, we explore how food goes beyond nourishing as a profound act of  love.
From the Table of the Gods
Feb 08, 2024
Once, honey was called ambrosia, the mythical food of the gods that granted immortality. Now we call it a superfood for the same healing qualities that made it precious and divine to our ancestors. 
Edible Memories at The Baker
Feb 08, 2024
For our bakers and chefs, tapping into one’s emotional connections with food is a good foundation for crafting varieties at The Baker. 
Lechon, Adobo, and the Taste of Home
Jan 25, 2024
Among the staples that grace Filipino tables, pork reigns supreme. Its significance in the local cuisine can be traced back centuries, entwined with rituals, celebrations, and everyday meals. 
A Nation's Remedy
Jan 18, 2024
With the discovery that fermenting fresh ingredients results in distinct flavors and significant health benefits, Koreans transformed adversity into an opportunity for culinary creativity.
My Spoonful of Dopamine
Jan 11, 2024
While taste undoubtedly plays a role in how food makes us feel, the power of comfort food sometimes lies in the associations woven around it.